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Date Event Location
13 April 2019 2019 Spring Seminar Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Ave., US Rt 42, Plain City, OH

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Spring SeminarTHE LAND THEY LIVED ON!Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Avenue, U.S. Route 42, Plain City, OhioSaturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.Featured Speaker: Warren Bittner, CG, Well-known genealogical researcher and lecturer.Topics: How German History Affects ResearchGermany and its Legal Records;Bads, Bergs, Burgs, and Bachs;Meyer's Gazetteer: Gateway to Germany.Registration: $55, members $45; Deadline March 27, 2019 - after March 27: $65, members $55; No refunds after April 6, 2019.Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, vendor showcase, Der Dutchman pastries, coffee and juice for breakfast and full Buffet lunch including Broasted Chicken and Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Noodles, Stuffing, Vegetables, Salad, Rolls, and DessertRegister today! Use Pay Pal online at the website: make check payable to Ohio Chapter – Palam and mail to: Joe Stamm, 3930 Lander Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022-1329, questions?

07 April 2019 Family Genealogy Day: Exploring Family Photos New York, New York

Through a variety of hands-on activities for the whole family, find out how family photos can help you discover and document your family’s history. Search for informative clues within our family photo exhibitions, create a portrait collage of your family, color historical fashions that your ancestors may have worn, learn simple tips for preserving your family photos and scrapbooks, and more. We welcome explorers of all ages and abilities.

This program is presented in conjunction with the following exhibitions: Lost & Found – A Family Photo Album and All in the Family: Photographs from Across the Jewish World. On April 7, all Center for Jewish History exhibitions will be open from 11 AM – 5 PM. To learn more about our current exhibitions, please visit Light refreshments will be served in the Great Hall. Please note that food and drinks are prohibited in all exhibition galleries.

The Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society are proud to partner with PJ Library for this and other upcoming family programs. PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children 6 months through 8 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family!

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please select session 1: 11 AM-12:30 PM, or session 2: 1:30-3 PM (morning and afternoon sessions are identical) at or 800-838-3006.

This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, American Jewish Historical Society, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum. It is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


05 - 06 April 2019 Spring Conference and Expo-"Finding Your Missing Branches" Reston, Virginia

FxGS Spring Conference offers 2 days of lectures, workshops, individual consultations, and dozens of vendors.

Speakers/topics include:  Mark Lowe -  Daniel Boone, Kentucky, Southern Migration & Secret Societies;

Dr. Shelley Murphy - African American Research Challenges;

Char Bah - African American Research, Writing & Publishing;

Pam Vestal - Hidden Stories, Finding and Telling Them;

Diahan Southard - Beginning and Intermediate DNA;

and much more.

30 - 30 March 2019 African American Genealogy with Deborah Abbott Akron, Ohio

Topics - African American Genealogy: Leaving No Stone Unturned and It's a Needle in a Haystack: Slave Research

16 - 26 March 2019 WISE-FHS Irish Research Seminar Denver, Colorado

Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation will offer four sessions, including:• Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research • Understanding Irish townlands: the importance of place, identity and administrative divisions • Using land records: Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe and Estate records • Census substitutes and other important sources for the eighteenth century The Ulster Historical Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1956 to promote interest in Irish genealogy and history, with particular reference to the historical nine county province of Ulster. The Foundation is one of the leading genealogical research agencies in Ireland and a major publisher of historical, educational and genealogical source books. It has also devised a series of ground breaking online historical and genealogical resources, which have helped to transform the availability of Irish records for family historians at home and abroad.

16 - 16 March 2019 2019 Spring Seminar Germantown, Tennessee

Join us in welcoming Debbie Duay, as the featured speaker at our Annual Spring Seminar.  Debbie received her Ph.D. in Adult Education from Florida Atlantic University. She has 20 years of experience in genealogy, and she has taught numerous classes and workshops throughout the United States on researching early American ancestry.  Debbie has helped over 500 people join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  The techniques she uses in lineage research can help you push back your brick walls

Session Schedule:

8:15 a.m. - Registration
9:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks & Introduction
9:10 – 10:10 a.m. - How to Find a Provable Revolutionary War Patriot in 90 Minutes or Less
10:10-10:30 - BREAK
10:30-11:30 a.m. - Documenting Lineages Before the 1850 Census
11:30-12:30 - Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. - Kings, Queens, Pilgrims & Tavern Keepers
1:30-1:50 pm - BREAK
1.50-2:50 p.m. - Non-Military Sources of Service
2:50-3:15 p.m. - Q&A & Wrap-up

16 - 16 March 2019 VCGS Free Family History Presentation Camarillo, California

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents a

Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the

Camarillo Library Community Room

4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

1:00 p.m. Presentation: DNA Testing in the News: Beyond the Headlines

Speaker: Mary E. Hall

Only someone who's been living in the north woods without electricity or cellphone service can be unaware at this point in 2019 that law enforcement is intensely interested in using our genealogical DNA test results as resources in criminal investigations. Since the news broke in April of last year that police in California had used the genetic genealogy database to help identify a suspect in the decades-old Golden State Killer case -- reported by The Legal Genealogist and many others then and since -- we've all been on notice that DNA results that came into being solely for genealogical reasons are exceedingly useful in solving cold cases and that law enforcement has figured that out. Mary will explore some recent DNA related news headlines, share how DNA testing and test databases were involved, and highlight current options for family historians concerned about privacy and ethics as we hunt for the parents of our gg-grandmother. 

An avid genealogist for over 15 years, Mary was bitten by the DNA bug in 2009.  She co-leads the DNA Interest Group for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society where she is a member and past President.  Mary is also a member of several lineage organizations, as well as national and regional genealogical societies.  She welcomes questions about DNA for genealogical purposes at

2:30 p.m. Workshop: Genealogy at the County Fair – Diane Cook, presenter

Diane Cook, Superintendent of the Hobbies, Models & Collectibles in the Gem & Mineral building at the Ventura County Fair, will give a workshop on how members can assist fair attendees with basic genealogy searches at the fair.   Diane has been a volunteer at the Ventura County Fair for many years and looks forward to another opportunity in 2019.

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

Join us for discussion on using DNA results to further your genealogy research. Please bring your DNA user name and password, along with your family tree (paper or electronic). If possible, bring your laptop, tablet, or another portable device to facilitate your research.

16 - 16 March 2019 March 2019 Bi-Monthly Meeting John P Holt BRENTWOOD LiBRARY, Brentwood TN
Its’ back! Our “Genealogy in the Round” program. Our brick wall-busting experts will rotate through 3 separate 45-minute segments, so you won't miss out on any topic! Our experienced presenters will share information that may point you in new directions for your own research and help you explore new sources of information.Speakers of the Day and their Topics-- · TANEYA KOONCE, MLS, MPH, What’s New at FamilySearch· ZACK KEITH, Archival Assistant at TSLA, on Historical County Maps· JIM LEWIS, Chief Ranger at Stones River Battlefield, on NPS’s Soldiers and Sailors website.PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will be starting at 12:30 (30 mins earlier than usual to allow each speaker time for Q & A.)MTGS meetings are free of charge and open to the public. Hope to see you there!
21 February 2019 Family History Today: Genealogy Lecture for Sephardi and Mizrahi Families New York, New York

Curious about family history outside of the Pale of Settlement?

The Center for Jewish History welcomes you to a lecture on genealogy tools for those interested in researching Jewish community records and Jewish life in the Sephardi or Mizrahi Diaspora. Open to all. No previous experience or preparation is necessary.  Presented by J.D. Arden, Genealogy and Reference Librarian at the Center for Jewish History and adjunct faculty at the LIU-Palmer School of Library & Information Science.

An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance.

Tickets are free, but advanced registration is required at

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

16 - 16 February 2019 Free Family History Presentation Camarillo, California

Ventura County Genealogical Society

presents a Free Family History Presentation

Saturday, February 16, 2019

at the

Camarillo Library Community Room

4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010


1:00 p.m. Using Maps and Gazetteers in Genealogy

All genealogists want to see where their families came from on maps but often look in the wrong places or on the wrong type of maps. This lecture discusses three ways of finding your ancestral homes: 1) locating the place in gazetteers or similar sources; 2) finding it on maps of the appropriate scale using the gazetteer information, and 3) searching for the town on maps of appropriate scale if it can’t be found in gazetteers. Map scales and levels of detail are discussed, along with historical border changes and the history of map-making itself. Sources for useful maps and gazetteers are summarized.


Ted Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980 and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy for several adult schools and university extension programs. Mr. Gostin has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and has been a featured speaker at a half-dozen such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and naturalization and immigration records. Mr. Gostin is the author of “Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850–1859,” and is the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original UK version of the popular genealogy television show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world. Mr. Gostin is also an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

2:30 p.m. Workshop: Timelines for Genealogists

Lyn Gesch will share examples of Timelines and discuss how they are useful in furthering your genealogical research.

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

Presentation: Latest DNA News from i4gg conference

The 4th International Genetic Genealogy Conference was held in December in San Diego, organized by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy ( We are fortunate to have this conference in our own backyard. Teri Reynolds will bring you some of the highlights of the Conference, focusing on new developments in genetic genealogy for 2018 and 2019.  This is the second installment in our 2019 DNA lecture series. We hope to see you there!