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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Fall Seminar with Diahan Southard


SMCGS Fall 2021 Seminar

2021 Fall Seminar -- Making Sense of Your DNA Matches

Presenter: Diahan Southard

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm (social time 8:30 - 9:00 am)

Via Zoom -- the link will be sent via email to registered participants

Diahan Southard is a well-known speaker on using DNA to help solve genealogical mysteries. She is the author of Your DNA Guide—The Book and producer of Your DNA Guide—The Academy, an online learning experience. In this half-day seminar, she will speak on three intermediate-level DNA topics:

  • Three Key DNA Strategies for Finding Ancestors
  • My 1000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Connecting Your DNA Matches

An online Silent Auction, with one-year subscriptions to Ancestry World ExplorerFold3, and, plus an Ancestry DNA Kit will be part of the Silent Auction. For registrants living in the area, there will be bags of mystery books on a variety of topics for sale. The seminar will be held via the Zoom web conferencing system. Links for the seminar and the Silent Auction will be sent via email to registered participants several days before the seminar.

Pricing is $30 for SMCGS members and $40 for non-members. If you join SMCGS now, you may register for this seminar and next year's seminars at the member rate.

You may register online via our secure payment system or by filling out a paper registration form and mailing it to us. For a seminar flyer, including a mail-in registration form, click here. If you register by mail, please do so by October 22, to make sure we receive your registration in time to send you the links to the seminar and the silent auction.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Immigration Film Festival October 16th

 The Six, about the Chinese survivors of the Titanic

From Grant Din:

I was lucky to be part of a team of researchers from China, Canada, New York, London, the Midwest, and here in the SF Bay Area searching for the stories of the six Chinese survivors of the wreck of the Titanic (out of eight who set sail). They were seamen, on their way to work on other White Star Line ships in the boiler rooms. We found information on ship manifests, in US Citizenship and Immigration Services and other archives, and many other places to help learn what happened to them.

The Six will be making its US premiere on October 16 at the Immigration Film Festival in Washington, DC. It'll be a hybrid event, so you can attend and meet the filmmakers if you go in person, or attend for free (donations encouraged!) online. It's part of a program called "Reckoning With History: Stop Asian Hate," and will run from 2:45 - 5:30 Eastern time. To register, click here and scroll down to October 16.
Here's a new review as part of a run-up to the North American premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

If you can't watch on October 16, the film is also going to be streamed through the Friday Harbor Film Festival from the 17th to the 24th:

Monday, September 27, 2021

NEW - Education Advisory Team

SMCGS is looking for a few good people to come up with ideas for possible speakers, workshop leaders, seminar topics, and field trip locations.  

Have you heard a good speaker lately?  

Is there a workshop you'd like to see?  

How about a topic for our next seminar?  Or an idea for a field trip.

We want a group which could meet and review suggestions and make recommendations.  If you have ideas about programs, or have opinions about such, please join us!

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