03 October 2015

[CA-SCGS] Curious About How to Join a Heritage Society?

If you are curious about what Heritage Societies are, what they have to offer, and the process for joining one, come to the SCGS Library on October 10, 2015 for a Lunch and Learn designed to answer your questions.

Doors open at 12:00 noon.  Bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy while you sit, chat, and share your questions and genealogy stories with other attendees.

The lecture Joining a Lineage Society presented by Erica Hahn begins at 1:00 pm

Lunch and Learn
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Second Saturday of the month
SCGS Library
417 Irving Drive
Cross street Glenoaks

For more information contact Charlotte Bocage

01 October 2015

[CA-SCGS] Celebrate Family History Month at SCGS

 October is Family History Month
Come Celebrate at the SCGS Library!

Did you know that the Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library has over 40,000 books covering every State in the Union as well as Canada and many other countries? Also on tap is an extensive collection of "how to" books, friendly Librarians to advise you, and in-house Member access to several subscription databases including Ancestry Library edition, FindMyPast, and more. 

We look forward to seeing you in Burbank soon!

SCGS Library
417 Irving Drive
Cross street Glenoaks
(818) 843-7247

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30 September 2015

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Steps Up to Preserve the Pensions

The Southern California Genealogical Society has Stepped Up to the Challenge!  

What challenge, you ask?

The Challenge to PRESERVE the PENSIONS

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) issued a challenge to all of its member societies to create a matching program for donations to the Preserve the Pensions project. The fund financially supports the digitization of pension records from the War of 1812.

In support of the monumental task of digitizing 7.2 million pages of records, the SCGS Board of Directors has voted to match, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the first $2,500 of donations made by SCGS members, Jamboree guests, and others through December 31, 2015.

Let's take a look at the effect of a $50 donation made through SCGS.
Your donation = $50
SCGS Match = $50 + $50 = $100
FGS will Match the combined amount =  $100 + $100 = $200
Ancestry will Match the combined amount =  $200 + $200 = $400!

Your contributions can be made in the name of your ancestor.

Time is of the essence. These documents are fragile and need to be digitized quickly to preserve the best possible image of each page.

You can donate by credit card through the SCGS Website, by sending your check to SCGS (be sure to indicate "Preserve the Pensions" in the notes area),  or through PayPal (Please note on your donation that it is for Preserve the Pensions - SCGS).

We appreciate that some of our members may prefer to support SCGS by contributing time and talent instead of (or in addition to) treasure. We are so very grateful for those contributions too. If you are looking to share your knowledge and life experience, please contact Mary Daly at volunteer@scgsgenealogy.com

With our profound gratitude for your continued support,

The Board of Directors
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504-2408 

23 September 2015

[CA-SCGS] 2016 Jamboree - Call for Presentation Deadline Extended

Call for Presentations EXTENDED!

Genealogy Jamboree 2016 Conference Call for Presentations
47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 
Jamboree Extension Series Webinars

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces the extension of the Call for Presentations for the 47th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 3-5, 2016 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The pre-conference day on Thursday, June 2, 2016 will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops. This call also includes the 2016 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal through October 7, 2015.

The 2016 Jamboree theme is "Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past" and the theme for the pre-conference DNA day is "The Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016." Submissions utilizing our theme and promoting the expansion of knowledge and skills are welcome. Our heritage focus is on German and Eastern European ancestry. Presentations on all topics will be considered, but new presentations are encouraged.

Speakers interested in presenting lecture presentations or workshops for 2016 must submit their proposals though the Jamboree Speaker Portal by October 7, 2015.

A copy of the Call for Presentations can be found at:

You may download the Submission Form at:

Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal:

Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.

Alice Fairhurst, Chair
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Phone: 818.843.7247 Fax: 818.843.7262

21 September 2015

[CA-SCGS] New at the Library - HistoryGeo.com

We are excited to announce the addition of the award-winning HistoryGeo.com subscription service to the list of free in-library online resources for members at the SCGS Family Research Library.

HistoryGeo.com caters to historians, genealogists, and land researchers. Its First Landowners project displays a map with over nine million original U.S. landowners in a single, searchable presentation. That project focuses on the public-land states and Texas. Another project on HistoryGeo.com presents "Antique Maps" displaying land-owners drawn from a variety of sources.

HistoryGeo.com is a service of Arphax Publishing Co., the established leader in mapping U.S. land-ownership in the western two-thirds of the country.

Tens of thousands of researchers have found their ancestors in HistoryGeo's maps. What discoveries await you in this exciting new view of frontier settlement?