Judith Brooks

Judy has been researching both her own and her husband's ancestry since 1995 and has become an avid researcher ever since. It took her 10 years to locate the Scottish Brooks among a myriad of English ones, thus her interest in specializing in Scottish research.

As both families were in the United States in Colonial times, she has done extensive research in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Nebraska with additional research in Ireland and Scotland.

She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Southern California Genealogical Society, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Nebraska Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, and an active member of the Carlsbad San Diego North County Genealogical Society. She is the registrar for Rancho Buena Vista chapter of the DAR and the Red White and Blue Society of the CAR.

She is also a member of the North County Scots and presents free classes at the San Diego Highland Games every year in June.

Judy has experience researching various libraries, county court houses, cemeteries, historical societies, the National Archives, and the Library of Congress for her own family research as well as for clients.

Her philosophy is that there is so much more to our ancestry than just the historical dates and places such as birth, marriage, and death. Finding the history of the time and place and information about the life and times of our ancestors brings full meaning to our heritage.

August 6, 2016

11:00 AM - Using Ancestral Religious Migratory Patterns to Locate Church Records

This presentation covers the major Christian religions and how and why they migrated to America with a focus on the early years of arrival. Examples of how to determine their possible church affiliations in order to focus your search efforts as well as some sites for obtaining records will be presented.


12:30 PM - Researching Scottish Ancestors

Researching Scottish Ancestors introduces primary and little known online sites for Scotland and Northern Ireland (for the Scots Irish).


Handouts are available for Member's Only on the Speaker Handouts page.




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Orange County California Genealogical Society
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