Our June Meeting

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Our next meeting is Sunday, June 20. Our speaker will be Linda Ivers; her presentation is entitled Genealogy Research and Writing Incorporating Newspapers: Using Newspapers to Provide Context to Our Ancestors Lives. The Zoom session will begin at 12:30 for social time, and Linda’s presentation will begin at 1:00.

About Linda Ivers

Linda Sausen Ivers is an avid genealogist. Inheriting boxes of photos and other family heirlooms and ephemera increased her desire to find out more about her ancestors. She comes from a two-generation family–15 years separated her from her older sister. “Although I was lucky enough to have known my grandparents and to have met one of my great-grandmothers, I really didn’t know many specifics about who they were or where they came from. All I had to go on were some family stories and a lot of photographs.”

Linda’s genealogy addiction started in the late 1980’s with two goals: (1) to document family stories so they would not be lost to her children, and (2) to locate members of family she did not know or had lost touch with. Over the last thirty or so years, Linda has traced her father’s family back to Germany in the 1600’s and her mother’s family back to pre-revolutionary war America. But the quest continues to fill in the missing pieces.

Born in Long Beach, raised in Oregon, Linda returned to Long Beach with her family in the mid-1980’s. While in Long Beach, she taught computer science, owned her own small business, worked for a City Council member, was a member of Questing Heirs Genealogical Society, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and a board member of the Historical Society of Long Beach.

Linda has done presentations for Questing Heirs and other groups on Beginning Genealogy, Methods of Genealogy Research and Getting More out of Ancestry.com. For over a year, Linda taught beginning genealogy classes for Questing Heirs before moving to Oregon in 2013.

Publishing credits include articles for: Book by Authors: North Long Beach Anthology, “War Stories”; Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, “Newspapers: A Genealogists Treasure Trove!”; Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, “Researching Using Historical Newspapers”.