When: November 18th, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Speaker: Luana Darby
Topic: Surveying the Community – Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors
Your ancestor’s community holds many clues and patterns that help your fill in missing pieces in your family puzzle. Often the person next door or another family in the community may hold the answers you seek. By using a combination of readily available records such as census, tax, land, maps, and cemetery records we can discover additional clues and avenues of research.
Luana Darby is a professional genealogist. lecturer and educator who lives in West Jordan, Utah with her husband and children. She has over 35 years of genealogical experience. Graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Family History and later receiving a master’s degree in Library Science from San Jose State University, she brings a broad base of knowledge and experience to her clients and audience. She is the owner of Lineages by Luana, a genealogical research company which focuses on US/Canada and Western European research. She has lectured at many genealogical and historical conferences, including NGS. FGS, RootsTech, UGA, BYU and ICAPGen.
After land moved from government ownership to individual ownership, the transfer of property was handled at the local level, primarily by the counties, using deeds. We will continue our exploration of land through the use of deeds. You will learn how to locate land records, what to look for, and what you might find.
Presenter: Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew is a California genealogy speaker who previously lived in Yorba Linda and was once president of GSNOCC. She speaks on a wide variety of topics including, land records, homesteading, the FamilySearch website and its components, newspapers, census records, and DNA. She is a member of NGS, APG, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, DAR, and various local and state societies. She is secretary of the APG Writers SIG, on the Genealogical Speakers Guild webinar committee, and coordinator of PROGEN 47. Previous leadership positions include serving as President of APG: Southern California Chapter, President of the California State Genealogical Alliance, President of the Genealogical Society of North Orange County California (GSNOCC), and member of the FamilySearch Wiki Community Council.
She and her husband have retired to Yosemite Lakes Park, Coarsegold, California, located south of Yosemite, where she runs her business, California Cousins: Family History Research and Education. She can be found online at http://www.californiacousins.com.
Come learn what’s in the Orange County Archives when Assistant Archivist and historian Chris Jepsen speaks at our September 16th meeting. Even if you don’t have kin in Southern California, this program may help you better understand archives generally and give you an idea of the kinds of research materials you may find there. The O.C. Archives is a center for the preservation and study of local history, located in the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. It collects and preserves historically significant materials and helps people discover the history of their families, homes and communities. Jepsen’s program includes a virtual tour of the Archives and examples of their many fascinating holdings.
The Orange County Archives is a division of the O.C. Clerk-Recorder Dept., and is generally open to the public on weekdays (except holidays), 9:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Access has been limited during COVID-19, but staff can usually still assist you with look-ups. For more information about the Archives, visit OCArchives.com or call Chris at (714) 834-4771.
When: July 15th, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
Topic: Turning Genealogy Clues into Genealogy To Do’s
This webinar requires registration. Please find the Zoom registration information in the GSNOCC newsletter emailed to members or on the Members Only page.
Summary: Does your genealogy research get bogged down when you find new clues about an ancestor? Do you stop everything and chase after that BSO (“bright and shiny object”)? Learn how to increase your research efficiency and still remember that new information for later investigation.
Description: Participants will learn how to identify new clues in records, document new information and tuck it away for later research. In addition, we’ll focus on building better and more efficient research habits in order to stay on track and not get distracted by new clues.
When: June 17, 2020 at 7:00pm
Where: This will be a webinar-style meeting, not an in-person meeting.
Speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben
Topic: Pandemics & Epidemics: Issues of Politics, Economics, and Religion
This webinar requires registration. Please find the Zoom registration information in an email from GSNOCC to members.
Endemics, Epidemics, and Pandemics all affected our ancestors, either directly or indirectly. Lifestyles were altered by major illness and the fear of it. Learn how far-reaching the health concerns of our predecessors stretched, how they touched your own lives, and how they affect your research. Funeral and cemetery records, as well as the ways of handling the dead, will be discussed.
Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD, MA, former Southern California college speech professor (MA-Speech Communication; PhD-Folklore) is a national speaker and author. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the National Genealogical Society (NGS). She is the former director and current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and hosts podcasts, with a couple of other genealogists, under the moniker Genealogy Journeys®. With over 40 years of family research experience, she is a former board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and current President of its Southern California Chapter, Officer in the Corona Genealogical Society as well as its webmaster, and has participated on a number of other society boards.