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BIFHS–USA Record of Past Meetings, Classes, and Study Groups

(since 22 November 1997)

 

Sunday
22 June 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00  PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: An Introduction to English Legal Systems: Cases and Records of the Middle Ages

Esther will introduce the possibilities of using legal evidence for genealogists interested in reaching far back into the Middle Ages.  England in the high and late medieval periods (c. 1066-1500) was a realm of overlapping, and even highly sophisticated, legal systems that generated thousands of different cases, documents, and records.  She will track the formation and development of the different legal systems, examine case studies from the courts, and explore the potential of records reveling information about occupations, family relationships, and the social status of the ordinary men and women who left small, but significant, traces of their lives behind.


Speaker: Esther Liberman Cuenca is a doctoral candidate at Fordham University in New York who teaches history courses at Marymount California University in Palos Verdes, CA.  She is currently writing her dissertation, The Making of Borough Customary Law in Medieval Britain. She has four years of experience with medieval and Renaissance paleography and was recently invited to attend the English Renaissance Paleography Seminar at the Huntington Library. She frequently works with medieval documents and manuscripts at the British Library and in many other local archives in England.
Sunday
25 May 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00  PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:
Using DNA to trace your ancestors to the British Isles

Speaker: Linda Jonas is president of the British Isles Family History Society-USA.  She is co-author with Paul Milner of A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors (Betterway Books, 2000) and A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors (Betterway Books, 2002). Linda specializes in Genetic Genealogy. She has been a Genetic Genealogy Consultant to GeneTree and the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and has been the administrator of the several DNA projects including the British Isles DNA Project. She was the first person to receive full-sequence mitochondrial DNA results from a commercial company, the first to establish a mitochondrial DNA project (the U5 mtDNA Project), and the first project administrator to verify Colonial American ancestry with mitochondrial DNA. She was on the worldwide Journey of Man tour with Spencer Wells and the National Geographic Genographic Project during which she lectured on how to use DNA to bridge the gap between ancient and modern ancestry. After interpreting hundreds of tests from multiple DNA companies, she is uniquely qualified to interpret Y-chromosome, mitochondrial, and autosomal DNA results and apply them to traditional genealogy to verify and extend family trees.
Sunday
27 April 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00  PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Legacy Stories

There's more to family history than names, dates, and places. Come see how to bring your ancestors to life in a compelling way that future generations will love.

Speaker: Linda Jonas is the current President of BIFHS-USA who has frequently spoken at past BIFHS-USA meetings and seminars. She has contributed much to the genealogy community not only through her personal research but also as a staff trainer and instructor at the Los Angeles Family History Center (now known as Los Angles FamilySearch Library). She served as the Director of the McLean, Virginia, Family History Center when she lived in Virginia and has co-authored two books with Paul Milner about British research: A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your English Ancestors and A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Scottish Ancestors. Linda has focused her efforts for the past several years on DNA for family history. She is also a Certified Legacy Planner who helps people preserve their personal and family stories and heirlooms.

Sunday
23 March 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Preventing and Overcoming Brick Walls

Learn about research methodology and working smart so you don't create your own brick walls and how to recover from a brick wall that you created.


Speaker: Luana Gilstrap began working on her family history in college and is still at it. She earned her B.A. in English from UCLA and remained there to earn her Masters in Library Science. She has worked as a genealogical librarian in two libraries including the Los Angeles FamilySearch Library where she also has been an instructor. Over the years, she has been a presenter at numerous genealogy seminars and has taught family history courses at colleges. Her genealogical research trips have taken her to courthouses, libraries, and archives across the United States, and to England, Belfast, and Quebec. Luana and Dolores Andersen, the current 2nd Vice President of BIFHS-USA, are cousins, and Luana continues to assist Dolores with her research. They have taken many research trips together and were in England last fall where they tried to dissolve a sizable brick wall.
Sunday
23 February 2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Do You Really Know Your Irish Roots?

Understanding 6,000 years of Irish history can help explain why your Irish ancestors are so elusive. Learn more from Barbara’s presentation that will also provide hints for finding records.


Speaker: Barbara M. Randall  is a professional genealogist and active with many genealogy societies, sharing her knowledge through classes and presentations. She prepares two newsletters, one for her Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter and another for the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Legacy Family Tree User Group for which she is also the Leader. She is a board member of SCGS and in training this year during preparations for the 2014 SCGS Jamboree to become the 2015 Chairwoman. She is a member of several genealogical societies, including BIFHS-USA where she has recently taken up the position of Journal Editor. In her spare time, she is a teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District with 30 years experience as a special education teacher. Her website is at randall-ancestry-services.com.
Sunday
23 February 2014
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Special Tech Study Group

Topic: Impressions of RootsTech 2014

Members will talk about their experiences at this popular genealogical conference that ran from 6-8 February. They will share with us what they learned and enjoyed the most, what technological changes are occurring in the genealogy world, what the future may hold, and answer questions from individuals who were not able to attend the conference.

Speakers: BIFHS-USA members Jill Kirby, Scottish Study Group Leader, and Barbara Randall, Journal Editor, plan to relate their experiences. You also are invited to share your impressions of RootsTech 2014.

Sunday
26 January 2014
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Finding Your Genealogy in Digitized Books

Learn where and how to locate digitized books that will assist with your genealogy pursuit.


Speaker: Gena Philibert-Ortega  is a professional genealogist and current president of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a second Master's degree in Religion. She teaches classes and workshops in genealogical research techniques and is a frequent speaker to groups in Southern California. In 2013, she contributed research to Genealogy Roadshow that aired on PBS in 2013, and has written and published many articles and three books, From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserves Family Recipes (2012), Putting the Pieces Together: Genealogical Ideas (2007), and Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra (2007). She also writes blogs about genealogy and food on her YourFamilyHistoryResearch.com website.
Sunday
24 November 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Annual Show & Tell during Holiday Potluck

Many individuals consider Show & Tell to be the best meeting of the year. Bring a dish to pass for the potluck and enjoy the day. Listen to the uplifting family tales that your fellow genealogy researchers will share about their discoveries.  Did you have successes during 2013? Bring your treasures and tell us about your experiences and research endeavors.

The November meeting is also the Annual Meeting when the election is held.  Bring your ballot if you have not already mailed it.  The election and a brief business meeting will be held before the start of the potluck.


Sunday
27 October 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: About Irish Research

Speaker: Sheila Benedict  has been a professional genealogist for over twenty years, has spoken at genealogy conferences, and taught beginning and intermediate genealogy.  She has also has been an administrator and archivist at the Santa Inez Mission, and in her free time taught oral history at a community college.
Sunday
22 September 2013
1:00 PM -
5:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Open Research Day

It will be a great day to use all that you learned at the seminar.  Bring your research to the Los Angeles Family History Library for a day of research.
Saturday
7 September 2013

SEMINAR: Michael Gandy on various English and Irish research topics

For details, please see our seminar page.

Sunday
25 August 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: New FamilySearch Tools

On April 17, FamilySearch.org released a new version of its online program that is free for anyone to use. Jill Kirby will explain its vast changes along with the additions, enhancements, and features of the new version. FamilySearch.org has created a global online community where one can now download photos and stories and interact with others as you research your ancestry. Fan Charts are available to present one's ancestry in a colorful wheel. Jill recommends that everyone should try the tools of the new version and create a personal account on FamilySearch.org.

Speaker: Jill Kirby  has been a long-time member of British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A. and has researched her family history much longer. She was born in Southampton, Hampshire, Great Britain and loves to return to the city to explore its history and research. Her pursuit of her ancestors has taken her to Canada, South Africa, Mauritius, New Zealand and Australia.  She is currently the society’s Scottish Study Group Leader.
Sunday
28 July 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Using Dropbox in Genealogy

Learn about Dropbox, how to open a free account, use it to organize and backup genealogy files, and share with family and friends.

Speaker: Denise Spurlock  has over 20 years of family research experience, holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, and is the owner of Ancestral Trees.  She is a frequent speaker at genealogy society meetings, seminars, and Conferences.  Denise is a member of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society, Southern California Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Sunday
23 June 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Project Management for Genealogists

Pam Wiedenbeck will talk about techniques used by professional project managers and how these tools apply to a genealogical project and will discuss definitions and the structure of a project. She will introduce a tool that can be used by genealogists to plan their own projects. As part of the meeting, attendees will practice using the tool to create a plan for one of their genealogical projects.

Speaker: Pam Wiedenbeck  has been an active genealogist for more than 30 years and became a professional genealogist in 1994. She specializes in assisting clients to plan their genealogical projects utilizing skills that she developed in her non genealogy career that she continues to pursue. She is the President and Founder of Plans Made Perfect, LLC and is a Project Management Professional (PMP), as certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI).  She works with individual Project Managers and Supervisors so that they can improve their communications and human relations skills. She currently is a trainer for Project Managers for the Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education. She has worked in both consulting and management roles since 1983 while finding time for genealogy. She has been a member of SCGS for more than 15 years where she speaks to the society's special interest groups. She also belongs to the French-Canadian Heritage Society of California.
Sunday
26 May 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: “We Will Remember Them . . .” A look at the available records of Britain’s war casualties — and the work of:

  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • The War Graves Photographic Project
  • The Last Post Association.

Description: Using examples from his own family, Ivan C. Johnson PhD will show the extent to which Britain’s wars of the 20th Century affected an ordinary ‘non-military’ British family, and then show how Britain remembers the millions that were lost.

Speaker: Ivan C. Johnson PhD is the past-president of the British Isles Family History Society – USA. He is a professor emeritus of California State University, Northridge, where he taught economics for 30 years. He was born in rural Lincolnshire, England, where most of his genealogical work is centered, and has lived in Canada and the United States. He has been actively engaged in genealogy for some forty years, and has given talks throughout Southern California illustrated with photographs taken by his wife, Gail, on trips to his areas of research. In 2004 he was the keynote speaker at the New Zealand Society of Genealogists' Conference in Hastings, New Zealand. He also made a post-conference tour of the country giving genealogical talks to many branches of the society.

Sunday
28 April 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: New Sources, New Leads, New Results

Janet Thomas will talk about how researchers today can break down former brick walls because of advances in indexing and availability of online and other sources. Janet will present case histories from her research online, at the Family History Library in Salt Lake and in England.

Speaker: Janet Thomas began to pursue genealogy full time after her retirement as an environmental scientist in the late 1990s. She found time during the 1990s and early 2000s prior to her move to Connecticut to contribute much to BIFHS-USA serving at various times as its Recording Secretary, Program Chairperson, English Study Group Leader, and more than once the Chairperson or Co-chairperson of the seminar committee. Janet has a smidgeon of colonial ancestry and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, and the Daughters of Holland Dames. However, her true love is English research and you can often find her in Salt Lake City on the B2 floor of the Family History Library. She recently returned to the Los Angeles area after living in Connecticut for 5 years and agreed to share some research techniques she discovered over the past few years in Salt Lake City and London.

Sunday
24 March 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Surnames: How They Originated; How They Changed

Surnames were derived from personal characteristics, geography, occupations, and patronymics--sometimes matronymics. Necessity and compulsion both had a lot to do with them. This talk will deal with those origins and explain some phonic changes that take place with migration.

Speaker: Kay Ronald Devonshire has been involved with genealogy research for more than forty years and has been a member of British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A. since 1988, its founding year.  She currently serves as a Member at Large for the society and is a past Program Chair and Scottish Study Group Leader while frequently contributing to the society's journal and speaking at meetings.  Kay has a Master's degree in Modern European history from St. John's University, New York, and a master's in Teaching English as a Second Language with a minor in linguistics from UCLA. She uses both subjects in her genealogical research.

13-20 March 2013

Salt Lake City research trip postponed

The BIFHS-USA Salt Lake City Research Trip originally scheduled for 13-20 March 2013 has been postponed since Nancy Carlberg, the trip organizer and leader, will not be able to travel at that time due to knee surgeries and rehabilitation. Nancy wants everyone to know that she will recover, and she will reschedule the trip at a later date. Watch our website for updates.

Join the BIFHS-USA Announcement Mailing List to receive notice as soon as the rescheduled date is determine. Instructions for joining the mail list are at bifhsusa.org/maillist.html


Sunday
24 February 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: High Road or Low Road - How and Why the Scots Migrated and
Tribute to Annie Lloyd: Short Lessons in Welsh Research and Culture
Judy Brooks will tell us about the history of the Scots and their movement throughout the world as far back as 1500. She developed the presentation to encourage individuals to refine their research methodology by going beyond a surname search and to determine historical background for clues as to where to search.

Before Judy's lecture, we will see a short multimedia presentation created in memory of Welsh Study Group leader Annie Lloyd, who passed away last summer. In sound clips recorded in July 2011, Annie talks briefly about researching Welsh ancestry and tells two folk stories she learned from her father, a Welsh immigrant.

Speaker: Judy Brooks began genealogical research in the early 1990s when her husband became chaplain for the North County (San Diego) Scots. His family claimed Scottish origins for both his paternal and maternal lines.  Judy was not able to locate Scottish connections for his paternal line but traced his maternal line to the Aberdeen region as far back as the 1400s. She became a professional genealogist, and her primary focus has been on Scots and Scots-Irish. She loves to pursue research for those who have hit brick walls or do not have time to do their own. She enthusiastically supports the San Diego Highland Games while sharing her love of genealogy by giving free genealogy classes at the games and writing Ancestry Corner in the monthly newsletter of San Diego Highland Games. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society.


Sunday
27 January 2013
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Preserving and Digitizing Your Family Treasures

Denise May Levenick will highlight basic archival skills for family historians and digitization strategies for popular heirlooms in a two part presentation.

Part One will include Caring for Keepsakes:

·        Archival basics for family historians
·        Caring for common family keepsakes
·        How and where to store your treasures
·        Spending your archival dollars wisely

Part Two will include Digitization De-mystified:

·        Preserving heirlooms through digitization
·        Debunking the “Paperless Promotion”
·        Best practices for scanning success
·        Choosing scanners and digitization devices

Speaker: Denise May Levenick is a writer, researcher, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. In every family, someone ends up with “the stuff,” and Denise inherited her first family archive from her grandmother – a trunk filled with photos, letters, documents, and lots of “miscellaneous stuff.” She is now the caretaker of several family collections. She has adapted professional archival techniques to the family archive situation and shares her experiences of on the award-winning family history blog that she created, The Family Curator at TheFamilyCurator.com


Sunday
25 November 2012
1:00 PM -
5:00 PM
Illustrated family tree

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Show and Tell during Holiday Potluck

It is time again for the Holiday Potluck and the annual Show & Tell.  Bring a dish to pass, either hot or cold, along with your genealogical treasures.  We will be able to hear story of new research successes as we enjoy an excellent meal.

A short business meeting, the BIFHS-USA election, will precede the potluck.  Bring your ballot if you have not already mailed it.

The library will be open 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Sunday
28 October 2012
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Genealogy Resources in Special Collections: Civil War, Scotland, and Beyond

Yolanda Blue, a Special Collections Librarian, will describe the kinds of resources that are useful for the family historian and can be found at the Special Collections Department of the Davidson Library at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She will emphasize Scottish records and the Civil War Collection held at Davidson Library. The Civil War Collection, entitled “William Wyles Collection,” includes over 35,000 volumes. In addition, there are several hundred manuscripts that contain correspondence, diaries, photographs, and memorabilia. Yolanda will highlight Scottish related resources located in the general collection of the Davidson Library. She will also present a selection of websites for Scottish and Scots-Irish research that she included in her presentation at the International Genealogy Festival at the University of Strathclyde.

Speaker: Yolanda Blue has been the Special Collections Librarian in the Department of Special Collections at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 1995, and obtained her MLS from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. Yolanda is the lead manuscripts cataloger of a team of technical services staff. She provides reference services, teaches library skills classes, and gives presentations to various university and community groups. She is a member of the International Federation of Library Institutions and Associations (IFLA) and the California Library Association.


Sunday
23 September 2012
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: All About Findmypast.com

Brian Speckart of Findmypast.com will highlight the resources and tools available on its website. Some of the nearly one billion records are unique to findmypast.com and date from the 1200s to present. It plans to soon add Irish, English, Scottish, and Welsh newspapers archives back to the 1700s. We will see how to formulate a high quality search to view results from specific town or the entire world in a single page. The research tools of the website help to understand, analyze, manage, and interpret results, and the resources guide provide suggestions and hints for future research.

Findmypast.com is part of brightsolid and recently open an office in Southern California.  It began in 1965 when a small group of leading professional genealogists and heir hunters form what was then known as Title Research.  In 2001 Title Research started a project to create an online copy of the indexes of the General Register Office birth, marriage and death records in the UK and was licensed in 2003 to do that resulting in the website 1837online.com.  Censuses and 1890-1960 outbound passenger lists were added in following years.  1837online.com became findmypast in 2006 and was purchase by Scotland Online in 2007.  In 2008, Scotland Online became brightsolid and has added information for the British Isles and expanded its outreach sources for Australia, Ireland and United States.

Speaker: Brian Speckart handles public relations and social media events along with off-line and on-line marketing for findmypast.com.  His family tree contains ancestors from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Germany and Sicily.
Sunday
26 August 2012
1:00 PM -
5:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING – A Special DOUBLE FEATURE, two programs when you expected one.  Hear both:

The Living Legacy Project and

Hidden Sources for British Research: Using Smith’s Inventories

The general meeting will begin at its normal time, 1:00 p.m., with the first presentation beginning shortly thereafter.  The second presentation will be after the break at approximately 3:15 p.m.

Topic One: The Living Legacy Project by L. A. “Butch” Hibben

 Butch Hibben will present The Living Legacy Project, which allows individuals and groups to share stories, artifacts, videos, and more in an online format with secured access.  He will provide information about how the project works and how individuals, families, and groups can use the project to record current history and preserve contemporary experiences for those who follow. Butch will also discuss interviewing techniques that will enable you to get better responses from subjects.

Speaker: L. A. “Butch” Hibben, a Certified Legacy Advisor, has been involved in the field of family history from his youth, when he took a typing class in school to help his grandmother type up family group sheets and pedigree charts for the family's Book of Remembrance.  Knowing about his ancestry has been as much a part of his life as knowing basic life skills.  Fortunate enough to speak with his forebears about their experiences as Arizona pioneers, Butch remembers the stories and the roles his family played in the history of not only Arizona but also Utah.  Butch, like his ancestor pioneers, was a trailblazer in the field of computers, having become involved in the field in the late 1950s while serving in the U.S. Navy.  After his discharge, he was a computer technician for many years until retiring in 2008.  It is no wonder that he was inspired to assist others in preserving their heritage when he was introduced to the Living Legacy Project in 2011.  He continues to carry on his ancestors' tradition of pioneering in the world of online preservation.

He has his own legacy to pass along, having sired five children, four of which have gone on to make him grandfather to twenty-four and great-grandfather to twelve.  He is married to Corona Genealogical Society President, Jean Wilcox Hibben, and they make their home in the Lake Mathews area of Western Riverside County, California.  Butch, a former square dance caller, is an audio technician and plays saw and spoons. He can be reached through his website <www.hibben.org>.


Topic Two: Hidden Sources for British Research: Using Smith’s Inventories by Beth McCarty

Many helpful sources have been published within other works, and therefore have not been cataloged separately in the Family History Library Catalog.  Smith’s Inventories of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland are the result of a large project to make known these hidden resources.  Beth McCarty will discuss their use in finding material for your locality of interest.

Speaker: Beth McCarty holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from California State University at Long Beach.  She has been doing genealogy for more than 35 years, teaching genealogy for over 25 years, and researching English records for 20 plus years.  Beth is a Past President of Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  She is the editor of a family history entitled Daniel Cobia, 1714 , Descendants in America.  Beth served as Director of the Orange Family History Center for many years before recently retiring.  Her ancestry comes from England, Ireland, Denmark, and Norway.
Sunday
22 July 2012
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Cornwall without Tears

Erica Hahn will speak about research in Cornwall England, and in particular the Betty family of Callington, the Panter family of Landrake, and the Martin family of St. Dominick. For the Nineteenth Century her major tools were Ancestry.com.uk and the free BMD project. Familysearch.org provided extensive church records. However, there is so much more for Cornwall.  Volunteers have abstracted and put online church and other records back to the Seventeenth Century. In Los Angeles, researchers have access to copies of originals documents at the Richard and June Ross Collections of Cornish Church records at the Burbank Southern California Genealogy Society library, and the Family History library has a microfilm collection.

Speaker: Erica Hahn is a retired Administrative Law Judge who lives in Los Angeles County.  She has been pursuing genealogical research for twelve years and was a consultant at a Family History Center in Orange County for two years.  She has had articles published both on her colonial ancestry and Eastern European ancestry and has also lectured on researching Cornwall.

Sunday
24 June 2012
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Duplicating the Titanic Journey without the Iceberg

Jill Kirby was aboard the Balmoral when it traveled in April the route of the Titanic exactly 100 years after its sole journey.  The Balmoral duplicated many conditions found on the Titanic such as menus, but it avoided icebergs.  A memorial service was held at the time and location where the Titanic sank.  The Balmoral continued to cross the Atlantic after the service and stopped at Halifax where travelers were allowed to visit the cemeteries that are the burial locations of some Titanic victims.  Jill will reminisce about the voyage and share her experiences.

Speaker: Jill Kirby is the Scottish Study Group Leader of British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A.  The Titanic has special significance to Jill since her great-uncle Alfred Albert White was a Titanic crewman who survived its sinking.

Sunday
27 May 2012
1:00 PM -
 3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: The Story of the Scots-Irish

Linda Serna will look to the origin of the term, their beginnings in Ulster Plantation, their migrations, and their contributions to America. She will give resources to consider when tracing Scots-Irish family lines.

Speaker: Linda Serna is Vice President of Programs for the Orange County California Genealogical Society as well as being a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Besides her love of research and public speaking, she likes history, writing and to travel.

Sunday
22 April 2012
1:00 PM -
3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Ten Days in Ireland, Sights and Sounds

Jim McNamara traveled to Ireland in the fall of 2011 visiting Dublin and relatives in County Clare where he attended the Clare Roots Society Conference. He will share his experiences using photographs, visuals aids, and sound recordings.

Speaker: Jim McNamara is a Member at Large and the Irish Study Group Leader of British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A.

Sunday
2
2 April 2012
 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Jim McNamara

Topic: Finding and Transcribing Roman Catholic Parish Registers
 
After the break, Jim will show images from Irish Parish registers that contain typical problems one might encounter, such as special symbols, annotations, and examples of tough-to-read handwriting.  He will also advise you how to determine if a register exists, how to find where two surnames are co-incident, and where, in the near future, you can obtain images from the National Library of Ireland through the internet.

Sunday
25 March 2012
1:00 PM -
 3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Digital Cameras for Genealogists

A digital camera can be one of your most valued research tools. It can help you acquire records and preserve documents, cut your reproduction costs greatly, and it need not require a bunch of expensive equipment!

Speaker: Alice Colby Volkert is a professional genealogist and the President of the Colby Family Association. She works mostly in New England, particularly Massachusetts. She has been associated with the Regional Family History Library in Orange for many years.

Sunday
26 February 2012
1:00 PM -
 3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Here Comes the 1940 Census

Joel Weintraub will discuss how to use the 1940 census, how to search the census for family members by location since there will not be a name index when it becomes public. He will show what is contained on that census that can help you

Speaker: Joel Weintraub is an emeritus biology professor at Cal State Fullerton and has won awards for his science teaching. He became interested in genealogy about 12 years ago and has volunteered for the past 9 years at the National Archives and Records Administration here in Southern California. Joel has been working on finder aids for the 1940 census since 2005.

Sunday
26 February 2012
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

WORKSHOP: What I Discovered at RootsTech 2012

BIFHS-USA members Suzy Goulet, Jill Kirby, and Nancy Carlberg are planning to attend RootsTech 2012 immediately following the Salt Lake City Research Trip. They will share what they learned and discovered at the conference.

Wednesday
25 January 2012 - Wednesday
1 February 2012


Research trip to the Salt Lake City Family History Library

We will be staying at the Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel next to the Library.

Start your preparation. Arrange and sort your research. Complete your family group sheets. Nancy Ellen Carlberg will be there to provide guidance with your projects.

Reserve your spot now! See our Salt Lake City Research Trip web page for more information.
Sunday
22 January 2012
1:00 PM -
 3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: FIND A GRAVE: A Virtual Cemetery on the Internet


Find A Grave is a web site for finding the final resting place of family, friends and “famous” individuals. With millions of names and photos, it is an invaluable tool for the genealogist and family history buff. Find A Grave memorials can contain rich content including photos, biographies and dates. Learn how to join Find A Grave, search, create memorials as well as adding others and create your own virtual cemetery!.

Speaker: Cheri Mello is a family genealogist with 19 years experience ranging from various areas of America, to Portugal, DNA, genealogy software and more.
Sunday
22 January 2012
3:00 PM -
5:00 PM


WORKSHOP

Getting Ready to Travel with Your Genealogy

Nancy Carlberg will provide hints for you to organize your research before you travel to Salt Lake City. You are welcome to attend even if you are not going to Salt Lake City with Nancy. Remember: whenever you hear Nancy speak, you learn something.
Sunday
27 November 2011
1:00 PM -
 3:00 PM

Illustrated family tree

Topic: Show and Tell during Holiday Potluck

November is the Annual Meeting, and that means it is time for the election.  Bring your ballot to the meeting if you have not already mailed it.  A brief business meeting and the election will be held before the start of the potluck.

Yes, November is also the Holiday Potluck and annual, very popular Show and Tell. Bring a dish to pass, either hot or cold. You will be able to fill your plate and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful and uplifting family tales that your fellow genealogy researchers have discovered during the year.  Did you have successes during 2011? Tell us about your research endeavors. Bring your treasures, share your stories, and tell us about your experiences.        

The library will be open 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Sunday
23 October 2011
1:00 PM -
 3:00 PM

Topic: Welsh Family History Sources Online

The 2011 Seminar, Treasures, Travels, and Technology, was yesterday. Our seminar speaker, Darris Williams, was able to arrange his schedule to attend our general meeting and speak once more. Come to the meeting even if you do not have Welsh ancestry. You will have the chance to explore the Hidden Treasures you learned about at the seminar on Saturday.

Sunday
25 September 2011
1:00 PM -
 3:00 PM

Topic: Personal Data Storage and Organization on Computer

Speaker: Tom Underhill

In this "how to" presentation, Tom will provide instructions for:

· Organizing and backing up your computer records · Storing your records off-site
· Citing your sources on the computer
· Protecting your genealogy from corruption
· Ensuring your genealogy is as accurate as possible (Regardless of what is out there)

Tom is the publisher and senior designer at Creative Continuum (www.creativecontinuum.com), a book design and publishing company specializing in high-quality, short-run books. He has written several books on the topics of family history publishing, photographs, and computers, as well as other topics.

There will be a special Study Group of Tech Tips after the break. Tom Underhill will continue to share his technical know-how.

Sunday
28 August 2011
1:00 PM -
 3:00 PM

Man sitting in a library

Topic: Open Research Day with Question & Answer Session

Hosted by: BIFHS-USA Panel of Experts

Do you have a genealogical research challenge or have you hit a brick-wall with your genealogical pursuit? Let the BIFHS-USA Experts' Panel help you.  Send your written question with a detailed description of what you have done to president@bifhsusa.org prior to the meeting.  It would be appropriate to send your question sooner rather than later.  The Expert Panel will respond at the meeting providing suggestions for your continued research.

The library will be open 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

 

Sunday
24 July 2011
1:00 PM -
 3:00 PM

Topic: British Research – Parish Registers and Census Records

Speaker: Hal Horrocks

The talk will start with what Hal Horrocks believes is crucial for every genealogy researcher to know; the important dates in English history and how they relate to genealogy research.

He will tell what can and cannot be found in parish registers providing many examples of baptism, marriage and death registers. He will advise how to find the parish register that you seek. He will then turn to census records with a detailed look at the most current census available, 1911.  He will show an example of how he traced with only a clue from a will a family through the census.

Hal Horrocks is the current President of Orange County California Genealogical Society and has given genealogy lectures and classes in Southern California for several years. He is a member of the Manchester, Lancashire Family History Society and the Cheshire Family History Society, both in England. He also maintains the Horrocks Genealogy Website at www.horrocksgenealogy.com.

The library will be open 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Sunday
26 June 2011
1:00 PM -
3:00
 PM

Topic: Expecting the Unexpected, Continued

Speaker: Peggy Wishon

Peggy Wishon will explore, review, update, and discuss some of the less used English resources and methods – online, filmed, and “in library.”

Peggy Wishon is a Co-Leader of BIFHS-USA’s English Study Group. She became a part-time professional genealogist in 1994 after beginning her personal genealogy research in 1986. See the links that Peggy considers useful and important at http://gennotes.com/BritishResearch.htm.

The library will be open 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Sunday
22 May 2011

1:00–3:00 PM

Topic: An Overview of Wales and Its Records

Speaker: Annie Lloyd

Annie will talk about Wales including its geography, some of its history, its official language, patronymics, and farm names.  Most everything you would like to know about this very small country that has contributed much to the world.  She will tell us where to find Welsh records -- the various libraries that hold the records, including the Los Angeles Family History Library.  There will be a short tour of some of the Welsh collections in the library.  Annie Lloyd is the Welsh expert for the society and has also volunteered many years at the Los Angeles Family History Library. 

Sunday
22 May 2011
3:00 -
 4:00 PM
WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

TopicQuestions and Answers on Welsh Genealogy

Annie Lloyd will explain Finding Your Welsh Ancestor in Wales Starts in the U.S.A.   The clues are HERE in the United States not THERE in Wales.  She will talk about the areas of the United States where Welsh people migrated and the places in Wales from where they would have come.  Please bring your questions, and Annie will try to answer them.

Sunday 24 April 2011

There will be no meeting on Sunday, 24 April 2011, since it is Easter Sunday.  May you enjoy a glorious gathering with your family.  Before the Easter celebration, you should consider attending the 2011 Orange Family History Fair, Looking Forward to the Past, on Saturday, 23 April 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Orange Family History Library.  See www.orangefhc.info.

Sunday
27 March 2011

1:00 –3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: PowerPoint: Not Over (Your) Head

Speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben

Have you ever wondered how to organize your genealogy research into a PowerPoint presentation that you could share at a family reunion?  Jean Wilcox Hibben will explain and demonstrate how to do this.  She will share useful hints as to what does and does not work.  Come and hear her suggestions.  It is wonderful to welcome back Jean Wilcox Hibben as a speaker at our General Meeting.  She is a Board Certified Genealogist who last spoke to us in early 2008 when she was working on her dissertation, the final stages of obtaining her PhD in folklore.  Visit her website at www.circlemending.org.

Sunday
27 March 2011
 3:00 –5:00
 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Jim McNamara

Topic: A Case Study of Irish Research in USA Records
 
Jim McNamara's PowerPoint presentation will feature his personal research for his Irish and Scotch-Irish families. Jim is the individual whom Society members seek for help with their Irish research.

Saturday
5 March 2011

11:00 AM –2:00 PM

Lectures on English Research

 

The Los Angeles Family History Library has started a series of Saturday classes. The topics vary each week and are free. Kay Ronald Devonshire and Ivan Johnson will speak about English research on 5 March 2010.  Each class will last one hour.

 

Beginning English Research: Civil Registration and Parish Registers, 11:00 a.m.

 

Ivan Johnson will explain to beginners in English research how to trace ancestors using, first, the birth, marriage and death records that have been kept by the British Government since 1837; and, second, using the parish registers that have been kept by the Anglican clergy since 1538.

 

English Censuses, 12:00 p.m.

 

Kay Ronald Devonshire will compare the censuses from 1841 through 1911 outlining what is on each census, pointing out the differences, suggesting strategies, and advising how they can assist you with your research.

 

Radial Searches in Rural England, 1:00 p.m.

 

Ivan Johnson will explain why radial searches are always necessary in rural England, and explains exactly how to do them. The explanation is illustrated by the story of William Edward Johnson (Ivan’s paternal grandfather), who lived the life that agricultural workers in England had lived for centuries (from the 14th to the 20th century). Knowing how these rural workers got and changed jobs reveals a simple strategy for finding ancestors in the parish registers even when they move from parish to parish.

 


Kay and Ivan both are long time genealogy researchers and speak frequently in Southern California.  Ivan is a founding member and past president of British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A.  Kay has been a member of the society since its first year and has held several leadership positions.

Sunday
27 February 2011

1:00
–3:00 PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Reading Old American and English Handwriting

Speaker: Gene Cheney, Director of the Hemet Family History Library and the President of the Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society

Mr. Cheney will provide helpful hints for understanding old style script.  Do you have an unreadable document?  Bring it to the meeting.  He will help you decipher it.

Wednesday
2 - 9 February 2011
 

Research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

We will be staying at the Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel next to the Library.

Start your preparation. Arrange and sort your research. Complete your family group sheets. Nancy Ellen Carlberg will be there to provide guidance with your projects.

Reserve you spot now! See the registration form for more details and print it to mail your reservation.

Flyer with registration form (PDF)

Sunday
23 January 2010
1:00–3:00PM

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Intuition, Coincidence, and Serendipity: Their Part in Genealogy

Speaker: Nancy Ellen Carlberg

During your travels to areas where your ancestors lived, have you searched the genealogy records at the local historical society, reviewed the court records, and checked the cemetery records and were sadden because you were locating nothing?  Only then did you pick up the book that you believed to be totally unrelated to your search and discovered helpful leads regarding an ancestor.  Have you search for the location of your ancestor’s home and found along the way an abandon cemetery where other ancestors are buried?  Bring your stories and share them.  Nancy Carlberg will lead the discussion and share some of her unusual experiences. 

Sunday
23 January 2010
3:00–5:00PM

WORKSHOP

Getting Ready to Travel with Your Genealogy at approximately 3:00 p.m. following a break after the General Meeting.  Nancy Carlberg will provide hints for you to organize your research before you travel to Salt Lake City.  May the serendipity discussed at the General Meeting find you and remain with you on the Research Trip to Salt Lake City.  You are welcome to attend even if you are not going to Salt Lake City.  Nancy will offer organization tips to everyone.

Sunday
28 November 2010
1:00 PM

Illustrated family tree

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Show and Tell during Holiday Potluck

Our popular annual Show and Tell has returned to the Los Angeles Family History Library. What successes have you had during the Road Show. Tell us about research discoveries. Bring your treasures and share your stories. This meeting is also the Holiday Potluck. Bring a dish to pass, either hot or cold. After a short business meeting, you will be able to fill your plate and enjoy an afternoon of wonderful and uplifting family tales that your fellow genealogy researchers have discovered. Come and tell us about your experiences.

The short business meeting will be the election. Bring your ballot if you have not already mailed it.

The library will be open 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Sunday
24 October 2010
1:00 PM


GENERAL MEETING

Topic: 1939 Movietone Newsreel

Speaker: Loring Bunyan

Miriam Fitch had a very unusual experience during her life. She and her family left the United Kingdom for the United States in October 1939 aboard the USS President Harding. Miriam is not able to remember the event, but her brother, Loring Bunyan, has vivid recollections of the trip. Movietone News provided newsreels to movie theaters during that era. The crossing of the ship and its arrival at New York City was the subject of such a newsreel. Loring purchased a DVD copy of the newsreel and gave it to his sister, Miriam. We will see the newsreel, and Loring will speak about the trip and the times.

There will be open research after the general meeting. Bring your family group sheets! The library will be open from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Sunday
26 September 2010
1:00–5:00PM


GENERAL MEETING

Back at our traditional location: Los Angeles Family History Library, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

It is with great sadness that we report changes to the itinerary for the September meeting. Our meetings usually begin at 1:00 PM. We had planned to have a tour of the renovated Los Angeles Family History Library at 1:00 p.m. followed by time to research.

We will not be able to occupy the library until 3:00 p.m., and we will not be able to use the library this Sunday for research. The elevator in the building has broken and will not be working on Sunday. You will have to walk down the stairs to participate in the tour and up the stairs after the tour.

You are still welcome to come at 1:00 p.m., the normal time when general meetings begin. Lemonade and snacks will be available outside. A classroom in the Visitors' Center will be open for BIFHS-USA. Your board members will be there at 1:00 p.m.

Please come and tell them what or who you would like at the next seminar or topics you would like to see covered during meetings in 2011.

Richard McBride, Director of Los Angeles Family History Library, will make a few comments in the classroom at 3:00 p.m. The tour will follow Director McBride comments.
 

Sunday
25 July 2010
1:00–3:00PM


GENERAL MEETING

Special location: Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

The Conejo Valley Genealogical Society invited us to visit. The society's records are kept in the southeast corner of the Grant R. Brimhall Library according to their website. The Irish Resources, the Domesday Books of England and the Standring Collection of rare books on the British Isles will be of special interest. US State records are also available. See the website of Conejo Valley Genealogical Society for a more detailed list: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cacvgs/Libraries.html 
 
The official time of our meeting is 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. You may stay longer since the library is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  
Directions to Grant R Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, California 91362

 

From the South:

·         Take the 101 Ventura Freeway to the 23 Moorpark Freeway

·         Exit Moorpark Freeway North

·         Take exit 14 to E. Janss Rd.

·         Right onto E. Janss Rd

·         The Library is less than ¼ mile east on the left, north. You have gone too far if you reach El Monte Dr.

 

From the North:

·         Travel south on 23 Moorpark Freeway

·         Take exit 14 to E. Janss Rd.

·         Left onto E. Janss Rd.

·         The Library is less than ¼ mile east on the left, north. You have gone to far if you reach El Monte Dr.

Sunday
27 June 2010
1:00–3:00PM


GENERAL MEETING

Special location: Southern California Genealogical Society Library, 417 Irving Dr., Burbank, CA

We return to Burbank, home and headquarters of our good friends, the Southern California Genealogical Society. On that day, the library is officially closed, but we will be allowed to use their collection. The library's holdings contain over 35,000 books (including 6,000 family histories), as well as sources in other formats, such as manuscripts, microforms, maps, periodicals and electronic resources, all specific to genealogical research. Among their holdings are materials relevant to all fifty states, as well as to Canada and the United Kingdom. Nancy Ellen Carlberg will be available to answer questions.

Sunday
23 May 2010
1:00–3:00PM

GENERAL MEETING

Special Location: Sculpture Studio, Highland Taffy Estate, 2025-2027 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068

Topic: Locating Your Living Relatives

Speaker: Tom Underhill

Tom Underhill is the publisher and senior designer at Creative Continuum, a short-run publishing house that specializes in family history publishing. He speaks frequently in Southern California at family history fairs, genealogical conventions and meetings of genealogical societies. He is also the author of several books.

Directions: This meeting will be held at a special location: Highland Taffy Estate, Sculpture Studio, 2025-2027 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, California 90068. The location is not visible from the street and is accessed from a long driveway off N. Highland Ave. The entrance to Highland Taffy Estate is on the right side of the street approximately ¼ mile south of the Hollywood Bowl.

Sunday
25 April 2010
1:00–3:00PM

GENERAL MEETING

Special Location: Whittier College, Wardman Library, 13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier, California 90607

Topic: Day of Research

A Day of Research at the Wardman Library of Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier, California 90607. The Wardman Library houses the collection of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS). The general meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., but the library will be open until midnight barring an unexpected change in the campus’s schedule. You will have the opportunity to accomplish some serious researching.

Information about the library can be found at: http://web.whittier.edu/library/ 
Prepare for your research by checking out the WAGS site, which includes a copy of their catalog, at: http://www.cagenweb.com/kr/wags/library.html

Directions and Parking Instructions: Wardman Library is near the corner of Philadelphia St. and Painter Ave. and south of the North Lawn. Mendenhall is on the southeast corner of the Philadelphia St. and Painter Ave. Mendenhall parking lot is immediately east of Mendenhall beside the North Lawn and accessible from Philadelphia St. Parking is available at Mendenhall parking lot. Use the visitor parking not faculty or staff parking. You will need a free parking pass. You may also use the parking lot for the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts that is at the southeast corner of Olive St. and Painter Ave., one block north of Philadelphia St. Wardman Library is on the second floor. Use the elevator at the east end of the glass windows. The entrance to the library is the double doors on the right after leaving the elevator. Sign the WAGS visitor log at the desk. The WAGS collection is straight back at the last three rows on the left.

Sunday
28 March 2010
1:00–3:00PM

GENERAL MEETING

Special Location: Sculpture Studio, Highland Taffy Estate, 2025-2027 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068

Topic: Publishing Your Family History

Speaker: Andy Pomeroy

Andy Pomeroy is a computer specialist who has published several books about writing memoirs and family history, as well as books on computer and business-related topics. He is a speaker for Creative Continuum, a short-run publishing house that specializes in family history publishing.

Directions: This meeting will be held at a special location: Highland Taffy Estate, Sculpture Studio, 2025-2027 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, California 90068. The location is not visible from the street and is accessed from a long driveway off N. Highland Ave. The entrance to Highland Taffy Estate is on the right side of the street approximately ¼ mile south of the Hollywood Bowl.

Sunday
28 February 2010
1:00–3:00PM

GENERAL MEETING

Research Meeting at a Special Location: Orange Regional Family History Center, 674 South Yorba Street, Orange, CA 92869

Beth McCarty, Director of Orange Regional Family History Center (ORFHC), spoke at our April 2009 meeting telling us about the many British and Irish records available at ORFHC and inviting us to visit. We are accepting her invitation. Some of the materials that we used at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center are now temporarily being housed at ORFHC including the CDs. See ORFHC's website for the complete list of CDs, orangefhc.info. It has several computers, and microfilm and microfiche readers along with 18,000 microfilm reels and 8,900 books.

Directions: Orange Regional Family History Center is located at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The entrance is at the back from the parking lot behind the church. The directions are taken from its website. See orangefhc.info/map.html.

From the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR 55): Go east on Chapman Avenue (exit #14) to the first signal. Turn right (south) onto Yorba Street. Travel approximately ¾ mile pass one stop sign and one signal. The church is on the right side of the street.

From eastbound Garden Grove Freeway (SR22): Exit at Tustin Avenue (exit #17A). Turn left (north) onto Tustin Avenue. Turn right (east) onto La Veta Avenue. Turn right (south) onto Yorba Street. The church is less than ¼ mile on the right.

Sunday
24 January 2010
1:00–3:00PM

GENERAL MEETING

Special Location: Sculpture Studio, Highland Taffy Estate, 2025-2027 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068

Topic: Importance of Timelines

Speaker: Nancy Huebotter

Nancy Huebotter has been researching her family history since 1980 and is a frequent lecturer at genealogy classes and seminars. She has Master's Degrees in both History and English. Ms. Huebotter's study of history reinforces the value of understanding how your ancestors' personal timelines fit into the historical timelines where and when they lived.

Sunday
22 November 2009
(lunch at 1:00 PM, meeting at 2:00 PM)

 

GENERAL MEETING

Special location: Home Town Buffet, 1630 W. Katella, Anaheim, CA 92802

This is the month for our popular Show and Tell, which many members consider their favorite of the year. Bring your treasures, and share the results of your research and travel. We will meet at the Anaheim Home Town Buffet. The meal costs $12.19 plus tax, or $11.19 plus tax for seniors. Before the Show and Tell, we will hold the Annual Meeting and Election.

Directions, South on I-5: Take Exit 112, Euclid St. Right onto N. Euclid St. Travel less than two and one half miles to W. Katella Ave. Left onto W. Katella Ave. Home Town Buffet is on the right.

Directions, North on I-5: Take Exit 109, Katella Ave., towards Disney Way. Make a slight left turn onto S. Anaheim way, then an immediate left turn onto E. Katella Ave. Travel a little more than two miles, making a U turn at S. Tiara St. Home Town Buffet is nearby on the right.

Sunday
23 August 2009
1:00–3:00PM


GENERAL MEETING

Special location: Southern California Genealogical Society Library, 417 Irving Dr., Burbank

In August, we travel to Burbank, home and headquarters of our good friends, the Southern California Genealogical Society. On that day, the library is officially closed, but we will be given a private tour of their collection. The library’s holdings contain over 35,000 books (including 6,000 family histories), as well as sources in other formats, such as manuscripts, microforms, maps, periodicals and electronic resources, all specific to genealogical research. Among their holdings are materials relevant to all fifty states, as well as to Canada and the United Kingdom. One of the library’s special collections pertains to the area of Cornwall.

Sunday
26 July 2009
1:00–3:00PM


GENERAL MEETING

Special location: Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach

Our next stop on the Research Roadshow takes us to the Huntington Beach Central Library for a tour of its Genealogy Collection. Volunteers of Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS) maintain the collection. There are over 18,000 books for reference use only. An overview of the British Isles materials in the collection will be presented. The official time of the meeting is 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, but the library is open on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. You may stay and continue your research after the introduction.

Do not confuse this library with the Huntington Library in Pasadena!

26–28 June 2009
SCGS Jamboree

Speaker before a group

NO GENERAL MEETING IN JUNE 2009. Instead, BIFHS–USA will be participating in the Southern California Genealogical Society's annual Jamboree (Burbank Airport Marriott) which this year features a number of lectures relating to British Isles research.

The many fine speakers include our own Ivan C. Johnson (FRI 4:30: Constructing the Lives of Our Ancestors in 19th Century England) and Peggy Wishon (SUN 1:30: Strategies and Resources for English Research).

The "Small, Small World" roundtable discussion forum (SAT 5:45) provides a great opportunity to learn and to share research experiences.

 

Sunday
24 May 2009
1:30–4:30PM


GENERAL MEETING

Special location:

Los Angeles Public Library, Central Library, Genealogy Room
630 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

We will be meeting in the History and Genealogy Department located on Lower Level Four (-4) of the Tom Bradley Wing. Librarian Michael Kirley of the Historical Section will give a quick explanation of what is available, and where to find it. The rest of your time is yours to search the stacks and review the wonderful materials in the Central Library.

Before coming to the meeting, Michael suggests that you check the library catalog online (www.lapl.org) as well as the online resources under Genealogy and History, as they are adding the older card catalog to the computer as well. They have done England, and maybe Ireland completely, but Scotland and Wales will take a while. They are going alphabetically. The newer items have already been listed on there (so even for Scotland and Wales you should check it).

Driving Directions to Los Angeles Central Library 

Public Transportation : The Metro Blue Line ( 7th St./Metro Center/Julian Dixon Station) and Metro Red Line ( 7th St./Metro Center/Julian Dixon Station and Pershing Square Station) both have stops near Central Library. Most buses that come downtown stop near the Central Library. Check the MTA web site ( www.metro.net/) for rates, routes and schedules.

Parking Information (taken from the website of the Los Angeles Central Library):

The Central Library does not own or operate a parking facility. It has negotiated a reduced parking rate at Westlawn Garage, 524 S. Flower Street. The parking rate is $1 on Sunday between 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM with library validation. If library patrons enter or leave Westlawn Garage when the library is closed (before 1:00 PM or after 5:00 PM), they will be charged the Market Rate for the entire visit, even with library validation. So, if you plan to park in this lot, arrive after 1:00 PM and leave before 5:00 PM. Parking validation is available at the Library Information Desk (first floor) upon presenting a Los Angeles Public Library card which can be obtained at the Information Desk on a first visit to the Central Library.

If you arrive before the library is open: Nancy Ellen Carlberg will be at the Carl’s Jr. at 444 S. Flower Street (not the one on S. Grand Avenue) and is willing to give personal help with research. Have your group sheets and timelines with you when you talk to her.

Sunday
26 April 2009
1:00–3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Using the British Records at the Orange Regional Family History Center

Beth McCarty will expand on what Nancy Ellen Carlberg told us in March, providing more details about what is available at the ORFHC.

Speaker: Beth McCarty is the Director at the ORFHC, where she has volunteered for several years. She frequently speaks at area genealogical societies about British research.

Sunday
26 April 2009
3:30–5:00PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Jim McNamara

Topic: Using the New Online Family Record Search for Irish Records

Jim will show us how to search the new pilot site for indexed and transcribed films at the FamilySearch.org site. He will provide helful hints for locating Irish resources. You can also use this site for United States, United Kingdom, and other research.

Sunday 22 March 2009
1:00–3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Southern California Research Opportunities

How will you research while the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center is closed during contruction (approx. May–Nov 2009)? Nancy Ellen Carlberg will advise us about what records can be found at area libraries, Family History Centers and other depositories. Her information will certainly keep us going until the LARFHC reopens.

Speaker:  Nancy Ellen Carlberg is a professional genealogist, and a writer and publisher of numerous genealogical books. A long-time BIFHS–USA member, Nancy is our newly elected 1st Vice President (Programs) and also continues as the leader of the Colonial Connections Study Group.

Sunday 22 March 2009
3:30–4:30PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Jim McNamara

Topic: Royal Irish Constabulary – National Inventory of Documentary Sources of Trinity College Dublin

Jim will tell us about some of the records that have been filmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. He has prepared a notebook entitled Royal Irish Constabulary Records in the Family History Library available at the LARFHC (941.5N2ric) that provides LARFHC film and fiche numbers of items. There is much more to be found in these sources than just Irish records. If your ancestor is from Lancashire, England, you, too, will want to review Jim's notebook.

Sunday 22 February 2009
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Appalachian Ancestors: Their Lives, Legends, and Lyrics

Whether or not audience members have Appalachian ancestry, this presentation will have significance in the context of the American past. While entertaining audiences with ghost tales and historic stories, it also introduces people to the music of the culture. This part of the United States is rich in tradition and is the area where many well-known folksongs, many originating in the BRITISH ISLES, were born. A variety of folk instruments will be used, providing audience members with a sense of the “music of the hills”, the entertainment of our ancestors. But this was also the means by which lessons were taught and children learned about some of the dangers waiting around the end.

Speaker:  Jean Wilcox Hibben is a Board-Certified Genealogist and has been involved in family research for over 30 years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and the Corona Genealogical Society, where she serves as President. She is also the Membership and Meeting Coordinator for the Riverside Folk Song Society. Jean has a doctorate in folklore and is a volunteer at the Corona California Family History Center where she trains Family History consultants. A native of the Chicago suburbs, she moved to Southern California in 1973. She has both a bachelors and masters degrees in Speech Communication. Jean is now a national speaker in both areas and is known for her entertaining, as well as informative, presentations.

Sunday 25 January 2009
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Using Google for Your Genealogy

Everyone knows that Google is a search engine but did you know that Google can help you with so much more? We will explore Google Books, Picasa, Google Docs, Google Maps and other Google resources that will help you with your genealogy.

Speaker:  Gena Philibert Ortega is a professional genealogist, helping others research their family history and learn more about their ancestor's lives. She holds a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women's Studies) and a Master's degree in Religion. Gena teaches classes and workshops in genealogical research techniques. As a writer, Gena writes articles for the online newsletter, Genweekly, published by Genealogy Today. She is also the author of the book, Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra, published by Arcadia Publishing (2007).

Sunday 25 January 2009
3:30-5:00PM

Liberty Bell

COLONIAL AMERICAN STUDY GROUP Led by Nancy Ellen Carlberg

Topic: Cleaning Up the Mess: Finding What is Right on Your Colonial Ancestors

Sunday 23 November 2008
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Illustrated family tree

GENERAL MEETING and Potluck

Topic:  Sharing Your Family History Experiences and a Holiday Potluck

Traditionally, this program has been one of the best of the year. Come prepared to share keepsakes, successes, and other uplifting experiences in your family history and in your research. In the past, we have seen wonderful family photos, documents, quilts, and many other items. Perhaps you have a recent research success story to share with the group. Start thinking now about what you would like to present. Everyone has something to share.

Holiday Potluck lunch! Bring a dish - hot or cold. It can be from the country of your origin. BIFHS-USA will supply the beverages and paper products. Fill your plates full with good food and come, sit, and listen to family history experiences. You can always go back for seconds.

Sunday 26 October 2008
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Patronymics: Blessing or Curse? Using Welsh patronymics to trace ancestry to the 16th century and beyond.

This presentation deals with the nature and use of Welsh patronymics and epithets in the days before fixed surnames began to be adopted and used in Wales. To keep track of their pedigrees, the early Welshmen used patronymics in lieu of fixed surnames. The pedigrees could be recited by family members and bards long before there were written records in the land. George will demonstrate how the ancient patronymic pedigrees can be located, and how patronymics and epithets (additional descriptive words, akin to nicknames, that often were attached to a Welshman's name) can be used in genealogical research, sometimes allowing one's Welsh ancestry to be established back to a time long before the 16th century. The patronymic is not necessarily a stumbling block. It can be a stepping stone.

Speaker: George P. Coulter, a genealogical writer, speaker, and consultant, honed his skills in those endeavors during his years as a California attorney, before becoming a professional genealogist. He is a life member of the National Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the Society of Genealogists, the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, the Dyfed Family History Society, and a number of local historical and genealogicial societies. He was a member and the treasurer of the Association of One-Name Studies, with which he registered as a specialist in all variant surnames derived from the Welsh ap Rhydderch patronymic. George is now in the final stages of editing a history of the American Prothro family. He is currently the Board Administrator for the Prothro, Prothero and Protheroe boards of the Ancestry Message Boards Center.

Sunday 26 October 2008
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP

Topic:  Expecting the Unexpected, Part Two.  How an open mind and sheer tenacity helps in tracing English ancestors.

Leader: Peggy Wishon, a part-time professional genealogist for the past ten years, has been doing English and American research since 1986 when she discovered her LDS neighbor with family group sheets spread all over her living room – and Peggy was instantly addicted.  She has taken classes, attended seminars, read much and experimented a whole lot, and says she is at home with the ordinary sources, but finds expanding into “untried” sources and methods, plus adding details to the lives of ancestors to be just plain fun.

Sunday 28 September 2008
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Using DNA to Augment Your Genealogical Research

Using examples of famous people and results from some of her 12 DNA projects, Alice Fairhurst will cover the basics about DNA testing. You'll learn how DNA testing for genealogical purposes is different from that used for forensic or medical information and what companies are the most used for testing. You'll hear about the pros and cons between testing male ancestry through Y-DNA and female ancestry through mtDNA. Discount coupons for DNA testing will be available for those attending.

Speaker:  Alice Fairhurst is a charter member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy and coordinates the efforts of amateur and professional geneticists to keep the YSNP tree up-to-date. She is the administrator or co-administrator of 12 genealogical DNA projects: 6 Scottish, 3 English, 1 Irish, 1 South African and the multiple surname project of the Southern California Genealogical Society. A member of the SCGS Board and chair of the DNA Interest Group, she has been active in the genealogical world for more than 40 years and specializes in Scottish genealogy. She obtained a Masters degree in Counseling and is retired from JPL as the career development coordinator.

Sunday 28 September 2008
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

WORKSHOP

Topic: How to Use the Family History Library Catalog

Annie Lloyd will give us a refresher course on how to use the library catalog at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center. What is it? What does it contain? How can it help you in your research? Come and hear for yourself.

Saturday 9 August 2008
12:00-5:00PM

A special meeting, on a special day, featuring a VERY special speaker:

An Afternoon with Renowned British Genealogist MICHAEL GANDY

Santa Monica Public Library (multi-purpose room, 2nd floor)
601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA (parking access from 7th Street)
Note: This event is not sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library.

Topics:

  • Ancestors in the King's Service (researching English, Irish, Scots, & Welsh ancestors who were in government service in the 18th & 19th centuries)
  • Names Lists of the 16th to 18th Centuries
  • Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor (including realistic possibilities of tracing medieval ancestry)

ALSO:

  • On Thursday 7 August (1:30-3:15), hear Michael Gandy speak in San Diego — on Puritans, Quakers, and Huguenots
  • On Friday 8 August (1:00-4:00), go to the LARFHC to get help with your research from BIFHS–USA members Nancy Ellen Carlberg (Colonial), Kay Ronald Devonshire (Scottish and Isle of Wight), Don Hirst (English), Annie Lloyd (Welsh), and Jim McNamara (Irish).

Sunday 27 July 2008
1:00-5:00PM

Man sitting in a library

Open Research Day at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center

A day to bring your research, use the computers, books, fiche, and film at the LARFHC.

Sunday 22 June 2008
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Learning to Know Our Ancestors through Their Handwriting

Speaker: Sheila Lowe is a court-qualified handwriting expert with more than 40 years of experience in the field of handwriting. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and is the author of several published books including Handwriting of the Famous and Infamous, and The Complete Idiot's guide to Handwriting Analysis, as well as Sheila Lowe's Handwriting Analyser software. She recently ventured into the world of fiction with Poison Pen, the first in a mystery series introducing handwriting expert, Claudia Rose. Poison Pen received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.

As a handwriting expert, Sheila is often seen in the media analyzing celebrities, presidential candidates, and people in high-profile criminal cases. She provided services to corporate clients, mental health professionals, attorneys, private investigators and staffing agencies, and many others.

Sunday 22 June 2008
3:30-4:30PM
Library Books

TOUR OF THE LOS ANGELES REGIONAL FAMILY HISTORY CENTER

Sunday 25 May 2008
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  British Naming Patterns: Fact or Fiction?

When Ivan Johnson began doing genealogical research, he didn't believe that naming patterns existed in any way that would help anyone trace their ancestors, but he's discovered he was wrong. This presentation shows how he was able to advance his family tree using naming patterns and describes the search for his ancestors in Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.

Speaker: Ivan C. Johnson was born in rural Lincolnshire, England, where most of his genealogical research is centered. He and his wife, Gail, have been actively engaged in genealogical research for many years and have given talks all over Southern California and New Zealand. Their presentations are illustrated with photographs taken by Gail on trips to the areas of their research. Ivan is a founding member and current President of the British Isles Family History Society - U. S. A. He is a professor emeritus of Cal State Northridge where he taught economics for 30 years.

Sunday 25 May 2008
3:30 PM -4:30 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Jim McNamara

Topic: Administrative Divisions in Ireland: What you need to know to use Irish record sources

Sunday 27 April 2008
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Organizing Your Genealogy on Your Computer

As genealogists we collect a lot of paper and notes when doing our research. Learn how to use your computer to store and organize your documents, email, websites and other information so that it can be accessed quickly.

Speaker: Lisa Schumacher has 30 years experience in the computer field and is currently a Technical Support Consultant. Her interest in Family History began over 20 years ago with a focus on computer programs and "gadgets" that can be used in genealogical research. Lisa is a board member and FGS delegate of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society. She was a staff supervisor and instructor at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center for seven years.

Sunday 27 April 2008
3:30 PM -4:30 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

Topic: Questions and Answers on Welsh Genealogy

Bring your questions and Annie will try to answer them.

NOTE SPECIAL DATE
(5th Sunday)

Sunday 30 March 2008
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Differences between British and Irish Research

Learn about cemeteries, church records, civil registration, and land and probate records existing in Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland. Despite their name, they are not all alike.

Speaker: Nancy Ellen Carlberg is a professional genealogist, and a writer and publisher of numerous genealogical books.  She is a past President of the BIFHS-USA.  It is always a treat to hear Nancy speak.

Sunday 30 March 2008
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Ellen Carlberg.

Topic: Hazards of Scottish Research

Nancy points out the quirks in Scottish research including the use of middle names, maiden names, Scottish name equivalents, the change in Scotland's calendar and more.  Learn what to watch for and find your ancestor hidden in the records.
 

Sunday 24 February 2008
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Digital Photography for Genealogy

The internet and computers are the future of genealogy and digital photography is the means for capturing images to document your genealogy.  Less expensive and more convenient than what we had before, digital photography is just the ticket for taking pictures of old documents or old relatives.

Speaker: When Michael Reagan retired (the first time) from the aerospace industry, he started to work on his family history.  He went back to work as an instructor of computer repair and served as a computer support specialist for the City of Gardena before retiring again.  Aided by the fact that family members have already completed a good deal of his genealogy, Michael has been able to serve as an officer for Questing Heirs, BIFHS-USA and South Bay Cities Genealogical Society, where he is currently the leader of the computer Internet Group.  He also volunteers at the Torrance FHC on Thursday Nights and teaches computer classes at seminars there.  He is also webmaster for the El Redondo Chapter of the DAR as well as his own website at: Michael's Cavalcade of Genealogical Technica.

Sunday 24 February 2008
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP

Topic:  Expecting the Unexpected.  The Art of an Open Mind and Sheer Tenacity in tracing English Ancestors using less used English resources and methods.

Items we'll explore: selected online resources, FHL gems and County Record Office search requests – sources such as A2a and (British) National Archives “Documents Online,” Multimap.com, Stirnet.com, Free BMD Search, Victorian County Histories, etc; Parish Chest items and tax lists from FHL; burials reconsidered; Land records for rich, poor, farmers and merchants; analyzing existing pedigrees, ordering research in England.

Leader: Peggy Wishon, a part-time professional genealogist for the past ten years, has been doing English and American research since 1986 when she discovered her LDS neighbor with family group sheets spread all over her living room – and Peggy was instantly addicted.  She has taken classes, attended seminars, read much and experimented a whole lot, and says she is at home with the ordinary sources, but finds expanding into “untried” sources and methods, plus adding details to the lives of ancestors to be just plain fun.

Sunday 27 January 2008
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Expert Panel Discussion

Our panel will address members' questions. Please email your questions to Annie's attention (vp-programs@bifhsusa.org) and she will send the questions on to the panelists.   If we have time, we will take questions at the meeting but if you submit them ahead of time we will be able to give you more consideration.  We've done this in the past.  It's always been fun and informative.  Who knows, you may be able to tear down a brick wall between you and your ancestor or find a relative?  You never know with genealogy.

Speakers: Nancy Ellen Carlberg, Donald L. Hirst, and Annie Lloyd.

Sunday 27 January 2008
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

WORKSHOP

If you have a roadblock, a brick wall and you can't find your ancestor, bring your family group sheets and/or pedigree charts (please do not bring your entire research), and NANCY ELLEN CARLBERG and ANNIE LLOYD will look at them and give you some idea of what you should be doing next.  Annie can answer questions up to 4:15 PM only.)

Sunday 25 November 2007
1:00-3:00PM

Illustrated family tree

GENERAL MEETING

Sharing Your Family History Experiences and Holiday Potluck

Traditionally, this program has been one of the best of the year. Come prepared to share keepsakes, successes and other uplifting experiences in your family history and in your research. In the past, we have seen wonderful family photos, documents, quilts, and many other items. Perhaps you have recent research success story to share with the group. Start thinking about what you would like to present now. Everyone has something to share.

Holiday potluck lunch! Bring a dish. BIFHS-USA will supply beverages and paper products.

Sunday 28 October 2007
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Travel and Research in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK

Jim McNamara shares his travel and research experiences from his recent seven week trip to Ireland & Northern Ireland, Scotland: Edinburgh & Isle of Skye, Wales, and London.

Speaker: Jim McNamara, BIFHS - USA newsletter editor, journal contributor, and Irish study group leader, began researching his ancestry in 1999. Jim is a graduate of the engineering program at Cal Poly Pomona and has a background in the manufacturing, test, and quality arenas. Jim has traveled to Ireland three times to visit relatives and to research his ancestry.

Sunday 28 October 2007
3:30-5:00PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Jim McNamara

Topic:

Jim McNamara will discuss starting Irish research and working with Ireland’s civil registration system, including resources at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center.

Sunday 23 September 2007
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic:  Comparing Genealogy Database Programs

Learn about today’s Genealogy Programs including PAF, Family Tree Maker, Legacy, and The Master Genealogist.  What are their similarities and differences?  Lisa will show examples of data entry, report formats and helpful research tools to help you choose a program.

Speaker:  Lisa Schumacher has thirty years of experience in the computer field and is currently a self-employed Technical Support Consultant.  Her interest in Family History began over 20 years ago with a focus on computer programs for genealogical research.  Lisa is a board member and FGS delegate of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society.  She was a staff supervisor and instructor at the Los Angeles Family History Center for seven years. 

Sunday 23 September 2007
3:30-5:00PM

Liberty Bell

COLONIAL CONNECTIONS STUDY GROUP Led by Nancy Ellen Carlberg

Topic: Proving What You Have Is Right

Saturday 25 August 2007
8:00AM-4:00PM

Speaker at a lecturn

19th ANNUAL SEMINAR: Chasing Your Ancestors 'Round the U.K. and Ireland — Origins and Migration

Featuring four presentations by Dr. Arlene Eakle in her only 2007 Southern California speaking engagement. Also Nancy Ellen Carlberg (on Beginning Irish Research) and James McNamara (on Internet Resources).

Location: Veterans Memorial Complex in Culver City, CA

Sunday 22 July 2007
1:00-6:00PM

Man sitting in a library

OPEN RESEARCH DAY

At the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center

 

Sunday 24 June 2007
1:00-3:30PM

Speaker before a group

(No study group meeting in June)

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Time Lines — A Tool for Family Historians (English and Scottish)

Speaker: Kay Ronald Devonshire has been involved in Scottish research for almost forty years. A member of BIFHS-USA since 1988, she has served as both Program Chair and leader of the Scottish Studies Group. She is an annual lecturer for our society and a frequent contributor to our Journal.

While Kay learned about Scotland at her father’s knee and on her many trips to Scotland, she earned a master’s degree in modern European history and another in Teaching English as a Second Language. She will draw on those studies and on her experience researching in Great Britain for this talk.

Sunday 27 May 2007
1:00-3:00PM

Speaker before a group

GENERAL MEETING

Topic: Researching Immigration Into Canada

Speaker: Debby Horton owns and operates Connect-Your-Dots (a genealogical services company). She is the webmaster for Heritage Books, Inc, Vice President of the Southern California Chapter for the Association for Professional Genealogists (SCC-APG), Webmaster for the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) and Webmaster for the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA). Debby's genealogical education includes advanced courses witht he National Institute for Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto, in the fields of American, Canadian, English and German Records. Debby specializes in internet research, research methodology, and British and French Canadian records.

Sunday 27 May 2007
3:30-5:00PM

Scottish lion

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP

Topic: Using the Scotland's People Website

Led by Nancy Ellen Carlberg

Sunday 22 April 2007
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Special program. Irish Historical Primary Sources and Their Role in Irish Genealogy - 17th to 19th Century

Speaker: Nora M. Hickey was an early member of the Irish Family History Society and for many years she was an Honorary Editor of the Irish Family History. She has lectured throughout North America since 1991 but this is her first visit to BIFHS-USA. Nora lives in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland.

Sunday 25 March 2007
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: Forensic Genealogy: Analyzing Old Photographs

Forensic scientists and genealogists share the same goal – to find out who was who, and who did what and when. Forensic Genealogy emphasizes the creative parts of an investigation over the mechanics. It offers new ways of getting the most from your old references materials. Have you ever thought of looking at the edges of old photographs to find out if they are from the same roll, or the backs to place them in chronological order?

Speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., is author of Forensic Genealogy and co-author of DNA and Genealogy. She is a "recognized expert in optical and laser measurement technologies for NASA." Colleen is also an avid genealogist and group administrator for the Fitzpatrick DNA project.

Sunday 25 March 2007
3:30 PM -5:00 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

How do you find where your ancestor came from in Wales when the US Census only says born in "Wales"? Some tips on how to find where in Wales your ancestor did come from.

Annie LLoyd is the leader of the Welsh Study Group and Welsh Consultant at the LARFHC. She has lectured both in the USA and internationally. Author of several books on Welsh genealogy, she writes the "Climbing the Family Tree" column for the Welsh-American newspaper, NINNAU.

Sunday 25 February 2007
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: British Names (Given, Surname, And Nicknames)

Speaker: Nancy Ellen Carlberg



 

Sunday 25 February 2007
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP  led by Donald L. Hirst

Topics: Procedure for obtaining early 1911 census data under the 45 pound procedure. Also, finding the second party to a Marriage (primarily the wife's maiden surname) 1837-1901, without buying the marriage certificate.

Sunday 28 January 2007
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: Obituary Facts and Newspaper Research

Speaker: Jim McNamara

The Forepaugh Shows as documented by newspaper articles will be reviewed for genealogical source material. Note: Adam Forepaugh had a traveling circus which also included historical reenactments of Custer’s Last Stand, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and trick shooting, etc.

 

Sunday 28 January 2007
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Bier

Nancy will present two case studies of Scotch-Irish research which will demonstrate the importance of reading the records before your "known" ancestors arrive in a locale and after they are known to be gone. Nancy will show how this led to finding the origins of these Scotch-Irish emigrants.

Saturday 9 December 2006

at our usual location,
the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center

5:30 - 8:00 PM

ANNUAL BIFHS-USA HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY

All BIFHS–USA members are invited to our holiday potluck, held in lieu of a regular meeting in the month of December. Ham, turkey, and beverages will be provided. To round out the meal, we ask each member to bring a starter (appetizer), salad, side dish, or dessert to feed eight. "Ethnic" British and Irish delicacies are especially welcome. Please identify your contribution with a card giving both the name of the dish and your name.

We'll be setting up and putting out the food between 5:00 and 6:00, so please try to arrive during that hour if you can (or come earlier to do research, and then stay for the party!). Appetizers will be served at 5:30, with dinner beginning at 6:00. After the meal, we'll split into teams for a game that will test your knowledge of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh trivia.

Sunday 26 November 2006
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Sharing Your Family History Experiences

Traditionally, this program has been one of the best of the year. Come prepared to share keepsakes, successes and other uplifting experiences in your family history and in your research. In the past, we have seen wonderful family photos, documents, quilts, and many other items. Perhaps you have recent research success story to share with the group. Start thinking about what you would like to present now. Everyone has something to share.

 

Sunday 26 November 2006
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
 

As a special treat we will be showing a film: "Gardens of Cornwall".

Sunday 22 October 2006
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Using Ancestry.com for English and Welsh Research

Speaker: Nancy Ellen Carlberg

How many of our members do their English and Welsh research on the internet using Ancestry.com? Nancy will discuss the Do's and the Don'ts, what you should expect to find and how to use it in your research. This is one lecture you don't want to miss! You know that Nancy is a good speaker and has much information at her fingertips.

Nancy Ellen Carlberg is Past President of BIFHS-USA and leads our Colonial American Study Group.
 

Sunday 22 October 2006
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Demonstration: How to Use a Flash Drive

Speaker: Annabelle Farago

How many of our members know what is meant by a "flash drive?" How many of us know how to use one? Well, if you don't know (and even if you do) you may want to hear from Annabelle Farago has to say about this great computer tool. She will be doing a demonstration of it on the LARFHC's computers at 3:30 PM.

Annabelle Farago is a member of BIFHS-USA and enjoys working with computers.

Sunday 24 September 2006
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Erin Go Bragh: Music and Myths of Irish Immigration

Speaker: Jean Wilcox Hibben

Whether they have Irish ancestry or just like to wear green on St. Patrick's Day, listeners will become acquainted with some of the songs of Old Erin. This presentation will also include stories that have been brought to America as a legacy to those of Irish descent. The land of Ireland is one of myths and legends, lively reels and tender love ballads. It is also a land of wars and poverty. This presentation will touch a variety of emotions as it makes the Old Country come alive! There will also be some opportunities for singing along. At least 4 musical instruments will be used in this program.

Jean Wilcox Hibben moved to Southern California in 1973 from a Chicago suburb. She obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in Speech Communication and worked as a professor in the field for 13 years before leaving academia to pursue her passions: folklore and family history. Currently working on her doctorate in folklore, she also volunteers at the Corona, CA Family History Center and trains Family History consultants. She has been involved in family research for over 25 years and has traced her origins to Germany, Denmark, England and France. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Genealogical Speakers Guide, and a board member of the Corona Genealogical Society. She lives in the Lake Mathews area of Riverside County.

Sunday 24 September 2006
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

IRISH STUDY GROUP

Topic: Unusual Sources for Family History

Leader: Jim McNamara

8 September -
8 October 2006
 

NANCY BIER, BIFHS-USA co-founder and experienced professional genealogist, will lead an unusual trip through both Ireland (September 8-21) and Northern Ireland (September 22 - October 8) for genealogists and friends interested in research, history, fun, adventure, and education.

The trip will encompass two weeks in Ireland including four days of research/sightseeing in and around Dublin and then proceed to Belfast for the 50th anniversary conference of the Ulster Historical Foundation and eight days of touring Northern Ireland. Nancy will be speaking on how she found and connected a Scotch-Irish family to Ireland with research and DNA. Participants will have a chance to meet and tour with Irish professional searchers as well as enjoy the culture of the countries.

Participants may choose either two-week segment of the trip or the entire four-week package. The trip includes pre-trip help from Nancy on your genealogy problems. For further information contact Nancy Bier <nbierirish@aol.com> or Ginger Aarons at info@timetraveltours.com

Sunday 27 August 2006
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

General meeting. Open research day at the LARFHC

Nancy Ellen Carlberg and Annie Lloyd will assist you with your research. Try to find out what you learned at our July 15th seminar. Annie also will be happy to help anyone with their Welsh research.

Saturday 15 July 2006
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Veterans Memorial Complex
4117 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA

18th Annual British & Irish Family History Seminar
Featuring John M. Kitzmiller II, AG, FSG, FRSAI, FSA

An author, lecturer, and researcher, John Kitzmiller is one of the premier genealogists in North America. The author of eight books, he has done advanced research in each of the countries he lectures about. He is also owner and operator of Kitzmiller Genealogical Services.

Sunday 25 June 2006
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: It's About Time

Speaker: Jay C. Wood

How would you like to go to bed on the 3rd September 1752 and wake up the next morning and it's the 13th September 1752? What happened to the 11 days in between? A record on one of your ancestors shows a date followed by an O.S. or a N.S? Do you know what that means? Or your ancestor left a will dated 10 March 1731 and it was proved 9 February 1731? How can that be? What's the cause of all of this? Will it make a difference in doing your British and American research - you bet it will!

Jay C. Wood, USN, (Ret) has a Master of Science Degree in Education at Pepperdine University. He taught at Oxnard Community College for 10 years. Jay is a member of many hereditary and patriotic organizations. He has written numerous publications, one of which is "Citable Citations."

Sunday 25 June 2006
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Colonial American Research

Leader: Nancy Ellen Carlberg

Nancy will be discussing "Periodicals" and why they are so important to doing Colonial American Research.

Nancy Ellen Carlberg is a past President of BIFHS-USA, loves to travel to the British Isles, and is an author of 54 books.

Sunday 28 May 2006
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: Beginning Colonial American Research

Speaker: Nancy Ellen Carlberg
 
Learn what Colonial American research is and how to do it most effectively: Prove that what you have is right, trace it back to the other side of the ocean, and still save money, time and effort.

Nancy Ellen Carlberg is an author of 54 books.  She is currently working on "Frugal, Thrifty, and Sometimes, Downright Cheap Living."  Nancy is a past President of BIFHS-USA.  She likes to travel to the British Isles as "often as possible."

Sunday 28 May 2006
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
 

Writing Workshop: The Do's and Don'ts of Writing a Journal Article

Workshop Leader: Gail Said Johnson, BIFHS-USA Journal Editor

If you have even the slightest inclination to share your research knowledge by writing an article for our journal, this workshop is for you. We'll discuss the sorts of topics suitable for a journal article, talk about the structure of an article, and look at some examples. In addition, Gail will outline the procedures for getting your article in print — from submission to editing to draft review to publication.

Gail's background includes twenty years writing, editing, and designing computer-related training guides and newsletters at California State University, Northridge. She holds a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and several training and technical writing certificates.

Friday 5 May
1:00 -7:00 PM
Saturday
6 May
8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
 2006


Burbank Hilton and Convention Center
2500 Hoolywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

SCGS JAMBOREE

BIFHS-USA will be selling our books. Please stop by and say hello.

Sunday 23 April 2006
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: Family History Library Resources

Speaker: Lisa Schumacher

Learn about British records in the FHL.

Lisa Schumacher has 30 years' experience in the computer field. Lisa has been a member of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society since 1985. She has been a volunteer, staff supervisor and instructor at the Los Angeles Regional Family History Center for 7 years.

Sunday 23 April 2001
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by Don Hirst

Don Hirst was one of the founders and first President of BIFHS-USA.  He was a former Director of the Los Angeles Family History Center (now called Los Angeles Regional Family History Center).  A professional genealogist, Don is also a retired Colonel in the U. S. Air Force.

Sunday 26 March 2006
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: Protecting and Maintaining your PC

Speaker: Jim McNamara

Jim will discuss a number of computer-related topics including dealing with viruses, spyware, and adware.

Jim McNamara is an expert on computers. You definitely do not want to miss this lecture.
 

Sunday 26 March 2006
3:30 PM -5:00 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

You have a copy of an obituary of your great-grandfather. Aunt Jane has sent you a copy of what was written on his tombstone. The trouble is — it's written in Welsh and you can't read Welsh. So what do you do when you are 5,000 miles away from Wales and do not speak Welsh? Come to the Welsh Study Group meeting and listen to Annie Lloyd tell you what you should do.

Annie LLoyd is the leader of the Welsh Study Group and Welsh Consultant at the LARFHC. She has lectured both in the USA and internationally. Author of several books on Welsh genealogy, she writes the "Climbing the Family Tree" column for the Welsh-American newspaper, NINNAU.

Sunday-Sunday
 5-12 March 2006

Nancy Carlberg will be in Salt Lake City with the California African American Seminar, and will help any BIFHS-USA member who happens to be in the library when she is during this period.

Sunday 26 February 2006
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: Genetics, Migration and Family Lines

Genealogists are adding a new tool to their already bulging toolbox - genetics. They will be using DNA to track and prove family lines and relationships, to trace the movement of people and in One Name Studies. Norma will discuss what DNA is and how it is inherited, as well as how genetics can be useful in proving family relationships. What the genealogist needs to know to participate in, or even start, a family surname project will also be covered.

Speaker: Norma Storrs Keating, RN, BSN has been a professional genealogist for twelve years with a special interest in genetics and genealogy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and maintains her RN license in New Jersey and California, taking 30 units of continuing education course every two years and reviewing literature to keep abreast of the rapid changes in the medical/ genetics field. She is the President of Genes & Things, Inc., creators of GeneWeaver, computer software for creating and maintaining individual and family medical health histories. Norma is Treasurer of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Orange County Regional Director for the California State Genealogical Alliance, and President of the North Orange County California Genealogical Society.

Sunday 26 February 2006
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP  led by Janet Thomas

Topic:  Parish Registers and the IGI, Part II

This program on Parish Registers and IGI is the second in a series of Beginning English programs. Church of England parish registers are one of the 4 major sources and the backbone of English research. The IGI coverage of extracted parish registers is extensive and the place to begin your search of parish registers.

Saturday 25 February 2006
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 

Whittier Area Genealogical Society
23rd Annual Seminar with Lloyd Bockstruck

BIFHS-USA and Carlberg Press will have a sales table.

 

Sunday 22 January 2006
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Expert Panel

Our program will be an expert panel to address members' questions. The panel will consist of Nancy Bier, Nancy Carlberg, Annie Lloyd, Kay Devonshire, and Jill Kirby.  Email or bring your questions to all speakers and they will sort out who will answer. Email addresses are: n_carlberg@hotmail.com, nbierirish@aol.com, kaydevonshir@earthlink.net, and cardi2@aol.com. We will take questions at the meeting, written on cards, but if you submit them ahead, the panel will be able to  give them more consideration. We have had a similar panel in the past and it was really fun and informative. Be prepared to participate. Who knows? You may even be able to break down a brick wall.

 

Saturday 10 December 2005

at our usual location, the Los Angeles Family History Center

5:30 - 8:00 PM

ANNUAL BIFHS-USA HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY  - Games, songs, good food, great times.

In lieu of our regular December meeting, we will have a Christmas Party, with games and entertainment supplied by the members. This will be a potluck, and each member is asked to bring one of the following for dinner: a vegetable, salad, or dessert, the more "ethnic" the better, and identify it with a little card with the name of the disk you brought... and your name so folk will know who made the delicious food. As always, we will have a ham and turkey to provide the base for your accompaniments.

Sunday 27 November 2005
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Sharing Your Family History Experiences

Traditionally, this program has been one of the best of the year. Come prepared to share keepsakes, successes and other uplifting experiences in your family history and in your research. In the past, we have seen wonderful family photos, documents, quilts, and many other items. Perhaps you have recent research success story to share with the group. Start thinking about what you would like to present now. Everyone has something to share.

 

Sunday 23 October 2005
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: Forensic Genealogy

Forensic scientists and genealogists share the same goal – to find out who was who, and who did what and when. Forensic Genealogy emphasizes the creative parts of an investigation over the mechanics. It offers new ways of getting the most from your old references materials. Have you ever thought of looking at the edges of old photographs to find out if they are from the same roll, or the backs to place them in chronological order? Have you considered looking at a city directory to figure out if your ancestor and his wife lost any children? How about using DNA analysis to tie your family to the history and politics of a religious conflict? Forensic Genealogy can tell you how. Come join us to hear Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, author of Forensic Genealogy, speak on this exciting new field of genealogical research.

Speaker: Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., is a recognized expert in optical laser measurement techniques, with many years experience developing innovative technologies for NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense. She received her B.A. in physics from Rice University, and her M.S. and PhD in nuclear physics from Duke University. Dr. Fitzpatrick is co-owner of Rice Book Press, publishers of Forensic Genealogy. As one of the coordinators of the Orleans Parish (New Orleans) RootsWeb site, she has co-managed the transcription and posting of all the vital record indexes for New Orleans held at the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge, allowing free internet access to over 2 million records. In Forensic Genealogy, Dr. Fitzpatrick shows that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get the most from your genealogical materials.
 

Sunday 25 September 2005
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic: Strategies for the Intermediate Researcher Doing Scottish Family History

Speaker: Kay Ronald Devonshire has been involved in Scottish research for almost forty years. A member of BIFHS-USA since 1988, she has served as both Program Chair and leader of the Scottish Studies Group. She is an annual lecturer for our society and a frequent contributor to our Journal.

While Kay learned about Scotland at her father’s knee and on her many trips to Scotland, she earned a master’s degree in modern European history and another in Teaching English as a Second Language. She will draw on those studies and on her experience researching in Great Britain for this talk.
 

Sunday 28 August 2005
Noon - 6:00 PM

General meeting. Open Research Day

Nancy Carlberg will assist you with your research. Try out what you learned at our 13 August Seminar.
 

Saturday 13 August 2005
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

 Veterans Memorial Complex
4117 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA

BIFHS-USA Annual Seminar featuring Linda Jonas

Sunday 24 July 2005
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

General meeting. Open Research Day

Prepare for the August Annual BIFHS -U.S.A Seminar with a day of research in the LA Family History Center.
 

Sunday 26 June 2005
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Speaker: Janice Cloud

Topic:  The Colonial Era

Understanding history is an important part of effective genealogical research. Of course, the present United States were colonies of Great Britain until our independence was declared in 1776. Jan will discuss the colonial era in America and the impact of Great Britain on the lives of the colonists and on your colonial American genealogical research.

Janice Cloud: Host of a TV show "Ancestor Search," Jan has also lectured in New Zealand and the North and South Islands as well as throughout California. She is a genealogy instructor at Santa Barbara City College, including a twelve-week course on English Research. With a mother from Nova Scotia and a father from Texas, Jan maintains she was therefore forced to develop specializations in U.S., Canadian and English research. Jan now lives in Santa Barbara and in her "spare time" she conducts a one-name study of the Bosomworth Family of Yorkshire and produced a newsletter in conjunction with the study. She is also the Historian for the Cloud Family Association and edits their quarterly, "Cloud Family Journal." In addition, she is a Coordinator of the English Study Group for the BIFHS-U.S.A. and conducts research for clients.
 

Sunday 26 June 2005
3:30 PM -5:00 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

Topic: Welsh Setlements in America.

If you know where your immigrant Welsh ancestor settled in America, you should be able to know where he came from in Wales. There will be clues where he lived here that can get you back there.

Annie LLoyd is the leader of the Welsh Study Group and Welsh Consultant at the LAFHC. She has lectured both in the USA and internationally. Author of several books on Welsh genealogy, she writes the "Climbing the Family Tree" column for the Welsh-American newspaper, NINNAU.

Sunday 22 May 2005
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Film 42 Up by Michael Apted

This is the final film in the "Up" series. This film examines the lives of 14 English children in 1964 and every seven years thereafter, culminating in this last film when the children are now 42 years old. The children are from diverse classes, and in part, this is a study of the class system in England and how close the subjects are to realizing their ambitions. Of the Up Series, filmed by renowned director Michael Apted, film critic Roger Ebert says, "On my list of the ten greatest films of all time". Don't miss it; you will be talking about this film for days after.
 

Sunday 22 May 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

STUDY GROUP led by Jim McNamara.

Topic: Using Microsoft Excel to sort, make forms, research logs, etc.

Friday 20 May -
Wednesday 1 June 2005

Colonial Scotch-Irish and German research trip to Virginia and Pennsylvania with Nancy Bier, Nancy Carlberg, and Linda Jonas.

Sunday 24 April 2005
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Speaker: Annie Lloyd

Topic:  National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United Kingdom

How would you like to be able to look into the collections of the Essex Record Office, the Birmingham Reference Library, The National Library of Wales, Guildhall Library, The National Library of Scotland, Trinity College and much more - without ever leaving the Los Angeles Family History Center? Just think of how much money you'll save on plane fare.

Annie Lloyd is Welsh and Colonial American consultant at the Los Angeles Family History Center. She is the leader of the Welsh Study Group of the BIFHS-USA. An author and genealogist, she has lectured both within the USA and internationally.

Sunday 24 April 2005
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP  led by Janet Thomas

Topic:  Beginning English and Welsh Research - Sources, Part 1: Census

This is Part 1 of a four-part series in basic English/Welsh research. The series will be given over a two-year period by Janet Thomas. Part 2 will be Civil Registration. Part 3 will be  Church Records and Part 4 will be Probate.

NOTE unusual date/time and location
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Saturday 19 March 2005
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Research day with assistance from Nancy Carlberg and others.

Meet near the elevator entrance inside, or go to the genealogy/history section (4th basement).

Sunday 27 February 2005
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting: Workshop on Recordkeeping

Panel: Nancy Bier Annabelle Farrago, Jim McNamara, Janet Thomas

Topic:  Members should bring examples of how they keep their records. The panel will give examples of traditional and high tech methods of recordkeeping. Be prepared to share in a stimulating discussion on an an important topic!

Sunday 27 February 2005
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

 

IRISH STUDY GROUP

Topic: Resources in the U.S. to Help with Irish Research

Sunday 23 January 2005
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Speaker: Nancy Bier

Topics:  Poor Laws
A brief description of the history of poor laws in England with comments on Ireland and Scotland.

The Parish Chest - Its Wonders and Gifts
Items that can be found in the parish chest vary greatly from location to location.

This is a good example of the myriad of things to be found in some places.

An explanation of the items, how to use the information, how to find the materials in the LDS catalogue or elsewhere and wonderful examples of some of the items will be covered.

Nancy will also note those items that can be found in Ireland and Scotland that are similar to these records. It will be a long session but Nancy hopes it will be of help to everyone.

Nancy Lee Bier is one of the founders of our society, a past president, a professional genealogist, and the leader of numerous research trips to Salt Lake City and the British Isles. She is the founder and leader of the Irish Studies Group.

Friday 10 December 2004

at our usual location, the Los Angeles Family History Center

5:30 - 8:00 PM

ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY

In lieu of our regular December meeting, we will have a Christmas Party, with games and entertainment supplied by the members. This will be a potluck, and each member is asked to bring one of the following for dinner: a vegetable, salad, or dessert, the more "ethnic" the better, and identify it with a little card with the name of the disk you brought... and your name so folk will know who made the delicious food.

Sunday 28 November 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Titanic Connections From Southampton, Hampshire, England

The presentation will focus on the effects of this tragedy in the lives of the people of Southampton; and how significant events in history inspire and help people from around to world to connect and persue their own research in to their families histories. This event has already opened numerous doors to the speaker because of her personal connection to the Titanic tragedy.

Speaker: Jill Kirby was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England. Jill still considers this to be "home" and loves to return to explore the history of this lovely city. Jill is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Jill is also a long time member of this Society and often regrets not having more hours in the day to persue the fascinating search of her family. Not content with books and films and the internet, Jill has traveled far and wide to persue her ancestors; this has given her great insight in to their lives and living conditions and a real feel for who they are as part of what she has become. From England and Ireland to Scotland to France to New Zealand to South Africa to Mauritius; Jill has found numerous treasures of information and has, had great adventures along the way. Of course to do this Jill has to work; she is self employed in the Medical field and loves her work almost as much as her research. Jill has many hobbies and when time permits loves to knit and sew, collects stamps and enjoys meeting people all over the globe. She also sends herself postcards from wherever she travels.

Sunday 24 October 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  The Welsh Borderers: Famous and infamous

This lecture will be about the area along the Welsh border into the counties of Cheshire, Shropshire, Hereford and Gloucester. It will cover the early history of that area up to modern times, including what kinds of records there are and where they are located.

Speaker: Annie Lloyd is Welsh and Colonial American consultant at the LAFHC and Leader of the Welsh Study Group of BIFHS-USA. She writes the "Climbing the Family Tree" genealogical column for the Welsh-American newspaper "NINNAU" and is author of numerous books on Welsh genealogy. Annie has lectured both within the USA and internationally and has done on-site research in Wales.

Sunday 24 October 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
 

Study Group: Show and Tell Presentation by Members

Moderator: Glen E. Knoblock

Sunday 26 September 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Constructing the Lives of Our Ancestors in 19th Century England

Speaker: Ivan C. Johnson. A founding member of BIFHS-USA, Ivan was born in rural Lincolnshire, England. He is a professor emeritus of the California State University having recently retired after 30 years as a professor of economics at California State University, Northridge. Ivan and his wife Gail have been actively engaged in genealogical research for many years and give talks illustrated with photographs taken by Gail on their trips to the areas of their research. They have made many presentations in the Southern California area, and have just returned from New Zealand, where Ivan was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, and where they made a tour of the country speaking at many local branches.

Thu-Sun 19-22 August 2004
 

British and Irish Days at the Library

 

Sunday 25 July 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  The Luck of the Irish, Good and Bad

Mary will present two case studies: how and where she searched for the origins of her Irish immigrant great-grandfather from County Clare, and of her great-grandmother from County Kerry. She will also discuss what remains to be done and what resources she thinks may be of help.

Speaker: Mary McKinnon was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Later her family moved to Buffalo, New York and then to California. After graduating from collage, she became a computer programmer until her retirement in 1992. She became interested in genealogical research about fifteen years ago. This interest resulted in trips to Ireland and locations in the United States that included Georgia and Washington, D.C. She currently is doing research on her mother's heritage and will be writing a book about this research.

Sunday 25 July 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Bier 

Topic:  TBA


Sunday 27 June 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  The Wild Geese in Support of the Crown.

The "Wild Geese" was the name given to those Irishmen who fled their native land to follow Bonnie Prince Charley (after his defeat at the hands of the English King) to his new home in France.

The "Wild Geese" then established a noble reputation for courage, heroism and unbelievable valor on the battlefields of Europe in the service of any monarch who paid for their services and opposed the English sovereign.

Over the course of decades (and Centuries) the existence of the "Wild Geese", was a loosely knit organization of many units serving under different banners and Princes eventually found itself fighting on the side of the British Crown.

This presentation will provide a summary overview of the history of the "Wild Geese" and the curious turn of events in world history which led this usually anti-English unit into battle on the side of King George. If I tell you which George and when, it will spoil the surprise.

Speaker: Lou Carlson

The Rev. Lou Carlson is a Pastor, Bible teacher, historian, funeral home owner / funeral arranger, and spokesman for many diverse organizations. He has appeared frequently on national religious television programs, hosted his own radio program, been published in two books and countless articles, and has spoken to local, state, and national genealogical and heritage society conventions. With his wife of thirty-three years. he has resided in Orange, California, where his hobbies include reading, music, and genealogy research.

Sunday 27 June 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

STUDY GROUP

Topic: Panel discussion. Bring questions.

Sunday 23 May 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Finding Your English Roots

Speaker: Eve Savage. Eve was born in Chicago to a military family. She has lived in many locations within the United States during her early years. This experience has given her an appreciation for historic life styles in this country. She attended UC Berkeley and LSU, where she graduated in Economics. She was employed at the Rand Corp. in their research department. Currently she volunteers at the Los Angeles Family History Library.
 

 

Sunday 23 May 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

STUDY GROUP

Topic: Family genealogies

Leader: Nancy Carlberg, BIFHS-USA President. Bring family group sheets for discussion.

Sunday 25 April 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Short Cuts in British Genealogy

Speaker: Nancy Carlberg, BIFHS-USA President.

Sunday 25 April 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

STUDY GROUP

Topic: Open workshop. Bring a problem.

Sunday 28 March 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  You Can't Get There from Here: a Beginner's Trip to Wales

Speaker: Beth Maltbie Uyehara spent thirteen years at the Los Angeles Times, working as a feature writer and section editor for the advertising supplements department . She was introduced to genealogy while editing the genealogy columns of nationally syndicated columnist, Myra Vanderpool Gormley. Beth won first place last year in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors contest, and her winning article was subsequently published in Ancestry magazine (still online in the archives.) She was featured in the second season of Ancestors on PBS, and her article leads off the PBS companion book, In Search of Our Ancestors: 101 Inspiring Stories of Serendipity and Connection in Rediscovering Our Family History. She has been the editor of the SCGS journal The Searcher since 2000.

Sunday 28 March 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

STUDY GROUP led by Jim McNamara.

Topic: PowerPoint Presentations Made Easy

Sunday 22 February 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Open Censuses of England & Wales 1841-1901

Speaker: Kay Ronald Devonshire has researched her family in England, Scotland, and Ireland with her husband John for thirty-eight years. She is former Program Chair of BIFHS-USA was leader of our Scottish Studies Group for three years.

Sunday 22 February 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Bier.

Topic: Local Libraries, Repositories, and Archives

Sunday 25 January 2004
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Technology for Genealogists. Today’s productive genealogist simply cannot ignore the advantages of modern technology. Sharing information, document retention and archival, organization, research and data collection are all made easier with the right technology. Come see what’s available and how to put it to use for you.

Speaker: Andy Pomeroy, Creative Continuum, currently is a senior support technician with a major multinational manufacturing firm. He is also the lead programmer for My Life Story, an initiative to find a fun and easy way to help people record their memoirs. Pomeroy's repertoire also includes web development, business development and marketing research.

He has authored two books:

* Mastering Search Engines highlights the basics of Internet research and the logic needed to successfully find information using major search engines and database driven sites.

* Genealogy, the Internet and You is his new book/CD combo that provides the best in tips, guides and site directories for the genealogist.

Sunday 25 January 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Bier 

Topic:  Irish Famines and the records of the people.
 
Irish workhouses
 Records other than Ireland
 How to find the records and use them
 Sources for famine Irish


Sunday 11 January -
Saturday 17 January, or
Thursday 8 January - Sunday 18 January 2004

Research trip to Salt Lake City with Nancy Bier and Nancy Carlberg.

Friday 5 December 2003

at our usual location, the Los Angeles Family History Center

5:30 PM

ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY

In lieu of our regular December meeting, we will have a Christmas Party, with games and entertainment supplied by the members. This will be a potluck, and each member is asked to bring one of the following for dinner: a vegetable, salad, or dessert, the more "ethnic" the better, and identify it with a little card with the name of the disk you brought... and your name so folk will know who made the delicious food. The Society will provide meats for the occasion.

Sunday 23 November 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  English Research On The Internet: More Exciting All The Time

Speaker: Janice Cloud has been involved in genealogical research for over 28 years and has received many awards from genealogical societies in California. She has hosted a TV show "Ancestor Search" in Santa Barbara. She has also held positions of President in other societies within the State of California and holds membership in several others.

Sunday 23 November 2003
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Bier 

Topic: Please join us to watch a movie from Ireland titled DAYS OF HUNGER: The Potato Famine in Ireland 1845 - 1849 by John Thompson Productions, Ireland.

Based on a true story this film follows the struggle of a family who lived near Kilrea in Mid Ulster. Stories from West Cork, Mayo and Donegal are told courtesy of the Coleraine Chronicle.

Famine weddings, funerals, evictions, emigration and real video pictures of the blighted potatoes make this a history lesson not to be missed.
Narration: Dr. John Kent.

In addition, a film of genealogical research importance will be shown last. SEARCHING FOR YOUR ANCESTORS IN IRELAND: a Professional Guide, the video presentation will take you on a step-by-step journey through the process of identifying your Irish family and place of origin. This was produced in Ireland by Francis Dowling and Helen Kelly.

THESE ARE MY PERSONAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO OUR IRISH RESEARCHERS AND HISTORIANS. THERE IS NO CHARGE OR FEE AND THE MTTING IS OPEN TO ALL. I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING ALL OF YOU WITH ME FOR THIS INCREDIBLE JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY.

--Nancy Bier

Sunday 26 October 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Probate and English Records on the Internet

Speaker: Janet Thomas

The program is in two parts: English and Welsh Probate, and
Internet Sources for English & Welsh Genealogy.

Janet Sugden Thomas graduated from Rutgers University and from Michigan with degrees in environmental science. She is a retired environmental scientist who for 27 years worked on environmental management and permitting issues, primarily for the chemical and petroleum industries. She retired to pursue genealogy full time five years ago. Janet chaired the annual seminar for the British Isles Family History Society -USA for two years and was on the BIFHS-USA board for 4 years as Recording Secretary. She has a smidgeon of colonial ancestry and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames of the 17th Century.

Sunday 26 October 2003
3:00 PM

Study group: show and tell. Bring an item of interest related to your family genealogy and give an informal five-minute presentation about it.

Sunday 28 September 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  The Hunt for William Mitchell

Speaker: Darlene McClain

After decades of research, testing family tradition, querying members of this Society, and making several trips to England and Canada to visit the scenes of her grandfather's life, the information still lay scattered in various folders and photo files.  Not until Darlene gathered it together for a gift to a Canadian cousin, did she realize what a fascinating story she had uncovered about her Immigrant Ancestor, William Mitchell: Militiaman of Fritwell, Oxfordshire and Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Sunday 28 September 2003
3:30 PM -5:00 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

Topic: Mini Workshop on Welsh records (including censuses, wills and probates, deeds and other interesting materials). This workshop will be using records written in the English language. There will be a question and answer session as well.

Saturday 30 August 2003

All-day Irish workshop at the Los Angeles Family History Center. Topics will include How to Use Gazetteers, Census records/ Civil Registration, Substitute census (Tithes and Griffith's (learn how to use these in conjunction with civil registration), Computers for Irish research, Collections and Indexes through LDS, unusual sources... Come and learn!

For more information, watch the LAFHC website or call the LAFHC at 310-474-2202.

Sunday 24 August 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Dead Men Tell No Tales. A comprehensive how-to for recording and publishing your family’s oral history.

Speaker: Tom Underhill is the senior designer for Creative Continuum, a book design and publishing company specializing in high-quality, short-run books.

Sunday 27 July 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Bringing Your Research to Life

Speaker: Beth Uyehara will discuss unusual ways of presenting family histories in styles such as brochures, illustrated notebooks, calendars, and cookbooks.

Sunday 27 July 2003
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Bier 

Topic: Irish history.

Sunday 22 June 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Illustrating a Family History

Speaker: Ilene Miller will discuss using scanned images and clipart images for illustrating family histories and title pages. She will bring clip art CDROMs to sell.

Following the main presentation, Glen Earl Knoblock will give a family history table presentation, showing how he displays his research results.

Sunday 25 May 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Using Your Computer for Genealogy

Speaker: Jim McNamara, Board member and  BIFHS-USA Newsletter Editor, will discuss topics such as finding people using web search engines, using the new CDROM burners at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and using the Family History Library catalog CDROM. Workshop will follow to answer any computer genealogy questions.

Tuesday 6 May 2003
6:30 - 9:00 PM

Lecture: An Evening with Dr. Colin Chapman

Topic: Sin, Sex, and Marriage

Suggested donation $15.

Sunday 27 April 2003
12:00 - 6:00 PM


Seminar: Irish at Home and in Colonial America 

Speakers: Fintan Mullin, Director of Ulster Historical Foundation & Dr. Brian Trainor, Genealogical Research
Officer.

Subjects will include Scots-Irish in America, The Irish Manuscript Commission, many volumes of Irish histories, plus several volumes on American colonial records and more.
Details in coming days.

This will be an all day session and it will replace the April regular meeting.  

Suggested donation $25.00 and $5.00 for tea.

Sunday 23 March 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  What's New in Salt Lake

Speaker: Jill Kirby, Board member and long-time member of BIFHS-USA. Born in Southampton, Hampshire, her search for her ancestors has taken her to Canada, South Africa, Mauritius, New Zealand and Australia.

Sunday 23 March 2003
3:30 PM -5:00 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

Topic: What is Wales? Where is Wales? Discussion will be on geography, history, patronymics, farm names, the Welsh language in relation to Genealogy, and the steps to finding your ancestor in Wales. 

Sunday 23 February 2003
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Optional tour at noon: Nancy Carlberg will give a tour of the facilities and most important resources of the Los Angeles Family History Center.

General meeting at 1:00 PM. Topic:  Records of the Poor

Speaker: Kay Ronald Devonshire has researched her family in England, Scotland, and Ireland with her husband John for thirty-eight years. She is former Program Chair of BIFHS-USA was leader of our Scottish Studies Group for three years.

Sunday 23 February 2003
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Bier 

Topic: We will have a discussion of sources here in America and in other places that may help you find your Irish connections. Some of the items we will cover will be PERSI, NEWBERRY LIBRARY, LIBRARIES ON THE INTERNET, NIDS, and MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS.

Sunday 26 January 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Goal Setting for Genealogists: How to Stay Focused

Speaker: Nancy Ellen Carlberg

Thursday 16 January -
Thursday 23 January 2003

Research trip to Salt Lake City with Nancy Bier and Nancy Carlberg.

Friday 6 December 2001

at our usual location, the Los Angeles Family History Center

6:00 PM

ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY

In lieu of our regular December meeting, we will have a Christmas Party, with games and entertainment supplied by the members. This will be a potluck, and each member is asked to bring one of the following for dinner: a vegetable, salad, or dessert, the more "ethnic" the better, and identify it with a little card with the name of the disk you brought... and your name so folk will know who made the delicious food. The Society will provide meats for the occasion.

Sunday 24 November 2002
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Show and Tell. Election of new officers.

Sunday 24 November 2002
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: TBD

Sunday 27 October 2002
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  The Rise, Fall, and Reincarnation of the Highland Clans.

Speaker: Al Lewis, former President of SCGS.

Sunday 27 October 2002
3:30 PM -5:00 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

Topic: Discovering Your Elusive Welsh Ancestor on the Internet.

We will explore many different websites in the USA, Wales, and England that are useful in your research. 

Sunday 22 September 2002
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Photos Made Perfect

Speakers: Mike and Claire Daigle from Photos Made Perfect

The speakers will show how they can clean up your old family photos, erase cracks, clarify faded prints and add special effects and colorizing. They will show their equipment needed to perform this type of work. They will demonstrate the benefits of restoring photos digitally verses conventional photographic methods.

Members may send a photocopy of their print and Mike and Claire will choose one or two for demonstration. Please send such a photocopy to Kay Ronald Devonshire at the BIFHS-USA address above, by 3 September.

Sunday 22 September 2002
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP  led by Janet Thomas

Topic:  TBD

Sunday 25 August 2002
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Free day of research in the FHC. No speaker, but Board members will be present to answer questions. 

Sunday 25 August 2002
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: Estate records

We will take what we learn from Judy Wight and Kyle Betit at our July Seminar on the Queen Mary and define each researcher's ESTATE and try to help them find the needed estate records.

Wednesday-Saturday
7-10 August 2002
Ontario, California

FGS/CSGA Conference

BIFHS-USA will host a luncheon on Saturday featuring speaker Paul Milner. Follow the above link for details on cost and registration.

Topic: What Were Our Ancestors Really Like?

Thursday-Saturday
18-20 July 2002
aboard the Queen Mary

Long Beach

15th Annual British and Irish Genealogical Seminar on board the Queen Mary, Long Beach, California.

Sunday 23 June 2002
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Solving Your Problems: a Workshop led by Nancy Carlberg and Nancy Lee Bier, with help from the membership. Two heads are better than one, and we will put all our heads together to try to solve one of your problems - one problem per member. Please send the Family Group Record (not Pedigree Chart) of the problem individual, showing him or her as the parent or the child in the family, to Nancy Carlberg at the BIFHS-USA address above, or else come early to the meeting so that it can be photocopied. We shall copy your Family Group Record onto a plastic transparency and display it at the meeting for all to see. We expect enthusiastic audience participation.

Nancy Carlberg is the president of the BIFHS-USA and a long-time member of the society. She is a professional genealogist and the cataloguer at the LA Family History Center.

Nancy Lee Bier is one of the founders of our society, a past president, a professional genealogist, and the leader of numerous research trips to Salt Lake City and the British Isles. She is the founder and leader of the Irish Studies Group.

Sunday 26 May 2002
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Hitting the Jackpot at the Guild Hall. A discussion of the guild records at the Guildhall, London, and the surprising discovery John made of his ancestors. 

Speaker: John W. Devonshire has researched his family in England, Canada, Colonial New Jersey, France, and Belgium for 37 years. He and Kay have been members of the BIFHS-USA for fourteen years.

Topic: Other Guilds in England and Scotland. Kay will discuss how a young man proceeded from apprenticeship to journeyman to master and the records that were created. She will also talk about the location of other guilds elsewhere in England and Scotland. 

Speaker: Kay Ronald Devonshire has researched her family in England, Scotland, and Ireland for the same length of time as her husband. She was leader of the Scottish Studies Group for three years and is now the Program Chair of BIFHS-USA.

Sunday 26 May 2002
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: TBD

Sunday 28 April 2002
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Put It in Writing. Beth maintains that it is not enough to research our family trees and keep notes of our findings, we also need to write narratives of the family histories we know best--our own and our nearest generations. She'll offer some suggestions on starting to write your own family histories, and how to make writing a manageable task in a busy schedule. She'll also discuss ways to write narratives of your genealogical research to make it more inviting and accessible to others. 

Speaker: Beth Maltbie Uyehara spent thirteen years at the Los Angeles Times, working as a feature writer and section editor for the advertising supplements department . She was introduced to genealogy while editing the genealogy columns of nationally syndicated columnist, Myra Vanderpool Gormley. Beth won first place last year in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors contest, and her winning article was subsequently published in Ancestry magazine (still online in the archives.) She was featured in the second season of Ancestors on PBS, and her article leads off the PBS companion book, In Search of Our Ancestors, 101
Inspiring Stories of Serendipity and connection in Rediscovering Our Family History. She has been the editor of the SCGS journal The Searcher since 2000.

Saturday-Sunday
13-14 April 2002
Pasadena Convention Center

300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA

BIFHS-USA will be sponsoring a table and selling books at the Southern California Genealogical Society's 33rd Annual Genealogical Jamboree and Family History Faire. Many classes and exhibitors will be present. 1 day pass $10, 2-day pass $15, at the door only. Parking $7.

Sunday 24 March 2002
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Using Merchant Ship and Sailor Records. Learn about about our mariner ancestors who were not in the Royal Navy, and where to find their records.

Speaker: Peter E. Carr has over 35 years of experience as a genealogist and historian. He is an educator, lecturer, and author. His books include the Guide to Cuban Genealogical Research, winner of the Scholar Award of the American Society of Genealogists; the so far six-volume series titled, San Francisco Passenger Departure Lists, and various others. Mr. Carr has twenty years of lecturing experience at local and national genealogical, historical, and academic conferences. He is past Lecturer at Crafton Hills Community College, Yucaipa, California. He is currently the publisher and editor of the Caribbean Historical & Genealogical Journal, a quarterly dedicated to West Indies genealogy.


ALSO: If you arrive at noon, Nancy Carlberg will give a tour of the Los Angeles Family History Center.

Sunday 24 February 2002

1:00 PM

General meeting:. Topic: Land Records Symposium

Participants:
For England: Jan Cloud, Janet Thomas, and Evelyn Wallace
For Ireland: Mary McKinnon, Mary Ryan, and Sue Wilson
For Scotland: Nancy Lee Bier and Kay Ronald Devonshire
For Wales: Annie Lloyd

Land records take different shapes in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. For example, land records in Scotland are usually found under seisins and deeds as well as estate records. While in England they can be found under deeds, feet of fine and manorial records.

We have asked people who have done work on this subject in their own area of interest to talk for about 15 minutes about what they found, how it helped them, but more than anything else HOW THEY FOUND THE MATERIAL, what hurdles they had to jump to get to the material or information.

Many of our members have not delved into land or estate records because they don't understand them and think they won't get an awful lot out of a search if they try. We hope to convince members that while it can be difficult sometimes to find the records, it is worthwhile in the long run for the wealth it adds to family history.

Sunday 27 January 2002

1:00 PM

General meeting:. Topic: Your Ancestors' Handwriting Tells on Them

Speaker: Sheila Lowe

Your ancestors' handwriting reveals them in a way no photograph can. Like body language, tone of voice and facial expression, handwriting is an expressive gesture that reveals the writer's personality as it was in the moment he or she put pen to paper. Learning some of the basic principles of handwriting analysis can help you detect many important personality strengths and weaknesses. Internationally recognized handwriting expert, Sheila Lowe, will guide you through this fascinating journey into the hearts and minds of your forbears through their handwriting.

To make this talk a real success, we need members to send in clear photocopies of their ancestors' handwriting. A lone signature isn't enough to get a good reading. Sheila needs a paragraph or so. Please send in samples by December 15th to:

attn: Kay Ronald Devonshire,  BIFHS-USA, 2531 Sawtelle Blvd., #134, Los Angeles, CA 90064-3124

Friday 7 December 2001

at our usual location, the Los Angeles Family History Center

6:00 PM

ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY

In lieu of our regular December meeting, we will have a Christmas Party, with games and entertainment supplied by the members. This will be a potluck, and each member is asked to bring one of the following for dinner: a vegetable, salad, or dessert, the more "ethnic" the better, and identify it with a little card with the name of the disk you brought... and your name so folk will know who made the delicious food. The Society will provide a baked ham for the occasion.

Sunday 25 November 2001

1:00 PM

General meeting:. This is our annual "SHOW N' TELL IT" Our members have center stage! Come and share your expertise and stories about your research. Don't forget to bring your family heirlooms to show to the rest of our members and quests!

Sunday 28 October 2001
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Researching in Universities. Jill Kirby will explore the British Collections at the University of Newfoundland, African records at London University and the London School of African & Oriental Studies, as well as the University of Edinburgh and the Glasgow University.  She will also tell us about how to access some of these collections on the Internet.

Speaker: Jill Kirby, long-time member of BIFHS-USA. Born in Southampton, Hampshire, her search for her ancestors has taken her to Canada, South Africa, Mauritius, New Zealand and Australia.

Sunday 28 October 2001
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: TBD

Sunday 23 September 2001
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  British Transportees to the Caribbean. Many felons and political prisoners were transported to the West Indies from the time of the British Civil War and later.

Speaker: Peter Carr, Editor of The Caribbean Historical and Genealogical Journal. 

Thursday-Saturday
23-25 August 2001
aboard the Queen Mary

Long Beach

14th Annual British and Irish Genealogical Seminar on board the Queen Mary, Long Beach, California.

Featuring: David Dobson (Scotland), Michael Gandy (England), Trevor Parkhill (Ireland), plus local authors and lecturers Elaine AlexanderNancy Carlberg, Jan Cloud, Annie Lloyd, Linda Merle, Barbara Renick, and Mary Russell.

Sunday 22 July 2001
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: TBD

Sunday 22 July 2001
3:30 PM -5:00 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

Topic: Welsh Place Names

Sunday 24 June 2001
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  From Dentition to Senile Decay: Causes of Death Since 1837

Speaker: Dr. Walter Coulson, a member of BIFHS-USA, was born in Yorkshire. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, then, came to this country and became a surgeon and later a pathologist at UCLA. Semi-retired, his recreational interests lie in Scottish Country Dancing and finding his recusant ancestors in Yorkshire.

Sunday 24 June 2001
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by Sharon Ford.

Topic: TBD

Sunday 27 May 2001
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:   NIDS: What It Can Do for Your British/Irish Research (National Index of Documentary Sources)

Speaker: Ms. Lynne Kirini, BIFHS-USA Journal Editor, was born in England, grew up in New Zealand, and went to university in Australia. She works at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, digitizing part of the Dead Seas Scrolls.

Sunday 27 May 2001
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: Making Connections Using U.S. Records

There will also be a discussion on the disclosure of Irish records.

Sunday 22 April 2001
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:   Using the Resources of the National Archives to Find Your Immigrant Ancestor 

Speaker: Mr. Bill Doty, National Archives, Laguna Niguel

Sunday 22 April 2001
3:30 PM -5:00 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

Topic: Dr. I. D. E. Thomas, well-known author, lecturer, and BBC Commentator, will be answering your questions regarding the Welsh language, culture and history.  Dr. Thomas was born in Wales and speaks the language fluently.

Sunday 25 March 2001
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:  Manor Court Records. Manorial records in England can be very useful when tracing back to before parish registers existed. They continue up to the beginning of the 19th century in many cases and give some background information on our ancestors.

Speaker: June Hanson was born in Yorkshire and became interested in manors when she became involved in a school assignment when she was eleven. Her interest has continued ever since.

Now president of BIGRA (British Isles Genealogical Research Association) in San Diego, she is a retired teacher of French, a volunteer at the San Diego FHC, and an avid traveler.

Sunday 25 February 2001
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:   Washing Your Family's Dirty Knickers at the Los Angeles Public Library (While Jumping the Pond)

Speaker: Becky Bowen is President of the LAPL docents and is very familiar with the library's genealogical and historical resources, both "live" and on the web.  She researches the Orkney Islands, Wales and England and is currently writing two family histories.  She has been a BIFHS-USA member for many years.

Sunday 25 February 2001
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: What's New in Irish Research. Celebrate St. Patrick and have a discussion on the latest in Irish news and research via the Internet, with tips on how to access some of this material if you lack Internet capability.

Take part in a discussion on place names in Ireland.

Bring your suggestions, problems, solutions, and feel free to bring something to the party.

Sunday 25 February 2001
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by Sharon Ford

Topic: Research Tips from the Utah Genealogical Association Institute in Salt Lake City. An overview of reference works such as gazetteers, the Statistical Account of Scotland, and "How To" books about Scottish research.

Sunday 28 January 2001
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting. Topic:   Your British Ancestor Was Probably in the Militia (England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales -- 1798-1809)

Speaker: Kay Ronald Devonshire is the former leader of the BIFHS-USA Scottish Study Group and long-time researcher in Scottish and English genealogy.  She has extensive experience in British military records.

Friday 1 December 2000

at our usual location, the Los Angeles Family History Center

6:00 PM

ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK PARTY

Welcome the Holiday Season at the BIFHS-USA annual Holiday party. Bring your favorite British or Irish dish (or any family favorite),-- main dish, side dish, salad or dessert,-- enough to serve 6 people, and join us for what has become a much anticipated event. Ham, turkey and soft drinks will be provided, as well as plates and utensils. And don't forget, non-genealogist spouses and other family members and guests are welcome!

Sunday 19 November 2000
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
SPECIAL DATE AND LOCATION THIS MONTH ONLY:

CBS Television, Stage 46, 7800 Beverly Blvd. (near Fairfax Ave.), Los Angeles.

See map at right.

From I-10, take Fairfax north, then east on Beverly. Enter from Beverly Blvd. (opposite Genesee Ave.) and ask the guard for directions to BIFHS-USA at Stage 46.

General meeting:  Topic: Show and Tell and Book Sale

Speaker: You!

Bring an item of interest to your family history.  Bring your new-found ancestor stories, pictures, and documentary discoveries, PLUS your most recent genealogical frustrations to share with us at the annual "Show and Tell" event.

AND To raise funds for the Society's book, film and CD donations to the Family History Center, clean out your bookcases and bring USED BOOKS ON ANY SUBJECT (both hardbound and paperback) for sale to your fellow members. Old JOURNALS and MAGAZINES will also be accepted, but only on genealogical, historical or British/Irish geographical subjects. Picture CALENDARS for 2001 are also desirable. (Standardized pricing will be applied to all donated items -- e.g., $1 per hardbound book -- unless you wish to put your own easily visible price tag on individual items.) AND The Society's wide assortment of NEW BOOKS on British Isles genealogy will also be available for sale -- your last chance to browse till Jamboree!

Sunday 22 October 2000
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: Problem Solving with Nancy

Speaker: Nancy Ellen Carlberg

Where do I go from here? Nancy will analyze your most difficult genealogical problem, tell us how she approached it, and suggest further avenues of research. PROBLEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAIL BEFORE OCTOBER 15, and should include:

1. Family group sheet.
2. The SPECIFIC problem you are trying to solve, for example, who were the parents? where were the kids born? where did the family migrate - TO or FROM? other?
3. Sources you have already searched for this problem (and results if any).

Mail direct to: Nancy Carlberg, 1782 Beacon Ave., Anaheim, CA 92804-4515.

Sunday 22 October 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP

Topic: TBA

Sunday 24 September 2000
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: How a Novelist Uses History to Develop a Story Line - Your Ancestor Lived the History

Speaker: Jeanette Baker

Jeanette Baker is an Orange County literature and writing teacher turned novelist, with a passion for England's 'conquered tribes' - the Irish, Scottish and Welsh. She bases her novels on her study of Celtic history -- her newest, Irish Fire, was released in August.

Sunday 24 September 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP  led by Jan Cloud.

Topic:  Marriage Bonds and Allegations

Sunday 24 September 2000
3:30 PM -5:00 PM


WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd

Topic: Welsh Family History Journals?

What kinds of good information are contained within these journals; how can they help you in your research?

Thursday-Saturday
24-26 August 2000
aboard the Queen Mary

Long Beach

Millennial Celebration Family History Seminar

Sunday 23 July 2000
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: Nancy Lee Bier (with others assisting) will be conducting a workshop to help you further your research skills whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced researcher.

Speaker: Nancy Lee Bier

Sunday 23 July 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP

Topic: Workshop with problems to be solved

Sunday 23 July 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: Workshop with problems to be solved

Sunday 25 June 2000
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: A FRESH LOOK AT BRITISH ISLES RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET

Speaker: Richard Wilson

Sunday 25 June 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP  led by June Hanson

Topic:  Occupations of your Ancestors

Sunday 25 June 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd. Topic: Time to do research. Annie Lloyd will be here to answer your questions and to help you with your research.

Sunday 28 May 2000
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic:  PUBLISHING A FAMILY HISTORY EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT A WRITER, OR YOUR GENEALOGY IS NOT FINISHED, OR YOU CAN THINK OF A MILLION OTHER EXCUSES

Speaker: Tom Underhill

This is a must for anybody thinking of writing a family history,whether you have crossed the pond yet or not.

 

Sunday 28 May 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic:   Discussion on pre-1850 records and Internet sources.

Sunday 30 April 2000
(because the 23rd is Easter Sunday)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: FAMILIAR FACES FOCUS ON FACTS ABOUT FAMOUS FIGURES

Speakers: Nancy Lee Bier, Nancy Ellen Carlberg, Kay Devonshire, And Annie Lloyd

Sunday 30 April 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by Kay Ronald Devonshire.  Topic: SCOTTISH CIVIL REGISTRATION: Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates

Thursday 13 April 2000
7:00 PM

and
Friday 14 April 2000
2:00 PM

The Los Angeles Family History Center will present Jack H. Baxter speaking on "Snares, Pitfalls and Lifelines in English Research."

Mr. Baxter is a well-known and respected researcher at the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford, England.  He has extracted, collated and indexed more than 400 Essex Parish registers into the Essex Marriage Index which covers the periods from 1754 to 1851 (particularly the parishes not covered by Boyd's Marriage Index.). He was awarded a fellowship by the Society of Genealogists in London where copies of the "Essex Marriage Index" have been donated and deposited.

For more information, call the LAFHC at 310-474-2202.

Saturday 8 April 2000
Masonic Temple
926 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica

All-day English seminar featuring Michael Gandy

Payment required. Click the above link for details.

Sunday 26 March 2000
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: HOW A CLUE IN A BIBLE PROVED A FAMILY STORY AND LED TO INTERESTING RESOURCES IN SCOTLAND

Speaker: Bea Beck, F.S.A. Scot DTJ
Bea is a professional genealogist and a librarian. Her specialty is Scotland and she is the official genealogist for Clan Chattan.

Sunday 26 March 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd.

Topic: Mini Workshop: RESEARCH AIDS ON HOW TO DO WELSH GENEALOGY

Sunday 27 February 2000
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: The Differences between United States and British Church, Land and Tax Records

Speaker: Nancy Lee Bier

Sunday 27 February 2000
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: Beginner and Intermediate: Research Techniques (Continuation of discussion on Irish church, land and tax records).

Beginning to Advanced: The Peculiarities of Irish Land and Tax Records

Sunday 23 January 2000
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: Returning to Leicester (England) after 30 years. Discovering new cousins, both living and dead.

Speaker: Don Hirst.  Don will speak about his recent trip to England

Sunday 23 January 2000
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by Kay Ronald Devonshire.  Topic: British Military Records (Scottish, Irish, and English)

If your Scottish, Irish or English ancestor was in the military, he was in the British Military.

 

Friday 3 December 1999

6:00 PM

OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK
Bring a dish (enough for eight people) from the country of your ancestor, or any special dish that you like to make. There will be entertainment and games and lots of fun.

Sunday 21 November 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: CREATE YOUR OWN LUCK IN BRITISH RESEARCH

Speaker: Janice Cloud

Sunday 21 November 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP led by Janice Cloud.

Topic: Locating Your Ancestor's Place of Origin in England

 

Sunday 21 November 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd.

Topic: What kinds of information do you need to find your ancestor in Wales?

Sunday 24 October 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: ANNUAL SHOW 'N' TELL MEETING

Bring your success stories and problems.

Sunday 24 October 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Lee Bier

Topic: Nancy has been traveling in Ireland and will be bringing back all the latest news.

Sunday 26 September 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: MY SCOTTISH ANCESTOR WAS A BLACKSMITH. COULD HE OWN LAND?

Speaker: Tom Clark, Chairman, BIGRA Scottish Interest Group

Sunday 26 September 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd.

Topic: Two Videos will be shown:

1.  Wales from the Welsh Language Board (note: this video is in the English language)

2.  How to do Welsh Genealogy

Sunday 26 September 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by Sharon Ford.

Topic: Scottish Church Records on CD-ROM

Thursday-Saturday
26-28 August 1999

12th Annual (1999) British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A. Family History Seminar

Sunday 25 July 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: HOW DO RECORDS DIFFER AMONG THE COUNTRIES OF THE BRITISH ISLES?

Speaker: Nancy Ellen Carlberg

Nancy is the author of numerous books. She will discuss the differences in the records of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Sunday 25 July 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP led by June Hanson

Topic: Life in Victorian England.

 

Sunday 25 July 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

INTERNET USERS GROUP (IUG) led by Bill Mooney.

Topic: TBD.

Thursday 1 July 1999
6:30 PM

Class: Research You Should Do Here Before You Go

Lecturer: Nancy Lee Bier

Sunday 27 June 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: WHEN YOU CROSS THE POND, OPEN YOUR MIND TO NEW POSSIBILITIES

Speaker: Eve Savage

A fun lecture in exploring new possibilities in finding where your ancestor came from in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Sunday 27 June 1999
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

IRISH and SCOTTISH STUDY GROUPS.  Joint meeting of the Irish and Scottish Study Groups led by Nancy Bier.

Topic: Unlocking the Links

Discussion of techniques, records and methods that may help in finding your links from the US to Ireland and Scotland.

Tuesday 1 June 1999
3:00 PM

Class: Tips on travel and research in the UK and Ireland

Lecturer: Nancy Lee Bier

Sunday 23 May 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: WHAT'S IN A NAME: BRITISH ISLES SURNAMES IN GENEALOGY

Speaker: Kathleen Roe Trevena

This lecture will explore how surnames in different areas of the British Isles originated and changed over the centuries.

Sunday 23 May 1999
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP led by Linda Jonas.

Topic: Researching English Probates.

 

Sunday 23 May 1999
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

INTERNET USERS GROUP (IUG) led by Bill Mooney.

Topic: TBD.

Sunday 25 April 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR GENEALOGICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITIES. Speaker: Roger Graham, Professor of Photography and Journalism

Sunday 25 April 1999
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP.   Special meeting.
Irish Ethos with the Irish Studies Program of Loyola Marymount University are presenting The Great Calamity with Fionnula Flanagan (of Waking Ned
Devine) and Philip O'Carroll. They will perform music and poetry from the famine years. CHRISTINE KINEALY, Ph.D., will be the main speaker. She is
the author of The Great Calamity: The Irish Famine 1845 - 1852.

Meeting Location: Loyola Marymount University, Beaver Hall, Room 100
Registration 3:30 p.m., program is from 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM.
GENERAL ADMISSION is $15.00; STUDENTS $5.00

Sunday 25 April 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by David Thomson from Melbourne, Australia. David is an Accredited Genealogist in Scottish research. Topic: Scottish Inheritance Records--sasines, probates, and land records

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Sunday 28 March 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: PANEL OF EXPERTS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON ENGLISH, IRISH, SCOTTISH AND WELSH RESEARCH

Panelists: Nancy Bier, Nancy Carlberg, Kay Ronald Devonshire, Linda Jonas, Annie Lloyd. Moderator: Ivan Johnson.

Sunday 28 March 1999
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


WELSH STUDY GROUP led by George P. Coulter. Topics: Ancient Welsh Manuscript Pedigrees and Patronymics

Sunday 28 March 1999
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP led by Linda Jonas. Topic: Beginning English Research.

 

Sunday 28 February 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: . ORDNANCE SURVEY MAPS AND MEMOIRS: WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW TO USE THEM. Speaker: Mary Russell

Sunday 28 February 1999
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Bier.  3:30 PM to 5 PM: Discussion of Margaret Falley's book Irish and Scots-Irish Ancestral Research,  Part 1 of 2.

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM:  Research time.  Beginners' Class on Griffith Valuations used as a census substitute.

Sunday 28 February 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

INTERNET USERS GROUP (IUG) led by Bill Mooney. Topics:

1. Recent success stories on using the Internet in Family History research.   Presented by volunteer attendees.  Bring you case studies and share them.

2. Highlights from GENTECH '99, the annual conference, held recently in Salt Lake City.  Reported by Bill Mooney.

3. Highlights from the GENEALOGY ON THE INTERNET COURSE at the Salt Lake City Institute of Genealogy, 18-22 January 1999 co-lead by Alan Mann and Cindy Howells.  Reported by Bill Mooney.

Saturday 30 January 1999
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Huntington Beach Central Library
7111 Talbert Street
Huntington Beach, CA

Orange County CA Genealogical Society and BIFHS-USA , Irish & Scottish Study Groups, jointly are sponsoring a seminar "Seeking Clues to Your Irish and Scottish Ancestors".  Featured speaker: Judy Wight. Also: Nancy Bier, Nancy Carlberg, William Mooney, Mary Russell, Mary McKinnon, Charlotte Smith, Linda Jonas. Registration fee before 15 Jan 1999 $32.00; after 15 Jan 1999: $40.00. Optional Gaelic Lunch available for $6.50. Lunch includes: baked potato/toppings, salad, dessert and a beverage. For more info contact Nancy Bier at 310-375-6149 or nbierirish@aol.com and/or Muriel Fitzsimmons at 714-962-4592, fitz88@aol.com. Send your check to Muriel Fitzsimmons, 10911 La Carta Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708-3946.

Sunday 24 January 1999
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General Meeting:  HOW TO INTERVIEW RELATIVES, PART 2. Speaker: Don Ray - Don is back by popular demand. Don't miss this dymanic speaker.

Sunday 24 January 1999
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP. Kay Ronald Devonshire will conduct a problem-solving session. Please bring your questions, pedigree charts, etc.

Saturday 23 January 1999
9:15 AM
building

TOUR OF THE LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY.

Becky Bowen will be at the Flower street entrance at 9:15 AM to give a tour of the LAPL.  After the tour is over, you may do your own research.  Everyone is welcome. For further information, please contact Becky at BeckyLeigh@aol.com or Dorothy Losee at 310-838-6085.

This tour replaces the Welsh Study Group meeting scheduled for 24 January.

Friday 4 December 1998

6:00 PM

OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK
Bring a dish (enough for eight people) from the country of your ancestor, or any special dish that you like to make. There will be entertainment and games and lots of fun.

Sunday 22 November 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  SHOW 'N' TELL IT. Our members share their expertise, stories and successes in their research. Please bring your family heirlooms to show. This is a very fun meeting and one that you will not want to miss.

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Sunday 22 November 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd. Topic: TBA

Sunday 1 November 1998
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

JOINT MEETING OF THE IRISH AND SCOTTISH STUDY GROUPSTopic: From 1 PM to 2 PM, Nancy Bier will be discussing "The Irish and Scottish in Military Records." From 2 PM to 3 PM, Kay Ronald Devonshire will discuss "How Presbyterianism changed Scotland from 1560 to 1690." From 3 PM to 6 PM, Nancy Bier will talk on "What’s new in Ireland."

Sunday 25 October 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: .HOW TO INTERVIEW RELATIVES. Speaker: Don Ray


 

Sunday 25 October 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP. led by Kathleen Lund. Topic: Special indexes into genealogical resources for research in England.

 

Sunday 25 October 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

INTERNET USERS GROUP (IUG) led by Bill Mooney. Topic: Beginning Internet Research

Sunday 27 September 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  Topic: COMPARING VARIOUS COMPUTER GENEALOGY PROGRAMS. Speaker: Richard S. Wilson

Richard is the owner of Compuology, a genealogy-based computer company, and is state coordinator for the California USGenWeb Project. He has been doing genealogical research for more than 19 years.

 

Sunday 27 September 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUPTopic: Panel discussion of preliminary research preparation and on site experiences in Irish research both in the US (making the connection) and in Ireland (finding the ancestral home).
Thu-Fri-Sat 27-28-29 August 1998
11TH ANNUAL (1998) BRITISH ISLES FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY - U.S.A. FAMILY HISTORY SEMINAR

Sunday 2 August 1998
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

INTERNET USERS GROUP (IUG) led by Bruce Hamilton, BIFHS-USA Webmaster. Topics:
  • The USGenWeb Project: How to use it and its value for your research. (Bruce is the Webmaster for the Rockland County NY USGenWeb page)
  • Putting Your Family History Page on the Web (Bruce has developed a Web Page for his family history research.)
  • Success stories contributed by the attendees.
  • Questions raised by the attendees

Sunday 2 August 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd. Topic: TBA

Sunday 26 July 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  20TH CENTURY SOURCES TO SOLVE 19TH CENTURY RESEARCH PROBLEMS. Speaker: Nancy Lee Bier

Nancy is past President of BIFHS-USA, a professional genealogist, author, and lecturer. Her talk will cover all areas of the British Isles.

 

Sunday 26 July 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP led by June Hanson. Topic: Manorial Records

 

Sunday 26 July 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by Kay Ronald Devonshire. Topic: Beginning Scottish Research.   (Yes this class is ON again, as of 18 July.)

Sunday 28 June 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  OCCUPATIONS OF OUR ANCESTORS. Speaker: Cheryl Jensen

Cheryl is a past President of the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society and presented this program on the Society's TV series "Ancestor Quest." She got involved in occupations while doing research on an English ancestor who was a glover.

Sunday 28 June 1998

INTERNET USERS GROUP (IUG) led by Bill Mooney. Topic: Success Stories, Favorite Sites, and Frustrations in Using the Internet to do British Isles Family History Research

Discussion involving the members devoted to:
  • Case Studies of Successes in Using the Internet in British Isles Genealogy and Family History Research
  • Favorite World-Wide Web and other Sites for British Isles Research
  • Problems and Frustrations in Using the Internet for British Isles Research with Suggestions for Solutions

Wednesday 10 June 1998
3:00 PM

Class: BRITISH IMMIGRATION IN THE SOUTHERN STATES. Lecturer: Eve Savage

Sunday 7 June 1998
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Bill Mooney.  Topic: Research before you go to Ireland

Sunday 7 June 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP led by Kay Ronald Devonshire.  Topics: (1) Problem solving: bring your Scottish research problems to the meeting. (2) Scottish Resources at the Los Angeles Family History Center.

Sunday 24 May 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting:  SCOTTISH VITAL RECORDS ON THE INTERNET. Speaker: Linda Jonas

Linda is President of BIFHS-USA and a professional genealogist specializing in immigrant ancestry.

Sunday 24 May 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM


WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd. Topic: The Act of Union of Wales and England. What did it do to Wales? Also: Beginners' Class

Wednesday 13 May 1998
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Class: HELD IN TRUST. (English research)  Lecturer: Joann Waddell

Sunday 26 April 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting: PANEL DISCUSSION: BIFHS EXPERTS WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ON ALL ASPECTS OF BRITISH ISLES RESEARCH. Experts will be: Nancy Lee Bier, Nancy E. Carlberg, Kay Ronald Devonshire, and Annie Lloyd.

Sunday 26 April 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP led by Linda Jonas. Topic: English Resources in the Los Angeles Family History Center

Wednesday 15 April 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Class: CLUES TO FINDING THAT ELUSIVE WELSH ANCESTOR IN WALES.  Lecturer: Annie LLoyd

Wednesday 8 April 1998
3:00 PM

Class: BEGINNING SCOTTISH RESEARCH Lecturer: Nancy Lee Bier

Sunday 22 March 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting: CROSSING THE POND: STRATEGIES FOR IDENTIFYING THE PLACE OF ORIGIN OF YOUR IMMIGRANT ANCESTOR, WITH EMPHASIS ON IRELAND. Speaker: Emily Doyle Iland. Emily, her Irish-born husband,and three children lived in County Mayo for two years. While there, she became interested in genealogy and has worked with original Irish records.

Sunday 22 March 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP MEETING, led by Kay Ronald Devonshire.  Topic: Why Did Your Ancestor Leave Scotland?

Wednesday 11 March 1998
3:00 PM

Class: TRAVELING TO IRELAND TO FIND YOUR ROOTS. Lecturer: Nancy E. Carlberg

Eve Savage's class on British Immigration into the Southern States will be rescheduled to a later date.

Sunday 1 March 1998
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

IRISH STUDY GROUP led by Nancy Bier.  Topic: 1798 Rebellion. History, migration to America, source information.  Also: Beginner's class.

Sunday 22 February 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting: SOLVING GENEALOGICAL PROBLEMS IN ENGLAND THROUGH USE OF PROBATE, POOR LAW, AND QUARTER SESSION RECORDS. Speaker: Kathleen Lund. Kathleen was born in the USA of English parents. She has made four trips to England to do research and recently attended the Federation of Family History Society's Conference in York.

Sunday 22 February 1998
3:00 - 6:00 PM

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, INTERNET USERS GROUP (IUG)
  • WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM  IUG? An open discussion facilitated by Bill Mooney, Director, IUG
  • GETTING STARTED WITH & IMPROVING YOUR UTILIZATION OF THE INTERNET IN YOUR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH: A panel discussion to provide tips and answer your questions. Panelists include: Richard Wilson, Co-Author of The Internet for Genealogists: A Beginner's Guide, 3rd ed., owner of Compulogy, and California State Coordinator for USGENWEB; Linda Jonas, President, BIFHS-USA; and Bruce Hamilton, USGENWEB Coordinator for Rockland County, NY, and BIFHS-USA Webmaster. Facilitated by Bill Mooney.

Wednesday 11 February 1998
3:30 PM

Class: GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH EARLY NEW ENGLAND ANCESTORS. Lecturer: Leta Bartholomew

Sunday 1 February 1998
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM


WELSH STUDY GROUP led by Annie Lloyd. Topic: The Welsh settlements in America. Where did they come from in Wales? What kind of records did they generate? Also: Beginners' Class

Sunday 25 January 1998
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

General meeting: BIFHS-USA WEB SITE AND YOU. How it can save you time, money, and energy and get you where you want to go in your British Isles family history research. Speakers: Linda Jonas and Bill Mooney, Jr.

Linda is President of BIFHS-USA and a professional genealogist specializing in immigrant ancestry.

Bill directs the Center for Consulting and Professional Practices. He is the director of the BIFHS-USA Internet Users Group.

25 January 1998
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

ENGLISH STUDY GROUP being formed, led by Janice Gibson Cloud. Anyone with English roots is cordially invited to attend!

Janice is President of the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. She teaches English Genealogical Research at the Santa Barbara City College and hosts a weekly TV show "Ancestor Search" on Channel 17.

Wednesday 14 January 1998

3:00 PM

Class: CLUES TO LEAD YOU ACROSS THE OCEAN TO THE BRITISH ISLES. Lecturer: Eve Savage

Wednesday 10 December 1997

1:00 PM

Class: HOW TO READ A BRITISH BIRTH, MARRIAGE, AND DEATH CERTIFICATE. Lecturer: Annie Lloyd

Friday 5 December 1997

6:00 PM

OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY POTLUCK
Bring a dish (enough for eight people) from the country of your ancestor, or any special dish that you like to make. There will be entertainment and games and lots of fun.

Sunday 23 November 1997

1:00 PM

General meeting:. This is our annual "SHOW N' TELL IT" Our members have center stage! Come and share your expertise and stories about your research. Don't forget to bring your family heirlooms to show to the rest of our members and quests!

23 November 1997
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SCOTTISH STUDY GROUP MEETING, led by Linda Jonas. Speaker: William Mooney presented Scottish Resources on the Internet.

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