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Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Hard Drive Organization: Managing Images and Your Computer File Folders 
with Tim Cox

Every genealogist has a collection of photographs, scanned images of paper documents, and images downloaded from online sources.  What is the best way to organize them on our hard drive? How do we identify each image? 

Quickly learn how to:
•  Name files for easy identification
•  Organize folders that make it easy to find the files
•  Properly identify scanned photographs with multiple people.

Tips and advice will be given so anyone can create a filing system that is customized just for them.

REGISTRATION FEES:
Class size is limited to 30 attendees. Pre-registration is required.
CGS members are admitted for free. Non-members fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a CGS membership the day of the class.
Register early to confirm your seat.   
*Course fee is non-refundable.
Click here for registration information: http://tinyurl.com/yavxsevf


Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

You've Got Your Ancestry.com DNA Results,
What Next??

I've tested. So how do I use the results?
This class in the CGS classroom is for those who have already submitted a DNA sample to Ancestry and want to know the next steps and strategies to make family connections from the results.  Completing this class or the similar one for FamilyTree or 23andMe DNA tests is a prerequisite to join the ongoing DNA study group.
 
The class will cover:
-Using the tools provided, e.g. chromosome browsers, triangulation, phasing, chromosome maps, and other important concepts for successful genetic genealogy.
-Using the other very helpful sites, e.g. gedmatch.com, dnagedcom.com, etc.
-Avoiding errors in using DNA to add to your tree. What can and cannot be determined by DNA.
NOTE: Knowledge of Excel or a spreadsheet program is important and time will not allow these skills to be covered in class.
 
Laptops are welcome for working on and sharing your results during the day.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 
CGS members enjoy free admission.
Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one year CGS membership the day of the class.
Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
 
PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Credit card  payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
 *Seminar fee is non-refundable.
Click here for registration information: http://tinyurl.com/yavxsevf


Saturday, March 23, 2019

San Mateo County Genealogical Society presents:

Lies, Lies & More Lies: Can DNA Solve My Parental Lineage
10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

Presenter: Jeff Vaillant
In this case study, a family secret is unveiled through newly discovered documents, the use of genealogical research methodologies, and DNA. Jeff unraveled a story that was taken to the grave behind a paternal surname change. The talk includes a focus on the process of searching for a willing Y-DNA donor.
Jeff Vaillant is the President of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society, has a BA in history, and is working towards certification as a professional genealogist.

Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events. www.smcgs.org This event is Free.


Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

You've Got Your Family Tree DNA Results,
What Next?

I've tested. So how do I use the results?
This class, in the CGS Classroom, is for those who have already submitted a DNA sample to Family Tree and want to know the next steps and strategies to make family connections from the results.  Completing this class or the similar one for Ancestry or 23andMe DNA tests is a prerequisite to join the ongoing DNA study group.
 
The classes will cover:
-Using the tools provided, e.g. chromosome browsers, triangulation, phasing, chromosome maps, and other important concepts for successful genetic genealogy.
-Using the other very helpful sites, e.g. gedmatch.com, dnagedcom.com, etc.
-Avoiding errors in using DNA to add to your tree. What can and cannot be determined by DNA.
NOTE: Knowledge of Excel or a spreadsheet program is important and time will not allow this skills to be covered in class.
 
Laptops are welcome for working on and sharing your results during the day.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 
CGS members enjoy free admission.
Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one year CGS membership the day of the class.
Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
 
PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Credit card  payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
 *Seminar fee is non-refundable.
Click here for registration information: http://tinyurl.com/ybcc92qp


Saturday, March 30, 2019

San Mateo County Genealogical Society presents:

Writing Workshop: From Research to Story
12:00-1:30 pm; Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back. NOTE DATE & LOCATION!
Free for Cañada College students, faculty, and staff. SMCGS Members $5, Non-members $10.
Presenter: Craig Siulinski
Bring your research and family lore to life through writing compelling stories. You will learn to generate ideas and focus on powerful storylines. Come to have fun and share your creativity.
Craig Siulinski teaches genealogy and life story writing classes, and does presentations on blogging and location research. He is passionate about helping people research, write, and share their family stories.


Saturday, April 6, 2019

ROOT CELLAR – SACRAMENTO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

2019 Spring Seminar

Root Cellar is pleased to announce its 2019 Spring Seminar with featured speaker LISA LOUISE COOKE.

Lisa Louise Cooke (www.GenealogyGems.com) is an exciting and internationally known speaker. With her books, magazine features, webinars, podcasts – and Seminars, Lisa has a broad reach in the genealogy world. Lisa's knowledge, experience and sense of humor will make for an informative and fun-filled day. Join Root Cellar and Lisa Louise Cooke for a day filled with tips to maximize your efforts, enhance your research, and learn some of the latest techniques to connect with DNA cousins.

Topics for this event will include:
• Google Search Strategies for Common Surnames
• Time Travel with Google Earth or How to Excite your Non-Genealogist Relatives
• Cutting Edge Strategies for Solving that Cold Case and How to Find a Family Tree Identification for DNA Matches
• How to Use Evernote for Genealogy: Note Taking Strategy & Power of the Cloud

In addition, there will also be a brief bonus “How-To” feature.

The seminar will be held at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA
from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Admission is $30 for Root Cellar members and $45 for non-members.

Seating is limited so early registration is highly recommended. For complete details and registration materials, please visit our website at www.rootcellar.org.


Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

You've Got Your 23andMe DNA Results, What's Next??

I've tested. So how do I use the results?
This class, offered in the CGS Classroom, is for those who have already submitted a DNA sample to 23andMe or MyHeritage and want to know the next steps and strategies to make family connections from the results.  Completing this class or the similar one for FamilyTree or Ancestry DNA tests is a prerequisite to join the ongoing DNA study group.
The classes will cover:
-Using the tools provided, e.g. chromosome browsers, triangulation, phasing, chromosome maps, and other important concepts for successful genetic genealogy.
-Using the other very helpful sites, e.g. gedmatch.com, dnagedcom.com, etc.
-Avoiding errors in using DNA to add to your tree. What can and cannot be determined by DNA.
NOTE: Knowledge of Excel or a spreadsheet program is important and time will not allow this skills to be covered in class.
Laptops are welcome for working on and sharing your results during the day.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 
CGS members enjoy free admission.
Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one year CGS membership the day of the class.
Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
 
PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Credit card  payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
*Seminar fee is non-refundable.
Click here for registration information: http://tinyurl.com/ybhfzys7


Thursday, April 11, 2019

San Mateo County Genealogical Society presents:

Writing Workshop: Finding Power in Your Family’s Story
2:30 am–4:00 pm; Cañada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo.
Free for Cañada College students, faculty, and staff. SMCGS Members $5, Non-members $10.
Presenter: Regina Mason Tell your family story in a way that engages, inspires, and changes perspectives. Find transformational gems in plain sight. Using a 7-step process, you will learn to develop your authentic voice and to create a compelling story worthy of publication. Regina Mason is an international speaker, award-winning author, and Executive Producer of Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Adolph Sutro's Home and Empire
Before becoming mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro moved to then remote Sutro Heights. He turned his ample grounds into a manicured park, open to all San Franciscans. Adjacent to it he constructed Sutro Baths, the most classic of the Cliff Houses, and other attractions, some purchased from the Mid Winter Exposition, all of which rendered that faraway corner of the city a top pleasure destination. Later he feuded with Southern Pacific Railroad over the cost of transportation to Sutro Heights, actuating his run for office. We will chat about these things, and more like them.

Speaker Allan Schwartz, per 23andMe, has roots which trace right back to the Second Temple. He, among other interests, is a history buff and actor. He is a resident of the San Francisco's Richmond District, living not far from the site of these past glories. He has portrayed Adolph Sutro at San Francisco History Days, the San Francisco District Council of Merchants annual dinner, and Sutro Libray, among other locations.

This meeting is free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For information about parking and more, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Monday, April 15, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Jewish Genetic Diseases
Dr. Neil Risch will explain what we know about the origins of Ashkenazim and Sephardim from genetic data, and then why Ashkenazi Jews are the ones with a lot of genetic diseases.

Speaker Neil Risch, Ph.D., is the director of the Institute for Human Genetics and holds the Lamond Family Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Human Genetics at the University of California at San Francisco. He is also a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. He is a human geneticist known for his work on numerous genetic diseases.

This meeting is free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Saturday, April 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 PM

Los Angeles Public Library
(in the Adult Literacy Center on Level 1: the "ERTC" Room)
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Genealogy Garage: Lesser-Known Genealogy Databases at the Los Angeles Public Library

Join Genealogy Librarian Julie Huffman as she goes over LAPL genealogy databases with which you may be less familiar. Included will be demonstrations of Access Newspaper Archives, American Ancestors, HeritageQuest, HistoryGeo, JewishData and our own LAPL-specific indexes and digital resources.

More info here: www.lapl.org

Genealogy Garage is co-sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-SoCal Chapter. It takes place the third Saturday of each month (except for December) at the Los Angeles Public Library.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a
Free Family History Presentation
Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the
Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

1:00 P.M. AMERICA: LAND OF THE FARM, HOME OF THE PLOUGH
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
Farmers have been the backbone of America from the first settlers until the present day. Without these important people, and their families, there would not be food to eat … yet genealogists frequently use the phrase, “My ancestors were JUST farmers.” Just farmers? Then they were the necessary part of the population so everyone else could survive! Learn some about the farming occupation along with how to locate records of these important people; understand the vital role of your farmer forefather (and foremother … and all the forechildren!). Included: Some history of how America and its language have been influenced by this occupation. Suitable for all levels of genealogy experience.

Jean Wilcox Hibben; PhD., MA, former So. Cal. college speech professor (MA – Speech Communication; Ph.D. – Folklore), is a national speaker and author. A member of the DAR, she is the former director and current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and hosts podcasts, with a couple of other genealogists, under the moniker Genealogy Journeys® (genaandjean.blogspot.com).

2:30 P.M. MOTIVE, MEANS AND OPPORTUNITY: THE SAD SAGA OF GEORGE RICHARDS
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben
This case study of a man whose choices served to confuse his descendants is reconstructed in this lecture. He was there, then gone, then back – see how a variety of records unlocked his real story. From England to the US, George’s life was filled with conundrums and poor choices. See how to locate original records (not all online); separate fact from fiction; and assess evidence for accuracy.

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING
The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo. All are invited to attend.

Visit us at https://www.venturacogensoc.org


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sonoma County Genealogical Society
Santa Rosa, California

Don't miss our 27th annual Spring Seminar with Micheal Lacopo. His lectures will be :

“SHE CAME FROM NOWHERE…” - USING SOCIAL HISTORY IN YOUR RESEARCH. This lecture employs a problem-solving approach utilizing social history, female research and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere.” Accentuates how the knowledge of social history can be the glue that holds your proof argument together.

MAGNIFICENT, MAGICAL, MESMERIZING MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS! These types of records form an enormous part of most archival collections, yet most genealogists grossly underutilize them. This lecture will help you locate them, understand what information they can yield and use them to break down brick walls!

ESTATE FILES: ARE YOU GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THEM? Genealogists love to find wills and probate records for their ancestors, but are you reading between the lines? How can you milk the most information out of a boring accounting of an estate? What gems are you missing by just stopping at the will book?

“I AM POOR, OBSCURE, PLAIN, AND LITTLE.” RESEARCHING THE INVISIBLE ANCESTORS. If your ancestors had little money, they did not buy and sell land, they did not leave wills or probates, they did not purchase stones for graves. How do you find them? This lecture will show you how!

In addition to these great presentations, we will also have several tables with exhibits from local historical or educational societies, as well as our extensive selection of used books for sale.

Box lunches may be purchased in advance and must be prepaid with registration by April 24th.

To register, please see our website https://scgsonline.org/2019-Spring-Seminar


Saturday, May 4, 2019

SMCGS Spring Seminar 2019

**Your Genealogy: Research, Organize, & Solve with Michael John Neill
9 am–3 pm. Book Sale & Silent Auction. Menlo Park LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

Your genealogical work is this seminar’s focus. Methodologies, examples of discovery, and approaches to interpretation of your results will be presented to help move your research forward. A National Lecturer on Genealogical Research, join us for Michael’s practical and down-to-earth presentation with just the right amount of humor.

Topics:
• Problem Solving Applied to Genealogy
• Organizing Online Research
• Researching the Entire Family and Beyond
• Finding Barbara’s Beaus and Gesche’s Girls

Sponsored by San Mateo County Genealogical Society. More info and to register: http://smcgs.org/programs/seminars
$45 Members. $55 Non-members. $10 Lunch. After April 2 & Walk-ins: $65.**


Sunday, May 19, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Jewish Records Collections on Ancestry.com
Crista Cowan will talk about the Jewish records collections on Ancestry, as well as some search tips and tricks during this presentation.

Speaker Crista Cowan has been involved in family history research for more than 25 years and has been a professional genealogist since 2002. She specializes in descendancy research, Jewish immigration, and sharing family history with the genealogically challenged. She has been employed at Ancestry.com since 2004 and is known as the Barefoot Genealogist. She uploads a new episode of her show to the Ancestry YouTube channel (almost) every Tuesday morning. You can watch past episodes at http://ancstry.me/TBGVids.

This meeting is free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Saturday, Sunday, Monday June 15-17, 2019

International German Genealogy Partnership Conference

Hyatt Regency Hotel
1209 L Street
Sacramento, California 95814
 
It’s rare that any genealogy conference is able to pull together speakers from around the world, but our roll call of 47 genealogy experts from five continents will descend upon Sacramento, California in June 2019 for the
International German Genealogy Conference – “STRIKE IT RICH! with CONNECTIONS 2 DISCOVERIES”. 



This conference will feature three full days of German-centric presentations in multiple tracks – Geographic, Technology, Advancing Your Research, and more. Our all-star cast of presenters will share their expertise in German genealogical research techniques, tools, and more. 



Conference sessions will focus on all aspects of German genealogy through multiple educational tracks. An all-star cast of presenters from the United States, Germany, Austria, Australia, Israel and Brazil will share their expertise in German genealogical research techniques, tools and more.
 
Deadline for Early Bird Registration is Tuesday, January 15, 2019

To register for the conference or learn more about IGGP, please visit www.iggpartner.org.


Monday, June 24, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Bring Your Own Brick Wall: One on One Help with Your Family Tree
Bring your problems, questions, and documents (copies, please, no originals), and a panel of experienced SFBAJGS researchers will brainstorm to provide information and suggestions that will show your next steps and may help you solve some of your family mysteries.

This meeting is free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Preserving Family History: Transforming Your Research into Inspiring Stories
You've done the research, gathered facts and photos, and created a family tree. This session will explore how to bring these fragments together through the creation of compelling narratives. These narratives can take various forms, including profiles of particular ancestors, accounts of your family's life before they came to America, remembrances of family members who died in the Holocaust, stories you heard about the lives of the first generation to settle in America, and success stories documenting your path to solving family mysteries and discovering your roots.

Since 2009, speaker Nancy Siegel has edited the JewishGen Success! Stories publication, part of JewishGen's educational outreach. These stories showcase the many resources of JewishGen and inspire as well as inform those who read them. Nancy also prepares the Research Notes and Hints at the end of every story to highlight the resources used by the authors in achieving their success as well as to list other avenues of research that could be helpful to readers.

This meeting is free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For information about parking and more, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Jewish Records Indexing Day
Pay it forward, fellow genealogists! Indexing is the result of volunteers reading images of old records and typing the information into a searchable format. SFBAJGS has taken on the task of creating an index for Jewish records from the San Francisco Bay area. So we need REAL PEOPLE to read the records and type the information into Excel spreadsheets.

We will provide extra special refreshments, computers, and instruction on this valuable and essential service. Mac and PC people are both welcome! If you can't stay for the whole afternoon, we will be happy to have you for as long as you can help, for an hour or more. Don't miss this opportunity to make more records accessible to genealogists around the world and meet others with similar interests! We would like to have an idea of how many people will be coming (so we can buy the right amount of food!), so please RSVP via email to gro.sgjabfs|snoitpircsnart#gro.sgjabfs|snoitpircsnart.

This event is free and everyone interested is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Saturday, Aug 3, 2019

GSNOCC Annual Seminar featuring Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Imperial Room,
Yorba Linda Community Center
4501 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92886

This is a one-day conference featuring four presentations by Dr. Thomas W. Jones that promise to help you make progress on your biggest mystery ancestors.

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, is a nationally known genealogical methodology and problem-solving expert. This will be his first appearance in Southern California in several years. He is the author of the best-selling NGS textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation and was co-editor of the prestigious National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) from 2002 to 2018.

Presented by: Genealogical Society of North Orange County, California
To register or for more information: visit www.gsnocc.org or call (714) 319-5994
Pre-registration must be postmarked by July 27th, 2019.


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