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Monday, April 26 through Tuesday, May 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
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.


DNA Lunch and Learn
Friday, May 20
DNA Lunch and Learn  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Zoom Meeting!

Zoom Host & 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.

General Meeting & Special Interest Groups
Saturday, May 21
General Meeting & Special Interest Groups  (Monthly Meetings)
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom Meeting!
Speaker: Elizabeth Swanay O'Neal
Zoom Host: Rosa Avolio
     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

How to Use eBay, Etsy, and Other Shopping Sites for Family History
Your family treasures could be waiting to be found on popular online sales and auction websites like eBay, Etsy, Craigslist, and others. While many people use sites like these to find collectibles at a reasonable price, they can also be used to enhance your family history research. In this session, you will learn how to locate family heirlooms using effective search strategies, how to work with sellers, and how to make a purchase or participate in an auction. Additionally, you will learn how to use these sites as a family history research tool… without spending a dime!

Elizabeth Swanay O'Neal is a professional genealogist, writer, educator, and national genealogical speaker. Her specialties include methodology, technology, and online research resources.

Elizabeth has studied at the National Institute for Genealogical Research in Washington, DC, the Forensic Genealogy Institute in Dallas, Texas, and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the Programs Director for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, Director of the NGSQ Study Groups program, and a Genealogy Consultant for the Daughters of the American Revolution.

As a family history lecturer, Elizabeth has given presentations for Legacy Family Tree Webinars, RootsTech, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Utah Genealogical Association, and many others. Her professional memberships include the Association of Professional Genealogists, where she serves as president of the Southern California Chapter, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and she is an active member of the public speaking club Toastmasters International.

For 35 years, Elizabeth has made it her goal to research, preserve, and share her family stories. She is the author of the family history lifestyle website, Heart of the Family™ ( where her mission is to help others "make the past part of their present."

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

Crowdsourced Research Assistance for Brick Walls
Tuesday, May 24
Crowdsourced Research Assistance for Brick Walls  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom & Sahyun Genealogical Library, 316 Castillo St., Santa Barbara, CA
HYBRID Meeting!
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 below to Rosa if you have a research question you'd like to have crowdsourced at an upcoming session.
Rosa will be broadcasting live over Zoom at the Sahyun Library. Join her in person at the library or on Zoom. Registration is only required for Zoom attendees.
Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link to attend.

SCGS Jamboree 2022
Friday, August 19 through Saturday, August 27
SCGS Jamboree 2022  (Other Genealogical Events)

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Jamboree will be virtual again this year so you can listen and learn from nationally known genealogy experts in the comfort of your home. This year’s conference will be from August 19 to 27.

  • Aug 19-20 – Solving Your DNA Puzzles
  • Aug 22-24 – JamboFREE
  • Aug 26-27 – Preserving Your Family Tales
Registration begins March 7th and closes August 19th.

Details Here for more information. Click on each event's tile to see more specifics on it and the list of speakers.

This event is NOT sponsored by the
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society.