Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - 2018 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, April 7 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Land Records: Using Indexes & Deeds to Move Your Research Forward
by Michelle Goodrum

The local courthouse, auditor, or recorder holds records about purchases and sales of your ancestor’s property. Often you can identify where they migrated to or from. The records may identify other family members and close associates. Learn how to locate and understand these genealogical documents.

Family historian, researcher, speaker, and writer, Michelle Roos Goodrum is a teaching assistant for Boston University's Genealogical Research Program. Involved in genealogy since 1994 when she discovered her family's stash of old documents and photos, she is now the caretaker of 140 years of her family's history. Some of the records are related to her ancestors’ homes, which sparked an interested in land records. Goodrum is also passionate about genetic genealogy and photography.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, April 18 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

Finding Females: Maiden Name Not Known
by Craig R. Scott, CG®, FUGA

Research is not complete without a maiden name. Usually a difficult problem if not immediately obvious. Learn how to deal with the problem.

Craig R. Scott, MA, CG®, FUGA is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 6,500 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than thirty years, he specializes in problem solving, publishing and the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He was a faculty member and coordinator at IGHR and SLIG for many years.

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, May 5 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors
by Michael Strauss, AG®

The War of Independence changed forever how England retained control over her upstart colonies. This lecture focuses on a variety of genealogical and historical records covering the war and for several years later. Some records examined include compiled military service records, pensions, and bounty land applications. Researchers will find access to these materials both online and onsite.

Michael L. Strauss, AG® is a professional Accredited Genealogist and a nationally recognized genealogical speaker employed as a forensic investigator for more than 25 years. Strauss has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is a qualified expert witness in court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and a licensed Private Investigator.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, May 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Truth About Family Histories
by Shannon Combs-Bennett, PLCGS

Just because it was published does not make it correct. However, you can use many types of published sources as clues for further research. In this presentation learn how to vet information contained in published family history books to make your research that much better.

Shannon Combs-Bennett, PLCGS is an author, lecturer, and researcher based out of northern Virginia. She presents on a variety of subjects from genetics to methodology and is currently enrolled in the Strathclyde University genealogy program.

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, June 20 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Who do you Trust with Your Trusted Research?
by Kristi Sexton, MSA

With technology today, it is easy to complete and build our family tree online or even on the computer. But what are you doing to protect your information? To protect all the hours of research you have done? What do you do with your hard copy paper file? What happens when I am gone to my research? Let's discuss all the ever-changing options and the Legacy you will be leaving!

Kristi Sexton, MSA loves an opportunity to research, learn and grow with each individual she works with. Putting puzzles together and finding the missing pieces of each 'story' is her favorite. She has been working on genealogy for nearly 3 decades, and has most recently been elected as the President of The Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS) in Huntington Beach. Lecturing, teaching, training, and travel are at the forefront of her life.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, July 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Family Treasures
by Devon Noel Lee

Your home is filled with personal and family treasures in the attic, garage, shelves, and walls. Preserve the priceless treasures in photographs. You do not need to be an expert photographer to spotlight your keepsakes and their stories. Come and learn simple tips to take magazine quality photos.

Author, speaker, and family historian. Devon Noel Lee specializes in preserving and sharing family memories and motivating budding genealogists. With over 20 years experience in genealogy, she is a high energy speaker who is part of the Family History Fanatics channel which posts videos twice weekly on YouTube.

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, August 4 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Loose Records in an Archive: What Are They?
by Melissa Barker

Genealogists use minute books, ledger books and other bound records that are located at archives, libraries and genealogical societies. There is also another type of record available called Loose Records that the genealogist should be seeking. Learn what loose records are, what record groups they can be found in and how they can benefit your research.

Melissa Barker is a certified archives manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She is a professional genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about genealogy and archives research.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, August 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
How Autosomal DNA is Really Inherited: Case Studies of Siblings
by David Dowell, PhD

Most of us know we get half our autosomal DNA from each parent and about a fourth from each grandparent, etc. But does it really work that way? How much variation is there among siblings? How does this effect cousin matching and ethnicity predictions?

most recent books are NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2015) and Crash Course in Genealogy (2011). Previously he taught “Genealogy Research” and “Ethics in the Information Age” at Cuesta College and chaired the Genealogy Committee of the ALA. He blogs as “Dr. D Digs Up Ancestors” at http://blog.ddowell.com and coordinates three DNA projects.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, September 1 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
What Do I Do Next: How To Unlock Your Genealogy Using Research Plans
by Kim von Aspern-Parker

Do you get lost on the internet chasing rabbits down rabbit holes? Have you forgotten and re-ordered a vital record? This class teaches you how to keep your research moving forward.

Kim von Aspern-Parker has been a researcher and lecturer for more than 15 years. A member of APG, NGS, SCGS, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild she is pursuing her credentials in genealogy.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, September 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Preserving Family History in the Face of Disaster
by Denise Levenick

Protect your family heirlooms and genealogy research from fire, flood, or other disaster. Learn practical ways to protect your photos and artifacts, and first aid strategies to save wet photographs and damaged documents. Leave this session with a customizable Genealogy Action Plan to preserve your family history. Be prepared!

Denise May Levenick, MA, is a native Californian, author and lecturer with research interests in personal and family collections. She writes about preserving heirlooms at TheFamilyCurator.com.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, October 6 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
The GPS, Document Analysis, and Citations, Oh My!
by Sara Gredler, MS

This presentation discusses the Genealogical Proof Standard, document analysis and evaluation, and citation standards, and how to make them second nature in our genealogical research.

Sara Gredler, MS, is a genealogist, architectural historian, and historian with over 20 years of genealogical research experience. She is currently the president of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and chair of its DNA SIG and NGSQ study group. She holds a MS in historic preservation, and BAs in history and classical studies, and a certificate in Irish studies. She has attended GRIP for two years. Her research focuses are in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, October 17 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
The YDNA Test Should Be Your Favorite
by Diahan Southard

The Y chromosome DNA, with its direct paternal line inheritance pattern, is a powerful tool for any genealogist, male or female, seeking to extend or verify a genealogical line. This lecture will cover basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA verify and extend your pedigree chart.
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Sixteen years of experience in the genetic genealogy industry has qualified Diahan Southard to instruct all levels of interest. She has a passion for genetic genealogy, a genuine love for people, and a gift for making the technical understandable. Southard is also the author of DNA Quick Guides, producer of a video tutorial series, as well as a featured author for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, November 3 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Facebook For Genealogy (Even If You Hate Facebook)
by Susan Rogers

Learn how to use Facebook to maximize its utility as a powerful tool for genealogy help and research while minimizing the social annoyances. Covers how to tweak your settings to maintain privacy & control over what you see from whom, how & where to post a message to get maximum results, the downloadable PDF of more than 10,000 FB pages for genealogy, the speaker’s own FB success stories and more.

Susan Rogers is a mostly retired communications consultant, a former teacher, past newsletter editor of the Nevada County Genealogical Society, and has presented to numerous genealogy groups in the Sierra foothills of northern California. Her research has enabled her to meet cousins and visit ancestral homelands in Germany and Northern Ireland. She loves technology and enjoys demonstrating how to use the Internet and software programs to make genealogy research and documentation much easier.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, November 21 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor – Now What?
by Nancy Lauer

Now that the ancestral village of your ancestor has been located, how do you find out more information? Explore the next steps overcoming barriers like language and an ocean. Topics will include resources for locating the ancestral village, problems encountered, resources other than archives, translation options, and what to expect in return and how to evaluate.

Nancy Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author whose extensive speaking experience includes NGS, FGS, BYU, Rootstech. She is an instructor at HCC, Maryland, teaching MS applications and is past Managing Editor, MGS Journal. Lauer's books have won the 1997 Heart of America Genealogical Society Award of Excellence, the 2007 NGS Writing Competition Award for Excellence and the 2007 Maryland Historical Society, Sumner A. Parker Award.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, December 1 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Always Time for Timelines
by Barbara Randall

Timelines illustrate your ancestor's life and can do more than identify gaps in your research. The chronology in your genealogy program does not provide context. A variety of timelines can easily add context to your ancestor's life and bring the past alive.

Barbara M. Randall, a native of central New York, Barbara discovered genealogy at Jamboree. Barbara is active in SCGS as the co- chair of the Jamboree Extension Series Webinars, facilitator of the Legacy Family Tree User group, librarian and Jamboree Committee member. She is also active in APG, NGS, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Isles Family History Society-USA. Barbara presents workshops on a variety of genealogy topics. She is a DAR volunteer genealogist/consultant and writer.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, December 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Solving One Name & Many Locations with a Location & Timeline Tool
by Dr. Jan Joyce

When an ancestor appears to be in several locations over a short period of time, it may be multiple individuals. With an exhaustive search resulting in negative evidence, the case can be proved of one person. This is a case study that introduces the Location and Timeline Analysis Chart (LoTAC). Case study included.

Dr. Joyce has researched her family since 1998. Her research interests include methodology and family sharing. She has written articles that focus on genealogical methodology and video sharing.