Mt. Diablo Genealogical Society
All memberships expire December 31 and renewals must be received by February 1 to continue receiving the Society’s informative newsletter, The Digger. The membership form can be found on the "Contact" page of the website.
Payment and the completed form may be mailed to the Society at 1001 Golden Rain Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, dropped off in the MDGS mail box in the Rossmoor Administration building, or brought to a meeting. If your information has not changed, it is not necessary to complete the form.
Join our Zoom Meetings at 9:45 AM for an opportunity to 'Chat' with other members!
(SORRY- It's BYO!)
All Lectures begin at 10:00 AM
October 15: Lisa Gorrell: “Did Your Ancestor Attend Church? Researching in Religious Records”
November 18: Robert Trapp “The 401st Anniversary of the Landing of the Mayflower, and what is needed to join the Mayflower Society”
January 21: Nancy Calhoun "Running Down Grandma OR Finding Women in Your Tree"
February 18: Steven Morse "TBA"
March 18: Sue Severson "DNA"
April 15: (Tentative) Madeline Yanov "TBA"
Previous Speakers Handouts*
(*Speakers with published handouts are listed- click on linked title to open the handout)
Baker, James Too Many Old Newspapers: How Do You Find Your People
Baker, James Finding Your Ancestors in Digitized Books
Baker, James Finding the Hardest Ones, Part 1: Seven Strategies
Baker, James Google, The Genealogist’s Best Friend
Bell Green, Christine English Genealogy On the Internet
Borges, Katherine I've DNA Tested, Now What?
Calhoun, Nancy Shakin' Out the Smiths
Dallas, Pamela Bell Help! The Court House Burned. How Do I Find My Records?
Erickson, Pamela Indentured Servants Have Genealogies Too!
Gantz, Broooke Schreier Reclaim the Records
George, Diane Google Tips for Genealogists
Kashuba, Melinda Heat Up Your Research with Fire Insurance Maps
Mosmakos, Dawn How I solve unknown parentage searches
Mosmakos, Dawn How to message a close match
Mosmakos, Dawn Sources of Info
Lisson, Lisa How to Research Common Surname Ancestors
Marshall, Kathryn Miller Latest & Greatest in Genealogy Software & Databases
Marshall, Kathryn Miller Passenger Lists to Naturalization, Part 1
Marshall, Kathryn MillerPassenger Lists to Naturalization, Part 2
Morse, Stephen P. Finding Presidents and their Ancestors
Morse, Stephen P. Getting Ready for the 1950 Census
Oretega, Gena Philibert WPA Resources ,
Oretega, Gena Philibert 10 Databases You Didn't Know Were on Ancestry.com
Oretega, Gena Philibert 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know
Oretega, Gena Philibert Researching Genealogy During a Pandemic
Oretega, Gena Philibert Celebrating the Vote: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
Severson, Ralph Ferreting Out Sources Using FamilySearch
Trindle, Cath Madden Irish Genealogy Websites
Yanov, Madeline Finding Missing Ancestors in Institutional Records, Part 1:
Yanov, Madeline Hospitals, Sanitariums and Asylums.
Yanov, Madeline Institutional Records Part II
Yanov, Madeline Researching Mortuary Records
Whittaker, Martha Voluntary Confederate Exiles (Confederados) ;
Whittaker, Martha Searching For Missing Men in the U.S., 1850-1940
*NOTE: Handouts for the following speakers are located on the Members Only pages:
Thomas MacEntee (2/15/19) - "Successful Cluster and Collateral Searches"
Lisa Gorrell (March 2018)- "Beginning German Research"
Lisa Gorrell- "Tips for Breaking Down Brick Walls"
Janice Sellers (11/15/19) - "Finding and Using Newspapers in your Genealogical Search"
Janice Sellers (1/15/21) - "So You Found Them on the Census- That's Only the Start"
Janice Sellers (3/19/21)- "Irish Research Online"