Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - 2021 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.

The initial broadcast is free and open to the public.

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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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Archived broadcasts are available 24/7 to all SCGS members.
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Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, October 20 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Find the Stories of Your French and Indian War Ancestor
by Annette Burke Lyttle, MA

The French and Indian War, lasting from 1754 to 1763, involved French colonists and their Native allies against British colonists and the Iroquois Confederacy in Colonial North America. Thousands of Americans-French, British, and Native-fought in hundreds of battles and skirmishes. Learn how to find the records and stories of your ancestor's military service during this time.

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
Saturday, November 6 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
It Takes a Village to Unearth the “Real” History
by Billie R. McNamara

Researchers spend substantial time on solo efforts or sharing with small cohorts. Participating in larger, crowd?sourcing activities enhances skills exponentially. Each contributor brings resources to a resulting knowledge base. Define, describe the value of, and acquire tools for locating and assessing crowd-sourcing opportunities. Develop techniques for honing personal skills from crowd-sourced knowledge.

Billie R. McNamara is an international award?winning family historian, author, editor, and educator with more than 35 years of experience. She is the founder of TNGenWeb Project and currently participates in TNGenWeb, PAGenWeb, FamilySearch, and other on?line genealogical and historical initiatives in the U. S. and U.K. She consults with individuals and organizations on family/local history research, problem?solving, especially tech implementation, marketing.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, November 17 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Western Overland Trails – Following the Seven Ts
by Steven W. Morrison, MPA

An overview of the seven major western overland trails, Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, Santa Fe Trail and more. Learn about seven tracking techniques to help locate your ancestor and trace their route West.

Steven W. Morrison, MPA, is past-president of the Puget Sound APG Chapter, adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College graduate program for seven years, and coordinator and instructor of a course on Quakers at 2018 SLIG & 2020 GRIP. In 2016, he received the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) scholar award for his paper “Quaker John Starr of Antrim and Cavan, Ireland and his five sons who sailed to Pennsylvania.”
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, December 4 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Genealogy of a Neighborhood, Urban and Rural
by Mary K. Risseeuw

Examining those who lived near your ancestor can provide a clearer context for their life. You will learn the methodology to examine the usual and unusual source materials that will help you broaden their story. Whether urban or rural, the neighborhood can provide new insight into why your ancestor chose their location.

Mary K. Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer and lecturer with an emphasis on 19th and 20th Century Dutch emigration and Wisconsin history. She has been a researcher for over 30 years. She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies. She organized the 2008 Dutch in Wisconsin Conference which was the first conference about Dutch immigration to Wisconsin.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, December 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census
by Thomas MacEntee

Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the release of the 1940 US Census. Following the "72 Year Rule" for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It's never too early to prepare for this valuable data related to US 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.