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Saturday, October 17, 2015
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Clovis Veteran Memorial District
Liberty Ballroom
808 4th Street
Clovis, CA 93612

We are pleased to have national speaker, Lisa Louise Cooke with us this year. Lisa is an author and the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She produces a podcast available at as well as her books, DVDs and a blog! .

Pre-registration – NOW OPEN ! Closes October 10.
If you prefer to pay with your credit or debit card, you can use our new online form to do so. Payments are processed by the Event Brite website. When you provide an email address, you will receive emailed confirmations from both FCGS and EventBrite.

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Session Schedule and Lecture Descriptions

Registration, Admission Prices and Check-in Information

Nearby Eating Places for Morning Coffee and Lunch

Facility Layout

Getting There (Map)


Session Schedule

8:30-8:45 Registration / CHECK-IN
8:45-8:55 Welcome/Introductions/Announcements
Session 1
How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with EVERNOTE
10:15-10:30 BREAK (15 Minutes)
Session 2
Google Search Strategies for Common Surnames
11:45-12:55 LUNCH BREAK (1 hour 15 minutes)
Session 3
How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
2:15-2:30 BREAK (15 Minutes)
Session 4
Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
3:45-4:00 Final Comments/Evaluations

Book sales will be open during registration, lunch and all the break periods.

Lecture Descriptions

Session 1
How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with EVERNOTE
Evernote puts all your notes right at your fingertips no matter where you are. In addition to super- fast and easy note taking and retrieval, you’ll learn how to clip items from the Internet (rather than saving entire bulky web pages!) use OCR technology to search your digitized documents like newspaper articles, and tap into a myriad of apps that help Evernote help you do just about anything you need. Evernote harnesses the power of the Cloud to allow you to work across all your computing devices (including your iPad and smart phone.) Best of all, it’s free!
Session 2
Google Search Strategies for Common Surnames
Discover tips and tricks to find your ancestors with common surnames and surnames that double as common words in the English language with Google. Learn how to weed out irrelevant search results to save time and get to what you want faster. Then save and automate your searches to run for you! You’ll not only improve your searches, but also improve the chances that the information you post online will be found by other genealogists facilitating collaboration!
Session 3
How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You’ll learn to track ancestors like a criminal cold case detective, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record with cutting edge technology.
Session 4
Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
Yearning to “read all about it?” Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors. Includes 3 Cool Tech Tools that will get you started.

The Speaker

Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app, and free toolbar. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 1.5 million downloads!

Lisa is the author of a variety of multi-media materials including the Genealogy Gems Premium website subscription, and four books: Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, and Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, and the video series Google Earth for Genealogy.

In addition to Genealogy Gems, Lisa works closely with Family Tree Magazine as producer and host of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast, a regular article author for the magazine, and curriculum developer and instructor for Family Tree University.

Lisa’s offerings are not limited to online. She is a sought after international genealogy speaker. Whether in person or online, Lisa strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and resources to deliver the gems that can unlock each genealogist’s own family history treasure trove!

Family is not just a priority professionally. Lisa is a doting wife to Bill, the proud mom of three daughters, and has added the role of Grandma to her resume. She counts her blessings every day for the love, fulfillment and laughter that family brings to every aspect of her life.

Activities and Exhibits

Book Sales Gently used genealogical research books & genealogical journals, duplicates to our library holdings, will be for sale. Cash or checks accepted.
(one hour & 15 minutes
There will be room to sit in our meeting room, if you would like to bring your lunch or there are many options within a short walk or driving distance.

We are hoping to have some exhibitors with us at the seminar if you are from another society or heritage group and would like to set up a display or a vendor with items of genealogical interest. Please contact us at seminarfcgs at gmail dot com

Registration, Admission Prices and Check-in Information

Registration & Admission Prices

Registering ahead of time will guarantee a seat and syllabus and a good price! All such registrations must be received by September 27th. After September 27th, the full price of $50 per person will apply. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Admission Prices Member Non-member
Individual Early Bird before 9/27 $30 $40
Seminar & Join FCGS $50  
Regular 9/28-10/10/2015 $50 $50

Special Offers:
  • Non-members can purchase a early bird registration at the member rate if a new membership is purchased at the time of registration before the early bird deadline.
  • All prices go up after Sep 27, 2015

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Questions: Contact us at SeminarFCGS at gmail dot com or 559-600-6230.


An attendee who pre-registered can pick up an event badge and syllabus at our registration table on the morning of the event. If you arrive late, contact any event volunteer who will then get you checked in.

Pre-registrants who are unable to attend the event will be mailed a syllabus.

Nearby Eating Places for Morning Coffee and Lunch

For those of you who want some early morning coffee or plan to eat lunch out, we will be within walking distance of Old Town Clovis and driving distance of Sierra Vista Mall. Old Town Clovis has a number of eating establishments as well as cute shopping if you want to stretch your legs. The area around Sierra Vista Mall (Shaw Ave & Clovis) also has a number of eateries. Some are listed below.

Restaurant Hours of Operation
on Saturday
Serves Coffee
in the Morning
Kuppa Joy Coffeehouse 5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Yes (5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
More Coming Soon    

Facility Layout

Our seminar will be held at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District’s Liberty Ballroom at 808 4th Street, Clovis CA. (Parking information is below) You can enter through a north or west entrance and follow the signs to the Liberty Ballroom There is wheelchair access to the room. A building diagram is here for your convenience. MAP HERE

Getting There
Clovis Veterans Memorial District is located at Street address: 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA 93612

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Parking: The Veterans Building has a big parking lot just north the building. There is also parking at the Clovis Rodeo grounds (across the street on the south west) Parking is free at both locations. There is also parking available across the street on the west side of Hughes.


For those of you plan to stay overnight, the following highly-rated hotels are in the vicinity of the event location.

Best Western Clovis Cole
415 Clovis Ave, Clovis, CA 93612
(Closest to venue)
(559) 299-1547
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Hilton Garden Inn and Suites
520 W Shaw Ave, Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 299-2203
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites
650 W Shaw Ave, Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 297-0555
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Fairfield Inn & Suites- Clovis
50 N Clovis Ave, Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 323-8080
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Comfort Suites
143 Fresno-Clovis Rail-Trail,
Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 299-9992
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Homewood Suites
835 Gettysburg Ave, Clovis,
California, 93612
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Hampton Inn
855 Gettysburg,
Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 348-0000
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