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FREE Webinar
Saturday, November 3 - 10am (PST)

Facebook For Genealogy (Even If You Hate Facebook)
by Susan Rogers

Learn how to use Facebook to maximize its utility as a powerful tool for genealogy help and research while minimizing the social annoyances. Covers how to tweak your settings to maintain privacy & control over what you see from whom, how & where to post a message to get maximum results, the downloadable PDF of more than 10,000 FB pages for genealogy, the speaker’s own FB success stories and more.

Susan Rogers is a mostly retired communications consultant, a former teacher, past newsletter editor of the Nevada County Genealogical Society, and has presented to numerous genealogy groups in the Sierra foothills of northern California. Her research has enabled her to meet cousins and visit ancestral homelands in Germany and Northern Ireland. She loves technology and enjoys demonstrating how to use the Internet and software programs to make genealogy research and documentation much easier.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Presenter: Judy Janes
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. “Finding Family in Digital Newspapers”
Newspapers have been published in the U. S. for over 300 years. Millions of pages those historical newspapers are now available online in digital format, some free and others through commercial sites. Articles from these old newspapers can breathe life into your family history. Come learn how to access these newspapers, what types of articles to look for, and the tips and tricks needed to uncover exciting stories about your ancestor’s lives.

Judy Janes is Past President of the Ventura County Genealogical Society and now is their Ways and Means chairman. She also teaches genealogy classes at the Camarillo Library, and lectures in the greater Los Angeles area. Judy is a third-generation Californian with two decades of genealogical research experience. She has traced her family extensively through New York, New England, several Southern states, California, and France.

Presenter: Anthony Ray
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - “Sacred Documents: Researching Church Records”
This lecture covers the topic of church records, specifically Catholic Church records. Baptisms, Confirmations, First Communions, Marriage Investigations, Marriages, Sick Calls, Burials, Communion records, and Ecclesiastical Census records will all be discussed in detail. We will also learn key Latin phrases that appear in church records.

Anthony Ray is an avid genealogist who specializes in church records, California, Mexican, and Southwest research. He has been researching his own family for the past twelve years and has been a member of the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, The Contra Costa Historical Society, and the Solano County Genealogical Society. While a member of the AVGS, he was publicity chairman and was head of the cemetery committee for several years. In 2011, Anthony was honored with being awarded the first Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant, which he used to further his research. He has done extensive research all throughout California, Arizona, and in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.

The library will not be open for research.

SCGS Beginner's Class
Saturday, November 10, 2018

from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the SCGS Library
An introduction to the basics, including setting goals, keeping organized, identifying resources, using Federal and state census records, and introduction to and
Fee: free to SCGS members $10 for non-members

FREE Webinar
Wednesday, November 21 - 6pm (PST)

You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor – Now What?
by Nancy Lauer

Now that the ancestral village of your ancestor has been located, how do you find out more information? Explore the next steps overcoming barriers like language and an ocean. Topics will include resources for locating the ancestral village, problems encountered, resources other than archives, translation options, and what to expect in return and how to evaluate.

Nancy Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author whose extensive speaking experience includes NGS, FGS, BYU, Rootstech. She is an instructor at HCC, Maryland, teaching MS applications and is past Managing Editor, MGS Journal. Lauer's books have won the 1997 Heart of America Genealogical Society Award of Excellence, the 2007 NGS Writing Competition Award for Excellence and the 2007 Maryland Historical Society, Sumner A. Parker Award.

Just a Reminder: On behalf of everyone at SCGS, we wish you a very happy holiday with your family and friends. The library will be closed Nov 22 - 23, 2018, in honor of Thanksgiving.

Future Board Members Wanted!
No experience necessary!

Fun, energetic genealogists and family historians to run for the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) Board of Directors.

We’re looking for volunteer leaders who know SCGS as the nationally-known leader in genealogy research, webinars, and our always popular Jamboree.
For more information and to nominate candidates,contact Kathy Holland ( or Diane Adamson ( )


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