Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 9 August Features Linda Serna

The next San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) program meeting is this Saturday, 9 August 2014 at 10 a.m. at the St. Andrew's Lutheran Church building (8350 Lake Murray Blvd in San Diego, just south of Jackson Drive).

The program speaker is Linda Serna.  Linda will have two presentations, "Ethnic Groups: They Came to America" (10 to 11 a.m.) and "Foreign Research" (11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)

Since the United States is a country of immigrants, the history of who came here when does a lot to shed light on this question. Understanding when and why they left, and where they went helps to round them out as people. Their lives are now in context. And then we can dig into the research necessary to follow our family lines further back in the old country.  “Ethnic Groups: They Came Into America” speaks of the history of our immigrant ancestors. “Foreign Research” shows us how to find them. Together, these presentations add depth to the family story and help lead us in the direction in which we want to go.

“Ethnic Groups: They Came Into America:” Looks at the Polish, German, French, Belgium Walloons, Italian, Irish, and Dutch, and explores where they came from, when they came, why they came, and where they went in America to aid us in our research of these particular groups.

“Foreign Research:” Looks at how to go about tracing our ancestors across the ocean. It addresses beginning here in the States, discovering the clues as to where to go next, and then finding resources that are available here and overseas, both online and in repositories, as well as other suggestions that may open the doors to success.

Linda has been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 30 years. Just recently, she was honored to work on the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow.

Currently, she is a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA), the Polish Genealogical Society (PGS-CA), and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA-CA) as well as being Vice President of Programs for the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS).

Over the last 5 years, Linda has written and given several presentations on various topics for different groups in Southern California and New Mexico, as well as teaching the Intermediate/ Advanced class at her home group about twice a year. She is always in the process of writing new presentations. Her loves, in addition to public speaking, include history, writing, and traveling.

There will be a "New Members" meeting at 9 a.m. in the same venue.  Del Ritchhart will discuss getting started in genealogy research.

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