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Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Documenting the Vilna Ghetto Library, presented by Judy Baston

Vilna — known as the Jerusalem of Lithuania — had a strong cultural tradition that endured and flourished after the Vilna Ghetto was established in 1941. Many historians believe the most important cultural institution in the Ghetto was the Vilna Ghetto Library, which became the center for Jewish secular cultural life. In the two years in which the Vilna Ghetto Library functioned, it had 6,800 readers. Documentation from the Vilna Ghetto Library includes lists of readers and in the library, and even a list of readers who did not return books. Most of these lists are from the Lithuanian State Central Archive in Vilnius and are also available in the Yad Vashem Archives in Jerusalem. The presentation will offer an overview of the significance of the Vilna Ghetto Library and will detail the various lists that have survived.

Judy Baston is a JRI-Poland board member; former Vice President and 17-year board member of LitvakSIG; moderates the discussion groups for LitvakSIG, JRI-Poland, BialyGen, and Lodz; and coordinates LitvakSIG’s Lida District Research Group. She has been involved with the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco for 25 years and coordinates its monthly genealogy clinic. Judy received the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 IAJGS Conference in Jerusalem.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.sfbajgs.org/.


Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
presents a
Free Family History Presentation
at the
Camarillo Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

1:00 P.M. SEABEE HISTORY AND TRADITION: THE DIFFICULT WE DO IMMEDIATELY, THE IMPOSSIBLE TAKES A BIT LONGER
The U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, located in Port Hueneme, is one of fifteen official U.S. Navy museums. It contains an assortment of world war memorabilia, as well as various operational records, battalion histories, manuscripts, oral histories, biographies, and personal papers about the Seabees. Jose Rivera’s talk will focus on why the Seabees were formed, what they have done since their beginnings in World War II, what records exist for researchers, and what you can see at the museum.

Jose Rivera’s journey as a museum professional includes California State Parks & National Parks Service, Director of Education at the Marin Museum of the American Indian, Director of Heritage Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and the Curator of Exhibits for Heritage Square in Phoenix, Arizona.

2:30 P.M. WORKSHOP: ACQUIRING A SENSE OF PLACE: USING MAPS AND GAZETTEERS TO BUILD FAMILY STORIES (WITH LYN GESCH).

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING
Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA User Name & Password; also bring your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet or other portable devices; this will facilitate your research.

For more information visit our website at https://venturacogensoc.org/


Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
c/o Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Monthly Meeting: Roundtable discussions

Topics TBA.

For more information, please visit http://www.smcgs.org/content/monthly-programs


CANCELLED! Genealogy Garage: How Can the U.S. GenWeb Help You?

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

We had to postpone our session featuring veteran genealogist Joy Fisher, sharing her knowledge of the U.S. GenWeb Project. Keep posted for a new date (will be in 2018).

Sorry for any inconvenience!

For more information, please visit www.lapl.org


Saturday December 2, 2017, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Palm Springs Genealogy Society
Palm Springs Public Library
300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262-7699

Nine months of the year the Palm Springs Genealogy Society has and informative speaker.
Listed below, are the speakers and their topics and dates. Meetings are held in the Learning Center at the Palm Springs Library. Hours are 10:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

December 2, 2017 Scott Biegen "Sites Available at The Library and Genealogical Section"

These events are free and everyone interested are welcome to attend. Form more information please visit http://palmspringsgensoc.org/events


Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sacramento Public Library
Central Branch
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Help! I Just Inherited over 1,000 Letters and Other Family Documents, presented by Deborah Sweeney.

What do you do when you suddenly get all of your relative’s genealogy research from the last 30 years? How do you preserve family documents and avoid being overwhelmed with piles of family mementos? This presentation by genealogist Deborah Sweeney will show you basic preservation techniques as well as how to share these treasures with others.

Deborah Sweeney is a genealogist, author, lecturer and blogger. Since 2012, she has transcribed and published over 1,300 letters written by her grandparents during World War II. In addition to the WWII letters project, she has written many articles about her genealogy research, DNA and historical fashion. She is a graduate of Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program and the ProGen Genealogy Study Group.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information call 916-264-2920, or visit http://saclibrary.org/.


January 6, 2018 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Palm Springs Genealogy Society
Palm Springs Public Library
300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262-7699

Nine months of the year the Palm Springs Genealogy Society has and informative speaker.
Listed below, are the speakers and their topics and dates. Meetings are held in the Learning Center at the Palm Springs Library. Hours are 10:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

January 6, 2018 Gary Ferdericksen " 7 Way to Search Ancestry That You May Not Be Using"
February 3, 2018 Larry Naukam "How to Use the Family History Center + Assembling a Family History"
March 3, 2018 Gene Philibert Ortega " Social Media tools for Genealogy: Using Media With Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ect."

These events are free and everyone interested are welcome to attend. Form more information please visit http://palmspringsgensoc.org/events


Sunday, January 7, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sacramento Public Library
Central Branch
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Do You Have a Friend in Your Tree? An Introduction to Early Quaker Research, presented by Judson O. Gears.

The records of The Society of Friends are an important source of genealogical information for early American records. Quakers kept meticulous records of births, marriages, deaths, and much more. In this presentation, Rev. Dr. Judson Gears will discuss the primary records for Quaker ancestors, Quaker calendars, and record resources.

The Rev. Dr. Judson O. Gears lived in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Texas for over thirty-five years before transferring to Califomia. He has eamed a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry Degrees. He is a retired ordained United Methodist Pastor who served churches over a fifty year period. He has been working on descendent family trees for over thirty years with a geographical focus on Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia from the earliest European settlements. He is a past President of the Board for the Nevada County Genealogical Society, and is a member of the Placer County Genealogical Society.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information call 916-264-2920, or visit http://saclibrary.org/.


Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS)
7604 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, CA 90602

35th Annual Seminar featuring Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

All day seminar with four topics:

Session 1 at 9:15 am. Homespun and Calico: Researching the Lives of Our Foremothers This lecture will give the genealogist some frequently overlooked sources concerning the women in our ancestry. Half of the names on your pedigree chart belong to women. These female ancestors sometimes have little proof that they even existed. Let’s see what we can uncover as we discover new sources. Some case studies will be used to illustrate the research process.

Session 2 at 10:45 am. Migration Trails Across America From buffalo traces and Native American trails to rivers and canals, America has been a nation on the move since the first landings in the colonies, searching for ways to keep pushing west. This presentation concentrates on the most common means of travel in the New World. Migration trails and patterns will be discussed, as well as the many rivers and canals that interconnected us as a nation. A case study will demonstrate finding a “lost” ancestor.

Session 3 at 1:30 pm. Vital Records Before State Registration As we reach further back into our family tree, we find that most vital records, as we know them, just did not exist. What are some of the alternatives we may use as primary evidence in our ancestors’ lives? Let’s not take every printed or compiled source as “gospel.” Perhaps there are some hidden sources to help make our research more credible.

Session 4 at 3:00 pm. Putting America to Work: The Records of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) The WPA was founded in 1935 as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal, providing jobs for over 8.5 million people. Many of the indexes and records that are valuable to genealogists today were compiled by the WPA, those unemployed professionals who were ‘put to work’ in the days following the Great Depression. Find out what they were.

Peggy likes to say that she has been involved in genealogy since before her birth. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. She has been a speaker and ambassador at RootsTech, FGS, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, ICAPGen in Utah, Ohio Genealogical Society, Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. Currently, she and her husband are serving as Family History Center Directors in Mansfield, OH.

For more information and registration visit : https://wagswhittier.org/cpage.php?pt=7


February 3, 2018 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Palm Springs Genealogy Society
Palm Springs Public Library
300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262-7699

Nine months of the year the Palm Springs Genealogy Society has and informative speaker.
Listed below, are the speakers and their topics and dates. Meetings are held in the Learning Center at the Palm Springs Library. Hours are 10:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

February 3, 2018 Larry Naukam "How to Use the Family History Center + Assembling a Family History"
March 3, 2018 Gene Philibert Ortega " Social Media tools for Genealogy: Using Media With Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ect."

These events are free and everyone interested are welcome to attend. Form more information please visit http://palmspringsgensoc.org/events


Sunday, February 11, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sacramento Public Library
Central Branch
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

The History of Angel Island and the Records Generated, presented by Linda Harms Okazaki

From 1910 until 1940, immigrants from China, Japan, Russia and South Asia entered the United States through Angel Island. This presentation by genealogist and historian Linda Harms Okazaki will cover the history of Angel Island, the federal records that were generated, the location of the records, and how to conclude whether or not an ancestor passed through the immigration station.

Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth generation San Franciscan with a background in education. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and currently serves as President of the California Genealogical Society. Her research interests include California, Upstate New York, England, Australia, Japan, and most specifically, the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information call 916-264-2920, or visit http://saclibrary.org/.


Sunday, February 25, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sacramento Public Library
Central Branch
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Using Online Historical Black Newspapers for Genealogical Research, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Historical newspapers often provide key information needed to break through brick walls. Many historical black and abolitionist newspapers are available online, with more being added. Most are on subscription sites, while some are free. This class provides an overview of the historical roles of black newspapers, how they can be a substitute for missing vital records, what is online and where to find it, and strategies for access and searches.

Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, black, dual citizenship, and newspaper research. She edits three genealogy publications and serves on the boards of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, and CSGA. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and California Genealogical Society. Her Web site is http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information call 916-264-2620, or visit http://saclibrary.org/.


March 3,2018 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Palm Springs Genealogy Society
Palm Springs Public Library
300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262-7699

Nine months of the year the Palm Springs Genealogy Society has and informative speaker.
Listed below, are the speakers and their topics and dates. Meetings are held in the Learning Center at the Palm Springs Library. Hours are 10:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

March 3, 2018 Gene Philibert Ortega " Social Media tools for Genealogy: Using Media With Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, ect."

These events are free and everyone interested are welcome to attend. Form more information please visit http://palmspringsgensoc.org/events


Sunday, March 25, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sacramento Public Library
Central Branch
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Focused Research: Using Research Plans, presented by Lisa Gorrell.

Do you feel like your research just goes in circles, or you have brick walls you can't solve? Learn how to create research plans to jumpstart your research and focus your efforts for better results. Genealogy specialist Lisa Gorrell will explain how to develop a sound research plan, modify it as needed, and make it work.

Lisa Gorrell has been seriously researching her family for more than twenty years. Besides U.S. Southern and Mid-western states, she researches German, Irish, English, and Swedish families. She volunteers with the Contra Costa County Historical Society archives in Martinez, the California Genealogical Society, the Sacramento German Genealogy Society, and writes about her family on two blogs: “Mam-ma’s Southern Family” http://mam-massouthernfamily.blogspot.com/ and “My Trails into the Past” http://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information call 916-264-2920, or visit http://saclibrary.org/.


Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sacramento Public Library
Central Branch
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Make Sense Out of Census Records – An Overview, presented by Bill Cole.

An essential resource for genealogists, census records fill in many details of your ancestors’ lives. Genealogy specialist Bill Cole will show how to use census records to add to your documentation, confirm information from other sources or leads, develop events timelines, identify specific information gaps, and determine where to find alternative records.

A passionate genealogist, Bill Cole, M.A., started vigorously pursuing his family history in 1980. His genealogy exploits include being the first ever to document the English parents of his immigrant 8th great grandfather. He’s uncovered ancestors born at sea, one shipwrecked survivor pardoned from a death sentence who survived Jamestown, two Mayflower ancestors, multiple Revolutionary War patriots on both sides, plus other fascinating characters – including one involved in a California stagecoach robbery. Bill serves as vice president of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society and co-chaired the 2017 International Germany Genealogic Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information call 916-264-2920, or visit http://saclibrary.org/.


Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sacramento Public Library
Central Branch
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Top 10 Skills Every Genealogist Needs, presented by Nancy Loe.

What skills do you need to be the most effective in researching your family history? Becoming a successful genealogist means more than just looking up your ancestors online. This presentation by genealogist and archivist Nancy Loe will help you identify the skills you need to develop.

Nancy Loe, professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist, has managed archives and genealogy collections for more than three decades. Nancy has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech and Jamboree, and written genealogy guides on organizing and simplifying research. Her website, sassyjanegenealogy.com, was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow,” in 2014.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information call 916-264-2920, or visit http://saclibrary.org/.


Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Sacramento Public Library
Central Branch
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier: Civil War Records, presented by James Baker, PhD.

Certified genealogist and lecturer Dr. James Baker will discuss the best sources you can use to locate both Union and Confederate Civil War era ancestors. You will be introduced to numerous records created for, during and after the war. Pension records will be emphasized in this lecture.

James Baker has been an active genealogist for the past 15 years, has volunteered at the Sacramento Family History Center for 10 years, and has been a Certified Genealogist since 2011. He specializes in DNA, German, and Midwest American genealogy. He has given over 200 presentations to over 30 genealogy groups in the past four years. Recently, he presented eight different webinars for Legacy, the Southern California Jamboree, and the Board for Certification of Genealogists. He has written articles for the NGS Magazine, the NGS Quarterly, and Der Blumenbaum.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information call 916-264-2920, or visit http://saclibrary.org/.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society
Santa Clara City Library
2635 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Read All about It!: Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research, presented by Janice M. Sellers

Newspapers are valuable in genealogical research because you can find information about births, deaths, marriages, moves, business, naturalizations, court cases, and more. Millions of pages of the world's newspapers are now accessible online, but there is no one place to find them all. This class gives an overview of what is available online, ways to find the newspaper you are looking for, and techniques to help improve your chances of finding information about your relatives.

Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in black, Jewish, dual citizenship, and newspaper research. She edits three genealogy publications and serves on the boards of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, and CSGA. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and California Genealogical Society. Her Web site is http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information, visit http://www.scchgs.org/.


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