Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - 2015 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, September 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience
by Diana Crisman Smith

Our immigrant ancestors made amazing sacrifices to come to this country. We “know” that, but do we really understand what it was like? This is not a presentation about finding their immigration details, but rather discussing what it meant to leave home, what the passage experience was, and how they got through the immigration station in America. The focus is on those who came by ship AFTER the Colonial era.

Diana Crisman Smith is currently Treasurer of ISFHWE, GSG, and Florida State Genealogical Society. Speaker more than 30 years at local, state and national events, and 7 genealogy cruises. Writer for major genealogy publications, as well as the Scandinavian chapter of The FamilyTree Guidebook to Europe. Teacher for FTU and National Institute for Genealogical Studies.
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
Ten Steps to Better Genealogy
by Eric W. Siess, CG

Improve your genealogical skills and results through new tools, habits and learning. Ten simple steps can put you on a path to better research.

Eric W. Siess, PhD, CG has 30 years of personal and professional experience in genealogy research, lecturing and teaching. His lectures throughout Southern California include emigration, the GPS, German immigration, Civil War genealogy, lineage societies, and general genealogy research tips. He is a member of SCGS, NGS and APG and is President of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society.
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
The Devil is in the Details: Overlooking Minutiae can Create Lineage Limbo
by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG(sm)

It is the little things that count and missing a small detail can take a person in the wrong direction. Learn ways to catch these and save valuable research time.

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG(sm) is Board-Certified with a doctorate (folklore) and MA (speech communication). She has been doing family history for over 35 years, is on the Board of Directors of APG, Director of the Corona Calif. Family History Center, served as 2013 lead researcher for Genealogy Roadshow, and is a known national speaker and writer. Website:
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
Building a Digital Research Plan
by Cyndi Ingle

Using Internet databases and catalogs we will build a research plan to answer a specific research question. We will walk through the process of planning, researching for the plan, and keeping track of what has been researched.

Cyndi Ingle, a genealogist for more than 34 years, is the creator of Cyndi’s List; author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet; a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society and active member in several other genealogical groups.
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
Back Away From The Computer: You'll Find and Have More Fun Offline
by Nicka Smith

The online revolution in genealogy has been an immense help to researchers. On the other hand, it’s caused many to neglect searching the millions of records that do not exist in digital form online. This workshop will cover what is available offline, how to access and research with these records in various locations, and why it makes the research journey more fulfilling.

Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 16 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, and documenting the ancestral journey.
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
The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude
by Debbie Mieszala, CG

James McBride seemingly vanished after coming of age. This case study presents how multiple versions of obituaries and other records helped uncover a name change, discover a famous James, and identify what became of his kin.

Debbie Mieszala, CGSM, specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She has taught at SLIG, IGHR, and GRIP. Debbie’s work has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist, and OnBoard! She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
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
Developing the Genealogy of an Early 20th Century Community: A Case Study
by Timothy Pinnick

Learn the details of a long-term project revolving around the collection of information on a group of African Americans in a specific community into a major database of integrated genealogical data, using WWI cards, vital records and newspaper material as the core, with the goal of constructing, in essence, the genealogy of a community. Audience members will see how building such a database can be a worthwhile endeavor for any serious researcher, and result in the creation of a written history of the community.

Timothy Pinnick, lecturer and family historian 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, Samford University.