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Monday, January 1, 2018

Behind the Scenes at SLIG: Jane Van Tour

This is Jane’s second year on the SLIG committee and fourth year at SLIG.  With a smile that lights up a room, Jane is responsible for Student Hospitality. Her favorite thing about being on the SLIG committee is the common goal to make each year's SLIG the best ever, plus the fact that everyone is there for each other.

Born in Arkansas but raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Nelda Jane Wilson Van Tour is one of four children. She was named after her mother and great grandmother, but has always been called Jane. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a B.A. in Spanish which fortuitously lead to 49 years of world travel as a career flight attendant with both Pan Am and United. Still flying, she currently resides in Redondo Beach, California with a beautiful view of the Pacific, but she does look forward to retiring in Memphis.

When not flying around the world, Jane enjoys attending and volunteering for genealogical conferences. She volunteers at the SCGS (Southern California Genealogical Society) conference currently as the Hospitality Chair after serving previously as the Volunteer Chair. She also volunteers at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference and the Federal Genealogical Society (FGS) Conference assisting with on-site registration and whatever else is needed. She has also enjoyed attending IGHR for 3 years.

Jane’s favorite SLIG moment occurred when David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch at the Family History Department of the LDS Church, was Banquet Keynote speaker. During his presentation, and while he was displaying ancestral photos, a commotion started in the back of the room at the Genealogy Roadshow table. D. Joshua Taylor recognized a photo of one of David Rencher’s family members as his own! "It was very exciting to be there when it turned out that Josh Taylor and David Rencher shared a common relative."

Until next time, the next committee member, and the next Behind the Scenes SLIG 2018 magic!

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