Corona Genealogical Society

South Orange County Genealogical Society

February 4, 2019 ~ 7:00 PM

February 16, 2019 -  10:00 AM

From a Box in the Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom: Organizing and Digitizing Your Family Photos

27976 Marguerite Parkway at Hillcrest Drive
Enter behind the LDS Church
Mission Viejo, CA
Who Needed it Anyway? Finding Your Family despite the Lost 1890 Census

Corona Public Library
650 S. Main Street
Corona, CA 92882

Palm Springs Genealogical Society

Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society

March 16, 2019 - 9:30AM

March 2, 2019 - 10:00AM

Who Needed it Anyway? Finding Your Family despite the Lost 1890 Census

Palm Springs Library
300 South Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Locating Records in Archives from Your Couch

First Presbyterian Church
316 Castillo Street,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

SCGS Jamboree

Northwest Genealogy Conference

May 30-June 2, 2019

August 14-17, 2019 

14th - Disaster Proofing your Genealogical Research

Regular sessions:
15th -Who Needed it Anyway? Finding Your Family despite the Lost 1890 Census
15th - Grandma Said What? Gathering and Verifying Family Oral History
16th - Irish Eyes are Smiling: Vital Records in the Land of Saints and Scholars

Registration coming soon: 

Byrnes Performing Arts Center
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd.
Arlington WA

2 June: Disaster Proofing Your Genealogical Research

Los Angeles Marriott
Burbank Airport Hotel
Burbank, CA
To Register & Pay:

Moreno Valley Genealogical Society

August 17, 2019  - 2:00 PM

Bagpipes & Tartans: An Introduction to Scottish Research

Moreno Valley Family History Center located in the LDS Church
23300 Old Lake Drive, Moreno Valley, CA

Lectures and Presentations

These are the lectures currently available to be presented to your Society's Membership. 
Please contact me to discuss booking any of these topics, or to tailor a presentation for your group.

From a Box in the Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom: Organizing and Digitizing your Family Photos
After a brief history of photography, we look at organizing techniques, digitization basics and options/ideas on what to do with your photos.

Extra! Extra! Find Your Family in the Newspaper! 
If you only think about obituaries when you think of newspapers for genealogy, you may be missing out!  We take a look at the types of information we can find about our family in the paper and then learn where to find it - online and offline.

Shamrocks, Leprechauns, and Harps: Researching your Irish Roots
Ireland can be a challenging place to research in!   Learn about what records do exist, and what no longer exists, before you get started searching for your Irish roots.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling: Finding Vital Records in the land of Saints and Scholars.

Get to know the Irish Civil Registration records! These Birth, Marriage and Death records began country-wide in 1864 and contained a wealth of information about our ancestors.  Learn how to access these records right from your own home through multiple websites.

Grandma Said What? Gathering and Verifying Your Family’s Oral History
We will define what oral history is and talk about strategies to interview your family; then, go through the process of verifying a family story.

To Spit or Not to Spit?  Is DNA testing right for your research?
Covering the very basics of Genetic Genealogy, we will review the types of DNA tests available; list the companies that offer them, and determine how to choose which is best for your research and which family members to test – if any!

Locating Records in Archives from Your Couch
The digital age has brought billions of records to genealogists' living rooms.  However, there is much more only available in hard-copy.  Learn how to track down these valuable resources, wherever they are in the world, without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Who Needed it Anyway? Getting Around the Missing 1890 Census
The loss of the 1890 Federal census is a source of great frustration for American Genealogists, but all hope is not lost! Learn strategies and gather tips for success in locating your family in other records between the 1880 and 1900 Federal censuses.

Disaster Proofing Your Research 
Family historians spend years, sometimes decades gathering and compiling records, photographs, and family heirlooms to preserve the past and guide the future.  Let's talk about ways to ensure that all this hard work isn't lost in any number of potential disasters.
  *Also available as a 2-hour, hands-on workshop

Missing: Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters, and Bachelors
Have some of the folks on your family tree disappeared?  Pick up some new ideas on how to locate widows and unmarried children through several case studies.

Coming Soon:

Genealogy 101: Tree Climbing for the Beginner
Designed as an interactive workshop, this class discusses the very first steps to take after you've decided to start researching your family.

My DNA Brought Me to the Forest, But Where are the Trees?
Genealogical DNA tests are bringing thousands of new cousins to our attention, but many of them don't have trees attached to their test.  Learn some new techniques for figuring out where how these individuals connect with you. (Focus is on results system).

What was Built can be Torn Down: Brick Wall Strategies
Are you stuck? Does it seem like you’ll never find an answer to the question you have about your ancestor? With careful planning and a focused strategy, it may be possible to turn that brick wall into a pile of rubble.

How do I Decide What to Believe? Evidence Evaluation for Everyone
Discussing the difference between an original record and an index, why it's important to look at the image of the census and not just rely on what the index, how to estimate the reliability of the informant, etc. 

Hopping Down the Paper Trail 
The records our ancestors left behind often lead us to other records, and sometimes take us down a rabbit hole. Learn how to scour those records for the next clue, and how to prioritize those clues so that you stay on track.