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.

Thu., August 28, 7:00 p.m.  VISTA FAMILY HISTORY CENTER : Class
Advanced Genealogy class held every 4th Thursday of the month except holidays. Instructor: Anne Renshaw.
Location: Vista Family History Center, 1310 Foothill Dr., Vista
Contact: Vista FHC, 760-945-6053
Tue., September 2, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: "City Directories." Repeated September 16. Space is limited, registration is required. Register in the Genealogy Division of the Cole Library or by phone at 760-434-2931.
Location: Genealogy Divison, Cole Library branch of the Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Sat., September 6, 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Beginners Class
All day class. Topics: getting started, record keeping, census records, wills & probate, land records. These classes are provided free of charge. All supplies will be provided by the instructor. Sign-up sheets are available in the Carlsbad Cole Children’s Library and the Genealogy Division.
Location: Community Rm., Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Genealogy Dept, Cole Library, 760- 434-2931
Sat., September 6, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Workshop
"Basic Genealogy Research Information" by Susi Pentico.
Location: Community Rm., Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita
Contact: Susi Pentico, susicp@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Tue., September 9, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Computer Group
Topic TBA.
    The Society sponsors coffee & sweets preceding each meeting. The coffee room is to the left inside the chamber.
Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Pam Boyle, 760-942-7466, boylepam@gmail.com
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Tue., September 9, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Membership & Sharing Meeting
Membership & Sharing Meeting with Case Study.
Location: Community Rm., Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Tom Gordinier, tgordinier35@gmail.com, 760-435-2536
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Wed., September 10, 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., September 12, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Legacy UG
Bring your laptop! Bring your lunch! Learn Legacy Family Tree 8′s new features! (Soon to be released!) New to Legacy Family Tree? Come learn how to get started! Seasoned Legacy User? Share your experience! Want to learn what Legacy offers? Everyone is welcome to attend! No registration required.
Location: Community Rm., Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Jill Scott 760-743-3660, Jeanette Shiel 760-736-0178
Sat., September 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
9:00 am to 10:00 am - Class: "Finding & Understanding Census Records." Presenter: Mary Card.
10:00 -
Location: St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd., cprner Jackson Dr., San Carlos area; park in south lot, enter south door
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-7347
Sun., September 14, 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
Annual general membership meeting, election and installation of new officers and board members and approval of the budget for 2014–2015, followed by recaps from local and national conferences by members who attended RootsTech, SoCal Genealogy Jamboree and the IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy who will share their experiences and newly-learned information about resources, etc. Almost as good as being there!!
Location: Senior Activity Room, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla
Contact: info@sdjgs.org
Event URL: http://sdjgs.homestead.com/
Tue., September 16, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: "City Directories." Repeat of September 2 class. Space is limited, registration is required. Register in the Genealogy Division of the Cole Library or by phone at 760-434-2931.
Location: Genealogy Divison, Cole Library branch of the Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Wed., September 17, 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
Wed., September 17, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: German SIG
"Learning to Read Handwritten German Records," with Dona Ritchie.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: Bonnie Cosgrove, sakdog@gmail.com
Thu., September 18, 6:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL ASSOCIATION : Meeting
6 p.m. - dinner (optional). 7 p.m. - Roundtable discussion.
Location: Ramona Valley Grill, 344 Main St., Ramona
Contact: Jacqueline Beck, jqbeck@prodigy.net
Fri., September 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Beginners Workshop
"Introduction to Genealogy." Learn how to research your family tree! This 2-hour workshop will give you the tools you need to begin the search into your family history. Topics: How to Get Started, Census Records, Helpful Forms & Charts, Online Research, Identifying Resources, Identifying Resources, Popular Software Programs, Tips for Getting Organized. Handouts. Bring a notepad! Seating is limited -- reserve a seat at sdgsclasses@gmail.com.
    The San Diego Genealogical Society offers "Introduction to Genealogy" workshops and other programs, open to the general public, at various locations throughout San Diego County. Check the Calendar of Events at www.casdgs.org for a schedule of classes, events and programs.
Location: Pacific Beach Library, 4275 Cass St, San Diego 92109
Event URL: http://www.casdgs.org
Sat., September 20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  COMPUTER GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: Meeting
9:00: User groups: Ancestry.com, with Del Ritchhart. SIG: DNA, with Corlee Morris.

10:00: Break, refreshments.

10:20: Announcements followed by program:

"Crowdsourcing The Path To The 1950 U.S. Census"
by Joel Weintraub, Ph.D.

    The 1940 U.S. Census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch-led consortium used 160,000 volunteers to name index that census in 4 months. In addition, Joel and Steve Morse, over seven years with about 125 volunteers, developed free utilities to find which of 150,000 census districts someone was in, when a location or address is known. These projects are examples of crowdsourcing. Steve and Joel are now doing a similar project for the 1950 Census. Joel will discuss differences between the 1940 and 1950 censuses that impacted their planning and project design. The film scanning, publicity, volunteer response, Yahoo Group site, cloud storage, software, One-Step utilities, and project phases will be discussed. All 233,800 1950 enumeration district definitions have now been transcribed. Street indexes will also be completed for over 2,000 communities to help find 1950 census district numbers.
    Joel Weintraub was born and raised in Manhattan. He is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton, and has won awards for his science teaching. He became interested in genealogy about 15 years ago, and volunteered for 9 years at the National Archives and Records Administration in southern California. Joel started transcribing streets within census districts in 2001 to help researchers search the 1930 U.S. Census (released in 2002). He was joined in the venture by David Kehs and Stephen Morse in 2002, and together, they have produced a number of online census searching utilities for both the federal and the New York State censuses on the Morse One Step Website. Joel produced locational finder aids for the 1940 census, and has given many talks on that census since 2006. He now has the 1950 Census in his sights, scheduled to be released in 2022! If you want to help with the 1950 project, email Joel.  
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
Tue., September 23, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
9:30 a.m. - The Society sponsors coffee & sweets preceding each meet ing.
10:00 a.m. - Judy Brooks will present “Using Religious Migration Routes to Find Church Records.”
Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Jean Tempke, jtempke@roadrunner.com
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Wed., September 24, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Program Meeting
"California and the Mexican-American War, Part 2" by Ceasar Castro.
Location: Auditorium, Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street
Contact: Ralph Munoz, munoz1951@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Sat., September 27, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Seminar
Annual fall seminar. Speaker: Cyndi Ingle of Cyndiʼs List. Topics:
    A guided Tour to Cyndi’s List 2.0
    The Internet: Lower Your Expectations to Raise Your Research Potential
    The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper
    Questions and Answers
Members $40 Non-members $50, includes the seminar, the welcoming coffee/tea/Danish, and a sandwich lunch box. Seating limited to first 200 registrants. Register online at http://casdgs.org/files.php.
Location: Captain’s Room, Marina Village, 1936 Quivira Way San Diego, CA 92109
Contact: Regina Gigl (SDGS), 858-627-9803, gigljr@pacbell.net
Event URL: http://casdgs.org/files.php
Sat., October 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Workshop
Topic TBD. Speaker, Susie Pentico.
Location: Community Rm., Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita
Contact: Susi Pentico, susicp@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Tue., October 7, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: "Naturalization Records." Repeated on October 21. Space is limited, registration is required. Register in the Genealogy Division of the Cole Library or by phone at 760-434-2931.
Location: Genealogy Divison, Cole Library branch of the Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Wed., October 8, 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
Sat., October 11, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
9:00 am to 10:00 am - Class: "Computer Resources for Genealogy." Presenter: Peter Steelquist.
10:00 - Photo Restoration with Gary Clark.
Location: St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd., cprner Jackson Dr., San Carlos area; park in south lot, enter south door
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-7347
Wed., October 15, 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
Wed., October 15, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: German SIG
Julie Purdy will speak on "Finding a Maiden Name."
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: Bonnie Cosgrove, sakdog@gmail.com
Sat., October 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  COMPUTER GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: Meeting
Annual Mini-Fair (No user groups or SIGS this month) 9:00: Session 1:

10:00: Break, refreshments.
br> 10:30: Session 2:    
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
Tue., October 21, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: "Naturalization Records." Repeat of October 7 class. Space is limited, registration is required. Register in the Genealogy Division of the Cole Library or by phone at 760-434-2931.
Location: Genealogy Divison, Cole Library branch of the Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Sat., October 25, 12:00 p.m.  ITALIAN GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO : Lunch meeting
Program TBA Luncheon menu consists of a choice of four pasta dishes with soup or salad, rolls, coffee, hot or cold tea and soft drinks. Pizza comes without soup or salad but with two toppings and soft drinks. The cost of lunch is $12.00, including tax and gratuity. Those ordering wine or beer with lunch will receive a separate check. You may invite family and friends to join us.
Location: Borrelli’s Restaurant, 285 El Camino Real, Encinitas. (see map at www.borrellispizza.net)
Contact: Greg Palazzolo, gsp91978@cox.net
Sat., October 25, 12:00 p.m.  ITALIAN GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO : Lunch meeting
Program TBA Luncheon menu consists of a choice of four pasta dishes with soup or salad, rolls, coffee, hot or cold tea and soft drinks. Pizza comes without soup or salad but with two toppings and soft drinks. The cost of lunch is $12.00, including tax and gratuity. Those ordering wine or beer with lunch will receive a separate check. You may invite family and friends to join us.
Location: Borrelli’s Restaurant, 285 El Camino Real, Encinitas. (see map at www.borrellispizza.net)
Contact: Greg Palazzolo, gsp91978@cox.net