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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Session 1 - Getting Started on the Right Foot. All of us know at least a bit of information about our family. It may be something we have heard, or something we have and don't know how it can help us. We will start out learning about information from an obituary, and entering the facts into the Legacy Family Tree software. Speaker bio at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_ id=291. Free. Register online.
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.
Dave Tooley was born in the Welsh coastal town of Porthcawl and emigrated with his parents to the U.S. in 1948. They settled in West Allis, Wisconsin. Moved to San Diego in 1960. David has been with the San Diego Civil War Roundtable since 1986. …and Civil War Ramblings."
Barbara’s interest in genealogy began when her sister created family trees after interviewing aunts and uncles about what they remembered about the family’s origins. She has been an active member of the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society and has held the positions of Librarian, Program Chairperson, and is presently Secretary.
9:30: News, Sharing & Case Studies
10:15: Computer Oriented Genealogy Group (COGG). Joel Weintraub will present “Crowdsourcing the Path to the 1950 U.S. Census.” The 1940 U.S. Census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch led consortium used 163,000 volunteers to name index that census in 4 months. In addition, Joel and Steve Morse, over seven years with only 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, a New Yorker by birth, 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 produced locational tools for the 1900 through 1940 federal censuses, and the New York State censuses for NYC (1905, 1915, 1925) for the Steve Morse “One-Step” website (stevemorse.org). He, Steve, and their volunteers, are currently working on 1950 U.S. census tools. If you want to help with the 1950 project, email Joel. He has published articles on the U.S. census, and has given presentations on census and biographical research, immigration and naturalization, and Jewish genealogy. His hobbies include birding, collecting census memorabilia, and making interesting PowerPoint presentations. This will be his third presentation to our Society over the last 8 years.
10:00: Break, refreshments
10:20: Announcements followed by program:
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.
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.
10:00: Break, refreshments
10:20: Announcements followed by program:
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.