Annette Burke Lyttle

Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. She is coordinator of the Fall Virtual Intermediate Foundations course for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Annette leads Best Practices Study Groups for a number of organizations, providing in-depth education on the genealogical research process in an interactive setting. She is president of the Association of Professional Genealogists and editor of The Florida Genealogist.

January 7, 2023 - Virtual Webinar Only

Join the Zoom meeting at OCCGS-01-07-Lyttle


10:10 AM - Federal Land Law: Who Should Get the Land?

Over the history of the United States, almost 2 billion acres of land have been in Federal ownership at one time or another. Congress passed over 3,000 laws regarding the disposition of public lands. These laws not only help us understand the rules and records associated with the public lands our ancestors acquired, they show us how the government's attitude about public lands changed over time.


11:15 AM - French Canadian Settlements in the Midwestern U.S.

French Canadians have inhabited the Midwestern United States since the late 17th century, and major immigration waves from French Canada came to the Midwest in the 19th century. Many of these immigrants sought to maintain their language and customs by settling together in communities. This presentation will explore the history of these communities and how to find the stories of ancestors who lived there.


Handouts, when available, are in Member's Only on the Speaker Handouts page.


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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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