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Program Meeting

May 23 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Today’s topic:
“They’re Nuthin’ to Me:
A Case Study on How to Evolve a Family Tree,”
presented by
Carol Davidson Baird.

Carol Baird

Carol Baird

Many of you might remember Carol’s “Postcard and Genealogy” talk several years ago, based upon some random postcards at a collectible show.  It had a surprise ending. 

This presentation is also based on a random letter that her aunt gave her after cleaning out her uncle’s stamp store where he had also collected random letters just for the stamp value.  Carol’s aunt thought she might be interested in one letter because it was sent in 1887.  The letter sat on Carol’s desk under a pile of other stuff for over a year until she found it after doing her taxes this year (when she finally cleaned off the desk!). 

She didn’t know who the letter was from or who it was written to, but after reading the five pages realized that the story intrigued her.  She hopes you feel the same way after hearing it!

Carol Davidson Baird is a past President of NSDCGS (Queen for 4 years) and is still on the Board of Directors after about 26 years.  She was President of the Jewish Genealogical Society for nine years prior to that and was active in the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies for many years, presenting at several summer conferences. 

Although mostly retired from writing, teaching and lecturing on genealogy topics, she still presents an unusual story every now and then. 

Her main research interests are Jewish genealogy, Holocaust studies, and her German ancestors in Hessen, Germany and Upper Silesia, Germany (now Poland). 

She has also done extensive research on her husband Steve’s family from Northern Ireland to South Carolina to Illinois and then Oklahoma, the British Isles and New England, as well as his mother’s Huguenot heritage from France to Holland to New Netherland and expansion from New York to Kansas.

We welcome your participation to join in the sharing and/or present a brief case study! If you would like time to share at the member’s meeting or present a brief case study, you may contact our Program Chair, Jean Tempke, in advance, at jtempke@roadrunner.com. Jean also welcomes volunteers to present topics of general genealogical interest to the members at large or a case study, either must be about an hour in length plus a few minutes for questions.

The Society sponsors coffee & sweets preceding each meeting. Please join us in the coffee room; on the left, inside the chamber. Note: only water is allowed in the chamber.
Society meeting format:

  • 9:00 am Coffee Social
  • 9:30 am Members’ Meeting: Society News, Sharing and occasional Case Studies
  • 10:00 am Break
  • 10:15 am Featured Speaker


May 23
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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Jean Tempke


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Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States
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