Monthly Meeting – March 1, 2018: “Organize Your Genealogy to Optimize Your Research Time” by Cynthia C . Stormer

Researching your family history can soon become overwhelming when the piles of records, documents, photographs, letters and memorabilia expand as you find more and more relatives and ancestors. Each new name on your family tree means there are two more people to find and this often results in endless stacks of paper on the desk or closet shelves. What is the best way to sift through these piles to retain the treasures? Can you truly digitize everything? What is the best method to keep originals so you can easily find them? Can color coding assist you’? Cynthia will share some of her tips to assist you in devising your own approach to reducing the piles and increasing your research time.

Cynthia’s interest in genealogy began in high school by the pedigree chart and autobiography of great grandfather Alexander Sharp, a Union veteran of the Civil War. She was spurred on in early adulthood with the list of heirs for Aunt Maude Thompson who died intestate. Then there was that Reed-Dempsey reunion booklet picked up by her father containing 500+ names, including a Revolutionary War patriot. Computers made it all easier, and finding great grandfather Sharp’s name on a ship manifest from Scotland to America sealed the deal. Cynthia has a BA in French and an MBA in International Management.  She currently works as a Vice President of Talent Management for HSBC.  She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Doors open at 6:15 pm, the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. We’ll see you at the Family History Center, 1024 Noche Buena, Seaside, CA., left rear of building.


“I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this.” – Emo Philips


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