Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - Webinar Series: Archive of Titles (A-Z by Presenter's Last Name)
Lisa A. Alzo, MFA, is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of nine books and numerous magazine articles. An avid genealogist for more than 22 years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist for more information.

Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists -
Family History Writing Made Easier: Cloud-based Tools Every Genealogist Can Use - (05 Jan 2013)
Immigrant Cluster Communities Past, Present,and Future - (21-Sept-2011)
Tracing your Immigrant Ancestors -
Ron Arons, for fifteen years Ron has given fun and informative talks internationally on many genealogical topics, from 'Finding Living People' to 'Maps Madness' to 'Researching Criminal Ancestors'. Ron is currently in his third year of training in 'Family Systems Theory' which, he believes, adds significant perspective to genealogical research. Ron earned degrees from Princeton and the University of Chicago.

Nifty and Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis and Documentation - (03-May-2014)
Kerry S. Bartels is an Archives Specialist at the National Archives at Riverside. A professional archivist since 1977, he has worked in historical societies, libraries, museums, universities, state archives, and now at the National Archives. A genealogist since 1962, he has done extensive research in the United States and Canada as well as many nations in Europe.

Neither Filmed or Scanned: NARA Treasurers Await
- (18-July-2012) (PUBLIC)
SU-019 - Military Records at the National Archives. (2012) (PUBLIC)
SA-038 - National Archives Website Microfilm Catalog, Archival Databases, and Guides. (2012) (PUBLIC)
SA-043 - The Many Facets of the National Archives Website (2011) (PUBLIC)
Eric Basir owns a photo retouching studio in Evanston, IL. He serves the genealogical community as a teacher and author of two books and a video course about digital photo preservation and restoration.

Digital Organization for Documents and Photos
- (2-Feb-2013)

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This archive of outstanding educational broadcasts is one of our greatest resources that we make available to our SCGS members.

Listed here in A-Z order by Presenter's Last Name, to show the depth and value of these fine broadcasts and to encourage the public to attending our next scheduled broadcast.

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Michael Booth

Genealogy on the Go - (20-July-2011)
Jana Sloan Broglin, CG

The Key to the Courthouse - ( 12-Feb-2012)
Michael Brophy is a professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer from the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Descendancy Research - (05-April-2014)
Erin in the USA: Irish Research on This Side of the Atlantic
- (20-March-2013)
Irish-American Catholic Genealogy - (03-March-2012)
Roy Chan

Immigrant Voices - Angel Island Immigration -
Rick Crume

Genealogy Hacks - Tricks to Crack the Top Genealogy Web Sites
- (20-June-2012)
Lisa Louise Cooke is the Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy show at and in iTunes. She is the author of the books How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers and The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, producer of the DVD series Google Earth for Genealogy, an international lecturer, and frequent magazine contributor.

Time Travel with Google Earth
- (2-March-2013)
Turn iGoogle Into Your Homepage - (07-April-2012)
Get the Scoop On Your Ancestors from Old Newspapers - (20-April-2011)
SA-009 - Google Search Strategies (2011 Jamboree session)
Schelly Talalay Dardashti

Jewish Genealogy 101
- (19-Dec-2012)

Valerie Elkins is the founder and chief researcher for Advantage Genealogy, where she not only specializes in Japanese ancestry and heir research, but family history presentation and preservation. Valerie is a researcher, presenter, storyteller and geneablogger at

Interest in Pinterest: Pinning Your Family History
- (19-June-2013)

J. H. (“Jay”) Fonkert, CGSM, is a Minnesota-based genealogy professional whose articles have appeared in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, APG Quarterly, National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and NGS Magazine. He is a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists, managing editor of Minnesota Genealogist, and past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

Wooden Shoe Genealogy: Finding Dutch and Frisian Ancestors - (18-June-2014)
Official, but Wrong: Testing the Validity of Genealogical Information in Official Records- (03-Aug-2013)

Beth Foulk received a family tree from her father, which launched her into a lifetime of genealogy research. She shares her love of genealogy through lectures, articles and personal assistance. Speaking highlights include the Missouri State Genealogy Association Conference, Midwest Genealogy Center’s Annual Conferences, and the Nebraska State Genealogy Conference.

Imported to America - Colonists for Sale -

Tammy A. Hepps is the founder of, a family story-sharing website and winner of the RootsTech 2013 Developer Challenge. With a degree in Computer Science from Harvard, she has fourteen years of experience in the digital media space leading technology initiatives across the content, commerce, mobile, and social spaces. She has been working on her family tree for more than twenty years and combines in her depth in genealogy, technology, and storytelling. She lives in Manhattan.

Timeline Creation Applications - (09-April-2014)

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG, Board Certified genealogist, 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

Getting Family History Information through the Back Door
- (07- Dec-2013)
The Two Sides of Interviewing - (18-Nov-2012)
Yes, You Can! - Do Genealogy in Spite of a Learning Disability - (19-Oct-2011)
Daniel Horowitz

Sharing and Preserving Memories in a Digital Era - (01-Dec-2012)
Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient History and a MLIS from BYU. She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family ChartMasters (, a genealogy chart printing company. Janet writes ( and teaches at SLCC. She is serving as President of UGA.

Trip the Tree Fantastic: Intriguing Family History Trips for the Whole Family
- (17-April-2013)
Grandma's Flak Jacket - (18-April-2012)
Playground Rules for Genealogy on the Internet - (19-Sept-2012)
Getting Your Notes and Sources Right - (07-May-2011)
Tonia Kendrick is the founder and content manager of Genealogy Bootcamps, an online genealogy learning community focusing on the blend of technology and genealogy in the 21st century. Through Genealogy Bootcamps, Tonia offer fantastically useful training for new and seasoned genealogists, helping busy people learn skills to accomplish their family history goals quickly and effectively.

Transform Your Note-Taking and Remember Everything with Evernote
- (06-July-2013)

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 (, is where Susan helps people learn how to capture and preserve the stories that matter most.

How to Interview family: Skills for your Ears, Eyes, Brain - (16-July-2014)
Taneya Koonce is an active contributor to the online genealogical community. A knowledge management specialist by profession, she leverages her skills for the pursuit of genealogy. In addition to her own family research, Ms. Koonce helps others by volunteering with the USGenWeb Project. In that capacity she coordinates sites for FLGenWeb, NCGenWeb and TNGenWeb groups.

Genealogy News at Your Fingertips: From RSS Feeds to Digital Magazine Platforms
- (05-Oct-2013)
Dr. Michael D. Lacopo has been researching since 1980 and has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A retired veterinarian, Dr. Lacopo applies the same methodic, careful, scientific approach to his research as he did his profession. His strengths lie in immigrant genealogy, German and Swiss research, Mennonite research and chasing ancestors in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range. He is currently working full-time in the world of genealogy at

Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the Evidence
- (01-Feb-2014)
David Allen Lambert, NEHGS

SA-024Lambert-Researching your Union Civil War Ancestors
- (2011)
Nancy Waters Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive experience speaking at local, regional, and national conferences. Her first book won the 2007 National Genealogical Society Genealogical Writing Competition Award for Excellence and the Maryland Historical Society, Sumner A. Parker Award, for best genealogy of a Maryland family.

Path to Organizational Bliss
- (17 July-2013)
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family’s history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogy events.

Ticked Off! What Can the Pre-1850 Census Tell Me?
- (15- Jan-2014)
Homespun and Calico - Researching our Foremothers
- (04-May-2013)
Denise Levenick, also known as The Family Curator, has written about organizing, preserving, and sharing family treasures since 2007 at, voted one of the 40 Best Genealogy Blogs in 2010 and in 2011. She is the author of Organize Your Family Archives (F+W Media, Fall 2012).

Caring for Keepsakes: The Top 10 Family Treasures
- (16-April-2014)
Break Down Brick Walls with Home Sources
- (06-April-2013)
Marian Pierre-Louis

Cemetery Research for Your New England Ancestors
- (17-Aug-2011)
Looking After the Poor_Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records
- (02-April-2011)
Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company, writes daily at, edits the twice-weekly Genealogy Newsline and conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour (now in its 29th year), and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

Mobile Capturing of Your Ancestor's Documents and Pictures
- (20-Nov-2013)
Kory L. Meyerink, AG, FUGA

SA-035Meyerink-But It Ain't the Original Record!
- (2011)
Debbie Mieszala, Certified Genealogist (sm), specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest.

Options in Post-Adoption Research -
George G. Morgan president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences. He is the author of ten books and hundreds of articles for magazines and online publications, and is one of the Genealogy Guys podcasters.

Sidestep Genealogy
- (07-Sept-2013)
The Genealogist as CSI
- (04-Aug-2012)
Tell Me about When You Were A Child
- (16-March-2011)
Michael John Neill has actively researched his own genealogy for nearly thirty years, writes 'Genealogy Tip of the Day' and 'Casefile Clues.' He has lectured nationally on a wide variety of genealogy-related topics.

Organizing Database Searches
- (19-March-2014)
No Will-No Problem
- (20-Feb-2013)
Seeing the Patterns: Organizing Your Information (04-Feb-2012)
Gena Philibert Ortega, M.S., holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States as well as virtually to audiences in the United States and Europe. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera.

Cost Cutting Measures to Help You Do More Genealogy
- (21-May-2014)
Women in WWII
- (02-Nov-2013)
Women's Work - (15-Aug-2012)
Remembering the Ladies-Researching Your Female Ancestors - (01-Oct-2011)

Ugo Perego

Native American Ancestry: A DNA Standpoint
- (07-July-2012)

Tim Pinnick is a national lecturer with more than 27 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories, author of “Finding and Using African American Newspapers” released May, 2008, former board member of APG and FGS, instructor in the African American track at the summer Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

Tips, Strategies, & Resources for the African American Researcher
- (18- Dec-2013)

Chris Pomery

The Effect of the Founders: Why It's Useful to DNA Test People Living Outside the USA
- (05-May-2012)

Barbara M. Randall, A native of central New York, Barbara discovered genealogy at the 2009 Jamboree and the addiction began! Since then, Barbara has been active in SCGS. For the last year she has led the Legacy Family Tree User Group and presented several workshops. Barbara is a webinar host in training and will be a chair of the 2015 Jamboree. Barbara is a board member of SCGS. A DAR registrar and volunteer genealogist/consultant, she is a special education middle school teacher/ coordinator.

Beyond the Passenger List
- (04- Jan-2014)
Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has been a genealogist for 13 years. She earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society and speaks frequently in the Seattle area. Her article 'Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research,' appeared in Family Chronicle Magazine.

Mark Golden: A Case Study in World War II Research
- (21-Aug-2013)
Jane Neff Rollins is a medical writer and professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy, 19th century Russian documents, and ancestors who worked in health professions. Jane’s writing has appeared in RootsKey, the JGSLA newsletter. Her other writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the LA Jewish Journal, Reed magazine, and in medical trade magazines.

Is There a Baby Catcher in your Bloodline?
- (01-June-2013)
Drew Smith, MLS, is a librarian in the Academic Services department of the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library. He is a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is co-host of the long-running Genealogy Guys Podcast, and author of the book Social Networking for Genealogists.

Effective Online Queries
- (16-Oct-2013)

Denise Spurlock

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
- (01-Sept-2012)

D. Joshua Taylor

Thanksgiving Special: Online Resources for Colonial America
- (17-Oct-2012)

Maureen Taylor

Photo Treasures Discovered at Jamboree-A Closer Look -

Curt B. Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF

SA-019Witcher-Fingerprinting Families - 2011

Linda Geiger Woodward, CG, CGL is a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Linda is a professional historical and genealogical researcher, author, and lecturer. She specializes in Georgia's state and county records, federal records of the southeast region of the United States, and Cherokee records created before, during, and after forced removal in 1838.

Documentation: Never Having to Ask, 'Where Did That Come From? - (16 Jan 2013)
Me and My Laptop: Getting the Most out of your Laptop while Researching Onsite - (06-Jan-2012)
Hark! That Tombstone is Talking to Me! - (19-Sept-2012)