2020 Fall Seminar with Lisa Louise Cooke

2020 Fall Seminar -- Gems for Genealogical Research with Lisa Louise Cooke

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Gems for Genealogical Research
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
Saturday, November 7, 2020. 9 am - 3 pm (social time 8:30 am - 9 am)
Via Zoom -- the link will be sent via email to registered participants several days before the seminar.

Members $50, Non-members $60. Registration is now open -- register soon!

This seminar was originally scheduled for Spring 2020 but was postponed until the Fall. If you already registered for the Spring Seminar, your payment will automatically be applied toward the new date. 

Lisa Louise Cooke is a well-known speaker on genealogy and technology. She is an author, columnist, host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, and podcast producer for Family Tree Magazine Podcast. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world.

Four topics to up your technology skills for your genealogical research:

  • The 2020 Genealogist's Google Search Methodology
  • Google Books: The Tool I Use Every Day
  • Cool Cases Solved: How to Identity Your Photos
  • Future Technology and Genealogy – 5 Strategies You Need

An online Silent Auction will be part of the Seminar event. All registered participants will receive both the seminar link and the silent auction link two days before the seminar. Auction items include memberships to AncestryGenealogyBankFindmypastfold3, and Newspapers.com. There will also be mystery grab bags of used books on various topics.

Register online here. For a seminar flyer with mail-in registration form, click here.

Schedule:

8:30 – 9:00

GATHER

Join the Zoom meeting and say hello to the other participants. Bid on Silent Auction items.

9:00 – 9:15

INTRODUCTIONS

9:15 – 10:15

 

LECTURE 1 – The 2020 Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology

As genealogists, we follow a process, so why do we Google so haphazardly? Bring method to the madness of millions of results with this tried and true methodology for using Google for your genealogical research. In this session, we will walk through the process, provide you with the tools, and wow your socks off with real-life examples of Googling success. You will leave this class inspired to revisit using Google for your online searches and armed with the latest strategies to do so successfully. Not everything is online by any stretch, but even offline sources are more efficiently discovered and accessed when you start online. And the fastest and most effective way to locate online data, whether it resides on a university website or the blog of a distant cousin you’ve never met, is Google!

10:15 – 10:45

BREAK

Bid on Silent Auction items.

10:45 – 11:45

 

LECTURE 2 – Google Books: The Tool I Use Every Day

There’s a wealth of information in out-of-print books that have been digitized by Google and made available for free. We’ll explore the fastest and easiest ways to find this information.

11:45 – 12:45

LUNCH

Bid on Silent Auction items. Bidding ends at 12:35.

12:45 – 1:45

 

LECTURE 3 – Cool Cases Solved: Howe to Identify Your Photos

We all have unidentified photos and family photo albums in our closets. But don’t be discouraged, because they may contain hidden clues just waiting to be discovered! In this session you’ll learn how free tech tools and creative sleuthing can turn incognito images into identified treasures. We’ll cover the process for identifying the hidden clues, applying the tech tools, and then turning to the genealogical records to solidify conclusions. We’ll explore three case studies and follow them step-by-step so you can see how it all works in real-life research.

1:45 – 2:00

BREAK

Announcement of Silent Auction winners.

2:00 – 3:00

 

LECTURE 4 – Future Technology and Genealogy – 5 Strategies You Need

Envision your genealogy as technology speeds ahead into the future. There are five key strategies that you can employ right now that will make the ride easier, and the results more exciting than ever. Discover the paradigm shift that will make finding the right technology for your needs easier than ever. And learn how to capitalize on how technology is changing the flow of information. Finally, explore three areas that are poised to thrust ahead in the future, making this an exciting time to be a family historian!

News & Events

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society supports the study of family history in the Bay Area and beyond. We have monthly meetings, twice-yearly seminarsworkshopsspecial-interest groups, a genealogy library, online databases, and research services. We produce a newsletter, a blog, and a Facebook page, and we send occasional email notices about SMCGS events to anyone who is interested.


For a flyer of SMCGS upcoming events, click here.

A recording of Pam Wong's Zoom presentation on September 26, The Mystery Aussie, is available until October 26 in the Members Only section of the website, under Handouts/Recordings/Zoom.

Registration for the Fall Seminar, Gems for Genealogical Research, presented by Lisa Louise Cooke, opened on August 15. Register online here -- in the final step of the registration process, you will be transferred to PayPal, where your payment will be processed securely using https. For a seminar flyer with mail-in registration form, click here.


Because of Covid-19 concerns, most SMCGS general meetings, workshops, and interest groups are being held remotely, using the Zoom web conferencing technology. Please watch this website or SMCGS's Facebook page for details. The SMCGS Board is monitoring information from the San Mateo County Health Department (https://www.smchealth.org/coronavirus) and will make decisions based on their recommendations. Stay well!


Everyone is welcome to attend SMCGS general meetings. A link to each Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers (both members and non-members) several days before the meeting. SMCGS members are automatically subscribed to eNews unless they choose to "unsubscribe."  Non-members can also subscribe; if you're not already a subscriber and wish to become one, click here.

SMCGS Board meetings will continue to held by Zoom. See the calendar for dates. If you would like to offer suggestions or attend, please email president@smcgs.org.

Stay connected with SMCGS via Facebook, our eNews mailing list, or our Blog, using one of the links in the box at the lower left of this page. For more details on connecting, click here.​

October 2020 Meeting - Creative Hypothesis Development for Brick Walls - via Zoom

Creative Hypothesis Development for Brick Walls
Presenter: Jan Joyce
Saturday, October 24, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

Handout: Jan Joyce Handout

We often develop one scenario, or hypothesis, that explains a difficult genealogical problem.  That working hypothesis often becomes the given explanation for us without exploration of further ideas.  In more complex genealogical challenges, it can be better to develop additional hypothesis early.  Expand your solution with creative hypothesis development.

This methodology will expose you to multiple techniques that will help you create new solutions that may break down your brick walls.  A case study is included.

Jan Joyce has researched her family since 1998.  Her research interests include methodology and family video sharing.  She enjoys writing and teaching genealogy, and has earned credentials as a Certified Genealogist and a Certified Genealogical Lecturer.

This meeting will be held remotely via the Zoom web conferencing system. Several days before the date of the meeting, a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers (both members and non-members) and will also be posted in the Members Only section of this website.

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

2020 Fall Seminar - Gems for Genealogical Research

Lisa Louise Cooke

Gems for Genealogical Research
Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke
Saturday, November 7, 2020. 9 am - 3 pm, via Zoom (social time 8:30 am - 9 am, via Zoom)
Via Zoom -- the link will be sent via email to registered participants several days before the seminar.

Members $50, Non-members $60. Registration opens August 15.

This seminar was originally scheduled for Spring 2020 but was postponed until the Fall. If you already registered for the Spring Seminar, your payment will automatically be applied toward the new date. 

Lisa Louise Cooke is a well-known speaker on genealogy and technology. She is an author, columnist, host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, and podcast producer for Family Tree Magazine Podcast. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world.

An online Silent Auction will be part of the Seminar event. Auction items include memberships to AncestryGenealogyBankFindmypastfold3, and Newspapers.com, as well as mystery grab bags of used books on various topics.

Register online here. For a seminar flyer with mail-in registration form, click here.

November 2020 Meeting - Preserving Family Photos, Stories and Documents - via Zoom

Preserving Family Photos, Stories and Documents
Presenter: Carolyn Williams
Saturday, November 21, 2020   10:30am - 12:00 pm, via Zoom
Social hour 10-10:30 am, via Zoom

This presentation provides organizational tips and procedures for capturing the story behind a photo or document, scanning the image, and then preserving both the physical and digital photos.

Carolyn Williams is a family genealogist and recent SMCGS board member. She holds a certificate from the Boston University Genealogical Research program, is currently enrolled in the ProGen professional genealogy course, and is a former Silicon Valley technology marketing professional.

This meeting will be held remotely via the Zoom web conferencing system. Several days before the date of the meeting, a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to SMCGS eNews subscribers (both members and non-members) and will also be posted in the Members Only section of this website.

This event is free and all are welcome. For more information about our monthly meetings, click here.

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