Do you have ancestors who were farmers? Many of us have farmers in our family trees. Have you found them in any records other than the census? Did you know how farming changed throughout time or how those changes affect our ancestors? Were they employed in other industries? Many farmers had side jobs and some of them had patents for inventions. You will find out that these people were more than just farmers!

Madeline Yanov will guide us in finding available records and give tips on searching the many types of government records listing your farmer ancestors. She will examine the many non-governmental sources that can help to “put the flesh on the bone” on those ancestors. You will see how Social History and Economic resources might show information affecting your ancestors. Farmers were influenced by more than just the weather.

Yanov, the owner of Time Travel Genealogy, has more than 30 years of genealogy experience, specializing in American research. Since most Americans are descendants of immigrants, she is familiar with European genealogy — specifically Irish, British, Slovakian, and Russian with a little German on the side.

She also has been instrumental in locating and helping to reunite adoptees with their birth parents. In her “other life,” prior to becoming a fulltime genealogist, Yanov was a paralegal whose expertise included the “discovery” for cases. This experience helped her in genealogy in analyzing what to search for and how to find it. She is a weekly volunteer at the Oakland, Calif., Regional Family History Center. Since 2011, she has been an indexer with In 2012, Yanov was elected to the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society and is currently the President of that society. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and loves traveling around the Bay Area — meeting people and hearing their family stories, and sharing her love of history and genealogy with local groups.

The meeting is free and visitors are welcome. It takes place on Monday, Dec. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Congregation Beth Emek, 3400 Nevada Ct., Pleasanton.