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Join us for a day of learning on Friday, May 31. This event is free-of-charge and open to the public. Registration is required. 
This event is sponsored by the members of the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Half-Day Class

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Genealogy Basics: Tools for Success; Presenter: Barbara Randall 
Beginning with a few basic tools and strategies, everyone can learn or improve their skills to trace their family tree and unlock the mysteries of their past. Learn online and offline resources and organizational strategies to increase your success. Genealogy can be easy and rewarding.  Beg., Int.

Hour and a Half Classes

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Genealogy World Roundtables 
Free! A unique opportunity to talk to an expert and learn from fellow attendees. Twelve ethnic and research tables with a table host and 9 participants; ask questions, seek answers and discuss. Topics include such as: African-American; DAR and Lineage Societies; Family History Writing; French Canadian; German; Irish; Italian; Japanese; Jewish; Scandinavian; Southern USA; Technology.  Beg., Int.

Los Angeles Public Library and Other Los Angeles-Area Resources; Presenter: Julie Huffman, MLIS 
Learn about what you can find in one of the largest genealogical repositories west of Salt Lake City! The Los Angeles Public Library carries more than 40,000 genealogy-related volumes, including more than 10,000 family histories, one-of-a-kind indexes, and unique special collections. We'll also touch on some of the other great local libraries and resources. Beg., Int.

Bridging the Chasm: Finding Records on FamilySearch; Presenter: Michael Provard

Sponsored by FamilySearch

FamilySearch’s vast resources of digital historical records are found in two main locations on the web site. This class will define and differentiate the historical records section and the catalog, and how to get the most out of both areas to find the records of your ancestors. Beg., Int., Adv.

Getting Paid for Your Passion: Should You Go Pro? Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD 

As professional genealogists retire, move on to other endeavors, or leave us permanently, they leave holes that need filling. If you are interested in helping with that task, this presentation/discussion will address your concerns and help you hone your expectations and find your niche. What should you do to “get into the field”? Come with your questions.  Adv.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
DNA World Roundtables
Free! A unique opportunity to talk to an expert and learn from fellow attendees. Twelve current topics in DNA; twelve tables with a table host and 9 participants; ask questions, seek answers and discuss. Get help on topics such as: Beginning to Intermediate DNA Tools; Build Your Pedigree with the Help of Autosomal DNA; DNA Testing with Emphasis on VA and the Carolinas (including descendants of slaves and slave owners); Follow your Male Line with Y-DNA (emphasis on the I Haplogroup); Genetic Genealogy for Beginners; How to order a Test for Paternal and Maternal Ancestry; Introduction to Genetic Genealogy for African Americans; Introduction to DNA Painter for your Autosomal Tests; Solving Unknown Parentage; Welcome to DNA - What Help Do You Need?; Which DNA Test is Best to Meet Your Needs? Beg., Int., Adv.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
How Your Hard Work Can Conquer All at the Sutro Library; Presenter: Dvorah Lewis, MLIS
Sponsored by California State Library Foundation

This presentation will cover: brief history of Adolph Sutro; a timeline of the Sutro Library; a virtual tour of the Reading Room; highlights of the Sutro Library collection including photos of titles found in our special collections; tips and strategies for navigating the catalog and the CSL website; how to visit Sutro Library in-person.  Beg., Int.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Future of the Family History Library; Presenter: David E Rencher, AG®, CG, FUGA, FIGRS
Sponsored by FamilySearch

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has long been a leader in the field of genealogy. New tools and techniques are constantly being developed to help the genealogical community. Learn about the challenges and the accomplishments that come through this center of learning.  Beg., Int., Adv.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

On the Clock! Demystifying the BCG Portfolio Process; Presenter: Jill Morelli, CG®

I received the credential of Certified Genealogist® from the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) in January 2017. This presentation explores some basic strategies I employed to produce a successful portfolio, and what I would do differently if I had not been successful the first time. Strategies, education and small tips made for my successful portfolio. Let’s demystify the process!  Adv.

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM FREE Exhibit Hall
Approximately 80 Exhibitors will be displaying the latest products available to assist genealogists in their search for family.