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30 July 2012

Where to Plant Your Family Tree in the Online Forest - September 29, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, California

Sharing your genealogical research online enables you to connect with others who share your ancestry. Sheri Fenley and Doug Joe will explore four websites in the forest of online trees, discuss the pros and cons of using online webtrees and give a demonstration.

All of these FREE websites allow you to build your tree on their site or upload a GEDCOM file from your genealogy software program:

Ancestry Member Trees at
World Connect Family Trees and Websites at
Family Tree Explorer at
Family Tree Builder and Website at

The class is limited to thirty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable).

Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first thirty registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Sheri Fenley is a professional genealogist and historical research from Stockton who specializes in north central California research. She is a member of APG, NGS, ISFHWE, NSDAR, California State Genealogical Alliance, Global Alliance of Genealogy Professionals, San Joaquin County Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society. Sheri is an alumni of ProGen 1 (2009). She has done two years of coursework at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and is "on the clock" with the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Fenley is the editor of the SJGS newsletter and author of the popular blog "The Educated Genealogist" which was voted one of Family Tree Magazine's Top 40 Blogs.

Doug Joe is a second generation Chinese-American “baby boomer” who has been able to trace and document several hundred years of his heritage without Chinese language skills. He became interested in genealogy fifteen years ago and has since taken over the role of family genealogist from his uncle. Joe is an active contributor and moderator for the Chinese Genealogy Forum and enjoys helping others worldwide in their search for their Chinese roots. Joe lives and works in Modesto, California where his day job entails explaining complex systems and concepts to lay people.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library


Doug Joe said...

My 'presentation' will be installing the free webtrees genealogy software program onto your Windows or Mac laptop or flash drive. Please bring your laptop. webtrees will not install onto a tablet.

The demo site for webtrees is:

Click on the default chart on the right. Looking forward to meeting you.


Doug Joe said...

A laptop is NOT necessary for this class. For those who have a desktop, please bring a flash drive and you can then run webtrees off the flash drive. Let me know if you are using a MAC or Windows system.