31 December 2010

Bargain Alert: Beat the SCGS Dues Increase - Renew by Midnight 12/31

It's not too late to beat the SCGS dues increase that will go into effect January 1, 2011. Act now to save on your membership, which will also provide discounted registration for Jamboree.

Dues Increase Summary

Renewals at the 2010 rates will be accepted through December 31 and additional year(s) will be added to the end of your current dues period. For example, if your membership expires in July 2011 and you renew for two years, your new membership expiration date will be July 2013.  You can pay online here.

Bargain Alert: Ancestry.com

It's not very often that a bargain is available for Ancestry.com.  But to welcome in the new year, that's just what we're reporting.

This offer is valid for individuals who have not had a current Deluxe Membership in the last 90 days. The special pricing ends at midnight EST,  January 4, 2011.  To learn more about this offer, click on the image above.

Happy New Year!  Here's to finding your ancestral missing persons!

30 December 2010

11th GENEii Writing Contest - Entry Submission Closes at Midnight

The 11th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society GENEii Family History Writing Contest is now accepting entries. The contest closes at midnight on December 31, 2010. That's just 24 hours from now.

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Category 1: Family history or local history articles of 1,000-2,000 words in length, published or unpublished.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Category 2: Family history or local history articles of 1,000 words or less, published or unpublished.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.

16 December 2010

SCGS RootsMagic User Group - December 19

The next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held on Sunday. December 19, at the usual time and place:

Date: Sunday, December 19, 2010
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: SCGS Library
417 Irving Drive (near Glenoaks) in Burbank
      
Program - At our December meeting we will review how to install and use Jennifer Shaw's modified template for US censuses and a template for FindAGrave.  These templates can be used to document sources for events in your database. If you are not able to make it to the December meeting, you can view Jennifer's presentation on citing a federal census using her template at this URL:
http://www.slideshare.net/faeriejem/how-to-cite-a-federal-census-online-image-using-rm4
This is the material she presented at our November meeting.

We will also have help available for RootsMagic beginners covering the basics such as setting up a database, data entry, and importing data.

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. Remember, this offer ends December 22.

Next Month's Meeting - January 16, 2011


Future Meetings in 2011
- February 20, March 20, April 17.
Latest Version of RM4 - Version 4.0.9.9 (14 Dec 2010). Note: They appear to have released a version 4.0.9.8 earlier in the day on 14 Dec. and later released V 4.0.9.9 with the same date on it. 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

15 December 2010

11th GENEii Writing Contest - 2 Weeks Remain to Submit Entries

The 11th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society GENEii Family History Writing Contest is now accepting entries. Only two weeks remain in the submission period.

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.

10 December 2010

SCGS Annual Meeting and Potluck Saturday December 11

Don't miss tomorrow's SCGS Annual Meeting, potluck and silent auction.  This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new friends, hear about the SCGS successes of 2010, and be the first to hear about the plans for Jamboree 2011.  You'll have a chance to shop and bid on gifts in the silent auction.

My ambrosia salad is made and ready to go.  I have several door prizes that I'll take with me tomorrow, including a free basic registration to Jamboree.

Will I see you there?

Saturday, December 11, 2010
11:00 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m.
SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
818-843-7247

08 December 2010

Pottsville Free Public Library Online

We pass this on via NEHGS and The Pottsville Free Public Library

Pottsville Free Public Library, Pennsylvania
by Valerie Beaudrault, NEHGS

www.pottsvillelibrary.org

The city of Pottsville, seat of Schuylkill County, is located in east central Pennsylvania. Click on the ‘GENEALOGY and local history materials and services’ link on the Free Public Library’s homepage to access the resources page.

Online resources for Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

The Pottsville Free Public Library’s website contains links to a number of resources useful to family history researchers with Schuylkill County ancestry. A number of sites related to coal mining are listed here, as are online vital records indexes, including the Schuylkill County Courthouse Archives Marriage Record Index for the period from 1885 through 1969. Researchers will also find W. W. Munsell's History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, published in 1881, with an every name index. It is in PDF format; you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

Church and Cemetery Records
The library has provided links to external websites with free cemetery and church records. In addition, there are databases for cemeteries in Shenandoah Heights on the library’s website. These cemetery listings were compiled and donated to the library by Andy Ulicny of Shenandoah. The files are in Microsoft Word 2003 format. If you do not have Microsoft Word 2003 or later, you will have to download a viewer to access these files.

Books
The Pottsville Free Public Library’s holdings include a number of local histories detailing information about the residents of Schuylkill County and/or the city of Pottsville. Several of them contain biographical sketches. Alphabetical indexes to eight of the local history volumes have been created and uploaded to the library’s website. Click on the title link to view the index for that title.

Census
Under the Census section there is a link to an alphabetical list of nearly every borough and village in Schuylkill County with its township. Click on the ‘this list’ link to open a new page with the file.

Newspapers
The Pottsville Free Public Library has created partial online indexes to deaths to the Pottsville Republican newspaper and the Shenandoah Evening Herald.

The library has nearly all of the issues of the Pottsville Republican on microfilm for the period from October 1884 to the present. The death index file currently contains nearly 125,000 names for the period October 1884–1894 and an obituaries-only for the period 1950–1971. The names appeared in obituaries, funeral notices, and/or inquest reports. If an entry was difficult to read the entry was marked "hard to read" and may be difficult to copy clearly.

The Library has nearly all issues of the Shenandoah Evening Herald newspaper on microfilm for the period from May 23, 1891 through 1980. The index contains more than 2,000 names and death dates and page numbers from the newspaper. The data fields in both indexes include name, date of the article and page number. Researchers may request copies of obituaries from the Reference Department via email or mail. Please note that obituary or article requests must include an exact date.

06 December 2010

Not too late - Annual Meeting and Silent Auction on 11 December

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 Board Members 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

02 December 2010

Another Chance to Hear Jamboree Speakers

This just in: Jamboree 2010 lectures now available on CD at the SCGS Library!

The Library’s collection now includes:
73 lectures from Jamboree 2010
82 lectures from Jamboree 2009
10 lectures from the 2009 seminar sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

A choice, altogether, of 165 lectures. These CDs are located in CD Cabinet #2 in order of acquisition number. Lists of lecture topics for each speaker that show CD acquisition numbers are available at the library to help you find the CDs you want to play.

Bring your own headphone set or borrow one at the library.


Submitted on behalf of V Metcalfe

7 Days Left to Return Your SCGS Ballot

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.