Jennifer Dunn

I have been devoted to genealogy for more than 25 years. As a child, I couldn’t get enough of my parents’ and grandparent’s stories about the past. I could only imagine the toil of picking cotton, visiting those strange places called “outhouses,” or a time when girls were barred from wearing blue jeans to school.  That love of history and stories led to a B.A. in American History from Kennesaw State University and a passion to tell the stories of “everyday people” rather than just famous names. These days, I’m currently pursuing the credential of Certified Genealogist. 

When I’m not solving your genealogical mysteries, I’m also an author, screenwriter and filmmaker. You can find out more about my writing and film work at Copperhead Media.

What's in a name?

Copper Mine genealogy is named after Copper Mine Hill, a well-known site in my hometown in Cherokee County, Georgia. The name reflects my devotion to the fact that everybody, no matter their means or station in life, has a story to tell. 

Nobody is “just a farmer.”

Why all the love for Southern US genealogy?

Southern US genealogy is rife with challenges. Many records have been lost due to weather or war. Where records exist, subsistence living and poverty often kept our ancestors out of the traditional sources. Everybody and every family has a story worth telling. We may have to dig a little harder in the Southern US, but the story is almost always worth the trouble.

The donkey above is “Strange George.” Wherever you see him in my blog or YouTube channel, you can be sure you’re going to learn something about Southern US genealogy!



Stefanie Joyner, History Cherokee

“Jennifer Dunn is the perfect genealogist and researcher! She is smart, curious, methodical and loves to track down an obscure paper trail! She has amazing technical skills, so she is not intimidated by large databases. She is an excellent writer and teacher, presenting information in a concise, easy to follow format. She has solved a number of Cherokee County mysteries and completed numerous projects for History Cherokee. We highly recommend her and CopperMineGenealogy.com.” 


Sanford Chandler, Cherokee County, GA Cemetery Preservation Committee

“This [genealogy report] is graduate-thesis level work!”