Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Speaker Profile: Lynn Brown

It's a pleasure to welcome Lynn Brown as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Lynn Brown has been involved in genealogy for over 35 years and shares an extensive background in combining computer research techniques with genealogy.  She graduated from San Jose State with Bachelor of Science degree in Non-Profit Organizations and Alternative Education, and a Masters in Therapeutic Recreation for Gifted Children from San Francisco State University.  She has been published for her work in the development of Special Olympics; CampFire Girl Gifted programs; National Program Advisor for Brownie Badge program, and interned as a HUD Project Coordinator to unite all Non-Profit agencies in providing services without duplication in Santa Clara County, of which she received National recognitions.

Upon graduation, Lynn has been employed by the Girls Scouts, YWCA, and Red Cross as Program Director, Special Events Coordinator and Adult Leadership Trainer.  She organized the YWCA and CampFire Girl Councils for Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.  In 1984, she returned to college for a degree in Electronic Engineering and was employed by AT&T as Broadcast Telecommunication Technician in San Francisco. She was later transferred to Sacramento to manage and maintain  all radio & television transmissions for the Central & Northern Valley.  During her time with AT&T, Lynn was also induced into Army Reserves Special Forces and NATO to serve as Community Advisor providing humanitarian services overseas, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal while in Korea.

Lynn began her research of her family history by volunteering at the National Archives and Records Administration in San Bruno.   After retiring from AT&T in 2001, she joined the staff at the Sacramento Regional Family History Center, and began lecturing and conducting genealogy workshops throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area.  Lynn brings to us an extensive background in computer research, ethnic cultural studies and genealogical research strategies.

Lynn Brown will be presenting Eastern European Research.  Preparing for your genealogical trip over the pond can be a real challenge. This two-part presentation will cover how to prepare your research, determinving Country of Origin, and where and how to access records and Research Guides. Though this class focuses on the Eastern European region, research tactics can be revised for other regions of interest.

Part 1: Preparing for your research adventure over the Pond. This session will cover research strategies and analysis of isolating your ancestor's origins and homeland, and designing a resource guide to meet your research goals.

Part 2:  This session will cover further isolation and determination of ancestor origins by use of Country Histories, cultures, religion and political campaigns.  Determining where and who has genealogical records now and how to obtain them will also be addressed.  As time allows, we will have a review of alternative resources.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

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