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21 - 21 September 2019 VCGS July 2019 Free Family History Program Camarillo, California


Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, September 21, 2019, at the

Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

1:00 p.m. “The Spanish Settlement of Southern California (1769-1790)”

Presented by John Schmal

In honor of Mexican-American History Month, this presentation explores the original settlement of Southern California by the Spaniards. Starting with the early settlement of San Diego (1769) and San Gabriel (1771), the speaker outlines the various Spanish activities in the Southland, including the Expedition of 1781 and the founding of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara from 1781-1786. The lecture also includes a discussion of several of the original indigenous inhabitants who lived near the Spanish missions. The presentation will conclude with data from the 1790 census.

John Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. With his friend Donna Morales, he recently coauthored "Mexican-American Genealogical Research: Following the Paper Trail to Mexico" (Heritage Books, 2002). He has degrees in History (Loyola-Marymount University) and Geography (St. Cloud State University) and is a board member of the Society of Hispanic Historical Ancestral Research (SHHAR).

2:30 P.M. WORKSHOP: “How to Find your Roots in Mexico” Presented by John Schmal

Following the general presentation, John Schmal will review various resources for finding your roots in Mexico.


The VCGS DNA SIG invites interested parties to join their free meeting about different aspects of genealogical DNA.

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21 - 21 September 2019 Genetic Genealogy 101 Santa Rosa, California

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society presents: Genetic Genealogy 101 Are you bewildered by genetic genealogy? What are the three kinds of DNA? What is Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA matching? Come and learn the basics. Presenter is Michael Cooley who has given genetic genealogy presentations at Humboldt State University and the Family History Library is Salt Lake City. This is a free event. Saturday, September 21st. Chat at noon, meeting 1:00pm – 2:00pm Location: The Finley Center 2060 West College Ave. Santa Rosa

21 - 21 September 2019 September 2019 Educational Series: Diahan Southard Macon, Georgia

September 2019 Educational Series:
Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy. Suite D, Macon GA 31206

1. Five Tips To Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
2. Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results
3. Connecting Your DNA Matches
4. A Day Out With Your DNA

Cost: $40 GGS members, $50 Non-members, $5.00 late registration fee

19 - 21 September 2019 Montana State Genealogical Conference Helena Montna

The national speakers for the 2019 Montana State Conference will be James M Beidler and Kris Rzepczynski.  They will each present four lectures during the conference.  For further information refer to our website:

17 - 17 August 2019 VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Camarillo, California

Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the

Camarillo Public Library Community Room

4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010


 1:00 p.m. "Big City, Common Surname: A Family for John Kelly"

Presented by Cafi Cohen

Murdered on the streets of New York in 1876, John Kelly could have been any one of 100+ John Kellys in that year's city directory. With a death certificate that did not name parents, how can his family be identified? Using John Kelly's case as a jumping-off point, this presentation outlines helpful techniques for any big city research as well as common name research in any location.

Cafi Cohen earned degrees in chemistry and medical technology from UCLA and the University of North Dakota and has worked as a laboratory research, piano teacher, home school promoter, and nationwide speaker and author of books on homeschooling. She has been active in genealogy research since 1995, following her ancestral lines from California, the Midwest, the old south, and New England to Scotland, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy.

2:30 p.m. Workshop: “Preserving Your Past”

Presented by John Callahan

VCGS’s own treasure, John Callahan, will present tips, tricks, and techniques on writing up your family histories.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: VCGS DNA Special Interest Group Meeting

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17 - 17 August 2019 Ethics in Genealogy featuring Judy G. Russell Akron, Ohio

The Ethical Genealogist
Facts, Photos and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists
DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy
Roadblocks, Red Lights and Detours: Records Access for Genealogists

13 August 2019 Family History Today: Researching your Ancestral Town New York, New York

Date & Time: August 13, 6:30 PM

Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Are you interested in learning more about the day-to-day lives of your ancestors? Find out how you can investigate the history and culture of the Jewish community in your ancestral town(s) at the Center for Jewish History and beyond. Presented by Moriah Amit, the Center’s Senior Genealogy Reference Librarian.

Tickets: ($10 general admission; $5 Center for Jewish History/Partner members, seniors, students). Note: Our programs frequently sell out. It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.

An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance. Sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

10 - 10 August 2019 Annual Genealogical Symposium Augusta, Georgia

AGS Genealogical Symposium 

With Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG., CGL.,
August 10, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Check-in starts at 8:00 a.m.)

at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Ext., Augusta, GA 30909
Symposium registration fee includes snacks, lunch, syllabus, and lectures.

Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?
Step by step, attendees will suggest online sources and research strategies for tracing an ancestor who seems to disappear and reappear. Part 1 of a 2-part series concerning the same case, the presentation shows how cases can be solved online and the limits of material online today. 
Follow-up: What can be Learned Offline about a Case Solved Online?
Building upon “Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online,” offline research explains ancestral motivations and actions. this presentation shows how to find, access, and interpret offline records
Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls
A case study set in the early 1800s demonstrates methodology for using autosomal DNA test results to help solve longstanding genealogical problems.
Converting a Bunch of Information into a Credible Conclusion
Thorough research often yields disparate evidence items. Genealogists can organize the mixture, assess it as a whole, and convert the assemblage into a provable conclusion.​

24 July 2019 Family History Today: “A person is only forgotten when their name is forgotten” - The German Stolpersteine New York, New York

Date & Time: July 24, 6:30 PM

Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

In this talk, Michael Simonson, Archivist and the Director of Public Outreach at the Leo Baeck Institute, will introduce us to the history and current practice of laying Stolpersteine (literally “stumbling stone”) memorials in Germany. Drawing on his personal experiences working with those who wish to remember former Jewish citizens, Michael will highlight the stories of some of the Jewish families being remembered, elucidate the steps he took to track down living descendants, and discuss the reactions of those in the communities where these stones have been placed. 

Tickets: ($10 general admission; $5 Center for Jewish History/Partner members, seniors, students). Note: Our programs frequently sell out. It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.

An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance. Sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute and Leo Baeck Institute. 

21 - 26 July 2019 Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research Athens, Georgia

Genealogists from novice to advanced, personal family historians to professionals are gathering in Athens, GA Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2019 to attend the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research! Registration opens Saturday, 2 March 2019. Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your genealogicalresearch skills and expand your knowledge of available resources while meeting and networking with like-minded friends.IGHR is a week-long genealogical institute––its faculty (and students) include some of the best researchers in the field of genealogy. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the week. Courselevels range from basic skills to advanced methodology and evidence analysis designed to solve complex research problems; course topics range from resources for specific geographic locations to in-depth skill development on specific subjects, such as military records and DNA analysis. Unlike conferences, institute courses are designed to ensure attendees are well-grounded in a topic by the end of the week. View detailed descriptions and register for one of our thirteen courses on the IGHR website following is a small sampling of what our students have said after attending IGHR classes: “It far exceeded my expectations for the class content, accommodations and meals.” “As always, I walked away much better prepared to do genealogy than I came. Worth every penny.” “This course exceeded my expectations in every way. It will take years to apply all I learned.” “I loved every minute of this class! The topics were comprehensive and beneficial and all of the instructors were knowledgeable and engaging. I really enjoyed being exposed to a wide variety of professional genealogists who are well respected in their field.” “I unlearned a lot of bad habits I had picked up by being self-taught.” “Could not have imagined I would have come out of this week of learning with the knowledge and resources now available to me.” In Athens, IGHR attendees enjoy classes, most accommodations, and food under the same roof at the Universityof Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel located on the campus of the University of Georgia. Inaddition to the convenient venue, excellent courses, and opportunities to network and socialize with fellowgenealogists, IGHR attendees benefit from access to the outstanding libraries of the University of Georgiaincluding the Main Library with its worldwide collection of historical and genealogical material, maps, andgovernment documents; the Alexander Campbell King Law Library; and the Hargrett Rare Book and ManuscriptLibrary. Furthermore, the Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room provides researchers the opportunity to use limited-access databases as a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. For more information about IGHR, hosted by the Georgia Genealogical Society, please visit our website ( and follow us on social media.