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British Isles Family History Society - USA

British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A.

Calendar of Events

About the Society   


Meetings, Classes, Study Groups, and Seminars

Programs and speakers are subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all events are held at:

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library (LAFSL)
(formerly the Los Angeles Family History Library (LAFHL),
formerly the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center (LARFHC)
10741 Santa Monica Blvd. (enter from Eastborne at Manning)
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 474-9990

All classes and monthly meetings are offered free of charge. There is plenty of free parking. Everyone is welcome. Members are free to do their own research at any time during BIFHS-USA meetings. For further information, please contact our 1st Vice President (Programs). The Los Angeles Family History Library will be open for research following our meetings.  It will close at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday
28 June 2015
1:00PM–3:00PM

Class

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Teasing Out What DNA Testing May – or May Not – Tell You

Jane Neff Rollins, the presenter, is an epidemiologist and medical writer who actually understands the science behind DNA testing. She has coordinated and paid for DNA testing among a dozen family members and potential cousins since 2004, but she is more interested in the implications that DNA results can have on one’s family history research in real life than in the science itself. This talk includes a brief summary of the types and costs of DNA testing, and a discussion of what different DNA tests (Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA) can and can’t tell you. Her talk will  include case studies that illustrate the outcomes of actual DNA testing: high hopes initially dashed, high hopes realized, and the joy of reconnecting families long separated by the vicissitudes of history.

Speaker: Jane Neff Rollins is also a professional genealogist who has conducted research for clients with roots in New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and Virginia. She has transliterated Russian documents into English for several online databases. Jane has spoken professionally about genealogy at local societies and at the Paris, Boston, and Salt Lake IAJGS conferences.

Sunday
26 July 2015
1:00PM–3:00PM

Class

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Question & Answer Session with BIFHS-USA Team of Skilled Researchers

Have your research pursuits left you standing in front of a brick wall? Do you need help with a genealogical challenge? Let the BIFHS-USA Team help you. Send your written questions at least one week before the meeting to past-pres@bifhsusa.org.  Include a detailed description of what you have already done. Your questions will be forwarded to the team members who, at the session, will provide suggestions about what to try next. The rest of the day will be a time for open research when you will be able to use what you learned during the meeting.

Sunday
26 July 2015
1:00PM–5:00PM

Class

MULTIMEDIA EXCHANGE

The 26 July meeting will include the first Multimedia Exchange Day of BIFHS-USA. Do you have books, magazines, DVDs, or other materials that you no longer wish to keep but would like to give to someone who will be able to use them?  Bring your items to the meeting and place on the exchange table. The items will be free to whoever wants them. Some members have been sorting their collections, and have already found two boxes of books and magazines. We suggest, of course, that the items should have a genealogy connection, but it is not mandatory. Your contributions will return home with you if they are not taken by someone.
Sunday
23 August 2015
1:00PM–3:00PM

Class

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Weaving the Research Quilt

Intertwine all of your research to weave the story of your ancestors.  Learn how to use your information to piece the quilt together. Your ancestors’ lives are not in the isolated, separate documents that you have collected but are in the whole of your research. American and British Isles based records, newspaper articles and other research results on your direct ancestors, other family members and their FAN (friends, associates, neighbours) network can create the patchwork to complete the quilt of your ancestor.

Speaker: Barbara Randall is active in British Isles Family History Society- USA and is editor of the BIFHS-USA Journal. She conducts workshops in the southern CA area. Barbara is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Family History Writers & Editors, New England Historical Genealogical Society, New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, and Southern California Genealogical Society. Barbara is also a Daughters of the American Revolution volunteer genealogist/consultant. She is a special education middle school teacher/coordinator with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Sunday
27 September 2015
1:00PM–3:00PM

Class

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: The popular Question & Answer Session returns for a second time this year.  You will have another opportunity if you were not able to submit your questions prior to the 26 July meeting. You may have pursued the suggestions made finding additional brick walls, and you will be able to seek more help. One again, send your written questions at least one week prior to the meeting to past-pres@bifhsusa.org.  Include a detailed description of what you have already done. Your questions will be forwarded to the BIFHS-USA team members who, at the session, will provide suggestions about what to try next. The rest of the day will be a time for open research when you will be able to use what you learned during the meeting.


Record of Past Meetings, Classes, and Study Groups


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Last edit:  Bruce A. HamiltonSunday, 21-Jun-2015 09:02:10 MDT