Barbara Renick

Barbara Renick taught computer genealogy lectures for 30 years locally (mostly at the regional Family History Center which is now the Orange County Family Search Library), for 20 years at national and state genealogy conferences, was a contributing editor for the National Genealogical Society computer magazine for eleven years; authored Genealogy 101: How to Trace Your Family’s History and Heritage sponsored by NGS for their 100th Anniversary; and has served on both the NGS Board of Directors and the Association of Professional Genealogists Board of Directors. She also lectured and taught computer labs at the early RootsTech conferences; then switched to doing webinars toward the end of her career as a professional genealogist. The ‘Z’ Links page at her Web site is popular among genealogists. In 2014 she retired for health reasons and now only lectures occasionally as her health permits.


September 7, 2019

11:00 AM - Advanced Google Searching

There is more to Google searching than just the cutely graphical main search page. Google has not only specialized search pages (images, books, scholar, newspapers, etc.) but also many unpublicized advanced search features (such as the minus sign attached to the front of a word to exclude results that include that word). This lecture covers how to adapt your Google searches for better genealogical results.


12:30 PM - How the Three Eras of Genealogy Impact Your Research Today

Genealogists today ignore the work of previous generations of researchers at their peril. This lecture looks at each of the three previous eras of research (Pen & Pencil, Typewriter, and Computer) for how they searched, recorded, and preserved what they had done. Possible pitfalls are analyzed as we search for clues left behind for us to find today.

Speaker Handouts, when available, can be found in OCCGS Member's Only on the Handouts page.


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Saturday March 7, 2020
BASH with Paul Woodbury

Saturday October 3, 2020
DNA Day with Blaine Bettinger

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