11-15-2018 Genealogy Club

■ Melinda Price

The Lives and Ancestry of U.S. Presidents

The next meeting of the Genealogy Club is on Monday Nov 26 at 1:00 in the West Rec. We will have Steve Morse, one of our most popular guest speakers, back speaking on “Finding Presidents and their Ancestors in the Strangest Places”.

Join Steve as he shows us that searching for Presidential records is no different than searching for our own ancestral records. Genealogy researchers are used to looking for our ancestors in ship manifests and in census records. We have mastered a variety of tricks for finding people in spite of name misspellings and incorrect birth dates. You might think that United States Presidents are a breed apart from our ancestors, but they are not. They arrived on ships and have come face-to-face with the census taker. He will show you that we will encounter some of the same problems with both, and will use some of the same techniques for resolving them.

Steve P. Morse, whose great One-Step webpages are so helpful in researching Ellis Island immigrants, various census, Jewish genealogy and many other subjects, spoke to our group back in Oct 2016 on how to use these research links. Everyone in Oakmont is welcome to come to this meeting.

The October meeting featured Mary Beth Ingvoldstad, president of the local chapter of the Sons of Norway, who opened her family trunk filled with memorabilia chronicling the journey her young Norwegian ancestor made to America in the early 1900s.

The Oakmont Genealogy Club regularly meets in the West Rec Center on the 4th Monday of each month (except July & December) at 1:00 PM. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: www.oakgenclub.org. If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email: oakmontancestry@aol.com

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