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Monday, May 10
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Researching Graphically – Expanding Your Research with Timelines, Charts, Spreadsheets and Diagrams
Monday, May 10
Researching Graphically – Expanding Your Research with Timelines, Charts, Spreadsheets and Diagrams  (Live Webinar)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
 
Guest Speaker:  Ari Wilkins
 
Description:  Think about researching and organizing documents beyond genealogical software. This lecture will discuss the different ways that we process information. We will talk about visualizing research problems – such as brainstorming and bubble diagrams. We will discuss analyzing research and documenting positive and negative searches. The presentation will include charting your thoughts; composing hypotheses; mind mapping; creating timelines, spreadsheets and diagrams.
 
Presenter Info:  Ari Wilkins, a graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many years on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. She is the owner of the genealogical consulting company, Black Genesis. Ari also works as a contributor for Proquest's African American Heritage database. Ari has instructed at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. She has been a conference speaker at the National Genelogical Society, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, American Library Association, and has lectured at a multitude of local societies. Ari has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007. She specializes in African American research and has lectured on African American immigration.
 
Please register for this webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 


Tuesday, May 11
Preserving Family History SIG Meeting  (Preserving Family History SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
ZOOM MEETING
 
PRESENTER: Nancy Schultz
PROGRAM: You can use many special features in MS Word to make your written stories easier to prepare and more professional looking. In this presentation we will talk about using the styles feature, creating a table of contents, headers and footers, text boxes, inserting objects, footnotes and endnote, resizing pages, and editing features like comments, track changes, comparing documents. The presentation will not focus on any specific version of MS Word or Office 365. The provided Quick Reference Guide will help you understand the vocabulary you need to find features in various versions
 
SIG Coordinators: Nancy Schultz and Sharol Lewis
 
Watch for Zoom login information on the Preserving Family History blast email.
 


Wednesday, May 12
Irish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Irish SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Osceola Room @ Chula Vista Recreation Center
Coordinator:  Tom Voyles
 


Wednesday, May 12
New to Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New to Genealogy SIG)
2:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Neptune Room at the Seabreeze Rec. Center
Carol LaSalle, Coordinator
For Members with less than 2 years of genealogy experience.
 


Thursday, May 13
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Friday, May 14
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  TBA
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.
 


Monday, May 17
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Monday, May 17
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Research Planning"
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2021 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied.
 


Thursday, May 20
New England Genealogy SIG Meeting  (New England SIG)
Coordinator:  Christine Courtwright
 
MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.


Friday, May 21
Scandinavian Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Scandinavian SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
Coordinator:  Per Andersson
 


Monday, May 24
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Tuesday, May 25
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinators:  Dona Black & Lynn Hall
Topic: “Researching Your Midwestern Civil War Ancestors” – Anette Burke Lyttle
 
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session
Wednesday, May 26
VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
 
Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
Topic: “Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning from Mistakes” 
 
Description: It isn’t often that we get a “do-over” when it comes to stuff that matters in life. When you first got started researching your family history, did you do some things that now are just plain “embarrassing” such as name collecting, not citing sources and more? Well now there’s hope since genealogists from beginner to advanced are employing new research methodologies and documentation practices. Follow genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he basically starts his genealogy research from scratch but includes sound research practices and methodologies as well as new templates, tools and the latest technology to create a better body of family history research.
 
Presenters Bio: What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently, Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com! “I’m a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics and I’ve finally figured out what I do best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. I believe in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success. I see things differently than most in the genealogy field; I’m almost never content with the status quo. That doesn’t mean I chase after change just for the sake of change; but when I see an opportunity to improve something and to bring more people into the genealogy sphere, that’s where you’ll find me.”

Please register for the bonus session at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Bonus Session - 11:30 to 12:45 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Thomas MacEntee
Topic: “The Coded Census - Deciphering US Census Codes”
Description: Participants will learn this history of “coding the census” and how this information can improve genealogy research. Specifically we’ll cover the 1910 to 1950 US Census Population Schedules and the various codes employed. In addition, we’ll review the various census enumerator instructions to determine other notations and marks on the population schedules. Finally, we’ll cover how to take census code information and integrate it into your genealogy research results.
 
Please register for this webinar at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 


Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More
Thursday, May 27
Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More  (FSGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
Webinar Abstract: Probate records can be some of the richest genealogical resources. Yes, they can contain wills, but often the best information comes from the other records in the packets—and our ancestors didn’t even have to die to make an appearance in a probate action. Learn about how to find probate records online and mine them for genealogical gems.
 
Presenter: Annette Burke Lyttle owns Heritage Detective, LLC, providing professional genealogical services in research, education, and writing. She speaks on a variety of genealogical topics at the national, state, and local levels and loves helping people uncover and share their family stories. She was a faculty member for "Exploring Quaker Records in America" at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in June 2020 and is course coordinator for "From Sea to Shining Sea: Researching Our Ancestors' Migrations in America" for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in January 2021.  Annette is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
Registration required. Visit FSGS for Registration Link.
 


Monday, May 31
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 



Southern California Genealogical Society:  GENETIC GENEALOGY 2021
Friday, June 4 through Saturday, June 5
Southern California Genealogical Society: GENETIC GENEALOGY 2021  (Conferences)
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
A world-class DNA conference! Get in on the latest discoveries through sessions from 20 genetic genealogy experts including keynote speaker Roberta Estes, MBA. Other notable presenting include Maurice J. Gleeson (MD of Genetic Genealogy, Ireland), Leah La Perle Larkin, PhD (creator of WATO), and DNA authors Emily Aulicino, MEd, and Richard Hill, MBA
Complete details, and registration links, can be found on the Jamboree website.


Monday, June 7
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link.
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
 


Monday, June 7
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Tuesday, June 8
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
Online ZOOM Meeting
Anne Berg and Marcella Zorn, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an e-mail.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting
 


Thursday, June 10
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Southern California Genealogical Society:  GENEALOGY JAMBOREE 2021
Friday, June 11 through Saturday, June 12
Southern California Genealogical Society: GENEALOGY JAMBOREE 2021  (Conferences)
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
The 51st Genealogy Jamboree features nationally known speakers to keep you in touch with the latest developments in genealogy. From coast to coast, from North to South, from our neighbors – Canada & Mexico – and from the Old World, our speakers can help you find your ancestors' lives and stories.
Complete details, and registration links, can be found on the Jamboree website.


Friday, June 11
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  TBA
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.
 


Monday, June 14
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Finding Treasurers in Academic Libraries
Thursday, June 17
Finding Treasurers in Academic Libraries  (FSGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
Webinar Abstract: You may think that academic libraries will not hold genealogical information for you. You are in for a surprise! We will review holdings in three academic institutions, -- their general collections, special collections and archives. Topical research will be covered. Discover how to find the right institution, how to use their catalog, how to prepare for your visit and once there, how to research most efficiently.
 
Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG, loves to share her passion for genealogy with others as a writer, lecturer and researcher. She specializes in the US Midwest, Scandinavia and northern Germany and lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research and methodology. As a writer, her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others.
 
Registration required. Visit FSGS for Registration Link.
 


Monday, June 21
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Monday, June 21
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Source Citations"
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2021 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied.
 


Tuesday, June 22
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinators:  Dona Black & Lynn Hall
Topic: “Your Ancestor’s Path to the Midwest” – Why did they come? – Running Away or Running Toward? – And What Did They Do When They Got There? 
 


Monday, June 28
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session
Wednesday, June 30
VGS General Monthly Meeting & Bonus Session  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 12:45 pm
VIRTUAL MEETING
(This is a change to the original date of this meeting of June 23, 2021.)
 
Session 1 - 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Guest Speaker: Joshua L. Goodman
Topic: “Using Land Documents in Family History Research” 
 
Description: Perhaps you know which county and community your ancestors lived in, but how cool would it be to know exactly where they owned land? Finding that information is easy if you know where to look. Join historian Dr. Josh Goodman from the State Archives of Florida for a virtual tour of common land records that can help you pinpoint where your ancestors once owned property, or uncover the history of your own property. The program also includes a tutorial on how to translate legal descriptions of land in deeds and patents into real locations on a modern map.
 
Presenters Bio: Josh Goodman is the Archives Historian for the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in history from Tulane University in New Orleans. As Archives Historian, Josh supervises the digitization of historical records for the award-winning Florida Memory website, and promotes the study of Florida history through community outreach and educational programs.

Please register for the bonus session at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Bonus Session - 11:30 to 12:45 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Joshua L. Goodman
Topic: “Researching Ghost Towns in Florida”
Description: Have you ever passed a sign on the highway with the name of a town, but there was no town? Or maybe you’ve seen a named place on a map and driven there only to find a crossroads and nothing more. “Ghost towns” such as these are a common feature of American geography. They form and falter for all kinds of reasons, but they share one aspect in common. There’s almost always an interesting story behind each one. Join historian Dr. Josh Goodman from the State Archives of Florida to learn about easily accessible records that can help you trace the history of ghost towns and the people who lived there.
 
Please register for this webinar at: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 



Monday, July 5
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link.
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs
 


Monday, July 5
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Tuesday, July 6
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
Online ZOOM Meeting
Anne Berg and Marcella Zorn, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an e-mail.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.
 


Thursday, July 8
German Genealogy SIG Meeting  (German SIG)
9:30 am
ZOOM MEETING
Dianne Fedderson & Steven Buhrow, coordinators
 
An email containing the Zoom link & info will be emailed to SIG members prior to the meeting date.
 


Friday, July 9
Genetic Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Genetic Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Sherry Bean and Diann LaRosa, coordinators
Topic:  TBA
 
SIG members will receive an email.
Contact the coordinator, through their SIG web page, for the link to this meeting.
 


Monday, July 12
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Citizen Soldiers: Militia to National Guard
Thursday, July 15
Citizen Soldiers: Militia to National Guard  (FSGS Webinars)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
LIVE WEBINAR
Webinar Abstract: From colonial militias to 21st century National Guard, America’s citizen soldiers have answered the call to serve and defend their communities and the nation. Discover and understand your ancestor’s militia and Guard experience. Federal, state, and local records help document your citizen soldier.
 
Presenter: Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, and genealogical educator. She believes family history success lies in truly understanding the records our ancestors created. Her presentations reflect this philosophy through real case-study examples and hands-on practice. Alice serves as a trustee of the BCG Education Fund, a charitable trust advancing the educational aims of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences, and for numerous Iowa organizations.
 
Registration required. Visit FSGS for Registration Link.
 


IGGP 2021 Conference:  Researching Together Worldwide
Saturday, July 17 through Saturday, July 24
IGGP 2021 Conference: Researching Together Worldwide  (Conferences)
VIRTUAL EVENT
The International German Genealogy Partnership has announced their 2021 Conference. This unique virtual conference is a must-attend event for anyone researching the lives of their German ancestors. Registration will open in January, and an "Early Bird Special" price will be valid for all registrants until March 31. More details are available on their website.
 


Monday, July 19
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Monday, July 19
Best Practices SIG Meeting  (Best Practices SIG)
1:00 pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Annette Burke-Lyttle and Pat Adams, Co-coordinators
Topic: "Research Logs"
 
The SIG accepts new members throughout the year, but those who join after January 2021 should be prepared to catch up on the chapters that have already been studied.
 


Monday, July 26
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.
 


Tuesday, July 27
Midwest SIG Meeting  (Midwest SIG)
2:00 pm to 3:50 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinators:  Dona Black & Lynn Hall
Topic: “TBA"



Monday, August 2
Jewish Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Jewish Genealogy SIG)
10:00 am to 11:50 am
ZOOM MEETING
Prior to the meeting date, SIG members will receive an email containing the meeting link.
Herb Siegel, Coordinator
Phil Goldsmith, Programs


Monday, August 2
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.


Tuesday, August 3
Adoption & Missing Kin Special Interest Group Meeting  (Adoption SIG)
9:30 am
Online ZOOM Meeting
Anne Berg and Marcella Zorn, Coordinators
 
SIG members will receive an e-mail.
Others please contact the coordinator, through the SIG web page, for the link to this meeting


Monday, August 9
Italian Special Interest Group Meeting  (Italian SIG)
1:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
Coordinator:  Mary Frances Gerace
 
A weekly update regarding the meeting is emailed to members currently on the email list. To request your name be added to the list, send an email to the Coordinator -- click HERE.