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NEXT EVENT: 1 October 2018


PAMELA COLEMAN & MARY ANNE VINCENT – “‘I Don’t Remember her Alive!’ The 1918 Flu Pandemic” 

The presentation will include the history of the flu pandemic, the impact it had in the United States and how communities dealt with the public health crisis. It will also highlight two individuals that died from the flu along with research tips when looking for influenza ancestors.


Pamela Coleman

Growing up in New England, Pam Coleman developed a love for history. Her genealogical interest came about with the discovery, in the attic of her grandmother’s home, her great-great-grandfather’s discharge papers from the Civil War. From there, she started interviewing family members, researching census records and obtaining Military and Pension files. Once she got started, she was hooked! Pam has been researching for almost forty years. She is currently a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Connecticut Society of Genealogy and a charter board member of the Corona Genealogical Society. As a member of CGS, she has worked on the Sunnyslope Cemetery Project, Nominating Committee, Ice Cream Socials, and the former Fall Auction. Pam graduated with a BS in Physical Education from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. and has been teaching and coaching at an independent school in Corona del Mar for the last forty years.

Mary Anne Vincent

An educator most of her adult life, Mary Anne began her genealogy studies after attending a workshop put on by the So. CA Genealogical Society in 1971. She has been a member of the Delaware Genealogical Society for 20 years and a member of the Corona Genealogical Society for 13 years. She had memberships at one time in the New England and Pennsylvania Genealogical Societies as well as the New Jersey Historical Society. She served 6 years as the VP of the Corona Society and is still on its Board of Directors. She had been the Secretary of the California State Genealogical Alliance until it was disbanded a couple of years ago. Mary Anne is the proofreader of the Corona Genealogical Society newsletter and enjoys assisting both new and experienced genealogists at the society’s Tuesday classes. A national speaker, Mary Anne has taken on the project of, frequently, posting on Facebook, the bios of dead ancestors or relatives: a unique way to reach out and interest others while also connecting (or reconnecting) with living family.

There is no handout for this presentation, so bring your notepads and pens!


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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

Sylvia Barnett – Publicity

Sherry Jones – Member at large

Mary Anne Vincent – Member at large

Pamela Coleman – Member at large

Carolynn Egan – Member at large

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

BACK ROW: Donna, Carolyn, Twila, Sylvia, Dottie, Carolynn, Sherry

FRONT SEATED: Len, Pam, Jean, Betty, Mary Anne

(photo by Butch Hibben, July 2018)


Susan Tseko – Facebook Coordinator

Open – Historian





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.