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.

Wed., April 1, 11:00 a.m.  LEGACY FAMILY TREE : Webinar
"Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy - Part 1." Presenter: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. We all have an aunt or a grandmother that has a shoebox full of obituaries, funeral cards, or other old documents that sit on a dresser or closet shelf. Or, perhaps we are that person with the shoebox. These beginning genealogy sessions will show how to take what you know and what you have access to, and teach the steps involved in getting it organized and compiled into a useful genealogy that can benefit future generations.
    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.
Event URL: http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/webinars.asp
Sat., April 4, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Workshop
"Facebook Genealogical Societies" by Susi Pentico. (Note: This is a change of date an topic.)
Location: Community Rm., Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita
Contact: Susi Pentico, susicp@cox.net
Event URL: http://www.cvgenealogy.org
Tue., April 7, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Evernote class
"Evernote for Genealogy." Presenter: Diane Hall. 2nd in a 3-part series:
    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.
Location: Poway Community Library, 13137 Poway Rd., Poway
Contact: sdgsclasses@gmail.com
Tue., April 7, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  CARLSBAD CITY LIBRARY, GENEALOGY DIVISION : Class
"Focus On" class: Census Records. Repeated Apr. 21. 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 8, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CHULA VISTA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Research Group
Genealogy news and research questions. (Note change of meeting room.)
Location: Auditorium, 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
Thu., April 9, 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
Thu., April 9, 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., April 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Legacy UG
Bring lunch, bring questions.
Location: Community Room, Cole Library, 1250 Calrsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Jill Scott, jrayscott@cox.net or Jeanette Shiel - jbstree@roadrunner.com
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Sat., April 11, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
9:00 a.m. - Class. Topic TBA. 10:00 a.m. - Program: David Tooley will present "Civil War Photographs and Civil War Ramblings" During the 1950s, David acquired an interest in taking black and white photographs. Something must have clicked when he saw some of the photographs of the U.S. Civil War. It has been an ongoing fascination ever since. David will show photographs of, and comment on, the battle fields and towns/cities he visited back east as well as his visit to the Library of Congress almost 20 years ago. Tim O'Sullivan, who is widely known for his photography work related to the American Civil War, had worked for Mathew Brady and later for Alexander Gardner, also took many memorable images during the War. Many other photographers will be mentioned. Their work is as memorable but often overlooked.
    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."

Sat., April 11, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH GROUP : Meeting
"Stand Alone Family Trees, Part 1," 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
Sun., April 12, 1:00 p.m.  SAN DIEGO JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Meeting
"My search for Jewish genealogical sites from the Black Sea to the North Sea," by Barbara Krueger. Barbara Krueger has been looking for her families’ eastern European origins for over 15 years. She has walked the paths in Ukraine and Latvia and has paid for archival research, but still has no real proof of her grandparents’ birth in either of these locations. When her family arrived in New York in the early 20th century, all those ancestral places were in Russia. Last summer she took a river cruise from The Black Sea to the North Sea, and tried to find as many Jewish sites, or markers, as she could in the places where the ship stopped. The photos she took will be shared in this presentation.
    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.
Location: Senior Activity Room, Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla
Contact: info@sdjgs.org
Event URL: http://www.sdjgs.org
Tue., April 14, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: Computer Group
9:00: Coffee Social
9:30: News, Sharing & Case Studies
10:00: Break
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.
Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad
Contact: Pam Boyle, boylepam@gmail.com
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Wed., April 15, 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
Thu., April 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: DNA SIG
Mission: To educate and inform people about the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes. Has 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
Event URL: http://nsdcgs.org/
Thu., April 16, 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
Sat., April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  COMPUTER GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO: Meeting
9:00: Membership meeting to vote on proposed merger with the San Diego Genealogical Society. Discussion: 9:00 to 9:45. Vote at 9:45.

10:00: Break, refreshments

10:20: Announcements followed by program:

Family Research and The Civil War
presented by
John Finch


    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.
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
Sat., April 18, 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. Next Saturday all-day class June 6.
Location: Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad
Contact: To register, call the Genealogy Dept., Cole Library, 760-434-2931
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
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
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, 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, 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
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