Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - 2020 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, February 1 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
African Americans in the Military – 18th to mid-20th Century
by Janice Lovelace

African Americans served in every war starting with the Revolutionary War in 18th century. However, segregation impacted their roles. What was it like to be an African American soldier before the Executive Order of 1948 integrating the military? What part did African American women play in military? Where do you find records?

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D. (psychology) has 30+ years of experience in genealogical research, as well as completing academic work in the area (certificate program in genealogy at Boston University). She has presented nationally and regionally on women’s and ethnic minority genealogy, research methodology and health issues.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, February 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
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 Ancestry.ca
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, March 7 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
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.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, March 18 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

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.

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, April 4 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Foundations to Researching in Europe
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 regularly for a number 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, April 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

Dissecting a Civil War Pension-Union & Confederate
by Jill Morelli, CG®

Do you have a Civil War soldier who fought? Lucky you! A Civil War pension file is one of the most informational records we can obtain about our ancestor, but we need to take the time to dissect this one record. Why were they created? When were they enabled by law? What does a typical pension contain and what atypical items might be found? Both Union and Confederate pensions will be discussed.

An enthusiastic genealogist, Jill Morelli, CG®, lectures, writes and researches her family and those of others. Her lively presentations on intermediate and advanced methodologies, unique record sets, and Scandinavian research convey information that is readily usable by attendees whatever their skill level. She blogs and teaches an online course on demystifying the BCG certification process.

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, May 2 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
When Prussian Grandpa Contributed No DNA, Can We Find Out Who Did?
by David Dowell, PhD.

When three siblings did not receive any DNA from their supposed maternal grandfather, a systematic research plan traced the origin of the biological grandfather. Family oral histories, digital phasing, DNA testing of many extended family members and analysis of xDNA inheritance patterns were needed to find the real source of that missing DNA. It was from Donaghadee, Ireland rather than Prussia.

David Dowell, PhD, was a librarian for 35 years and a special investigative officer in the USAF for 4 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 and the Ethics Committee of the American Library Association. He blogs as “Dr. D Digs Up Ancestors” at http://blog.ddowell.com and coordinates three DNA projects.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, May 20 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

The Packet Ships That Brought Them To America
by Nancy Waters

The turn of the eighteenth century brought an unprecedented demand for safe, fast passage across the Atlantic for cargo, mail, and passengers. Thus, in 1818 the packet ship was born.

Nancy Waters 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. Nancy'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.

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, June 17 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
The Other Census - US State Censuses
by Thomas MacEntee

Frequently genealogists will focus strictly on the US Census records and forget that many of the US states and territories conducted their own census at some point. Learn which states and territories have these amazing records, how to access them, and how to incorporate them into your genealogy research.

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional based in the United States, specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, July 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

Julian to Gregorian: When and How our Calendar Changed
by Seema Kenney

Dates are very important to genealogists but how well do you understand the relationship between the dates recorded and the calendar in use at the time? The switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar started in 1582, but lasted into the 20th century. Understanding the adoption process may impact your 18th to 20th century research

A wife, mother of 3, and entrepreneur, Seema Kenney 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, August 1 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Cousin Baiting and Cousin Stalking
by Christine Cohen

We will discuss the many ways to reach out to distant living cousins to help you expand your pedigree chart forward in time. You may find family treasures, photos, DNA test takers and information that will break down a brick wall. We will explore online trees, lineage societies, online cemetery indexes, obituaries in newspapers, living people finder websites and social media.

Christine Cohen is a 17-year member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and currently is the President of WAGS. In addition to her involvement with WAGS, She is a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, August 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories
by Cari Taplin, CG®

Through using a biography from an Ohio county history, the audience will be led through a case study using “FAN club” principles, examining and comparing information from different county histories, and using all clues from these sketches to extend research queries.

Cari A. Taplin, CG, lives near Austin, Texas and has been a state and regional speaker since 2004, focusing on Midwest and Great Lakes states, methodology and family legends.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, September 5 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Who Needed it Anyway? Researching Around the Missing 1890 Census
by Sara Cochran

The loss of the 1890 Federal census is a source of great frustration for American Genealogists, but all hope is not lost! Learn strategies and gather tips for success in locating your family in other records between the 1880 and 1900 Federal censuses.

Sara Cochran has been conducting genealogical research for over 25 years, and her research has taken her into nearly every state in the USA as well as Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate as well as a Bachelor Degree in Library Science. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, September 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Putting America to Work; Records of the WPA and the CCC
by Peggy Lauritzen, AG®, FOGS

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was founded as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal. Providing jobs for over 8.5 million people, they were instrumental in compiling many records that are valuable to genealogists today. Many of the indexes and records we use today were compiled by the WPA; those unemployed professionals who were ‘put to work’ in the days following the Great Depression.

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, October 3 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Manifest Destiny: Researching Your Mexican War Ancestors
by Michael Strauss, AG®

The Mexican-American War of 1846 marked the first United States conflict mostly fought on foreign soil that served as a training ground for officers in the Civil War 15 years later. Military Background/U.S. Involvement; Compiled Military Service Records; Navy Rendezous Reports; Marine Corp & Regular Army Enlistments; Pension & Bounty Land; Cemetery Records; Veteran & Lineage Societies

Michael L. Strauss, AG®, is a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. He has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is also a qualified expert witness in Court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Additionally, he is a faculty member at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he serves as the course coordinator.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, October 21 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Researching California Mission Indians Using a Case Study
by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD.

Using genealogy methodology (with on-line and brick and mortar repositories) the mystery of a Mission Indian is solved through use of some unique sources. This lecture moves backwards from a death certificate to uncover someone who kept his tribal connections and name private. Mission Indian research is unique; information given here may be a gift to someone with that background.

Retired college professor and former Board-Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben has a Master's in speech communication and a PhD in folklore. A national speaker and writer, Jean is the staff trainer for the Corona Family History Center and President of both the Corona Gen Soc and the So Calif Chapter of APG. Jean’s podcasts on social history are available at genjourneys.podbean.com. She has been a Jamboree presenter since 2010.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, November 7 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Researching Your French Canadian Ancestors
by Johanne Gervais, BSc, MBA

With the right tools, searching for your French Canadian ancestors in Quebec has never been easier. This session will provide an overview of the Quebec archives website, the BMS2000, Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH), GenealogyQuebec, and FichierOrigine databases. The most common and useful features for each database will be explained.

Johanne Gervais, BSc, MBA, worked for over 25 years at various large companies in Montreal developing and implementing computer business systems. She became interested in genealogy while helping her husband write a book about his family for his mother’s 90th birthday. She is the founder of the Québec Genealogical eSociety (www.genquebec.com), a completely virtual non-profit genealogical society focused on Quebec research launched at RootsTech 2018.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, November 18 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
From Chernorudka to Chicago - Learnings From One Family's Immigration Path
by Jane Neff Rollins, MSPH,
is a professional genealogist. Her genealogical education includes ProGen 29, SLIG, and the Forensic Genealogy I
Documenting the migration paths of my grandfather and his 3 siblings (1904 - 1911) involved home sources, oral history interviews, passenger lists, naturalization documents, Russian-language directories, microfilm and other sources. You will learn how you can apply this process to identify your ancestor's town of origin and the likely route between it and the departure port and more.

Jane Neff Rollins, MSPH, is a professional genealogist. Her genealogical education includes ProGen 29, SLIG, and the Forensic Genealogy Institute. She regularly translates Russian-language records and speaks at local, regional, and international genealogy conferences. She is a member of APG, NGS, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Jane's writing has appeared in RootsKey, a genealogy newsletter. Jane is also the author of "Health Care Navigation 101."
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, December 5 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
George Randall - Beyond the Military Record: A Case Study
by Barbara Randall

As with many veterans, George Randall downplayed his military service. His military record gave rank, awards, dates and places of service. But, what was his service experience really like? The journey uses WWII history, and many research sources to develop the experience of his military service.

A native of central New York, Barbara Randall discovered genealogy at Jamboree. Barbara is active in SCGS as the co-chair of the Jamboree Extension Series Webinars, facilitator of the Legacy Family Tree User group, librarian and Jamboree Committee member. She is also active in APG, NGS, and Genealogical Speakers Guild. Barbara presents workshops on a variety of genealogy topics. She is a DAR volunteer genealogist/consultant and writer.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, December 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Bounty Land: It's Complicated
by Annette Burke Lyttle

Bounty land was offered as compensation for soldiers who fought in the Revolution, War of 1812, and Mexican War, but veterans of these wars didn’t simply take up residence on their land grants. Some did, but many people who weren’t veterans ended up with these lands. Learn about the laws, all the people who got involved, and where to find the records.

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.