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

    • 01 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Webinar


    Reunion for MAC Users Group

    Anne Alves

    This month, Anne's topic will be:

    Location Location Location: Advanced Mapping

    Anne will discuss techniques which she uses to enhance the mapping of her ancestors using overlay and other strategies.

    You will be able to access this meeting from your home. People who wish to attend must send an email to Anne Alves at fansv@cox.net by November 29th. You will receive an invitation email containing the link and password allowing you to join the meeting.




    For questions contact 

    Anne Alves at fansv@cox.net

    • 05 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PST)
    • Webinar


    DNA Interest Group

    Colin Whitney

    Our guest speaker this month will be Kathy Fernandes. Kathy's topic will be:

    I tested my DNA-Now What?

    Last month Kathy described what endogamy is and discussed how to recognize it in your family tree. She recommended approaches to adopt in pursuing your family research. This talk will provide step-by-step guidance on how to approach the analysis of your autosomal DNA results.

     You will be able to access this meeting from your home. People who wish to attend must sign up by sending an email to cwhitaz05@hotmail.com by December 3rd  . Colin will send you, the invitation email with link and password so that you can attend.


    For questions contact Colin Whitney

    at cwhitaz05@hotmail.com


    • 16 Dec 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • Zoom Webinar

    The History and Heritage of German/Germanic Christmas Carols

    Do you know the story behind Silent Night, or another favorite Christmas Carol?  What about the legend behind Kris Kringle?  We need volunteers from our GIG to research and share the stories behind the touching holiday music and customs that originate in the German lands.  Please email Amy if you have a carol or a custom you would like to choose, or you can volunteer, and she will assign one.  Although we will miss our annual potluck, we can share the holiday joy at this special meeting

    For questions contact Amy at gig.sdgs@gmail.com

    For registration, you must email Amy Chidester at gig.sdgs@gmail.com before December 14th.

    Amy will send you the invitation email with the link and password to permit you to attend the meeting.



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@gmail.com

    • 09 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)
    • Zoom Webinar

    This months speaker is Diahan Southard


    Diahan will present 2 sessions on DNA.

    Your DNA Guide

    Session 1:  Organizing Your DNA Results. Now that you have pages of matches and gobs of new information, how do you keep track of it all? We will spend time going over how to create and track correspondence, organization tools within each testing company, as well as strategies for tracking the genealogy information of your matches, including surnames, locations, and genetic relationships. You are bound to walk out of this lecture with a game plan that you can implement right away.

    Session 2:  Ask the Wife! A DNA Analysis Strategy. With the advent of autosomal DNA testing, women were catapulted into the limelight, no longer needing to rely so heavily on the men in their life to spit or swab. This lecture will focus on all things female from mtDNA, XDNA, and especially how to use the wives of your ancestors to help identify your autosomal DNA matches.

    About the speaker

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!

    • 20 Jan 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PST)
    • zoom webinar

    Bring Your Brick Walls to Class / Share 2020 Successes

    One of our favorite recurring meetings each January!  Our own GIG group helps by offering suggestions as a member or friend shares a brick wall they are confronting.  I have learned some amazing tidbits from the suggested solutions that have catapulted my own research!  We also love hearing success stories from our GIG family members and friends.  Please contact Amy through the GIG email below to add your name to the participant list.



    For questions contact Amy Chidester

    at gig.sdgs@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!

    • 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!

    • 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!

    • 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!

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

    This months speaker is Sara Cochran.


    Sara will present 2 sessions for us.




    Session 1: Two steps forward, one step back. Is it Genealogy or the Cha-Cha? 

    Revisiting and reevaluating our early research and home sources of information might seem like a waste of time, but often, it’s the key to getting past a roadblock in our research. We’ll discuss techniques for finding new clues in records we already have, and look at several small case studies to see the value of taking the time to go backwards in order to go forwards.

    Session 2:  Hopping down the paper trail.

    The records our ancestors left behind often lead us to other records, and sometimes take us down a rabbit hole. Learn how to scour those records for the next clue, and how to prioritize those clues so that you stay on track.

    About the speaker

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!

    • 10 Jul 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Webinar

    This months speaker is Christine Cohen


    Christine will present 2 sessions for us today.

    Indexes and Probate Records


    Session 1:  Indexes Are The Key To Unlocking The Records

    Session 2:  The Basics of Probate Records

    About the speaker

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!

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

    This months speaker is TBD



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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!

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


    This months speaker is TBD

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.


     The public is always welcome!

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

    This months speaker is TBD



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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!

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

    This months speaker is Jill Morelli, CG 


    Jill will present 2 sessions for us today.



    Session 1:  Finding your (Swedish, Norwegian or Danish ) Parish of Birth.

    Preparation in the US is key to successfully "crossing the pond". We will identify resources, which may lead to the name of the parish of your Scandinavian immigrant. This session covers techniques, which are critical to Scandinavian research. 

    Session 2:  Introduction to Swedish Parish & Clerical Survey Records.

    An introductory session on accessing and using the records of the parish - birth, marriage, death and clerical surveys - with a focus on extracting all the information they contain.

    About the speaker

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    Information about registration will be forthcoming.

     The public is always welcome!

 


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