Sheila Benedict

My name is Sheila Benedict and I am a professional genealogist for about twenty-five years. I hope that I can be of assistance with my expertise in historical, genealogical, and legal research. I am currently focusing on forensic genealogy and hope to assist attorneys and others that need this type of genealogical research.


PO Box 365, Solvang, CA 93464 U.S.A.
Phone: 805-729-7607; Fax: 805-688-1264


California State University, San Bernardino, BA, Political Science, Minor, French
Post-Graduate course in history and social sciences, Paralegal Studies
Association For State and Local History (AASLH), Society of California Archivists (SCA), Forensic Genealogy Institute, Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, National Genealogical Society, National Institute of Genealogical Research


Allan Hancock Community College, Taught Beginning, Intermediate Genealogy, & Oral History
National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies, Lecturer
Local and County Genealogical and Historical Societies
Old Mission Santa Ines, Solvang, CA, Archivist, 2012-Present
Old Mission Santa Ines, Administrator/Archivist, 1999-2012
Self Employed as a Genealogical, Historical and Forensic Genealogist
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2002 Conference, Ontario, CA, Program Chair


Award of Merit for exemplary work as Program Chair, FGS Conference Ontario, CA
Pearl Chase Historic Preservation and Conservation Award, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation


California Pamphlet for the National Genealogical Society 2014
[In production - will be available at the 2015 NGS Conference]
Articles written: Forensic Genealogy, eMagazine, OLA


American Association for State and Local Hisory [AASLH]
Association of Professional Genealogists, past board member [APG]
  Southern California Chapter, APG
  Virtual Chapter, APG, Secretary/Treasurer
California State Genealogical Alliance, past president and life member [CSGA]
Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy [CAFG]
Genealogical Speakers Guild - Founding member [GSG]
Organization of Legal Professionals [OLP]
National Genealogical Society, Life Member and past board member [NGS]
Phi Kappa Phi National Scholastic Honor Society
Rotary Club of Solvang [CA], President 2014-2015
Santa Barbara County [CA] Genealogical Society, Life Member
Santa Barbara County Paralegal Association (SBPA)
Society of California Archivists [SCA]

August 2, 2014
OCCGS General Meeting, 11:00 am

The Importance of Collateral Research

What makes collateral research so important? Collateral relatives share the same ancestry but not the same direct line of descent. Researching those relatives, along with those that lived and worked within the same community could add new dimension to your research. Two synonyms for collateral are parallel and auxiliary. We will discuss the value of collateral research, both parallel and auxiliary, using familiar documents from a different perspective.


General Meetings

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Contact OCCGS:

Orange County California Genealogical Society
c/o Huntington Beach Central Library
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, California 92648

(714) 536-5549