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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Kathleen Cooper, "On Being a GOON: DNA and My McElrea One-Name Study."
CeCe Moore, "Using DNA to Break Down Brick Walls."
Jean Moss, "My Adoption Search: Follow My Journey in Solving the Puzzle, Piece by Piece."
Michelle Trostler, "Shatter That Brick Wall! Finding an Unknown Father After Adoption."
$10 members, $15 non-members, $10 lunch (½ turkey sandwich, salad & drink). Make check to NSDCGS, mail to: Carolyn Hoard, 4065 Park Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Register early - Seating is limited.
10-12:30 - SDGS presents Randy Seaver - back by popular demand!
Session 1: "Probate Records: My Favorite Record Type!" Probate records are my absolute favorite record type for identifying and proving family relationships. This presentation describes the overall probate process, the different kinds of probate records, and how to find and obtain probate records in repositories and online record collections.
Session 2: "Genealogy is Fun! Seriously!" Believe it or not, there is a lot of humor in genealogy research – names, epitaphs, wills, cartoons, videos, poetry, apparel, wisdom, genealogisms, etc. This presentation takes a light-hearted look at the best of the genealogy humor sites.
Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, with some colonial German, French and Dutch forebears, and several 19th-century English immigrants. He has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992. Randy is a former President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and is currently the Newsletter Editor and Research Chair. He speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS. He is a member of NGS, NEHGS, SCGS, SDGS, CGSSD and CVGS. Randy blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com) and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (http://CVGenCafe.blogspot.com).
The JGFF contains information on half a million ancestral towns and surnames. The JewishGen Communities Database contains information on more than 6,000 communities in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. JewishGen's FTJP consists of linked family trees containing six million individuals. The Discussion Group message archive contains the full text of over 100,000 messages posted to the JewishGen Discussion Group since 1993.
Warren Blatt is the Managing Director of JewishGen: a division of the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (www.mjhnyc.org) in New York City. He is the author of the JewishGen FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Jewish Genealogy, and many JewishGen InfoFiles, Resources for Jewish Genealogy in the Boston Area, and co-author (with Gary Mokotoff) of Getting Started in Jewish Genealogy. He was Chair of the 15th Annual International Seminar on Jewish Genealogy. In 2004, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the IAJGS. Mr. Blatt has over 35 years of research experience with Russian and Polish Jewish records.
Gena Philibert Ortega is a regular presenter for our Society. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, she has spoken to groups throughout California and in Utah as well as virtually to audiences in the United States and Europe. Gena is the author of over 100 articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is also the author of the books, Putting the Pieces Together and Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (Arcadia Publishing, 2007). Gena has served as vice-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
The Society sponsors coffee & sweets preceding each meeting. The coffee room is to the left inside the chamber.
10:00: Break, refreshments.
10:30: Session 2:
10:00 a.m. - “Where to Look When You Don’t Know Where to Look,” presented by Connie Walton Moretti. This program examines some methods for locating new avenues for successfully climbing over some of your brick walls.
A Torrance native and third-generation Californian, Connie Moretti claims to have done genealogy all her life due to a story-telling grandmother who enrolled her in the Covered Wagon Club at Knott’s Berry Farm in the 1940s. Retired from 30 years as an educator, Connie is the former editor of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society Newsletter, teaches beginning internet and computer genealogy classes for South Bay Adult School, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, United States Daughters of 1812, and is past President of the California Division and 2004-2006 Historian General of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She learned about land records, one of her special interests, while earning a Real Estate License. She is a genealogy professional with a specialty in American lineage, has traveled extensively for research, especially in Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, and California. Connie lectures for genealogy and civic groups on a variety of genealogy and patriotic topics.
10:00 - TBA.
10:00: Break, refreshments.
10:20: Announcements followed by program:
by Gena Philibert-Ortega