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Monday, April 26 through Thursday, March 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!

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DNA Lunch and Learn
Friday, January 21
DNA Lunch and Learn  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


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.

Crowdsourced Research Assistance (Lunch & Learn)
Tuesday, January 25
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.

General Meeting & Special Interest Groups
Saturday, February 19
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: Stephen P. Morse
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

Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching with and without a Name Index
When the 1950 census will be released in April 2022, it will not have a name index. So finding people in the census will involve searching by location instead. Even when a name index becomes available, there will still be many reasons for doing locational searches.

The census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), so the location needs to be converted to an ED before the census can be accessed. The One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. This talk will present the various tools and show circumstances in which each can be used.

Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.

In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution more than 40 years ago.

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