22 February 2011

SCGS: Free webinars, register now!

The Southern California Genealogical Society has announced the Jamboree Extension Series - a new program which will provide family history and genealogy educational webinars for globally-based genealogists.

Tracing the Tribe was happy to see that our good friend Thomas MacEntee will kick off the series on March 5, after I've returned from London!

Each session can support 1,000 attendees. The series is offered as a service to the genealogical community as part of the group's mission "to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques."

The original webcasts will be available to all genealogists at no charge, with archived webinars only available to SCGS members, who may view them about three days following the live session. SCGS memberships may be purchased online. Click the SCGS website for more information.

Webinars are scheduled on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. Saturday sessions will be held at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern; Wednesday sessions, 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern.

Here are the first few sessions. See the complete webinar schedule and check for updates as new topics are added.

Saturday, March 5 - Thomas MacEntee:
Social Networking - New Horizons for Genealogists
Did you know that the over-55 crowd is the fastest growing group of Facebook users? Did you know that Twitter is not the domain of the much younger "texting" crowd but is used by an older more savvy group of people? Did you ever wonder how and if these programs, along with others such as blogs and wikis, can be used to help genealogists? Wonder no more as we explore what makes up the oft-mystifying term "social networking" and how each program is currently being used by genealogists and family historians of all ages.
Six more are scheduled from April through August, including George P Morgan (Tell Me About When You Were a Child), Lisa Louise Cooke (Getting the Scoop on Your Ancestors From Old Newspapers), Janet Hovorka (Getting Your Notes and Sources Right in Your Genealogy Software), and another four interesting topics.

The Southern California Genealogical Society's creative members are always doing something interesting, and their annual Jamboree is a don't-miss event (this year, June 10-12). Tracing the Tribe is delighted to be speaking there again this year.

Do let your friends, family and genealogy societies around the world know about the SCGS's webinar series.

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