Research in the States – California , written by Sheila Benedict, 2015, is available for sale at the NGS website in both paper copy or PDF eBook.

Save the Date! 49th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2018, Thursday, May 31 to Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Burbank Marriott Hotel!!


  • California Genealogical Research: Past, Present, and Future
  • A Case for Courthouse Research
  • Catholic Records: Then and Now
  • California Historic Mission and Their Records
  • Collecting, Recording, and Evaluating Research
  • Death Certificates, Obituaries, and Probates: What the Dead Can Tell You!
  • Did Your Ancestor’s Siblings Take YOUR Family Papers to California?
  • Work Your Way to Ireland Using American Records First
  • The Importance of Collateral Research
  • Migration Trails: Was Your Family Part of the Great Move West?
  • Newspaper Research beyond Obituaries: Much Needed, Often Overlooked
  • Paper Trails: Picking Through the Crumbs
  • Re-Assess Your Data: Is it Quality Research or Grandma’s Army Boots?
  • Forensic Genealogy (advanced or professional genealogists/legal professionals audience)
  • Case Studies in Forensic and Family Genealogy
  • Naturalization Files: Could Be an Information Goldmine
  • Archives Large and Small, Public and Private
  • Oral History: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • Genealogy: Then and Now

07 January 2017, SLOCGS, two presentations for the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society, San Luis Obispo, CA
22 January 2017, Los Californios – Pending, California Resarch
09 June 2017, Round table manager, Irish Research Table Coordinator and a presentation for the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, CA

No other speaking engagements in 2017 as I wrote grants (which were received) for a Forensic Canine study and a Ground Penetrating Radar Study of the cemetery at the Mission where I work part-time. These studies were done in June 2017 and concluded, as was suspected, that the original size of the cemetery extended out into the front field and over to an archeological did for the Spanish soldier’s quarters were located over two hundred years ago.

BREAKING NEWS: I have given notice to the Mission that I will be leaving as Archivist by 15th August 2017. My plan for the rest of 2017 is to expand client work and attend classes in a variety of genealogical and professional courses. In 2018, I will resume a limited lecture schedule which will be posted here.