Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SLO Genealogical Seminar Deadline - January 30!

Our friends to the north -- San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society -- have pulled out the stops for their bi-annual Seminar on Saturday, February 6th called Genealogy NOW! The seminar features Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, one of genealogy's most influential and "public" figures. Just check out her website!

Besides Megan, Legacy Family Tree's Geoff Rasmussen, a dynamic and informative presenter is returning to SLO (and bringing a new laptop loaded with Legacy Family Tree software to raffle off!). Also "The Photo Detective", Maureen Taylor will help identify attendees' mystery photos when she's not presenting a program. And of course Megan Smolenyk Smolenyk,'s Chief Family Historian, noted "forensic genealogist", will also be presenting several topics. The seminar offers 3 (three!) tracks of programs, books, a raffle and lots of opportunity to mingle with other Central Coast genealogists.

Registration deadline is January 30th and is $50 for non-Members of SLOCGS. After January 30, it will be $60.

Seminar information and registration forms can be found at: or call 805-489-5457

Several of us from Santa Barbara will be carpooling to SLO(we leave ~ 6:30 AM!). Contact Mary E Hall if you are interested in riding with or driving fellow SBCGSers.

At the risk of shamelessly plugging SBCGS own "HOW-TO Genealogy Seminar, Something for Everyone!" taking place on Saturday, March 6th, you can listen to (or download) the June 2007 podcast recording of Megan Smolenyak by Drew Smith of "The Genealogy Guys", who will be one of our fabulous guest speakers.

Registration for the SBCGS "HOW-TO" Genealogy Seminar can be found at our website:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year & Exciting News!

As announced at our December meeting, The Genealogy Guys -- George G Morgan & Drew Smith -- will be SBCGS's featured speakers for the "HOW-TO Genealogy Seminar: Something for Everyone"!

Individually, George & Drew are both long-time avid genealogists, with solid library backgrounds, active participation in genealogy societies, published authors and popular family history lecturers. But they are also on the cutting edge of genealogical related topics as they host a weekly podcast of Genealogy news, subscribed to by thousands, around the world.

In fact, 'The Genealogy Guys' podcast is the longest running, regularly produced Genealogy podcast in the world.

Fielding questions from the genealogical community requires not only in-depth knowledge of genealogy research topics and comprehensive skills, but also the LATEST information on websites, blogs, published records and resources that have come online.

This all-day Saturday seminar will feature 2 tracks of family history research topics to delight genealogists from beginners (just starting to compile their family data) to seasoned veterans. And it will conclude with a live podcast of that week's The Genealogy Guys show. Attendees will not only be the audience, but will supply the questions for that week's radio show.

Stay tuned and check the SBCGS website for more details...but mark your calendars now for Saturday, March 6. You won't want to miss this one!