Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Southern California Genealogical Society Webinars

The following is from the Southern California Genealogical Society Aug-Sep2011 Newsletter.

Grow What You Know
Beginning Genealogy Classes 

Has the summer left you feeling a little rusty in terms of your genealogical research skills? We have just the solution. Join us at the SCGS Library each Tuesday morning 9:30am-11:30am through the month of September.
September 6 - The Basics of Getting Started 
September 13 - Census Records and Substitutes 
September 20 - Church Records 
September 27 - Military and Land Records 
 Register by phone at 818-843-7247 or email at

1890 project
Lunch 'n' Learn
Saturday, September 10
12:00 lunch, 1:00 sessions 

"Patronymic Practices -
A Portal to the Past" presented by George Coulter

The presentation covers the basics of naming practices utilized by various nations and ethnic groups, with emphasis on patronymic surnames.  We compare and contrast patronymics, epithets, surnames of place, and occupational surnames, to illustrate how each surname can provide clues to permit determination of the national and/or ethnic background of the bearer. 

George P. Coulter, a genealogical writer, speaker, and consultant, honed his skills in those endeavors during his years as a California attorney, before becoming a professional genealogist. He received his A.B. degree in Political Science from UCLA, concurrent with a commission in the US Navy.George is a Life Member of the National Genealogical Society, a member of the Society of Genealogists (London), the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, the Dyfed (Wales) Family History Society, and a number of local historical and genealogical societies. 

"Finding Foreign Records"  
presented by Richard McBride

The Family History Libraries have a treasure trove of microfilm and books at their disposal. Our speaker will show you how to find these treasures.

Dr. Richard D. McBride is the Director of the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center.  He has been involved in family history research for about 40 years. He was born and raised in Mesa, AZ. After graduating from UCLA with a PhD in Applied Mathematics, he taught for 32 years at the University of Southern California. He currently is an Emeritus USC Professor of Management Science and Logistics. He is married to Georgia West and they have seven children.  

The sessions are open to the public free to the public at no charge; however, donations will be gladly accepted. The library will not be open for research.
The SCGS Webinar series has been a very successful way to introduce our Society and Jamboree to researchers around the world. We have welcomed more than 5,000 genealogists since the series began in March. 
What is this "webinar" thing any way? It's a way of delivering a presentation or class over the internet. Viewers log in at the scheduled time to watch a top-notch speaker provide information, including slides and handouts, on a specific topic. 

Upcoming SCGS sessions are listed below. Click to register for the session.

There will be no webinar on Saturday, September 3, due to the Labor Day weekend. Stay safe and have a great holiday! 

September 21 - 6pm PDT - Immigrant Cluster Communities: Past, Present and Future - Lisa Alzo.  There are a handful of "cluster" immigrant communities throughout the United States that blossomed during the late 19th/early 20th centuries.  This session will demonstrate how exploring "cluster genealogy" can often break down brick walls, and review how 21st technology can be used to rebuild "cluster communities" in the virtual world. Using tools such as family web sites, social networking sites, Wikis, etc. to build online genealogical communities will also be briefly discussed.   

October 1 - 10am PDT - Remembering the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestors - Gena Philibert Ortega. Women ancestors can be difficult to trace but not impossible. This presentation goes over resources for tracing the women in your family. Sources discussed include federal and state census records, immigration, vital records, church records, journals, newspapers, court records, library archives and manuscript collections.   
October 19 - 6pm PDT - Yes You Can! Do Genealogy in Spite of a Learning Disability - Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG - A presentation designed to help those with learning disabilities (specifically, dyslexia and related problems) learn ways to be successful in doing genealogical research. Hints for reading records and reports and well as writing up findings will be provided. This program comes out of 13 years as a college professor: the speaker is a dyslexic who went undiagnosed until her mid-30s, yet she is known for her effective writing style and precise research skills.

November and 2012 sessions will be announced as they are scheduled. No webinars are scheduled for December.  

You can find webinars on dozens of different topics offered by Legacy, RootsMagic, Geneabloggers and other groups. DearMYRTLE has developed an extensive list of webinars at    

The Jamboree Extension Series webinars are (or will soon be) archived on the members-only section of the SCGS website. The website is undergoing some work and our IT team will have all of the sessions available by the end of August. 

4 Sept United Daughters of the Confederacy Meeting
5 Sept Labor Day
6 Sept Beginning Genealogy Class
6 Sept Writer's Group
10 Sept Jamboree Planning Committee
10 Sept Lunch & Learn
10 Sept African-American Interest Group
12 Sept Legacy Users Group
13 Sept Beginning Genealogy Class
15 Sept SCGS Board Meeting
17 Sept German Interest Group
18 Sept RootsMagic User Group
20 Sept Beginning Genealogy Class
20 Sept Hispanic Tuesday
25 Sept Writer's Group
27 Sept Beginning Genealogy Class

Second Tuesday - German Workgroup
Third Tuesday - Hispanic Tuesday
Every Wednesday - French-Canadian Research Team
Every Thursday - German Research Team
Every Friday - 1890 Project Proofreading Team

If you have events that you would like listed in the SCGS update, please send an email to  Put "Area Event" in the subject line.

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