Monthly Meeting – March 5, 2020 – “Beginning Genealogy” by Shelley McFadden

Genealogy is a curiosity for most, a hobby for many and an obsession for some. Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree, others just jump into family history research without giving it much thought. Knowing why people research their ancestors can be a source of inspiration & support for genealogists. This can be particularly important when the inevitable roadblocks & brick walls become a factor. Some of the reasons people research their family tree are the following: Validate Family Stories; Famous People; Historical Event; Trace Medical Conditions; Trace a Family Inheritance; Trace Land Ownership; Trace a Family Portrait; Find Birth Parents; Proof of Paternity; Religious Tenet; Community History; Historic Studies; Heritage Societies; Preserve a Close Relative’s Legacy; Preserving Family Traditions; Preserving Family Culture; Resolving Family Trees in Bibles; Understanding Family Letters/Diaries; Understand a Namesake; Settle Ownership of a Heirloom; Reconnect with Family; Family Legacy. Genealogy is a fascinating & compelling activity that demands the same kind of persistence & deductive reasoning as detective work. Tracing ancestors is really about solving a series of mysteries. Except in this case, the mystery is you.

Shelley McFadden holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from 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 & New England. She is serving as President for Monterey County Genealogy Society & is currently serving as 1st Vice President- Programs Chair. She is a member of the DAR Commodore Sloat Chapter, & Associate member of the Aloha Chapter. 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.


” The future’s already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” – William Gibson


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