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! 50th Anniversary celebrated at the Annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2019, will return to a 4-Day Event; DNA Day will be on Thursday, 30 May 2019 – 2 June 2019. The DNA and Jamboree Round-Tables will be on Thursday 30 May 2019, 8:30 -10:00 AM (one session only) during Jambo Free at the Burbank Marriott Hotel!! More information will be available soon.


  • California Genealogical Research: Past, Present, and Future
  • California Here They Came!
  • 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?
  • Migration Trails are Paper Trails
  • 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
  • Research Techniques Using Social Sciences

01 February 2018, Rotary Club presentation on the California Mission System [moved to 17 May]
After 16 April 2018, tentative for presentation at Lake Cachuma wildlife preservation room. Will firm up in weeks to come
03 May 2018, Gilroy Museum, Basics of Genealogical Research
05 May 2018, all-day seminar at the San Mateo County Genealogical Society – topics include California, California Mission records, and forensic genealogy
17 May 2018, Rotary Club of Los Olivos, California Historic Missions
31 May 2018, Jamboree round table coordinator, Irish Research table volunteer
01 June 2018, Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, California; presentation on Catholic Records
17 June 2018, Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, Migration Trails are Paper Trails
04 Jun 2018, Corona Genealogical Society, Corona, Collateral Research
11 July 2018, VIGR webinar, California Mission System
Fall 2018+ A lecture series is in the works and when completed, will be posted here.

2017-2019: “Santa Ynez Valley Star” Newspaper: writes a once a month genealogy column

14 February 2019,DAR chapter, Refugio del Cielo, topic not yet named
20 March 2019, South Bay Cities Genealogical Society, The Importance of Collateral Research
30 March 2019, SCCAPG Mini-PMC, This year held for members only in Santa Barbara area.Presentation on Blogs, etc.
31 May 2019, Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank California, AM – round table coordinator, runs the Irish Research table;
PM, lecture – California Genealogical Research, Past and Present
15 June 2019, Virtual Genealogical Association, Webinar, Research Techniques Using Social Sciences