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NEXT EVENT: 7 November 2016 – Francie Kennedy, “Mugbooks and County Histories”


Francie is a 4th generation Californian, and studied English and biology at Pomona College in Claremont.  She managed a business in landscape design and consulting for years before joining the local water district to help with drought response and customer questions in the early 1990’s.   For seven years Francie taught water conservation to professionals at Santiago Canyon College, and she has helped City residents and businesses manage their water use for over 23 years.

Francie is newly retired, and is enjoying creative genealogical pursuits!  In her free time, she is an award-winning watercolor painter, and recently started quilting.  Francie has been involved with community groups in her hometown of San Juan Capistrano for over 30 years, serving as president of the Friends of the Library, chair of the Los Rios Historic District Review Committee, and she is the immediate past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society – historical research is her passion.

Francie’s topic is relevant to all levels of genealogical experience and regions of research (even outside of the United States, though that is her focus here). Her information will aid us all:

U.S. County Histories are a fun and quirky genre of books to discover and use in your research, with information about families and the areas they lived which may be unavailable in any other source.  There were several peaks of production of these volumes, and we will learn why they were created and what is included in these tomes weighing up to 20 lbs!  We’ll suggest search strategies for finding the titles of your county’s history books, and how to locate these volumes both in libraries and online.  Biographies are included in these county histories – often with engravings or photographs of people, which gave them the nickname “Mugbooks”.  Are the biographies accurate? What can be gleaned, and lead to more research ideas?  Information about your family may be hiding in plain sight!  This talk will help you get the most out of the books, and you will be able to use these histories from cover to cover.

Return about a week before the program to download the handout.


As always, GUESTS are WELCOME!   —————————

We meet at the  LibraryLogo2009              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.

Our leader, Dottie Laird

Our leader, Dottie Laird

MISSION STATEMENT: To promote interest and education in genealogy.   BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Dorothy (Dottie) Laird - President Jean Wilcox Hibben - 1st Vice-President, programs Pamela Coleman - 2nd Vice-President, membership Twila Costello - Secretary Gary Cowan - Treasurer Carolyn Hughes - Correspondence Secretary Len Enlow - Newsletter Editor & Education Sherry Jones – co-Historian Sylvia Barnett – Publicity Mary Anne Vincent -  CSGA Liaison Susan Tseko – Facebook Coordinator Donna Sering




Genealogy Classes at Corona Public Library

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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.