SBCGS Webinar: Using Immersion Genealogy

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Sat, Apr 17 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Genealogist Lisa Alzo will present “No Easy Button: Using Immersion Genealogy to Understand Your Ancestors” at the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting on Saturday, April 17. The meeting and presentation will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Family history is so much more than just names, dates, and places, or boxes, lines, and charts. For 21st century genealogists, it is easy to limit our research to the documents or other facts we find online, or to what others tell us to be true. Learn how to take your research a step further to understand your ancestors’ lives through “immersion genealogy,” the process of discovering where they lived, worked, and worshipped, and experiencing those customs and traditions they passed down through the generations. Key resources, methodology, and tips for reaching out to relatives and repositories, and how to make the most out of a trip to your ancestor’s hometown (whether in North America or across the pond) will be discussed.

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Eastern European research and writing your family history She is the author of eleven books and hundreds of magazine articles. Lisa works as an online educator and writing coach through her website Research, Write, Connect (, and developed the Eastern European Research Certificate Program for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Visit for more information.

This event is free and open to the public. The meeting will be held via Zoom video conferencing. For more information and to register for this event, please visit our website at The meeting will include Virtual Special Interest Groups at 9:30 a.m., a brief business meeting at 10:30 a.m., followed by Lisa Alzo’s presentation beginning at 11:00 a.m.


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