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Genealogy Day

From beginners to the experienced researcher, learn how to navigate your family tree at a this half-day event lead by local genealogy experts and keynote speaker: Anne Gillespie Mitchell from Ancestry.com will tackle the question all researchers experience, “How Do I Know I’m Right?”. Attend breakout sessions on exciting topics relevant to all levels of  research experience. Enjoy a continental breakfast and explore the exhibit hall featuring local genealogists.

We would like to thank the Cushman Foundation for sponsoring this event.

Location: San Diego History Center
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40 SDHC and San Diego Genealogical Society Members; $50 Non-Members
Additional Information: Includes Breakout Sessions for both beginning and advanced researchers, exhibit hall and continental breakfast

Online and phone sales are no longer available. Walk-up tickets will be on sale starting at 8am on October 15th.


Anne Gillespie Mitchell Keynote Speaker “How Do I Know I’m Right” and breakout session “Finding & Researching Women”

Anne Gillespie Mitchell has worked for Ancestry.com as a Product Manager for over eight years on products such as Search, Ancestry Library Edition, RootsWeb and Ancestry Academy.  She also writes for the Ancestry blog, and has filmed more than 10 courses for Ancestry Academy.  She has lectured on a variety of genealogy topics at conferences including NGS, FGS, and RootsTech as well as Swing through South at SLIG 2015.  Her favorite topics are about researching in the south, researching females in your tree, and the Civil War. Genealogy is not just a vocation, it is also a passion. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many decades.  She has also completed the Boston University Online Genealogy Certificate course. Before joining the Ancestry.com team, she worked in the internet industry as a software engineer and a product manager for companies including CNET, Webshots and Excite@Home.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, where she also was a Computer Science instructor for 8 years.

Randy Seaver “Top 10 Free Genealogy Websites”

Randy Seaver is a 4th generation San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants. He has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992. Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS), and is currently the Newsletter Editor and Research Chair. He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches “Beginning Computer Genealogy” adult classes at OASIS. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Southern California Genealogical Society, San Diego Genealogical Society, and CVGS. Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com) and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (http://CVGenCafe.blogspot.com).

Del Ritchart “Extra!Extra! Read All About It-Using Newspapers as a Research Resource”

Del began researching his family history in 1994. He has served in leadership positions in several San Diego genealogy organizations; including President, Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego. Del has given genealogy presentations to numerous groups in the Southern California area, including the San Diego Genealogical Society, Escondido Family History Fair, North San Diego County Genealogical Society, our own Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego and others. He published his family history, “Breathing Life Into My Family Ancestors” in late 2011.

Jane Kenealy and Peter Steelquist “San Diego Genealogy Research Resources”

Ms. Kenealy has been associated with the San Diego History Center since 1999 and has been Archivist for the past ten years. As Archivist, her responsibilities include the Document Archives, the Research Library, and the highly successful SDHC Oral History Program. She received her Certificate of Education from Wall Hall College of Education, Aldenham, UK, Affiliate College of Cambridge University. Ms. Kenealy is a graduate of the California State Archives’ Western Archives Institute and served as Associate Faculty 2006-2008. She has been Project Director for a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant to create finding aids for archival collections and more recently, for an IMLS grant to produce digital preservation copies of the earliest SDHC Oral History interviews. Professional memberships include the Society of California Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. 

Peter Steelquist (Facilitator), Former President, San Diego Genealogical Society


8:00 am: Check-In & Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:45 am: Keynote presentation, Anne Gillespie Mitchell

10:15-11:15 am: Breakout Session #1

11:30-12:30 pm: Breakout Session #2

10:15-2:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Open


“Beginning Genealogy” by the San Diego Genealogical Society

Website: www.casdgs.org
We are on Facebook at San Diego Genealogical Society

“Resources for Military Research” by the Civil War Round Table & SAR

Civil War Round Table
Sons of the American Revolution, San Diego
Website: www.sarsandiego.org

Research” by the Immigrant Genealogical Society

Website: immigrantgensoc.org
Blog: pommerschen.blogspot.com
We are on Facebook at Die Pommerschen Leute

“Courthouses to Cemeteries, Planning a Research Trip” by the Chula Vista Genealogical Society

Website: www.cvgenealogy.org
Blog: cvgencafe.blogspot.com


October 15, 2016
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
$40 – $50
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San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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San Diego History Center
(619) 232-6203 ext. 111