Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, writer, web developer, and educator living in California. A former school teacher, Elizabeth was an avid promoter of technology in the classroom, and now teaches others how to use technology to enhance their genealogy research. She has been researching her own family history for three decades and is the owner of Swan Genealogy Services.
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.
A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Elizabeth currently serves as president of the award-winning Second Life Chapter, as well as webmaster for the Southern California Chapter. In addition, she serves as vice president of the Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society (SLVGS), the first and only completely virtual society to be recognized by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).
Other affiliations include the Genealogical Speakers Guild, National Genealogical Society, Southern California Genealogical Society, and the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. She is a member of numerous lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the United States Daughters of 1812, and she serves as a senior leader for the Children of the American Revolution.
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. She is a qualified DAR Genealogy Consultant.
Elizabeth has been blogging about genealogy for almost 10 years. As the author of My Descendant’s Ancestors (formerly known as Little Bytes of Life, one of Family Tree Magazine’s “Top 40 Blogs”), she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly “Genealogy Blog Party.”
A frequent contributor to the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FORUM magazine, Elizabeth writes the regular “Before You Go” column, as well as book and software reviews and featured articles about technology.