Session 2 – 1 to 2 p.m.

Betty Isbell

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Betemp-ph-1tty Nichols Isbell, was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her interest in family history began at an early age while listening to her father’s stories of his early childhood in the deep south. She has been actively involved in genealogical research for over forty years, has been a consultant at several Family History Centers, including being a center director twice. She is currently the Director of the Canoga Park Family History Center; and, also, serves as librarian at the Southern California Genealogical Society Library one day a week. She has taught genealogy classes to the public for over thirty years. Her specialty is descendant research, and has worked for a forensic research company locating missing and unknown heirs, as well as operating her own genealogical research business. Betty worked for UCLA School of Public Health and Cancer Center identifying and locating persons involved in medical studies. She has served as a board member of CSGA, LAWGS, Association of Professional Genealogist, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Genealogical Society.  In addition, Betty belongs to many national, state, and county genealogical societies. She has attended over 10 national genealogical conferences, as well as making many family research trips to Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. She even dreams of genealogy.


Getting a Successful Start to Family History

Getting a Successful Start to Family History

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Presenter: Betty Isbell

Time: 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Description: Where do you begin? Can you still use paper forms or must you use a computer and the Internet? How much will it cost? Come and learn tips for finding “home” sources, and learn how to interview relatives to find from others what is already know about your ancestor’s families. Learn how to access free and easy to use websites for the beginner

Location: Relief Society Room

Are Your Ancestors Playing Hide & Seek?

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Presenter: Barbara Randall

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Description: Where do you go to access African American resources and information on the internet?  This workshop explores both free and paid-subscription websites.  It also focuses on websites that link to a host of resources.  Handout provided.

Location: Assembly Room

Exploring Your DNA Results

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Presenter: Marti Lewis

Time: 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Description: Today you can Discover Who You Are . . . Where You Came From, and analyze your Ethnicity with DNA Testing! Hopefully the information and strategies recommended in this presentation will teach you how to successfully use your DNA testing results to unravel some of the mysteries of your family’s history.

Location: Main Chapel

Avoiding and Overcoming Brick Walls: Part 2 ( duplicate of first session)

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Presenter: Luana Glistrap

Time: 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Description:  The biggest reason for brick walls is inexperience and the most common mistake an inexperienced person makes is trusting undocumented data.  This presentation covers the following ways we run into trouble:  Organization & Note keeping, Research Strategies, Name Issues, Place Issues, Source Issues, Index Issues, Handwriting Issues, Legal Issues, Lack of Cultural, Historical, and Geographical Background Info, and How We Form Our Conclusions.

Location: Annex Chapel

Census Research

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Presenter: Richard McBride

Time: 1 to 2 p.m.

Description: The decennial census of the United States forms the basis of much genealogical research in the US.  This session introduces researchers to the information contained in each version and how it can be used to discover more about your family.

Location: Classrooms 105/106

How to Write Your Family History in 9 Easy Steps

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Presenter: Richard Procello

Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Description: The objective of the class is to inspire the participant who is new or experienced to write their family history. Many individuals gather information, conduct oral interviews and locate documents and do not take it to the next level. The next level is to place the information in a format to share with members of their family.

Location: Rooms 105 – 106