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Saturday, July 16, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents
Free Family History Presentations
Online with Zoom

https://venturacogensoc.org/this-month/

1:00 pm Presenter: Andrew Fairweather
“Tenement Housing in the Mid-19th Century”
Do you ever wonder who your ancestors’ neighbors were? Are you writing a historical novel and need some inspiration? Join Andrew Fairweather, Librarian at the New York Public Library’s Seward Park branch on the Lower East Side. We’ll be talking about the history of the neighborhood during its decades of peak immigration, as well as looking at a few tips and tricks on how to perform demographic and genealogical research in this area, and elsewhere. Using Land and Buildings records and photographs, we’ll see the streets where your ancestor lived and maybe even a photo of their building. We’ll learn about living conditions in tenements and how to find your family in census records.

Andrew Fairweather is a Librarian who works for the Seward Park branch of the New York Public Library on New York City’s Lower East Side. His professional focus has included spreading knowledge about tools that help researchers conduct genealogical and local history research, as well as giving lectures that give people entry points into classic works of literature.

Second presentation:
Presenter: Paul Milner
“Irish Immigrants to North America” (Irish SIG)
Before, During and After the Famine: Learn about the routes taken and the reasons for the emigration from Ireland to the U.S. and Canada before, during, and after the famine. Learn how this mass movement of people can affect your research, plus what tools and records are available to trace your Irish ancestor.

Paul is a professional genealogist and lecturer, with over 30 years of experience. Born and raised in northern England, settling in the U.S. in 1975. An internationally recognized speaker for British Isles research and migration. Author of Discover English Parish Records; Discover English Census Records; Buried Treasures – What’s in the English Parish Chest; Genealogy at a Glance: English Research and Co-author of A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors and A Genealogists Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors. Coordinator for English and Scottish research tracks at Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, and coordinator of English Research tracks at Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and British Institute.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here https://venturacogensoc.org/request-invitation-to-lecture/


Saturday, June 18, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 PM PST

LIVE YouTube event!

Genealogy Garage: German Genealogy

Online, via the
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

The library’s monthly genealogy session will feature John P. Schmal who will discuss German genealogy. John will discuss the importance of locating a place of origin for your ancestors and will point out some of the useful online databases that can help you research your German roots.

No RSVP required: all are welcome. On the day and time of the event, just go to https://lapl.org/whats-on/events/genealogy-garage-german-genealogy and click on the YouTube link. This session will be recorded, but only available to watch up to a week after the event (via the same link).

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 August and December), live via the Los Angeles Public Library.


Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents
Free Family History Presentations

Online with Zoom

https://venturacogensoc.org/this-month/

1:00 pm Presenter: Tina Beaird
“Old McDonald Had a Farm: Using farming Records in Your Genealogy”
Farm records can be an insightful tool for understanding your ancestor’s
place in the world. Were they wealthy, prosperous farmers or scratch farming to survive? Agricultural census, land records and mortgage books, court records, farm directories, newspapers, and personal ledgers and diaries can provide an additional layer of insight into your family tree.

Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, IL. She lectures nationally on military research, Scottish records, and archival preservation. She is the First Vice President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and a Director for the Northern Illinois Historical League and the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. Tina volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies scanning and indexing historical records. Occasionally, Tina finds time to research her own family tree, which she has pursued for over 25 years. She is a baseball fanatic, and she and her family have visited 22 out of 30 Major League ballparks.

Second presentation:
Presenter: John Callahan
“What’s New With Snagit?”
VCGS member, John Callahan, will fill us in on new features for SnagIt, the screen capture and graphic editing tool for which VCGS has a site license.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here https://venturacogensoc.org/request-invitation-to-lecture/

The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster at gro.cosnegocarutnev|retsambew#gro.cosnegocarutnev|retsambew to be added to the invitation list.


Saturday, April 21, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 PM PDT

LIVE YouTube event!

Genealogy Garage: The Best Ways to Use FamilySearch.org

Online, via the
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

One of the most powerful online tools for genealogy research (and free, by the way) is the website FamilySearch.org. They have been filming records from all over the world for decades—and not just records for Latter-Day Saints members. Family History Library Research Specialist Lauren Wake will show us how to best use the powerhouse genealogy website FamilySearch.org.

No RSVP required: all are welcome. On the day and time of the event, just go to https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/genealogy-garage-best-ways-use-familysearchorg and click on the YouTube link. This session will be recorded and available to watch after-the-fact, and after we get it close-captioned.

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 August and December), live via the Los Angeles Public Library.


Saturday, May 21, 2022, noon - 2:30 pm PDT

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society Presents its Annual Spring Seminar with

Joel Weintraub
What You Need To Know About The 1950 Census And How To Access It

The U.S. 1950 census became public on April 1, 2022. Yet it is not fully searchable via names. While we wait for volunteers to compete the name index, if you have a 1950 address/location of your family, you should be able to see their population schedules. Joel will provide advice on how to do that, and some basic resources to interpret the new information.
Joel will also discuss tools for finding 1950 residences such as the National Archives census website, and his and Steve Morse’s 1950 One-Step at stevemorse.org website.

Joel is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton. He became interested in genealogy over 20 years ago and volunteered for 9 years at the National Archives in Southern California

FREE
Via ZOOM

More information and registration at: https://scgsonline.org


Saturday, July 30, 2022, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm PDT

GSNOCC Virtual Seminar featuring Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society

VIRTUAL on Zoom
Genealogical Society of North Orange County, California (GSNOCC)
https://www.gsnocc.org/seminar.html

Join GSNOCC on Sat., July 30, 2022, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (PDT) for our annual VIRTUAL (on Zoom) seminar! Featured speaker, Rhonda R. McClure (Senior Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society), will present four fascinating topics throughout the day-long event:
• Using Major Genealogical Websites in Your Family History Research
• Using Your Computer for Genealogical Analysis
• Using Google in Family History Research
• Mining the Treasures in Newspapers
Plus, chances to win prizes, play genealogical games, and more! The first 25 people to register will be entered into an additional drawing for a gift worth $25!
To register, please visit https://www.gsnocc.org/seminar.html
($20 members/$30 non-members. Deadline to register is July 27, 2022.)


Saturday, May 21, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents
Free Family History Presentations
Online with Zoom
https://venturacogensoc.org/this-month/

1:00 pm Presenter: Carla Cegielski
“Mining for Treasure in the Internet Archive”
The Internet Archive is not just the Wayback Machine! It also contains audio, movies, images, software, maps, and texts. Discover everything you can do at the Archive and learn search strategies for accessing its genealogical treasures.

Carla Cegielski is a full-time genealogical researcher specializing in the areas of Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. She has been researching her own family for over 40 years and providing research services to others since 2007. Carla began lecturing on various genealogical topics. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and conferences. Carla holds a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature and an M.S. in Library Science. Carla currently serves as Vice President of the Lake County Genealogical Society and the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Second presentation:
Presenter: John P. Schmal
“Santa Barbara and Ventura During the Spanish Period (1783-1821)” (Mexican American SIG)
John P. Schmal will discuss the Spanish settlements of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, including the establishment of the five missions in the area between 1772 and 1804. He will explore the growth and challenges of the communities in the early decades of the Spanish period. The Chumash who inhabited the area long before the arrival of the Spaniards will also be discussed with emphasis on their numerous languages and transportation networks. In the end, there will be a discussion of genealogical research for the Spanish, Mexican, and Indian inhabitants, with an emphasis on the Huntington Library’s Early California Population Project (ECPP).

John Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. 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). He has published dozens of short stories on the history of the indigenous people of most of the Mexican states.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here https://venturacogensoc.org/request-invitation-to-lecture/


Saturday, April 16, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 PM PST

LIVE Facebook and YouTube event!

Genealogy Garage: Advanced Armenian Genealogy

Online, via the
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Last year, we had a Part One session on the basics of Armenian genealogy (find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qgRhtKTrO0). This year, we're following up with a more advanced take on the subject. Expert researcher George Aghjayan will go in depth about this fascinating and often challenging topic. Los Angeles is home to many Armenians—ask George your questions and learn about your heritage!

No RSVP required: all are welcome. On the day and time of the event, just go to https://lapl.org/whats-on/events/genealogy-garage-advanced-armenian-genealogy and click on the Facebook or YouTube links. This session will be recorded and available to watch after-the-fact, and after we get it close-captioned.

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 August and December), live via the Los Angeles Public Library.


Saturday, April 16, 2022, 1:00-4:00 pm

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents
Free Family History Presentation
Online with Zoom
https://venturacogensoc.org/this-month/

1:00 pm Presenter: Sara Cochran

“Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Is this Genealogy or the Cha-Cha?”

Revisiting and reevaluating our early research and home sources of information might seem like a waste of time, but often, it’s the key to getting past a roadblock in our research. We’ll discuss techniques for finding new clues in records we already have and look at several small case studies to see the value of taking the time to go backward in order to go forwards.

Sara is a full-time professional genealogist with over twenty-five years of experience. Her research has taken her into nearly every State in the USA as well as Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science and is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here https://venturacogensoc.org/request-invitation-to-lecture/

The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. To be added to the invitation list, contact the webmaster at
gro.cosnegocarutnev|retsambew#gro.cosnegocarutnev|retsambew.


Saturday, March 19, 2022, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM PST
The Sonoma County Genealogical Society Presents
Jenny Hansen

New Features on the Family Search Wiki

Researching in another country is a daunting task, especially when dealing with foreign languages, cultures and customs. Family Search’s Wiki is a wonderful tool to overcome these obstacles. New features will be featured in this presentation.

Ms. Hansen has a degree om Family History and Genealogy from BYU. She is the commissioner for the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.

FREE

Presentation will be online, via ZOOM
Register at: https://scgsonline.org


Saturday, February 19, 2022, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents
Free Family History Presentations
Online with Zoom
https://venturacogensoc.org/this-month/

1:00 pm Presenter: Drew Smith
“AncestryDNA Today”
VCGS General Meeting Lecture sponsored by the DNA SIG

AncestryDNA continues to add new tools to help with matching other testers, categorizing the matches into groups, and discovering the right relationships. This presentation focuses on how to use the latest AncestryDNA tools (ThruLines, groups, etc.) to identify relatives near and distant.

Second presentation:

Presenter: George Morgan
“Bring Them Back to Life”
In the course of our genealogical research, we often become engrossed in the collection of information snippets, failing to put them into a logical perspective. We lose sight of the fact that the people we’re tracing participated in the life of their historical times, led complex lives, and interacted with one another.
Organizing the information, we collect into a biographical profile can help you begin to recognize character traits and decision patterns. And the profile also provides an invaluable, portable research tool that avoids your taking voluminous amounts of notes with you on research trips.

This seminar presents a methodology and a structured model for taking the details you collect about your ancestor and creating a biographical profile. We will discuss:
• Establishing your ancestor’s every location,
• Learning about other people in your ancestor’s life,
• Studying local, state, and national history to determine what events may have influenced or motivated your ancestor,
• Studying personal events that may have influenced or motivated your ancestor, and
• Effectively organizing materials into a profile that can be used for additional research and for writing.
This approach will not only help you organize your research, it can become the basis for writing detailed biographical sketches or novels about the people whose lives you have been researching.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request an invitation here: https://venturacogensoc.org/request-invitation-to-lecture/


Saturday, January 15, 2022, 1:00-4:00 PM PST

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents
Free Family History Presentation
Online with Zoom
Saturday, January 15, 2022, 1-4 pm
https://venturacogensoc.org/this-month/

1:00 pm Presenter: Steve Morse
“Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index”
In April 2022, the 1950 census will be released! It will not have a name index, so finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead, meaning finding and using the Enumeration Districts (EDs) of the census, so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show how to use each one.

Stephen P. Morse is well-known to the genealogy community. He is the creator of the “Steve Morse One-Step Webpages” for effectively locating ship manifests, censuses, vital records, and much more. An engineer by training, he is the creator of the renowned Intel 8086 chip, a workhorse of the industry. His genealogy work has earned numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and an Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here https://venturacogensoc.org/request-invitation-to-lecture/


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