Betty Nichols Isbell, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her interest in family history began at an early age while listening to her father’s stories of his early childhood in the deep south. She has been actively involved in genealogical research for over forty years, has been a consultant at several Family History Centers, including being a center director twice. She is currently the Director of the Canoga Park Family History Center; and, also, serves as librarian at the Southern California Genealogical Society Library one day a week. She has taught genealogy classes to the public for over thirty years. Her specialty is descendant research, and has worked for a forensic research company locating missing and unknown heirs, as well as operating her own genealogical research business. Betty worked for UCLA School of Public Health and Cancer Center identifying and locating persons involved in medical studies. She has served as a board member of CSGA, LAWGS, Association of Professional Genealogist, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Genealogical Society. In addition, Betty belongs to many national, state, and county genealogical societies. She has attended over 10 national genealogical conferences, as well as making many family research trips to Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. She even dreams of genealogy.