About Me:

I am a professional genealogist and historical researcher located in Stockton, California.  Locally,  I have hands on experience in all repositories in my area and am very familiar with the records and documents available in Northern California.

I also specialize in lineage society applications.  With over 200 completed and verified applications for several different lineage societies (DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), SAR (Sons of the American Revolution, UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy), Colonial Dames, etc., I have a great deal of experience in not only proving names, dates and places (with documentation) but also linking child to parent throughout several generations of family lines.

I also am the author of the popular blog "The Educated Genealogist" which was voted as one of Family Tree Magazine's Top 40 Blogs.


Association of Professional Genealogists - I am a member in good standing and previously served on the board

California State Genealogical Alliance -  I served as a director on the executive board 

National Genealogical Society

International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution - I have served as registrar for El Toyon Chapter in Stockton, California since 2007

United Daughters of the Confederacy

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

Germans From Russia Heritage Society

North Carolina Genealogical Society

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Sacramento German Genealogical Society

Native Daughters of the Golden West

Stockton Philomathean Club

San Joaquin County Historical Society

San Joaquin Genealogical Society - I am the immediate past president and currently serve as Chairman of Research Requests and Director of Membership

Formal Genealogical Education:

*  Family History Studies 2 year Certificate Program - Monterey Peninsula College 2006

*  Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research - Samford University 2008 & 2009

*  Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy - Advanced Research Analysis 2016; Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum 2018

*  ProGen 1  2009

*  National Genealogical Society Quarterly Online Study Group Coordinator 2009-2014

*  Genealogy Education Program GEP I, GEP II & GEP III - Daughters of the American Revolution 2015

Ongoing Genealogical Education:

I enroll in many online classes every year including webinars, participate in online study groups,  attend national, regional and local conferences every year.  

Numerous volunteer projects transcribing or indexing genealogical records for  organizations such as the Missouri State Archives, FamilySearch, 1940 Census Project and many local projects.


Sheri Fenley

1215 West Acacia Street

Stockton, California 95203

(209) 373-6847

[email protected]

You can also find me on:





My blog - "The Educated Genealogist"

I also author or co-author several additional blogs:

The Educated Rabbit

The Catholic Gene

The CSGA Blog

The San Joaquin Genealogical Society Blog