Flying Under the Radar – Discovering Charles Olin’s Alias

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG
Feb 22, 2023
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Speaker's Introduction
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Who was George's Father?
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DNA Matches
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Charles Olin in San Francisco
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Olin Obits
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Summary of Proof
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Charles Olin disappeared from his Nebraska roots about 1908. The DNA in the descendant of an out-of-wedlock child born in 1919 point to Charles as the father, but no records place him there. This case study proves the alternate identity Charles used for 40 years.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG became interested in family history in 2000 in anticipation of her husband’s sabbatical at the University of Limerick in Ireland. While she didn’t learn everything about her ancestors while they lived there, she was hooked!
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  1. MD
    Melissa Dalley
    3 months ago

    Mary, what a wonderfully interesting presentation! I’ve read/watched your other presentations on Olin and loved seeing this behind-the-scenes look at how you solved it. I’m always especially interested in the turning point in researching a tough problem and found your explanation very satisfying. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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    Elaine Drury
    4 months ago

    Love this case study

  3. JT
    Jean Tempke
    4 months ago

    Excellent case study – explained very clearly & a fun story! Also the handout is very helpful with possible reasons for a name change and suggestions for ways to research.

  4. BB
    Brian Boneham
    4 months ago

    A Brilliant case study with some great ideas for finding people who use an alias or change names. A must watch again webinar!!

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    barbara poole
    4 months ago

    One of the very best. It was so much fun to listen to and interesting. I was glued to the screen. Thank you!

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    Maria Capaldi
    4 months ago

    Great case study!!

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    Kathy Rieberger
    4 months ago

    An extremely on the edge webinar Thanks

  8. BA
    Beverly Anderson
    4 months ago

    Fascinating…and very, very entertaining.


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