17 December 2014

RootsMagic User Group News - December 2014

This message is to remind you that, at our meeting on November 16, we decided to cancel the December 21 meeting because it is so close to Christmas.

Instead, you are encouraged to download and install the new RootsMagic 7 and check it out. Current RM6 users can upgrade to RM7 for just $19.95. New users can order RootsMagic 7 for the Christmas Special price of $19.95 until December 20.

Check out the list of features in RM7 here. You can try some of the features of the new version for free by downloading RootsMagic Essentials. Web Hints and several other new features are included in the free version. An excellent new video about using the new features is available using the Learn - RootsMagic TV link at rootsmagic.com

Our January 18, 2015 meeting will feature a demonstration of RootsMagic 7 and answer your questions about both the new version and its predecessor. We hope to see you there.

14 December 2014

SCGS Announces 2015 Webinar Series - GROW what you KNOW

Click here to view the schedule
The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces plans for the 2015  Jamboree Extension Webinar Series. Since 2011, SCGS has offered twice-monthly webinars for genealogists and family historians around the globe.

The goal of the Webinar Series is to fulfill an important element of the Society’s Mission Statement: The Southern California Genealogical Society exists to foster interest in family history and genealogy, preserve genealogical materials, and provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.

What does it cost?
The live webcasts are open to the public free of charge. Please tell your cousins, fellow genealogical society members and others about our program. We'd love to have them join us.

When are they held?
SCGS webinars are held the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. They are held at hours that most people are not working: Saturday 10am Pacific time and Wednesday 6pm Pacific time.

I’m sold. How do I sign up?
It’s really easy. Go to the SCGS website page with the Extension Series information. http://tinyurl.com/2015-SCGS-Webinars

You’ll see a list with all of the upcoming webinars and links to register. Click on the links to register for the live webcasts you want to attend. Fill out the registration information and you’re all set. You’ll get a confirmation email and will also get reminders before the webinar, as well as a link to a handout for every presentation.

On the day of the program, click the link that you received in those emails and you’ll be taken to GoToWebinar for your session. You can watch the webinars on your laptop or desktop, on your tablet or even your smartphone. If you don't have an internet connection, you can even dial in by phone and listen to the presentation.

What if I can’t watch the live webcast?
As a benefit of membership, SCGS members may view any of the 125 or so archived sessions any time, day or night, on the SCGS website. Webinars are posted online about two weeks after the webcast. A list of the archived sessions can be found on the SCGS website. To learn more about the valuable membership benefits available for SCGS members, visit our membership webpage.

Download the 2015 Webinar flyer and post it on your office's bulletin board.

Join us for the first session on Saturday, January 3!

08 December 2014

[CA-SCGS] Family Tree Maker User Group meeting, December 14, 2014

from Dick Humphrey, leader of the FTM User Group.

Confused about source templates? Come for a first look at how the choice of a template affects the creation of source entries in FTM and the citations subsequently linked to them.

Family Tree Maker utilizes over 170 templates that are based on QuickCheck models by Elizabeth Shown Mills. At the session, one census record will be sourced several times using different templates - including the FTM default, several census group templates and also the results from FTM’s Web Search feature. The resulting source titles and citations will be compared and evaluated.

Bonus topic 1: two quick techniques for enhancing downloaded document images.
Bonus topic 2: basics of using fillable PDF genealogy forms.

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, December 14, 2014
4:00-6:00pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504
818-843-7247

Cross Street Glenoaks

[CA-SCGS] Reminder of Annual Meeting Saturday December 13

SCGS Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 13, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

You may have seen the information regarding the Jamboree portion of the Annual Meeting. It's an exciting announcement and we're all waiting to see what the new committee has planned for us.

But there are lots of other aspects to the Annual Meeting, and we wanted to remind you of those too:

Before the meeting, beginning at 11:00 a.m., the silent auction opens.
- Bring your regifts, new or gently used items beforehand or on Saturday
- Bring your gift list and checkbook or credit card. It's for a good cause!
- Bring your lucky rabbit's foot so you get the items you want to win.

Beginning at about 11:30 a.m., we dive into the scrumptious potluck luncheon.
- The Board members will provide the meat.
- Bring a side dish, fruit or veggie tray, dessert, rolls, garnishments, soda, chips, your choice

The Annual Meeting will convene about 1:00 p.m.
- You'll hear election results and meet the new Board members
- Volunteers will be cheered and thanked profusely for their efforts
- Society leaders will provide updates on the Society's programs and committees

The day wraps up around 2:00 p.m. with the silent auction lucky bidders claiming their treasures.

See you there!

417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
Cross street Glenoaks
818.843.7247

01 December 2014

[CA-SCGS] Legacy User Group Meeting December 8

Posted by Barbara Randall 
 

Legacy User Group Meeting
Monday, December 8, 2014
7:00-9:00 pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, California
Cross Street Glenoaks

Back To The Basics with Legacy 8
 
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the Legacy Family Tree User Group is a forum to learn the basics of using this software program, answer questions to further your knowledge and efficiency and, to assist others with your expertise. The user group is open to the public and there is no charge for attending.

There will be time to practice and review the new skills as well as ask questions. You may want to bring your laptop or tablet to practice the skills and explore Legacy’s capabilities.

If you are considering Legacy Family Tree, the user group is a great way to explore the program to assist in your decision to use it or not. All levels of ability are welcome to participate!

No RSVP is needed. E-mail Barb Randall for more information at barbmran@aol.com.


Southern California Genealogical Society
www.scgsgenealogy.com
818-843-7247
scgs@scgsgenealogy.com

25 November 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist Interest Group Meeting 06 Dec 2014

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, 06 Dec 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 SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG) is a forum where users of The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) software gather to discuss features, issues, and practical application of the “the gold standard in family history software” and its companion software, Second Site©.

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

The meeting format generally consists of a meet-and-greet period, questions from new attendees, a question-and-answer session, and a presentation, usually given by Patt Ricketts, SCGS member and TMG user since 1997.

If you are a TMG user or are thinking about moving your data to TMG, why not join us?  Bring your questions about TMG functionality, importing data from other software, and “how to” with you and learn how TMG can meet all of your genealogical software needs.

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

Please direct any questions you may have to: Evelyn Maynard.

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.

03 November 2014

[CA-SCGS] Family Tree Maker User Group meeting, November 09, 2014

from Dick Humphrey, leader of the FTM User Group.

SCGS President David Burde will be filling in for leader Dick Humphrey. David will be responding to your questions.

Questions about Family Tree Maker and its use.
Questions about the Windows operating system.
Questions about the software available at the SCGS library.
Questions about the SCGS society and its programs and offerings.

Send questions directly to him by e-mail at president@scgsgenealogy.com.
Here is your chance to ask the top guy himself!

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, November 09, 2014
4:00-6:00pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504
818-843-7247

Cross Street Glenoaks

27 October 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist Interest Group Meeting - 01 Nov

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, 01 Nov 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 SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG) is a forum where users of The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) software gather to discuss features, issues, and practical application of the “the gold standard in family history software” and its companion software, Second Site©.

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

The meeting format generally consists of a meet-and-greet period, questions from new attendees, a question-and-answer session, and a presentation, usually given by Patt Ricketts, SCGS member and TMG user since 1997.

If you are a TMG user or are thinking about moving your data to TMG, why not join us?  Bring your questions about TMG functionality, importing data from other software, and “how to” with you and learn how TMG can meet all of your genealogical software needs.

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

Please direct any questions you may have to: Evelyn Maynard.

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.

Reminder: National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair This Week

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
October 28, 29 & 30, 2014

Please join the National Archives for the 2014 Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 28, 29, & 30, starting daily at 10 a.m. eastern time. This will be a live broadcast via the Internet so you can ask their genealogy experts questions at the end of their talks. The entire event is free and open to all, so there is no registration.

http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/

This is an outstanding opportunity to learn about the extensive trove of records available at the National Archives. Get up early, grab a big cup of coffee, and expand your knowledge of their invaluable resources. If you just can't get your feet on the floor in time to view the live stream, you can catch the sessions on demand at the end of November.

By the way, I clicked on the link to "See the three-day Lecture Schedule and Handouts" and it came up with the dreaded File Not Found. If anyone has the correct link, will you please post it in the comments?

25 October 2014

SCGS at LAasSubject's Archives Bazaar

 Leo and Paula are doing Ancestry.com look-ups at the LAasSubject ‪#‎ArchivesBazaar. It's been such a successful day! We found great-grandmother Emily Dalecky, born in the Czech Republic in 1888. Not only did we find her in the 1930 and 1940 censuses, we also found the manifest for the ship the George Washington, as well as her Naturalization Record index. Best look-up ever! And yes, there were tears--for both of us. There is nothing like helping to ignite that passion in another person.

Doing public look-ups is our favorite outreach activity, and it's evident that the increased media focus on genealogy has been effective at stirring interest in family history. It's very gratifying!! We have been swamped all day with requests and could have used a couple more volunteers. What a great way to spend a Saturday!

21 October 2014

[CA-SCGS] Important Update in Member Benefits - Southern California Genealogical Society


We want to take this opportunity to update you about changes in benefits for members of the Southern California Genealogical Society.
  • As of October 31, we will no longer be able to provide remote access to Fold3. Last week, EBSCO, the distributor for Fold3, notified us that they will no longer be carrying Fold3 as of the end of December. Since our contract with EBSCO ends on November 1, 2014, our remote access to Fold3 will end on that date. Remote access for our members will be available as usual through Friday, October 31. We encourage you to take advantage of the remaining days to research the military records of your ancestors. Members, just log in to the members-only section of the website and then click the link to Fold3.
  • As of November 1, SCGS will provide remote access to MyHeritage Library Edition. A list of the outstanding resources available through the MyHeritage Library Edition can be found here. Please note that some content in MyHeritage's individual collection will not be included in the Library Edition. Two such exclusions are NewspaperARCHIVE and a collection of genealogy and local history books from Genealogical Publishing Company.
I’m sure you are wondering about this change and how it affects your ability to conduct research. We appreciate that the announcement about Fold3 comes as a surprise. It was a surprise to the Board of Directors as well. SCGS is committed to offering valuable benefits to its members, and the Board acted immediately to identify a replacement for Fold3.

SCGS subscribes to several online genealogical resources as a benefit for our members. Subscriptions are selected based on evaluation of potential usage, cost, and content by the Board of Directors. These “Institutional Subscription” contract durations vary depending on distributor terms and conditions. Databases included in these institutional subscriptions may differ somewhat from those available through individual subscriptions. These online data resources may be accessed by members working onsite at the SCGS Family Research Library.

Some subscriptions provide remote access to SCGS members. Remote access to these subscriptions is subject to change or cancellation at any time due to changes in terms and conditions in contracts with the distributors. Continued remote access to these subscriptions is controlled by the distributor and SCGS cannot guarantee their availability.


Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
phinkel@scgsgenealogy.com

19 October 2014

Los Angeles Archives Bazaar Saturday 25 Oct at USC

Come visit SCGS at the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar! Leo and Paula will be staffing the table and doing free look-ups in the 1940 Census.

The Ninth Annual Archives Bazaar will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Doheny Memorial Library on the campus of USC, University Park. Experience the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery.

A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions. Exhibitors from large repositories, such as the Autry National Center of the American West and the Los Angeles Public Library, will be represented, as will private collectors whose materials fill the gaps left in the region’s history. In all, more than 70 archives, including the Southern California Genealogical Society, can be found at this free event, which is open to the public.

This year, the Bazaar will feature an Archives Roadshow, where anyone can bring historic photos or documents from home that they want scanned.

USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways, and the new Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue.

More information, including the complete list of exhibitors and parking details, can be found on the LAasSubject website.

21 September 2014

[CA-SCGS] - Nominations for the Board of Directors

We are approaching the annual meeting on December 13 and the election of Board members. A preliminary slate of candidates has been developed, and we have now entered the nomination by petition period. According to the by-laws:

At any time after said notification, and prior to sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting, a candidate for a Board vacancy may be nominated by a petition signed by not less than five (5) members in good standing and delivered to the Secretary within the aforementioned time limit. Only members in good standing shall be nominated. 

Nominations by petition should be sent to the chair of the Nominations Committee, Alice Fairhurst, at
alicefairhurst@gmail.com. Thank you to Alice and the other members who have worked over the past two months to identify this preliminary slate of candidates.

Diane Adamson
Lise Harding
Paula Hinkel
Jean Taeuffer
Walt Sturrock



Over the next few days, we will publish bios of each of these highly qualified Board candidates.

Please help us identify the leaders that will continue to guide SCGS into its second 50 years by petitioning for additional candidates.

[CA-SCGS] Deadline Extended for Call for Jamboree Speaker Proposals

Posted by Barbara Randall
 
Call for Presentations EXTENDED!
Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! - June 4, 2014
Genealogy Jamboree -  June 5 to 7, 2014
Jamboree Extension Series Webinars
We Want YOU!

Have you submitted speaker proposals for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 - 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops. This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. 

This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience. The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare! celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research. 

We look forward to receiving proposals for lectures and workshops on a variety of topics for an audience skill level ranging from newbie to advanced, including young people.  We will work with speakers who have conflicting commitments so that they may participate in Jamboree.

 Presentations will be accepted through the online Speaker Portal by October 10, 2014.  If you have previously submitted less than 6 presentations and wish to submit others, please do so!  Get started now to be considered!  All other dates remain the same. 

Selected speakers will be notified by November 15, 2014. 

Further details are available in the Call for Presentations and it is suggested that you download the Submission Guidelines to assist in your preparation. Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.

We look forward to your continued participation.

Download the Call for Presentations at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/2015CallforProposals.pdf

 Download the Submission Guidelines at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/CallforProposalsSubmissionGuide.pdf

Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal at http://2015callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com.

Barbara Randall, Chair
818-253-7066

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91505
www.scgsgenealogy.com
SCGSJamboree@gmail.com
818-843-7247

20 September 2014

RootsMagic User Group Meets this Sunday, Sept. 21


The next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held on Sunday at the usual time and place:
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 2-4 PM

Place: SCGS Library
            417 Irving Drive (near Glenoaks) in Burbank

Program

Our September 21 meeting will include the following topics:
- Source Names in the Master Source List
- Getting Started with Digital Images - Part 1
- The RM6 Main Screen - An Introduction
- Recent Finds on the Blogs and RM Forums
- Working with Ancestry.com Data
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 - Be sure to check out some of the recent postings on the RM forums at:
http://forums.rootsmagic.com/  See especially the RootsMagic 6 Discussion items

Latest Version of RM6 - Version 6.3.1.4 (20 July 2014)  For more information see
http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/11972-rootsmagic-6-update-history/

Next Month's Meeting - October 19
Future Meetings - November 16; December 21, 2014; January 18, 2015


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