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Monday, April 26 through Thursday, March 31, 2022
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
Event registration closes when an event begins, so please register early!

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


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!
Only the General Meeting will be recorded.

Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays
Tuesday, November 9
Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom Host & Moderator: Rosa Avolio
Come join us for our Tuesday Lunch & Learn. We'll discuss how to be a contributor at and as well as how to obtain ownership of a memorial.
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.

Virtual New Member Orientation and Sahyun Library Tour
Saturday, November 13
Virtual New Member Orientation and Sahyun Library Tour  (General Class)
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Presenters: Kate Lima, Kathie Morgan, and Rosa Avolio
Zoom Host: Rosa Avolio
The orientation will be held virtually, via Zoom. We invite all new members to attend, and we also welcome anyone who wants to learn more about the library and society.
Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend.

DNA Lunch and Learn
Friday, November 19
DNA Lunch and Learn  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Moderator: George LaPlante
Zoom Host: Robin McCarthy
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.

General Meeting & Special Interest Groups
Saturday, November 20
General Meeting & Special Interest Groups  (Monthly Meetings)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Virtual Special Interest Groups will meet prior to the general meeting from 9:30 to 10:25 using the same Zoom link.
Speaker: Judy Nimer Muhn
Zoom Host: Elizabeth O'Neal
     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

French-Canadian and Acadian Genealogy
From extensive experience in researching the founding families of Canada, this session includes information about online research resources, key social media help areas, and the fundamental tools of this elaborate and well-documented group of people.

About Judy
Judy has been researching her family tree from the age of 12, specializing in French-Canadian, Acadian, Native American, and Michigan research. Beginning as a professional genealogist in Europe in 1993, she has lectured at National Genealogical Society conferences, RootsTech, Federation of Genealogical Societies as well as conferences in Europe and around the United States. Traveling extensively around the world, Judy has visited and researched in the villages and archives of Germany, Scotland, France, Quebec, and Ontario where her or her husband’s family lived. Owner of Lineage Journeys, she conducts research for clients and offers presentations in churches, libraries, and organizations.

Judy is the President of the Oakland County Genealogical Society, Vice-President and Social Media committee member and blogger for the Michigan Genealogical Council, and Awards Chair of the National Genealogical Society, Ontario and Quebec Genealogical Societies, Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan and many more.

A nonprofit specialist, Judy is an Organizational Development Consultant for NEW – Nonprofit Enterprise at Work in Ann Arbor, sharing her expertise in fund development, strategic planning, board development, nonprofit governance, and more, as well as long expertise in volunteer management from years of executive staff work in Girl Scouting, the American Red Cross, and various United Way locations.

Register here to receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the meeting.

Crowdsourced Research Assistance (Lunch & Learn)
Tuesday, November 23
Crowdsourced Research Assistance (Lunch & Learn)  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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.