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

    • 06 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom meeting
    • 58
    Register


    DNA Interest Group

    Colin Whitney

                                                 "DNA Discoveries"

    When we open our DNA match list, we see a multitude of DNA Cousins who we are related to in some way. Discovering exactly how we are related can be quite challenging. Every case is different. This session will examine several case studies to show you how you can uncover your most recent common ancestor.

    This meeting will be held from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on March 6th, 2021.


    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)
    • Zoom meeting
    • 93
    Register

    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 rabrab.49@gmail.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 rabrab.49@gmail.com

    • 13 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PST)
    • Zoom meeting
    • 88
    Register


    Lineage Application

    Debra 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 Immigrant travel to America and about Prussia Borders.




    Session 1:  Journey to America!

    This talk derives from an interview Ms. Perrone did with two Italian immigrants – her grandfather and a 2nd cousin.  One Emigrated from Sicily  and arrived in Ellis Island, the other Emigrated from Sicily and arrived at the port in New Orleans. The lecture covers the comparison of both voyages and the difference at the ports here in the USA.  It is really two stories that captures the experience many of our immigrant family members likely had during this time period.

    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


         Per the presenter’s expressed wishes, these presentations will not be recorded. Please plan to attend live!


    To register click on the button below. 

    Make sure you enter your name and email address correctly to receive the zoom confirmation.  The handouts will be included in the confirmation. 


    The public is always welcome!

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

    German Interest Group

     Amy Chidester

    This month our invited speaker will be Kathleen Reed. Her topic is:

    "Why Y-DNA for German Research?"

    This presentation will explore how DNA can be used to make connections, with an emphasis on connections between Germans and their American descendants. We will discuss why the use of Y-DNA may be a better choice than using autosomal DNA to identify connections between descendants separated by several generations. We will also discuss a German Y-DNA group housed on the Family Tree DNA site and an additional German Connections group that allows users to upload and compare autosomal DNA results.

    Registration is now open. Click on the button below to register on Zoom. Make sure you enter name and email address correctly to receive your  confirmation and login information. 



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@gmail.com



    • 20 Mar 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom meeting
    • 100
    Registration is closed


    British Isles Interest Group

    Colin Whitney


    This month we will discuss two resources, maps and newspapers, which can greatly assist you with your research of the the British Isles.

    Maps

    Understanding the local geography where your ancestors lived can be vital to either ruling out or ruling in, records which may be those of you ancestor. We will show you the websites to use to obtain the best maps and as well as the information they can provide.

    Newspapers

    Newspapers can provide you with information about your relatives which is not available in any other record source. We will explore these resources for the British isles

    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
    Registration is closed

    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, at least 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


    "You and Your X"

    The X chromosome is one of the two sex chromosomes which we all have. Since it is not one of the 22 autosomes it is often neglected. Initially it was not envisioned to be useful for cousin finding, but it has unique properties which can be helpful to your research. We will discuss these benefits and show you how it can assist your research.

      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

    We are fortunate to have Charlotte Champenois as our presenter this month. Charlotte's presentation is entilted:

    "Who Is Guillaume, and Where Is Wilhelm? Overcoming Translated Given Names"

    Researching Germans in Prussian Poland or in Alsace-Lorraine? Familiarize yourself with French and Polish equivalents of German given names so you will recognize your people in the records!


    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, at least 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.

     

    For questions contact Anne Turhollow

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


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

    This months speaker is Nicka Smith

    Nicka will present 2 sessions for us today.





    Session 1:  Reverse Genealogy and DNA and Tracing the Living.

    So, you’ve done a great job finding your ancestors, but you’re not sure where to start to try to locate their living descendants. In this episode, we’ll cover tips and tricks you can use to safely and respectfully unearth the identities of your living cousins.

    Session 2:    The Family DNA Project.

    Genetic genealogy truly bears fruit if multiple family members on multiple lines of the family have tested. Learn how to create and manage a project for your family while being mindful of privacy and sensitive issues that may arise.

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!

    • 15 May 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 May 1, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com




    • 19 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 100

    German Interest Group

     Amy Chidester

    Don Smith presents "Genealogy Research Challenges"

    Our GIG's own Don Smith will present lessons he has learned from his genealogy research over the years.  There are problems we genealogists face and must solve as we research.  How do we improve the “quality” of our research?  How do we deal with “sourcing”?  This presentation covers the issues Don has faced (and learned from) over the past twenty years.  


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



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@gmail.com


    • 22 May 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, at least two days prior to the session, to cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    Registration will open on May 8, 2021 and will be open for the first 25 people.


    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com



    • 01 Jun 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 30 at fansvsdgs@gmail.com. This event will be open for the first 100 people.




    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com

    • 05 Jun 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 May 22, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.

     

    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


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

    Introduction to German Research

    Barbara Stanculescu

    German research can be complex because its boundaries have changed many times over the centuries. Barbara will lead you through what you need to know to further your research of the Germanic countries. she will shoiw you where to find the records you need

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





    For questions contact Barbara Stanculescu at rabrab.49@gmail.com


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

    Understanding DNA

    Colin Whitney

    DNA can be a valuable tool in your genealogy research. It can break down brick walls, find how you relate to your DNA cousins and uncover your ancestors origins. Join us as we show you how to use this tool to unlock genealogy mysteries

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