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Saturday, February 18 through Saturday, February 18
SCGS General Meeting (Hybrid - Lewes Library or Zoom)  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lewes Library or Zoom Meeting
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no later than February 14th.
 
Topic: "Using Genealogy Newsletters for Research" by Suzan Bates 
PERSI and AGBI are two finding aids for location information in History Centers’ and/or Genealogical Societies’
newsletters. Transcriptions, including civil records, family bible pages, and tombstones are just some of the
sources embedded in these newsletters, a mainstay of genealogy research before computers. How do you access
these newsletters?

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Suz Bates has brought her expertise in genealogy to the public, spreading her enthusiasm for family history research to everyone during her workshops and presentations as well as with her private clients and small group consultations. She has been a family history researcher for over 45 years and a private consultant for 30 years. 
Having begun her genealogy interests in the early 1970’s, before computers, Suz spent many hours at the Newberry Library with a special admittance pass. She learned the traditional research methods from many kindly old gentlemen and ladies holed away doing family research before it was popular. Skills expanded with needs to typing letters to village offices, location visits, walking cemeteries, rubbing tombstones as well as researching in courthouses, vaults and old school houses. Many genealogy classes, workshops and private lessons continue to build researching skills, technology and presentation skills needed for genealogy. 
After college, where Suz earned a B.A. in Modern Foreign Language with a minor in History and an M.S. in education, her career in education was just as long and varied. She taught both adults and children in various educational settings, public and private, including elementary, middle school and university classrooms as well as conference and lecture halls. All the while, genealogy continued to fill her hours with research, location visits, indexing, transcribing, and digitalizing, along with attending many conferences while working on her own and friends’ family histories and ultimately private clients. 
Suz takes these teaching and lecturing skills, combined with her extensive genealogical research experience, into her genealogy career of speaking, researching, and consulting in an easily understood manner with enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge. Suz has been a member of various genealogy and history associations including the National Genealogical Society, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and the NSDAR with local membership in the Du Page County Genealogical Society, the Fox Valley Genealogical Society, and CAGGNI She is listed in the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Genealogy and Local History Librarians.




Saturday, March 18 through Saturday, March 18
SCGS General Meeting  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Newark Library + Zoom Meeting
This is a hybrid meeting where Members can attend in person at the Newark Library or virtually via Zoom. All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no later than November 17th.
 
Topic: "Mining for Genealogical Treasures in the Internet Archive" by Carla Cegielski
The Internet Archive is not just the Wayback Machine! It also contains audio, movies, images, software, maps, and texts. Discover everything you can do at the Archive and learn search strategies for accessing its genealogical treasures.

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Carla Cegielski is a full-time family history researcher specializing in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia research. She has been providing professional research services to attorneys, historians, genealogists, hobbyists, and others since 2007.

Carla is past-president of both of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Lake County (OH) Genealogical Society. She has volunteered as a grader for the National Genealogical Society’s American Genealogy Home Study Course and as a coordinator for the ProGen Study Group. Carla currently serves as Vice President of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

After retiring from teaching at a local business college, Carla began lecturing on various genealogical topics. She is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, libraries and conferences. Carla was the coordinator and instructor for the Reading, Transcribing, and Abstracting Old Documents course at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in July 2021.

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Science degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston
  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Volunteer Field Genealogy (2008); Genealogy Consultant (2009)
  • ProGen Study Group (2010)
  • National Institute on Genealogical Research. (National Archives) (2011)
  • Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. Advanced Research Methods (2012); Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories (2013); Law School for Genealogists (2014); From Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments (2016); Principles of Genealogical Writing (2022)
  • National Genealogical Society. American Genealogy: Home Study Course (2013)
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Samford University). Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis (2013); Virginia: Her Records and Her Laws (2014); Writing & Publishing for Genealogists (2015); Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Government Documents (2016)
  • Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Georgia Genealogical Society, Athens, GA). Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA (2017)
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Advanced Evidence Practicum (2015); You be the Judge: A Practicum Using Standards to Evaluate Genealogical Work (2017); The Pennsylvania German and Research in the Keystone State (2018); Metes and Bounds Land Platting (2019); Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy (2020); Mother Russia: Research in the Countries of the Former Russian Empire and USSR (2021)
  • Attends at least one national conference per year as well as many local and regional conferences.

 




Saturday, April 15 through Saturday, April 15
SCGS General Meeting (Hybrid - Lewes Library or Zoom)  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lewes Library or Zoom Meeting
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no later than April 12th.
 
Topic: "Using the GoldieMay Tool for Your Research" By Richard K. Miller
 
Goldie May is a family history research app. Think of it as software power tools for genealogists. Features include an automatic research log, abstracts and citations, task lists, locality research, timeline analysis with the Subway Map, and cloud access to all your research. Keep your research in FamilySearch or your Ancestry tree and see if Goldie May can help. Goldie May isn"t another place for storing your conclusions; it"s a place for your work in progress.
Richard Miller is the software developer who worked at three genealogy companies. He built Goldie May to be the tool he wanted for his own genealogy research.



Saturday, May 20 through Saturday, May 20
SCGS General Meeting  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lewes Library/Zoom
This will be a hybrid meeting where Members can attend at the Lewes library or virtually via a Zoom link. All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no later than May 16th.
 
Topic: "Holdings of the Maryland Archives & How to Access Them" by Rachel Frazier

Outline

Introduction

Brief background on the Maryland State Archives

Explanation of primary and secondary sources

Overview of holdings and collection types

New research guides and video tutorials

Preparing to conduct research

Dive into: Government Records Births Deaths Marriages

Probate Records

Land Records

Slavery Records

Other Court Records

 

Special Collections

Photographs

Newspapers

Religious Records

Maps

Conclusion and Questions

 



Saturday, September 16 through Saturday, September 16
SCGS General Meeting (Hybrid - Lewes Library or Zoom)  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lewes Library or Zoom Meeting
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no later than September 12th.
 
Topic: "Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye: 9 Strategies for Finding your Living Relativesby Lisa Louise Cooke
Learn the techniques that Private Investigators use to track down missing people.  These strategies will help you find those elusive living relatives who just may hold the key to your brick wall or possess that treasured photo you’ve been looking for.

Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems Family History Podcast

Lisa Louise Cooke is the author of several books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 3rd edition. She produces and hosts the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, and the free weekly YouTube show Elevenses with Lisa at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel. She offers a Premium Membership service at her website ( https://lisalouisecooke.com ) featuring exclusive on-demand genealogy education. And she writes a regular column for Family Tree Magazine and produces the Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

Lisa found her passion for family history at her grandmother’s knee at the age of 8. She is now the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company founded in 2007.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at www.GenealogyGems.com, on your smartphone’s native podcast app, and through the Genealogy Gems app available through app stores. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and has been downloaded nearly 4 million times. She also produces the weekly genealogy YouTube live show Elevenses with Lisa at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel

Lisa’s offerings are not limited to online.  She is a sought after international genealogy speakerWhether in person or online, Lisa strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and resources to deliver the gems that can unlock each genealogist’s own family history treasure trove!

Family is not just a priority professionally. Lisa is a doting wife to Bill, the proud mom of three daughters, and has added the role of Grandma to her resume.  She counts her blessings every day for the love, fulfillment and laughter that family brings to every aspect of her life.




Saturday, October 21 through Saturday, October 21
SCGS General Meeting (Hybrid - Lewes Library or Zoom)  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lewes Library or Zoom Meeting
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no later than October 17th.
 
Topic: "Introduction to Jewish Genealogy" by Rhoda Miller
 



Saturday, January 20, 2024 through Saturday, January 20, 2024
SCGS General Meeting (Hybrid - Lewes Library or Zoom)  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lewes Library or Zoom Meeting
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no later than January 16th.
 
Topic: "Researching Colonial Ancestors" By David Allen Lambert
Learn about researching your Colonial era Ancestors. After a short introduction to European settlement along the eastern seaboard, we will discuss published and other resources for learning about your ancestor. The available resources will differ depending on region: New England, mid-Atlantic or Southern colonies.
David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist has been on the staff of American Ancestors/NEHGS since 1993 and is an internationally recognized speaker on the topics of genealogy and history. He has authored many articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Rhode Island Roots, Mayflower Descendant, and American Ancestors magazine; and is the author of eleven books including A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries and Vital Records of Stoughton, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1850. David is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston, Mass., and a life member of the New Hampshire Society of the Cincinnati and the General Society of the War of 1812. David also serves as the tribal genealogist for the Massachusett Tribe at Punkapoag in Massachusetts. His areas of expertise include New England and Atlantic Canadian records of the 17th through 21st century; American and international military records; DNA research; and Native American and African American genealogical research in New England.