Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - 2019 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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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
Wednesday, August 21 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
How Do I Know That's My Ancestor?
by Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG®

People with the same name. Nicknames. Changing names. How do you know if the record you're looking at is referring to your ancestor? This session will take a close look at records and how you can tell if it's really referring to the person in your tree and not just someone with the same name.

Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG® is a Certified Genealogist, educator, author, and speaker. She holds a Masters of Library Science degree, specializing in digital libraries. Amy has been a speaker at genealogy's major events, including RootsTech and FGS and was an instructor with Ancestry Academy. Amy is the author of 31 Days to Better Genealogy. Her online course "Beyond the Hints" shows family historians how to make more progress with their research with less frustration.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, September 7 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like a Pro!
by Melissa Barker

Learn from a professional archivist how to preserve, protect and archive family records, photographs and artifacts. Best practices for organization, purchasing archival materials and practical records preservation that any home archivist can achieve! Learn how to process your collection of genealogical records from start to finish. Learn the steps archivists use to process small and large records

Melissa Barker is a certified archives manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She is a professional genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about genealogy and archives research.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, September 18 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
More than a Bouquet of Flowers: Increasing Your Chance at the Courthouse
by Michael John Neill

This lecture will present tried and tested suggestions for maximizing your chances of success at the courthouse or other local records repository--including research preparation and organization, interaction with courthouse staff, and pre-trip research strategies.

Michael John Neill has actively researched his ancestry for over thirty years. He writes "Genealogy Tip of the Day" and "Casefile Clues" in addition to maintaining various blogs at He also leads trips to Salt Lake City and Ft. Wayne.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, October 5 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
So You Really Want to Research Your Jewish Ancestors?
by Daniel Horowitz

Learn about the main repositories for Jewish Genealogy available on the internet. This program will illustrate how to search efficiently in different databases, Jewish (JewishGen, Gesher Galicia, JRI-Poland and Jewish Genealogy Societies) and not-Jewish (FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage), to find the information you are looking for.

Daniel Horowitz, genealogy expert for MyHeritage, provides key contributions on product development and public affairs. He is a computer engineer with specialization in education and a board member of several genealogy societies.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, October 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Faith of Our Fathers: United States Church Records
by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS

Before state and vital records were mandated, churches were valuable information that can be used as substitutes for vital records. Our country is one of religious diversity. Except for the very early days in the colonies, there has never been a "state religion". A number of different religions and their beginnings will be discussed.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS, has become a favorite speaker at conferences and webinars. She serves as a Family History Center director, and is an instructor and author at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, Ancestry Academy, Family Tree University, and a columnist for Reminisce magazine. She received the 2018 Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, November 2 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Mastering the Library and Archives Canada Website
by Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is the best free website for researching your ancestors in Canada. Not knowing how to use the website can lead to confusion and frustration. This presentation is your personal tour of the LAC website. Learn how the records are arranged, where to quickly find the databases you want to research, and ultimately locate the records to find your ancestors in Canada.

Kathryn Lake Hogan UE, PLCGS is a Canadian professional genealogist who revels in teaching people how to find their ancestors in Canada. She is the founder and owner of the Canadian-based genealogy business, Looking4Ancestors. Kathryn has written articles for FamilyTree magazine, The In-Depth Genealogist and the APG Quarterly. She is the past Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (UELAC), and a past board member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, November 20 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Immigration & Naturalization
by Seema Kenney

Immigration & Naturalization - an introduction to, and examples of, the paperwork required to move to, live in, and become a citizen of our nation.

Seema Kenney is a wife, mother of 3, and anentrepreneur. Seema is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist. Based on over 20 years of research, her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, and Sweden. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member of several societies. Seema is also certified as a Guided Autobiography Consultant and a Legacy Planner.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, December 7 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
European Surnames and How They Can Help in Genealogical Research
by Julie Goucher

In this presentation we consider the broad elements of researching a European surname and then expand outwards to include other important factors such as culture, geography, borders and links with other areas outside of Europe, including the influence of European Empires. We too explore religion, history, languages including alphabet and dialects. We further address naming patterns across Europe.

Julie Goucher has been a keen genealogist since the late 1980s, and has a special interest in Italian and European family history. She is a published author and writes for the In-Depth Genealogist and a varity of genealogical magazines and journals. She is also the tutor for the Pharos course, Introduction to One-Name Studies.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, December 18 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Post-WWII Immigration: US Holocaust Memorial Museum Digital Resources
by Michelle Tucker Chubenko

As the designated repository for North America, the USHMM offers access to the International Tracing Services digital archives as well as exclusive Holocaust related databases created from ghetto and camp lists, survivor testimony and many other resources. This presentation will introduce researchers to USHMM's digital collections to utilize when researching Holocaust and post-WWII immigrants.

Michelle Tucker Chubenko is a professional genealogist and researcher with Legacy Tree Genealogists. With 28 years' experience researching ancestral roots in colonial America and the 20th century flair of her maternal Eastern European ancestry (Ukrainian and Hungarian), she specializes in New Jersey and Eastern European research. She is a founding member with the "Nashi Predky/Our Ancestors" Family History Group at the Ukrainian History and Education Center.