Mary Mitchell presents at SB Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Area author will discuss the founding of Santa Barbara.

When: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Goleta Presbyterian Church, 6067 Shirrell Wy. , Goleta

Cost: Free

Age limit: 9+

Categories: Lectures


This month’s speaker is Mary Mitchell who has just published a book about her grandparents, Prynce Charles Hopkins and Eileen Thomas Hopkins. Prynce’s parents, Charles and Mary Hopkins, helped settle Santa Barbara at the end of the 1800s. Their home, El Nido, is on the corner of Garden and Pedregosa streets. This well-known landmark was often depicted in travel brochures and post cards, as well as being the site for several silent films. This book is a combination of Mary’s genealogical research into what happened to her English grandmother and her grandfather’s story of his life with her.

Mary relates what it was like researching in English archives, graveyards, and local sources for information on both her early American family (with families traced back to the Mayflower), and her English family. Join us as she tells us the interesting story of her research and publishing process.

Mary Mitchell is a member of both the Mayflower Society and DAR and has spoken before each group and to the genealogical societies in Santa Cruz, Oakland, and Marin County. She is also a founding member of the new Northern California Company of the Jamestown Society.

Special interest Groups meet at 9:30am for Beginning Genealogy, German Ancestry, and Computer Genealogy and 9:00am for JewishGen. Featured program starts at 10:30am.

Come join us. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this wonderful presentation.

A calendar of genealogical events can be found at the Society web site (

Phone: 805-884-9909

Event posted Jan. 8, 2013
Last updated Jan. 9, 2013


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