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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.

Mon., April 20, 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY : Webinar
"Scotland Maps & Gazetteers." Go to https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_ History_Library. In Contents, click 2.2.2 April 2015. Select a course. Scroll down to "How To Join a Webinar Live." Many classes have handouts for download.

Tue., April 21, 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY : Webinar
"Scotland Websites." Go to https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_ History_Library. In Contents, click 2.2.2 April 2015. Select a course. Scroll down to "How To Join a Webinar Live." Many classes have handouts for download.

Tue., April 21, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: Census Records. Repeat of Apr. 7 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., April 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Brick Wall Class
Brickwall Brainstorming, with Kitty Taylor.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: sdgsclasses@gmail.com.
Wed., April 22, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"D-I-V-O-R-C-E!" Presenter: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. Our ancestors' marriages lasted so much longer than our own. One reason: it was so hard to get a divorce. But it still happened, and the records created in the process tell us much about our ancestors, their lives and the laws they lived by. Speaker bio at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_ id=279. Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp
Wed., April 22, 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY : Webinar
"Scotland Church Records." Go to https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_ History_Library. In Contents, click 2.2.2 April 2015. Select a course. Scroll down to "How To Join a Webinar Live." Many classes have handouts for download.

Thu., April 23, 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY : Webinar
"Scotland Census Records." Go to https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_ History_Library. In Contents, click 2.2.2 April 2015. Select a course. Scroll down to "How To Join a Webinar Live." Many classes have handouts for download.

Thu., April 23, 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY : Webinar
"Navigating the FamilySearch Website." Go to https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_ History_Library. In Contents, click 2.2.2 April 2015. Select a course. Scroll down to "How To Join a Webinar Live." Many classes have handouts for download.

Thu., April 23, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO FAMILY HISTORY CENTER: Class
"Researching Your Roots, With Particular Emphasis on the Challenges Unique to Researching African Americans.” Beginning class with emphasis on African Americans Research. 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
Thu., April 23, 7:00 p.m.  VISTA FAMILY HISTORY CENTER : Class
“Advanced Genealogy.” Instructor: Anne Renshaw. Held every 4th Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. except holidays. All adults are welcome at these classes.
Location: Vista FHC, 1310 Foothill Dr., Vista
Contact: Vista FHC at 760-945-6053
Fri., April 24, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"United States Colored Troops Civil War Widows' Pension Applications: Tell the Story." Presenter: Bernice Alexander Bennett. Explore the challenges faced by widows and/or former slave descendants of soldiers in the United State Colored Troops Widows’ Pension Applications. Speaker bio at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_ id=305. Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp
Fri., April 24, 12:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.  FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY : Webinar
"Scotland Civil Registration." Go to https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_ History_Library. In Contents, click 2.2.2 April 2015. Select a course. Scroll down to "How To Join a Webinar Live." Many classes have handouts for download.

Sat., April 25, 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  ESCONDIDO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
“Problem Solving in our Research,” presented by Del Ritchhart.
Location: Turrentine Rm.,Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido
Contact: Barbara Wickham, 760-489-7760, BW4662@aol.com
Tue., April 28, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
9:00 a.m. Coffee Social; 9:30 a.m. Society News, Sharing and Case Studies; 10:00 a.m. Break; 10:15 a.m. Speaker Presentation: Amy Davis (Carlsbad History Room) will present “Conducting Genealogical Research in the Early 20th Century: A Case Study.”
    While processing a family’s papers for the Carlsbad History Collection, Amy Davis came across a folder containing genealogical research conducted from 1892-1925. This brought up many questions. How did one conduct genealogical research during this time? What tools did they have at their disposal? How was it similar to our own research prior to the advent and onslaught of the internet? Are there differences? Since they were “closer to the source,” were they able to get more, and more accurate, information? In this presentation, we’ll look at the Shipley family and collateral relatives, and examine the research methods used in one man’s quest for his family history.
    Amy Davis studied art at UC Santa Cruz for her Bachelor’s degree, and received her Master’s in Library and Information Studies, with an emphasis in archives, from San Jose State. She has worked at the Cole Library in Carlsbad since 2002. As a fellow genealogist, she has been researching her family’s history for more than a decade. Her skills are now so advanced she can work genealogy into any conversation.
Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad
Contact: Jean Tempke, jtempke@roadrunner.com.
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Wed., April 29, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"Using Legacy with Specialized Studies - Legacy is for more than your family history." Presenter: Tessa Keough. Specialized studies take many forms – whether it is a one-name (surname) study, a one-place (location) study, or a cemetery, church or school survey. These projects often have us “reinventing the wheel” as we try to come up with a method for entering and using our data. Why reinvent the wheel when you can use Legacy? Join Tessa Keough as she shows you how she uses Legacy for more than her family history. We will discuss some tips and suggestions for using Legacy's well-known and lesser-known features with your specialized studies and projects. Whether you are simply thinking about a project, have just gotten started, or are taking a second look at your approach and software, there will be something for everyone. Speaker bio at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_ id=298. Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp
Wed., April 29, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Program Meeting
Short business meeting, speaker presentation, snacks. Program: "Family Stories - Secrets, Lies, and Surprises" with Donie Nelson
Location: Auditorium, Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street
Contact: Jane Strawn, jstrawn2@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Thu., April 30, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO FAMILY HISTORY CENTER: Class
"Deciphering if it’s the . . . Wrong Name, Right Man, Wrong Man, Right Name.” Learning to weigh the nature of evidence to determine and to substantiate whether this man belongs to this name or this name belongs to this man. 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., May 2, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Workshop
Topic TBD. Speaker: Susi Pentico.
Location: Community Rm., Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita
Contact: Susi Pentico, susicp@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Thu., May 7, 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., May 9, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH GROUP : Meeting
"Stand Alone and Online Family Trees, Part 2," Presenter- Johnny Grayson.
Location: San Diego Family History Center / FamilySearch Library, 4195 Canino del Rio South, San Diego (Mission Valley)
Contact: Marti Lewis, 619-262-5810, ibemarti@yahoo.com
Wed., May 13,   NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Conference
May 13-16 - 2015 Family History Conference, "Crossroads of America." Registration is now open.
Location: St. Charles, Missouri
Contact: http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/home
Wed., May 13, 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., May 16, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  COMPUTER GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: Meeting
9:00: User groups: RoosMagic, Mac

10:00: Break, refreshments

10:20: Announcements followed by program:

The Advantages of Working with a One World Tree
presented by
Kitty Munson Cooper

    The concept of a one world tree is to have a database where genealogists who are researching the same ancestors can collaborate. The idea is to have just one copy of every person on the tree, rather than each of you having your own separate family trees. The goal is to work together to decipher records and solve genealogical problems. The fantasy is to someday have an all embracing tree for everyone who lived in recorded history.
    What are the advantages of doing this? What are the disadvantages? How well does this collaboration work? Do you keep a private copy of your tree? Do you hold back any of your data or photographs?
    Which of the three major websites (listed here alphabetically) is best for this: FamilySearch, Geni or WikiTree? They are have their positive points as well as their negatives so the decision becomes one of personal preference. Personally I use all three, a lot!
    Kitty Munson Cooper is well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. She started her blog - blog.kittycooper.com - in 2012 to keep track of her family's DNA tests as well as her genealogical research. Written for her relatives with simple step by step pictorial explanations, the blog soon became extremely popular. It currently receives about 800 unique visitors a day.
    Her interest in family history and genealogy started at her beloved Aunt Marion's funeral in 1997 when she realized that many stories had died with her aunt. She resolved not to let any more of them be forgotten and started collecting stories, pictures, and family data from that day forward. Meeting a second cousin there who was an accomplished genealogist may have also given her a push.
    Kitty started programming computers in 1966 while still in high school and currently has her own small web development business. In her spare time she has created a number of tools for the genetic genealogy community for displaying pictures of whom their DNA is from, showing overlapping segments, and grouping the DNA overlaps.
    She has a cum laude degree from Harvard University and is also a World Champion Bridge player. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in Lakeside, California (East San Diego County) with her husband Steve and their dog Navajo. They have over an acre and more than 20 fruit trees. Gardening is another hobby of hers.
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
Sun., May 17, 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
Note: 3rd Sunday this month due to Mother's Day.
Location: Senior Activity Room, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla
Contact: info@sdjgs.org
Event URL: http://www.sdjgs.org
Wed., May 20, 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 27, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Program Meeting
Short business meeting, speaker presentation, snacks. Program: "Probate Records - My Favorite Record Type" with Randy Seaver.
Location: Auditorium, Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street
Contact: Jane Strawn, jstrawn2@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Thu., June 4,   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Jamboree
June 4-7 - 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Registration is now open. Deadline for early-bird registration: April 30.
Event URL: http://genealogyjamboree.com/
Fri., June 5,   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Jamboree
June 4-7 - 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Registration is now open. Deadline for early-bird registration: April 30.
Event URL: http://genealogyjamboree.com/
Sat., June 6,   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Jamboree
June 4-7 - 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Registration is now open. Deadline for early-bird registration: April 30.
Event URL: http://genealogyjamboree.com/
Sat., June 6, 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
Sun., June 7,   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Jamboree
June 4-7 - 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Registration is now open. Deadline for early-bird registration: April 30.
Event URL: http://genealogyjamboree.com/
Sat., June 13, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH GROUP : Meeting
"Ancestry Family Trees, Part 3," Presenter- Johnny Grayson.
Location: San Diego Family History Center / FamilySearch Library, 4195 Canino del Rio South, San Diego (Mission Valley)
Contact: Marti Lewis, 619-262-5810, ibemarti@yahoo.com