Mary Kircher Roddy to Present at NGS 2021 Live!

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG

Mary Kircher Roddy, CG

SESSION NUMBER: NGS2104-LV-17 DATE & TIME: Thursday, 20 May 2021, at 3:45 p.m.

Did you hear the one about the guy who deserted the Army and changed his name? That misdeed was one of a string of crimes and wrongdoing committed by Charles Olin as he moved from Nebraska to Montana, then up and down the west coast.

Based on her article “Charles Olin and Charles Melville of Nebraska, Montana, California, Oregon, and Nevada: One Man or Two?” published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, December 2020, Mary will show how a family mystery led her to this charming scoundrel. Learn how she cracked the case and discovered a man hiding in plain sight under an assumed name.

Maybe you have an ancestor who adopted an alias and want to see how to gather and present the evidence to make your case. Or maybe you have a DNA problem where the names and locations don’t seem to fit. Come spend an hour with Mary and the engaging rogue, Charles… whatever-his-name-is.

Mary will also be presenting “Really? Proving and Refuting Family Lore” as part of NGS 2021 On-Demand!

BIO: Mary Kircher Roddy, CG, loves digging for the stories of her ancestors. She lectures in her home state of Washington and across the US, and has written for numerous genealogical publications. Read her blog at


To learn more about the NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference’s week-long events, 17-21 May, visit the conference and download a copy of the program brochure. A discounted Early Bird registration fee is available through 15 March 2021.