27 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Writers Group Meeting - Sunday, June 12, 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Writers Group Meeting - Sunday, June 12, 2016

The SCGS Writers Group will be meeting on Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the SCGS Library in Burbank.
This month's prompt(s) will be:
   1.) Write approximately 250-500 words on DAD and/or 
2.) Write approximately 250-500 words on SUMMER.
Meets: 2nd Sunday of each month
Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Jennifer Taylor, JenmichelleTaylor@icloud.com 

Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society Library

Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross street: Glenoaks

(818) 843-7247



20 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Irish Interest Group Quarterly Workshop - Sunday, May 29

Do you have Irish roots? Are you interested in Irish family history?

If the answer to either question is yes, then you won’t want to miss the next quarterly SCGS Irish Workshop on Sunday, May 29th, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank. 

The meeting will begin at 10:00 am with a general question and answer session. Bring your “Brick Walls”, your written notes, laptop, tablet or other devices with your most puzzling ancestors’ information and the SCGS Irish Interest Group will try to help you break down that wall. The group recently covered 17th and 18th Century resources and will use those in addition to earlier and later sources to help you find that elusive ancestor. 

The group will break for lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. 

After lunch, Barb Randall will introduce you to Irish Transported Convicts. The British were famous for transporting people from their home soil. The colonies and, later, Australia, were popular destinations for prisoners. The records can be rich with information although few may be found in Ireland. The experience was difficult for prisoners but many did lead a successful life in their new environment.

Come and see if you can find one of yours there!

SCGS Irish Interest Group

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
5th Sunday of the Month

SCGS Family Research Library

417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross street Glenoaks

(818) 843-7247


18 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] GENEii Writers Contest Winners Announced

by Pam Wiedenbeck

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 GENEii Family History Writers Contest, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society! The Family History Writing Contest honors writers who show mastery in the genres of Memoir and Literary Non-fiction.

This year’s contest had 107 entries from 94 authors. While this is smaller than last year’s participation, the response was again global. There were 33 stories of fewer than 1,000 words and 74 stories containing between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

26 of the 50 states were represented. In addition, we have entries from Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, The Philippines, Russia, Great Britain, Israel as well as one from a US Military APO address.

Many thanks to all the authors who collectively contributed these 107 entries. The winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2016 and on the SCGS website. Winning entries from past years can be found on the SCGS website.

The contest will be reworked for 2017. So there will be no contest in 2016. Thanks again for your participation.

Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words

First Place – Edna Briggs –  Registering to Vote and the Poll Tax – Los Angeles, CA
Second Place – Victoria Franzese – War Wounds – New York, NY
Third Place –Susan Nickerson – Gabe & Eddie – San Antonio, FL
Finalist –Marcia Moston – Of Forbearance and Fortitude – Taylors, SC
Honorable Mention –Nancy Kopp – Grandma, Raspberries and Cream – Manhattan, KS
Honorable Mention – Michael Coolen – Eat and Pray Before You Die – Corvallis, OR

Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words

First Place – Ferida Wolff – The Sixth Language, Cherry Hill, NJ
Second Place – Elizabeth Eve King – The Night My Father Danced Like Fred Astaire, Cottonwood Heights, UT
Third Place – Daryl Johanson – The Visitor, the Polio Diary and Helen York, San Antonio, TX
Finalist – Angela Thomas – Memories of a Ghost Town, Brunswick, OH
Finalist – Hilary Smith – My Grandmother, Naughty Betty, Santa Rosa, CA
Honorable Mention – Nayha Ghazali – An Image Without a Face, Franklin, TN

16 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] Genealogy Roadshow Season 3 Premieres Tomorrow - Don't Miss!

Season 3 of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS

Tuesday, May 17th

It's finally here!  The new season of Genealogy Roadshow starts tomorrow night!

Season 3 features a diverse cast of participants and stories from cities around the country. Cities visited include Boston, Houston, Albuquerque, Miami, and Los Angeles, plus more. 

Join us as we watch and learn from professional genealogists Joshua Taylor, Mary M. Tedesco, and Kenyatta D. Berry, who will join us on June 4th as Guest Presenter at Southern California Genealogy Jamboree for the Saturday Evening Banquet

To learn more about Genealogy Roadshow on PBS, visit their page on the PBS website.

Not sure what you local PBS station is?  Click here to view a listing of PBS member stations.

Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504

13 May 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Italian Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, May 21, 2016

The SCGS Italian Interest Group will hold its next meeting on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the SCGS Library in Burbank.

During the meeting SCGS Member Jean Taeuffer will share some experiences she enjoyed on her recent visit to Italy with her presentation of "Jean's Excellent Adventure."

For a list of the scheduled meetings please visit the group page, or check the SCGS calendar.

For more information please contact Lesa DeGagne.

SCGS Italian Interest Group
Third Saturday of select months
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

(818) 843-7247

Cross street Glenoaks