30 November 2010

Volunteer Opportunities Webinar 1 Dec 5pm


SCGS Needs You! We are an all-volunteer organization and have lots of opportunities for you to consider!

Join our webinar on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Click on the link to attend.

Call in using your telephone (long distance rates may apply)
Dial +1 626-521-0011
Access Code: 495-362-576
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting Password: SCGSneedsYou
Meeting ID: 495-362-576

Dial-in to learn what's available or maybe you have some idea of how you could help already. Bring a friend too.

25 November 2010

RootsMagic User Group Meeting Sunday 11-28

Program - Our November meeting will feature a presentation by our own Jennifer Shaw, whom we've missed  since she left for graduate school in Boston last summer. Jennifer has offered to review sources and citations with us, including her presentation on how to cite an online federal census record. An electronic copy of the census source template she modified will also be available. He one-page summary on sources and source citations is attached.

As many of you know, proper source citation is essential to producing a quality family history. A lot of us started by gathering data first and trying to add sources later,only to ask many times, "Where the heck did I get THAT?" Dick Eastman emphasizes the importance of citing sources in his recent blog post:
http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2010/11/ten-commandments-of-genealogy.html
He also provides concise definitions of Primary and Secondary sources.

As always at our meetings, contributions by attendees are encouraged - bring your questions and recent discoveries about RM to share with the group. You are also invited to email me suggestions for topics to be covered at this or future meetings.

Special Holiday Offer - Don't forget that RootsMagic has a special holiday offer: the program and the book for only $20.00 (plus S & H). This is the full program on CD plus the very helpful user manual. A great opportunity to give this combination to a family member or friend who is looking for a database program. Offer good only until December 22.

Next Month's Meeting - Our December meeting will be held on Sunday the 19th. Since this is the Sunday before Christmas, we will decide at our November meeting whether to cancel for December.


Meetings in 2011 - January 16, February 20, March 20.

Latest Version of RM4 - Version 4.0.9.7 (20 Oct 2010). For more information see the RootsMagic blog (http://blog.rootsmagic.com/)

For further information about the meeting or the user group, contact Jay Holladay: jholladay@ca.rr.com

23 November 2010

Modified Library Hours - 23 Nov Tuesday

If you plan to visit the library this Tuesday, November 23, between 6pm and 9pm, please call first (818-843-7247) to verify that we are open.

We are actively searching for a librarian to cover Tuesday evening, but have yet to fill the slot.

18 November 2010

German Interest Group Potluck Nov 20

The German Interest Group will meet Saturday the 20th of November. We will have a potluck beginning at 11:45 A.M. followed by a program on "Traditions" from 1:00 to 2:00. Bring a little something to share.

This will be our last session for 2010. Everyone is encouraged to attend the SCGS Annual Meeting Saturday, the 11th of December.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas (Frohliche Weihnachten), Best Wishes for the New Year (Alles Güte im Neuen Jahr!) and Happy Hannukah (Glücklicher Hanukkah!).


Then see you the 15th of January for our 1st German Interest Group meeting in 2011.

17 November 2010

Bargain Alert: $10 Buys "Who Do You Think You Are"

Wow!  What a deal this is.  For a limited time, you will be able to buy a copy of Megan Smolenyak's excellent book, "Who Do You Think You Are" for only $10 plus shipping and tax. 
  • Do you have a Secret Santa drawing with a $10 limit?  There ya go.  
  • What about a stocking stuffer for the cousin that has shown some interest in learning about great-great grandpa? There ya go.
  • Maybe Santa can deliver it to you because you've been such a good girl or boy. There ya go.

Purchase it online from the SCGS bookstore or buy it in person at the SCGS Library. You can also order it by phone (818-843-7247) with a credit card.

This offer is open to anyone; you do not need to be a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society to take advantage of this great bargain.

Biggest Genealogy Developments in 2010?

What do you think were the biggest developments in the genealogy world in 2010?  Give us your ideas and we'll put together an official list for a vote.  Respond by commenting here, on Facebook, or by sending an email to phinkel@scgsgenealogy.com.  Let us hear from you!!

SCGS Member in Saturday Evening Post

Congratulations to Susan Kitchens, SCGS member and 2010 Jamboree speaker.  She contributed to the cover story of the November/December 2010 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.  The five-page article covers ways to explore your family’s history, from asking questions of family members to genealogical research, in an article by Doug Donaldson, and one by Stephen C. George.

Susan's "Family Oral History Using Digital Tools" blogpost about the article includes insightful observations about asking "Why?" when it comes to those dysfunctional family challenges.  Read her post here and pick up a copy of the magazine at your local newsstand.

Congrats Susan!

16 November 2010

Don't Forget to Vote - SCGS Board Elections

SCGS ballots have been mailed - if you are a voting member, check your mailbox.

This year SCGS has a slate of five candidates. Ballots are due back to the SCGS Library by 8 December.

Winners will be announced at the 2010 Annual Meeting to be held at the Library on 11 December from 11 am to 3 pm.

Join us for the 2010 Annual Meeting and Silent Auction

Date: 11 December 2010
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Location: SCGS Library, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank (818-843-7247)

RSVP on-line here: Annual Meeting and Silent Auction


Annual business meeting
Newly elected will be announced
Long time members & past presidents will be honored
Year-end activity summary from SCGS leadership

Silent auction**
Bring your cash, checks and credit cards to shop

Food
Bring your favorite holiday potluck dish to share

Jamboree 2011 sneak preview
Breaking news about speakers and activities
Jamboree 2011 full conference registration raffle

**Note: we are looking for new or gently used donations for the Silent Auction

14 November 2010

Area Event: The Great Los Angeles Walk

Now that you've searched and found the names and vital statistics, such as birth, marriage and death dates, of your ancestors ... Maybe you've learned that they lived or worked in downtown Los Angeles from the late 1890s to the 1920s or even on into the 1970s ... what now?

The next step is to learn a bit about the history and architecture that surrounded your Angeleno ancestors. You could spend the day surfing the web, or visiting the local library - better yet, immerse yourself in the time and place. Soak up the culture and history. Take advantage of research that's already been completed by participating in The Great Los Angeles Walk 2010: Back to Wilshire event on November 20, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm.

We pass this information along from our friends at The Great Los Angeles Walk and their partner the Los Angeles Conservancy:
We're walking from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, via Wilshire Boulevard.

The route will take us past some of L.A.'s most iconic and historic features -- MacArthur Park, Bullocks Wilshire, the sites of the late great Ambassador Hotel and Brown Derby, and much much more.
Join the Walk on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010!


In the meantime - "take an interactive journey down one of LA's most fascinating streets .... " thanks to the LA Conservancy's Curating the City website.

11 November 2010

Top Ten Holiday Gifts that Support SCGS


Here's the SCGS top ten list .....


10. SCGS logo items (e.g., mugs, caps) from Cafe Press
9. Genealogical research by the SCGS staff
8. 2010 Jamboree Syllabus – CD Version
7. SCGS gift certificates
6. 1892 Los Angeles Great Register - Vols. 1 & 2
5. Spanish-Mexican Families of Early California - Vols. 1, 2 & 3
4. SCGS "tree shirt" from Cafe Press
3. Who Do You Think You Are by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
2. Family Tree DNA test kits
1. SCGS memberships for all of your family members and friends

Our on-line store is full of great gift ideas that when purchased also help fill to our coffer.

SCGS at CafePress
SCGS Shopping Cart
SCGS discounts at FTDNA

Volunteer Opportunity: Space Planner

We are looking for one or two volunteers that have a background in space planning. The planners will work with us to create a workable and efficient layout of interior components of our building such as selection and placement of office furniture, storage and many other variables. Contact SCGS Volunteer Engagement for more information.

SCGS is an all-volunteer organization. SCSG needs you!

10 November 2010

Last Issue of SCGS News and Notes Now On-Line

The November issue of "The News & Notes," quarterly newsletter of the Southern California Genealogical Society, is now available at this link.

This is the last issue of "The News & Notes." After seven and a half years of reporting news and events at SCGS, "The News & Notes" will cease publication.

What takes the place of "The News & Notes"? We will take advantage of new technology to send out monthly e-updates and as well as up-to-the-minute notices of time-sensitive information. Subscribe today to stay in touch.

Monthly e-Blast
Type your email address in the upper right corner of the SCGS main page where you see "Sign Up for Free Email Updates from SCGS."

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09 November 2010

Bargain Alert: Military Records FREE on Ancestry Nov. 11 to 14

Ancestry.com is making its military records collection free from Nov. 11 through the 14th in honor of Veterans Day. You’ll need to sign up for a free registration in order to view your search results.

You'll get access to Revolutionary War Rolls, the Union Civil War Pension Index, WWI draft registration cards (which you’ll want to search for male relatives born between 1872 and 1900, whether or not they served), WWII Missing in Action or Lost at Sea reports, and the US Army Register of Enlistments 1798-1914, among other records.

Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to recognize (and document!) the service and sacrifice made by members of your family.

08 November 2010

Genealogy Webinars - 2 Minute Survey

Tell us about your experience with genealogy seminars conducted over the Internet. Have you attended one? Would you like to attend more?  What did you like or not like about the experience?  If you've never logged on to a webinar, why not? Inquiring minds want to know!  Take our two-minute survey here:  http://surveyconsole.com/t/AWpYZC5SG.

07 November 2010

LA Excursion: Los Angeles Family History Library

A trip to West Los Angeles was our plan Saturday morning. Our first stop was John O'Groats for spiced pumpkin pancakes and bacon-and-cheese-stuffed waffles.

With our stomachs full - we hopped back in our car and drove a couple more blocks to our main destination - the newly renovated Los Angeles Family History Library.

We noted a flurry of activity on the grounds of the Church of Latter Day Saints as groups of volunteers were starting to put up holiday decorations. The LAFHL - as the Family History Library is now abbreviated - is located in the basement of the main building on the campus.

The first thought we had as we entered the library, "Where are all the books?" What we saw to the left and right were rows of computers, and rows of microfilm and microfiche readers. In speaking with several of the LAFHL staff, we learned that they had reduced their book volume by at least fifty percent. Those materials with expired copyright were shipped to scanning centers in Ogden, Utah and Mesa, Arizona. The idea being that patrons, from anywhere, would be able to access scanned versions on-line at FamilySearch. Digitization started on November 1.

On the official tour, our docent explained that patrons would enter the Library, reserve a computer space at which to work, or attend one of the classes. To the rear of the Library are two large classrooms that each seat approximately 30 to 50 people. State of the art projectors and wall-to-wall screens are perminent fixtures as well. We learned that other organizations could reserve the classrooms.

Other parts of the Library we visited were the Jewish and Polish collections, the main stacks, the microfilm and microfiche storage, and the oversized and rare book areas. We happened to see a couple of other SCGS members enjoying the Open House - small world.

Experience the amazing transformation for yourself. The Open House continues from 3pm to 7pm, on Sunday, November 7. In addition to tours, there is also a schedule of mini-classes.

John O'Groats is located at 10516 West Pico Boulevard.

The Los Angeles Family History Library is located at 10741 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025. Note: city and zip are especially important when mapping this destination as SM Blvd is long and the street numbers are repeated.

06 November 2010

Modified Library Hours in November and December

For the months of November and December, the SCGS Library will be closed between 4pm and 6pm on the second and fourth Tuesdays.

The new schedule will be:
10am to 4pm - Open
4pm to 6pm - Closed
6pm to 9pm - Open

Days affected:
9, 23 November
14, 28 December

French-Canadian Interest Group Nov 21 Gathering


Bonjour!

The final meeting for 2010 of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of California is fast approaching.

Please join us on Sunday, November 21, 2010.
SCGS Library 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA. 818-843-7247

Doors open at 10 a.m.

Schedule of Activities
- 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
- 11 a.m. to Noon "Beginning French-Canadian Research" by Pam Wiedenbeck
- Noon to 1 p.m. Social hour with potluck lunch
- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Discussion of the major resources in FCHSC's research collection Panel: Doug Miller, Joan Phillips, & Raymonde Motil
- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. “Hands-on” research assistance from our team of experts

SCGS members may search for French-Canadian ancestors using our new online subscription to the PRDH database.

Also, please visit FCHSC’s recently-updated website.

Exciting things happening there with more to come. Join us on Facebook.

04 November 2010

Welcome to Heidi Ziegler - SCGS Blogger

You may have noticed that recent posts on the SCGS Blog have been written by "HEZ."  Heidi Ziegler, SCGS board member and recording secretary, is a notable addition to the SCGS blogging team.  Thanks to Heidi for her great posts and assistance in keeping the information flowing.

02 November 2010

Area Event: Walk on 7th Street in the Steps of Angeleno Ancestors

Now that you've searched and found the names and vital statistics, such as birth, marriage and death dates, of your ancestors ... Maybe you've learned that they lived or worked in downtown Los Angeles from the late 1890s to the 1920s or even on into the 1970s ... what now?

The next step is to learn a bit about the history and architecture that surrounded your Angeleno ancestors. You could spend the day surfing the web, or visiting the local library - better yet, immerse yourself in the time and place. Soak up the culture and history. Take advantage of research that's already been completed by participating in the LA Conservancy's "Strolling on 7th Street" event on November 7, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm.

We pass this information along from our friends at the Los Angeles Conservancy:
On one day only, the Los Angeles Conservancy will offer guided tours of historic spots along Seventh between Figueroa and Los Angeles Streets. Park your car and stroll with us down a mile of history with rare access to a residential loft, stunning views, a former rotating restaurant, and more.

In addition to the tour itself, the Historic Downtown L.A. Retail Project will offer suggestions for local dining, and Wordspace will hold a live reading after the tour with poems, stories, and performances inspired by Seventh Street.
Tickets are $30 for the general public, $25 for Los Angeles Conservancy members, and $10 for kids 12 and under. A list of the tour sites and full details are on the LA Conservancy Strolling on 7th Street event website.

01 November 2010

DNA Interest Group Meeting Nov 6: Updates from FTDNA Conference

What's New in DNA: What We Learned at the FTDNA Conference

Who: The Southern California Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy

Where: Southern California Genealogical Society
Burbank, CA

When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Presenters: Project Administrators Panel
- 10:00-11:00 Questions for the panel from those who have not yet tested or have just received their DNA results.
- 11:00-12:00 The panel of Project Administrators who attended the October 30-31 FTDNA conference in Houston will share what they learned at the conference.

$5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after the formal presentation 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. A drawing will be held for a $30 discount certificate for ordering a DNA test. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional
$5.00.

For additional information contact Alice Fairhurst or call (626) 331-4791

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.

DNA Meetings in 2011: 29 Jan; 30 Apr; 30 Jul; 29 Oct

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FTDNA Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:

Males (father's line only)
Y-DNA37 $149
Y-DNA67 $239

Males (father's and mother's line)
Y-DNA37 + mtDNAPlus $269
Y-DNA67 + mtDNAPlus $369

Females (mother's line only)
mtDNA $99
mtDNAPlus $159

ALL: Family Finder (traces through all 16 great-grandparents) $289
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Shipping & Handling: $4.00 (inside the USA), $6.00 (outside the USA)

To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713-868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or order online.

When your results come in, we will automatically join you to your surname and haplogroup projects.

GENEii Family History Writing Contest - Enter Today

The 11th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society GENEii Family History Writing Contest is now accepting entries.

Each entry must be submitted via email. The cover letter should be included in the body of the email. It should include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; the title of the article; the word count; and the category entered (1 or 2).

The writing contest offers cash awards in two categories:

Category 1: Family history or local history articles of 1,000-2,000 words in length, published or unpublished. If previously published, entries must be accompanied by the written permission of the publisher allowing the article to be reprinted by SCGS. Awards: 1st Place, $200. 2nd Place, $100. 3rd Place, $50. Honorable mentions and finalists, certificate.

Category 2: Family history or local history articles of 1,000 words or less, published or unpublished. If previously published, entries must be accompanied by the written permission of the publisher allowing the article to be reprinted by SCGS.Awards: 1st Place, $100. 2nd Place, $50. 3rd Place, $25. Honorable mentions and finalists, certificate.

Entries must be received between November 1 and December 31, 2010.

Complete rules and FAQs can be found on the SCGS Website. This year's contest is dedicated to the memory of Beth Maltbie Uyehara, who founded the contest in 2000.