Genealogy Made Easier

Some of the most tenacious people I know are genealogists. I have the honor of working with genealogists all the time here at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. Piecing together tiny bits of biographical data from hundreds of different sources can be rewarding. However, I also know from personal experience that it takes lots of time and calls for a lot of patience.

Genealogical paydirt: marriage license from 1874.

Genealogical paydirt: marriage license from 1874.

Genealogical research might be getting a little easier. Last week, the Museum received an announcement for the Thirty-third Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar, conducted by the Commodore Sloat Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. The event takes place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1024 Noche Buena at Plumas Avenue, Seaside, California, on Saturday, January 25, 2014, and runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The seminar will include more thirty classes. Those who attend can learn more about newspaper research, state and national archives, cemetery records, DNA, genealogy software, and lineage societies. They can also gain new insights into Portuguese, Irish, and Mexican research.

The keynote speaker for the day will be Ralph F. Severson, the director of the Oakland FamilySearch Library. Severson will also teach three classes: "Using Family Search and Family Tree Optimally," "Why Mormons Do Genealogy," and "Azores/Portugal Research."

For additional information, phone Serita Sue Woodburn at (831) 899-2121, or e-mail her at

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