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., November 1, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: FTM UG
Family Tree Maker User Group 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
Sat., November 1, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Workshop
"Maryland Research" 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., November 4, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Reunion UG
Reunion software user group, presented by Anne Alves.
Location: Scripps Ranch Branch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Dr., San Diego
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-SDGS or www.casdgs.org
Tue., November 4, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: "Digital Books." Repeated on November 18. 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
Thu., November 6, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO FAMILY HISTORY CENTER: Class
"Breaking Down Walls, Brick by Brick (Using Clues in the census)." - The gaps on your pedigree chart with missing information is your brick wall. Each question that you have most likely has several sources where you can look for the answers to help fill in the gaps. Census records can help fill some your gaps. 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
Fri., November 7, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Writer's Group
Presenter: Diane Altona.
Location: San Diego Family History Center / FamilySearch Library, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego (Mission Valley)
Sat., November 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
9:00 am to 10:00 am - Class: "TBA." Presenter: TBA.
10:00 - Speaker: Connie Rascon Gunther. Two presentations:
    "Gaining Wisdom and Drive from your Genetic Memory." My Dad never took a piano lesson in his life, yet he could play any song he heard. How is that possible? One of my ancestors was noted for being exceptional with numbers. Is this an inherited ability? Can an inner drive to excel beyond all physical odds, be genetic? Genetic memory is a process in which memory is passed down through the generations and stored in our DNA. Although controversial, science has proven genetic memory exists. I will share some interesting stories so you can ponder or decide if genetic memory’s plays a role in your family history.
    "Use your Heritage to Build Resilience." Ever feel like another emotional curve ball just hit you? All you wanted was a little more time to yourself so you can research that new branch of that family tree you just started. Your family may think all of your genealogy work is wasted time. Not so! All that family research and tree building time is valuable. In fact it could be the difference between life and death. Understand how famous celebrities use family history to get through the road bumps in life. Listen to how and why you could share your family stories.
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
Sat., November 8, 10:00 a.m.  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Webinar
“Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists," by Pamela Weisberger. Be astonished by the appearances your ancestors make in old newspapers and journals. Learn how to follow the “paper trail” to mine this under-utilized digital resource covering births, obits, court records and wills. For speaker bio and to register, go to http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html. Free.

Sat., November 8, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH GROUP : Meeting
Topic and speaker TBA.
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
Tue., November 11, 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Bookfair
No formal meeting in November. Instead, SDJGS will be co-sponsoring a speaker at the San Diego Jewish Bookfair. Judith Fein will present "The Spoon from Minkowitz: a Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands." Award-winning international travel writer Judith Fein dives beneath the surface of her Russian Jewish American heritage--pushing past all obstacles to find the truth behind the shrouded story about where she came from, what the Old World was like, and what remains of the places so many of our ancestors left behind when they came to America. Fein takes us along as she treks through graveyards, has a private audience with the Gypsy Baron of Moldova, meets the last Jew standing, communes with the dead, quaffs cognac with Russians, wanders among ruins, and hears the call of the ancestors, driving her on.
Location: Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Road, Encinitas
Contact: info@sdjgs.org
Event URL: http://www.sdjgs.org
Wed., November 12, 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
Wed., November 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Computer class
Computer Basics for PCs with Dave Tooley. Learn more about using your computer - bring your questions. Please RSVP to sdgsclasses@gmail.com.
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: sdgsclasses@gmail.com.
Thu., November 13, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO FAMILY HISTORY CENTER: Class
"On-Line Family Trees." On-line Family Trees provides a quick and easy way to organize, share and preserve your family history. This session will demonstrate how to build and organize your on-line family tree website providing a permanent home for your family history. 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
Fri., November 14, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
Legacy Family Tree - Virtual User's Group Meeting. Presenters: Legacy Family Tree Panel. Learn tips, tricks, and best practices related to using the Legacy Family Tree software. Topics for beginners through advanced presented by the Legacy staff and other experts. We’ll also leave time for questions and answers. Have a favorite Legacy tip and want to share it? Send us an email, we’d love to have you participate. Everyone is welcome! Details at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=235. Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php
Fri., November 14, 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., November 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  COMPUTER GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: Meeting
9:00: User groups: TBA

10:00: Break, refreshments.

10:20: Announcements followed by program:
Newspaper Research for the 21st Century
presented by
Gena Philibert-Ortega

    Using newspapers? Good! They are a must for your research and now with so many options for finding newspapers it’s a great time to be doing research. Learn about the various newspapers available, how to best navigate online search engines and what to do when the newspaper isn't online. Types of articles and ethnic newspapers will also be covered.
    Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. Her newest book is From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media 2012).
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., November 18, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: "Digital Books." Repeat of November 4 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., November 19, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"Using Evernote for Genealogy." Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke. You can remember everything in your genealogy research with Evernote, because it puts all your notes at your fingertips. In addition to superfast and easy note taking and retrieval, you’ll learn how to clip items from the Internet (rather than saving bulky web pages!), use OCR technology to search your digitized documents like newspaper articles, and tap into the best apps that help Evernote work even harder for you. Evernote harnesses the power of the Cloud to allow you to work across all your platforms (including your iPad and smart phone) Best of all, it’s free! Speaker bio at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=221. Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php
Wed., November 19, 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., November 19, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: German SIG
Joan Lowrey will speak on "The Hamburg Passenger Lists and Other German Emigration Sources."
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: Bonnie Cosgrove, sakdog@gmail.com
Wed., November 19, 6:00 p.m.  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Webinar
"The WWI Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without It!" by Tim Pinnick. World War I draft registration cards contain valuable imbedded pieces of information that can become leads in solving some genealogical roadblocks for researchers. For speaker bio and to register, go to http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html. Free.

Thu., November 20, 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
Thu., November 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: DNA SIG
The group's mission is to educate and inform people about the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes. The group provides lectures on DNA plus small group discussions and individual help with DNA results.
Location: Community Rm., Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Kathleen Cooper, nsdcgs.dig@gmail.com
Thu., November 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO FAMILY HISTORY CENTER: Class
"Genealogical Research on 'Find A Grave.'” Find A Grave is a resource for finding the final resting place of family members. Some memorials contain rich content including photos, and biographies and it’s an invaluable tool for the genealogists. 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
Fri., November 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Writer's Group
Presenter: Diane Altona.
Location: San Diego Family History Center / FamilySearch Library, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego (Mission Valley)
Sat., November 22, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: RootsMagic UG
RootsMagic software user group, presented by Chris Christensen.
Location: San Diego Family History Center / FamilySearch Library, 4195 Camnino del Rio South, San Diego (Mission Valley)
Contact: SDGS at 858-279-SDGS or www.casdgs.org
Sat., November 22, 1:15 p.m.  ESCONDIDO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
Elections, crafts, books, bake sale plus roundtable discussion between members and guests.
Location: Turrentine Rm.,Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido
Contact: Barbara Wickham, 760-489-7760, BW4662@aol.com
Tue., November 25, 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 meeting.
10:00 a.m. - “Christmas Traditions of our Ancestors - Ghosts of Christmas Past: Tunes, Tales, & Ancestral Traditions,” presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben. This program connects some of our more common traditions in the United States to their beginnings during the time of our ancestors of various cultures and countries. It introduces audience members to related hymns, some of which are rarely sung in the 21st Century.
    A Board Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for over 30 years. Jean is a Board Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists; Past President, So. California Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists; Vice President of both the Corona Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Speakers Guild; a Board member of the California State Genealogical Alliance; and the Western Region Director, International Society of Family History Writers & Editors. Jean has been playing guitar for over 40 years, learning a variety of other folk instruments along the way. She sees a connection between family history and music because, in learning about our forebears, we try to piece together the various elements of our ancestors’ lives in an effort to create a complete (or as complete as possible) picture of who they were in their homes, families, occupations, religions, and activities. Their musical interests/involvement should be considered part of this whole picture, or circle, of their lives.
Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Jean Tempke, jtempke@roadrunner.com
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Wed., November 26, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Program Meeting
Short business meeting, speaker presentation, snacks. Program: "Heirloom Discovery Day" with Georgie Stillman, ASA.
Location: Auditorium, Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street
Contact: Ralph Munoz, munoz1951@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Wed., December 3, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"Family History for Kids." Presenter: Devin Ashby. Are you trying to figure out how to get kids involved and engaged in their family history? Come learn about new products and initiatives that are making a difference for younger audiences. We’ll discuss how you can create a life map, build a story book, tag and index photos and documents online, make a family video, and much more. Speaker bio at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=222. Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php
Fri., December 5, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"Can You Hear Me Now? Voice Recognition Software for Genealogists." Presenter: Luana Darby. Give your fingers a break. Learn how you can take advantage of voice recognition software to speed up your genealogical writing, enter information into your database, and convert those old personal interviews to words on a page. This webinar will teach you how to “talk” your way through writing that tough family history.Speaker bio at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=223. Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php
Sat., December 6, 10:00 a.m.  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY : Webinar
"Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America," by Billie Fogarty. A peek at some of the courtship & wedding customs of our ancestors may bring a blush or a giggle!For speaker bio and to register, go to http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html. Free.

Sat., December 6, 12:00 p.m.  ITALIAN GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO : Christmas luncheon
Annual Christmas Party – White Elephant Gift Exchange. 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., December 6, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Workshop
"Planning Next Year's Events and Goals" moderated 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
Sun., December 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  ESCONDIDO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Christmas Party
Christmas Potluck Party. Bring a side dish or dessert to share with others. Ham, drinks, and plates to be provided by the club. Please call or email Barbara for the address and to to let her know if you plan on attending.
Contact: Barbara Wickham, 760-489-7760, BW4662@aol.com
Wed., December 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
Wed., December 10, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"Researching Your North Carolina Ancestors." Presenter: J. Mark Lowe. Understand the geographical and migration patterns that make NC hard to find. Learn which records will lead you to answers and how to find alternate records. Discover the records, repositories and the resources you need to find a tarheel ancestor. Speaker bio at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=224. Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp
Thu., December 11, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Holiday Luncheon
Holiday potluck luncheon, Installation of Officers, Gift Exchange.
Location: Meeting Room B, Chula Vista South Library (389 Orange Avenue, Chula Vista)
Contact: Ralph Munoz, munoz1951@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Sun., December 14, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.  SAN DIEGO JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Holiday Party
Annual Hanukkah Party. Please join us for pre Hanukkah afternoon celebration of food, friendship and family stories.Catered buffet including Latkes: $5. Since space is limited we need everyone to RSVP by December 1. Please RSVP at info@sdjgs.org or mail your check and reservation to San Diego JGS, P. O. Box 927089, San Diego, CA 92192-7089. All those who purchase a buffet ticket will be entered into a door prize drawing for a free full year membership to the San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society.
Location: Senior Activity Room, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla
Contact: info@sdjgs.org
Event URL: http://sdjgs.homestead.com/
Wed., December 17, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"Bagging a Live One - Connecting with Cousins You Never Knew You Had." Presenter: Mary Kircher Roddy. Bagging a live one is often a bigger rush than finding the dead ones. Bagging a live one who knows something about family history is gold. In this webinar Mary will show how you can find distant relatives, perhaps ones you never knew existed. Rather than trolling surname or location lists for other researchers with a common interest, you will come away with the skills to identify specific people to look for. These people may not be active researchers, but might be the ones who inherited the family bible or box of photos, or maybe they can pass on some stories Grandma told them. Collecting and organizing the bits of data – a birthdate, a location, a maiden name – will help you connect with a “new” cousin. If you are as lucky as Mary has been, some of these new cousins will soon become old friends.Details at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/webinar_details.php?webinar_id=225. Free. Register online.
Event URL: http://www.familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php
Wed., December 17, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Cancelled
The Computer Group will not be held in December.
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., December 17, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: German SIG
"German Christmas Traditions."
Location: Meeting Rm., San Diego FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, in Mission Valley
Contact: Bonnie Cosgrove, sakdog@gmail.com