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.

Sat., April 19,   ORANGE FAMILY HISTORY CENTER : Family History Fair
Orange County Family History Fair. Register online starting March 1.
Location: Orange County FamilySearch Library, 674 S. Yorba St., Orange, CA
Contact: 714-997-7710
Event URL: http://www.ocfamilyhistory.org
Sat., April 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  COMPUTER GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: Meeting
9:00: User groups: Macintosh, with Dona Ritchie; Ancestry.com, with Del Ritchhart; SIG TBA.

10:00: Break, refreshments.

10:20: Announcements followed by program:
"Researching Scottish Ancestors"
by Judy Brooks

    This presentation will give you the basics of how to research your Scots and Scots Irish ancestors online including Scotland and Ireland sites.

    Judy Brooks is a professional genealogist specializing in Scots-Irish, Scottish Clans, Irish America, Presbyterians, and Presbyterian church history especially ministerial. In her personal research her focus has been Colonial America, the Revolutionary War and the early settlement of the Ohio River Valley, as well as finding how and when these ancestors crossed the ocean. She is a retired registered nurse and quality management professional, and lives in San Marcos.
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., April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
9:30 a.m. - The Society sponsors cof fee & sweets preceding each meet ing.
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.
Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Jean Tempke, jtempke@roadrunner.com
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Wed., April 23, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Brick Wall Class
Brick Walls Brainstorming.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-SDGS or www.casdgs.org
Wed., April 23, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"The Homestead Act of 1862." Presenter: Thomas MacEntee.
    this session you’ll learn how The Homestead Act of 1862 lured citizens of the United States to procure federal lands West of the Mississippi River. The application and qualification process, as burdensome as it was for our ancestors, produced a bumper crop of documents for use by genealogists and family historians.
    When Thomas MacEntee is not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 2500+ members of GeneaBloggers, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not always easy, but Thomas manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field. You can reach Thomas at hidefgen@gmail.com or visit his site at High-Definition Genealogy.
    Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp
Wed., April 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Legacy UG
Led by Reuben Marchant.
Location: SDGS, 7343 Ronson Rd., Suite O, San Diego (Kearny Mesa)
Contact: sdgsclasses@gmail.com
Thu., April 24, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Ancestry.com SIG
Using Ancestry.com workshop for experienced & beginning genealogists. Bring your questions! Presenter: Tom Johnston. For ample handouts, please let us know you're coming. Bring your laptop and/or a notepad!
Location: Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Branch Library, 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego
Contact: sdgsclasses@gmail.com
Thu., April 24, 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
Fri., April 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: San Diego SIG
Tour of the Valley Center History Museum, including an exhibit on "Betty Crocker."
Location: SDGS Library, 7343 Ronson Rd., Suite O, San Diego (Kearny Mesa)
Contact: Martha Stead, mstead2@cox.net
Sat., April 26, 10:00 a.m.  ESCONDIDO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
The program will be a continuation of the January program on the Natchez Trace Trail presented by Tom Johnston.
Location: Turrentine Rm. Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido
Contact: Barbara Wickham, 760-489-7760, BW4662@aol.com
Sat., April 26, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: RootsMagic UG
Led by Chris Christensen.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: Chris Christensen, rjchris47@yahoo.com
Sat., April 26, 12:00 p.m.  ITALIAN GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO : Lunch meeting
Program: "How Immigrants were blamed for epidemics in 19th and early 20th century America," presented by Dr. Stephen Baird. The speaker will cover the treatment of Irish, Italian, and Chinese immigrants during various epidemics that occurred in the USA. A useful reference is Silent Travelers by Alan M. Kraut. 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
Tue., April 29, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Beginners Class
"Introduction to Genealogy." Presenter: Peter Steelquist. Learn how to research your family tree & explore the new library! For ample handouts, let us know you're coming!
Location: San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., 9th Floor, Mary Hollis Clark Room
Contact: sdgsclasses@gmail.com
Wed., April 30, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"Google Glass and Family History." Presenter: Devin Ashby.
    Google Glass is a new technology that has great application for family history. Learn about some potential spaces for app development like cemeteries, photos and stories, interviews, and video.
    Devin Ashby is a Community Advocate for FamilySearch, the largest genealogical organization in the world. Devin has been involved in family history for years and in 2004 he received Bachelor degrees in History and Spanish and the following year earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/ashbyster.
Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp
Wed., April 30, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Program Meeting
"The Orphan Train" by Paul Erickson. Short business meeting, speaker presentation, snacks.
Location: Auditorium, Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street
Contact: Ralph Munoz, munoz1951@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Sat., May 3, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: FTM UG
Family Tree Maker User Group, for PC and Mac. Led by Dave Tooley with Carol Jackson.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-SDGS or www.casdgs.org
Sat., May 3, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Workshop
Topic TBD. Presenter: 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., May 6, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: "Church Records." Repeated on May 20. 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 Libray branch of the Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Wed., May 7,   NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Conference
May 7-10 - 2014 Family History Conference.
Location: Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia
Event URL: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/
Wed., May 7, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Class
"Understanding Census Records." Presenter: Anna Acosta. Donations are accepted to cover expenses.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-SDGS or www.casdgs.org
Sat., May 10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
9:00 - Class: "Computer Resources for Genealogy." Presenter: Peter Steelquist.
10:00 - Program TBA.
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., May 14, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Computer class
Computer Basics for PCs with Dave Tooley.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-SDGS or www.casdgs.org
Wed., May 14, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 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., May 17, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  COMPUTER GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: Meeting
9:00: User groups: Legacy, with Reuben Marchant; Family Tree Maker, with Ken Robison; and Roots Magic, with Chris Christensen.

10:00: Break, refreshments.

10:20: Announcements followed by program:
"Military Records and Pensions"
by Edward Grant Ries
Captain USMC (Ret.)

    Records of military service and pensions can provide a wealth of family history information. This presentation will cover the types of records found in the home, on online sites such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and fold3, and at NARA.
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., May 20, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: "Church Records." Repeat of May 6 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 Libray branch of the Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Wed., May 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Class
Topic/speaker TBA.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-SDGS or www.casdgs.org
Wed., May 21, 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., May 21, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: German SIG
Topic TBA.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: Bonnie Cosgrove, sakdog@gmail.com
Thu., May 22, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Ancestry.com SIG
Topic TBA. Presenter TBA.
Location: TBA
Contact: Carole Sobke, cjsobke@cox.net
Fri., May 23, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: San Diego SIG
Tour and Train Ride to Los Angeles.
Contact: Martha Stead, mstead2@cox.net
Sat., May 24, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: RootsMagic UG
Led by Chris Christensen.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: Chris Christensen, rjchris47@yahoo.com
Wed., May 28, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Brick Wall Class
Brick Walls Brainstorming.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-SDGS or www.casdgs.org
Wed., May 28, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Program Meeting
Short business meeting, speaker presentation, snacks. "Genealogy Research Problem Solving Q&A" with Diane Godinez, John Finch and Randy Seaver.
Location: Auditorium, Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street
Contact: Ralph Munoz, munoz1951@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Tue., June 3, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: "Census Records." Repeated on June 17. 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 Libray branch of the Carlsbad City Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad