Monthly Meeting – October 4 — “Discoveries in Courthouse Deeds” by Junel Davidsen

Don’t miss important information about your family history! Deeds and other documents recorded at the local level contain more than property descriptions, names of buyers/sellers and legal jargon. Records kept by local officials for hundreds of years hold a treasure-trove of information. Finding these records can reward researchers with biographical information, evidence of relationship, clues to migration, and more. Junel Davidsen will discuss online and on-site research examples from various U.S. locations.

Junel Davidsen, a professional genealogist, worked for 18 years in the San Benito County Clerk/Recorder’s office and 10 years as Assistant Registrar of Voters for Monterey County. She obtained an AA degree in Family Research Studies from Monterey Peninsula College and has been a Board-certified genealogist for ten years. She has attended national genealogy conferences and training workshops, including RootsTech and Association of Professional Genealogists. She has held various positions on the Monterey County Genealogy Society board including President, and served as Legislative Watch Chair for the California State Genealogical Alliance.

Currently, Junel specializes in courthouse research and forensic genealogy. She assists estate administrators in finding missing heirs and helps clients locate missing relatives. Recently she has worked on solving unknown identities using genetic genealogy.

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.


“Thinking is hard work, which is why you don’t see many people doing it.” – Sue Grafton


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