Educational Program Summaries

Saturday Morning Classes

 

Hispanic Family History

Presenter Ceasar Castro

In this class we will discuss Hispanic genealogy and provide you with information which will help you with your Hispanic research.  Your host is a veteran genealogist in a state-of-the-art library. Whether you are new to genealogy and wondering how to start the quest for your ancestors, or have been searching for years, expert guidance can save you months, if not years, of your time.

Family Tree Maker

Presenter Dave Tooley

Family Tree Maker is a powerful software tool that allows you to build your family tree. It links to Ancestry.com, allows you to search for your ancestors and provides charts, reports and maps to enhance your knowledge of your ancestor’s past. This class will discuss the use of Family Tree Maker version 2017. It is open to all levels of experience.


Reunion Users Group

Facilitator Anne Alves

This class will focus on how to use Reunion for Mac to perform your genealogy research. We will demonstrate many of the functions of Reunion, show how they help you search for information on the internet and how they organize your data as you build your family tree.

 

From Bits, Bytes and Pixels to JPG,TIFF and PDF: An Explanation

Of Image File Formats

Presenter Marshall Clow

How are images stored on your computer? What are the differences between a PDF file and JPG file? What does “300 dpi” mean? What are the tradeoffs that you can make when scanning and manipulating photos? This information will help you when dealing with your photos.

 

Introduction to Genealogy

Presenter Colin Whitney

Where and how do you begin researching your ancestors? How do you search for them and organize your data? What records are available to search? These are some of the topics to be covered as well as family trees, DNA, and how to share your research.

 

DNA and Genealogy

Presenter Colin Whitney

This class addresses topics related to DNA testing and analysis, including the basics of DNA testing, an overview of the major testing companies, third party sites, and strategies for analysis and interpretation of testing results. The class is open to all levels of experience. It is recommended, but not required, that attendees read “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” by Blaine Bettinger prior to attending the class.

 

Local Resources

Presenter Susi Pentico

In this class we discuss the San Diego area libraries, why they are essential, search techniques you can use for the library, how to find the right library, and what the libraries contain. We show how to use searching aids such as WORLDCAT and PERSI and how to prepare for your library visit.  The resources available at the San Diego City Public Library, the San Diego County Library, the Carlsbad Public Library, independent Libraries such as Coronado and Escondido, and university libraries like UCSD and San Diego State are detailed.

 

RootsMagic

Presenter Randy Seaver

RootsMagic is a comprehensive software tool which helps you research, organize and share your genealogy information. It is appropriate for all levels from beginner to professional. This class will discuss many of its multitude of features and show you how to use them

 

Intermediate Level Genealogy

Presenter Colin Whitney

This class picks up where the introductory genealogy class leaves off. We will discuss finding records abroad as well as how to search some of the less common US records. We will talk about genealogy sources that you can find on the web which help you find your ancestors.

 

Introduction to the British Isles

Colin Whitney

This talk will introduce you to the British Isles and provide a framework for researching your British ancestors. We cover the names for regions of the British Isles, the county structure and recent changes, as well as the Dioceses of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England. The main record types are discussed, their location, and guides on how to access them.

 

German Translation Class

Presenter Barbara Stanculescu

This class will help attendees who have documents in German scripture which need to be translated. Examples are church documents like birth certificates, marriage and death certificates as well as civil certificates. If you have documents you would like translated, you are encouraged to send them to me at abcde_bunch@ Hotmail.com. That way we can project them on the screen so that everyone can participate.

 

San Diego Genealogical Society Orientation

Presenter Pat Francisco

 

This class is designed for all who want to know more about the San Diego Genealogical Society- its people and its programs. We will discuss the history of the society, its officers, the monthly meetings, bi-annual seminars, the education staff, research trips, local resources and more. The session will conclude with a live demonstration of using the website. Bring your laptop.

 

 


Special Interest Groups

 

San Diego Ancestry Interest Group

Facilitator TBD

This is a group which visits, every other month, research or historical sites in San Diego where our ancestors lived, worked and played. We share the genealogical strategies we have used with success to uncover information about our past. We are currently looking for a new facilitator for this Interest Group.

 

German Interest Group

Facilitator Amy Chidester

The German Interest Group explores a wide variety of subjects, mostly related to German genealogy. Occasionally, non-German specific topics of general interest, such as DNA or a Review of the 2018 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, are presented. Most classes are taught by a member of the German Interest Group although, in the past we have been fortunate to have some nationally recognized speakers. Periodically, we provide interactive classes where members bring in individual issues to be solved.

 

Writers group

Facilitator Diane Altona

The Writer’s Group meets twice monthly at the Family Search Library. It addresses the need to write stories about our ancestors to enhance the pedigree charts and other documents. The group focus is on historical and genealogical topics of interest to its members and how to write about them. We learn from each other by reading our stories out aloud and receiving comments and criticism. All levels are welcome with or without their writing.



Hispanic Saturdays

Facilitator Ceasar Castro

This Special Interest Group meets every other month to discuss Hispanic genealogy. It provides personal assistance to Hispanic researchers. Your host is a veteran genealogist in a state-of-the-art library. Whether you are new to genealogy or have been searching for years, expert guidance can save you months, if not years, of your time. Bring your pedigree charts and family history sheets and/or your laptop so that our experts can see your family’s “big picture.”



Family Tree Maker Users Group PC or Mac

Facilitator Dave Tooley

Family Tree Maker is a powerful software tool that allows you to build your family tree. It links to Ancestry.com, allows you to search for your ancestors and provides charts, reports and maps to enhance your knowledge of your ancestor’s past. The Users Group discusses the use of Family Tree Maker version 2017 and provides individual attention to solving the problems that you bring in. It is open to all levels of experience.



Computer Basics PC or Mac

Facilitator Dave Tooley

This group provides a forum for discussing any computer issues you are dealing with. Members are encouraged to bring in their problems and we can give you one on one assistance in solving them. The group is open to all levels of experience.

 

RootsMagic

Presenter Randy Seaver

RootsMagic is a comprehensive software tool which helps you research, organize and share your genealogy information. It is appropriate for all levels from beginner to professional. This monthly SIG will discuss many of its multitude of features and show you how to use them. Attendees are encouraged to bring in problems or issues to receive individualized help.

 


DNA Interest Group

Facilitator Colin Whitney

 

This Special Interest Group will meet most months this year. We will focus on all aspects of using DNA for genealogical purposes. We will cover the basics of DNA, organizing your data, and testing your DNA at the major websites. The tools available at these websites which help you understand your results will be described, as well as many of the third party tools. Review, update,and question sessions will be held every six months. The agenda for each meeting will be posted prior to the event.

 

British Isles Interest Group

Facilitator Colin Whitney

This Special Interest Group will focus on the British Isles and will be held most months in July 2019. It will cover all countries of the British Isles; Ireland and Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Different countries will be discussed in each session. The presentations will outline research resources available for each country, particularly on-line records. Search techniques will alos be discussed. Research trips to the British Isles will be presented. The agenda for each session will be provided prior to the meeting.

Reunion Users Group

Facilitator Anne Alves

The primary focus of this workshop is on Reunion for Mac although other genealogy topics of interest are covered. We usually start each session with questions from last month’s topic before diving into a new discussion. Often a mixed format is adopted which incorporates a formal presentation, demonstration of the use of Reunion, and a problem solving session where individualized help is provided.

 

 







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