Tuesday, October 7, 2014


You mean the same Josh Taylor who is featured on Genealogy Road Show?



When: Saturday, January 10, 2015
What time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Marina Village - Captain's Room, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, California 92109

For more information please contact:
Regina Gigl 
In the meantime, please visit Josh's website to learn more about him.

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Linda Serna

“Ethnic Groups:  They Came Into America” Looks at the Polish, German, French, Belgium Walloons, Italian, Irish, and Dutch and explores where they came from, when they came, why they came, and where they went in America to aid us in our research of these particular groups.

“Foreign Research” Looks at how to go about tracing our ancestors across the ocean.  It addresses beginning here in the States, discovering the clues as to where to go next, and then finding resources that are available here and overseas, both online and in repositories, as well as other suggestions that may open the doors to success.

*** BONUS ***
An Italian and German genealogy help desk will be available.
Toni Perrone and Gordon Seyffert, experts from the Immigrant Genealogical Society of Burbank,
will be there to assist and answer questions.

Linda has been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 30 years. Just recently, she was honored to work on the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow. Currently, Linda is a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA), the Polish Genealogical Society (PGS-CA), and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA-CA) as well as being Vice President of Programs for the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS). Over the last 5 years, Linda has written and given several presentations on various topics for different groups in Southern California and New Mexico, as well as teaching the Intermediate/Advanced class at her home group about twice a year. Linda is always in the process of writing new presentations. Her loves, in addition to public speaking, include history, writing, and traveling. She especially likes seeing how individual family stories fit in and make up the fabric of history.

Monthly Meetings
Meetings of the San Diego Genealogical Society are held on the second Saturday of each month, except December. Most meetings are held at

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church

Meetings begin at 10 a.m. with guest speakers from throughout Southern California, and include two presentations on topics of interest to genealogists and family historians of all levels. The meetings, which are free and open to the public, include refreshments and a discussion of Society business. Beginners are always welcome.

We hope to see you there.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

More about Central Library parking

I saw an interesting article in the Saturday Dec. 7 San Diego Union about the underground parking.

The parking management company, ABM Management, is running the parking concession for cost with all of the profit going to the library! ABM is running the parking for 11.5% of the revenue with 88.5% going to the library. This could mean as much as $730,000 income for the library's budget.It still hurts the patron's wallet but at least we know that the money is not just going directly into the city coffers.

The first hour of parking is free with library validation. The parking validation is available on the library first floor. After the first hour the rate is $1.25 per each 20 minutes or part thereof up to a maximum of $21 per day.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Parking at the San Diego Central Library

Since the underground library parking is no longer free you need to know about the surface parking.

There are two surface lots across Park Blvd from the library that are reasonably priced. The closest lot is immediately across Park at the 11th St. stoplight. This lot is $5 all day and uses a dashboard ticket to show you have paid.. You enter the lot from Park Blvd. The ticket vending machine is right inside the lot and takes cash or credit cards. It does not give change.

There is a $3 per day parking lot across the trolley tracks from the above mentioned lot. The ticket vending machine is in the extreme southwest corner of the lot. This is the corner that is closest to the 12th and Imperial Transit Station. I'd recommend entering this lot from Imperial Ave westbound so you can drive right to the ticket vending machine. Get your parking stub and drive through the lot be close to the library. There is a shrubbery island that divides the parking lot and it looks like it divides the lot to prevent full access to the library part of the lot. However there are two fire lanes through the shrubbery that you can drive through. You have to look for them but they are accessible.

There are no in and out privileges on either lot. Both lots cost $15 to $20 on baseball game days.

There is a multi-story parking structure at the northwest corner of the library but I haven't priced it yet.

Bus and trolley are good choices too. All three trolley lines stop at the 12th and Imperial Transit Station. The transit station is only a long block from the library.

Buses 11, 901 and 929 stop at the library.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Genealogy Docents at San Diego Central Library

The San Diego Genealogical Society now has "Genealogy Docents" at the San Diego Central Library!

The new Central Library has an entire floor devoted to the California Collection, the Wangenheim Rare Book Collection, and Genealogy. Our society has merged our holdings with the Public Library genealogy collection. The merging of these two collections means that San Diego has one of the largest book and periodical collections in Southern California.

The San Diego Genealogical Society is providing Genealogy Docents to assist the public in finding the appropriate research material and provide some limited guidance in doing genealogical research.

A schedule of docent availability is accessible through a link at the left side of this page.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Midwest Family History Expo

I am in Kearney, Nebraska attending the Midwest Family History Expo. This is a two day event at the convention center in Kearney. The center is associated with the Holiday Inn Motel in Kearney. It is a very nice place with plenty of space for the presentations.

They have 4 session each day with your choice of 1 of 6 lectures per session. There is a nice variety of subjects to choose from. There are several vendors for local  businesses and Family Roots Publishing with a great selection of books.

FamilySearch.org is here and is a supporter of the expo. There is a blogger lounge for the bloggers who are in attendance.

Family History Expos is the overall organizer.

This is the first time the Midwest Family History Expo has been held in Kearney. Hopefully the event will return and become a major event.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Interactive gravestones link to online tales of life.

Summing up the life of a dearly departed relative with just a terse description etched in stone may become a thing of the past with the introduction of interactive codes on gravestones.

One funeral company in the southern English town of Poole is offering to add quick response (QR) codes to headstones which will link smartphones to online memorials illustrated with pictures, videos and contributions from family and friends.

Chester Pearce funeral directors said QR barcodes enable visitors to learn a lot more about the person buried beneath gravestones than the age, dates of birth and death and the odd biblical passage or literary quote usually written on them.

"It's about keeping people's memories alive in different ways," managing director Stephen Nimmo told Reuters.

"When you lose somebody, whether it be suddenly or ongoing, you can really struggle with things.

Talking about them is very important, keeping their memory going is very important and this is just an add-on to that."

QR codes, a barcode that can be scanned with smartphones or QR scanners, allow users to pull up information on the internet and are frequently used in advertising and marketing campaigns.

"It's a new technology, it's something that there will be people who like it, there will be people who don't and that's the same in everything that we do," Nimmo said.

He said he has seen demand growing for QR codes as they catch the imagination of the public.

Chester Pearce charge about 300 pounds ($477) to create a code that can also be placed on gravestones, benches, trees or plaques and is linked to a page on their QR Memories website.

Gill Tuttiet, 53, was one of the first customers in Poole to use the technology for her late husband Timothy.

"Tim was quite outward-going and game for anything. I think this is the way forward and Tim would have wanted that, and it's making a process that's hard possibly easier," Tuttiet said.

The website linked to the code shows a profile of the departed, pictures, videos and tributes from family and friends.

Close friends and family given a password are also able to add personal messages of their own.

"We've all got a story to tell," Nimmo said.

(Reporting by Li-mei Hoang, editing by Paul Casciato)