Along with maintaining the Horrocks Genealogy website, I also do
professional research for clients, present lectures, and conduct classes on
genealogy based subjects.
I am currently the President of the Orange County California
Genealogical Society (OCCGS). I also teach some of the Intermediate/Advanced class on the first Saturday of each month for OCCGS.
I have been lecturing in and around southern California for the last few
years. My lectures range from 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. All
presentations are in PowerPoint. My presentations are full of examples and
very colorful. I also put a fair amount of humor in the presentations
to keep it interesting.
The current list of available topics:
- What We Learn from Cemeteries - This presentation is light
hearted and very informative. It explores the different types of
cemeteries, looks at the 3 oldest cemeteries in Orange County California,
goes back in time to look at death and burial customs from around the world,
looks at the symbols on tombstones and what they tell us, and finally takes
you on a picture tour of a very old and interesting cemetery.
- Genealogy - Why Do Your Family History - This looks at the reasons why we do family history. I look at the
curiosity of genealogy, the medical aspects, the hobby aspect,
leaving a legacy, giving something back, getting children involved,
and how to get started.
- Using Rootsweb Message Boards and Mailing Lists - This
presentation looks at the importance of using Rootsweb to get your family
history questions answered. I go through the process of finding the right
message boards and mailing lists, posting questions and answering queries.
There are many examples given in the presentation that will make it easy for
participant to jump right in and start posting their questions.
- Genealogy Clues - an Overview - This is a little different. I
took subjects that genealogists seem to be most interested in and summarized
them. Each topic is between 10 and 15 minutes in length. For each of the
topics I look at:
- What type of record they are.
- Where to find them.
- The history of the type of record.
- What to possibly expect when you find them.
- How they will help your research.
- Note: the Census topic looks at the ‘little known’ clues that are hidden
in census listings.
The subjects are:
- Church Records
- Passport Applications
- Military Records
- US Census Listings
- Naturalization Records
- Land (Deed) Records
As many as 5 of these subjects could be put into a one hour presentation.
- The British Census – a detailed look at the British census listing
from 1841 to 1901, and how
to find ancestors and trace them using the census. Many examples and
screen shots are shown.
- The US Census - a detailed look at the US census listing, from 1790
to 1930. Showing the pitfalls that you can run into and search
techniques. Again, many examples of census listing and screen shots
- Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates - a very detailed look at
these certificates, with many examples from the US, England, South Africa,
- Preserving Heirlooms - How to preserve the heirlooms that have
been passed down through the family. All forms of treasures are
examined, including photos, furniture, clothing and documents.
- British Parish Registers - I go into great detail on what these
can do for finding out more about our English ancestors. Many examples
are given including the history of these documents.
If you have other interests, I would be happy to talk to you about what you
would like to hear..................
Genealogy research can take many forms, depending on what you
want to accomplish and how much personal time you want to spend. If you want to do it
yourself, I can work with you to show you how to do your own research. If you
don’t want to do any of the research yourself, I can certainly do the entire job
for you. If this is the way you want to go, then the following items will be
We will analyze what you have, with regards to existing
information and documentation
We will define your research goals and what you want
Together we will define a research plan
I will prepare an electronic database for your information
I will conduct the research necessary to achieve your goals
I will give you frequent status reports on my research
I will compile and analyze all the data that has been
and is being collected
I will deliver a final report to you that meet your goals.
If you wish to publish your information to the web, I can
certainly do that also.
If you want to see an example of a family website,
please visit mine by clicking
Genealogy Group Memberships
Other genealogy groups:
Orange County California Genealogy Society
Manchester, Lancashire Family History
Cheshire Family History Society (UK)
Guild for One-Name-Studies, group
administrator for the Horrocks surname
FamilyTreeDNA, group administrator for the