Presenter: Sara Cochran
When: January 15, 2020 7:00 pm
Where: Yorba Linda Community Center
Widows, spinsters, and bachelors are a part of everyone's ancestral tree. Widows create tax records and appear in city directories, land records, and estate records. They may be identified with their married name or maiden name. They may or may not have been living with their adult children or buried with their husband. Adults may never have been married or may be difficult to identify because they were the last of their branch of the family. They didn't discuss their life, ceased communication with their family, and didn't leave a written record. Come and join us to learn how to conquer these impregnable genealogical forests.
Missing! Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters, and Bachelors
Sara Cochran has conducted genealogical research for over 25 years in nearly every state of the USA, plus Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, a BS in Library Science and is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group. She began her career as a professional genealogist in 2016. Sara is currently the treasurer of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Registrar for the Aurantia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Secretary of the Amanda Stokes Tent, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and volunteers at the National Archives, Riverside.
Mr. Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy at several adult school and university extension programs. He has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and was a featured speaker at several conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy. Southern California resources plus naturalization and immigration records. Mr. Gostin is the author of Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859, and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original UK version of the popular genealogy television show Who Do You Think You Are? He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world.
Dr. Fitzpatrick, the founder of Identifinders International, is widely recognized as the founder of modern forensic genealogy. She has investigated numerous cold case homicides for law enforcement using genetic genealogy analysis. She is Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project (DDP), applying autosomal SNP analysis to the identification of a John or Jane Doe, sometimes decades old. Her collaborations include the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, the University of Arizona. Harvard Medical School and other noted professional organizations. She is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).
About the Program
The 1940 US Census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch-led consortium used 160,000 volunteers to name index that census in five months. In addition, Joel Weintraub and Steve Morse, over seven years, with about 125 volunteers, developed free utilities to find which of 150,000 census districts a person was in, when a location or address was known. These projects are examples of crowdsourcing. Steve and Joel are now doing a similar project for the 1950 census. Joel will discuss differences between the volunteer response, Yahoo Group site, cloud storage, software, One-Step utilities, and project phases.
About the Speaker
Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton. He became interested in genealogy about 20 years ago, and volunteered for nine years at the National Archives and Records Administration in Southern California. Joel produced locational tools for the 1900 through 1940 censuses and the New York City censuses (1905, 1915, & 1925) for the Steve Morse "One-Step" website (stevemorse.org). Joel has published articles on the US Census, searching records in NYC, the Ellis Island "Name Change Myth," and given presentations on census research, immigration and naturalization, Ellis Island, and Jewish genealogy.
Note: Our November meeting will be the 2nd Wednesday instead of the 3rd Wednesday of the month. See you at Yorba Linda Community Center on November 14th at 7pm.
Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick Presents "You Will Never Look at Your Old Photos the Same Way Again" at our April meeting
Join us at our April meeting and program on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7pm at Yorba Linda Community Center.
About the Program
You Will Never Look at Your Old Photos the Same Way Again!
Step into the 21st century with your photo identification! Every bit of a photograph – the thickness, the edges, the shape, and yes, even the image, can help you identify it. It’s not only what you look at in a photo, it’s how you look at it that counts. Clues lurk in the most unusual places, you just have to find them. Even the most mundane items– the weather, the direction of traffic on a street, can be the clue that can solve a photo-mystery. After attending this talk, you will never look at your old photos the same way again!
About the Speaker
Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an internationally recognised forensic genealogist, the founder of Identifinders International. She has been involved in high profile historic cases, including the identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart project; she is now the Forensic Genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA Project. Colleen has also been a key member of team that have exposed three international Holocaust literary frauds. Colleen's collaborations include the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, the University of Arizona, Harvard Medical School and other noted professional organizations. She is a past Fellow of the Society of Photoinstrumentation Engineers (SPIE), an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).
As a world traveler and multi-lingual, Colleen specializes in international cases; she has researched in over 50 countries. Colleen assists nonprofits, military organizations, attorneys, and law enforcement with cold case work, forensic identification, and with locating hard-to-find individuals. She has developed innovative DNA identification techniques that have benefited Child Survivors of the Holocaust and adoptees who otherwise would have given up hope of finding their birth parents.
Colleen lectures widely in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines, and on international radio and television programs. These include the BBC World News Tonight, RTE Ireland Television’s Nationwide, Radio New Zealand, The Melbourne Sun, CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, More Magazine and Scientific American. She is the author of three books: Forensic Genealogy, DNA & Genealogy, and The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone.