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

    • 24 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 13
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    Ask a Genealogist

    Panel: Christy Dolan, Barbara Stanculescu, 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 Jul 10, 2021 and will be open for the first 25 people.


    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com



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


    Topics of Interest to Reunion for MAC Users

    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 Aug 1 at fansvsdgs@gmail.com . This event will be open for the first 100 people.




    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com

    • 07 Aug 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Via Zoom and inperson: SD FamilySearch Center, 4195 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108
    • 100
    Registration is closed


    Shared Matching Methodology

    Kathy Fernandes

    This month we are very fortunate to have Kathy Fernandes back as our guest speaker. She will focus on how to use shared matching methodology to solve DNA relationship problems.

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

     

    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


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


    Reunion for MAC

    Anne Alves

    This class will focus on how to use Reunion for Mac to perform your genealogy research. Anne will demonstrate many of the functions of Reunion, show how they help you search for information on the internet and how they organize your data as you build your family tree. Some of the key new features of Reunion 13 will be discussed

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




    For questions contact Anne Alves at fansv@cox.net


     




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 14 Aug 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • 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.

    This class will be held from 9:00am to 10:00am on August 14th 2021

    Registration will open on Aug 14, 2021, and will be open for the first 100 people. You will receive your Zoom meeting information when you register.



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


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

    This months speaker is Joy Neighbors

      Joy will present 2 sessions about Cemeteries and Gravestones.





    Session 1:  The Silent Language of the Stones: How to Read Gravestone Symbols  

    Symbols have been used on tombstones for centuries, but it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that this  secret language flourished. Victorians loved a secret, so they decorated graves with carvings,  symbols and statues that told a story about family relationships, religion, military service and  occupations, sometime even adding cynical asides. Stones also offer hints as to how the person  died. We’ll discuss the meanings of symbols and discover how to read this silent language.

    Session 2:  Cluster Research in the Cemetery

    Gain a deeper understanding into your ancestors lives by doing cluster research in the  cemetery. Utilizing the F.A.N. principle (Family, Friends, Acquaintances and Neighbors), we  can discover unknown relatives, gain a better grasp of our ancestor’s place in the community,  and bring more life context into a family’s world. Using cemetery cluster research, we’ll create  a more accurate picture of who our people were, who they had close relationships with, and  who affected their lives. Plus, we’ll find and explore a variety of interesting cemetery records.

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!


    • 18 Aug 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 100

    Topics of Interest to Germanic Researchers

    Amy Chidester


    This month the speaker for this group is Daniel Earl.

    "Shifting Vowels: Tracing a German Surname over 20 Years"

    This presentation will look at the Gehler/Gohler family and how the presenter used information from twenty years of church records in Banat Swabian villages to trace the vowel shift and carry his family line back additional generations.

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



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@gmail.com


    • 21 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    Breaking Down Brick Walls in  the British Isles

    Colin Whitney


    Everyone has brick walls somewhere in their family tree. Some of the remedies can be obtained through simple measures such as changing search engines or exploring different types of records. Unfortunately, some brick walls may never be Broken. In this session we will examine several cases studies which required different strategies to uncover an elusive ancestor.

    Registration will open on Aug 7, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com




    • 28 Aug 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 25

    Ask a Genealogist

    Panel: Debra Warner Anderson, Diane Gould Hall, 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 Aug 14, 2021 and will be open for the first 25 people.


    For questions contact Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com



    • 04 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    Working with AncestryDNA

    Colin Whitney

    Millions of people have had their DNA tested at Ancestry. This database can be paired with the many millions of user trees which are available for searching, to make a powerful site for finding DNA cousins with whom you share a common ancestor. In this presentation we will show you how to work with ancestry and their DNA tools to establish your relationships to your matching cousins.


     Registration will open on Aug 21, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.

     

    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 07 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar


    Topics of Interest to Reunion for MAC Users

    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 Sep 5 at fansvsdgs@gmail.com . This event will be open for the first 100 people.




    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com

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

    FamilySearch

    Darlene Connor Sampley

    Family Search is a free and extensive resource which should be part of everyone's genealogical research experience. With perhaps the largest genealogical database of records and finding aids, no research can be complete with using it. Darlene will highlight the key features of this website. 

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

    For questions contact Darlene Sampley at darlene.sampley@gmail.com


     




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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


    Genalogical Research Assists Archeology

    Christy Dolan

    Ms Dolan will talk about how genealogical research was used to provide context to a Colonial Massachusetts archaeological site.  Her discussion will look at an archaeological excavation conducted on the Three Cranes Tavern in Charlestown, Massachusetts.  The tavern was originally built as a home for John Winthrop, the first Governor of Massachusetts, in the 1600s.  He lived there for a few years before moving across the river to Boston.  It was then owned by several generations of the Long family and operated as a tavern until the British burned it in the Revolutionary War.  Christy will discuss the excavations, what was found, and how historical/genealogical research was used to provide context for the archaeological materials.

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


    For questions contact Christy Dolan at  only4ancestry@hotmail.com


     




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 11 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom webinar

    This months speaker is Donna Moughty, who will

     be speaking about English research and Irish records.



    Session 1: Strategies for Researching Your English Ancestors.  

    Success in English research is dependent on discovering the location in England of ones ancestors. Learn strategies for finding the information in US records that take you to English Sources.

    Session 2: Irish Civil Registration and Church Records It’s a New World!

    The landscape of Irish research has changed drastically over the past few years with the digitization of the Roman Catholic Church records by the National Library followed the release of the images of birth, deaths and marriage (with restrictions) by IrishGenealogy.ie.  It truly is a new world for Irish researchers!

    About the speaker.

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.


     The public is always welcome!

    • 15 Sep 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 100

    Topics of Interest to Germanic Researchers

    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 Sep 1, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@gmail.com


    • 18 Sep 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    Topics of Interest to Researchers of the British Isles

    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 Sep 4, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com




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


    Ask a Genealogist

    Panel: Christy Dolan, Barbara Stanculescu, 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 Sep 11, 2021 and will be open for the first 25 people.


    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com



    • 02 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100



    The Priest and the Choir Girl: Searching for Family in an Endogamous Population

    Kathy Fernandes

     Kathy will discuss how she uses DNA to find relationships in difficult endogamous populations. Her methodology will be illustrated with specific cases she ahs encountered


      Registration will open on Sep 18, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.

     

    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 05 Oct 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar



    Topics of Interest to ReUnion for MAC Users

    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 Oct 3 at fansvsdgs@gmail.com . This event will be open for the first 100 people.




    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com

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


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    • 09 Oct 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Webinar

    Join us this month to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of our Society!



    For this event we are honored to have Special Guest Speakers  Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist and CeCe Moore, The Genetic Genealogist. They will each present 2 topics. 


    To join you will need to be a member in good standing at the time of this event. Your membership status will be checked prior to the webinar meeting. You may need to renew your membership prior.



    Registration is to open on Aug 7, 2021. Members will get a special link to a registration page on the Members Only site with more details. 


    If you are not a member, but would like to become one, click the button below for the online membership form. 


    If you prefer to pay with check, please fill out this paper membership  form to mail with the check.  Mailing instructions are on the form.

    We will need to receive your check prior to the meeting. Please plan accordingly.

    • 16 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    Topics of Interest to Researchers of the British Isles

    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 Oct 2, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com




    • 20 Oct 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 100

    Topics of Interest to Germanic Researchers

    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 Oct 1, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@gmail.com


    • 23 Oct 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • zoom meeting
    • 25

    Ask a Genealogist

    Panel: Barbara Stanculescu, Christy Dolan, 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 Oct 9, 2021 and will be open for the first 25 people.


    For questions contact Anne Alves at fansvsdgs@gmail.com

    • 02 Nov 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar

    Topics of Interest to ReUnion for MAC Users

    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 Oct 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 Nov 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Webinar
    • 100


    Topics of Interest to DNA Researchers

    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 Oct 23, 2021 and will be open for the first 100 people.

     

    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


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


    Genealogy Research Basics

    Don Williams

    In this class we will cover the key genealogical topics which will help you with your family research. Don will talk about the tools available, how to locate sources both here and abroad, the importance of geography and how to use family trees.

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