April Meeting: English Probate and Death Duty Records
Speaker: Christine Bell Green, PLCGS
Date: Saturday, April 21, 10:30 am - 12 noon
10:00 am Cookies & coffee
10:30 am - 12 noon
Sharing Stories: June Baxter will read My Roommate
Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, SM
Entrance in back.
English probate records, when available, can be instrumental in providing primary information about family relationships. They frequently providedirect evidence that links adult children with their parents and/or siblings. Wills of childless or single people are especially worth collecting as theytypically name several family members (including nephews and nieces). During the 19thcentury an additional set of records, death duty records,which complement probate records is extant. Death duty records are available for both testate and intestate probate cases. Record types andmethodology will be discussed. Christine Bell Green has a professional learning certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Toronto. She is a ProGen graduate and analumnus of the Salt Lake Institute, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh whereshe studied a variety of advanced level courses. She is a past president and current seminar chair of SMCGS and a professional researcher whoteaches Genealogy in Palo Alto and Mountain View/Los Altos Adult Schools. In her spare time she travels to visit her living relatives.
Introduction to Forensic genealogy: What it is and what it is not
What is Forensic Genealogy? This definition is that it is genealogical research done in cases where there is legal implications, such as probates and estates, guardianships, capital mitigations, immigration and citizenships, land issues, and much more. Kinship determination through due diligent research, including DNA, courthouses and their records, and many of records that family historians used regularly, will be discussed in a totally different way.
Case Studies in Forensic Genealogical Research
Discussion will include the education, training, and work experience required to work on forensic cases. Standards and ethics, genealogical proof standard. Further information about forensic genealogy will be discussed using source examples, such as DNA, courthouses, vital records, and case examples, such as adoptions, probates, trademark law, and dual citizenship. Using source materials familiar to genealogists, included will be examples of affidavits, legal briefs, and contracts.
California Research: Past and Present
California is a melting pot of ethnicities, religions, lifestyles, and economics. The history includes thousands of years inhabited by native people, explorers, gold miners, religious expeditions, Spanish and Mexican rule, land grants, taxation, migration patterns, and statehood. The history and records available from the past to the present will show these diversities and offer genealogists, in and out of the state, with insight into what is available in the repositories, usual and unusual, public and private, along with the records that can be found. Highlighted events include explorations, gold rush, earthquakes, land grant system, and much more.
California Historic Missions and Their Records
The historic California Missions and Presidios can be seen as a timeline of history and an invaluable part of California and national history. The records they maintained in the past, and still do, hold vital information for historians, genealogists, Catholic and non-Catholic researchers, and others. Land grants are just one layer of California history that will be explored, along with case examples of the records held, where they are located, and the important benefits to all researchers, in and out of California.