28 December 2012

FEBRUARY 13, 2013

Speaker/Member:  Nancy Niles Wehner

Exhaustive searches of tradional and non-traditional records that our ancestors left behind and the application of sound analytical thought can resolve many questions of relationship encountered in genealogy.  But, paper trails can run cold for a variety of reasons, or provide tantalizing but inadequate information to decisively solve a relationship question.  In these cases, the biological record of our ancestry that is coded in our genes may provide the final bit of information needed to prove a relationship case.  Nancy will take us through the basics of DNA structure and inheritance, the types of genetic testing that are available for genealogical purposes and what each one tells us, and guide us through a case study in the use of DNA testing.

Nancy Niles Wehner is a consulting pharmaceutical toxicologist whose real love is genealogy.  She has been actively engaged in genealogical research for 25+ years.  In addition to work on her own and her husband's family trees, she has done volunteer research for friends and organizations, volunteers at the Hayward Stake FHC, and is currently working on her genealogical certification.

JANUARY 9, 2013

Speaker/Author:  Mary Ames Mitchell

Mary's search through English graveyards, family records, library archives, and personal journals took six years.  She will take us on this "genealogical mystery tour" in pusuit of her maternal grandmother, Eileen Maude Hopkins.

Mary Ames Mitchell is an accomplished author of several books.  She has spoken at our meetings in the past and we anxiously look forward to her visit with us once again.

02 November 2012

December 12, 1012


Time for our annual "Holiday Cookie Exchange" where each member brings a batch of their favorite cookies to share.  Be sure to bring a container to take home samples of the goodies!

We would welcome hearing about your latest success - have you recently solved a "Brick-Wall" problem in your research?

We will also have some fun with "Family Gathering".  A game that lends itself well to genealogy and generates some interesting tales.

Please come and join the fun.  Guests are always welcome.

Meetings are at 10 a.m at the Oakland Family History Center Library meeting room.

November 14, 2012

TRACING FEMALE ANCESTORS - Speaker, Janice Sellars

There is no doubt that one of the most perplexing problems genealogists face is tracing those elusive female ancestors.  Janice Sellars will share many tips and ideas that can help us find those women!

Janice is a professional genealogist with many years experience.  She has volunteered on the staff at the Oakland FHC for over eleven years.  We have appreciated and learned from her previous programs at our meetings and we are looking forward to having her as our speaker once again.

Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Center Library meeting room at 10 am. 

Guests are always welcome.

28 August 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Speaker - Richard Ferman

Many of us have been looking forward to a program on PA Research.  Richard Ferman has been on or program before and we are eagerly awaiting his return.  He has many research books on PA that he is anxious to share with us, along with his experience in this area.  He will discuss Southeast PA, Pittsburgh and Alleghany County.  Pennsylvania can be a problematic state in which to accomplish genealogical research.  This should be a very resourceful meeting for those who wish to trace their ancestors in Pennsylvania.

Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Center Library meeting room at 10 a.m.
Visitors are always welcome!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Speaker - Vera Broyles

 Vera has had many years of genealogical research experience and has been among the volunteer staff at the Family History Center for most of that time.  We are looking forward to a very interesting and educational meeting

She will pass on many tips and suggestions to help us locate land and property records, how to decipher the information therein and their usefulness in your genealogical research.

Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Center Library meeting room and 10a.m..
Visitors are always welcome!

12 March 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Speaker: Vera Broyles

With her many years of genealogical research experience and having been on the staff at the Family History Center much of that time, Vera has a wealth of tips and suggestions to help you with your research.

We have always enjoyed having Vera as our speaker and we are looking forward to this program.

Wedneday, March 14, 2012


SPEAKER: Lisa Louise Cooke

Learn the techniques that Private Investigators use to track down missing persons.
These strategies will help you find those elusive relatives who just may hold the key to your brick wall or possess that treasured photo you've been looking for.

We look forward to having Lisa as our speaker once again. She is always such an inspiration.

Meetings are held at 10 a.m. at the Oakland Family History Center Library.
Guests are always welcome.