Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM PDT; Registration Opens at 8:00 AM
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First Presbyterian Church 
21 E Constance Ave
State and Constance
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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SBCGS: Marie Sue Parsons and Diane Sylvester 
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society 

A Day of Genealogy Learning with Tom Jones

Join us for our 2020 Spring Seminar with Thomas W. Jones, nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher, and a frequent speaker at family history events around the globe. He authored the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation.

8:00    Doors Open; Registration: Coffee and Breakfast Snacks; Book Sales
9:00    Welcome, Karen Ramsdell, President
9:10    Keynote Speaker: Neal Graffy, Historian and Author

  • 9:30    1st Lecture: Building a Credible Lineage Despite Multiple Research Barriers.  This case study, set in New England and New York, provides an overview of methodological issues that genealologists encounter. Learn that research doesn't need to be roadblocked by a shortage of the usual records.

10:30   Break (Refreshments; Book Sales)

  • 11:00    2nd Lecture: Systematically Using Autosomal DNA Test Results to Help Break Through Genealogical Brick Walls. A case study set in the early 1800s demonstrates methodology for using autosomal DNA test results to help solve longstanding genealogical problems.

12:00 Lunch Buffet                   
1:00 Drawing

  • 1:30    3rd Lecture: The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames. This case study will explain how missing, erroneous, and altered records were overcome to identify the parents of an orphan named Jones.

2:30    Break (Refreshments; Book Sales)

  • 3:00    4th Lecture: Organizing Evidence to Overcome Record Shortages. Genealogists often are frustrated when surviving records specify no relationships. Using a jigsaw-puzzle analogy, a case study demonstrates six steps attendees can use to bypass record shortages and identify ancestors successfully.

4:00    Adjournment