Jake is former editor of Genealogical Computing and lecturer and author of several dozen articles in genealogical journals on topics ranging from GIS to lineage-linked databases to query management.
He has been heavily involved in genealogical publishing and digital publishing technologies for over ten years. His career highlights to date include work as product manager for search features and functionality at Ancestry.com, the largest genealogical web site on the Internet; director for RootsWeb.com, the largest free community of genealogists on the web; and publisher for HeritageQuest (a division of ProQuest Information and Learning), the largest and most successful provider of genealogical data to public and academic libraries in the United States.
Jake is currently employed with the LDS Church as Digital Information Processes Manager. He is responsible for the creation, definition, and implementation of a multi-division digital production process. This process has led to the digitization of over 50 million historical documents in the last eighteen months and corresponding digital publishing support services in cataloging, contract negotiation, indexing, use guidance, business process management, and digital preservation.
Jake is active in the professional genealogical community and vice president of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He is a regular lecturer at national conferences held by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society as well as GENTECH, Brigham Young University Computerized Genealogy Conference, and the BYU Family History Technology Workshop.