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Program Meeting

April 26, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

The Program topic today is “Mugbooks and County Histories,” presented by Francie Kennedy,

U.S. County Histories are a fun and quirky genre of books to discover and use in your research, with information about families and the areas they lived in which may be unavailable in any other source. There were several peaks of production of these volumes, and we will learn why they were created and what is included in these tomes weighing up to 20 pounds! We’ll suggest search strategies for finding the titles of your county’s history books, and how to locate these volumes both in libraries and online. Biographies are included in these county histories – often with engravings or photographs of people, which gave them the nickname “mugbooks.” Are the biographies accurate? What can be gleaned, and lead to more research ideas? Information about your family may be hiding in plain sight! This talk will help you get the most out of the books, and you will be able to use these histories from cover to cover.

Speaker Biography
Francie Kennedy is passionate about microhistory, and inordinately fond of maps and old county histories. She often stays up late collecting resources for her students in Beginning Methodology classes, and integrating these resources in new ways. Francie believes that the study of the past through the fascinating lens of genealogy can bring us a new understanding of the world we live in and a sense of our own place within the world. Francie is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and speaks to genealogical societies in Southern California on a variety of topics ranging from Google to geography. Past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society (SOCCGS), Francie attended Pomona College in Claremont and is a fourth generation native Californian.

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


April 26, 2016
9:00 am - 11:30 am
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Carlsbad City Council Chambers
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States
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