Sara Cochran

Sara Cochran

Sara lives in Moreno Valley with her husband, cats, and several photo organization projects. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Library Science/Liberal Arts and a Certificate of Genealogical Research from Boston University. She is a member and former President of the Genealogical Society of Riverside. She made the transition to professional genealogist after spending over 11 years working for a pre-employment background check company.

As a teenager attending a family reunion, Sara was awed by her Grandmother's collection of photos that documented the early years of her family. Inspired to know more about the people in the photos and bitten by the genealogy bug after exploring just some of the information her Grandmother had gathered over the years, Sara began her own explorations into the family tree, which has roots in Britain, Ireland, Italy, and Austria, as well as most of the United States.

In the course of over 20 years of research, she has found both black sheep and heroes in her trees and their stories have been a source of inspiration and personal growth. Locating a few individuals who "fell off the tree" and disappeared from the family history is an achievement which carries great joy and personal pride. And while there are a few brick walls left to demolish, she has not given up on them yet.

Photos remain at the root of Sara's love of family history. These precious glimpses into the lives of our ancestors are a treasure in their own right, and without proper care they will be lost to time. Today, Sara will provide some insight into the history of the photograph and provide strategies for organizing your own photo collections so that both current and future generations can enjoy them.

July 1, 2017

11:00 AM - From a Box in the Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom: Organizing and Digitizing your Family Photos

This includes a brief history of photography, then organizing techniques, digitization basics and options/ideas on what to do with the photos.

12:30 PM - Irish Eyes Are Smiling: Finding Vital Records in the land of Saints and Scholars

This focuses on using the newly online Irish Civil Registration records, from using the indexes to examining the full record images.

Speaker Handouts, when available, can be found in OCCGS Member's Only on the Handouts page.



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