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Our May Meeting

You are invited join us on Sunday, May 19 at 2pm to hear Alistair McGowan speak on Reasons Why Your Research Is Going Nowhere.


About Alistair McGowan

Originally from London with roots spread across the British Isles (I have a grandparent born in each of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England); I now live in Markham, Ontario.

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland as well as an MBA from the Open University in England.


About the Presentation

We all hit brick walls sooner or later; our genealogy research comes to a complete halt and we can’t go any further. I thought it might be helpful to present a few reasons why this might have happened and why your genealogy research on a particular line isn’t going anywhere.

Our April Meeting

Join us on Sunday, April 21 at 2pm for a presentation by Kitty Cooper entitled Tools for DNA Cousin Matching.


About Kitty Cooper

In the late 90s I got the genealogy/family history bug after a beloved Aunt died with too many of her stories unrecorded. What happened was that I re-met a second cousin who was a genealogist at her funeral. So I started a family history web site for my family with the pictures and stories that I collected.

Then in 2012 I did the several DNA tests and found many cousins on the Norwegian side who helped break a few brick walls.

I wrote my first program in 1966 and went to work as a programmer after I graduated from college. I fell in love with computers along the way and saw a way to combine my artistic bent with programming and quit my corporate job to develop web sites as a free lancer.

Our March Meeting

Our meeting is on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th at 2:00pm. 

Our speaker Michelle Leonard will be presenting Your Scottish Family History Online.

More information to follow.

Wear your green and see you then!

Our January Meeting

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 December Meeting

Our December meeting will again include our traditional finger food potluck. Hope to see you! This will be a sharing meeting, so bring a picture or other item that you would like to share.

This meeting will also include a drawing for a one-year Membership to Questing Heirs. Other items have also been donated by members.

MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN.
Every member present will be given a ticket.

Happy Hunting! Terry

Our November Meeting

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 Meeting

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

Photo of 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.

Our September Meeting

Our September speaker is our very own Laurie C. Angel, her presentation is entitled An Introduction to Wikitree. Be sure to join us on September 17 at 2pm.

Our August Meeting

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.

Our July Meeting – Ice Cream Social!

Now that July is here, we will be having our annual ice cream social at the park.

We’ll meet at Pan American Park, at the corner of Arbor Rd. and Charlemagne Ave., right across the street from our usual meeting place. (The park address is 5157 Centralia Ave., Long Beach).

We’ll start gathering at 1:30 and enjoy social time before the meeting begins at 2:00.

Bring any brick walls, problems or “look what I discovered” to share. We always like to help when we can.

Bring your own drink and a lawn chair. We’ll provide the ice cream!

The board would also love your feedback on our Zoom meetings.

See you outdoors for our next meeting!