Cheri Mello

Professionally, Cheri is a math teacher with degrees in psychology, sociology, human and child development, and master's in education. She became a National Board Certified Teacher, the most prestigious and highest teaching credential in the educational world.

The genealogy bug was planted in Cheri with the 5th grade history project. Her maternal grandmother gave her some material which she used. She used it later for a Girl Scout badge and pulled out the information many times and wondered about her family and how she could learn more. Some of this material is still incorporated into her current presentations.

Cheri began her active adult research 23 years ago, after the death of her remaining grandparents. She has done research in many states, even taking a trip overseas in search of her Portuguese ancestry. Nine years ago, she became involved in DNA, and was recruited as the Project Co-administrator for the Azores DNA project. She runs five DNA projects and manages mailing lists involving Portuguese-Azorean genealogy.

January 2, 2016

11:00 AM - Understanding Basic DNA

Learn from a case study how DNA was used to overcome a brick wall that stood since the 1950s and solved the mystery of the parent of two sisters. Also included is an overview of the 3 types of DNA used in genealogy: Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA (Family Finder).

12:30 PM - Sources for Reverse Genealogy

Learn how to use sources from your own genealogy searches and apply them to trace forward to possibly find a living cousin today!




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Orange County California Genealogical Society
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7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, California 92648

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