05 February 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Writers Group Meeting - February 14, 2016

The SCGS Writers Group will hold their next meeting
on Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the SCGS Research Library.

Time is spent at each meeting "freewriting," writing and sharing what the members have written. Each month the group chooses a topic for writing and discussion at the following meeting.

For our February meeting there are two writing prompts:

  1. The first prompt is to write approximately 250 words on something related to the month of February. As we discussed in our last meeting, there are a lot of holidays to choose from: Valentine’s Day, Groundhog’s Day, Chinese New Year, etc. 
  2. The second prompt is to write approximately 250 words describing how you became interested in genealogy, and genealogy writing.

The Group welcomes writers of all experience levels from beginner to expert. Come learn how to turn the dry statistics of your "Begats, Beweds, and Begones" into lively tales of family and situation. No RSVP is needed.

For more information contact Jennifer Taylor 

SCGS Writers Group

Second Sunday of the month
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross street Glenoaks

(818) 843-7247

03 February 2016

[CA-SCGS] Lunch and Learn - February 13,2016

Start 2016 off right by getting organized! The Southern California Genealogical Society presents a special educational opportunity designed to help you start 2016 on the right foot.

Doors open at 12 noon. Bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy as you sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories with others who share your passion.

Beginning at 1 pm, Charlotte Bocage will present "So You Thought You Were Organized", followed by "Why and How to Cite Your Sources."

Lunch and Learn
12:00 noon to 3:30 pm
Second Saturday of the month

SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Cross street Glenoaks

The library will not be open for research
Times are approximate
For more information, contact Charlotte Bocage

[CA-SCGS] FREE Access to Databases in February

In honor of African American History Month, also known as Black History Month, both Fold3 and American Ancestors (New England Historical Genealogical Society) have made several relevant databases free to the public.

Free for the month of February on Fold3 you can find:
  • "Colored" Troop service records
  • Court Slave records
  • Amistad records
  • Slave registry
  • Anti-slavery records

American Ancestors is offering guest users the following databases for free during February:

  • Hampden County, MA: Black Families in Hampden County, 1650-1865
  • People of Color in the Massachusetts State Census, 1855-1865
  • Massachusetts: 1855 State Census
  • Massachusetts: 1865 State Census
  • Free Negro Heads of Families in the United States in 1830

These are great opportunities to take advantage of.  

SCGS members do have in-library access to these and other valuable resources. To learn more about the benefits of membership, visit our website.

Happy Ancestor Hunting!

01 February 2016

[CA-SCGS] Legacy Family Tree User Group Meeting February 8, 2016

Posted by Barbara Randall 

SCGS Legacy Family Tree
User Group
Monday, February 8, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

'Back To Basics with Legacy'

Whether you are a beginner or expert, the Legacy Family Tree User Group is a forum to learn the basics of using this software program, answer your questions to further your knowledge and efficiency and assist others with your expertise.

Legacy Family Tree is one of the most popular software programs used to develop and store your family tree. More than that, you can add pictures and documents to your ancestors; create a variety of reports; properly (and painlessly) cite sources; obtain research assistance and much more.

All are welcome to participate! You may want to bring your laptop or tablet to practice your skills and explore Legacy's capabilities.

For further information contact the Legacy User Group Leader, Barb Randall, at barbmran@aol.com.

Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
Cross street Glenoaks

[CA-SCGS] GSHA-SC General Meeting at SCGS - Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mark your calendar and join the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California Chapter at the next GSHA-SC general meeting on Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank.

The meeting will start at 10:00 am with announcements, followed by the swearing in of 2016 Chapter Officers. The workshop will begin at 11:30 am.

Filling in the Missing Pieces and Setting Goals for 2016 
Presented by Rita Vega Acevedo, VP Programs & Education

This workshop will help you take a ‘snapshot’ of where you are, how to overcome a current ‘brick wall’ and how to set three doable goals for 2016. The program includes working handouts to fill out at this session. If you have a PC, please bring it for access to Family Search.org and Ancestry.com (for those with subscriptions). Volunteers will be available to assist and brainstorm problem areas. Some materials for Mexican genealogy sites will be available.

Bring your Pedigree Chart and Family Tree Chart to share and Discuss. Some blank charts will be available for new members or if you lost yours. Please bring your personal biography!
Two Brains are better than one!

The SCGS Library will be closed for general research.

GSHA-SC General Meetings
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
1st Saturday of each calendar quarter
For more information about GSHA-SC visit their blog.

Southern California Genealogical Society & Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA
(cross street Glenoaks)