UPDATE: 

SDGS are holding classes and meetings virtually via Zoom until further notice.  Members, guests and friends are invited to join, unless otherwise noted.

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Upcoming Events

    • 23 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • zoom meeting
    • 9
    Register

    Ask a Genealogist

    Panel Host Colin Whitney

    This session is a forum where your genealogical questions can be answered by our panel. You may also talk about any genealogical successes you have had, problems you are encountering, or share with the group some of your current research. It is a chance for you to interact with your fellow genealogists so that we can all learn from each other. I invite you to come and have some fun with us.

    Panel members: Christy Dolan, Barbara Stanculescu , Colin Whitney

    We encourage you to send  your questions, two days prior to the session, to cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    Registration is open and will be open for the first 25 people.



    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 02 Feb 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Webinar

    Reunion for MAC Users Group

    Anne Alves

    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


    To Register for this event, email Anne by Jan 31 at  fansvsdgs@gmail.com. This event will be open for the first 100 people.




    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com

    • 06 Feb 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Webinar
    • 100
    Registration is closed

    Genetic Genealogy Today

    Colin Whitney

    Genetic Genealogy has undergone a dramatic development in the past few years. Cost reductions in DNA testing have made this technology accessible to millions of people. Along with the growth in the number of DNA testers has come the proliferation of tools which assist you in identifying how you relate to your DNA cousins. This talk will discuss these developments and show you how you can utilize this technology in your genealogical research.

     Registration will open on Jan 23, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.

     

    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 13 Feb 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)
    • Webinar
    • 100
    Registration is closed

    San Diego Genealogical Society Orientation

    Presenter Pat Francisco

    This class is designed for all who want to know more about the San Diego Genealogical Society- its people and its programs. We will discuss the history of the society, its officers, the monthly meetings, bi-annual seminars, the education staff, research trips, local resources and more. The session will conclude with a live demonstration of the new website.

    Registration will open on Feb 2, 2021, and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For more information contact Pat Francisco at pfrancisco@cox.net


    • 13 Feb 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)
    • Webinar
    • 100

    Maps

    Anne Alves

    Maps are a vital part of your genealogical research. They are a key to providing a better understanding of your ancestor location and movements and for differentiating between similarly named individuals. Anne will walk you through the process she uses to incorporate the documents into her genealogy.

    Registration will open on Feb 2, 2021, and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com



    • 13 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM (PST)
    • Zoom Webinar

    This months speaker is Thomas MacEntee 


    Thomas will present 2 sessions about the Census.






    Your Census Guide




    Session 1:  The Coded Census - Deciphering US Census Codes.  

    As the US Census progressed, starting in the 20th century, the Census Bureau employed the use of various codes to categorize census data. Various types of codes covered education, employment, marriage, nativity and more. Understanding census codes can help you uncover more information about your ancestor and possibly assist in breaking down brick walls. Learn how to locate census code-related tools online and how to use them for a specific US census.


    Session 2:  1950 Census - Are you Ready?

    Participants' will get up to speed on the history of the 1950 US Census, why the 1950 US Census form is radically different than previous forms, and how the data will be accessed. In addition we’ll cover what you can do NOW to prepare for the release of the 1950 US Census as well as volunteer projects related to indexing and finding aids. Finally, we’ll cover how you can always get the latest information related to the release of the 1950 US Census data!

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!

    • 17 Feb 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • zoom meeting
    • 100

    German Interest Group

     Amy Chidester

    The German Interest Group explores a wide variety of subjects, mostly related to German genealogy. Occasionally, non-German specific topics of general interest, such as DNA or a Review of Conferences, such as the International German Genealogical Conference, are presented. Some classes are taught by  members of the German Interest Group although, in the past we have been fortunate to have a number of nationally recognized speakers. Periodically, we provide interactive classes where members bring in individual issues to be solved.


    Registration will open on Feb 1, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.

    You will receive your Zoom login link in your registration confirmation. 



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@gmail.com


    • 20 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • Webinar
    • 100

    British Isles Interest Group

    Colin Whitney

    This Special Interest Group will focus on the British Isles and will be held most months in 2021. 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 resource available for each country, particularly on-line records. Search techniques will also be discussed. The agenda for each session will be provided prior to the meeting.

    Registration will open on Feb 6, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 27 Feb 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
    • zoom meeting
    • 25

    Ask a Genealogist

    Panel Host Anne Alves

    This session is a forum where your genealogical questions can be answered by our panel. You may also talk about any genealogical successes you have had, problems you are encountering, or share with the group some of your current research. It is a chance for you to interact with your fellow genealogists so that we can all learn from each other. I invite you to come and have some fun with us.

    Panel members: Anne Alves, Debby Warner Anderson, Diane Gould Hall

    We encourage you to send  your questions, two days prior to the session, to fansvsdgs@gmail.com


    Registration will open on Feb 13, 2021 and will be open for the first 25 people.




    For questions contact Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com


    • 02 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Webinar

    Reunion for MAC Users Group

    Anne Alves

    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


    To Register for this event, email Anne by Feb 28 at fansvsdgs@gmail.com . This event will be open for the first 100 people.




    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com

    • 06 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    DNA Interest Group

    Colin Whitney

    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. The agenda for each meeting will be posted prior to the event.

    Registration will open on Feb 20, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.

     

    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)
    • Webinar
    • 100

    Reading German Records

    Presenter Barbara Stanculescu

    This class will help attendees who have documents in German scripture which need to be translated. Examples are church documents like birth certificates, marriage and death certificates as well as civil certificates. If you have documents you would like translated, you are encouraged to send them to me at abcde_bunch@ Hotmail.com. That way I can share them with everyone so that we can all participate.


    Registration will open on Mar 1, 2021, and will be open for the first 100 people.




    For questions contact Barbara Stanculescu at abcde_bunch@hotmail.com


     




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    Lineage Application

    Debby Warner Anderson

    Applying for membership in a genealogy society is an exciting and exhilarating time, but the process can seem daunting. Debby has recently gone through the process and will demystify, for you, the steps required.

    Registration will open on Mar 1, 2021, and will be open for the first 100 people



    For questions contact Debby Warner Anderson at debwarner@gmail.com


     




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM (PST)
    • Zoom Webinar

    This Months Speaker is Toni Perrone


    Toni will talk to us about Italian Research and about Prussia.


    Session 1:  Italian Genealogical Resources Found on the Internet

    This lecture includes Italian surnames and what provinces they appear in, Translation of a name from Italian to English (example Giuseppe to Joseph),   How to find the town where your ancestor was born,  Ancestry.com – Italian records, Military records on line, Italian Telephone book online, Antenati records on the internet and how to use them Italian Genealogical Societies, Italian/American Newspapers, face book pages for Italian Genealogy, Community Familysearch.org (Italy) and more.

    Session 2:  Prussia and Its Changing Borders

    This lecture gives the History of Prussia from the 1500’s to World War I when it was dissolved. It shows all the border changes throughout time. It gives all the present day states of Germany that were included in what was called Prussia as well as the areas of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania, and Denmark.  It is totally a historical lecture.  However important because many people do not know what Prussia is. They see Prussia on their ancestor’s documents like the passenger list and think that is the village that their family came from. 

    About the speaker

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

    The public is always welcome!

    • 17 Mar 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 100

    German Interest Group

     Amy Chidester

    The German Interest Group explores a wide variety of subjects, mostly related to German genealogy. Occasionally, non-German specific topics of general interest, such as DNA or a Review of Conferences, such as the International German Genealogical Conference, are presented. Some classes are taught by  members of the German Interest Group although, in the past we have been fortunate to have a number of nationally recognized speakers. Periodically, we provide interactive classes where members bring in individual issues to be solved.


    Registration will open on Mar 1, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@gmail.com


    • 20 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    British Isles Interest Group

    Colin Whitney


    This Special Interest Group will focus on the British Isles and will be held most months in 2021. 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 resource available for each country, particularly on-line records. Search techniques will also be discussed. The agenda for each session will be provided prior to the meeting.

    Registration will open on Mar 6, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com




    • 27 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 25

    Ask a Genealogist

    Panel Host Colin Whitney

    This session is a forum where your genealogical questions can be answered by our panel. You may also talk about any genealogical successes you have had, problems you are encountering, or share with the group some of your current research. It is a chance for you to interact with your fellow genealogists so that we can all learn from each other. I invite you to come and have some fun with us.

    Panel members: Christy Dolan, Barbara Stanculescu , Colin Whitney

    We encourage you to send  your questions, two days prior to the session, to cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    Registration will open on Mar 13, 2021 and will be open for the first 25 people.


    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com



    • 03 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    DNA Interest Group

    Colin Whitney

    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. The agenda for each meeting will be posted prior to the event

      Registration will open on Mar 20, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.


    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 06 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar


    Reunion for MAC Users Group

    Anne Alves

    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

    To Register for this event, email Anne by Apr 4 at fansvsdgs@gmail.com. This event will be open for the first 100 people.




    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com

    • 10 Apr 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100

    Newspapers

    Anne Turhollow

    Newspapers are an often overlooked source of records yet they are full of information which you cannot find elsewhere. This class will show you how to search newspapers and what kinds of information can be extracted.

    Registration will open on Apr 2, 2021, and will be open for the first 100 people



    For questions contact Anne Turhollow at aturhollow@cox.net


     




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 10 Apr 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100

    Researching the British Isles

    Colin Whitney

    By 1790, two thirds of the population of America had their roots in the British Isles. Miullions more arrived in later years. Come and find out how to research the British isles to find your ancestors.

    Registration will open on Apr 2, 2021, and will be open for the first 100 people



    For questions contact Colin Whitney at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


     




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 10 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Webinar

    This months speaker is Shannon Christmas, MCP 


    Shannon will present 2 sessions on DNA.




    Session 1:  The Proof is in Evidence: Use DNA to Research Colonial American Ancestors 

    Learn how DNA when used in tandem with traditional genealogy can help clear a path to one’s colonial American ancestors, dispel myths, and confirm suspicions.

    Session 2:  Let The Circle Be Unbroken: Reconnect African American families with DNA 

    Learn genetic genealogy tools, tips, and techniques for tracing African American lineages including how to employ DNA analysis to demolish brick walls, identify European ancestors, connect with African relatives, trace the path to freedom for free people of color, and research and reunite family branches separated by the slave trade.

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!

    • 17 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    British Isles Interest Group

    Colin Whitney


    This Special Interest Group will focus on the British Isles and will be held most months in 2021. 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 resource available for each country, particularly on-line records. Search techniques will also be discussed. The agenda for each session will be provided prior to the meeting.

    Registration will open on Apr 3, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com




    • 21 Apr 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 100

    German Interest Group

     Amy Chidester

    The German Interest Group explores a wide variety of subjects, mostly related to German genealogy. Occasionally, non-German specific topics of general interest, such as DNA or a Review of Conferences, such as the International German Genealogical Conference, are presented. Some classes are taught by  members of the German Interest Group although, in the past we have been fortunate to have a number of nationally recognized speakers. Periodically, we provide interactive classes where members bring in individual issues to be solved.


    Registration will open on Apr 1, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@gmail.com


    • 24 Apr 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 25

    Ask a Genealogist

    Panel Host Anne Alves

    This session is a forum where your genealogical questions can be answered by our panel. You may also talk about any genealogical successes you have had, problems you are encountering, or share with the group some of your current research. It is a chance for you to interact with your fellow genealogists so that we can all learn from each other. I invite you to come and have some fun with us.

    Panel members: Debby Warner Anderson, Diane Gould Hall, Anne Alves

    We encourage you to send  your questions, two days prior to the session, to fansvsdgs@gmail.com


    Registration will open on Apr 10, 2021 and will be open for the first 25 people.



    For questions contact Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com


    • 01 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    DNA Interest Group

    Colin Whitney

    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. The agenda for each meeting will be posted prior to the event.

    Registration will open on Apr 17, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.

     

    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 04 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar


    Reunion for MAC Users Group

    Anne Alves

    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

    To Register for this event, email Anne by May 2 at fansvsdgs@gmail.com. This event will be open for the first 100 people.




    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com

    • 08 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    Foundations of Genealogy

    Colin Whitney

    In this class we will cover the basic things you need to know to get your genealogical research off the ground. We will discuss the major websites, record sources and genealogy tools which you will need to use on a regular basis.

    Registration will open on Apr 24, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.

     

    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 08 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    Organizing your Genealogy Files

    Anne Turhollow

    Genealogical research results in vast quantities of data.This class will show you how to organize this data in a logical manner so that it is easy to access and can  assist you as you research you ancestors' records.

    Registration will open on Apr 24, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.