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Our December Meeting: Installation of Officers, Potluck and Genealogy Bingo

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:15pm

Come and share one of your favorite dishes with your Questing Heirs friends at our annual potluck. In December, we will gather to install our new QHGS officers, share stories and eat great food.

For the potluck, please bring a dish corresponding to the first letter of your last name. Plates and utensils will be provided.

A to F
G to LAppetizers
M to RSalads
S to ZHot Dishes

After dessert is served, we will install our new officers for 2019.

We will end our meeting with Genealogy Bingo. If you have not yet participated in this QHGS phenomenon, you are in for a treat.

Our November Meeting: Annual Meeting and Our Members Present

Sunday, November 18, 2018

First on the agenda is our annual meeting, where members will elect new officers for the coming year.

After that, we will be celebrating our ancestors who served in the military and what information we have found on them. Some of this information was recently found in the National Archives in St. Louis by two of our members who visited there this summer. Not only is the information different for each vet, but each presenter will be free to present it in their own way.

For some servicemen, we may learn something about them from before or after their service or hear of unique training that they had. Where were they sent? Were they in a conflict zone? Did they share their stories when they returned? Maybe something will be said to give you a new idea for expanding your own research.

Since this sharing session will be open to all members and to give everyone time to speak, please contact Christine Elia  at with how much speaking time you think you will need by November 11, Veterans Day!

Our October Speaker: Linda Serna

Sunday, October 21, 2018

I have been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 35 years and was privileged to work as a genealogist for the first season of the PBS Genealogy Roadshow program. Currently, I belong to several genealogical organizations and societies, as well as having served in the past for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Orange County California Genealogical Society. Over the last 9 years, I’ve spoken on various topics for different groups in California and New Mexico. My loves, in addition to public speaking, include history, writing, and traveling. I especially like seeing how individual family stories fit in and make up the fabric of history.

“Native American Research” addresses looking at your Native American ancestors, including DNA’s role, identifying tribe, and finding records. Examples of record groups and how to use them are given.

“What Do You Do When Your DNA Doesn’t Match Your Paper Trail: A Case Study” follows the steps Linda took when she discovered through DNA that her husband’s ethnicity wasn’t what they thought it was. Even though this is one family’s story, it should have ideas for anyone who finds themselves in this situation by touching on DNA and how a case is pursued.

Our September Speaker: Donna Railsback-Braly

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Donna caught the genealogy bug in junior college when the class assignment was to write down what you know about your family. That was 30+ years ago. She has documented her ancestry for DAR, UDC, FFTT, and DUVCW 1861-1865*. Her favorite genealogy office was Registrar for her Long Beach UDC group.

1:15pm and

Come see and hear how these sites can help you with your research,
preserve it, hopefully hook some cousins and engage the next generation!

Vital Records and How to Cite Them

A plan of attack for finding them: where to look, what’s available, what’s in them, how to cite them and how to stay organized.

* DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution
UDC: United Daughters of the Confederacy
FFTT: First Families of the Twin Territories
DUVCW 1861-1865: Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865

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