Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, freelance writer, web developer, and educator living in California. A former school teacher, Elizabeth was an avid promoter of technology in the classroom, and now teaches others how to use technology to enhance their genealogy research. She has been researching her own family history for three decades and is the owner of Swan Genealogy Services.
A member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Elizabeth currently serves on the national Nominations Committee for the APG’s Executive Committee. She is the immediate past president of the award-winning Second Life Chapter, as well as webmaster for the Southern California Chapter.
In addition, she serves as treasurer of the Second Life Virtual Genealogical Society (SLVGS), the first and only completely virtual society to be recognized by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Other affiliations include the Genealogical Speakers Guild, National Genealogical Society, Southern California Genealogical Society, and the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. She is a member of numerous lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United States Daughters of 1812, and she serves as a senior leader for the Children of the American Revolution.
Elizabeth has been blogging about genealogy for almost 10 years. As the author of My Descendant’s Ancestors (formerly known as Little Bytes of Life, one of Family Tree Magazine’s “Top 40 Blogs”), she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly “Genealogy Blog Party.” A frequent contributor to the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ FORUM magazine, Elizabeth writes the regular “Before You Go” column, as well as book and software reviews and featured articles about technology.
When not hunting for ancestors, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband, also an avid genealogist, and their descendant, who, ironically, has no interest in family history whatsoever. She also enjoys photography, trying to keep up with her ballet class, and hopes to one day finish (read: start) her novel.