The Southern California Genealogical Society is offering the streaming sessions from their recent 2019 Jamboree to online viewers; and thanks to underwriting by Ancestry, the fees have been waived and watching the sessions will be free to the general public, with or without membership in the SCGS.

There are twelve individual sessions that can be streamed online for free. They will be available for the next two months; the end date is July 31. Go to for more information and a link to register.

The presentations are as follows:

Funeral Homes and Family History: They’re Dying to Meet You, by Daniel Earl.

Strategies for Finding the Locality of Your Irish Ancestors, by Donna M. Moughty.

Three Major Midwestern Databases and Indexes for Family History Research, by Paula Stuart-Warren.

Genealogy Pit Stop: Research in 15 Minute Increments, by Thomas MacEntee.

Working More In-Depth with Mexican Civil Registration Records, by Colleen Greene.

Historical Maps: The World at Your Fingertips, by Michael L. Strauss.

Afro-Latinx in the Old West, by Janice Lovelace.

Plain Folk–Researching Amish and Mennonite Families, by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen.

Canadian’s Genealogical Treasures, by Dave Obee.

Online Library Catalogs: A Genealogist’s Best Kept Secret, by D. Joshua Taylor.

Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors, by Lisa Alzo.

Border – What Border? Our Ancestors Who Called Both Canada and the USA Home, by Annette Burke Lyttle.


The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will hold its monthly meeting Monday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Vigo County Public Library. The topic will be “Wabash Valley Scottish Society: Purpose and Function,” presented by Richard Cooper.

“An estimated 25 million Americans have ancestral roots to Scotland — that’s almost 10% of the total U.S. population. With so many Scottish descendants across the country, it’s likely that you, or someone you know, is one of them. If you know or you want to determine if you may have an ancestral connection to Scotland, then you will want to attend the meeting. The WVSS was founded in 2003 for the people of Vigo County and surrounding areas with the goal of providing individuals a place to meet and share their Scottish heritage, traditions, and interests.”

The presentation “will cover a brief history and the functions of WVSS including the Cultural and Academic scholarship programs available to individuals interested in furthering their Scottish studies. Other presentation topics include the Scottish Clan System and Scottish Genealogy websites. A Q&A session will also be included along with Scottish Shortbread (recipe included) for all in attendance.”


Once I get my research back past the 1850s, I find one book an indispensable reference. That is Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1987). This book has a map for each individual state for every census year–showing the genesis of the counties and their changing boundaries over time. The old county boundaries are superimposed over a map of modern-day counties so it is easy to see where an ancestor was located, both in the past and now. It also helps the researcher to understand that an ancestor may not have moved at all between 1830 and 1840, but that the county border is all that changed.

This book is available at the Vigo County Library in the Special Collections area.