Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SDGS Meeting on Saturday, 14 May - Blythe Stokes on "Find A Grave"

The next program meeting of the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) is Saturday, 14 May, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrews Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Drive in San Diego).

The speaker for both sessions is Blythe Stokes, on "Find A Grave: Gone But Not Forgotten"

Find A Grave can be a great resource for genealogical research. It can also provide a wonderful feeling when you can “see” the resting places of loved ones. Personally, Blythe has been able to find family grave sites that she never thought would be possible. Find A Grave allows you to search for ancestor resting places even around the world.

In this presentation you will learn how to search for ancestors using a variety of options including name, birth date, death date and location. If you know the cemetery, you can also search by the cemetery name.

You will also learn how to narrow your research options to provide the best results. If your ancestor has yet to be added to Find A Grave you will learn how to set up a memorial and request photographs from the numerous volunteers around the world.

Becoming a contributor (no cost, no volunteering necessary) will open the door to even more tools such as Virtual Cemeteries where you can place your ancestors into a cemetery that you name. This allows you to place family members together even if their resting places are around the globe. This is just one of the great tools available to you on this website.

Bring your computer charged and ready to go. After the formal presentation Blythe will spend time helping you find your own “gone but not forgotten” family ancestors.

About Blythe:

Blythe has been involved in genealogical research since the 1970’s. She just recently received her certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.  She has given genealogy presentations to a variety of groups from the Orange County California Genealogy Society, The Jewish Genealogy Society of San Diego and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society. She has taught genealogy classes offered by the Cole Genealogical Library in Carlsbad and in cooperation with the North San Diego County Genealogy Society.

She was a science educator for 16 years and a Mentor teacher for the State of California. In the early 1990’s she worked for NASA, California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She assisted in researching the effects of cosmic radiation on small nematodes. The experiment rode on the Discovery Space Shuttle for nine days.

May 14th Class at 9 a.m.:

Dona Ritchie will present "Sourcing" in the Upstairs classroom at 9 a.m.


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