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Genealogy Workshops


“How to Begin Your Genealogical Research”

Thursday, March 5     6:30 pm     Museum

Presentation by Sheila Benedict,
Professional Genealogist

Learn how to begin your journey to discovering your ancestry. This presentation presents practical tools for starting and continuing your research along with handouts to help you at home. This professional presentation will demystify the genealogy process, start you on your genealogic search, and provide valuable references and research tools.

This presentation is for anyone who would like to research their ancestry. It is targeted to beginners who have no background in genealogy, though it is a great way to refresh your search skills if you are starting up after time off from your project.

Sheila Benedictis a full time, professional legal, historical, and genealogical researcher and lecturer. She has been a researcher for twenty-five years, a life member and past board member of the National Genealogical Society, past board member and current member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and past President of the California Genealogical Alliance. She is a life member of the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. Sheila has been a presenter at NGS and FGS conferences and currently works part-time as the archivist for Mission Santa Inés in Solvang.


"Who Do You Think You Are?"

Saturday, March 14     9:30 am     Museum

Presentation by Mary E. Hall,
Genealogist and Family Historian

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  Shining through the
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  Uncorked: The Evolution
    of Wine in the SY Valley
  Kimono: Traditions,
    Pattern and Symbolism
  Quilts of Family School
  SYVCH Pictorial History
  Walking Through History
  Hats on Parade
  Women's Fashions in the
    Baby Boomer Era
  Valley Views/Layers
  A Baby Boomer Christmas
  From Painted Caves to
    Mission Arches
  Vintage Wedding Dresses
  Ronald Reagan
  Quilting Thru the Ages
  Down on the Farm
  Rolling Through the West
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Contained within all of us is the genetic inheritance from literally hundreds of our ancestors -- many of whom we do not even know by name, or where they came from. This workshop offers an introduction to genetic genealogy and how DNA testing works in uncovering recent family histories as well as our deep ancestral heritage.

Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring a specific family history question that they want answered or an ancestor they want to know more about (or just learn their identity). Attendees will gain a greater understanding of what DNA testing can (currently) tell us about who we are, where we come from, and who are "our people".

Those who are interested exploring their history contained in their DNA will learn current test options. A follow-up session will be scheduled for those who have taken a test for help in interpreting what their results mean.

An avid genealogist for the last 12 years, Mary was bitten by the DNA bug in 2009. She co-leads the DNA Special Interest Group for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, where she is a past President. Mary is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, many national and regional genealogical societies, and several lineage organizations.


Museum Members FREE    
Non-Members $10 per workshop/ $15 for both

Call Museum (805) 688-7889 to make reservation for workshops or email