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Monday, April 26 through Friday, December 31
Information to Join Virtual Meetings for Non-Members  (SBCGS Events)

All Society events are open to the public and free unless noted otherwise. However, registration is required to attend them (even for our members). The registration links can be found below each event. Ordinarily, these events are a benefit of membership in the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. If you like what you see and you are not a member please consider joining the Society here or making a donation here.

All meeting times are Pacific Timezone

By registering for any of our events, you agree to receive emails from Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. You can unsubscribe at any time.




General Meeting
Saturday, September 18
General Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom
Virtual
Virtual Special Interest Groups will meet prior to the general meeting from 9:30 to 10:25 using the same Zoom link.
 
Zoom Host: Elizabeth O'Neal
Speaker: Gena Philibert-Ortega
     Special Interest Groups meet at 9:30 a.m. PDT
     Business Meeting at 10:30 a.m. PDT
     Speaker at 11:00 a.m. PDT
 
What You Don't Know About the US Census
Think you know everything about the US census? Most researchers know some of the ins and outs of researching the decennial census, but they don't know about some of the other gems the US census provides, including non-population schedules, census bureau reports, and more. Learn more about the census so you can use it to create a more in-depth analysis of your ancestor's life.
 
About Gena:
Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women's history. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Her published works include two books, numerous articles published in magazines and online, as well as five editions of the Tracing Your Ancestors series from Morsehead Publishing. She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association's magazine, Crossroads. Her writings can be found on her blogs, Gena's Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera as well as the GenealogyBank and Legacy Webinars blogs. She is a course instructor for The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has presented to diverse groups worldwide including the Legacy Family Tree Webinar series. Her current research includes women's repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community in fundraising cookbooks, and women's material culture.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the meeting.
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DNA Lunch and Learn
Friday, September 24
DNA Lunch and Learn  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom

Virtual

Zoom Host: Robin McCarthy
Moderator: George LaPlante
George will discuss recent DNA news and answer your DNA questions. Bring your lunch!
Note the date! lt is the 4th Friday for September only!
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
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Crowdsourced Research Assistance (Lunch & Learn)
Tuesday, September 28
Crowdsourced Research Assistance (Lunch & Learn)  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom
Virtual
Zoom Host & Moderator: Rosa Avolio
Rosa Avolio and attendees will offer research suggestions for pre-submitted brick wall research questions. If no submissions are received in advance, it will be the usual Lunch & Learn questions, ideas, and suggestions.
 
Download, complete, and email the attached form to Rosa if you have a research question you'd like to have crowdsourced at an upcoming session.
 
Register here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
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Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 31
Family History Month  (SBCGS Events)
 
Our events are free and open to the public, unless noted otherwise.
Most events will be virtual over Zoom.
Registration is required for each event.
We hope to see you at one or more of them!
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Genealogy Escape Room
Friday, October 1
Genealogy Escape Room  (General Class)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Zoom

Zoom Host: Robin McCarthy
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee

Imagine you are trapped in an archive and the only way out is to solve a series of genealogy research puzzles. Are you up to the challenge? Are you ready for Genealogy Escape Room? Based on the popular escape room concept, Genealogy Escape Room turns the typical webinar format upside down! Each registrant will receive a Case Review File used to solve a series of online research tasks BEFORE the live webinar takes place. The webinar is the “reveal” where a step-by-step review of each puzzle, task, and clue all the way to the final “key” to open the door. Genealogy methodology concepts will be summarized before announcing who escaped first!

Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend.
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Sahyun Library Open House
Sunday, October 3
Sahyun Library Open House  (SBCGS Events)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
316 Castillo St. Santa Barbara, CA

Celebrate Family History Month!

Family History Month Open House is back! Most activities will be outside and we will need to wear masks. We are planning to show our African American and student art exhibits, map and Society cousins activity, craft your family tree station, print your family tree from FamilySearch, research help, and more!

Volunteers needed! We have volunteer opportunities for various activities such as parking, greeters, food, set up, clean up, craft table, research help, and more. Interested in volunteering? Sign up here!  
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Family Tree Maker Presentation
Tuesday, October 5
Family Tree Maker Presentation  (General Class)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom

Zoom Host: Robin McCarthy
Presenter: Mark Olson

Representatives from Family Tree Maker and its companion software products will give presentations highlighting the products' features and uses.

This is NOT a support meeting to address specific user issues. General questions are welcome.

Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend.  
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Finding Irish Ancestors Researching American Records First
Wednesday, October 6
Finding Irish Ancestors Researching American Records First  (General Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom

Zoom Host: ?
Presenter: Sheila Benedict

For Irish research, without knowledge and information from every available document for that family, finding ancestors in Ireland is usually unsuccessful. Many make the trip to Dublin or Shannon with no knowledge of what they are facing and expect to find family with ease. Naturalizations, passenger lists, vital records, here and there, legal records, newspapers, Irish and American, are but some of the sources needed for success.

This class will include examples of both successful and unsuccessful searches. The class will also explain the types of record sources in Ireland, repositories, and will offer a comprehensive reference list. In order to be successful in Ireland, you MUST gather every record available in the USA, including those that are hidden in a box under the bed. 

Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend. 
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Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy
Friday, October 8
Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy  (General Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom

Zoom Host: ?
Presenter: Nancy Loe

Genealogist Nancy Loe will examine some of the best methods and software available for doing your family history on Macs and iPads!

This class is filled with links, screenshots, and tips that will help you make the most of your Apple devices. Discover research and productivity apps, Mac-only photo editing apps, backups, and choosing Mac family tree software. Mastering the great features and apps for Macs and iPads translates to less time managing your computer(s) and more time researching your ancestors.

The presentation covers:

  • Family tree software for Macs
  • Mobile apps for research
  • Mac photo management software
  • Data security & backups for Macs
  • Power-user tips & tricks for Macs & iPads
Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend. 
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Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 12
Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom
 
Zoom Host & Moderator: Rosa Avolio
Come join us for our Tuesday Lunch & Learn.
All levels beginner to advanced. Bring your lunch and let's talk genealogy!
 
Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend.
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DNA Lunch and Learn
Friday, October 15
DNA Lunch and Learn  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom

 

Zoom Host: Robin McCarthy
Moderator: George LaPlante
George will discuss recent DNA news and answer your DNA questions. Bring your lunch!
 
Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend.
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Animals That Served in the First World War
Monday, October 18
Animals That Served in the First World War  (General Class)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom

 

Zoom Host: Robin McCarthy 
Presenter: Norman Bambridge

Norman Bambridge from Canvey Island, England will give this acclaimed presentation.

The service of animals during times of military conflict often goes unmentioned. Whether providing comfort, inspiration, or indispensable service, animals have played a crucial role in militaries and armed conflicts for centuries. This presentation will focus on the over 16 million animals that served in the First World War. They were used for transport, communication and companionship. In 1914, both sides had large cavalry forces. Horses, donkeys, mules and camels carried food, water, ammunition and medical supplies to men at the front, and dogs and pigeons carried messages. Canaries were used to detect poisonous gas, and cats and dogs were trained to hunt rats in the trenches.

Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend. 
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Italian SIG Meeting
Tuesday, October 19
Italian SIG Meeting  (Special Interest Groups)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom
 
Zoom Host & Moderator: Rosa Avolio
Join Rosa Avolio to explore all things Italian. Learn where and how to research your Italian ancestors. Questions are welcome.

Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend. 
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Jewish Gravestones and Funeral Practices
Thursday, October 21
Jewish Gravestones and Funeral Practices  (General Class)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom

 

Zoom Host: Robin McCarthy 
Presenter: Milt Hess

What can you learn from a Jewish gravestone? In addition to the name of the deceased, inscriptions on a Jewish gravestone often include dates, acronyms, tributes, and symbols. Some of the writing is in Hebrew and some in Roman characters. If the name is written in Hebrew, it usually includes the name of the deceased’s father.

This talk will introduce you to Jewish gravestones and, as a bonus, an overview of Jewish customs for when someone dies. These customs have two goals – before the burial, to respect the dignity of the deceased; and after the burial, to comfort the mourners. Burial practices will be described, followed by the customs observed by the mourners.

Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend. 
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Picnic at the Cemetery
Saturday, October 23
Picnic at the Cemetery  (SBCGS Events)
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
44 San Antonio Rd. Santa Barbara, CA
We are so excited to bring back our Picnic in the Cemetery fundraising event! Listen to six historical figures from our community at the Goleta Cemetery and then join us for lunch afterward at Grace Gathering Church across Hollister on Puente Dr. This event will be entirely outdoors. Registration to attend will begin by October 1. Society members will get a discount!‚Äč

Volunteers needed! Would you be interested in being a group leader, help with set up or clean up, or help with check-in? Please add your name and contact info on our volunteer signup sheet here
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Crowdsourced Research Assistance (Lunch & Learn)
Tuesday, October 26
Crowdsourced Research Assistance (Lunch & Learn)  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom
Zoom Host & Moderator: Rosa Avolio
Rosa Avolio and attendees will offer research suggestions for pre-submitted brick wall research questions. If no submissions are received in advance, it will be the usual Lunch & Learn questions, ideas, and suggestions.
 
Download, complete, and email the attached form to Rosa if you have a research question you'd like to have crowdsourced at an upcoming session.
 
Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend. 
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