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.

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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, January 3 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Preservation of Photographs and the Importance of a Good Scan
by Brett Payne

The correct storage and preservation of your family photographs is incredibly important if you want your grandchildren's grandchildren to be able to inherit and benefit from them. In this presentation I will describe how to protect your old photographs, but just as important is to create digital copies which can be looked at any number of times, without affecting the quality of the original. Not all scans are created equal, though, and it's very important to you do the job properly, so as to maximise the information that you and others will be able to extract and interpret. A decent scan, well documented with ancillary information about the photographs's location, history, provenance, etc., is worth every extra minute spent on it.

Brett Payne, originally a geologist by training, now currently works in the museum industry as a collections assistant, artefact photographer, researcher and photographic historian. His passion is old photographs, the photographers who took them, the equipment and technologies they used, the people and scenes in the photos, and the stories behind them.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, January 21 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Finding Your Female Ancestor's Story in the Newspaper
by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Newspapers are the great equalizer and women are prominent in their pages. In this lecture we will discuss they types of articles women can be found in as well as search engine tips specific to women.

Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Religion. She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. Her newest book is From the Family Kitchen (F + W Media 2012).
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, February 7 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Stickin' to the Union: Using Labor Union Documents for Genealogy
by Jane Neff Rollins

If your ancestor was a blue-collar worker, there’s a 1 in 3 chance they were in a labor union. Labor union documents are underutilized, but they can provide useful genealogical information.

Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist who specializes in Jewish genealogy, Russian translation, and breaking down brick walls. The first time she saw an ancestor on the 1900 census, she cried. She has researched in Chicago, New York, Salt Lake, Washington DC, and Israel. Jane has translated Russian documents for clients and online databases. She belongs to APG, GSG, SCGS, and JGSLA..
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, February 18 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research Across the Internet
by Janet Hovorka

Correlate your research between the big family history sites. You can become an expert and quickly document your family’s history online with six simple tips for working with multiple websites.

Janet Hovorka owns Family ChartMasters, an award winning genealogy chart printing service and is the author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has widely written and lectured about family history. She is a past president of UGA and teaches genealogy and library science at SLCC.
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
Fish and Chips Genealogy: Finding your Common English Ancestors
by J. H. Fonkert, CG

Learn about basic English genealogy resources – civil registration, censuses and parish church records, and learn basic strategies to work back before 1800 using wills, tax and other records.

Jay Fonkert, CG, is a director of APG, a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, and a past president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. He has published more than 30 research and teaching articles in Minnesota Genealogist, The Septs, Family Chronicle, NGS Magazine and the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and has spoken at society meetings and major conferences in eight states and provinces.
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
Get the Scoop on Your Family History with Newspapers
by Lisa Louise Cooke

While a fraction of newspapers are currently digitized online, your computer is always your starting point. Discover cool new tech tools that make locating newspapers easier than ever whether they are online or in an archive.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the founder of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is the producer of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show, downloaded over 1.5 million times, available at GenealogyGems.com & iTunes. She produces The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, writes for the magazine, and is the author of four popular books.
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
She has the Same Name. Is She Her Sister?
by Nancy Waters Lauer

Naming conventions used by our ancestors can explain why families have children with the same name and how to identify and differentiate between the various siblings.

Nancy Waters Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author. She has extensive speaking experience and has presented at national and regional conferences. Her books have earned state (Maryland) and national awards (NGS Genealogical Writing Competition Award for Excellence) as well as several writing awards from ISFHWE and SCGS’s writing contests.
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
Incorporating Social History into your Genealogical Research
by Dr. Michael D. Lacopo

Family history should be more than names and dates. What motivated our ancestors? Why did they migrate? Who did they interact with? How do social customs of another era affect our research? Social history and its bearing on genealogical research will be covered and a discussion on why it is so necessary to bringing our ancestors to life.

Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.
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
Around Brick Walls Sideways: Using Collateral Lines To Further Your Genealogical Research
by Gary M. Smith

'What is a collateral line, and what use is that to me?' Collaterals can be a great help in working around brick walls. In genealogical terms, a collateral line is any line of descent from one or more of your ancestors through any other than your own direct line.

Gary M. Smith is President, GSG and Second Vice President/National Conference Coordinator, ISFHWE. He was a founding member, Great Lakes Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). He has written for numerous genealogical publications and enjoys speaking across the US and at sea.
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 WPA Era: What It Created for Genealogists
by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

1930s and 1940s government programs put many to work. The Works Progress Administration workers created record transcriptions, abstracts, indexes plus courthouse, cemetery, church, & manuscript inventories. Much is now online.

Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA , works full-time in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, & writing. She is a Course Coordinator for SLIG & GRIP, is on the board of FGS, former officer of APG & former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Her articles & lectures focus on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, analysis, repositories, & Native Americans.
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
Lessons from a Snoop: Collaterals and Associates
by Debbie Mieszala, CG

Crucial information on direct ancestors is often found by nosing into the lives of collateral relatives, associates, and neighbors. Case studies present examples of invaluable finds.

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, July 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
German Research Online
by James M. Beidler

Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a paradigm shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and European-based Genealogy.net are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors!

James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and writes “Roots & Branches,” a weekly newspaper column. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University.
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
Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy
by Cyndi Ingle

Family trees and the information they contain are easily copied and re-published by others online. This means errors are duplicated many times over. We will discuss solutions for dealing with these issues.

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, August 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records
by Kathryn Lake Hogan UE, PLCGS

When you hit a brick wall in your research it's time to consider Canada. Even if you think your American or immigrant ancestors were never in Canada, discover why they actually may have been there.

Kathryn Lake Hogan is a professional genealogist, author and educator. With over 15 years of experience, Kathryn has dedicated herself to helping others discover the joys of family history. Her webinars and presentations featuring Canadian family history topics appeal to family historians from around the world.
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
The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors
by Michael L. Strauss

The Great War is being remembered as events unfolded over a hundred years ago. Discover your ancestors who served in this global military conflict as numerous lesser used records are examined.

Michael L. Strauss, AG is an Accredited Genealogist and national lecturer. He works as a genealogist with the U.S. Army on MIA’s from Korea, Vietnam, and WWII and is an expert witness in estate court proceedings in PA, NY, NJ, and VA. Strauss is a licensed Private Investigator in Virginia and in 2012 Strauss worked as the historian for the 2014 film “Finding Vivian Maier” where he was interviewed.
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, CG

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, CG 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: www.circlemending.org.
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.