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 Annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2019, will return to a 4-Day Event; DNA Day will be on Thursday, 30 May 2019 and Jamboree will be Friday, Saturday and 1/2 day on Sunday, 31 May – 2 June 2019. The DNA and Jamboree Round-Tables will be on Friday, 31 May 2019 during Jambo Free at the Burbank Marriott Hotel!!


  • 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

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

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.


2018: The new pastor at Old Mission Santa Inés has asked me to return on a limited basis to care for the Mission Archive, where I served for over seventeen years as archivist and administrator. I will only work eight hours per week which leaves plenty of days to continue as a full-time forensic and family genealogist, take speaking engagements, and work on writing. As always, my clients come first. In addition, I was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the California Missions Foundation (CMF).