Wednesday, April 6, 2016

SDGS Program on Saturday, 9 April Features John Finch

The San Diego Genealogical Society program meeting on Saturday, 9 April 2016, will be at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd., San Diego, just south of Jackson Drive).

The program speaker will be John Finch:

John's two presentations will be:  

1)  World War I and Ancestral Records (A War to End All Wars) 

The WWI presentation begins with an overview of the war to include its causes, participants, casualties, and consequences.  From that historical perspective, John will describe various records and documents of interest to the family researcher

2)  Between The Wars (A Peace to End All Peace)

During the second session, John will examine the Armistice agreement and its shortcomings; compare socio-economic changes in the United States, the British Empire, and in Europe. We will discuss how the United States, a nation of immigrants, becomes the World Power. Veterans’ records and unique war related records will be examined.

John's Biography:

John has been a member of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society since 1999 and has served as Library Coordinator, Program Chair and President (2004 -2006 term). He is also a member of the
Lee County, Illinois Historical and Genealogical Society. John retired from the U.S. Navy in 1980 and the San Diego County Probation Department in 1999. He is also a cancer survivor.

John developed an interest in his own family history at a very young age, but did not begin an active pursuit of research until after retiring in 1999. Now, he spends several hours each week researching his family as well as volunteering at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library on Wednesday mornings to assist new and seasoned researchers.

At 9 a.m., there will be two classes in the upstairs classrooms:

*  “DNA SIG: Family Tree DNA User & Interface Triangulation” with Kathy Fernandes, Upstairs Classroom.

*  “Vital Records” with Anna Acosta, Upstairs Classroom #2.


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