Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - 2014 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
Wednesday, July 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
How to Interview family: Skills for your Ears, Eyes, Brain
by Susan Kitchens

Overview of an interview event, from planning to afterwards. Less emphasis on equipment, more on mindset. How to approach. Questions to ask. Dealing with family 'gotchas.' Approaches to preservation.

Susan A. Kitchens is Computer Press Award winning how-to book author and digital renaissance woman. Her website, Family Oral History Using Digital Tools, is devoted to tools and techniques for recording, processing and preserving the stories that matter the most. After interviewing her grandfather (he'd been given a cassette recorder and some tapes for his 99th birthday), she embarked on a quest to understand the best practices to conduct family interviews. She has been tracking the changing hardware and software scene for nearly a decade. Her how-to go-to site, Family Oral History Using Digital Tools (familyoralhistory.us), is where Susan helps people learn how to capture and preserve the stories that matter most.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, August 2 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Crossing the Border: How to Backtrack an Ancestor into Québec from the US
by George L. Findlen, PhD, CG

To maximize the chance of succeeding in crossing the border, the talk answers three questions: What steps do I follow to find my French-Canadian's origin in Québec? What resources will give me that information? What pitfalls must I avoid?

George Findlen is an academic administrator who became a certified genealogist in retirement. He researches and publishes articles on Acadian and French-Canadian families in Eastern Canada, the Canadian Maritimes, and New England. In addition, he gives talks and leads groups through skill-development exercises for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and Archives.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, August 20 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Seven Strategies for 'Finding the Hard Ones'
by James M. Baker, PhD, CG

This presentation goes through step-by-step procedures using 7 strategies for finding the most challenging data. Strategies include the use of collaboration, search engines, the tomes, property records, broadening your search, on-site hard copy, and DNA evidence.

Jambes Baker earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Utah and is retired from a career in the aerospace industry. He has been an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society and has written 12 articles for its quarterly publication. He has also written articles for NGS Magazine and NGSQ (forthcoming). For the past 10 years, he has volunteered at the Sacramento FHC as a German specialist. He has given genealogy presentations locally, regionally, and nationally, at the NGS Annual Family History Conference (forthcoming in May 2014). In 2011, he completed the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) requirements to become a Certified Genealogist with specialties in German and Midwest US research.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, September 6 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
"She Came from Nowhere...” A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem
by Dr. Michael D. Lacopo

This lecture illustrates the joys and pitfalls of Virginia research as well as illustrating the Genealogical Proof Standard utilizing social history, female research and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere.”

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo has been researching since 1980 and has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range. He is currently a retired veterinarian working full-time in the world of genealogy at Roots4U.com.

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, September 17 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
It’s NOT about Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research
by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG

Get tips on finding cemeteries (using Internet searches), properly documenting findings, and conducting on-site search explorations.

Board Certified genealogist Jean Wilcox Hibben has been involved in family research for 30+ years. She is secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, president of the SoCal Chapter of APG, and president of the Corona Genealogical Society. Jean is director of the Corona CA Family History Center, and a volunteer at NARA, Pacific Region, Riverside County. Follow Jean at circlemending.org.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, October 4 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Where Have They Gone? Researching Ancestors who Chased Gold
by Hannah Z. Allan

In this class, a treasure trove of historical facts and genealogical resources will help you prospect for the gems in your family history that can be traced to America’s western gold rushes.

Hannah Z. Allan, a BYU Family-History and Genealogy graduate, is the Genealogist for the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon. She is also Vice-Chair of the Portland Metro Cemetery Advisory Committee, a private researcher, and a speaker at both local and national events. She has also worked for BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy and Immigrant Ancestors Project.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, October 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Post It Forward: Archiving Lessons From My Great-Grandfather’s Records
by Janet Hovorka

What happens over three generations to family history records? And what will happen to your records? My Great-Grandfather did his best but he couldn’t foresee the iPad and YouTube generation. What preservation measures can you take now?

Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient History and a MLIS from BYU. She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters (www.familychartmasters.com), a genealogy chart printing company. Janet writes (www.thechartchick.com) and teaches at SLCC. She is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA).
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, November 1 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists
by Pamela Weisberger

Be astonished by the appearances your ancestors make in old newspapers and journals. Learn how to follow the “paper trail” to mine this under-utilized digital resource covering births, obits, court records and wills.

Pamela Weisberger is the program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, president and research coordinator for Gesher Galicia, and was a co-chair the 2010 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. She is a professional genealogist and international speaker, with a specialty in historical newspaper research. She created the Galician Archival Records Project and has researched extensively in Eastern European archives.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, November 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
The WWI Draft Card: Don't Do Research Without It!
by Tim Pinnick

World War I draft registration cards contain valuable imbedded pieces of information that can become leads in solving some genealogical roadblocks for researchers.

A national lecturer with more than 27 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories, Tim Pinnick is author of "Finding and Using African American Newspapers" released May, 2008. He is a former board member of APG and FGS and instructor in the African American track at the summer Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, December 6 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Bundling, Banns, and Bonds: Love & Marriage in Early America
by Billie Fogarty

A peek at some of the courtship & wedding customs of our ancestors may bring a blush or a giggle!

Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed., is a full time professional genealogist, conducting research for others since 1998. Her efforts to equip herself for this endeavor have included attending NGS and FGS national conferences, NIGR, IGHR, GenTech, APG-PMC, and a multitude of state conferences and classes.