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.

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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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Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, December 15 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census
by Thomas MacEntee

Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the release of the 1940 US Census. Following the "72 Year Rule" for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It's never too early to prepare for this valuable data related to US genealogy research!

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional based in the United States, specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, January 8 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
French Canadian Settlements in the Midwestern U.S.
by Annette Burke Lyttle, MA

French Canadians have inhabited the Midwestern United States since the late 17th century, and major immigration waves from French Canada came to the Midwest in the 19th century. Many of these immigrants sought to maintain their language and customs by settling together in communities. Learn about the history of these communities and how to find the stories of ancestors who lived there.

Annette Burke Lyttle is a professional genealogist specializing in online and repository research, and genealogical education and writing. She loves helping people find and tell their family stories.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, January 19 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
When DNA Ethnicity Predictions are Useful and Accurate
by Kitty Cooper

The ancestry compostion predictions at each major DNA testing company vary, often by a lot. and none are completely accurate yet. This presentation discusses which company is best for which expected ethnicity and which ethnicities are easier to predict. Comparison of some unusual mixtures across all the companies will be shown

Kitty Munson Cooper is a well-known blogger on genetics and genealogy. Her blog, which gets several thousand hits a day, includes numerous basic pictorial tutorials about using your DNA results and DNA tools to help with your DNA matches.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, February 5 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Untying the Knot: Divorce Records
by Kimberly Nagy, MD, PLCGS

Divorces were more common than one might think. This lecture will discuss the history of divorce laws, clues that there may have been a divorce, the process of finding divorce records, and the type of information that might be found in those records.

Kimberly Nagy MD PLCGS has been working on her own genealogy for 45 years. She is a former trauma surgeon and educator who is now a professional genealogist and lineage society specialist.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, February 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern
How to Write Compelling Family History Without Being Naturally Creative
by Devon Noel Lee

If your family history project lacks luster, learn how to make the story shine using simple literary devices to enhance your story, even if you lack a creative writing background.

Devon Noel Lee helps individuals strengthen their future by connecting to the past in meaningful and fun ways. She's the owner of Family History Fanatics, a genealogy education company that coordinates virtual learning events and is a popular YouTube channel. With a journalist's heart, Devon seeks out the story behind her living and deceased relatives.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, March 5 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
WorldCat and ArchiveGrid: Finding Books, Manuscripts, and More
by Karen Fortin

A treasure trove of genealogical material is available in books, manuscripts, and other printed resources. However, much of this material is scattered in libraries and archives throughout the country. WorldCat and ArchiveGrid are online resources that allow you to search many of these repositories to identify and locate materials on the families and topics you are researching.

Karen A. Fortin has degrees in History and Library and Information Science and a passion for research. She is a member of various local, state, and national genealogical societies, and loves to help people explore their family history so that they can better understand their ancestors and the world in which they lived. One of her goals is to help people explore historical periods, places, and events so that they can better understand their ancestors and the world in which they lived
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, March 16 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

Free Persons of Color -- Some Were Required to Register
by Diane L. Richard, ME, MBA

In the early 19th century, the rights of FPOC eroded. Sometimes, registration requirements ensued. We’ll review the laws for NC, TN, VA/WV, GA, LA, IN, OH, etc.. What extant records are available for research and what information do they contain -- names, birthplaces (often the state and sometimes the county or city), birth years or age, and sometimes even physical descriptions are included.

Diane L. Richard has been a professional genealogist since 2004. She researched for the TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" She has authored over 500 articles for such publications as Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today, and is editor of the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal. She has spoken nationally about the availability and richness of southern records, genealogical research techniques and tips, as well as under-utilized resource collections.

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, April 2 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
From the Archives to the Money Pits: Early California Laws
by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

The laws our ancestors lived by tell the story of those earlier times in ways no other record type can, and California's early laws tell of setting up archives, paying the bills, and carving out a new life in the new state. This lecture looks at finding and using California’s rich and deep legal resources from colonial times into statehood.

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her award-winning blog is at http://www.legalgenealogist.com.
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, April 20 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

Digging into Finding Aids: California Manuscript Collections
by Melissa Barker

Genealogists use many tools to help them with their genealogy research. One of the best tools to understand and use when working with Manuscript Collections is the Finding Aid. Archivists develop Finding Aids to help genealogists navigate through Manuscript Collections to find their ancestors. This presentation will help genealogists read, follow and use a Finding Aid for California collections.

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 research, researching in archives and records preservation. She has a website, genealogyservices.webs.com, and a blog at agenealogistinthearchives.blogspot.com/

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, May 7 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
Where There's a Will There's a Way… to Research your Family
by Daniel Horowitz

Daniel was asked to review the will of a distant relative to find the person’s living relatives. As he examined each page & began building the family tree, new details began to emerge — and the MyHeritage algorithm began to work its magic. Smart Matches™ and Record Matches revealed additional records to prove Daniel’s theories, and he was able to uncover new information and locate the descendants.

Dedicated to Genealogy since 1986, Daniel Horowitz has been working at MyHeritage since 2006 liaising with genealogy societies, bloggers, and media, as well as lecturing, and attending conferences around the world. He was the teacher and the study guide editor of the family history project "Searching for My Roots" in Venezuela for 15 years, and volunteers at the Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA)
Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Wednesday, May 18 6:00 PM - Pacific, 7:00 PM - Mountain, 8:00 PM - Central, 9:00 PM - Eastern

The Art of Slow Genealogy
by Tara Shymanski, BA, PLCGS

Are you a genealogy tortoise or a hare? The hare rushes to find new documents but genealogy tortoises create more accurate and thorough family trees. This step-by-step method suggests ways to slow down, cite your sources, and read and analyze records. This process results in a more precise family history.

Tara Shymanski’s lifelong passion for genealogy started when she heard family stories as a teenager. She has a BA in History and a Certificate in Canadian Records from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Tara is enthusiastic about educating herself and others on completing comprehensive and accurate family histories. She blogs to tell her family stories.

Date Start time is always Pacific Time
Saturday, June 4 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 PM - Eastern
On and Off the Train: Pullman Porters and Maids
by Janice Lovelace, PhD

The Pullman company was one of the leading employers of African Americans who worked on the railroad. The prime routes ran cross country ending in Los Angeles or San Francisco. How do we find records of our ancestors who were Pullman Porters or Maids?

Janice Lovelace, PhD (psychology), has 30+ years of experience in genealogical research, as well as completing academic work in the area (certificate program in genealogy at Boston University). She has presented nationally and regionally on women’s and ethnic minority genealogy, research methodology and health issues.
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
Saturday, July 20 10:00 AM - Pacific, 11:00 AM - Mountain, 12:00 PM - Central, 1:00 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.