Genealogy classes to be hosted by local resident

Donna Bradley is known in the Anza Valley as the “Jam Lady.” She creates many unusual and delicious jams, jellies, and preserves. But few know her by her other gift, the gift of finding the history of family names by following the clues left behind in various documents; the study of genealogy. Donna Bradley is also an author and historian. She has been a genealogist for over 25 years. She is a member in good standing with APG (Association of Professional Genealogists).

When Bradley was young, she found out her grandmother was a Native American. Her grandmother had a knack and a love of tracking her family tree which she shared with her granddaughter. This started a passion that bloomed into a growing career. Donna is now one of the foremost Native American Genealogists around. Bradley’s success in this area stems from what she learned from her grandmother. She is also an expert in other avenues of genealogy, and often upon learning of her expertise, people have expressed an interest in having her teach a class on the subject.

As of March 28 at 6:30 p.m., such a class will begin at the Little Red School House in Anza. Thereafter, classes will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, and also there will be classes held on the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. There is a fee of $10 for each class session which covers class handouts, supplies, etc.

Classes will begin with an introduction and continue through several subjects as long as public interest continues. Some of the topics to be covered over the course of the classes will include: Books/Magazines, Cemeteries/Sextons, Census, Church Records, Clubs/Organizations, Court Records, Directories/Memberships, and Family Bibles.

To get a complete list of topics per class session, contact Donna Bradley at (951) 763-9758 or visit

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