Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - 2016 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.Register for any of the 2016 programs by clicking the links below.

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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 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Genealogical Pits I've Fallen Into and How to Avoid Them!
by Pam Vestal

Genealogy is a great treasure hunt, but sometimes the clues are easy to misunderstand, or to miss altogether. Learn to dodge some of the pitfalls that can keep you from reaching your goals.

Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker from West Linn, Oregon, and the owner of Generations Genealogy, LLC. When she isn’t giving presentations or researching on behalf of her clients, she offers private training to those seeking to improve their research skills. She is currently writing a book about voting records and has an article on the subject that will be published in the December, 2015 issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, November 5 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Weaving the Research Quilt
by Barbara Randall

Your research can weave the story of your ancestors and piece the quilt together. Ancestor lives are not isolated in the separate documents you've collected but are in the whole of your research.

Barbara, an SCGS board member, is active in SCGS activities including moderating the Jamboree Extension Series Webinar series. Barbara is a member of APG, NGS, Genealogical Speakers Guild, NEHGS, NYG&B. She is editor of the British Isles Family History Society- USA Journal and president of the British Isles Family History Society-USA. Barbara is a DAR volunteer genealogist/consultant. She is a special education middle school teacher/coordinator.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, November 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
The Ancestor Deep-Dive: How You Can Find Out Everything There Possibly is to Know About Your Ancestor
by Tammy Hepps

Too often our research is driven by sources. We look for an ancestor in all the sources we've heard about, and we only break new ground when we hear about new ones. How do we assess how comprehensive our search has been? How do we know if we're even on the right path to get the answers we long for? This class will teach a methodology for creating a research plan centered around the *discoveries* we want to make, not the *pathways* we think are available for getting there. The first half of the presentation will cover how to generate an answer-centric research plan, in which we brainstorm what we want to know. The remainder will show how we work backwards from our desired answers to determine what sources might contain the elusive information. The class will be driven by case-study of a real ancestor for whom such a deep-dive was performed, showing how surprising information really can be surfaced from unexpected places.

Founder of and a past winner of the RootsTech Developer Challenge, Tammy Hepps is a Harvard-educated technologist, storyteller, and life-long genealogist.  Her research into her family’s history in a once-famous steel town, available online at, has received national press coverage.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, December 3 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
The Case of the Broken Link: Decoding the URL
by Cyndi Ingle

Web site addresses appear to be long, complicated, and mysterious. Navigating through the web leads you from link to link, web page to web page, site to site, and server to server - all in a matter of a few clicks. How can you sort out separate web sites? How can you track down a new URL for a broken link or a broken bookmark? What happens when your source citation for a web site contains a URL that suddenly disappears? We will break down this technical topic to help you easily hunt down the URL you need.

Cyndi Ingle, a genealogist for more than 35 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, December 21 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Using Tax Records for Genealogical Problem Solving
by Dr. Michael D. Lacopo, DVM

Although most researchers are aware of tax records, they are seldom utilized and dismissed as boring and insignificant. Tax records can solve MANY genealogical dilemmas and should be a primary record source to utilize. Clues to family relationships, further research, vital information, migration, and more can be found within these amazing records. This lecture will show you how they can help you!

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.