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Saturday, May 21
Lies, Errors and Bias—Oh, My! Consider Your Sources  (Program)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online - Zoom
Presented by Sunny Morton
 
If your sources aren’t reliable and strong, your family history “facts” and stories won’t be, either. Learn to look critically at the sources that inform your research: the “what, who, when and why.” These criteria may indicate how much you can trust what individual sources say about your ancestors.
 
Sunny Jane Morton is an internationally-known genealogy speaker and award-winning writer and editor. Her lectures are packed with try-this-now strategies and delivered with humor, humanity, and plenty of motivating examples and stories.
Bio. Sunny Morton is a longtime Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine; Contributing Editor and Content Manager for YourDNAGuide.com; frequent contributor to FamilySearch’s blog; and Editor of Ohio Genealogy News.  Her books include How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, with Harold Henderson, CG, and Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy, now in its 2nd edition.
 



Saturday, June 18
Finding Your Swedish, Parish of Birth  (Program)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online - Zoom
Presented by Jill Morelli
 
Preparation in the US is key to successfully “crossing the pond.” We will identify resources, which may lead to the name of that parish of your Scandinavian immigrant. This session covers techniques, which are critical to Scandinavian research.
 
Jill Morelli, CG, loves to share her passion for genealogy with others. She is a writer, lecturer and researcher specializing in the US Midwest, Scandinavia and northern Germany. She lectures nationally on topics inspired by her own research and methodology. Jill has written articles for National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and many others. In 2017, she founded the online Certification Discussion Group, sharing her journey and that of others to build and submit a successful portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  Jill is past president of the Seattle Genealogical Society, a member of the Association for Professional Genealogists and many other local genealogical societies.
 



Saturday, July 16
Grand Army of the Republic- Researching your Union Civil War Veterans  (Program)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online - Zoom
Presented by Christine Cohen
 
Do you have a Union Civil War Veteran? Did you know that in 1890 there were over 400,000 Veterans who belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R)? This organization existed from 1866 to 1956. It generated records noting Civil War service, birth, marriage, death, residences, occupations, detailed biographies and even photographs. I will show you where and how to find these hidden gems.
 
I am a long-time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and have served in many capacities, including President. In addition to WAGS, I’m also a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
 
My interest in genealogy began in 1977 with the airing of the TV mini-series “Roots” and was piqued when I found a typed pedigree chart of my Dutch heritage from the New Netherlands in the 1660’s. I am a native Californian, a graduate of UCLA in Political Science and have worked for Vitol Aviation Company since 1993. 
 



Saturday, August 20
Finding Records To Document Your Farming Ancestors  (Program)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Online - Zoom
Presented by Lisa Gorrell
 
Up to about 1870, farming was the number one occupation. You probably have a large number of farmers in your family. There are many record sets that document our farming ancestors such as land, tax, and probate records. Newspapers and many agricultural records can add context to their story.
 
Lisa Gorrell, a Certified Genealogist, has researched her family for nearly thirty years. Besides U.S. Southern and Mid-western states, she researches German, Irish, English, and Swedish families. She actively volunteers with the Contra Costa Historical Society board, California Genealogical Society, and Sacramento German Gen. Society.  She enjoys giving presentations and writing about family on her two blogs, "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's (pronounced ma'am-ma) Southern Family."