“Strategic Searching” series in June (5/26/2021)
You may know about FamilySearch, NARA, and other online repositories, but do you know how to find your way once you’re on the website? A new series of classes in June will give you an in-depth look at four different research websites, each one invaluable to genealogists. The first class is held Wednesday, June 2, after which classes are held on Tuesdays as follows: 


Wed, June 2FindMyPast

Jen Baldwin of FindMyPast discusses best practices, different ways to search, and utilizing the site to your greatest advantage.


Tue, June 8Fold3

Anne Gillespie Mitchell of Ancestry.com offers tips on how to effectively search for the veterans in your tree using Fold3.com. She will also cover some of the lesser-known collections, including photos and FBI files.

Tue, June 15 National Archives

Claire Kluskens of the National Archives and Records Administration offers a guide to navigating this vast collection of U.S. documents with holdings dating back to the American Revolution.


Tue, June 22FamilySearch

Oakland FamilySearch Library director Ralph Severson talks about the growth of digitized images, a lesser known feature and hidden treasure of this amazing and popular genealogy resource.


You can register for any or all of the classes through EventBrite.

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Openings in the Advanced DNA Special Interest Group! (5/25/2021)

Good news! If you’ve been wishing you’d signed up for our Advanced DNA SIG led by Mark McLaren, a few new spaces have opened up. Participants must have completed the CGS DNA Series or equivalent DNA class/experience, and must have uploaded DNA test results at one of the common DNA websites.

The Advanced DNA Skills Special Interest Group will continue to develop their understanding of DNA techniques, review new developments in DNA testing and tools, and discuss member’s research problems and case studies.

Meetings are held online via Zoom, on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

If interested, please contact Mark McLaren.

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Online genealogy, week of May 24-30 (5/22/2021)

Our weekly roundup of upcoming genealogy events. Numerous associations offer online genealogy classes every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization. 

Special Event, May 25: In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a panel of filmmakers and researchers for the PBS documentary “Far East Deep South” will speak Tuesday, May 25, on “Exploring Your Family History.” CGS members Grant Din and Marisa Louie Lee are among the panelists at this free virtual event.

American Ancestors

May 25: “Whaling Captains of Color: America’s First Meritocracy” with Skip Finley

May 27: “Using the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Archives for Family History Research” by Lindsay Murphy


BYU Family History Library

May 26: “Getting Individualized Help Through FamilySearch” with Jacqueline Kanyuck

May 30: “Discovering Your Ancestors in Central America” by James Tanner

May 30: “Lighting a Fire: Getting Started with Family History” by Michelle Karren

Legacy Family Tree

May 25: “Advanced DNA Features on MyHeritage” by Ofer Karp

May 26: “How Testing Multiple Relatives Can Turbocharge Your DNA Research” by Michelle Leonard

Other Listings

Sutro Library’s Bay Area Genealogy Calendar
lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits, including regular genealogical group meetings. This week’s highlights:

May 25: “Radio Memories of San Francisco” by Jack French (San Francisco Historical Society)

May 27: “The Scottish Conundrum” by Sierra Pope (Marin Genealogical Society) 

Conference Keeperhas a large calendar of classes (too many to list) hosted by genealogical organizations around the country and abroad. Lots to explore, and new events are added often, so be sure to browse the entire calendar. Here’s just a sampling of the coming week’s offerings:

May 24: “Artificial Intelligence and Genealogy” by Scott Lee (Heritage Seekers Genealogy Club)

May 25: “Genetic Genealogy: Learning Through a Case Study” by Elyse Ross (Central Jersey Genealogical Club)

May 26: “Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning from Mistakes” by Thomas MacEntee (The Villages Genealogical Society)

May 27: “Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More” with Annette Burke Lyttle (Florida State Genealogical Society)

May 28: “Locating Texas Documents” (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)

May 29: “The Old Uses of Your House Forgotten” by Dan Hartman (Polk County FL History Center)


See our post “Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus” for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more. Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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