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NEXT EVENT: 5 March 2018


Randi Meentzen

“Finding Your Past: How Far will You Go?”

Randi Bowles-Meentzen, also known as “The Glamorous Genealogist,” became fascinated with history and family history as a young person. The obsession took full control over two decades ago and her pursuit of ancestors has led her to many locations across America, Britain, and Germany. Her frequent travel companion is her daughter and between the two of them they have documented ancestors’ villages, homes, places of employment, worship and burial.

Along with her brother, she was one of the earliest participants of genetic genealogy and participated in The National Genographic Project. Her interest in this topic is one of continuing research.

Randi is a member of several lineage societies and has been past secretary and historian of her local chapter’s Daughters of the American Revolution.

You can follow some of her adventures on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheGlamorousGenealogist and Genealogy blog: http://theglamorousgenealogist.blogspot.com/


After a short introduction, Randi plans to cover the following points:

  • Exploration of both virtual travel and real travel
  • Techniques and hacks to prepare for the experience
  • Some of the successes and disappointments encountered while searching for ancestors and what was learned from each (Experiences will focus on travels in Britain)
  • Audience participation in sharing input and asking questions (as time allows)

Randi’s handout will be provided at the meeting.

Bring a guest and share our society with your genealogy friends!




We meet at the 


650 S. Main St. (at 6th), Corona, CA 92882

Meetings are held in the Community Room, the first Monday of every month* from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

To network, get to know each other, or receive/give genealogical research assistance, “early birds” are welcome to gather at 6:00pm. ——————-

*in the event that the first Monday is a holiday, the meeting is automatically “bumped” to the second Monday (or scheduled for the prior Monday).. The society is open to anyone who wishes to research his/her family history. Monthly programs are offered to assist us in successfully identifying our ancestors of all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, religions, etc. Members are also encouraged to assist others by presenting a topic that will be of interest to the rest of the group and participating in the various projects the society hosts.

2017-Passing the Gavel

Passing the Gavel: Dottie Laird to Jean Hibben, March 2017

MISSION STATEMENT: To promote interest and education in genealogy.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS, installed March 2017 took office 1 April 2017:

Jean Wilcox Hibben – President

Dorothy (Dottie) Laird – 1st Vice-President, programs

Twila Costello – 2nd Vice-President, membership

Donna Sering – Secretary

Betty Chandler – Treasurer

Carolyn Hughes – Correspondence Secretary

Len Enlow – Newsletter Editor & Education

Sherry Jones – Historian

Sylvia Barnett – Publicity

Mary Anne Vincent – Member at large

Pamela Coleman – Member at large

Carolyn Egan – Member at large

All present and accounted for (not an easy accomplishment at one time):

BACK ROW: Mary Anne, Pam, Tom, Jean, Len, Donna

FRONT SEATED: Carolynn E., Sylvia, Dottie, Carolyn H., Twila, Sherry

(photo by Butch Hibben, June 2017)


Susan Tseko – Facebook Coordinator





Genealogy Classes at Corona Public Library

VISIT WITH US ON facebook To access our members-only page, click on the instructions below: FacebookInstructions

You must be a Facebook member to join the group (click here or the image above). When you click on the request to join, that will be sent to Susan Tseka, our Facebook Coordinator, who will get back to you. Once verified, you will then receive notification that you are “in” and you can start posting or responding to other members right away. Please be respectful of each other (no spamming or other inappropriate messaging – violators will be removed from the list). Use this to communicate about genealogy events you have become aware of, ask for help or suggestions in your research, invite society members to “friend” you, etc. This is a great way to maintain contact with each other between meetings, so consider checking this group periodically. (Note: no sales or commercial use permitted) If you have a concern about the list, please feel free to contact either Susan Tseko via email or Dottie Laird via email


  For dues information and to join the society, attend the next meeting and fill out an application or see the Membership page on this website. For questions, contact Dorothy Laird, CGS President (email, above) ——————- To see the schedule of our upcoming meetings, check the MEETING CALENDAR page.