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16 - 16 April 2022 Free Family History Presentation Camarillo, California

The Ventura County Genealogical Society presents

Free Family History Presentation

Online with Zoom

Saturday, April 16, 2022, 1:00-4:00 pm



1:00 pm Presenter: Sara Cochran

“Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Is this 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 backward in order to go forwards.


Sara is a full-time professional genealogist with over twenty-five years of experience. Her research has taken her into nearly every State in the USA as well as Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate, a Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science and is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy.


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. To be added to the invitation list, contact the webmaster at

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14 - 14 April 2022 Fox Valley Genealogical Society Valid and Unsound Assumptions: What Was She Thinking? by Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG Webinar

It is not uncommon for us to neglect to question our assumptions. Failure to search for evidence to support our assumptions and to critically test evidence can lead to inaccurate conclusions. The search for the deceased husband of Elizabeth Larzelere enumerated in 1820 with four young children leads to unexpected results and to new questions.Jeanne Larzalere Bloom is a full-time professional researcher specializing in Chicago and Cook County research, forensic genealogy, problem solving, and multi-generational family histories. On behalf of the Department of the Army, Jeanne searches for and identifies family members of unaccounted for servicemen from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Jeanne researched the Chicago ancestry for many episodes of the television series, Who Do You Think You Are? and appeared in the Jason Sudeikis and Julie Bowen episodes. Jeanne lectures frequently at conferences, workshops, and institutes and writes articles for scholarly journals and society publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts [History] from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a second-year certificate from the University of Chicago's publishing program. She is a former president and former treasurer of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.FVGS meetings are free to attend but you must register in advance for online events. Visit for program and registration details. To learn more about FVGS, visit

13 - 13 April 2022 Foothills Genealogical Society Program Golden, Colorado

19th Century America: Cultural Changes and Their Effects on Records

Learn how 19th century America women, African-Americans and immigrants were more impacted by record keeping changes than other Americans in this in-person presentation with a ZOOM option at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

Sylvia Tracy-Doolos, Professional Genealogist, will explain how geographic, cultural, and historic changes affected the creation of these records. She will provide a broad look at the 19th Century to understand these changes. Sylvia Tracy-Doolos has been interested in genealogy for nearly forty years and working as a professional genealogist for over ten as the owner of New Leaf Genealogy. She is President of the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History and the Colorado chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and Past President of the Wales, Ireland, Scotland, England Family History Society (WISE-FHS). She has a B.A. in History with a minor in English focusing on linguistics to help her study how language changes affected record keeping.

Guests are always welcome. Go to to register for the in-person meeting at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis St, Golden, CO, or to receive the link for the ZOOM option.

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.

09 - 09 April 2022 In Person All- Day Genealogy Seminar with Steve Morse Orlando, Florida.

The Central Florida Genealogy Society presents an in-person all-day Genealogy Seminar on Saturday, April 9, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Held at the Cultural Hall at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 45 East Par St, Orlando, Florida 32804. 

Four Presentations to include:
Getting Ready for the 1950 Census
One-Step Webpages: A Potpourri of Genealogical Search Tools
Deep Linking and Deeper Linking: How I Get the Most Out of Existing Search Applications
Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman

Were YOU in the 1950 census? Join us for a day of learning and a fun day of celebrating the 1950s! Attendees are encouraged to wear 1950's era clothing. Door Prizes.

Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step website for which he has received numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Associaton of Jewish Genealogical Societies.


09 - 09 April 2022 Spring 2022 Genealogy Conference w/ Rich Venezia Virtual via Zoom

Our Spring 2022 Genealogy Conference is on Saturday, April 9th, with four lectures by Rich Venezia, a nationally recognized expert on genealogy research (and former North Hills Genealogists President).

Are you the type of person who thinks it's fun to spend a day learning about how to conduct research on the internet and dive deeper into the records you find, extracting every last clue that they can give? How about spending a day with like-minded individuals learning about how to best conduct genealogical research to discover your ancestors’ life stories? Then this experience is for you! The conference will be held live via Zoom (no recording). Door prizes are included in the Saturday schedule.



"Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource"

Pin down your elusive immigrant ancestor’s place of origin using some well-known – and lesser- known – record sets, ideas, and techniques.

Immigrant ancestors didn’t always leave behind too may records that give hints as to their exact place of origin. The endless “Ireland” notations or “Poland” listed as place of birth can drive genealogists, both beginner and expert alike, mad. This presentation delves into various and diverse records that are found stateside so as to narrow down that search, as well as ideas for when the paper trail continually runs cold. The main suspects will be discussed, as will numerous lesser-known and lesser-used records. Many of these record sets are also rich with genealogical details, and can help contextualize and fill in our ancestors’ lives here in the United States.

"Immigration & Naturalization Laws Throughout U. S. History"

Learn about America’s immigration and naturalization laws in this overview, from 1790 – the present.

Since the founding of the nation, naturalization and immigration laws have dictated who was able to immigrate, become citizens, and have all the rights and privileges therein. Understanding the complex history of these laws gives us a better understanding of the lives and times of our ancestors, and can help us theorize what records we might find. Moreover, it may answer questions regarding why an immigrant never naturalized, or why ancestor arrived at one time over another.


"Board of Special Inquiry Records: Few and Far-Between"

Family story about a detention at Ellis Island? “BSI” notation on a ship manifest? Learn what few records still exist that detail an immigrant’s questioning before a Board of Special Inquiry, and their possible subsequent exclusion, appeal, or detention.

Many researchers see “BSI” listed next to an ancestor’s name on a ship manifest and are disappointed to find that most of these records no longer exist. However, records of the Boards of Special Inquiry are still extant for various years in the ports of San Francisco, San Pedro, Honolulu, and Philadelphia, as well as along the Southern Border. Records of cases that were appealed to the Central Office in Washington, D. C., may also be found. These remaining records will be examined to discover what stories they tell about individuals held for questioning.

"Military Records and Immigrant Ancestors"

Draft cards, service records, pensions, registrations… when an immigrant ancestor fought for the

American military or interacted with the Selective Service System, the records left behind are numerous and enlightening. These records may not only reveal a place of origin, but could greatly help to contextualize an ancestor’s life and times.

Many military-related records were created that relate to our immigrant ancestors fighting for their new homeland, registering for the draft, or claiming some sort of exemption. This lecture focuses on immigrants within these record groups, but well over half of the record groups covered also relate to non-immigrants.

"Question & Answer Session" until 4pm EDT

The conference will conclude with a Q & A from questions submitted by attendees.


Members: $35
Non-Members: $40
1 Year Membership: $15

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8:00 AM - Sign In to Zoom, socialize & networking

8:45 AM - Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - Two morning lectures with breaks

11:30 PM - Lunchtime Break

12:30 PM - Two afternoon lectures with break

2:45 PM - Final Q&A

Rich Venezia Bio

Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Philadelphia home. He founded Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. He was a member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) for two seasons, and also consulted on Follow Your Past (Travel Channel). He is an expert in the research of 20th-century immigrant ancestors, especially underutilized record sources and federal records. He also specializes in Italian and Irish research. Additionally, he assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy, and is a proud Italian dual citizen. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. He lectures nationwide, and spoke about "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots" at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017.

02 - 02 April 2022 Texas Czech Genealogical Society Relaunching To New Horizons in 2022 and Beyond Caldwell, Texas

Saturday, April 2, 2022 - Texas Czech Genealogical Society (TCGS) “Relaunching to New Horizons in 2022 and Beyond" ‘in person’  event  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Caldwell, Civic and Visitors Center, 103 Texas Highway 21W, Caldwell, TX 77836.
   Speakers  Leo Baca – Saved by an Angel; Richard Lesikar – By Land by Sea, Texas the Czech Dream; Patrick Janis – From Moravia to the Moon, by Way of Texas and Luba Ruzicka – From Socialism to American Freedom discuss the journey Czechs traveled from the 1880s to present day and beyond; the bravery and determination of our Czech ancestors to make their dreams of a better life become a reality. 
   All day a full library with books and materials brought from the TCGS Temple office library will be accessible. There will be an open floor plan during Saturday’s program which means you can sit in the library/book area doing genealogy research and also be able to view and hear the speakers and all presentations. Many useful books, including genealogy research books, maps, surname lists and much more, will be available. Most importantly, knowledgeable workers will be available to assist you with your genealogical research. There will be a Silent Auction and Czech Gift Shop.
   Registration begins at 8:00 AM and includes morning refreshments and a catered lunch.  Detailed information and registration forms are on the TCGS website or email Susan Crutchfield at [email protected] or mail to 507 West St., Sealy, TX 77474. To register by credit card go to Register by March 16, 2022 $45-TCGS members, $50 Non-members; by March 23, 2022 $50-TCGS members, $55 Non-members and at the door April 2, 2022 $60-All-members and non-members.

   Membership in TCGS is NOT REQUIRED to attend this event. The Texas Czech Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


02 April 2022 EWGS Spring Seminar Hybrid Meeting (Zoom or In-Person) in Beautiful Spokane, Washington

Saturday, April 2EWGS Spring Seminar 9:00 am to 2:30 pmOur First Hybrid Meeting at the Shadle Public Library! Shadle Public Library is located at 2111 W. Wellesley Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99205 Richard Sola will present: 1) Creating a Region - The Populating of Spokane & The Inland Empire, 1870-1920 We will be looking, decade by decade, at how Spokane grew from a village of less than 50 people in 1870 to a major U.S. city in 1900 with a population of over 100,000. Practical resources for you to use will be discussed. 2) Living Their Lives in the Inland Empire - 1870-1920 Who moved here and why? Where did they come from? How did they get here and why did they stay? What was it like to live in the new city of Spokane? Susan Dechant will present: 3) A Monumental Story, a Grand Coulee Mystery Once considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Grand Coulee Dam has had a huge impact on not only us here in the state of Washington but on all of the western states that are supplied with energy produced at the dam. During construction of the main dam and later the third powerhouse (roughly from 1933-1975), 81 men were killed working on the project. Who were those men and what are their stories? Susan will share how she used her genealogy research skills to solve the mystery of the missing monument.

02 - 02 April 2022 Texas Czech Genealogical Society Postponing Launching to New Horizons in 2022 and Beyond until 04/02/22 Caldwell Civic and Visitor Center 103 Highway 21 W. Caldwell, TX

Launching to New Horizons in 2022 and Beyond" - Texas Czech Genealogical Society in person event, postoned until 04/02/22 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Caldwell Civic and Visitor Center, 103 Texas Highway 21W, Caldwell, TX 77836. There will be 4 speakers: Leo Baca – Saved by an Angel, Richard Lesikar – By Land by Sea, Texas the Czech Dream, Patrick Janis – From Moravia to the Moon, by Way of Texas and Luba      Ruzicka – From Socialism to American Freedom and an appearance by Miss Czech-Slovak US Queen, Lauren Gerik. 
 Additionally, there will be a Silent Auction, Czech Gift Shop, and the most useful Library/Book Room, including Genealogy Research books, maps, surname lists and much more – with librarians to assist with your genealogical research.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM and includes morning refreshments and a catered lunch.  Closer to April, 2022, detailed information and registration forms will be on the TCGS website or email Susan Crutchfield at [email protected]

Membership in TCGS is NOT REQUIRED to attend this event. The Texas Czech Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

02 - 02 April 2022 MAGS Spring Conference Virtual via Zoom
Germans in U.S. Government Records
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠, FMGS, FUGA
Topics for the day:
  • The U.S. Federal Government: Underutilized Research Resources
  • World War I Era U.S. Alien Registrations
  • They Joined, They Associated: Finding Records of Germanic Organizations and Other Collections
  • German Research Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical and Historical periodicals
02 - 02 April 2022 Arizona Genealogy Day Virtually

The Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board and the Arizona State Library, Archives, & Public Records are pleased to present their second annual Arizona Genealogy Day, a free, virtual event from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 2, 2022. 

We have big name speakers lined up: J. Mark Lowe, FUGA ("Defining Potential Migration Routes & Locating Crucial Steps to the West"), Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS ("An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors"), Janelle Breedveld, MLIS, and Brittany Styles, MLIS ("Genealogy Gems in Government Documents"), and Thomas MacEntee ("The Genealogy-Do-Over: A Year of Learning from My Mistakes"). 

Space is limited. For registration and more details, please visit

This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.