Thursday, March 8, 2018

San Diego Genealogical Society Program on Saturday, 10 March

The next meeting of the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) is Saturday, 10 March, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd., at Jackson Drive).  

The program speaker for both sessions (10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.) will be David Flint, on "Genealogical Reasearch in England."

This program reviews the three main record groups you are likely to use when doing genealogy research in England: Census records, Civil Registration records and Church records. Each of these record types covers a different time period ranging from 1538 to the present, and each can provide key information about your ancestors in England. The program will compare the different types of records with illustrations of the content, historical context, and some websites to access them online. A printed handout will be provided.

About the Speaker

David Flint has been doing English genealogy research for the past 12 years. He was born in England, where he lived until the age of ten, when his family moved to Canada, and then to the United States. He currently lives in Irvine with his wife, Nancy.

David devotes time to genealogy research, attending lectures and seminars, teaching genealogy classes, and occasional speaking engagements. He is currently President of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS), a member of the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS), a member of the North San Diego County Genealogical Society, and a past member of the Genealogical Society of North Orange County California.

David retired after working for the County of Los Angeles for 40 years, ending his career as Assistant Director for Finance and Planning with the County of Los Angeles Public Library. He began his interest in genealogy after attending a library conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 2002, where he met two British Isles research specialists from FamilySearch. He likes to say that genealogy found him because he wasn’t looking for it at the time. He enjoys cooking, good wine, travel, and likes to read history and historical fiction. In addition to working on his family history, David has a goal of developing a specialized collection of British Isles reference books in his home library. He and his wife Nancy have made trips to England to keep in touch with family and visit the country where he spent his childhood.

At his home society in Mission Viejo he leads a monthly England special interest group, and a monthly Legacy Users Group for SOCCGS members who use the Legacy Family Tree genealogy program. He also teaches a beginners class for Legacy, and a class in computer basics. He also leads an annual week-long research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City for SOCCGS.

9 a.m. Education Hour

In the 9 a.m. hour, Peter Steelquist will lead a discussion of "Researching San Diego" and Dona Ritchie will lead a discussion on "Introduction to Genealogy on Your Mac" in the upstairas classroom.  Seating is limited, so please reserve a spot at


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