29 December 2011

The 12th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society GENEii Family History Writing Contest is now accepting entries. The contest closes at midnight on December 31, 2011. That's just a little over 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Category 1: Family history or local history articles of 1,000-2,000 words in length, published or unpublished.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.

Category 2: Family history or local history articles of 1,000 words or less, published or unpublished.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

Entries must be received between November 1 and December 31, 2011.

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.

20 December 2011

NGS Unveils Civil War Records Course

As the 2011 commemoration of 150th Anniversary of the start of the US Civil War comes to a close, you may still be looking for more Civil War resources. We pass this on for our friends at NGS:

The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of its newest American Genealogy Studies course, Introduction to Civil War Records, developed by renowned military expert Craig Roberts Scott, CG.

Craig Roberts Scott is a nationally recognized lecturer, educator, and genealogical and historical researcher with more than thirty years' experience. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians and specializes in the diverse military records at the National Archives.

Besides being CEO and President of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm, Craig coordinates the Military tracks at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama.   He has authored The "Lost Pensions": Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838 and Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Inventory 14 (Revised).

Now, Craig brings his military expertise to NGS with the Introduction to Civil War Records. In this seven chapter course, Craig introduces numerous records including compiled service records, prisoner of war records, and pension files created for, during, and after the war.  He provides strategies to identify and locate information on an ancestor living at the time of the Civil War.

This NGS American Genealogy Studies course is available on CD-ROM as a PDF file compatible for a PC- or MAC for $35.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members. For further information, or to purchase the course, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org and click on Educational Courses.

The NGS American Genealogy Studies are designed for both the beginner and the established genealogist. These busy individuals want to learn about a specific topic and put the ensuing knowledge to work quickly. NGS courses offer the convenience of completing a genealogy study at their own pace in their home.

Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.

Contribute Your Pacific Immigration Stories

We pass this on for our friends:

The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (San Francisco, California) is pleased to announce a new oral history project. The project is actively seeking immigration stories, not restricted to those who passed through the Angel Island Station.

Browse through the stories or tell your own at http://www.aiisf.org/immigrant-voices.

For more information, contact Roy Chan,  rchan@oacc.cc.

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote a greater understanding of Pacific Coast immigration and its role in shaping America's past, present and future.

--Nancy MacKayOakland, Californianancymackay@gmail.com

18 December 2011

RootsMagic User Group Meeting Dec 18 CANCELLED

The RootsMagic User group meeting scheduled for this coming Sunday is cancelled.

We recommend that everyone take a look at the newly-released RootsMagic 5. You can download it for free and try it out if you're not quite sure whether you are ready to move up yet. Just make sure you make a backup copy of your RM 4 database and store it in a safe place before you begin using the new version which will convert your data to the RM 5 format.

Download the new version of RM 5 here  http://www.rootsmagic.com/Try/RootsMagic/

Also be sure to watch the webinar "What's New in RootsMagic 5" at
http://files.rootsmagic.com/webinars/2011-11-29-Whats-New-in-RootsMagic-5.mp4

Don't forget the Holiday Special - until December 22 RootsMagic owners can order as many copies of RM 5 as you wish for only $19.95. This same offer also applies for Personal Historian 2.
Use this link for the special offer  http://www.rootsmagic.com/holidayoffer/

We will devote a significant part of our meeting on January 15 to reviewing RM 5 and its new capabilities and we encourage you to attend and share your experiences with using it.

 Have a great holiday season and see you in January!

For further information about the RootsMagic User Group contact Jay Holladay: jholladay@ca.rr.com

16 December 2011

Book Release: Californians in Colonial America


If you are researching ancestors in Southern California, here are 9 essays that describe early life in several different voices.

We pass this on for our friends at the Huntington Library Press:

Alta California: Peoples in Motion, Identities in Formation, 1769-1850
Edited by: Steven W. Hackel

Spanish California—with its diverse mix of Indians, soldiers, settlers, and missionaries—provides a fascinating site for the investigation of individual and collective identity in colonial America. Through innovative methodologies and extensive archival research, the nine essays in this volume reshape our understanding of how people in the northernmost Spanish Borderlands viewed themselves and remade their worlds. Essays examine Franciscan identity and missionary tactics in Alta California, Sonora, and the Sierra Gorda; Spanish and Mexican settlers’ identity as revealed in mission records, family relationships, political affiliations, and genetic origins; and Indian identity as shown in mission orchestras and choral guilds as well as in the life of Pablo Tac, a LuiseƱo who penned his own remembrance of the Spanish conquest of Alta California. The concluding essays examine the identity and historiography of the field of the Spanish Borderlands as it has developed over the last century in North America and Spain.

Huntington Library Press
Established in 1920, the Huntington Library Press is one of Southern California's oldest book publishers. Its current publishing agenda includes a quarterly journal for scholars and a mixture of scholarly books, conference papers, exhibition catalogs, facsimiles from its collections, and visitor publications.

14 December 2011

Bargain Alert: World Vital Records

We received notice from our good friend Leland Meitzler, editor of Genealogy Newsline, about a substantial discount on World Vital Records. The offer, good through December 23, provides for a $69.95 price.  WVR will toss in a free month, making the savings more than $79.

Here's a link to the offer.

Happy Hunting!

12th GENEii Writing Contest - 2 Weeks Remain to Submit Entries

The 12th 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.

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.

Entries must be received between November 1 and December 31, 2011.

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.

12 December 2011

SSI Index Removed from Rootsweb.com

Thanks to Heather Rojo and many others for pointing out that the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) has been removed from Rootsweb.com. The message reads,

"Due to sensitivities around the information in this database, the Social Security Death Index collection is not available on our free Rootsweb service but is accessible to search on Ancestry.com. Visit the Social Security Death Index page to be directly connected to this collection."

Randy Seaver of San Diego posted an update on his blog, Genea-Musings. His post includes alternate sites for the SSDI:

FamilySearch.org
GenealogyBank.com
Ancestry.com
WorldVitalRecords.com

Please note that some of these sites require you to sign up to be able to search the records. Others require a membership.

The other change you'll note is that Ancestry has stopped providing the Social Security Number for those individuals who have died in the past 10 years. The change may be in reaction to recent legislative efforts to curtail release of SSDI information to avoid identity theft. Ironic, because the SSDI was created explicity to prevent identity theft.

It's unfortunate that the Rootsweb SSDI file was removed. It was undoubtedly the easiest one to use.

We wish you good luck and successful searches in whatever you do.

SCGS at RootsTech Conference, February 2-4, 2012

We are very pleased to announce that the Southern California Genealogical Society has been approved as an exhibitor at the widely popular RootsTech conference that will be held in Salt Lake City, UT, in early February.

We will be stationed at booth 629, across the aisle from the computer access area.  In the area you will find other organizations such as the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Studies, Association of Professional Genealogists, NEHGS, and the Utah Genealogical Society. It is an honor to be included among such organizations.

Thank you to the RootsTech planners who, in responding to calls from the community, adapted their vision of the exhibit hall to include genealogical societies as well book publishers and sellers.

Societies hold a pivotal role in transforming old school genealogy into the future's technology-driven solutions. The transition will not happen overnight but it is inevitable.

Societies help educate members about tools that can relieve some of the drudgery of collecting, evaluating, organizing and managing data.  Already, a handful of societies have actively embraced technology and deliver services using these tools (webinars, web-based chapter meetings, offering online databases of information collected by the organization) for their members and genealogists around the world.

Be sure to stop by the booth to say hi, to pick up information about our Jamboree Webinar Extension Series, and to register for Jamboree.

We look forward to seeing you!

08 December 2011

Bargain Alert: Free Webinar with Michael John Neill - Available till Dec 10

You may remember Michael John Neill, who spoke at Jamboree 2010. He is is giving one of his webinars, plus the handout that goes with it, for free.  He says, "We are giving away free copies of our "Genealogy Brick Walls from A to Z" webinar. Go here http://rootdig.blogspot.com/2011/10/recorded-copies-of-recent-webinars.html click on "Brick Walls from A to Z" (4th one down). Use coupon code PEARLHARBOR and the price will be 0."  
The offer closes at midnight Central time on December 10th.
Thanks for the offer and your support of genealogy, Michael!
 

07 December 2011

REMINDER: SCGS Annual Meeting and Potluck Lunch - Dec 10

Don't miss Saturday'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 2011, and be the first to hear about the plans for Jamboree 2012.  You'll have a chance to shop and bid on gifts in the silent auction.

Saturday, December 10, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SCGS Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
818-843-7247

02 December 2011

Bargain Alert: WWII Military Records on Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is offering free access to its World War II records through Dec. 7.


The company says one in five Americans is a direct descendant of a World War II veteran while four out of five Americans are related to someone who served.

The documents include 33 million records from the Navy's Muster Rolls between 1939 and 1949. They detail all enlisted personnel who served aboard a Navy ship during that decade.

The company says nearly anyone with a family member enlisted in the Navy during this time should be able to find their records in this collection.

Ancestry.com Inc. said Friday it's offering free access in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

01 December 2011

Attention Amazon Shoppers ...

Click and Shop!
... and just in time for holiday shopping ...

SCGS has renewed its status as an Amazon Affiliate.  Amazon had temporarily suspended all California affiliate accounts in response to our state's plans to assess sales tax to out-of-state purchases. Fortunately for all of us Amazon customers, that issue has been resolved and we are back in Affiliate business.

As an Amazon Affiliate, SCGS earns a few pennies of commission when you purchase items using a special link.  Use the link every time you shop on Amazon, whether you're buying electronics, books, DVDs, clothes, toys, chocolates or even diamond rings.

Please help support SCGS's mission to help others discover the history of their family.

PS - If you saved the earlier SCGS link to Amazon, please bookmark the new link. The former link is no longer active.

The new link is:   http://www.amazon.com/?&tag=southcalifgen-20

7 Days Left to Return Your Ballot

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

This year SCGS has a slate of four candidates for three Board positions. Ballots are due back to the SCGS Library by December 9th.

Winners will be announced at the 2011 Annual Meeting to be held at the Library on December 10th from 11 am to 3 pm.