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Saturday, Sept. 7, Fairfield, CA

The Solano County Genealogical Society returns from its summer break to welcome nationally known speaker Nancy Loe, presenting Finding Scottish Ancestors Online at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield.

Loe, retired librarian and archivist, is a genealogy researcher and educator. She writes and lectures on her specializations: organizing research and U.S. and European records. She appears regularly at regional, national and international genealogy conferences.

Learn to use leading websites and lesser-known databases for Scottish research, featuring search strategies for finding parish records, civil registrations, marriages, wills, tax lists, burial registers, and other records. Hear how to find resources for Scottish place names and geographical location research. Get help with Scottish handwriting, clans and tartans and tutorials to advance your skills with Scottish records.

Our speaker programs are free and open to the public; no reservations are required. There is free parking behind the center. For information, call 707-448-8378 or 707-479-1192.


September 7, 2019 – 10:00 AM

PRESENTED BY Palm Springs Genealogical Society
Non-members enjoy free admission. Newcomers welcome.
Meetings are held in the Learning Center at the Palm Springs Library, 300 South Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, California 92262 from 10:00 am to Noon.
Vinny Stoppia, “All Ashore – The Glory Days of Transatlantic Travel by Ship”


SEPT 11, 2019 11:00AM - 2:30PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2 
Oakland, CA 94612


Trolley Tour of Cypress Lawn Cemetery
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 11:10 AM - 2:15 PM 

Meet at the Colma BART stop before 11:15 AM 
365 D St, Colma, CA 94014)
 
This is a Members only Docent-led, CGS coordinated Trolley Tour.  CGS Coordinators:
Maureen Hanlon - gro.srotsecnAainrofilaC|nolnahm#gro.srotsecnAainrofilaC|nolnahm
Jane Lindsey - gro.srotsecnAanrofilaC|yesdnilj#gro.srotsecnAanrofilaC|yesdnilj
 
Join CGS members on Wednesday, September 11th, for a docent-led Trolley Tour of Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma. Cypress Lawn was founded in 1892.  With hundreds of acres of California coastline and a history dating back to the 19th century, the historic grounds are home to arboretums, century-old chapels, lakes, fountains, gardens, and the final resting place of many notable Californians, including those whose remains were moved from Laurel Hill Cemetery in San Francisco.  
 
Attendees will plan to take BART to the Colma stop. The trolley will meet us there. Please arrive at Colma no later than on the 11:19 BART. A place will be provided for us to have our bag lunches with a chance to socialize. 
 
The tour will begin at 12:15.  Our docent will not only talk about the cemetery but also their database to search for burial records.  We have indicated we are genealogists and they will gear the tour towards that.  Some snacks will be available on the tour.
 
The tour will last 1.5 – 2 hours. After the tour, we will be driven back to BART.   
 
If you plan to drive please make your own arrangements. The phone at the Memorial Park is  (650) 667-7404). The address is:
1370 El Camino Real, Colma, CA 94014.   The website for directions and more:  www.cypresslawn.com
 
**We ask that if you sign up and you cannot attend that you notify Maureen no later than Sunday September 8th so that members on the waiting list can make plans to attend. In addition please email gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve and go to Eventbrite to Cancel My Attendance.
 
 
REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Pre-registration is required. 
This is a CGS members only event, enjoy free admission.
Register early to confirm your place. 
If something comes up and you will not be able to attend please let us know at: Cancel My Attendance
Click here for registration information: https://is.gd/Bijeru


Saturday September 14, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
Meeting Held at:
The Society of California Mayflower Descendants offices across the Hall from the CGS library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2 
Oakland, CA 94612

Mayflower Descendants - Special Interest Group with Robert Trapp
Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Mayflower Descendants SIG will focus initially on Mayflower ancestry and how to join The Society of California Mayflower Descendants. 
 
The group will discuss research in New England, parts of Canada and the upper Atlantic seaboard states.  We will be exploring the materials and books at the Mayflower library and computer research web sites.  Each month will vary as to subject matter followed by a Q&A session.

The Mayflower Descendants - SIG is open to all skill levels and meets monthly on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. To register, choose the next Saturday meeting date above. Robert Trapp is the group facilitator.  
We are located in the historic Breuner Building at 22nd Street & Broadway, one block north of the Paramount Theater, in Uptown Oakland. We are just three blocks from the 19th Street BART Station. Parking is free on Saturdays in the lot behind our building. A parking permit will be included with your registration confirmation.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 25 attendees.. 
Special Interest Groups are free to CGS members.
Non-members are welcome to attend one meeting at no charge; thereafter, you may join CGS and attend for free or pay $10 for each meeting attended.
Non-Members are welcomed FREE in October, Family History Month!
Register early to confirm your seat. 

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
 *Seminar fee is non-refundable.
If you are not able to attend please let us know at: Cancel My Attendance

Click here for registration information: http://tinyurl.com/y593bzl6


Saturday, September 14, 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.

More info: https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1038267101


Saturday September 14, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2 
Oakland, CA 94612

Immigrant Sugar Plantation Workers in Hawaii: A Multi-Ethnic Approach to Genealogy

For almost a century, people from all over the world came to Hawaii to work on the sugar plantations. Research on these immigrants reveals a wide range of experiences that did not always end in Hawaii but sometimes involved return to the homeland or migration to the mainland.  In addition to discussing sources of genealogical records and how to access them, this presentation will include examples of how historical and cultural context and chronicles of everyday life can provide rich and memorable impressions of plantation-era ancestors in Hawaii.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 
CGS members enjoy reduced admission, $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.
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.
If you are not able to attend please let us know at: Cancel My Attendance

Click here for registration information: https://is.gd/lq1Tcm


Tuesday, September 17, 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 4)
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 4 (Sept. 17) will cover:

- Beyond vital records and census records: probate records, land records, passenger lists, naturalizations and more
- How to find other family members to aid in your research

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.

More info: https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1038731901


Saturday, September 21, 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: Cemetery Research

Chip Mosher, avid genealogist and cemetery prowler, will take us on a journey through the gardens of the dead. What are some strategies to think of when planning a cemetery research expedition? Learn about tools and tricks, and some of the more interesting things you can uncover when visiting the resting sites of our ancestors.

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, September 21, 2019 12 PM to 2:00 PM

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society
The Finley Center
2060 West College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Genetic Genealogy 101

Are you bewildered by genetic genealogy? What are the three kinds of DNA? What is Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA matching? Come and learn the basics.
Presenter is Michael Cooley who has given genetic genealogy presentations at Humboldt State University and the Family History Library is Salt Lake City.

Free for all to attend

More info: https://scgsonline.org/

Saturday, September 21, 2019 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

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

Overview of Genealogy Research in England

This program reviews the three main record groups you are likely to use when doing genealogy research in England: Census records, Civil Registration records and Church parish records.
Each of these record types covers a different time period ranging from 1538 to the present, and each can provide key information about your ancestors in England. The program will compare the different types of records with illustrations of the content, historical context, and some websites to access them online.

Location Finding Aids: Maps, Gazetteers and Websites to Find Your Places in England

David Flint will return in the afternoon for this presentation, which will focus on location finding aids to help you find the places in England where your ancestors lived, including maps, gazetteers and websites. The talk will include demonstrations for using specific websites that are helpful in researching place names and counties in England.

Free for all to attend

For more info visit: https://wagswhittier.org/


Saturday September 21, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2 
Oakland, CA 94612

Family Tree Maker™ Special Interest Group
Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1:00PM - 4:00PM

This Special Interest Group (SIG) is held the 3rd Saturday of every month with the exception of December.

Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group is perfect for new FTM users, people who are just FTM curious, and experienced FTM veterans. All Welcome! 

September's topic of discussion will be a review of the new 2019 update. Please see Eventbrite posting for specifics.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Class size is limited to 25.
SIGs are free to CGS members.
Pre-registration is required. 
Non-members are welcome to attend two meetings at no charge; thereafter, you may join CGS and attend for free or pay $10* for each meeting attended.
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.
If you are not able to attend please let us know at: Cancel My Attendance

Click here for registration information: https://is.gd/xWayIz


Saturday, September 21, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

1:00 p.m. “The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790)” Presented by John Schmal

In honor of Mexican-American History Month, this presentation explores the original settlement of Southern California by the Spaniards. Starting with the early settlement of San Diego (1769) and San Gabriel (1771), the speaker outlines the various Spanish activities in the Southland, including the Expedition of 1781 and the founding of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara from 1781-1786. The lecture also includes a discussion of several of the original indigenous inhabitants who lived near the Spanish missions. The presentation will conclude with data from the 1790 census.

John Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. With his friend Donna Morales, he recently coauthored "Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico" (Heritage Books, 2002). He has degrees in History (Loyola-Marymount University) and Geography (St. Cloud State University) and is a board member of the Society of Hispanic Historical Ancestral Research (SHHAR).

2:30 P.M. WORKSHOP: “How to Find your Roots in Mexico” Presented by John Schmal
Following the general presentation, John Schmal will review various resources for finding your roots in Mexico.

10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING
The VCGS DNA SIG invites interested parties to join their free meeting about different aspects of genealogical DNA.

Visit our website at https://venturacogensoc.org/


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 Ancestry.com

Presenter: Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist, Ancestry.com
Many of us are not aware of everything there is to know about Ancestry.com. Come along and learn as Crista shares her deep and wide knowledge of Ancestry.com to open up new avenues of research for all of us.
Crista Cowan has been employed by Ancestry.com 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

Free.

More info: http://www.smcgs.org/content/monthly-programs


Saturday September 28, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2 
Oakland, CA 94612

Genetic Networks and Cluster Research
Saturday, September 28, 2019

New tools are increasingly available to help in the analysis of autosomal DNA. Turning such information into evidence for brick-wall problems and the confirmation of ancestors requires knowledge of how to group test match data. Topics include:
-Triangulation
-In-common-with groups
-DNA circles
-Networking software
 
Prerequisites: attendees should have a good understanding of basic DNA topics and experience using autosomal test results to analyze genealogical relationships. Having tested with Ancestry DNA would be particularly relevant. 
 
NOTE: This will not be an elementary presentation. Understanding of the material in Chapter 5 “Genealogical Applications for at DNA” in Genetic Genealogy in Practice (Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2016) is recommended as minimum preparation.
 
This talk would, therefore, be a review of certain applications of DNA to genealogical problems
The presentation will assume knowledge of the basics of applying DNA evidence to genealogical problems. If there is interest, a subsequent workshop is contemplated in which participants adapt some of the techniques to their own needs.
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REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 
CGS members enjoy reduced admission, $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.
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.
If you are not able to attend please let us know at: Cancel My Attendance

Click here for registration information: https://is.gd/xWayIz


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
Meeting Held at:
The Society of California Mayflower Descendants offices across the Hall from the CGS library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2 
Oakland, CA 94612

Mayflower Descendants - Special Interest Group with Robert Trapp
Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Mayflower Descendants SIG will focus initially on Mayflower ancestry and how to join The Society of California Mayflower Descendants. 
 
The group will discuss research in New England, parts of Canada and the upper Atlantic seaboard states. We will be exploring the materials and books at the Mayflower library and computer research web sites.  Each month will vary as to subject matter followed by a Q&A session.

The Mayflower Descendants - SIG is open to all skill levels and meets monthly on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. To register, choose the next Saturday meeting date above. Robert Trapp is the group facilitator.  
We are located in the historic Breuner Building at 22nd Street & Broadway, one block north of the Paramount Theater, in Uptown Oakland. We are just three blocks from the 19th Street BART Station. Parking is free on Saturdays in the lot behind our building. A parking permit will be included with your registration confirmation.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 25 attendees.. 
Special Interest Groups are free to CGS members.
Non-members are welcome to attend one meeting at no charge; thereafter, you may join CGS and attend for free or pay $10 for each meeting attended.
Non-Members are welcomed FREE in October, Family History Month!
Register early to confirm your seat. 

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
 *Seminar fee is non-refundable.
If you are not able to attend please let us know at: Cancel My Attendance

Click here for registration information: http://tinyurl.com/y593bzl6


Saturday, October 19, 2019 11:00 am to 2:30 pm

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

AmericanAncestors.org

Christine Johns Cohen

The website for the New England Historic Genealogical Society is www.americanancestors.org. It provides access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online. We will explore all these resources and how they can help you in your research.

Steve Dugan

Homestead Museum

The Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum is just over the hill from Whittier at 15415 East Don Julian Road in the City of Industry. Join Steven Dugan as he discusses the history and holdings of the museum, the Workman & Temple families in this overview of this valuable local history resource.

Free for all to attend

For more info visit: https://wagswhittier.org/


Saturday, October 19, 2019, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Ventura County Genealogical Society
Presents our 2019 Annual Seminar

A one-day event featuring

John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Camarillo Community Room Camarillo Public Library 4101 E. Las Posas Road Camarillo, CA 93010

TOPICS:
Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History, Parts 1 and 2
Our National Archives: The Astounding Institution and How to Use It
Lesser Used Federal Records

John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular lecturers in genealogy. He lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

For more information and register using PayPal online at www.venturacogensoc.org
NOTE: You don’t need a PayPal account; your personal credit/debit card can be used.


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.

More info: www.smcgs.org


Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:00 am- 2:30 pm

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

Rick Frohling

Websites - Top to Bottom & Side to Side - Getting More Out of Your Online Visit

This talk will focus on features of genealogy websites (or any website) that you may not be using to your full advantage. Scroll to what may be hidden at the bottom of the page, and see what is on the sidebars. Check out FAQs, Help, About Us, Search, Site Maps and other common and uncommon website features that may be the key to unlocking what you need to know.

Kristi L. Sexton

Grandma's Dress Quilt - From the Bed to a Book

A little bit of a biography about Grandma's quilt, how it came to be, and what to do with it. What do we do with heirlooms we inherit, grab, pass down. Do we keep them? Pass them on? Display them? Your story and your heirlooms will determine your results.

Free for all to attend

For more info visit: https://wagswhittier.org/



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