Professional Genealogist Nancy Carlberg to Speak Saturday on “Overcoming Brick Walls Using Every Resources You Can”

By on September 7, 2018

Every genealogist, whether amateur or professional, knows the frustration on searching to no avail to find the people, birth certificate, marriage license, facts or any tidbit bit of information to further the search into your family tree. But, despair not! Professional Genealogist Nancy Carlberg will be speaking to the Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society (YVGS) on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Yucaipa Branch Library Community Room, 12040 Fifth Street in Yucaipa.

Carlberg, a professional genealogist since 1975 and amateur researcher for a decade prior, will speak on “Overcoming Brick Walls Using Every Resource You Can.” The free meeting is open to the public.

Carlberg began her professional genealogy career in Salt Lake City where she worked for both a private company and on her own. Following the airing of Author Alex Haley’s 1977 mini-series “Roots” Carlberg worked for Haley and his wife, Dr. Myron Elizabeth Haley gathering background material for Roots II, Queen, and a mini-series for television, Palmerstown, USA.

While working for Haley, Carlberg researched a family for a mini-series that would take the family from 1780 in Ireland, to Philadelphia and through life in the early days of Tennessee and ultimately to Alabama including the Civil War and Reconstruction. By 1840, this was one of the richest families in Alabama. Because of Haley’s untimely death in 1992 – and before the completion of the mini-series – the actual story as he envisioned it has yet to be completed.

Because Haley and his wife were sticklers for accuracy in the background information they presented. Nancy spent the time tracking down all of the descendants of the family, locating furniture, the silverware, glassware, china, paintings, and even the family cookbook and the family Bible. She spent nine weeks in the Library of Congress  answering questions such as “What would an Irish washerwoman use to do her laundry in 1790” and “How would you set the table for the Irish gentry in 1780” and “How far apart would you plant a row of cotton in Alabama in 1830?”. She was able to visit libraries and archives in 18 states tracking down information.

Carlberg is a renowned author who has written over 80 books — and has 218 books started on her computer. In 1986, she started her own publishing company, Carlberg Press.

Carlberg is also a frequent volunteer. After 12 years as the librarian and cataloger at the Los Angeles Family History Library, she now volunteers at the Anaheim Family History Center on Tuesday through Thursday evenings. She is a member of the Orange County California Genealogical Society, the British Isles Family History Society- U.S.A. and previously served as its president, life member of Mensa, and Friends of the Anaheim Public Library. She has been listed in several volumes of Who’s Who, including the 2004 edition. Carlberg has a Master’s Degree in Library Science and a California Elementary Teaching Credential.

In spite of any frustration genealogists may experience Carlberg offers the following advice:

  • Don’t be in a hurry. What you don’t finish, someone else will.
  • Make sure that it is right. It is better to do five generations correctly, than 20 generations with a lot of errors.
  • Have patience. The record you need may not be ready for your use yet.
  • Never give up, the answer will be there eventually.

For additional information regarding Saturday’s presentation by Carlberg or the YVGS contact Rachel Eugley, YVGS vice president at: 909-316-9024 or at: