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Our September Meeting

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Join us for Sara Cochran‘s presentation on the 1890 U. S. Census. Please note that while we are meeting via Zoom, the meeting will open at 12:30pm for socializing, and the presentation will start at 1pm. Board meetings will be held after the presentations.

About the presentation

Who Needed it Anyway? Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census

The loss of the 1890 Federal census is a source of great frustration for American genealogists, but all hope is not lost! Learn strategies and gather tips for success in locating your family in other records between the 1880 and 1900 Federal censuses.

About Sara Cochran

Sara Cochran has been conducting genealogical research for 25 years, and her research has taken her into nearly every state in the USA as well as Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, a Bachelor Degree in Library Science, and is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy.

President’s message – September

Our August Zoom meeting included 43 genealogy interested people. Most were our members with a few visitors. It was suggested that we meet a half hour before the meeting to visit with each other just like our refreshment time at regular meetings. So, our Social Time will start at 12:30 pm followed by our announcements at 1:00 pm and then our speaker.

It was also suggested that we turn off our video during the presentation as it helps free up the internet connection and bandwidth. After the presentation, the Board has their meeting. At this time you are welcome to leave the meeting or stay if you like.

We still need a member to take over the newsletter duties. If you are willing to do this, please contact me or Janice Miller.

You can find our contact information in the member directory, or send an email to

Christina “Tina” McKillip

Our August Meeting

Sunday, August 16, 2020 1:00pm

We have some exciting news! Beginning on August 16 , we will meet online using Zoom and host an expert speaker. For August we will be welcoming Christine Johns Cohen who will present Immigration Ports of Entry. Please contact for information on how to log in.

About the Presentation

Immigration Ports of Entry

Exploring how to locate when and where your ancestor immigrated to the United States. We’ll look at all ports of entry such as New Orleans, Providence or Boston (not just Ellis Island). Plus cover other tools available such as the Census, Voter lists, and Homestead records to help research your ancestor’s immigration history.

About Christine Johns Cohen

I am a long-time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and have served in many capacities, including President. In addition to WAGS, I’m 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.

My interest in genealogy began in 1977 with the airing of the TV mini-series “Roots” and was piqued when I found a typed pedigree chart of my Dutch heritage from the New Netherlands in the 1660’s. I’m a native Californian, a graduate of UCLA in Political Science and have worked for Vitol Aviation Company since 1993.

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June meeting cancelled

Stay at home orders are now expected to be lifted on Independence Day (July 4th) but could change at any time. Because of this new date, we will not have a meeting in June. It is also possible that our July meeting may be too soon to meet.

When we meet again, I hope to hear about all your ancestor findings and brick walls that have toppled.

If you have any questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions, please let me know. You can find my contact information in the member directory.

Christina “Tina” McKillip, President

May Meeting Cancelled

Stay at home orders are expected to be lifted on May 15th but could change at any time. Social distancing is still being asked of us so for this reason, we are cancelling our May meeting. If the rules for gatherings of ten or more is lifted, we may be able to have our June meeting.

Since many of you have stayed home for over five weeks now and your genealogy is completed (laugh), here are a few suggestions to fill your idle time and be helpful to the community.

FamilySearch is looking for volunteers to help index millions of records on their site. To learn more, check out

Unclaimed Persons is a group of volunteers who research collaboratively to help locate next of kin of unclaimed persons in the county coroner’s offices across the United States. To learn more, check out: https://unclaimed-

I have helped with both of these groups and it has been a rewarding experience. The more indexed records there are, the easier our own genealogy research becomes. Contributing to giving closure to a family of a deceased person is also rewarding. Many of these unclaimed persons are veterans and many have been estranged from their families for many years.

If you have any questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions, please let me know. You can find my contact information in the member directory.

Christina “Tina” McKillip, President

April meeting cancelled

In the wake of the COVID-19 virus epidemic, we will be canceling our April meeting. Since news of the virus seems to change on a daily basis, we will leave the option open for having our May meeting. If the social distancing guidelines are still in place at that time, we will cancel again and hope to be able to gather together in June. Please stay safe.

In the meantime, let’s take this time to work on our genealogy. Scan your photos and put into your computer or online programs, read books that seem to stay on the shelves and learn a new technique thru a webinar or You Tube.

If you have any questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions, please let me know. You can find my contact information in the member directory.

Christina “Tina” McKillip, President

March meeting cancelled

Dear Questing Heirs members and friends, due to recommendations for group meetings during the COVID-19 virus situation, the March 15th QHGS meeting has been cancelled. We hope to see you again soon.

Our March Meeting

Please note: our March meeting has been cancelled

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 1:00pm

Please join us on Sunday, March 15 as Jean Wilcox Hibben returns to give two presentations, Dead Language/Dead People: Translating Latin Records from the Catholic Church and Is Your Brick Wall Topped by Barbed Wire? Researching Ancestral Prisoners.

About the Presentations

Dead Language/Dead People: Translating Latin Records from the Catholic Church

Latin has been the traditional language used for the records of the Catholic Church. Focusing on records written before the early 1900s, this lecture looks at how to decipher the basic terms and identify the types of records found. Using examples from German Catholic Churches in Germany and the United States, I will help the researcher discover how to find needed information on baptisms, marriages, and deaths. Because the examples come from German research, it is advisable to determine if the prospective audience has origins in that country. Although Latin records are also used in other locales and there is bound to be a relationship between the Latin examples given here and the records found in other areas (Italy, Mexico, etc.), the uniqueness of Gothic German handwriting makes this presentation most helpful for those who are working on records from that country.

Is Your Brick Wall Topped by Barbed Wire? Researching Ancestral Prisoners

Get a glimpse into the past, the issues of housing scofflaws, and the changes made over time (mostly in America). Examples of criminals ranging from people being in the wrong place at the wrong time to hardened convicts who either could not stay OUT of jail or who, once in prison, never left; these case studies will help audience members see the issues of finding prisoner ancestors. If your forebear seemed to disappear, could it be that he (or she) had slipped onto the wrong side of the law? Learn what types of records might help reveal these realities.

About Jean Wilcox Hibben

Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA (DBA Circlemending), has been involved in family research for over 40 years. A former Board Certified genealogist, she is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and is or has been on the following Boards: the California State Genealogical Alliance (now disbanded), the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, the So. Calif. Chapter of the Assoc. of Professional Genealogists (current President and past APG board member), and the Corona Genealogical Society (former president & current 1st VP and webmaster). She writes the “Ask Aunty Jeff” column for the Jefferson County, NY, Genealogical Society Informer and maintains her own website with information about her presentations, CDs, articles, projects, etc.:

Jean is associated with the Corona California Family History Center (former director, current staff trainer); she was the lead researcher for the 2013 Season of the PBS television program Genealogy Roadshow and did research for Follow Your Past, appearing on Travel Channel in 2016. A native of the Chicago suburbs and retired college speech professor, she holds a master’s degree in speech communication and doctorate in folklore. Jean is a national speaker known for her entertaining, as well as informative, presentations, and is a frequent writer for various genealogy publications. With Gena Philibert-Ortega and Sara Cochran, they form Genealogy Journeys®, hosting genealogy events and a series of podcasts (launched in 2016), dealing with Social History. Their blog is where information on both of these endeavors can be found. A former square dance caller, Jean has been playing guitar for about 50 years, learning a variety of other folk instruments along the way. She sees a connection between family history and music because, in learning about our forebears, we try to piece together the various elements of our ancestors’ lives in an effort to create a complete (or as complete as possible) picture of who they were in their homes, families, occupations, religions, and activities. Their musical interests/involvement should be considered part of this whole picture, or circle, of their lives and that is the primary focus of much of Jean’s writings.

Jean’s philosophy is that “who we are is a compilation of our experiences and associations as well as our biological connections. When we understand our ancestors we can better understand ourselves. By doing this, we can complete our personal family circles.” This connects to her mission statement: “My goal is to assist others in their efforts to connect generations (past to present), completing the family circle.”

Our February Meeting

Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1:00pm

We hope you can join us on Sunday, February 16 as the ever-informative Hal Horrocks gives two presentations: Organizing Your Genealogy and Early Migration Patterns to Kentucky and Beyond.

About the Presentations

Organizing Your Genealogy

Have you ever needed to find a file on your computer and can’t find it? You don’t remember where you put it. You really need it to continue or verify your genealogy research. It’s not surprising because you probably have over 10,000 files in your documents section alone. Maybe it’s time to get organized. Then the question is how are you going to organize them? We will explore several ways for you to organize your computer files.

Early Migration Patterns to Kentucky and Beyond

You have traced your ancestors back to Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Then you find them in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York or Virginia before that. Have you ever asked yourself how they got to Kentucky? We will explore some of the routes they might have taken to give you a better understanding what your ancestors went through to get a better life and the trials they went through.

About Hal Horrocks

Photo of Hal Horrocks

Hal Horrocks is a native of Long Beach and a 46-year Orange County resident currently living in Costa Mesa. Hal is a professional genealogist, teacher, author, and lecturer and has been doing family research for over twenty years. He is a member of several professional genealogical associations and is a past-president of the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS) headquartered at the Huntington Beach Central Library. Hal owns his own small manufacturing company located in La Habra and is a graduate of CSULB. He has been lecturing to genealogical and other societies for the last eleven years on a range of subjects that include why people get involved in genealogy to conducting research in early England.

Our January Meeting

Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 1:00pm

To start the year off, we have two presentations that might spark some new ideas for those pesky brick walls you have. Questing Heirs Member and Newsletter Editor Janice Miller will present Discovering Your Family – The Importance of a Timeline and Finding Records for Your Female Ancestors – What Undiscovered Records Might Reveal.

About the Presentations

Discovering Your Family – The Importance of a Timeline

Do you know the when, where and why of your ancestor’s life? There is more to their story than their birth, marriage and death. If you map out their life using a timeline, it can help identify the holes in their life and clear up contradictions in your research.

Finding Records for Your Female Ancestors – What Undiscovered Records Might Reveal

Do you know where to look for your female ancestors? Are you tired of hearing that your great grandmother’s name was Mrs. Robert Smith and not knowing her birth name? We will explore records to search, see concrete examples and perhaps find clues to break down a brick wall that has you stumped.

About Janice Miller

Janice has been doing genealogy research for her family for more than thirty years. She is an avid reader and attends various genealogy workshops and conferences to further her knowledge base. Janice has been the QHGS newsletter editor for the past two years and is currently taking online classes through the National Genealogical Society.

In the course of her research for her DAR membership, she found an ancestor that was an aide to General Washington. Another ancestor, Rebecca Nurse, was one of the last women hung at Salem in 1692. Throughout the years, Janice discovered there is never an end to one’s research. New records come online each month. There is always something fun and interesting to learn no matter how long you’ve been researching your family tree.