Friday, October 12, 2007

SDGS Meeting on Saturday 10/13

The San Diego Genealogical Society monthly meeting is on Saturday, 13 October at 12 noon at St. Andrews Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd. in San Diego (at Jackson Drive).

There will be two presentations:

1) "Everyone Has a Story" with Karon Jarred.

Have you ever wished that your ancestors had written down their life stories? What a treasure that would be to help fill in their lives. Through our research, we get all the names, dates and places, but miss out on the rich details of how they lived their lives. What were their joys and successes as well as their challenges? How did they deal with the history unfolding in front of them? Wouldn't you give just about anything to have these answers?

Well, have you written down your life's story? If not, why not? Come and learn how easy it can be to capture your life's memories for future generations. While your genealogy will always be there, your own life story may not be unless you do it - before it's too late.

Since retiring from SDG&E 21 years ago, Karon Jarred has pursued her interest in genealogical research. A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (where she serves as National Chairman of the Public Relations and Media Committee and California State Recording Secretary), she is also active in the promotion of historic preservation, education of our youth, and patriotism. Her hobbies include needlework and life story writing.

2) "Hidden Items/Treasures You Can Find in Any Library" with Penny Feike.

Do you know how to use a library to its full potential? Every library has unique and valuable collections that may not be found where you think they should be and unless you know what to look for, you may be missing that breakthrough discovery. Penny will share with you what to look for and how to broaden your library searches to find these hidden gems and improve your research success.

Society member Penny Feike has been researching for more than 40 years. She has taught and worked at the Family History Center in San Diego where she has helped many researchers over the years improve their skills. As a professional genealogist, she does U.S. and international research, as she puts it, "anyplace that uses the Latin alphabet." Her extensive knowledge and recall is always amazing (including citation of the book call numbers). Always popular and not to be missed.

I will attend these talks, and will have flyers to hand out for the 20 October seminar "Genealogy Online - discover Your Family History." I look forward to seeing many of my San Diego readers at this meeting.

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