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Welcome to the website of the Palm Springs Genealogical Society, a tax-exempt 501c3 organization. Your gift to the Society is tax-exempt.

Our meetings are held at the Palm Springs Library Center, 300 S. Sunrise Way, on the first Saturday of each month, September through May. Meetings are held in the Library Learning Center at 10:00 a.m. You do not need to be a member to attend. Due to the pandemic and the fact the Library is still closed, meetings are held the first Saturday of each month September through May via Zoom. Contact Sondra (sunnysondra@gmail.com) for more information and to be added to the distribution list.

President’s Letter

Our first meeting of the 2020-2021 season was held via the Zoom format on 5 September 2020. Gary Fredericksen, our Newsletter editor, and president of the Sun City Palm Desert Genealogy Club gave us a very informative and interesting presentation on ” New Features and Interesting Finds in Ancestry.com.” Gary’s background is academia so his presentations are always well presented.

Sadly, I have been informed that Linda Serna, one of our favorite speakers, has decided to retire from presenting. We will miss Linda and wish her well in her retirement.

With the summer reruns on TV AND the pandemic, I’ve been watching a lot of movies on Amazon fire. Last week I watched “Sweetwater Rescue” about the Willie/Martin Handcart Survivors. It was quite interesting and the leader of the Martin group was one Edward Martin. I DO have some Edward Martins in my tree (Martin is my maiden name), so I’m trying to see if any are related to that Martin. Wish me luck.

Please join us on 3 October Sara Cochran will be presenting on “Hopping Down the Paper Trail”. The records our ancestors left behind often lead us to other records, and sometimes take us down a rabbit hole. Learn how to scour those records for the next clue, and how to prioritize those clues so that you stay on track.

If you plan to join us next month, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE sign in BEFORE 9:30 a.m.
You may contact the president at sunnysondra@gmail.com for more information or to be placed on our invitee list.
Sondra R. Lucas
President