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.
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Hal Bookbinder directs information technology for UCLA Health Systems. He has lectured at the annual IAJGS conferences and has published numerous articles on research techniques and Jewish history and geography. He has identified over 3,500 relatives in eight lines and has taken two of these lines back to the mid-18th century. He is a past-president of both the JGS of Los Angeles and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. In 2010, he was the recipient of the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award. He is co-chair of the upcoming International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held in Salt Lake City, July 27-August 1.
This webinar is an overview of some lesser known Irish resources that may provide additional information about your Irish ancestors. Some of the sources that will be discussed include school records, taxation sources and court records.
Owner of Wight House Research, Judy has been an Accredited Genealogist specializing in Ireland (30+ years) and Scotland (10+ years). She writes extensively for genealogical periodicals and is a popular teacher and lecturer at genealogical events. She worked 10 years as a reference consultant at the Family History Library and has vast research experience in the British Isles, U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Free. Register online.
Learn about tools and techniques for visualizing data in a timeline to make sense of what we know, identifying what we don’t, putting it all in the context of history, and sharing findings more clearly.
Tammy A. Hepps is the founder of Treelines.com, a family story-sharing website and winner of the RootsTech 2013 Developer Challenge. With a degree in Computer Science from Harvard, she has fourteen years of experience in the digital media space leading technology initiatives across the content, commerce, mobile, and social spaces. She has been working on her family tree for more than twenty years and combines in Treelines.com her depth in genealogy, technology, and storytelling. She lives in Manhattan. All SCGS webinars are free. Register online.
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10:00: Break, refreshments.
10:20: Announcements followed by program:
by Alice Colby Volkert
Alice will explore how people USED to "do genealogy" in the old days---with self-addressed stamped envelopes, etc.---then how people NOW "do genealogy"---with their own records, using Ancestry.com, Legacy, MAC, etc. Next will be a look into the ways people are sharing and combining their efforts. The presentation will wrap up with a look into the future: automatic processing, face recognition, semantic searches, etc. This is an interactive presentation in that the audience will be asked to participate.
Alice Colby Volkert is a professional genealogist who is involved in many aspects of genealogy. She specializes in New England, particularly Massachusetts. She enjoys being a coach, helping people make their own discoveries and organizing their data. She will guide and assist people who want to "do-it-themselves" or will do as much for anyone as they require. She was one of the researchers for the PBS television "Genealogy Roadshow."
Confusion. Too many “favorites” lists. Too many “Top 100” lists. Too many opinions. Indeed, that’s just what the myriad of “top website” lists are: somebody’s opinion. Well, it’s time to make a better and truly useful list! Based on an extensive study of genealogical web traffic, here are the 50 most visited real genealogy websites. Since these are the most visited sites, they must be doing something right and providing some value to their visitors. Count them down, and learn what you’ve been missing!
Kory Meyerink is accredited in four areas (Germany, Midwest, Eastern and New England U.S.), specializing in tracing the origins of German and Dutch immigrants. He developed instructional and reference material for the thousands of Family History Centers supported by the Family History Library. He also served as the primary content consultant for the PBS Ancestors television series. As a teacher, Kory has spoken at many local, state, and national genealogical conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada, including NGS, FGS, GENTECH, and, since 1991, the annual BYU Family History Conference. Since 1991, he has also served as adjunct history faculty for that university’s Salt Lake Center. As the founding director of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, he developed one of the nation’s largest such institutes. He has written extensively, including chapters in The Library, both editions of The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, as well as numerous articles and book reviews for the Genealogical Journal, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Genealogical Computing, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, and The Genealogist.
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Searching online databases is more than typing words in search boxes. In this presentation we'll see tried and tested ways to effectively organize your search strategies and improve your approach.
Michael John Neill has actively researched his own genealogy for nearly thirty years, writes 'Genealogy Tip of the Day' and 'Casefile Clues.' He has lectured nationally on a wide variety of genealogy-related topics.
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10:00 a.m. - “Honoring the Legacy of the Greatest Generation: Learn How to Research and Record Their Stories,” presented by Dawn Thurston. This is the third in the trilogy of programs supporting the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) traveling show “Our Lives, Our Stories, America’s Greatest Generation.”
From the vantage of time, we’ve come to appreciate and respect the contributions of the people who weathered the tribulations of the Great Depression and World War II. Their sacrifices, service, and ingenuity are reflected for good in all aspects of today’s society. Each member of this generation has a fascinating story to tell about living through that difficult era, a story that will likely be lost to time unless someone like you makes the effort to record it for posterity. This presentation will show you how to get started, how to gather information, and how to create individualized stories as interesting and memorable as the lives of the people from this era.
Dawn Thurston has taught life story writing on the college level for 14 years and has helped hundreds of students write and publish their personal histories and family stories. She is the co-author ofBreathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will WANT to Read, published by Signature Books in 2007, and numerous magazine and journal articles. She earned a BA in English from UCLA and an MA in communications. She serves on the board of the Association of Personal Historians and is also a member of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and the National Association of Memoir Writers. Please visit www.MemoirMentor.com for more information.
This is not Your Grandma's Genealogy: Making the Transition from Paper to Electronic Record Keeper.
Elizabeth: the Story of a German Immigrant.
Lessons Learned From Genealogy Roadshow.
Up close and Personal
Includes served luncheon. Door Prizes and donation Drawings to benefit Scholarship Fund. $40 for CVGS members before 8 March, $45 for non-members before 8 March. $45/50 after 8 March. Register online at www.cvgenealogy.org, pay by credit card, check or at the door.
Reach Out and Touch Someone Anywhere in the World: International Searches
The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone
Adoption Searches: What If You Don’t Know Who You Are Looking For?
The Secrets of Abraham Lincoln’s DNA
Registration starts at 9:00. Members: $25, non-members, $30. Optional lunch (half a turkey sandwich, salad & drink) $8.50. Make checks out to NSDCGS. Mail to Carolyn Hoard, 4065 Park Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2635.
10:00 - "Witness to Gettysburg." Written and Performed by Annette Hubbell as "Miss Hattie Elizabeth Turner." She takes us back in time to the Battle of Gettysburg and a small town’s courageous efforts to care for 30,000 Union and Confederate casualties suddenly left in its aftermath. Come listen to the true stories of brave men and women whose actions came to represent the strength, character, and fortitude of the American people. “A Riveting Performance.” For more information about Annette and her program, visit www.annettehubbell.com.
10:00 a.m. - “The Impact of the 1918 Flu Epidemic on Genealogy Research,” by Dr. Stephen Baird. Dr. Baird will review how the 1918 influenza started, evidence that the virus mutated between 1916-1918, how it got its name, how WWI caused its rapid spread, what H1N1 means, how the devastation it caused is reflected in death certificates, burials, the censuses of 1910 and 1920, and some personal family history. His grandfather, Ben Miller, got the flu in 1918 in Kansas, one of the first states to have an outbreak, recovered, but then contracted Parkinson’s disease and died in 1949. This is a recognized complication. Dr. BAird will review recognized complications and how they might be reflected in death certificates later in the 20th century.