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Brian Rhinehart
Saturday, March 16
Brian Rhinehart  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Ave, Whittier CA 90606 + Zoom
I Have a Civil War Ancestor . . . Now What?
Civil War soldiers often left a rich genealogical paper trail.  Many of these records are tucked away at the National Archives in Washington DC.  Learn what records are available for your ancestors only at the National Archives, what records are online already, and how to access all of them.  These records may unlock some of the family stories that have been forgotten over time, as well as break down a brick wall or two!   
 
 



Lisa Vogele
Saturday, April 20
Lisa Vogele  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Ave, Whittier CA 90606 + Zoom
Heritage Travel:  How to Walk in the Footsteps of Your Ancestors' Footsteps
You don’t have to be a celebrity on “Who Do You Think You Are?” to travel in your ancestor’s footsteps. Speaker Lisa Vogele shares her tops tips for planning a heritage trip.

Whether you’re interested in planning a trip to visit U.S. battlefields of your patriotic ancestors, walking the streets of an ancestral village, or meeting distant relatives, heritage travel offers a rich and rewarding experience.

Learn Lisa's top tips for researching, planning, and connecting on your personal journey. Find out how to avoid common pitfalls, what DNA tests reveal, and how they can be used for heritage travel when your paper trail ends. Setting goals & expectations for your trip.

Come hear inspirational stories from real-life heritage travel experiences!

https://travelyourtree.com/events/




Hal Bookbinder
Saturday, May 18
Hal Bookbinder  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Ave, Whittier CA 90606 + Zoom
Practicing Safe Computing in the Age of AI
Genealogists depend on reliable computing, data storage, and access across the Internet. Cybercrime and cyberterrorism have resulted in service disruptions, personal data being exposed, and millions of dollars in ransom being paid. As the sophistication of cybercriminals grows, this will likely get worse. Scams can also challenge us, and Artificial Intelligence will make current scams more dangerous and will introduce new ones. Even in the absence of bad actors, computers become corrupt and storage devices fail resulting in the potential loss of years of genealogical research. This talk discusses the risks, the myths, ways to reduce the likelihood of being hacked, and how to minimize the impact of data breaches, network and computing failures that do occur. See and search all of Hal’s articles at www.tinyurl.com/SafeComputingArticles (published monthly in the JGSCV Newsletter since 2015)
 
 



Beth Swartz
Saturday, June 15
Beth Swartz  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Ave, Whittier CA 90606 + Zoom
Centi What, Morgan Who.. Working with Your DNA Results
Beth Swartz will be joining us in person at the Sorensen Library in Whittier.
This presentation covers the basics of using Ancestry DNA results to understand your ethnicity, create a DNA tree, sort and triangulate matches to identify unknown relatives. Also provides updated information on new features as they come out.



Dana Palmer CG®, CGL(SM)
Saturday, July 20
Dana Palmer CG®, CGL(SM)  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Ave, Whittier CA 90606 + Zoom
Finding Records Using the Resources on FamilySearch
Many records exists online and in repositories. Learn how to use the resources on FamilySearch to find them.
 



Orange County FamilySearch Center Road Trip
Saturday, August 17
Orange County FamilySearch Center Road Trip  (General Meeting and Speaker)
Road Trip!  Orange FamilySearch Center
We will be going on the road on August 17th to visit the Orange County FamilySearch in the City of Orange.
We will have more details closer to the time of the event.
 



Christine Cohen
Saturday, September 21
Christine Cohen  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Ave, Whittier CA 90606 + Zoom
Naturalization and Citizenship
Naturalization is the process by which an alien becomes an American citizen. These records can provide a researcher with valuable information such as an ancestor’s person's birth date, birth location in the old country, occupation , immigration year, marital status, spouse information, witnesses' names and addresses. Naturalization and the individual steps to citizenship could be done at any “court of record” of which there were 5,000 in the United States. 
 



Sunny Jane Morton
Saturday, October 19
Sunny Jane Morton  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Ave, Whittier CA 90606 + Zoom
Intrroduction to US Church records:  Why We Care Where Grandma Went to Church
U.S. church records of many denominations can reveal ancestors’ vital events, family relationships, overseas birthplaces and other residences and religious lives. From the co-author of the acclaimed book How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records, learn what these records may look like, how to identify an ancestral church, locate extant records and access them.



Sara Cochran
Saturday, November 16
Sara Cochran  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Ave, Whittier CA 90606 + Zoom
From A Box In The Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom:  Organizing and Digitizing Your Family Photos
​Photos remain at the root of Sara's love of family history.  These precious glimpses into the lives of our ancestors are a treasure in their own right, and without proper care they will be lost to time.  Today, Sara will provide some insight into the history of the photograph and provide strategies for organizing your own photo collections so that both current and future generations can enjoy them.
 
As a teenager attending a family reunion, Sara was awed by her Grandmother's collection of photos that documented the early years of her family.  Inspired to know more about the people in the photos and bitten by the genealogy bug after exploring just some of the information her Grandmother had gathered over the years, Sara began her own explorations into the family tree, which has roots in Britain, Ireland, Italy, and Austria, as well as most of the United States.
 
 



WAGS Annual Holiday Show & Tell
Saturday, December 21
WAGS Annual Holiday Show & Tell  (General Meeting and Speaker)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Sorensen Library, 6934 Broadway Ave, Whittier CA 90606 + Zoom
Join us for our WAGS Annual Holiday Tradition!
We are encouraging WAGS members and friends to join us in our December Show & Tell and Holiday Party.
Member participation is what makes this event successful. 
 
Share information you found out about your family tree this past year, a brick wall breakthrough, a family story, or a family treasure.  Presentations should be about five minutes long.  To sign up, contact our Program Chair,Christine Cohen, at program@wagswhittier.org.