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Wednesday, February 19 at 6pm (PST)

De-Thorning Interviews, Cold Calls & First Contact
by Tammy Priolo, BASc, PLCGS

This lecture will demonstrate the tactful approach to interviewing individuals, making cold calls and making first contact with individuals via emails and social media. Learn how to be comfortable gleaning oral family history stories from people you know and have never met before. Examples of these types of contact will be given.
1. Approaches, Considerations & Cautions
2. How to Prove If True

Professional genealogist Tammy Priolo BASc, PLCGS 25+yrs. Consults, researches, writes, lectures & workshops nationally & internationally. Many genealogical volunteer positions including nine years with the FHC in North Bay Ontario. Member of APG, GSG, OGS and Advisory Board Member
Saturday, March 7 at 10am (PST)

Reverse Genealogy, DNA, and Tracing the Living
by Nicka Smith

So, you’ve done a great job finding your ancestors, but you’re not sure where to start to try to locate their living descendants. In this episode, we’ll cover tips and tricks you can use to safely and respectfully unearth the identities of your living cousins.

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 20 years of experience as a genealogist.
Saturday, March 14 from 12 noon to 3:30 pm

1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Presenters: To Be Announced

FREE to the public. There will be a short break between speakers. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.
Wednesday, March 18 at 6pm (PST)

1867 Voter Registration and Beyond
by Diane L. Richard

An 1867 law allowed that males 21+ years, regardless of skin color, were eligible to vote; extant 1867 voter registrations are invaluable to genealogists. Lists of Qualified Voters were created across the south and beyond. These are the first lists to include those formerly enslaved. Also discussed are later voter laws enacted to combat rampant racist restrictions on voters.

A professional genealogist since 2004, Diane L. Richard, has researched for the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared on the Bryan Cranston episode. Has authored almost 300 articles for such publications as Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today. Currently editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society journal. Has spoken nationally about the availability and richness of southern records, genealogical research techniques and tips, under-utilized resource collections, etc.

Saturday, April 18: The U.S. Census
Charlotte Bocage, Southern California Genealogical Society

NOTE: There will be NO Genealogy Garage in March 2020.

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