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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

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

presents a
Free Family History Presentation
Saturday, July 20, 2019
at the
Camarillo Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega
Every year for Women’s History Month, Gena creates 30 blog posts about researching female ancestors. Based on those articles, you are invited to learn 25 tips that will help you identify, trace, and discover more about your female ancestors.

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) & a Master’s degree in Religion. Her published works include 3 books, and numerous articles published in magazines and online. She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s magazine, Crossroads. Her writings can also be found on the Genealogy Bank blog. Gena has presented to diverse groups including the National Genealogical Society Conference, Alberta Genealogical Society Conference, Geo-Literary Society, & the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. She has done genealogical research for the first season of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow and the Travel Channel’s Follow Your Past. Her current research includes women's repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, & women's material culture.

Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega
The Family Search Catalog is one of the most important genealogy tools you should be using … but do you know all the features it has? Learn more about ways to search, search terms, and other catalogs that help you find Family History Library materials outside of Salt Lake City.

Join us for a small group 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.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 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: The Ins & Outs of FindMyPast

Whittier Area Genealogical Society President Christine Cohen will go over the aspects of the valuable genealogy database FindMyPast. Dynamite for British and Irish research, this database is something you should definitely be using if you’ve hit a brick wall using the other databases. And our library subscribes to it, so you can dive into it for free!

More info here:

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 July 20th 1:00 - 3:00

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library
Class held at Oakland Family Search Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602 Beyond the Search Boxes Using the Catalog, WIKI, Unindexed Historical Records and More…
PRESENTED BY JANE KNOWLES LINDSDY has so many tools to help with genealogical research.
This class will discuss
• How to utilize the extensive catalog to discover material
• Using the WIKI to aid in your research
• Discovering ways to utilize the unindexed historical records
• Finding assistance for your research questions on the Help tab
NOTE: We will not cover creating family trees on FamilySearch. There are classes available on other dates
Jane is a long-time genealogist and has been a member of the California Genealogical society since 2000. She has held many positions at CGS including President Jane also volunteers weekly at the Oakland FamilySearch library where she enjoys helping researchers make progress in their genealogical research.
This class is open to anyone. Registration is required.
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early.
CGS members enjoy reduced admission fee $10.00*.
Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one-year CGS membership the day of the class.
*Seminar fee is non-refundable.
Walk-ins will not be admitted.
Click here for registration information:

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Root Cellar - Sacramento Genealogical Society
8:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Sacramento Family Search Library
2745 Eastern Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821

Family History Day
Free classes for beginning and intermediate researchers. Learn where and how to research for information about your family tree.
In addition, there will be many exhibitors from local and regional genealogical and historical societies, state and local archives, museums, libraries and more.
For more information, please visit our website at

Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA

Round Table Discussions

The SMCGS Round Table meeting is for attendees to share on research or projects they have done on the three topics. Sharing and questions are encouraged! Attendees can “hop” from table to table to participate in more than one Round Table. Topics:
• Family History Examples: Share a project that you have done, e.g. a family tree, an album, a blog.
• DNA Testing: Share about tests you have taken, unexpected results, connections with relatives, etc.
• Brick Walls: Share about a brick wall you have, or that you broke through.


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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 or call (714) 319-5994
Pre-registration must be postmarked by July 27th, 2019.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

San Francisco Public Library
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Main Library
3rd Floor Paley Room
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

San Francisco Genealogy Group
Whether you're just starting out researching your family history or have been doing it for years and need ideas how to get past some brick walls, join the conversation at monthly meetings (second Saturday of the month) led by a genealogist from the California Genealogical Society. Her specialty is San Francisco and California but will help anyone with any questions you might have.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1-4PM

presents a
Free Family History Presentation at the
Camarillo Public Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

1:00 p.m. "Big City, Common Surname: A Family for John Kelly"
Presented by Cafi Cohen

Murdered on the streets of New York in 1876, John Kelly could have been any one of 100+ John Kellys in that year's city directory. With a death certificate that did not name parents, how can his family be identified? Using John Kelly's case as a jumping-off point, this presentation outlines helpful techniques for any big city research as well as common name research in any location.

Cafi Cohen earned degrees in chemistry and medical technology from UCLA and the University of North Dakota and has worked as laboratory research, piano teacher, home school promoter, and nationwide speaker and author of books on homeschooling. She has been active in genealogy research since 1995, following her ancestral lines from California, the Midwest, the old south, and New England to Scotland, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy.

Presented by John Callahan

VCGS’s own treasure, John Callahan, will present tips, tricks, and techniques on writing up your family histories.

We are working to bring you a new speaker for the August DNA SIG. Please check the website for the latest details.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

San Francisco Public Library
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Main Library
5th Floor Learning Studio
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Beginning Genealogy (Class 3)
This four-part series of classes will focus on basic research methods and terminology, gathering records from home and from family members, discussing common (and uncommon) family history records, and looking at the resources available both online and in libraries, repositories, and archives. This series of classes will not only benefit beginning genealogists but usually provides new information for others who are currently doing family research. The four classes will be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, June to September.

Class 3 (Aug. 20) will cover:

- Field questions from previous class about charts, using and how to use indexed and non-indexed records
- Saving your resource documents (on computer or in hard copy files)
- Finding and using secondary sources: genealogies, county histories, newspapers, etc.
- Accessing information at state and county archives, historical and genealogical societies, and state, county and city libraries

Presenter Jane Knowles Lindsey has been a member of the California Genealogical Society since 2000. She served as president and chaired many committees of the society, including leading research trips to Salt Lake City, Boston, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has been researching her family history since 1982 and enjoys helping others with their research.

Registration is not required. It is recommended to come to all classes, but if that is not possible, you are welcome to come to any of them.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Grace Lutheran Church
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA

What You Don’t Know About

Presenter: Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist,
Many of us are not aware of everything there is to know about Come along and learn as Crista shares her deep and wide knowledge of to open up new avenues of research for all of us.
Crista Cowan has been employed by since 2004; her involvement in family history, however, reaches back to childhood. A professional genealogist, Crista has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories


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Saturday, November 2, 2019 9 am - 3 pm

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

FALL SEMINAR The Law, GPS Evidence, and DNA Ethics

Presenter: Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist
Join us for a day of gaining insight about genealogy, more than you may have thought.
Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree and one of the best thinkers and lecturers in the field. Her talks are delivered with good humor, perception, and thoughtful connections. She will address law in our ancestors’ time, conducting solid research, and ethics surrounding today’s DNA testing.

REGISTRATION OPENS THURSDAY, AUGUST 15. Please register early, this event may sell out.
Members $50, Non-members $60. After Oct 25 & Walk-ins, add $10.

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