Our Mission: That all genealogists become computer genealogists.

Events, Classes, Opportunities

All events are open to the public, at no charge unless otherwise indicated.

If not otherwise noted in this list, check the links on the right for local libraries, Family History Centers, and genealogical societies.

Compiled by Joan Lowrey. Presented here by permission. Any comments, questions, corrections, additions, etc., please contact Joan at joanlowr@pacbell.net

Events

Be sure to check out the Notices page under Genealogy in San Diego County for important time-sensitive information.

Tue., March 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: City Directories. Repeated Mar. 17. Small group session. Space is limited, registration is required. To register, call the Genealogy Division of the library at 760-434-2931.
Location: Genealogy Divison, Cole Library branch of the Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Tue., March 3, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Evernote class
"Evernote for Genealogy." Presenter: Diane Hall. 2nd in a 3-part series:
    Tues., Mar. 3: Class 2, Intermediate Evernote. Tags, notebook stacks, the web clipper, how to use Evernote for genealogical research.
    Tues., Apr. 7: Class 3, Tips, Tricks, Getting thr Most out of Evernote for Genealogy. Hot keys, sharing notebooks for collaboration, voice memos for reminders, saving business cards.
Bring your laptop and/or a notepad. Handouts available. For ample handouts, please let us know you're coming.
Location: Poway Community Library, 13137 Poway Rd., Poway
Contact: sdgsclasses@gmail.com
Tue., March 3, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Evernote class
"Evernote for Genealogy." Presenter: Diane Hall. 2nd in a 3-part series:
    Tues., Mar. 3: Class 2, Intermediate Evernote. Tags, notebook stacks, the web clipper, how to use Evernote for genealogical research.
    Tues., Apr. 7: Class 3, Tips, Tricks, Getting the Most out of Evernote for Genealogy. Hot keys, sharing notebooks for collaboration, voice memos for reminders, saving business cards.
Bring your laptop and/or a notepad. Handouts available. For ample handouts, please let us know you're coming.
Location: Poway Community Library, 13137 Poway Rd., Poway
Contact: sdgsclasses@gmail.com
Thu., March 5, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO FAMILY HISTORY CENTER: Class
"Identifying & Researching Your Ancestors Who Served in the Military." The objective of this presentation is to research the vital dates on your pedigree chart, and the information on census and death records to identify your ancestors who may have served in the military. Instructor: Margaret Lewis.
Location: San Diego Family History Center / FamilySearch Library, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego (Mission Valley)
Contact: Marti Lewis, 619-262-5810, ibemarti@yahoo.com
Sat., March 7, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  ESCONDIDO FAMILY HISTORY CENTER : Family History Fair
Escondido Family History Fair. The keynote speaker will be the “Barefoot Genealogist” Crista Cowan from Ancestry.com. Look at her educational and entertaining videos on YouTube. Class sizes are limited. Registration and ticket are required. Online registration has begun. At the website, select "Read More" under "Join us at the 2015 Family History Fair"; then click "registration link." Classes and exhibit hall are free. You can order lunch for $3.70 using Paypal. Stay all day and attend one of more classes or just come and see the exhibits.
Location: Escondido Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2255 Felicita Rd., Escondido, CA 92027
Contact: Anne Anderson, laneandrsn@gmail.com
Event URL: http://www.escondidofhc.com
Sun., March 8, 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
"DNA Identification of Missing-Identity Children from the Holocaust." Speaker - Colleen Fitzpatrick. Thousands of child survivors of the Holocaust were hidden children, shuttered away in attics, cellars, convents or farms. Unfortunately, in the chaos that reigned after Europe was liberated, restoring children to their birth families was especially difficult. Many parents perished in the camps. Children were often too young to know their own names and some children had been moved numerous times to keep them safe.
    Today there are still child survivors who have been unable to discover their birth identities. In her presentation, Colleen Fitzpatrick will show how Identifinders International, in collaboration with 23 and Me, started an exciting new pilot study to show how autosomal DNA testing can help "missing-identity" children recover long-lost family connections.
    Colleen Fitzpatrick is the author of Forensic Genealogy and co-author (with Andrew Yeiser) of DNA & Genealogy. Forensic Genealogy has been widely recognized for its innovative forensic science approach to genealogy research. She has been featured on NPR's Talk of the Nation radio program and her articles have appeared in Internet Genealogy, Family Tree Magazine and Family Chronicle. She is a columnist for Ancestry Magazine.
Location: Senior Activity Room, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla
Contact: info@sdjgs.org
Event URL: http://www.sdjgs.org
Mon., March 9, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Writing class
Memoir Writing Class will be held Mondays, 1-3 p.m. (10 weeks), March 9 through May 11. Program Fees: $25. for NSDCGS members, $75. for nonmembers. Make checks out to NSDCGS.
Location: Community Room, Cole Library, 1250 Calrsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Marilyn Bieck, 760-943-7154, marilynbieck@sbcglobal.net (type Writing Class in subject line)
Tue., March 10, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Computer Group
9:00: Coffee Social
9:30: News, Sharing & Case Studies
10:00: Break
10:15: Computer Oriented Genealogy Group (COGG). Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew will present an “Introduction to Research Through U.S. Land Records.”
Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Pam Boyle, boylepam@gmail.com
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Wed., March 11, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Research Group
Genealogy news and research questions.
Location: Conference Room, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library, 365 F Street, Chula Vista
Contact: Randy Seaver (rjseaver@cox.net), 619-422-3397, www.cvgenealogy.org
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Fri., March 13, 1:30 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Legacy UG
Topic TBA. The meeting is free. No registration required. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Location: Community Rm., Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Jill Scott 760-743-3660, Jeanette Shiel 760-736-0178
Sat., March 14, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS: Meeting
Annual ROOTS Conference for African American genealogy.
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Historic Los Angeles Stake Center, 1209 South Manhattan Place, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Contact: Margaret Lewis, 619-262-5810, ibemarti@yahoo.com
Event URL: http://discoveryourroots.org/
Sat., March 14, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS : Meeting
Annual ROOTS Conference for African American genealogy.
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Historic Los Angeles Stake Center, 1209 South Manhattan Place, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Contact: Margaret Lewis, 619-262-5810, ibemarti@yahoo.com
Event URL: http://discoveryourroots.org/
Sat., March 14, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Workshop
"New CVGS Website Hosted by Wild Apricot" by Gary Brock and Sam Seat.
Location: Community Rm., Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita
Contact: Susi Pentico, susicp@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Tue., March 17, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: City Directories. Repeat of Mar. 3 class. Small group session. Space is limited, registration is required. To register, call the Genealogy Division of the library at 760-434-2931.
Location: Genealogy Divison, Cole Library branch of the Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Wed., March 18, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Computer Group
Computer help and online genealogy resources.
Location: Computer Lab, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library, 365 F Street, Chula Vista
Contact: Shirley Becker (clanroots@cox.net), 619-420-0409, www.cvgenealogy.org
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Thu., March 19, 6:30 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: DNA SIG

Location: Community Rm., Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Kathleen Cooper, nsdcgs.dig@gmail.com
Sat., March 21, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  COMPUTER GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: Meeting
9:00: SIGs: Ancestry, DNA

10:00: Break, refreshments

10:20: Announcements followed by program:

Advanced Google Tools for Genealogists
presented by
Francie Kennedy


    Most of us barely scratch the surface of what Google can do. Looking things up with Google is only one of the many useful tools available to us! Have you made a family map showing migration routes and everywhere your families have lived, over time? Catalogued all of your books in a format you can access remotely from a book sale (so you don’t wind up with three copies at home)? How often have you read a rare book about your ancestor’s home town – that is every-word searchable? Have you found an image of a historic postcard of Main Street in that town to use as an illustration in your family history? This session will guide you toward finding many things Google can do beyond the basic search function we all use. There is a lot more within this site, beyond the simple home page!
    Francie is a 4th generation Californian, and studied English and biology at Pomona College in Claremont. She managed a business in landscape design and consulting for years before joining the local water district to help with drought response and customer questions in the early 1990s. Francie has been helping city residents and businesses manage their water use for over 22 years. For seven years she taught water conservation to professionals at Santiago Canyon College and continues to teach landscape classes to residents.
    In her free time, she is an award-winning watercolor painter, and recently started quilting. Francie has been involved with community groups for over 30 years, serving as president of the Friends of the Library, chair of the Los Rios Historic District Review Committee, and she is the immediate past president of the South Orange County California Genealogical Society. Historical research is her passion.
Location: Robinson Auditorium complex at UCSD, La Jolla. See a link to maps on our home page at www.cgssd.org.
Contact: cgssd-board@ucsd.edu
Event URL: http://www.cgssd.org
Sat., March 21, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Seminar
North San Diego County Genealogical Society. Spring Seminar. Speaker: Judy Russell,JD,CG, CGL, "The Legal Genealogist." Topics: The First Trip to the Courthouse, The Fair Court: Records of the Chancery Court, The Ties That Bond, Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans. Registration is now open; get form on website.
Location: Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine St., Carlsbad
Contact: Jean Tempke, jtempke@roadrunner.com.
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Wed., March 25, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Program Meeting
Short business meeting, speaker presentation, snacks. Program: "Land Records and Homesteading" with Jamie Mayhew.
Location: Auditorium, Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street
Contact: Jane Strawn, jstrawn2@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Sat., April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  COMPUTER GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: Meeting
9:00: User groups: Legacy with Rueben Marchant, FTM with Ken Robison.

10:00: Break, refreshments

10:20: Announcements followed by program:

Family Research and The Civil War
presented by
john Finch


    The Civil War (1861–1865) is, arguably, the most significant single event in our nations history. John will describe the range and scope of this struggle and its impact on the populace. If at that time your ancestors were living within the then defined boundaries of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia to the Arizona Territory, their lives were altered by this conflict.
    John has been a member of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society since 1999 and has served as Library Coordinator, Program Chair and President (2004-2006 term). He is also a member of the Lee County Illinois Historical and Genealogical Society. He retired from U.S. Navy in 1980 and the San Diego County Probation Department in 1999.
    He developed an interest in his own family history at a very young age, but did not begin an active pursuit of research until after retiring in 1999. Now he spends several hours each week researching his family and volunteers at the Chula Vista Central Library on Wednesday mornings to assist new and seasoned researchers.
Location: Robinson Auditorium complex at UCSD, La Jolla. See a link to maps on our home page at www.cgssd.org.
Contact: cgssd-board@ucsd.edu
Event URL: http://www.cgssd.org
Sat., April 18, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY & CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Beginners Class
“Beginner / Refresher Genealogy.” All-day Saturday class. Subjects covered will include Getting Started, Record Keeping, Census Records, Wills & Probates and Land Records. Free of charge.
Location: Community Room, Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: To register, call the Genealogy Dept., Cole Library, 760-434-2931