Sheila Benedict

P.O. Box 365
Solvang, California 93464-0365

Phone: 805-729-7607

2189 Creekside Drive
Solvang, California 93463
2189 Creekside Drive

Phone: 8057297607

Business Phone: 805-729-7607
Fax: 805-688-1264


Contact between 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM US Pacific


Pearl Chase Award - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Author of -Research in the States California- released in May 2015 and part of the series published by the National Genealogical Society;


California Records, Irish-Americans, Forensic Genealogy


Catholic Records for Catholics and Non-Catholics; California Research is for Everyone; Paper Trails: Picking through the Crumbs! Did Your Civil War Ancestor Come to California; Work Your Way to Ireland Using American Records First; Death Certificates, Obituaries, & Probates: What the Dead Can Tell You! Twenty-one California Missions; Forensic Genealogy; Case Studies in Forensic and Family Genealogy;

Speaking Conditions:

Uses PowerPoint presentations

Previous Engagements:

Los Angeles Family History Center: Irish Research in America Ventura County GS, The Importance of Collateral Research Orange County GS, The Importance of Collateral Research Organization of Legal Professionals, Forensic Genealogy Santa Barbara Paralegal Association, Forensic Genealogy National Genealogical Society Conference, St. Charles, MO - California Research Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society and Museum, Santa Ynez, California, Beginning Genealogy Ventura County Genealogical Society, all-day seminar San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society, mini-seminar Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society and Museum, Santa Ynez, California Federation of Genealogical Societies September 2016, Springfield IL


Professional researcher specializing in genealogical, historical, and Forensic Genealogy. Retired as the administrator of an historic California Mission. Archive management, member Society of California Archivists, California Mission Studies Association, and Mission Curator's Association Lectured at many NGS and FGS Conferences Life memberships in the National Genealogical Society, Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, and the California State Genealogical Alliance. Taught genealogy and oral history at a local community college

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