Linda Serna

I have been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 35 years. In addition, I was privileged to work as a genealogist for the first season of the PBS Genealogy Roadshow program. Currently, I am Treasurer for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG), and a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), the Polish Genealogical Society (PGS-CA), and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America (GSHA-CA) and am past Vice President of Programs for the Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS). Over the last 9 years, I've written and given several presentations on various topics for different groups in California and New Mexico. I am always in the process of writing new presentations. My loves, in addition to public speaking, include history, writing, and traveling. I especially like seeing how individual family stories fit in and make up the fabric of history.

November 2, 2019

10:00 AM - Making Sense of the Census

"Census Records" looks at data you may not have known was in the census records, including the earliest censuses up through the 1940 census. It addresses transcription of records and includes exploring how you can take that information you find and where you can go from there.


11:15 AM - Polonia: Polish Research

“Polonia: Polish Research” shows how understanding history, including migration and cultural patterns, can lead to records. Dispels the myth that most records were lost and includes sources, examples, and other things to consider to be successful with this research.


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


General Meetings

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Saturday March 7, 2020
BASH with Paul Woodbury

Saturday October 3, 2020
DNA Day with Blaine Bettinger

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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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