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25 - 25 June 2022 Land Companies: Post Revolutionary War Land Development Albany, New York

Land Companies: Post Revolutionary War Land Development - Skip Duett, 1 pm via Zoom

After the Revolutionary War, there was a shift away from the earlier land transfer approaches.  The Holland Land Company, Oliver Phelps, Nathaniel Gorham, Sir William Pulteney, William Constable, and many others operated land companies in the post-war period.  Understanding how and where these companies functioned opens a treasure trove of records the prudent New York researcher will not want to miss.

Skip Duett is a professional genealogist, speaker and author specializing in upstate New York research.  He is conducting cutting-edge research in the application of advanced Y-DNA analysis for genealogy.  He is also actively researching post-Revolutionary War New York land settlement and records outside county deeds.  He serves on the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society (NYG&B) Family History Advisory Committee.

(Non-members of CDGS may register for this free program starting on the 16th of June)

18 - 18 June 2022 The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents Free Family History Presentations Camarillo, California

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents

Free Family History Presentations

Online with Zoom

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1:00-4:00 pm PDT


1:00 pm       Presenter: Tina Beaird

 “Old McDonald Had a Farm: Using farming Records in Your Genealogy

Farm records can be an insightful tool for understanding your ancestor’s
place in the world. Were they wealthy, prosperous farmers or scratch farming to survive? Agricultural census, land records and mortgage books, court records, farm directories, newspapers, and personal ledgers and diaries can provide an additional layer of insight into your family tree.


Tina Beaird is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, IL. She lectures nationally on military research, Scottish records, and archival preservation. She is the First Vice President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and a Director for the Northern Illinois Historical League and the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board. Tina volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies scanning and indexing historical records. Occasionally, Tina finds time to research her own family tree, which she has pursued for over 25 years. She is a baseball fanatic, and she and her family have visited 22 out of 30 Major League ballparks.



                Second presentation:

Presenter: John Callahan

“What’s New With Snagit?”

VCGS member, John Callahan, will fill us in on new features for SnagIt, the screen capture and graphic editing tool for which VCGS has a site license.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here


The DNA Special Interest Group meeting will precede the general meeting from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Zoom. Contact the webmaster at to be added to the invitation list.

15 - 15 June 2022 Joy Neighbors – "A Grave Interest: Searching for Clues in the Cemetery" - GSNJ 2022 Genealogy Webinar Series Webinar

8 PM - Free and Open to the Public (GSNJ Members have access to the recording for a limited time).

Cemeteries hold a wealth of information – if you know what to look for, and where. During this session, we’ll focus on the different records available, learn the types of cemeteries that exist, whom to contact, and how to pull it all together. Plus, Joy unearths “21 Crypt Clues.”

09 - 09 June 2022 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Presents Genetic Genealogy and the Bassett Family DNA Project Naperville, IL

Jeffrey Bassett will speak on Genetic Genealogy; the latest technique being used as a tool in genealogical research. He will explain how he got started in genealogy, how DNA testing works, and then will present different case studies from the Bassett DNA project showing how DNA testing has helped in the research of different Bassett lines.

He has been working on Bassett Family genealogy for more than 45 years. His research includes more than 15,000 pages of text covering more than 490 different Bassett lines throughout the world. He started the Bassett DNA project in April of 2002. This project has grown to include more than 250 male Bassetts living in 7 countries around the world making it one of the largest projects of its kind.

The Bassett project was featured in the spring 2004 issue of “The New England Ancestors” magazine published by the New England Historic and Genealogical Society and titled “A Comparison of Five Early Bassett immigrants”. He has presented the Bassett DNA project to more than three dozen different groups in several states, has appeared on the Milwaukee Wisconsin NBC nightly news, and has appeared on a segment dealing with genetic genealogy in an Illinois newspaper. He also publishes a free Bassett Family monthly newsletter.

He has worked for Packaging Corporation of America in Lake Forest, Illinois for the past 32 years. He is currently Executive Director of Application Development. He lives in Mundelein, Illinois with his wife of 39 years.

FVGS meetings are free to attend for members and guests. This meeting will be recorded and members will have access to the recording and handouts after the presentation.

04 June 2022 EWGS June Presentation: Finding Family in Western Canada Hybrid Zoom/In-Person from Spokane, Washington

Saturday, June 4EWGS 1:00 pm to 3:00 pmA Hybrid Meeting at Shadle Public Library David Obee will present: "Finding Family in Western Canada" Odds are, you have cousins, if not ancestors, from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan or Manitoba, the four western provinces of Canada. This presentation will cover the important sources that apply to all four provinces, some that are regional in nature, as well as ones unique to each province. It will include some geographic clues, and will note some major differences between research in this region and in the United States.

21 - 21 May 2022 VCGS Free Family History Presentations Camarillo, California

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents

Free Family History Presentations

Online with Zoom

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 1:00-4:00 pm PST

1:00 pm     Presenter: Carla Cegielski

“Mining for Treasure in the Internet Archive”

The Internet Archive is not just the Wayback Machine! It also contains audio, movies, images, software, maps, and texts. Discover everything you can do at the Archive and learn search strategies for accessing its genealogical treasures.


Carla Cegielski is a full-time genealogical researcher specializing in the areas of Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. She has been researching her own family for over 40 years and providing research services to others since 2007. Carla began lecturing on various genealogical topics. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries, and conferences. Carla holds a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature and an M.S. in Library Science. Carla currently serves as Vice President of the Lake County Genealogical Society and the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.


                Second presentation:

Presenter: John P. Schmal

“Santa Barbara and Ventura During the Spanish Period (1783-1821)” (Mexican American SIG)

John P. Schmal will discuss the Spanish settlements of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, including the establishment of the five missions in the area between 1772 and 1804. He will explore the growth and challenges of the communities in the early decades of the Spanish period. The Chumash who inhabited the area long before the arrival of the Spaniards will also be discussed with emphasis on their numerous languages and transportation networks. At the end, there will be a discussion of genealogical research for the Spanish, Mexican, and Indian inhabitants, with an emphasis on the Huntington Library’s Early California Population Project (ECPP).


John Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. 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).  He has published dozens of short stories on the history of the indigenous people of most of the Mexican states.

All our monthly lectures and workshops are free to our members and the public. Non-members should request a Zoom invitation here

21 - 21 May 2022 Who Gets Grandma's Yello Pie Plate? Albany, New York

Who Gets Grandma's Cello Pie Plate? - Bonnie J. Lewis

1 pm via Zoom

This program is a great opportunity to explore your options on saving the special pieces of a senior's life. It can take just two generations for memories of an ancestor to disappear from the memories of our descendants.  What happens to the family memories, artifacts, stories, and photographs? This program from the University of Minnesota Extension provides people with practical information about the inheritance and transfer of non-titled personal property. It assists families to communicate, make decisions, and lessen the conflicts when transferring personal property.   

Bonnie J. Lewis has been the Dependent Care Educator for the Caregiver Resource Center, a co-project of Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Office for the Agining of Sullivan County NY.  She has also provided classes and support for caregivers assisting individuals with dementia .  She previously worked at Garnett Sullivan Hospital, United Way and as a private duty nurse.

(Non-members of CDGS may register for this free program starting on the 16th of May)

18 - 18 May 2022 Bryna O’Sullivan – "Trace Your Revolutionary Roots" - GSNJ 2022 Genealogy Webinar Series Webinar

8 PM - Free and Open to the Public (GSNJ Members have access to the recording for a limited time).

What did your ancestor do to support the American cause? Whether you’re looking to document service for the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution or simply to learn more about your family’s past, this program will help you find out.

12 - 12 May 2022 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Presents Issuing Citations That Help “Prove” Your Genealogical Research by Laura Street Chaplin Naperville, IL

Using Dr. Thomas W. Jones’ book: Mastering Genealogical Proof, as a template and resource, this presentation explores, in a hands-on format, how to build essential citations documenting our sources used. Learn why citations are so essential, the 5 W’s of citations, how to craft 2-part citations, and details on the various types of citations. Review basic genealogical underpinnings to understand and implement excellent citations. These include: characteristics of good research questions & the 3×3 Evidence Analysis Process (by Elizabeth Shown Mills). Bring your own thoughts and be prepared to talk to your neighbors during this fun approach to issuing your own citations!Laura Chaplin began researching her family history when she was inspired by a professor at college. Since then, she has spent years researching, attending countless workshops, and traveling across the country on research trips. She is now the owner of Willowtree Research: Family History and Genealogy Services. Laura has a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. At the Town & Country Public Library in Elburn she was the History & Genealogy Manager and help them to open their Lawrence J. Martin Heritage Center.This in-person event will be held at Nichols Library - Community Room (200 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540). FVGS meetings are free to attend. Visit for the 2022 FVGS 2022 Program Schedule. The presentation will be recorded. Members have access to recordings for a limited time.

11 - 11 May 2022 FhGS Presentation: Camp Amache, Colorado's Japanese American Confinement Camp Golden, Colorado

Dr. Bonnie Clark, leader of the DU Amache Project, will present "Community Archaeology at Amache, Colorado's Japanese American Confinement Camp".

The forced removal and subsequent incarceration of over 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II is a pivotal incident in world history.  Places where they were confined are significant resources for both research about and re-engagement with this critical experience.  

Since 2008, Dr. Clark has led collaborative archaeological investigations at the site of Amache, Colorado’s War Relocation Authority confinement facility. She will discuss the ongoing project, highlighting how archaeology, oral history, and historic documents combine to provide insights about how these confined people can reknit community and reclaim humanity.

Dr. Clark is committed to using tangible history – objects, sites, and landscapes—to broaden our understanding of our diverse past.  She leads the DU Amache Project, a community collaboration committed to researching, preserving, and interpreting the physical history of Amache, Colorado’s WWII-era Japanese American incarceration camp ( 

In 2011, Dr. Clark’s work was recognized by her peers with the University of Denver’s Teacher/Scholar of the Year award and in 2021, she was the recipient of the State Honor Award from Colorado Preservation, Inc. She began her career as a professional archaeologist and now serves as a Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Denver (DU), as well as the Curator for Archaeology of the DU Museum of Anthropology. 

Guests are always welcome for this free 1:00 p.m. MT presentation. The in-person presentation will be at Applewood United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis St., Golden, CO 80401. For the ZOOM link, register at

Donations welcome. FhGS supports genealogical research in the Colorado Foothills Counties of Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson and Park; provides educational programs, classes and field trips; and preserves and publishes historical records.