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Saturday, January 19, 2019, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

presents a Free Family History Presentation
Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the
Camarillo Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

SPEAKER: Lisa Schumacher
Family history researchers rely heavily on Census records from 1790 to 1940. However, most of the 1890 census is not available. What happened and what can be done to fill in the 1880-1900 gap? Learn about other resources that can provide information for this time period.

Lisa Schumacher has thirty years of experience in the computer field and is currently a self-employed technical support consultant. Her interest in family history began twenty years ago with a focus on computer programs that can be used in genealogical research. Lisa is Past-President of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society (Torrance, CA). She was a staff supervisor and instructor at the Los Angeles Family History Center for seven years. She lectures on various topics throughout the Los Angeles South Bay area.

SPEAKER: Judy Janes
Sanborn Maps are a great resource for genealogists who long to learn more about the homes and buildings where their ancestors lived in America. Created in the 19th and 20th centuries for fire insurance purposes, these detailed maps can help you find exact locations. Judy Janes will show us how to access these maps, which are particularly valuable when buildings no longer exist.

Will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo.

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Saturday, January 19, 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: Resolve to Get your Genealogy in Order!

Start out the New Year with a more organized approach to your genealogy research and record-keeping!

Melissa Potter, librarian and avid family historian, will show us how to keep on-track and organized, so that we (and our future generations) can easily find and prove our ancestries.

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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, January 19th, 2019

Whittier Area Genealogical Society
7604 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602

WAGS Monthly Meeting free to attend

Morning Class: Christine Johns Cohen 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Was Your Ancestor an Inventor? Did They Have Patent or Copyright?
Did your farmer ancestor become an inventor and obtain a patent? Let's explore resources to see the diagrams and schematics of inventions to add interesting details about your ancestors' lives. Many patents were issued for agricultural implements, ranch tools, and other devices that assisted in running the American homestead. Did you know that citizenship, name changes, women's maiden names and home addresses are listed on a US patent? There are 10 million patents issued as of June 2018. We will also learn if your ancestor penned an article, wrote a novel, or a ballad.

WAGS featured speaker: Mary Ann Vincent 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Those Who Served and Those Who Would Not or Could Not: War of Independence to WWII.​
You may have ancestors who served in the nation's military during these periods - or if you are wondering why they did not serve - you won't want to miss this informative presentation. Mary Ann Vincent will be speaking after a short business meeting.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2019, 6-7 PM

San Francisco Public Library
Computer Training Ctr. / 5th Floor / Main Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Genealogy Resources at the Library

Learn how to get started researching your family tree using the genealogy resources at the library and beyond. You will learn what physical resources the library has as well as electronic resources like Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online and Newspaper ARCHIVE Library Edition. We will also take a look at one of the most widely used online genealogy resources:

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Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Whittier Area Genealogical Society
7604 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602

WAGS is pleased to announce our 36th Annual All-Day Seminar featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. He is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.

1. Our National Archives: The Astounding Institution and How to Use It
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) encompasses many buildings across the country. It holds millions of records that document American families from 1776 through the enormous century. This lecture takes the fear and mystery out of using such an enormous repository. It explains how NARA is organized and how archival research differs from library research. It describes the finding aids that help researchers access what they need in NARA's universe of historical materials. Three research cases demonstrate how w military, legislative and judicial records are accessed at Archives I in Washington, D.C., and NARA's regional archives.

2. Using Original and Derivative Sources: How to Evaluate Evidence
Finding the sources to reconstruct the lives of our ancestors is only half the challenge; the other half is understanding what those sources say. This lecture defines and discusses original and derivative sources, and explores their importance, challenges and relative reliability. One case study drawn from Only a Few Bones, a True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and its Aftermath, together with two other examples, demonstrate how to derive the full informational content from a source; the importance of knowing the origin and purpose of the source; how to analyze and correlate the information in order to resolve conflicts; the difference between information and evidence; and how to test hypotheses to learn the true facts for each ancestor. It culminates in an understanding of the "Genealogical Proof Standard."

3. Discovering You Ancestors' World Through Maps and Gazetteers
The facts you discover about your ancestors did not occur in outer space. They represent real-life events that took place in a physical place at a particular time. Cartographic collections - maps, atlases, and gazetteers - are essential tools for grounding all your genealogical discoveries in the real world. This lecture describes different kinds of maps, current and historical, U.S. and foreign, and illustrates the broad range of information they provide. It explains how to use Internet sites to locate cartographic collections in libraries, archives, courthouses, historical societies, as well as those available online in digitized format. Specific examples illustrate how maps form an integral part of thorough genealogical investigations.

4. Hacks and Hookers and Putting Up Pickles: Snares of Yesteryears' English
Our ancestors used a vocabulary based on where they lived, when they lived there, and what they did. Their words reflect a world of skills, tools, apparel and customs that no longer exists. So, the written records of any particular place and time and family contain lots of words that are unfamiliar to 21st-century researchers. Deciphering the informational content of old records poses a challenge. Misinterpreting small words can lead to big mistakes. This entertaining lecture explores ways to arrive at an accurate understanding of what the old records really say.

Registration is available by US Mail or online. Visit

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

San Mateo County Genealogical Society presents:

Blogging for Sharing Family History Stories
10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

Presenter: Craig Siulinski
Blogging, or writing a regular online letter/column, is an easy and fun way to share your compelling family history stories. Learn about genealogy blogs in general, the inner workings of blogs, and how to start your own genealogy blog. The effort will be well worth the legacy you leave behind.
Craig teaches genealogy and life story writing classes, has a business called Sharing Legacies, and does presentations on blogging, location research, and other family history topics.

Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events. This event is Free.

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

San Mateo County Genealogical Society presents:

Workshop, Hispanic Genealogy: Spanish Records
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: Lucy Jennings Sweeney
Discover how to search for your Hispanic ancestors, how to verify your family stories using records such as baptism and marriage, where to find records for your country and town, and learn about the Spanish naming system. Plus receive a resource list of online/print materials.
Lucy is a San Francisco native who graduated from UC Berkeley. When she retired from teaching, she began investigating her heritage which spans roots in both Mexico and Ireland.

Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Palm Springs Genealogical Society
Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory
71-100 Hwy. 111, Rancho Mirage, California

Palm Springs Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a day long "Decoding Your DNA" seminar featuring Dr. Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. Dr. Bettinger is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. In 2007, he started the Genetic Genealogist, one of the earliest blogs on the topic ( Blaine is the author of The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and co-author with Debbie Parker Wayne of the award-winning Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the world’s first genetic genealogy workbook. He also co-authored “Genetics for Genealogy” with Judy Russell in 2018’s Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practices & Standards (Elizabeth Shown Mills, Author and Editor).

Blaine is or has been an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), and Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. Blaine is a graduate of ProGen Study Group 21, a trustee for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and a board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Session 1 at 10:00 a.m. Using Y-DNA and mtDNA to Explore Your Ancestry – Y-DNA and mtDNA testing are the workhorses of genetic genealogy, and have helped genealogists break through thousands of stubborn brick walls. Learn about the unique inheritance of Y-DNA and mtDNA in your family, how these tests can be used to explore your ancient ancestry, and how the results can identify your relatives both close and distant.

Session 2 at 11:30 a.m. Using Autosomal DNA to Explore Your Ancestry – For years, genealogists have focused on Y-DNA and mtDNA, unable to access the wealth of information in the remainder of their DNA. At long last, new autosomal DNA tests reveal this hidden information. Genealogists can use autosomal DNA for ethnicity estimates, finding long-lost cousins, and examining specific genealogical problems.

Session 3 at 1:30 p.m. Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries – Even though our 18th and 19th century ancestors have been dead for decades, their DNA still survives in their descendants. Learn how to use autosomal DNA to attack and potentially solve genealogical mysteries and brick walls for ancestors who were born or lived in the 1800’s, 1700’s, and beyond. Together we’ll also examine some of the ways that leaders in the field have attacked or solved their 18th and 19th century mysteries using autosomal DNA.

Session 4 at 3:00 p.m. Using GEDmatch and DNAPainter to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA – Although DNA testing companies provide their own analysis of test results, there are third-party tools that allow test-takers to learn even more about their genomic heritage, including admixture calculators, the identification of genetic cousins, and segment mapping. Together we’ll explore some of these tools and learn how to wring every dollar out of your test results.

Registration is available by US Mail. Visit to register!

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

San Mateo County Genealogical Society presents:

City Directories
10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back

Presenter: Pamela Brigham
City directories sometimes are referred to as census substitutes, yet they are much more. They are a source to an inside view of your ancestor’s life. You can track cities that your ancestors lived in over the years, develop a history of the town, and view social meetings that your ancestor may have attended. The pictures in city directories can provide a rich window into what your ancestors may have seen as well.
Pamela Brigham is the President of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group and a devotee of using technology in genealogy. She teaches classes in genealogy including using online research programs.

Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events. This event is Free.

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. This event is Free.

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

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

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