Our January speaker is David Flint, his presentation is entitled Marriage Records in England.. We hope you will join us on Sunday, January 21 at 2pm.
David’s presentation will be an overview of research in marriage records of England and Wales – from church records to civil records – from 1538 to the present — and includes a review of English marriage law from the Reformation to the 20th century. A printed handout with selected bibliography for additional reading will be provided with Zoom link.
About David Flint
David Flint has been doing English genealogy research for over 15 years. He was born in England, where he lived until the age of ten, when his family moved to Canada, and then to the United States. He and his wife currently live in Irvine, California.
David devotes time to genealogy research, attending lectures and seminars, teaching genealogy classes, and occasional speaking engagements. He previously served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS) where he continues serving on the society’s executive board.
David retired after working for the County of Los Angeles for 40 years, ending his career as Assistant Director of the Los Angeles County Public Library. He began his interest in genealogy at a library conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 2002, where he met two British Isles research specialists from FamilySearch. He likes to say that genealogy found him because he wasn’t looking for it at the time.
In addition to working on his family history, since retiring David has developed a specialized collection of British Isles reference books in his home library. He and his wife have made trips to England to keep in touch with family and visit the country where he spent his childhood.
At his home society in Mission Viejo he leads a monthly England special interest group. He also leads an annual week-long research trip for SOCCGS members to the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City.
Our November speaker is Carol Rolnick, her presentation is entitled An Investigative Genetic Genealogy Case Study: the Sarah Hutchings Homicide. Come join us on Sunday, November 19 at 2pm.
Sarah Hutchings’s murder in Santa Rosa, CA was unsolved for 29 years until James Jobe was identified as the primary suspect through Investigative Genetic Genealogy in 2020. Hear the details of this fascinating case, including several interesting challenges, and follow the step-by-step process used to identify James Jobe as the perpetrator of this tragic crime.
About Carol Rolnick
Carol Rolnick is a professional investigative genetic genealogist with Parabon NanoLabs since 2018, and a leading researcher in the genetic genealogy community since 2011. In her role with Parabon, she aids law enforcement agencies across the US and Canada to identify suspects in violent crimes as well as unidentified human remains.
Prior to Parabon, Carol worked as a consultant for individuals seeking to identify their biological family members and information about their genetic heritage.
Carol also serves on the Investigative Genetic Genealogy Accreditation Board, which is a non-profit industry board developing standards, best practices and a proficiency exam for the field of Investigative Genetic Genealogy.
Our October speaker is Christine Cohen, her presentation is entitled Indexes are the Key to Unlocking the Records. Come join us on October 15 at 2pm.
About Christine Cohen
Christine Cohen is a long-time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) and is currently the Program Director. In addition to WAGS, she is also a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Christine’s interest in genealogy began in 1977 with the airing of the TV mini-series “Roots” and was piqued when she found a typed pedigree chart of her Dutch heritage from the New Netherlands in the 1660s. Christine is a native Californian, a graduate of UCLA in Political Science and has worked for Vitol Aviation Company since 1993.
Please join us on August 20 at 2pm to welcome our speaker Jean Wilcox Hibben, whose presentation is entitled The Envelope Please: There’ s More To Correspondence Than Letters.
About Jean Wilcox Hibben
Jean Wilcox Hibben PhD, MA, former So. Cal. college speech professor (MA – Speech Communication; PhD – Folklore), is a national speaker and author. A member of the DAR, she is the former director and current family history consultant for the Corona, CA FamilySearch Center, has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and was a host for podcasts on social history. A former Board-Certified genealogist with over 45 years of research experience, she is a former board member of APG and past president of its So. Cal. Chapter; 1st Vice-president of the Corona Genealogical Society, as well as webmaster for that same organization; and participant on a number of other society boards. Jean writes the “Aunty Jeff” column for the Informer, the newsletter of the Jefferson County NY Genealogical Society. Her website can be found at circlemending.org.
Please join us on June 18 at 2pm to welcome our speaker Cheri Mello.
About Cheri Mello
Cheri Mello began dabbling in genealogy as a 5th grader with a U.S. History assignment. She began her active adult research over thirty years ago, after the death of her grandparents. Her expertise ranges from various areas of America and Portugal, as well as DNA, genealogy software, Find A Grave, and more.
Please join us on May 21 at 2pm to hear Cynthia Keefer Patton presenting on 10 Steps for Organizing for the Busy Genealogist.
About Cynthia Keefer Patton
Cynthia K. Patton is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and former owner of Patton Leadership Consulting. Cynthia has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Political Science, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. She lives now in Kansas City, Missouri and is a Professional Genealogist part-time. She is a BU Certification Program graduate and serves as the Registrar of a local DAR Chapter in Parkville, Missouri. She is a member of APG (Heartland Chapter); NGS; and numerous local Historical and Genealogical Societies. She has written two Pro Tip articles for the APG eNews on Work-Life Balance and Time Management and has presented for numerous historical, genealogical, and other organizations.
Please join us on April 16 at 2pm to hear Kim Richardson presenting on A New Strategy for Brick Walls.
Ever feel like you are engulfed by a pile of research? Do you ever think to yourself, “If I could just get organized, I could solve this mystery?” If so, this presentation is for you!
This session explains why complex genealogy problems feel overwhelming and how to overcome it. (Don’t worry, it’s not you, and you’re not alone!) You CAN master the “thought chaos” caused by all that data swirling around in your mind. All you have to do is interact with the research in a new way and engage in activities that transform you from a (passive) data reader/collector into an (active) data user/thinker. The presentation shows you how and demonstrates a technique that:
• teaches you to handle information in a new way to see more links and relationships
• allows you to see all your research at one glance
• organizes your research for you (yes, really!)
• simplifies all the data
• shows you any gaps, errors, and conflicts
• automatically creates a narrative outline (and eliminates writers’ block!)
• helps you plan and brainstorm your way to success
About Kim Richardson
Professional genealogist Kim Richardson founded a research and consulting firm to assist clients in their pursuit of their ancestors. She also enjoys spending time researching her own family, but Kim’s favorite genealogy activity is serving the family history community by coaching and empowering others to break through barriers to achieve their goals. To that end, Kim created and developed the “Brick Wall Buster Cards” to show others her secret to solving tough genealogy problems and family mysteries. She regularly teaches and presents to groups across the country. She also writes for local and state genealogy publications and wrote the “Mississippi Research Guide” for Family Tree Magazine. She has researched for TV shows Finding Your Roots and Who Do YouThink You Are?
Kim earned a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from Mississippi State University. She retired from service to the State of Mississippi after 25 years as an advocate for victims of violent crime and working in highway traffic safety programs.