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Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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

Every family has its stories, some more colorful than others. Some seem too fantastic to be true. Others have the ring of truth but don’t stand up to close examination. How do we tell the difference? Marion Werle will present a methodology for analyzing family stories – creating one or more research questions to focus our inquiries, developing a research plan, creating a potential timeline, and, finally, analyzing each component of the story to separate fact from fiction.

Marion Werle began family history research 23 years ago, researching family from Lithuania, Latvia, and Belarus, who settled in the US, Canada, UK, and Israel. She has been on the boards of the Jewish Genealogical Societies of both Los Angeles and Conejo Valley, is a past president of the Latvia SIG (Special Interest Group), and is a member of the SCGS Writers Group. A retired IT professional with master’s degrees in both European History and Library Science from UCLA, she has also completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate. Marion wrote “The Skuders from Skud, a family history about one of her family branches from Lithuania, to share with family members.

This will be an explanation of the difficulties in obtaining modern military records for 1912–1964, due to the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) fire of 1973. Pat will tell us what the workarounds might be to find information about these soldiers.

Please join us for an Introduction to DNA for Genealogy. This presentation will cover different DNA tests and different DNA companies. If you are wondering which test is right for you, or even if you should DNA test, this is for you! Be prepared for the upcoming holiday sales on DNA test kits from all the DNA direct-to-consumer companies. This is the kickoff to our 2019 DNA lecture series. We are planning an exciting year for the DNA SIG, and we hope to see you there!

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Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

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

Microsoft Word Skills for Genealogists Presented by Matt Berry
A well written family history or genealogy article adheres to certain styles with regard to formatting, citations and indexing. This course will show how to use Microsoft Word’s features to 1) format your genealogy in “Register Style", 2) create footnotes or end notes, and 3) create a useful index. Participants are encourage to bring their own laptop computer and follow along with the examples in class. Examples in class will be shown using MS Word 2016 on a PC, but these features haven’t changed much since Word 2007 and are also available on the Mac versions of MS Word.
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.

  • Registration fee is non-refundable.

For more information and to register, please visit

Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 PM

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

Genealogy Garage: Overview of Genealogy Software

Thinking about buying or updating software to keep your family tree healthy? Barbara Randall will guide you to make an informed choice for your PC.

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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.

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

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

Using Cluster Research to Understand Your Ancestors: When a Tree Isn't Enough, by Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Everyone has brick walls in their genealogy research: people who appear to have been dropped out of the sky; women whose maiden names seem unknowable. Cluster research will give you new avenues to break down those brick walls by researching their family members, their neighbors, and anyone and everyone they were associated with. Explore methods that will help you uncover new information about your family.

Anne Gillespie Mitchell has been chasing her ancestors up and down the Great Wagon road through Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for many years. She currently works for Ancestry on a variety of products including search, Ancestry Library Edition, AncestryK12, and now RootsWeb. She has completed the Boston University Online Genealogy Certificate course as well as multiple sessions at SLIG and IGHR. She has also taught genealogy courses at many national conferences, including NGS, FGS, and RootsTech and at SLIG. Before Ancestry she worked in the Internet industry in software development and has been a product manager for several companies. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, where she also taught computer science for eight years.

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

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

San Mateo County Genealogical Society presents:


Speaker: Ray Cosyn
Saturday, November 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00 pm
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am

Location: Grace Lutheran Church,
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas,
San Mateo

From 1920-43, the United States prohibited the manufacturing and sale of alcohol. How and why did this happen and what was its impact? Did this period have an effect on your family? The National Prohibition Act was enacted to carry out the 19th Amendment which formally established the prohibition of the manufacturing, transportation, and sale of alcohol in the United States. Prohibition lasted for 13 years until the election of FDR at the height of the depression.

This event is free and all are welcome.

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PLEASE READ DATE CHANGE TO SATURDAY DECEMBER 8, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM FROM Saturday, November 10, 2018  1:00PM - 4:00PM

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

Excel for Genealogists, presented by Stewart Blandón Traiman
Stewart loves spreadsheets! He uses spreadsheets at work every day as an IT Manager. He is an expert in Microsoft Excel using it in genealogy quite frequently. Laying out all the data in Excel can help researchers see gaps in knowledge or correlations between data points. Breakthroughs can easily happen by visualizing data in spreadsheets.  Stewart shows many examples of his use of spreadsheets to track newspaper clippings, a vital records catalog, tracking ancestor addresses over time, and tracking whole families over many censuses. Stewart will teach how to use Excel filter, sorting, color coding, calculations and many other functions.
This is a hands-on class. Please bring a laptop with Excel loaded. We will only cover Microsoft Excel in this class. No other spreadsheet programs will be taught during this class.
Spreadsheets are fun!
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.

  • Registration fee is non-refundable.

For more information and to register, please visit

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.

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