Linda Lorda

Expert Author

Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Linda graduated with a degree in Social Science and later worked at Sonoma State University Library. She served as a volunteer in the early development and testing of The Master Genealogist software. With ten years experience in graphic and web design, she works with clients to produce historical and genealogical books and websites.

Linda has worked as a Professional Genealogist for more than twenty years, primarily in San Francisco, California. After many years of research, she is preparing to publish a biography and descendant genealogy of Maria Ygnacia Lopez de Carrillo of Sonoma County. Linda is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as numerous genealogical and historical societies. She has been a public speaker on various genealogical topics. Besides genealogy, Linda enjoys photography, entertaining and traveling with her husband, and cherishes every moment with her grandchildren.

Favorite Genealogy Quote

"You'll See It When You Believe It"

What are your specific genealogical interests?

Early Hispanic California, San Francisco research.

What got you into genealogy?

For an eighth grade history assignment to research our family tree, I consulted with my grandmother. She produced a huge pedigree chart and I spent the entire weekend hand-copying it. From that moment, history and genealogy came alive for me.

Most surprising genealogical find:

While vacationing in rural Southwest France, we stopped for lunch and discovered the restaurant was owned by cousins!

If you could find the family history of any historical great, who would it be and why?

I believe that the Anza Expedition was an even greater accomplishment than the Lewis and Clark Expedition, thanks to Juan Bautista Anza's leadership abilities. I would love to explore the Basque family of Anza and the Basque connections of Anza Expedition members.

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