Elissa Scalise Powell

Elissa is a Certified Genealogist as well as a Certified Genealogical Lecturer with the Board for Certified Genealogists. Professional Genealogists, co-Director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIPitt.org), the Professional Course coordinator at the Institute for Genealogy and Historic Research in Athens, Georgia, and a creator and past-instructor for the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program. She conducts research for clients in the western Pennsylvania region.

She has recorded lectures at Legacy Family Tree webinars,the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (VIGRgenealogy.com) and the FamilySearch.org Learning Center Help Lessons.

Elissa appears in Episode 207 "Cemetery Records" of the PBS-TV station KBYU's "Ancestors 2" series and on the Travel Channel's "Dead Files." She is co-editor of two Pioneer Cemeteries books published by the North Hills Genealogists [of Pittsburgh]. She is a frequent speaker at national and regional genealogy conferences and belongs to numerous genealogical organizations and Pioneer Family and lineage programs.


July 1, 2023 - Hybrid Meeting and Webinar

Register whether you plan to attend in person at the library
or virtually via Zoom: OCCGS-07-01-Powell

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about
joining the Zoom meeting. The Library opens at 9:00 am for in-person attendees.

10:10 AM - Twenty Years of Stuff-Now What Do I Do?

Piles of files? Whether of your own creation or inherited, recommendations are discussed for organizing, preserving, sharing the family history, and the collection's final disposal.

11:20 AM - How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestor Get Here?: Migration Trails West

Learning about the trails and reasons why your ancestor left Pennsylvania will give you some clues as to where you might search for his origins there.


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


General Meetings

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Contact OCCGS:

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

General Information: info@occgs.com

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