Williams to Present “Coroner Connections:

Finding Living People the Genealogist’s Way”

The Pomona Valley Genealogical Society (PVGS) speaker this month will be Pat Williams on “Coroner Connections: Finding Living People the Genealogist’s Way”.  The meeting is Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 2:00PM to 4:00PM at the Pomona Public Library, 625 South Garey Avenue, Pomona.


Somewhere between a private investigator and a traditional genealogist, you can hone the skills to locate living people. Have you ever wanted to look up an old classmate or gain truthful information on the person who hit your car?


Listen to interesting coroner cases while learning techniques for locating hard to find persons.  Pat’s genealogical methods and data sources are available to everyone.  Many simple techniques will help you in traditional genealogy skill-building as well.  This lively talk will leave you ready to go home and start looking up old friends!


Pat Williams is the lead genealogy investigator with the Orange County Sheriff Coroner Department.  She finds next of kin for the unclaimed dead using techniques available to everyone.  What began with volunteering and on-the-job training has become her passion.  Whether it is one of Orange County’s nearly7000 homeless persons or a high-profile murder case, every life matters.  She is a member of the elite national forensic team of the DNA Doe Project which works to identify relatives of missing murdered individuals.  A work history comprising oncology nursing, years of social service background and juvenile justice work, helped prepare her as an investigator today.

Obituary Listings


PVGS can provide assistance in locating individuals or families who resided in the Pomona Valley area.  Please click on the obit notice for more information.