19 April 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master GenealogistT (TMG) User Group - May 3

Post by Terri Carlson
SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, May 3, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Southern California Genealogical Society
Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504
818-843-7247

The May meeting of the SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG) will begin with questions from new meeting attendees, followed by a general Q&A session. A presentation that focuses on features of The Master Genealogist version 9 (plus earlier versions) and its companion software, Second Site will be given by Patt Ricketts, SCGS member and TMG user since 1997.

TMG-UG meets monthly on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month except for holiday weekends and scheduled SCGS events. Meetings are held at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank. The library is not open for research during the meeting.

TMG-UG meeting dates for 2014 are posted on the SCGS Computer Software User Groups web page and on the SCGS calendar.

Please direct any questions you may have about the meeting to: Evelyn Maynard. To add your name to our meeting reminder list contact Cheri.

TMG-UG is a forum for users of The Master Genealogist (TMG) software to gather and discuss features, issues, and practical application of the "the gold standard in family history software" and its companion software, Second SiteC. As an interest group of the Southern California Genealogical Society our meetings are open to the general public. There is no fee for participation. Donations are gratefully accepted.

SCGS on the Road in Orange, California

SCGS often exhibits at area genealogical events and national conferences. Here is our team Margaret Rutledge (far right), working the table, and Leo Myers (behind the camera) at the Orange County Family History Fair in Orange, California. Margaret is a member of the Jamboree Committee and for the past several years had helped to deliver our brochures and flyers to all of the Family History Centers and libraries in Orange County. She's a great asset to our Committee. Thanks Margaret!



We love these opportunities to get out and meet our members, tell everyone about SCGS and Jamboree, and bring home some conference registrations and new member applications.


SCGS members will be at LA Heritage Day on April 27 in La Plaza de la Reina on Olvera Street in Los Angeles. Look for Charlotte Bocage, SCGS president Dave Burde and vice president Jay Holladay as they do free look-ups in the 1940 census.


We won't be at NGS this year; but if you're going, be sure to check your registration bag for information on our Jamboree Extension Series of webinars and our Virtual Surname Wall. 


Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014
June 5, 2014
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel
Burbank, California

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 6-8, 2014
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel
Burbank, California

18 April 2014

No RootsMagic User Group Meeting on April 20

RootsMagic User Group participants are reminded that the April 20 meeting is cancelled due to the Easter holidays. We hope to see you at our next meeting on May 18.

14 April 2014

[CA-SCGS] Bargain Alert - ProQuest Obituaries, Others

In celebration of National Library Week (the week of April 13th), ProQuest is offering free access to a number of databases, including the very popular ProQuest Obituaries. It's a great opportunity to do some heavy-duty researching of obituaries from around the country.

ProQuest Obituaries includes obits from the following newspapers:
  • Atlanta Constitution  (1868-1922)
  • Boston Globe (1872-1922)
  • Chicago Defender (1921-1975)
  • Chicago Tribune (1852-1984)
  • Los Angeles Times (1881-1984)
  • New York Times (1851-1994)
  • Washington Post (1877-1950)
Other free ProQuest databases include 
  • Research Companion - aimed at college and high school students
  • PublicLibrary Complete - includes 27,000 full text ebooks.
  • CultureGrams - aimed at high school student researchers.
  • ProQuest dLibrary - aimed at high school and college student researchers.
Check out this link for more information, and click on the link that leads to the free database of interest to you.

26 March 2014

[CA-SCGS] Bargain Alert: Save $100 on Ancestry with AARP

Lots of people are talking about the AARP offer that saves 30 percent ($100) off the cost of a one-year Ancestry World Explore Membership.

Here's a link to the offer.

The small print on the offer reads:

Offer good for valid AARP Members who wish to subscribe to the Ancestry.com® World Explorer membership for a one-year subscription. New Ancestry.com® members can visit http://www.ancestry.com/aarp and choose between the Ancestry.com® World Explorer subscription in either monthly or semi-annual durations. Your subscription will automatically renew after the initial duration (monthly or semi-annually) at the discounted rate for the entire first year. Thereafter, your subscription will automatically renew at standard list prices.  

Existing Ancestry.com® members must call Member Services at 1-800-514-4645 to access the discount. For existing Ancestry.com® members, the available discounted package may vary depending on one’s existing membership.  Limit one discount per valid AARP Member number, may not be transferred or postponed.

AARP members with a current Ancestry subscription should call the number above to take advantage of the discount. According to conversations on Facebook, some people are being told to call back 1-3 months before their subscription expires and the discount will be applied then.

The offer is good through March 2015.

Sometimes it's good to be old(er)!

Ancestry.com is a sponsor of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held June 6-8, 2014, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.

[CA-SCGS] A Family History You Shouldn't Miss

Many of you attended the Webinar session led by Michael Lacopo on "Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the Evidence" that was held in February. If you missed it, SCGS members can catch it in the webinar archive.

We are glad that Michael will be presenting another webinar on September 6, "She Came From Nowhere..." A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Problem." You can register for that session here.

But that's not the reason for this message. I wanted to draw your attention to an outstanding family history story that is being revealed, bit by bit, on Michael's blog, "Hoosier Daddy?"  It describes the search for his mother's birth family and it's one that I strongly encourage you to read.

Michael has been rolling the tale out over several blog posts, and I expect that after you've gotten to know the story, you'll be telling him to "HURRY UP and WRITE!" like the rest of us are doing.

This link will take you to the very first post in the series, aptly entitled "Beginnings." At the bottom of each post, you'll see "Newer Post" on the left hand side, after the comments. Click that "Newer Post" to proceed to the next installment, and the next, and the next.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do.

24 March 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist Meeting Saturday 05 April

Posted by Terri Carlson

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, 05 April 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California  91504
818-843-7247

The April meeting of the SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG ) will continue last month's review of the new features of The Master Genealogist™ version 9. Topics will include how to prepare existing sentence formats in advance of the upcoming release of TMG v9.2.

TMG-UG meets monthly on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month except for holiday weekends and scheduled SCGS events. Meetings are held at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank. The library is not open for research during the meeting.

TMG-UG meeting dates for 2014 are posted on the SCGS Computer Software User Groups web page and on the SCGS calendar.

Please direct any questions you may have about the meeting to Evelyn Maynard. To add your name to our meeting reminder list contact Cheri.

The SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG) is a forum for users of The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) software to gather and discuss features, issues, and practical application of the “the gold standard in family history software” and its companion software, Second Site©. As an Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society, our meetings are open to the general public. There is no fee for participation; however, donations are gratefully accepted.

23 March 2014

[CA-SCGS] DNA Interest Group Meeting March 29


DNA Interest Group Meetings
Southern California Genealogical Society
Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504

(818) 843-7247
www.scgsgenealogy.com

DNA Interest Group Meeting:
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the SCGS Library
Sat., March 29 – Overcoming Brick Walls with DNA
Presenter: Cheri Mello
Cheri was a math teacher and moderator for the former America Online Genealogy Forum where she hosted for the forum's weekly Portuguese Chat. Currently, she lectures DNA, genealogy software, as well as Portuguese genealogy.

10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
10:10-11:15 "Overcoming Brick Walls with DNA"
11:15-11:45 Questions & Answers
11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:30 Individualized help

Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.
$5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after lunch for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results.

Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

For additional information contact either
Bonny Cook at cookdna@earthlink.net (310) 375-8983 or
Kathy Johnston at kjohns7900@aol.com (310) 213-1207.

Following the regular meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects. The roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues.

Future DNA Interest Group Meetings:
May 31, 2014
August 30, 2014
November 29, 2014

Sat., May 31, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the SCGS Library
The Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA)
Presenter: Don Worth. Retired Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Administrative Information Systems from UCLA. Don Worth enjoys building websites and tools for organizations he supports.
http://worth.bol.ucla.edu/

In the last three years autosomal testing has increased in popularity and there has been increasing need for tools to help people interpret their data. Found at the site DNAGedcom.com, ADSA is a tool developed by Don Worth, that presents a visual representation of matching DNA segments on a single page from data downloaded from Family Tree DNA or 23andMe. It has been especially helpful for adoptees who are searching for their roots.

June 5, 2014 - Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014: The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the International Society for Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) jointly announce that the Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014 will be held all day Thursday, June 5, 2014, in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. This DNA conference is just one of many activities held during the weekend of June 5 through June 8, 2014. The
conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA. More information at www.genealogyjamboree.com.

FTDNA offers Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME: To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713.868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or order online at
www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=SCGS


Post by Kathy Johnston

19 March 2014

Area Event: Jurupa Family History Fair Saturday 22 March

Make a date for this coming Saturday, March 22, to attend the Jurupa Family Discovery Day at the Family History Center at 8660 44th Street, Riverside, California. The fair runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

When you're there, look for registrations forms for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and a flyer for the SCGS Jamboree Webinar Series. SCGS has donated one free Jamboree registration as a door prize for the event, so you might be a lucky recipient of three free days of genealogy in June.

Thanks to Jeff Turner and Susan Larson for helping us get in touch with family historians in Riverside County.

Best wishes for a very successful Jurupa Family Discovery Day!

Jurupa Family Discovery Day
Every family has a story. What is yours?
Family History connects families with their past, present and future. Join us and learn new and easy ways of discovering where your family roots. Hear encouraging messages from experts in the industry as well as other popular speakers who will help inspire you to seek out your ancestors and build your family tree. This event covers the basics like how to start, as well as the most advanced techniques available today.

Class titles include but are not limited to:
Beginning Internet Genealogy
Basic Online Resources for Beginning Genealogist
New to Genealogy and Short on Time
Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and their Results
Effective Database Search Techniques
Facebook: Engaging Young People in their own Stories
Getting the most out of Ancestry.com
How to interview yourself for a Personal History

* Some classes will be presented in Spanish also.

Jurupa Family Discovery Day
March 22, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
8660 44th Street
RIVERSIDE 92509-3212

 Cost of the event: FREE

To register for this event, go to: https://www.lds.org/topics/family-history/host-a-family-history-fair/signup?stake-unit-num=520403

 Location Map

14 March 2014

[CA-SCGS] RootsMagic User Group Meeting this Sunday March 16

Post by Jay Holladay

The next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held on Sunday at the usual time and place:
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: SCGS Library
            417 Irving Drive (near Glenoaks) in Burbank

Program
Our March 16 meeting will include the following topics:
- Using RootsMagic reports to clean up and improve your database
- Sharing your family information online
- Moving data between FamilySearch Family Tree and RootsMagic
- RootsMagic User Forum - sharing of issues and solutions
As always, we encourage you to bring your questions, discoveries, or suggestions for topics to be discussed at this or a future meeting.

RootsMagic Video - New, short You Tube videos are available for FamilySearch Family Tree and other topics. To check out this resource, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/RootsMagicTV  The RootsMagic webinars are still available by using the Learn dropdown at http://www.rootsmagic.com/

From the Forums - Two threads that look helpful:
To Do List: http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/13462-to-do-list/
Collaborating with Family Members: 
http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/13104-collaborating-with-family-members/


Next Month's Meeting - NO MEETING April 20 - Happy Easter!
Future Meetings - May 18, June 15, July 20

Latest Version of RM6 - Version 6.3.0.6 (3 Dec 2013)  For more information see
http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/11972-rootsmagic-6-update-history/

For further information about the meeting or the user group, or to be removed from this list, please contact Jay Holladay: jholladay@ca.rr.com

[CA-SCGS] French-Canadian Heritage Society of California (FCHSC) - March 23

Posted by Terri Carlson
French-Canadian Heritage Society of California
Spring Meeting/ RĂ©union d'Printemps
Sunday, March 23, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:
SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504
Phone: 818-843-7247


Please join us on March 23rd for the next meeting of The French-Canadian Heritage Society of California (FCHSC).

Agenda:
10 a.m. - Noon
"DNA—Tracing French-Canadian Heritage" by Alice Fairhurst
Real-life examples of FTDNA testing results from the French Heritage DNA project will be used to demonstrate how to manage personal pages and how to interpret results.

Noon - 1 p.m.
Potluck luncheon and social hour

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
"Flesh on the Bones - Extending our Ancestors' Stories using Library resources and the Web" by Raymonde Motile

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
"Hands-on" research assistance with our team of experts

FCHSC's primary purpose is to foster an interest in our common French-Canadian, Acadian, and French heritage by researching our ancestors and helping others to research theirs. FCHSC sponsors the French Heritage DNA Project as a way to honor our French ancestry. www.frenchdna.org

FCHSC is an Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society. Meetings are open to the general public. There is no fee for participation.  Donations are gratefully accepted.

02 March 2014

[CA-SCGS] Family Tree Maker User Group meeting, March 9, 2014

from Dick Humphrey, leader of the FTM User Group.

Family Tree Maker's TREESYNC operation!

What is TreeSync?

Creating and keeping a FTM tree and an Ancestry on-line tree in data
synchronization.

How and when does it work?
What steps are involved?
Is there anything that does not transfer?

The meeting is open to the public; attendees do not need to be members of
SCGS.

For questions, contact Dick Humphrey at rlh1335@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 9, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504
818-843-7247

Cross Street Glenoaks

26 February 2014

Space Still Available for SCGS Tour of NARA on Saturday 3-1

It’s not too late to sign up for a one-hour tour of the National Archives at Riverside taking place on Saturday, March 1. Tours are available at 8:30, 10:00 and 1:00. Choose a time most convenient for you and email riverside.archives@nara.gov with subject line SCGS Field Trip.

If you have never visited NARA’s new location in Riverside/Perris, this is your opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour, a chance to learn more about their holdings, and do some research. Their facility is just over an hour’s drive from downtown Los Angeles.

For more information, download the flyer here:
http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/programs/media/2014-03trip-flyer.pdf

22 February 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master GenealogistT (TMG) User Group - March 1

Post by Terri Carlson

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, March 1, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California  91504
818-843-7247

The March meeting of the SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG) will feature a review of the great new features of The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) v9, which was released on February 7th. TMG v9 focuses on making data entry faster and easier such as streamlined source citations, multiple person entry, and tag customization.

TMG-UG is a forum for users of The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) software to gather and discuss features, issues, and practical application of the “the gold standard in family history software” and its companion software, Second Site©.

TMG-UG meets monthly on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month except for holiday weekends and scheduled SCGS events.  TMG-UG meetings are held at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank.  The library is not open for research during the meeting.

TMG-UG meeting dates for 2014 are posted on the SCGS Computer Group Software User web page and on the SCGS Calendar.

Please direct any questions you may have about the meeting to Evelyn Maynard or contact Cheri to add your name to our meeting reminder list.

The TMG-UG is an Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society.  Meetings are open to the general public.  There is no fee for participation.  Donations are gratefully accepted.

14 February 2014

Bargain Alert: Mocavo Universal Search Free through Midnight 16 Feb

If you haven't tried out Mocavo for genealogical searching, now is a great time to give it a test run.

Our good friend Michael Leclerc, Mocavo chief genealogist and a speaker at the 2014 Jamboree, sent out this message earlier today:

We think Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to say thank you for all of the support you have given us in the last few months. With your support, we’ve kept our promise and launched more than 1,000 new databases every day, all of them free forever. And in the past five months, we’ve added more than 150,000 new databases to our existing collections – bringing our total count to an all time high – more than 255,000 databases!

As a Valentine’s Day treat, we are giving the entire Mocavo Community free access to our Gold-level Universal Search from now until midnight on Sunday.

Read the entire message here, and click the link to search their records at no cost this weekend:

http://blog.mocavo.com/2014/02/open-access-universal-search-sunday-midnight

Happy Hunting!!