Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - 2017 Webinar Series

Webinar Series - SCGS is there for you, no matter where you live. Join our twice-monthly webcasts with knowledgeable genealogists to help grow what you know.

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OVERVIEW

These one-hour webinar presentations are given twice monthly, on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month and are conducted by professional genealogical speakers and expert lecturers.

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Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, March 4 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Family Browse: Finding Unindexed Records on FamilySearch
by Mary Kircher Roddy


New digitized images on FamilySearch appear continually, but many aren’t indexed. Learn to browse these mages to find deeds, vital records, naturalization papers and more. Understand record indexing schemes. See whether you should you use the catalog, map or search boxes to find these records.

Mary Kircher Roddy, a CPA, earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History from University of Washington. She writes for Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle and lectures live and via webinars.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, March 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Get Excited About your Pre-1870 African-American Research
by Diane L. Richard


Researching & documenting slaves & their ancestors before the 1870 census can be extremely challenging though not necessarily impossible. Many types of records might mention slaves. We’ll discuss the obvious and some less obvious collections of records where relevant information might be found.

Specializes in NC & southern research, genealogy society initiatives & research tools. Editor of UpFront with NGS (blog) & NCGS Journal, Richard is a regular contributor to Your Genealogy Today.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, March 22 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
What's In a Name? Every Surname Tells a Story
by Tessa Keough

Surnames tell a fascinating story about our ancestors' past. From origin to meaning, migration to frequency, come learn how to find and include that story in your own family history.

Tessa Keough is a genealogist working on her family history and special projects. These include a one-place and one-name study, and her YouTube channel. These include a one-place study in Newfoundland, a one-name study of the Keough surname, a Google+ community (Legacy Virtual Users' Group), and a YouTube channel (TessaWatch). Tessa blogs at The Keough Corner and Scandia Musings. She contributes to Worldwide Genealogy and the "May I Introduce To You" feature at Geneabloggers. She also writes for The In-Depth Genealogist.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, April 1 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Finding Scottish Ancestors Online
by Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS


This session teaches you how to find and use digital resources for Scottish ancestors. Essential to little-known records here and in Scotland are covered. Church and civil records, censuses, mapping and geography, organizations, and cultural resources help you find more Scottish ancestors.

Nancy Loe, archivist and genealogist, managed archives her entire career. She presents and writes genealogy guides on genealogy organizing and archival research. Visit her at sassyjanegenealogy.com.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, April 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
So Many Historic Books: How Can I Find My People?
by James M. Baker, PhD, CGsm


This class covers each major eBook repository: Google, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, Family Search, and Ancestry.com. Examples are presented for the best finding strategies and sites: Google Books, Corpora, Mocavo, Linkpendium, World Car, and US Gen Web. Case studies emphasize the use of free sites.

Mr. Baker, PhD, CGsm, specializes in German, Midwest US, and DNA genealogy. He has written articles for the NGSQ, NGS Magazine, and Der Blumenbaum. He has given numerous webinars and live presentations.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, May 6 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Beyond the Surface: Analyzing and Capturing Genealogical Data
by Nicka Smith

Discover ways to read and analyze facts, how to document them, and how they can add color to your ancestral story.

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, May 17 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Location, Location, Location: One Place Studies in North America
by Tessa Keough

Are you just getting started with your one-place study? The first steps are important - picking a place, setting some boundaries, organizing your software, and incorporating those online and offline records. This is one specialized study that will help you see your family’s place in a new light!

Tessa Keough is a genealogist working on her family history and special projects. These include a one-place and one-name study, and her YouTube channel. These include a one-place study in Newfoundland, a one-name study of the Keough surname, a Google+ community (Legacy Virtual Users' Group), and a YouTube channel (TessaWatch). Tessa blogs at The Keough Corner and Scandia Musings. She contributes to Worldwide Genealogy and the "May I Introduce To You" feature at Geneabloggers. She also writes for The In-Depth Genealogist.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, June 21 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Turn Family History Facts into Stories You Can Share
by Annette Burke Lyttle


It’s important for us to share our research, but does the idea of trying to tell the stories of your ancestors seem like too big a job? Learn how a simple four-step process can make writing your family stories a manageable project.

Annette Burke Lyttle is a professional genealogist specializing in online and repository research, and genealogical education and writing. She loves helping people find and tell their family stories.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, July 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
The Early Religious Experience in America: the Theology Behind the Records
by Dr. Michael D. Lacopo, DVM


Genealogists utilize church records all the time to document the births and baptisms, but what did that mean for our ancestors? By understanding the history of religion in early America we can better understand why we can and cannot find the records we seek.

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, August 5 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Using atDNA to Verify and Expand Genealogy
by Emily D. Aulicino

Understand how autosomal DNA and the X-chromosome results verify and expands your lineage by proving or disproving family lore, break adoption walls, and explore how this test can determine what DNA segments came from which ancestors. Celebrate the success stories of others and create your own.

Emily speaks on genetic genealogy & writing family stories nationally and internationally; was interviewed for TV, newspapers, and blogtalk radio; writes two blogs; and wrote a genetic genealogy book.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, August 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Ports of Entry
by Kim von Aspern-Parker


This presentation will focus on ports other than Ellis Island (with some discussion on Ellis Island and Castle Garden). All ships and ports kept records and many of our ancestors did not come through Ellis Island. Learn about the other ports and how to find their records.

Kim von Aspern-Parker has been a researcher and lecturer for more than 15 years. A member of APG, NGS, SCGS, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild she is pursuing her credentials in genealogy.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, September 2 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Caillte agus Aimsigh: Lost and Found - Irish History and Records
by Barbara M. Randall


The myth is that Irish records don't exist or are lost. History does have an impact on the records but Irish records do exist. Irish research relies on an understanding of historical events that impact how and where to find the records. More and more records are being made available.

Barbara Randall is co-chair of the Jamboree Extension Series Webinars, president of the British Isles Family History Society-USA , BIFHS-USA Journal editor and a member of APG and other genealogy societies.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, September 20 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research
by Cyndi Ingle


Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren't going to disappear.

Cyndi Ingle, a genealogist for more than 36 years, is the creator of Cyndi’s List and author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, October 7 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Think Like a Historian: Why Do People Do What They Do?
by Sara Gredler, MS


History is looking at the big picture. Genealogy is micro-history, looking at individual people during historic events to place them within the larger context. Why do people do the things they do? Use the records that do exist to make reasonable hypotheses about the life of an ancestor.

Sara Gredler, MS, is a genealogist and historian with 20 years of genealogical experience. She serves as the President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and chairs its DNA SIG.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, October 18 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Family History + Health History Lead to Personalized Healthcare
by Dr. David R. Dowell, PhD (& Elizabeth Balkite)


Genealogies record family relationships. Health histories reveal causes of death, disabilities, chronic diseases, or known genetic disorders within families. How can you build an accurate family health/medical history? Should you? Can genealogists lead the way to personalized healthcare/medicine?

David Dowell, PhD., was librarian for 35 years and has two degrees in history and two in library science. He has researched family histories since the 1960s. His most recent books are NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2015) and Crash Course in Genealogy (2011). Previously he taught “Genealogy Research” and “Ethics in the Information Age” at Cuesta College and chaired the Genealogy Committee of the ALA. He blogs as “Dr. D Digs Up Ancestors” at http://blog.ddowell.com and coordinates three DNA projects.

Beth Balkite was a certified genetic counselor for over 30 years. She is an alum of the Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. She worked as a genetic counselor in Connecticut at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Yale University, and Norwalk Hospital prior to joining Genzyme Genetics as manager of Clinical Genetics Services in 1993. In 1998 she was hired as Genetics Education Strategy Advisor for GlaxoSmithKline. She has continued as a genetics educator in several capacities before retiring in 2012. She has studied her own family history for years and is now one of just two genetic counselors to practice and teach genetic genealogy. She is an instructor at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke University in Durham, NC, where she teaches a course “Applying DNA to Your Family Tree.” In the summer of 2016 she taught a session in the Advanced Genetic Genealogy course at GRIP (Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh).
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, November 4 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
We're Here in America, Now What?
by Jennifer Alford, PE, PTOE


Your immigrant ancestors came to America with their hopes and little money. While some families arrived with relatives or friends that had already settled in the area, many were facing a world that was quite foreign to them. Learn about organizations that guided them to a job, residence, and more.

Jennifer Alford, is a Professional Engineer and genealogy professional, specializing in the Midwest and Jewish ancestry. She is publisher of The In-Depth Genealogist’s magazine, Going In-Depth.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, November 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Ancestral Hunting Grounds: Doing On-Site Research
by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA


It’s more than a vacation; it’s more than a family reunion: It’s a hunting trip! And the game? Your ancestors’ home, place of business, tombstone, records, and more. But it’s more than jumping in the car or on a plane: it takes planning and preparation. Learn how to hunt successfully.

National speaker & writer Jean Wilcox Hibben-PhD, MA, CGsm serves on a number of boards for genealogy groups, including the So. Cal. Chapter of APG, Genealogical Speakers Guild, Int’l Society of Family History Writers & Editors, and the Corona Genealogical Society.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, December 2 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Your Mom's mtDNA
by Diahan Southard

The mtDNA test is among the more expensive of DNA testing options and most find the results confusing and inconclusive. Is this test worth your time and money?

15 years of experience in the genetic genealogy industry has qualified Diahan Southard to instruct all levels of interest. You will leave enlightened and motivated as she is upbeat and full of energy.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, December 20 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
100 Days to a Better Family History
by Tammy Hepps


Attend this class for one hour and leave with a plan for your next hundred days of family history activities! Starting with a self-assessment of research progress to date, this class will help attendees prioritize research activities, pace work, and set deadlines.

Technologist, storyteller, & life-long genealogist. Founder of Treelines.com, winner of RootsTech developer challenge.