Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS PROGRAM - 2021 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.

We offer a low-cost broadcast that is open to the public.
Price: $5.50 (as of January 2022)

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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
Wednesday, June 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Have No Fear – Understanding Data for DNA is Here!
by Edward Swierczewski, Jr.

DNA testing has skyrocketed, and genealogists need to understand and correctly interpret the various data and results related to DNA. We will review: different data types; typical results for the various DNA tests; the Shared cM Project; the WATO tool and others on the DNA Painter site. We will focus on developing comprehension and comfort levels for the newest tools in our genealogical toolbox.

Edward John Swierczewski Jr. has been a professional educator for over 30 years, researching and lecturing in Psychology and Human Services at several major universities and government agencies in New York City. He has attended many webinars and conferences, completed several SLIG and GRIP courses, is currently in ProGen 53, and plans to earn the CG and CGL credentials. He has been researching his family history for over 25 years, and he has a deep passion for sharing his knowledge with others.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, July 20 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Deeds Not Words: Records of the Merchant Marines
by Michael Strauss, AG®

The Merchant Marines have played a pivotal role in maritime history. Without their efforts and sacrifice the wars of the twentieth century could have turned out very different. A series of acts passed by Congress in 1916, 1920, and 1936 would officially organize the Merchant Marines into a well-trained and disciplined organization set about to answer the call to action during World War II.

Michael L. Strauss, AG®, is a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. He has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is also a qualified expert witness in Court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Additionally, he is a faculty member at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he coordinates the military courses.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, September 3 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
The Why's, What and How's of Blogging
by Lianne Kruger

This session will discuss why you would want to put your family history in a blog and what should be shared. We will use Google Blogspot, which is free, to show how to create a blog, and create posts. Once created we will add formatting with bold, underline, italic, font colour, format paragraph with bullets, numbered lines, indents, and most importantly add photos, images, hyperlinks, and videos.

Lianne Kruger is a professional genealogist and frequent speaker at conferences and webinars in Canada, U.S. and U.K. including RootsTech, NGS, Legacy FamilyTree Webinars, THE Genealogy Show, The Surname Society, Ontario Ancestors, AGS, Ancestry, and BIFHSGO. She is a board member of mitoYDNA.org, Ancestry.ca advisory board, and a chair for AGS. She earned the AGS President’s award in 2020. Lianne combines her love of technology with her love of genealogy to help others research with #NoTears.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, September 21 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Elimination: As Necessary as Acquisition
by Jean Hibben, PhD, APG

Ruling places, dates, and people out can be as important as discoveries of the where and when of ancestral searching. Negative evidence is often a giant step forward. Here we look at how a few “negatives” can yield significant “positives.” A military focus will be involved in case studies presented.

Retired college professor and former Board-Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben has a Master's in speech communication and a PhD in folklore. A national speaker and writer, Jean is the staff trainer for the Corona Family History Center, President & webmaster of the Corona Gen Soc, and past-President of the So Calif Chapter of APG. Jean is a columnist for the Jefferson Co. NY Gen. Soc. newsletter. She has been a Jamboree presenter since 2010.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, October 1 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
400,000 German POWs in the U.S.: How Did They Affect Your Community and Family
by Mary Risseeuw

How did Germans POWs end up in farm fields, factories and at someone’s dinner table? There were over 500 camps established throughout the U.S. This had a huge affect on the communities where these camps were located. The stories of the interactions between prisoners and civilians and their impact were not talked about for decades and are still being uncovered.

Mary K. Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer and lecturer with an emphasis on 19th and 20th Century Dutch emigration and Wisconsin history. She has been a researcher for over 30 years. She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies. She organized the 2008 Dutch in Wisconsin Conference which was the first conference about Dutch immigration to Wisconsin.
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
Civil Law Notarial Records
by Forrest Hansen, JD

Civil law notarial records are among the most valuable genealogical resources available for researchers in civil law jurisdictions. This lecture offers insights into notarial records and will address: (1) origins of civil law jurisdictions; (2) civil law notaries; (3) notary records; and (4) techniques for locating notarial records.

Forrest Hansen, JD, is a genealogist with expertise in civil law, French genealogy, and the U.S. Constitution. He teaches at the Université of Paris and American University, is fluent in French, and regularly lectures on French genealogy and genealogical legal topics.
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
Shamrocks in Cyberspace: Irish Genealogy Databases
by Michael Brophy

The volume of Irish websites has exploded in recent years. With over 70 million people worldwide claiming some Irish ancestry, the island over 4 million people have seen increased interest in travelers exploring their family history. Genealogy databases have increased dramatically in recent years to bring the Island’s rich history to life. Substantial knowledge of your Irish immigrant ancestor is...

Michael Brophy offers services and lectures through Brophy Professional Genealogy. He specializes in Irish Americans and Massachusetts records. Reviewers have found his lectures to be insightful, informative, humorous and rich in detail.
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
Finding Huguenot Ancestors
by Forrest Hansen, JD

Finding Huguenot ancestors is challenging because many records have been destroyed, lost, or scattered. Many records are located in France and neighboring European countries, but locating those records often starts with researching in the United States. This lecture will provide methods for locating Huguenot ancestors and an overall history of the Huguenot migration.

Forrest Hansen, JD, is a genealogist with expertise in civil law, French genealogy, and the U.S. Constitution. He teaches at the Université of Paris and American University, is fluent in French, and regularly lectures on French genealogy and genealogical legal topics.
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
Two if By Sea: The Sea and the American Revolution
by Bryna O'Sullivan, APG

Whether you’re interested in knowing more about your ancestor’s past or in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, the first stop for many is the records of the Army – yet the sea played an active role in the American Revolution. This program will discuss how to identify and access the records of the Continental and state vavies as well as the commissions of privateers.

Bryna O'Sullivan is a Middletown, CT based professional genealogist and French-to-English genealogical translator, specializing in lineage society research.
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
Spies, Slackers, and Aliens: Records of the American Protective League
by Michael Strauss, AG®

Organized in Chicago, IL in 1917 that grew to more than 250,000 members. The APL was given absolute power to stop ordinary citizens in the streets checking for men for the draft, or were sympathetic to the Germans, and unregistered aliens living in the United States. Long believed to be a pseudo-patriotic group, the APL documented members and their activities at our entry into World War.

Michael L. Strauss, AG®, is a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. He has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is also a qualified expert witness in Court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Additionally, he is a faculty member at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he coordinates the military courses.