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15 - 15 February 2020 Finding Your French-Canadian Ancestors FAST In Quebec and US Records on the Internet Santa Rosa, California

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society Presents Claire E. Miller “Finding Your French-Canadian Ancestors FAST In Quebec and US Records on the Internet” When Claire Miller began her family history research in 1988, she knew only as far back as her French-Canadian great-grandfather. Using the internet in 2001 Claire was able to trace her lineage back to the immigrant ancestor who arrived in Montréal in 1699. This talk will demonstrate how you can build an impressive pedigree in very little time, while sitting in front of your computer. Saturday, February 15, 2020 Cypress Room 2060 West College Ave. Santa Rosa 95401 FREE Noon-2pm

05 February 2020 Family History Today: Jewish Students, Medical Globetrotters, and Persevering Women New York, New York

Date and Time: Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM

Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St., New York, NY 10011

At first, aspiring Jewish men from Galicia, Lithuania, and elsewhere ventured to Padua University to study medicine when other schools across Europe refused their admission. Then, from the end of the eighteenth century onward, Jews from Galicia attended Habsburg universities—from Lemberg/Lwów and Kraków, to Vienna, Pest and Prague. Many nineteenth-century Jewish medics influenced Galician life beyond their profession, advocating educational, religious and civic reforms. At the turn of the twentieth century, Jewish women were at the forefront of newly won access to university education, changing societal and family norms.

This presentation will take us across the countries and continents, with genealogical information illustrated by unique archival records, newspaper accounts, and maps. You don’t have to have medical practitioners among your ancestors to find this topic interesting and helpful in your family history research.

About the Speaker: Andrew Zalewski is a former professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is the vice president of Gesher Galicia, a non-profit organization devoted to genealogical and historical research on Galicia. Andrew Zalewski has also authored two books on Austrian Galicia: Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family and Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots.

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

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

This program is sponsored by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute and Gesher Galicia. It is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

18 - 18 January 2020 SOS For A Photo Mess with Micki Jones Santa Rosa, CA

SOS For A Photo Mess with Micki JonesMs. Jones will present the Safeguard, Organize and Share method for organizing your photographs. After the wild fires that swept the North Bay, Ms. Jones knew that she had to learn to safeguard, organize and share her boxes of print photos that filled closets and the years of digital photos that were on a twelve-year-old hard drive. Ms. Jones realized she had a passion to help others curate their photo collections and started Journeys Photo Solutions. Saturday, January 18th Finley Center Cypress Room 2060 West College Ave.Santa Rosa 95401707-543-3737 Noon-2pm Noon-1pm group chat 1pm-2pm presentation

11 December 2019 Family History Today: Personal Archiving 101 - Preserving your Digital Memories New York, New York

Location: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street
Date and Time: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 PM
Tickets: or 800-838-3006 ($10 general admission; $5 Center for Jewish History/Partner members, seniors, and students)
VHS? Floppy disks? Vacation photographs? Everyone has digital materials that hold personal meaning and tell stories about their lives. Join archivist Maggie Schreiner for a personal digital archiving workshop and learn how to care for and preserve your digital memories! Master the basics of digitizing and caring for your collections of documents, photos, and audiovisual materials. Learn about file formats and storage, straightforward tools and techniques, and common risks and dangers (and how to avoid them!).
About the Speaker: Maggie Schreiner is the Manager of Archives and Special Collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She has previously held positions at New York University and the Queens Memory program at Queens Library, where she first began teaching about personal digital archiving. Maggie holds an MA in Archives and Public History from New York University.An ASL interpreter may be made available if requested in advance. This program is presented by the Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

16 - 16 November 2019 MTGS 31st Annual Genealogical Seminar "Genealogy Meets Technology: Tools and Strategies for the Digital World" with Dick Eastman John P Holt BRENTWOOD LiBRARY, Brentwood TN

Join us for a great day of genealogy and technology, as Dick Eastman, author of the most popular online genealogy magazine in the world, presents these four great topics: Genealogy Searches on Google Using Online Genealogy Programs The Organized Genealogist Mobile Apps for GenealogyRegistration is now OPEN until November 9. Visit our Seminar page at for registration details.

16 - 16 November 2019 Forensic Genetic Genealogy Santa Rosa, CA

Forensic Genetic Genealogy with DNA Doe Project co-founder Dr. Margaret PressThe DNA Doe Project has one mission: “To identify John and Jane Does using genetic genealogy.” The project’s first successful identification was the first announcement of how DNA could identify cold case victims. Since then forensic genetic genealogy has also been used to identify cold case perpetrators such as the Golden State killer. Dr. Press will share a behind the scene look at the DNA Doe Project’s first solved case. Saturday, November 16th, Finley Center Cypress Room 2060, West College Ave. Santa Rosa 95401. Noon-2pm Noon-1pm group chat “What are your DNA mysteries?” 1pm-2pm Dr. Press’ presentation. Arrive early – seating is limited.

16 November 2019 Free Family History Presentation Camarillo, California

THE VENTURA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY presents a Free Family History Presentation Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010 1:00 P.M.“The War of 1812” Presented by Linda Serna Did you have an ancestor who served in the War of 1812, between the United States and Great Britain? About 60,000 U.S. Army forces and 470,000 American militia and volunteer troops fought from 1812 to 1815. Linda Serna will tell the story of the War of 1812, one of America’s forgotten wars, and broaden our understanding of this time in history. Her coverage includes people, places, and events, and is rounded out with interesting trivia to make the story come alive. Linda Serna has been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 30 years. In addition, she was privileged to work as a genealogist for the first season of the PBS Genealogy Roadshow program. Currently, she is a member of the Southern California Chapter of the P.M. Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG), the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), and several other genealogical organizations. She especially likes seeing how individual family stories fit in and make up the fabric of history. 2:30 WORKSHOP: “Snagit Updates” Presented by John Callahan Following the general presentation, John Callahan will review what is new in Snagit – a genealogist’s wonderful computer resource. 10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.: VCGS DNA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP MEETING The VCGS DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the Camarillo Library. Don and Carly Worth will lead a presentation about “Introduction to DNA for Genetic Genealogy.”

02 November 2019 2019 Fall Seminar Germantown, Tennessee

Amy Johnson Crow is a Certified Genealogist with more than 20 years of experience helping people discover their family's history. She is an award-winning blogger, active lecturer, and author of the Modern Genealogy Made Easy website.  Her roots run deep in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. She earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Kent State University.  Amy loves to help people discover the joys of learning about their ancestors and she thinks that there are few things better than a day in a cemetery.

Refund Policy: Full refund if request is received on or before October 17, 2019. A refund of the registration fee less $20 will be given for requests received between October 18, 2019, and November 1, 2019. No refunds for requests received the day of the seminar or later.

Deadline for Registration: Monday October 28, 2019

Limited Space Available

Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

Session Schedule

8:15 a.m. Registration

9:00 – 9:10 - Opening Remarks & Introduction

9:10 – 10:10 - Using Land Records Effectively

10:10 - 10:30 BREAK

10:30 - 11:30 - Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the In-between Years

11:30 - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 - Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records

1:30 - 1:50 - BREAK

1:50 - 2:50 - Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females

2:50 - 3:15 p.m. Q&A & Wrap-up 

29 October 2019 Family History Today: DNA and the Golden Rule – The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy New York, New York

Date and Time: October 29, 6:30 PM

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

Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.

About the Speaker: The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her award-winning blog is at

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

Tickets: or 800-838-3006 ($10 Regular; $5 Center for Jewish History/Partner members, seniors, and students). Note: Our programs frequently sell out. We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. 

26 - 26 October 2019 FxGS Fall Fair Dunn Loring, Fairfax, VA

Fairfax Genealogical Society Fall Fair, "Are You a Hare or a Tortoise?--Is Haste Generating Waste in Your Genealogical Life?" Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D., CG presents lessons to evaluate your past family research and tips to improve your future work. Sat., Oct 26, 9am - 2pm, at Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Station, 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, Fairfax, VA. Free parking and handicapped accessible.Registration: FxGS members (by October 15), $35.00; Non-Members (by October 15), $45.00. Registrations by October 15 include box lunch. Late registrations or at door, plus $10.00. Further info about Fair and FxGS at