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Friday, July 17 through Wednesday, September 30
Information to Join Virtual Meetings for Non-Members  (SBCGS Events)

The Society's monthly meeting is open to the public and is always free. However, attendance at some events is a benefit of membership in the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. If you are not a member and wish to attend any of the virtual events below, please contact membership@sbgen.org to register. You might want to consider joining the Society here or making a donation here.




Monday, September 21
Calamaties  (General Class)
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Zoom link will be provided to members by email
Virtual
 
Presented by: Arthur Sylvester
Pandemics, famines, and sundry natural disasters have caused death, destruction, and human suffering throughout human history, sometimes leading to such mass emigrations as Irish and Italians to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Did a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or plague play a role in your family history? This seminar presents a litany of some of the more famous and deadly calamities that may have shaped your family history.
 


Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 22
Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom link will be provided to members by email
 
Various virtual sessions will be scheduled during this social isolation quarentine time.
Please watch for invitations via e-mail.
These sessions are for members only and we will not post the meeting link here.
 
In this session Rosa will discuss What Genalogy Software Program Should I Use?
 


Thursday, September 24
New Member & Beginning Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Special Interest Groups)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom link will be provided to members by email
Virtual
 
Jean Foster and Norma Johnson lead this discussion group.
Have questions for Jean and Norma? Email sbcgs-education@sbgen.org before Sept 23rd.
 


RootsMagic (Windows & Mac) User Group Meeting
Friday, September 25
RootsMagic (Windows & Mac) User Group Meeting  (Software User Groups)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom meeting link will be provided to members by email
Virtual
 
Moderator: Elizabeth O'Neal
RootsMagic Software is called by Smart Computing Magazine "the best genealogy program we've seen."
Bring your questions about this popular genealogy software program.
 


Genealogy Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 29
Genealogy Happy Hour  (Other Genealogical Events)
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Zoom link will be provided to members by email
Virtual
 
Join Rosa Avolio for a fun happy hour genealogy chat. BYOB! ;-)



A Day of Genealogy Learning with Tom Jones
Saturday, October 3
A Day of Genealogy Learning with Tom Jones  (SBCGS Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Zoom online event
Virtual - Register Here
Tom Jones has been pursuing his ancestry since 1963. For the first twenty years he was clueless about what he was trying to accomplish and how to do it. When he started climbing the genealogy learning curve he repeatedly experienced the challenges, joys, and rewards of tracing his ancestors reliably and understanding their lives. Tom eventually became an award-winning writer, board-certified genealogist, editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, recipient of honors from genealogical organizations, and author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation. Using his nearly lifelong career in education as a springboard, he enjoys teaching at weeklong genealogy institutes, weekend seminars, and local, national, and international genealogy conferences.
 


Sunday, October 4 through Saturday, October 31
Information to Join Virtual Meetings for Non-Members  (SBCGS Events)

All Society events during Family History Month (October) are open to the public and free (excluding the Thomas Jones Seminar). 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.



Monday, October 5
German Research for the Everyday American  (Webinar Showing)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom
Virtual
 
Presented by: Karynne Moses
 
The prospect of hopping from American records to German records can be pretty intimidating, especially if you don't speak the language. Where should you start? Don't worry! With the proper tools and some training, you can delve into a whole new world of research. This class will discuss the key resources and techniques for bridging the continental gap and finding your people.

Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
 


Handy Online Tips & Tools
Tuesday, October 6
Handy Online Tips & Tools  (General Class)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom
Virtual
 
Presented by: Robin McCarthy
Learn about nifty tips, tricks and tools to make your online life easier.

Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
 
 


Friday, October 9
Finding Scottish Ancestors Online  (General Class)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
VIRTUAL Zoom

Nancy Loe, Instructor

This class will help you use leading websites and lesser-known databases for Scottish research, featuring search strategies for finding parish records, civil registrations, marriages, wills, tax lists, property assessments, burial registers, and other records. You’ll also find resources for Scottish place names and geographical location research, and discover supporting resources, including help with Scottish handwriting, clans and tartans, and tutorials to advance your skills with Scottish records.

Advance registration is required HERE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.



Saturday, October 10
October New Member Orientation  (General Class)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom link will be provided by email
Virtual
 
Molly Gleason will provide new Society members with an overview of the benefits of membership including our subscription databases, the Mentor Program and volunteer opportunities. Kathie Morgan and Rosa Avolio will give a virtual tour of the Sahyun Library and the computer lab.
 
Members who joined the Society on or after September 1, 2019 will automatically receive an email containing the link to join the class. However, the class is open to ALL members. If you are a longer term member and wish to attend, please contact Molly at membership@sbgen.org.
 


Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 13
Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom
Virtual
 
Moderator: Rosa Avolio
Come join us for our Tuesday Lunch & Learn.
All levels beginner to advanced. Bring your lunch and let's talk genealogy!

Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
 


Wednesday, October 14
Finding Your Elusive Female Ancestors  (Webinar Showing)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom
Virtual
 
Presented by: Julie Stoddard
 
In the early history of many countries, women came uner the legal status of their husbands, so they are not always listed in the records. Finding the wife of your ancestor or identifying a maiden name can be challenging. Learn how to find U.S. records which may contain clues for your female ancestors and which methods are best for discovering the women in your family lines.

Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
 


DNA Lunch and Learn
Friday, October 16
DNA Lunch and Learn  (Special Interest Groups)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom

Virtual

 

DNA Lunch and Learn

(Bring your lunch)

 

George LaPlante leads this discussion group.

 

We'll talk about recent changes in some of the tools that are available for analyzing your DNA results. 
 
Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.

 


Virtual Monthly Meeting
Saturday, October 17
Virtual Monthly Meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom
Virtual
Speaker: Joel Weintraub
Topic: Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
 
Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
 
 


Tuesday, October 20
New York Research Essentials  (Webinar Showing)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom
Virtual
 
Presented by: Susan R Miller, D. Joshua Taylor, Frederick Wertz
 
Stuck in New York? Join the expert team at the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) and learn how to power through your New York brick wall. Session includes vital and state census records, using The Record and new online resources, and exploring New York's newspapers, deeds, and probate records.

Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
 


Thursday, October 22
New Member & Beginning Genealogy SIG Meeting  (Special Interest Groups)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom
Virtual
 
Jean Foster and Norma Johnson lead this discussion group.
Have questions for Jean and Norma? Email sbcgs-education@sbgen.org before Oct 21st.

Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
 


RootsMagic (Windows & Mac) User Group Meeting
Friday, October 23
RootsMagic (Windows & Mac) User Group Meeting  (Software User Groups)
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom
Virtual
 
Moderator: Elizabeth O'Neal
RootsMagic Software is called by Smart Computing Magazine "the best genealogy program we've seen."
Bring your questions about this popular genealogy software program.
 
Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
 


Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays
Tuesday, October 27
Virtual Lunch and Learn Tuesdays  (Lunch & Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Zoom
Virtual
 
Moderator: Rosa Avolio
Come join us for our Tuesday Lunch & Learn.
All levels beginner to advanced. Bring your lunch and let's talk genealogy!

Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.
 


Thursday, October 29
The History of the Jewish Community in Santa Barbara  (General Class)
1:00 pm
VIRTUAL on Zoom
Speaker: Erin Graffy, Local Historian and Author
In this lecture, Erin begins with Cerf Levy and his family, immigrants from Alsace-Lorraine, who settled in Santa Barbara in 1868. Her lecture continues with the fascinating history of the Jewish community from 1868 to the present.
 
Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.


Friday, October 30
What's New at Ancestry  (Webinar Showing)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Zoom
Virtual
 
Presented by: Crista Cowan (The Barefoot Genealogist)
 
Ancestry has continued to develop their tools to help improve and accelerate your family history research. They have also added millions of new records since last year. Crista Cown will preview what's new and updated in the last year.

Advance registration is required here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the class.