Do you have criminal tendencies? Want to get your hands on the County jail records?
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
We're not having a Spring Seminar, but that doesn't mean you can't go to a Spring Seminar. This will be of particular interest to those of us doing English research.
If you're seeking ancestors in England and throughout the United Kingdom, this event is aimed at bolstering your knowledge of how and where to research across the pond. Join us for A Day of English Research with Paul Milner.Date And Time
Sat, May 15, 2021
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Sunday, March 7, 2021
GENEALOGY JAMBOREE CONFERENCE
Plus a special track:
Welcome to the New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC)! We’re excited to announce that our first-ever conference will take place from 1 April through 31 May 2021! The genealogical societies listed here have come together to make this conference a reality.
Our traditional conference is a three-day event. Our virtual event will have three Gathering Days with scheduled presentations and a live chat with our featured speakers. On these three days we will encourage social interaction between all attendees.
SIG’s, Ancestor Road Show, Society Fair, and Library & Archive are all traditional activities that will be carried into our Virtual Environment for 2021.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Rootstech was a bit different this year. I missed the vast exhibition hall and vendor talks. I didn't miss the rushing from room to room, and not seeing everything I had hoped to.
As you imagine, it was all virtual, which had many advantages, not the least of which is that most of the talks are still online!
There were some live talks, and many live Zoom rooms, where you could ask questions of the moderator and other attendees. Unfortunately, many of these were hidden in the calendar (off in the "more" section in the upper R corner of the main page), or buried several layers under the vendors, as were the Family Search help rooms. And unlike previous years, the talks were not listed by topic (country, methodology, etc) or by skill level, so were a bit hard to find. I did appreciate being able to generate a Playlist, which is still available when you sign in. Six hundred and sixty five sessions!Here are some of the comments and favorite talks. Go take a look at https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/rtc2021/.
Immigration and the Homestead Act: Finding Your Ancestors
I also thought the following session was informative as a new way to view the research process:
The Genealogy research process: The WANDER Method by Amy Johnson Crow
John Gleed mentioned - Finding Elusive Records in FamilySearch by Robert Kehrer
Working with unindexed record sets. Very informative!! It is an hour in length, so be prepared.
It has been an overwhelming, but interesting and informative experience to attend RootsTech.
From Linda Longley: Diahan Southard provides three outstanding presentations. Her graphics are clear and her explanations refreshing. They are: “DNA questions answered”; “4 next steps for your DNA”; “Using the Shared Centimorgan Project.”Shannon Combs-Bennett presents “DNA Basics Made Easy,” covers all three of the DNA tests available to us: Y-DNA, mitochondrial, and Autosomal, and the benefits of each.
Leah Larkin, “When Your Tree is a Banyan” Excellent presentation for those with endogamy in your family: Early Colonial, Jewish, small communities in, say, Ireland, as examples. Leah gives us a clear understanding of what it is and what you can, or can’t, do about it. She explains why the Leeds Method may not work for those with endogamous family lines. Leah’s presentation was clearly one of my favorites. She writes The DNA Geek blog.Roberta Estes presents “DNA Triangulation: What, Why and How.” She presents an extensive overview of Triangulation. She covers the what, why, and how for the more advanced genetic genealogist. Roberta Estes also constructed a list of all the RootsTech DNA classes with links. https://dna-explained.com/
Beth Taylor presents “Using DNA to Find Unknown Relatives.” She focuses on finding unknown parents, and her technique seems geared to finding missing adoptive parents, but her method can also be applied to finding unknown relatives. Her streamlined DNA search method is one I plan to adapt to the search for my unknown great grandfather.Amy Williams in her presentation “Introduction to Ancestor DNA Reconstruction,” takes a more academic approach to DNA research, which she defines as “Determining as much of the DNA (i.e., raw data) of an ancestor as possible from descendants’ DNA.” A very interesting video.
Navigating Patronymics in Scandinavian Research (3)
An Introduction to Scandinavian Church Records (3)
Getting Started with 19th Century British Research (3)
Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors by Myko Clelland (3) But NO handout unfortunately
The Riches of the Scottish Kirk Session Records
The Stones Speak (3) 1. Gravestones. 2. Researching the Associated Records of the Burial 3. Online resources
The First Settlers of the Island of Orleans (in Quebec)
Using Find My Past to unlock your Irish Family History
The Hidden Secrets of the 1939 England and Wales National Register - Linda Hammond
How to Map Creeks, Roads, and more with Google MyMaps - Nicole Dyer
Google Tools for Genealogy - Thomas MacEntee
The Alps in Digital: Swiss Records Online: Daniel R Jones
Swiss Court Records - Daniel R Jones
Insights in Archives and Computer-Assisted Indexing - Ian James & Ty Davies
Free Research Help from The Family History Library: Research Strategy Sessions - Kori Robbins (short)
- Locality research. https://www.familysearch.org/
rootstech/rtc2021/session/ using-locality-research-to- solve-complex-problems
- Henry Louis Gates Jr. https://www.familysearch.org/
rootstech/rtc2021/session/ finding-resilience-with- ancestry-and-henry-louis- gates-jr-ondemand
- Maggie's family, probably: https://www.familysearch.org/
rootstech/rtc2021/series/ tracing-the-poor-and- destitute-irish
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021 10:30am - 12:00 pm
Social hour 10-10:30 am More information is on our website at http://www.smcgs.org
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Winter has finally arrived here in San Mateo, so you are probably looking for some indoor activities. Here's a selection from our correspondents
Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience
WhenSat, February 20, 11am – 12pm
Jan Batiste Adkins will discuss her research documenting African Americans in the Bay Area with a focus on her work done for the Arcadia Publishing title African Americans of San Francisco. https://sfpl.org/events/
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Our three SMCGS special interest groups (German, British/Irish, and DNA) have been meeting successfully for several years now. Are you feeling left out? Several folks have suggested we start a new group for New England research. If this is your area, and you would be interested in participating, please contact me If there's enough interest we'll look into forming another group.
Meeting place? Your home! We're all on Zoom right now, so this is a great opportunity to connect with other researchers without worrying about parking or travel. Or perhaps there's another group you'd like. Please send me your suggestions.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
I got a note this week from the genealogy librarian at Sutro, Dvorah Lewis. She noticed that there is "a bit of a theme this month" about orphans, with the SMCGS talk, her talk at Sutro, and Judy Russell's talk on "widows and orphans" for the Sonoma County Genealogical Society.
Must be the cold weather which makes us think about orphans:
Saturday, January 16th Sonoma County Genealogical Society. Judy Russell on "Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans" Do you know who was considered an orphan in early years? You'd be surprised. Register at https://scgsonline.org.
Thursday, January 21st at 3PM "Finding your Orphan Ancestors" with the Sutro Genealogy Librarian Dvorah Lewis where she will talk about her own journey and provide tips for researching orphan ancestors. Sponsored by the Sonoma County Library.
See all the Sutro Library listings at: https://www.library.ca.gov/sutro/genealogy/programming/
Saturday, January 23 10:30 San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Children Left Behind Presenter: Judy Fambrough Billingsley
Judy was born in Friedberg, Germany, shortly after WWII and was the daughter of a white German woman and a black American soldier, whose mixed race led to her becoming one of many unwanted “Brown Babies” abandoned by their mother. Her book Too Brown to Keep: A Search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing recounts the inspirational odyssey as the search for her birth parents leads to discovery of the good, the bad, and the ugly family secrets that she had struggled to unearth for decades.