Monthly Meeting – August 1, 2019 – “Brick Walls in My Genealogy? How Did They Get There?” by Shelley McFadden

At some point, every family historian encounters a barrier in their genealogy research. In genealogy, these barriers are known as “Brick Walls” and they can often appear impossible to work around. We must remember Genealogy is a research field concerned primarily with accurately reconstructing forgotten, unknown or hidden identities, relationships, activities of families, individuals, and more. It borrows from fields like anthropology, economics, genetics, history, law, mathematics, and sociology. Many pursue family history for pleasure and to learn more about their family ’s background, while most family historians, consider accurate results important. Genealogy is “Problem-Solving” – not a straightforward primary information with direct evidence. We will learn 16 reasons why we create brick walls in our Family Genealogy, and a disciplined approach to solving them.

Shelley McFadden holds a BFA in Fine Arts at the University of Hawaii and is a retired RN from CHOMP. She has worked for over 40 years on her family genealogy. Her focus Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, North and South Carolina, New York, Ohio, and New England. She has served as a past President for Monterey County Genealogy Society, and is currently serving as 1st Vice President-Programs Chair. She is a member of Commodore Sloat Chapter, and associate member of Aloha Chapter of the DAR. A Charter member of the Colonial Dames in Hawaii. She specializes in Newspaper Research.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


“For the oldest man in the world, everyone that existed on the entire planet when he was born are now dead.” – Reddit


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