Temecula Valley Genealogical Society

Our Mission:Temecula Valley Genealogical Society is devoted to fostering a vibrant community dedicated to discovering, documenting, and sharing ancestral stories. With a commitment to education, collaboration, and the preservation of heritage, we strive to connect individuals with their roots, nurture a deeper understanding of our collective past, and provide resources that enable a profound appreciation for the richness of our ancestors' life journeys.

   Upcoming Events   
Monday, April 8
Missing: Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters, and Bachelors
Sara Cochran 
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Missing: Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters, and Bachelors- Sara Cochran
Have some of the folks on your family tree disappeared?  Pick up some new ideas on how to find widows and never-married adults and then watch these techniques in action in three short case studies.

Friday, April 12
DNA Painter: Trees and Tools
Kathy Fernandes  
10:00 am
Zoom & Ron H. Roberts Temecula Public Library 30600 Pauba Rd. Temecula, CA 92592
DNA Painter: Trees and Tools-Kathy Fernandes
This presentation focuses on the Ancestral Maps and Tools features of DNA Painter. It explains how to create different views of your family tree, with annotations for different DNA inheritance paths, and provides an overview of the Shared cM Project tool and the What are the Odds? tool.

Friday, April 26
Managing Your Ancestry Account 
Laurice Johnson
10:00 am
Zoom and Community Rm, Ron H. Roberts Temecula Public Library 30600 Pauba Rd. Temecula, CA 92592

We’ll talk about what’s new on the site, setting up your account, hints and tricks for searching effectively, the card catalog (one of the most useful parts of the site and one of the most under used).

The Why, Where What and How of Lineage & Hereditary Societies
Join a Virtual presentation
Christine Cohen
April 20th

April News
April 25th
 National DNA Day offers a prime opportunity to delve deeper into your genetic heritage, uncovering hidden family histories and forging connections across continents and generations. It's a day to celebrate the power of DNA testing in illuminating our shared past and shaping our collective future.
      Celebrate by doing some of the following (click for list)
               Download a free DNA Guide Here
            National Library Month           
Spring Cleaning Your Genealogy Files
tips and best practices for organizing physical and digital genealogical research
Spring Cleaning Your Genealogy Files: Tips and Best Practices
Spring is the perfect time to organize and declutter your physical and digital genealogical research. Here are some tips and best practices to help you get your files in order:
File Naming Conventions
Use a consistent naming convention for your digital files, such as "Surname_Firstname_Document.pdf"
or "YYYY-MM-DD_Document.jpg".
This makes it easier to locate and identify files later on.
Cloud Storage and Backup
Consider using cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive to store and backup your digital genealogy files.
This ensures your data is secure and accessible from multiple devices.
Set up automatic backups to an external hard drive or cloud service to protect against data loss.
Physical File Organization
Invest in file folders, binders, and storage boxes to keep your physical documents organized.
- Label folders and boxes clearly, using the same naming conventions as your digital files.
Digitize important documents by scanning them and saving them to your back up device or cloud storage.
Software and Data Management
Review your genealogy software and consider upgrading to the latest version, which may have new features to help you stay organized.
Regularly export and backup your family tree data to ensure you don't lose your research.
- Organize your digital photos by scanning, labeling, and backing them up.
Decluttering and Purging
Go through your "Miscellaneous" folders and files and try to organize or discard any unnecessary documents.
Identify and remove duplicate or outdated information from your files.
Consider donating or discarding physical items, such as old family documents or memorabilia, that you no longer need to keep.
By following these tips and best practices, you can keep your genealogical research organized and accessible, making your research more efficient and enjoyable.
What you should know about
Find a Grave
Spend a few minuites to learn some  helpful tips!

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