Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 14 June Features Del Ritchhart

The 14 June 2014 meeting of the San Diego Genealogical Society is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd, just south of Jackson Drive).

SDGS Member Del Ritchhart will present:

1)  Attacking My O’Malley Brick Wall — This is a case study which presents evidence of an 1847 New York passenger list which possibly identifies Peter, siblings and his mother and father.  People with the same names are identified in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census living in and around Scranton, Pennsylvania; but are they the same people and are they really related to Peter?  This and other facts about Peter, Julia and their family are discussed as well as some helpful tools that were developed for analyzing the data.  You will be challenged to identify holes in the research and judge whether the speaker has enough evidence to positively identify the people on the passenger list as Peter’s family.

2)  MyHeritage—A Rising Star — My Heritage is now being grouped into what many leading genealogists call the “Big Four” companies in the genealogy world—, FamilySearch, D.C. Thomson Family History ( and MyHeritage.  They are an Israeli company that was initially involved mostly in the international community, until making a major move into the U.S. market about four years ago.  This presentation will provide an overview of the capabilities of MyHeritage, both as a repository for your family tree and as a genealogy search tool.  If you are not familiar with MyHeritage, you will likely be pleasantly surprised at their capabilities.

Del's biography:

EDUCATION----MS Management U. S. Naval Postgraduate School; MS Military Science U. S. Naval War College; BS Education, University of Colorado

WORK EXPERIENCE—U.S. Navy 1959-1984, Retired as a Captain having had command of a Patrol Squadron and serving as the Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs. Overseas tours in Japan, Okinawa, Philippines, Vietnam, Hawaii, and Taiwan. Served as a Systems Analyst for Booz Allen & Hamilton 1984-1988 then was Manager of the San Diego Marketing office for Lockheed Corp. from 1989-1993. Moved to Corporate Headquarters leading to a position as Vice President Domestic Business Development for Lockheed Martin Corp. Retired from that position in 1999.

GENEALOGY EXPERIENCE—Began researching his family history in 1994. Has served as President and Programs Chairman of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego, Program Chairman of the British Isles Genealogical Society of San Diego and recently of San Diego Genealogical Society, and member of The Southern California Genealogical Society, The New England Historic Genealogical Society, and The National Genealogical Society. Has given genealogy presentations to numerous genealogy groups in the Southern California area. Recently published, “Breathing Life Into My Family Ancestors,” tracing and writing about several lines of his family tree.

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