Special Interest Genealogy

Special Interest Groups 

The San Diego Genealogical Society offers focused genealogy assistance and education in a number of areas.

Here you will find more information about these special interest groups.

Consult the SDGS Calendar of Events for specific dates, times and topics.

Hispanic Saturdays

This Special Interest Group meets every other month to discuss Hispanic genealogy. It provides personal assistance to Hispanic researchers. Your host is a veteran genealogist in a state-of-the-art library. Whether you are new to genealogy or have been searching for years, expert guidance can save you months, if not years, of your time. Bring your pedigree charts and family history sheets and/or your laptop so that our experts can see your family’s “big picture.”

Join Hispanic researchers, and experts, on Saturday afternoons, as scheduled,  Check the Calendar of Events for dates and location.  Be sure to bring your pedigree charts, family group sheets and/or your laptop. 

Contact: Ceasar Castro at castro.baja@gmail.com

Writers Group

The SDGS Writers Group serves to light the creative fire in its members, helping them to weave the stories of their ancestors' lives, going beyond the often dry lists of ancestral birth, marriage and death dates. The group is peer-led and writers read their work aloud. Gentle critiques guide writers to better express themselves, and brain-storming provides ideas to unlock writer’s block. Both novice and experienced writers are welcome. All that is required is a genuine willingness to learn and produce. The SDGS Writers Group meets on the first and third Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Family History Center in Allied Garden at 6767 51st Street, cross street is Zion St.  

Facilitator: Diane Altona.  

Brickwall Brainstorming

Do you have a problem ancestor you can’t find no matter where you have looked? Bring the information you have found to class and we will help you break down your brickwall.

Facilitator:  Kitty Taylor

DNA Interest Group


This Special Interest Group will meet most months this year. We will focus on all aspects of using DNA for genealogical purposes. We will cover the basics of DNA, organizing your data, and testing your DNA at the major websites. The tools available at these websites which help you understand your results will be described, as well as many of the third party tools. Review, update,and question sessions will be held every six months. The agenda for each meeting will be posted prior to the event.

Contact facilitator Colin Whitney for more information, sdgsclasses@gmail.com.

Computer Basics PC or Mac

This group provides a forum for discussing any computer issues you are dealing with. Members are encouraged to bring in their problems and we can give you one on one assistance in solving them. The group is open to all levels of experience.

Facilitator:  Dave Tooley

British Isles Interest Group

This Special Interest Group will focus on the British Isles and will be held most months in 2019. It will cover all countries of the British Isles; Ireland and Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Different countries will be discussed in each session. The presentations will outline research resources available for each country, particularly on-line records. Search techniques will also be discussed. Research trips to the British Isles will be presented. The agenda for each session will be provided prior to the meeting.

Contact Facilitator Colin Whitney for more information.

German Interest Group

The German Interest Group explores a wide variety of subjects, mostly related to German genealogy. Occasionally, non-German specific topics of general interest are presented. Most classes are taught by a member of the German Interest Group although, in the past they have been fortunate to have some nationally recognized speakers. Periodically, they provide interactive classes where members bring in individual issues to be solved.

Refer to the SDGS calendar of events for upcoming classes and seminars. The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1p.m at the Family History Center located in Allied Garden at 6767 51st Street, cross street is Zion St.  
Amy Chidester or GIG for more information.  

Genealogy Software Users Groups  

The San Diego Genealogical Society conducts monthly user groups to assist members in learning and getting the most from their genealogy software programs. User groups for popular genealogy programs are offered. Members are encouraged to bring laptop computers to the sessions. Contact the group facilitators with questions or for more information.

Family Tree Maker User Group

Family Tree Maker combines the standard genealogy software features with the ability to integrate with Ancestry.com features. The SDGS Family Tree Maker Users Group assists members in understanding how to best use their genealogy program on personal computers. All Family Tree Maker users are invited to attend [both PC and Mac]. 

Meets the first Saturday of each month at the Family History Center in Allied Garden at 6767 51st Street, cross street is Zion St.  , 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Contact the facilitator - Dave Tooley. for more information.

Reunion Users Group

The primary focus of this workshop is on Reunion for Mac although other genealogy topics of interest are covered. We usually start each session with questions from last month’s topic before diving into a new discussion. Often a mixed format is adopted which incorporates a formal presentation, demonstration of the use of Reunion, and a problem solving session where individualized help is provided.

All Reunion users are invited. 

The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Scripps Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., 

Facilitator Anne Alves

Roots Magic User Group

RootsMagic is a comprehensive software tool which helps you research, organize and share your genealogy information. It is appropriate for all levels from beginner to professional. This monthly SIG will discuss many of its multitude of features and show you how to use them. Attendees are encouraged to bring in problems or issues to receive individualized help. 

All RootsMagic users are welcome to attend. This User Group strives to help members get the most from their genealogy software. 

Meets the 4th Saturday of each month at the Family History Center in Allied Garden at 6767 51st Street, cross street is Zion St.  10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 

Facilitator Randy Seaver

Address: Post Office Box 635057

San Diego, CA 92163

Email: SDGS@att.net

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