Category Archives: Off The Charts

Off the Charts : Presenting Ancestors’ STories (PAST) meets 3rd Wednesdays via Zoom @ 1:30 pm

We are a genealogy group for people who like to think outside the box and beyond the chart. We exchange support for our work and excitement about how we’re sharing it. Our meetings include topics and speakers on writing, crafts, photo projects, organization, trips, reunions, issues, and much more.

Wednesday November 17th @ 1:30-3:30 ==> Contact Kathy knielsen68@gmail.com or Karen 917-2042 for Zoom meeting details.

This Month: “Sandy Peterson”

This month Sandy Peterson will be our guest speaker. Sandy is not only a genealogist; she is an artist. She creates graphic art collages from photos, documents, maps, and other interesting items from her family history. She has also been the Santa Maria Family History Center director and president of the Santa Maria Valley Genealogical Society. She’ll be showing her art and showing us how to select materials and arrange them for a collage, touching on printing and documenting as well. We may have time for a brief show and tell, so bring your own artistic or craftsy project/gift along. This will be a fun one! .

Every meeting includes a chance to connect, ask questions, and update genealogy friends on your latest discoveries or roadblocks. We also have an opportunity to receive inspiration from others and to help.

Off the Charts : Presenting Ancestors’ STories (PAST) meets 3rd Wednesdays via Zoom @ 1:30 pm

We are a genealogy group for people who like to think outside the box and beyond the chart. We exchange support for our work and excitement about how we’re sharing it. Our meetings include topics and speakers on writing, crafts, photo projects, organization, trips, reunions, issues, and much more.

Wednesday October 20th @ 1:30-3:30 ==> Contact Kathy knielsen68@gmail.com or Karen 917-2042 for Zoom meeting details.

This Month: “David Bunzel”

David Bunzel will be presenting his “Curious Case of Frank Button”, which might also be called “The Clue in the Old Documents” or “The Mysterious Wedding Date”. Learn how David, whose ancestors are German and Irish, began his current attraction to history and genealogy way back, with a childhood interest in old family stories. See how he adds new research (and serendipity?) to those old family tales..

Every meeting includes a chance to connect, ask questions, and update genealogy friends on your latest discoveries or roadblocks. We also have an opportunity to receive inspiration from others and to help.

Off the Charts : Presenting Ancestors’ STories (PAST) meets Wednesday Feb 17 via Zoom @ 1:30 pm


We are a genealogy group for people who like to think outside the box and beyond the chart. We exchange support for our work and excitement about how we’re sharing it. Our meetings include topics and speakers on writing, crafts, photo projects, organization, trips, reunions, issues, and much more.

Third Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 Contact Kathy knielsen68@gmail.com or Karen 917-2042 for Zoom meeting details.

In February: Spinning a Memory Tale: Using Genealogical Information to Tell Your Family Story.

Anne Shimojima will show how she shaped her parents’ World War II incarceration camp story, gathered historical photographs, and used a storyteller’s skills to share her genealogical work with her family and the world.