Genealogy Day

Saturday, October 21 8:00 am – 12:30 pm


General Admission $50.00
San Diego History Center Members $40.00
San Diego Genealogical Society Members $40.00

Tickets will be on sale soon!


8:00 am: Check-In & Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:45 am: Keynote presentation

10:15-11:15 am: Breakout Session #1

11:30-12:30 pm: Breakout Session #2

10:15-2:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Open

2016 Exhibitors:

“Beginning Genealogy” by the San Diego Genealogical Society

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“Resources for Military Research” by the Civil War Round Table & SAR

Civil War Round Table
Sons of the American Revolution, San Diego

Research” by the Immigrant Genealogical Society

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“Courthouses to Cemeteries, Planning a Research Trip” by the Chula Vista Genealogical Society


Schedule, breakout session lineup, and exhibitors will be announced closer to the event date. Please check back for more information. 

Unearthing your family’s unique story is like solving a puzzle. Whether you have been researching your family’s history for years or you are just getting ready to start, we have a special program to guide your efforts.

The San Diego History Center and San Diego Genealogical Society are partnering to present the third-annual Genealogy Day on Saturday, October 21, from 8:00am-12:30pm, at the History Center. Dawn Parrett Thurston, author and family historian, will be the keynote speaker addressing, “Writing My Roots“.

Participants will have the opportunity to choose breakout sessions for both beginning and advanced researchers. The program will also include a continental breakfast and an exhibit hall full of experts to answer your questions on the process of researching your family tree.

Schedule, breakout session lineup, and exhibitors will be announced closer to the event date.
Please check back for more information. 

Session Titles and Presenter Bios for Genealogy Day 2016:

Anne Gillespie Mitchell Keynote Speaker “How Do I Know I’m Right” and breakout session “Finding & Researching Women”

Anne Gillespie Mitchell has worked for as a Product Manager for over eight years on products such as Search, Ancestry Library Edition, RootsWeb and Ancestry Academy.  She also writes for the Ancestry blog, and has filmed more than 10 courses for Ancestry Academy.  She has lectured on a variety of genealogy topics at conferences including NGS, FGS, and RootsTech as well as Swing through South at SLIG 2015.  Her favorite topics are about researching in the south, researching females in your tree, and the Civil War. Genealogy is not just a vocation, it is also a passion. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many decades.  She has also completed the Boston University Online Genealogy Certificate course. Before joining the team, she worked in the internet industry as a software engineer and a product manager for companies including CNET, Webshots and Excite@Home.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, where she also was a Computer Science instructor for 8 years.

Randy Seaver “Top 10 Free Genealogy Websites”

Randy Seaver is a 4th generation San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants. He has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992. Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS), and is currently the Newsletter Editor and Research Chair. He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches “Beginning Computer Genealogy” adult classes at OASIS. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Southern California Genealogical Society, San Diego Genealogical Society, and CVGS. Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings ( and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (

Del Ritchart “Extra!Extra! Read All About It-Using Newspapers as a Research Resource”

Del began researching his family history in 1994. He has served in leadership positions in several San Diego genealogy organizations; including President, Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego. Del has given genealogy presentations to numerous groups in the Southern California area, including the San Diego Genealogical Society, Escondido Family History Fair, North San Diego County Genealogical Society, our own Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego and others. He published his family history, “Breathing Life Into My Family Ancestors” in late 2011.

Jane Kenealy and Peter Steelquist “San Diego Genealogy Research Resources”

Ms. Kenealy has been associated with the San Diego History Center since 1999 and has been Archivist for the past ten years. As Archivist, her responsibilities include the Document Archives, the Research Library, and the highly successful SDHC Oral History Program. She received her Certificate of Education from Wall Hall College of Education, Aldenham, UK, Affiliate College of Cambridge University. Ms. Kenealy is a graduate of the California State Archives’ Western Archives Institute and served as Associate Faculty 2006-2008. She has been Project Director for a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant to create finding aids for archival collections and more recently, for an IMLS grant to produce digital preservation copies of the earliest SDHC Oral History interviews. Professional memberships include the Society of California Archivists and the Society of American Archivists. 

Peter Steelquist (Facilitator), Former President, San Diego Genealogical Society