Wednesday, September 8, 2010

San Diego Genealogical Society Meeting on Saturday, 11 September

The September meeting of the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) is on 11 September at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church (8350 Lake Murray Blvd, at Jackson Drive) in the San Carlos area of San Diego, starting at 10 a.m.

The day's schedule includes:

10 a.m. - Roots Magic User Group
10 a.m. - Basic Genealogy Class - Vital Records

12 noon - Announcements, and one of the programs

1 p.m. - refreshment break

1:15 p.m. - Announcements, drawings, and the second program.


There are two program speakers for this meeting:

1) Peggy Rossi - "I Wish I Had Asked..."

Every genealogist says this at one time or another. We wish we had asked questions and preserved the memories of family members no longer with us. Ordinary lives hold extraordinary memories. Creating an oral history is not difficult if you follow a few simple steps.

This presentation will discuss how to prepare for and conduct an oral history interview and evaluate options for what type of preservation is right for your needs and skills.

2) Everett Ireland - "Courthouse Records"

The information contained in the files of thousands of courthouses and county repositories throughout the United States are the mainstays of genealogical research. We rely on the information our ancestors left behind in their daily life in the community in which they lived. These records are the more common ones we all use - probate/wills, civil actions, assessments, tax, voting, land records, and vital records. In addition, there are town and municipal court records, and them ore modern records such as building permits, animal licenses, and traffic court records.

This lecture will provide information on finding aids for some of the more unusual courthouse records as well as how to track down and interpret earlier 18th and 19th century records.

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