Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, freelance writer, marketing and social media specialist, and educator living in the Santa Barbara area. She has been researching her own family history for almost three decades and providing professional research services to others for 9 years.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine. After college, she spent several years as a school teacher and continues to hold a California Professional Clear Teaching Credential. She is also a commissioned California Notary Public.
Genealogy training and education include attendance at the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy’s (CAFG) Master Practicum, as well as the National Institute on Genealogical Research (now called GenFed), held at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Additionally, she has completed of the 18-month ProGen Study Group and has attended numerous local and regional genealogy conferences.
A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Elizabeth currently serves as president of the award-winning Second Life Chapter, and webmaster for the Southern California Chapter. In addition, she is the vice president of the newly-formed Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society (SLVGS), an Executive Board member of the TNGenWeb, and a member and officer of numerous lineage societies.
Elizabeth is the author of the long-running blog Little Bytes of Life, where she shares family history stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly “Genealogy Blog Party.” She is a frequent contributor to genealogical publications such as the FGS FORUM magazine and has been a guest writer for many genealogy blogs. When not hunting for ancestors, she enjoys testing new software and social media platforms, finding innovative ways to re-purpose them for genealogy.