Francie Kennedy

Francie is a 4th generation Californian, and studied English and biology at Pomona College in Claremont. She managed a business in landscape design and consulting for years before joining the local water district to help with drought response and customer questions in the early 1990's. For seven years Francie taught water conservation to professionals at Santiago Canyon College, and she has been helping City residents and businesses manage their water use for over 23 years. Francie is newly retired, and looks forward to creative genealogical pursuits! In her free time, she is an award-winning watercolor painter, and recently started quilting. Francie has been involved with community groups in her hometown of San Juan Capistrano for over 30 years, serving as president of the Friends of the Library, chair of the Los Rios Historic District Review Committee, and she is the immediate past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society - historical research is her passion.

October 3, 2015

11:00 AM - Mugbooks and County Histories

U.S. County Histories are a fun and quirky genre of books to discover and use in your research, with information about families and the areas they lived which may be unavailable in any other source. There were several peaks of production of these volumes, and we will learn why they were created and what is included in these tomes weighing up to 20 lbs! We'll suggest search strategies for finding the titles of your county's history books, and how to locate these volumes both in libraries and online. Biographies are included in these county histories - often with engravings or photographs of people, which gave them the nickname "Mugbooks". Are the biographies accurate? What can be gleaned, and lead to more research ideas? Information about your family may be hiding in plain sight! This talk will help you get the most out of the books, and you will be able to use these histories from cover to cover.

12:30 PM - Cyndi's List: Your Personal Internet Catalog for Genealogy

When was the last time you used Cyndi's List? This carefully curated and indexed resource has been around since the beginning of the internet, and is better than ever. Francie illustrates how to navigate Cyndi's List as a portal, a catalog, and an index, using interesting examples of categories and subcategories to inspire us to explore. Cyndi's List has a search box - when and how should it be used? How can you submit a site to Cyndi? What surprises and delights may come along as unexpected bonuses for our research? This amazing site has been built and maintained by one person as a labor of love, if you are not already using it on a frequent basis, it is time to take another look!

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Orange County California Genealogical Society
c/o Huntington Beach Central Library
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, California 92648

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