Randy Seaver

Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants. He has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992. Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and is currently the Newsletter Editor and Research Chair. He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS. He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SCGS, SDGS, CGSSD and CVGS. Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (http://www.geneamusings.com) and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (http://CVGenCafe.blogspot.com).

January 3, 2015
11:00 AM - Exploring FamilySearch - The Very Best FREE Genealogy Website

FamilySearch (owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) has completely revised their website (https://www.Familysearch.org) to host all of their past and future online offerings. There is a wealth of FREE historical record collections on the site, with more being added every month as a result of image processing and volunteer indexing. The online Research Wiki, which replaces the paper Research Guides, provides educational material about genealogy research techniques, historical record collections, and localities (countries, states, counties). The Family History Library Catalog has been improved with links to online books and records. Many online Research Courses (video presentations) have been provided for continuing education, with more added regularly. This talk does not cover the FamilySearch Family Tree.

12:30 PM - Probate Records: My Favorite Record Type!

Probate records are my absolute favorite record type for identifying and proving family relationships. This presentation describes the overall probate process, the different kinds of probate records, and how to find and obtain probate records in repositories and online record collections.

 

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