20 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Irish Interest Group Quarterly Workshop - Sunday, July 31, 2016

Researching your Irish Ancestors?  Join us!

The SCGS Irish Interest Group will meet Saturday, July 31st from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank.

We will spend the morning exploring the FindMyPast website.  More and more Irish records are becoming available on the site - some even for FREE.  We will show you how to set up a FREE account for the Irish RC Parish Registers.  Bring your laptop or tablet and try it out!  We will also review strategies to efficiently search for your ancestors. If you do not have a full subscription to FindMyPast, the library offers it free to SCGS members in the library.

In the afternoon we will create research plans that you can put into effect before you leave SCGS.  A plan for research is necessary to organize your research and ensure that you systematically utilize all possible resources.  There are some resources that will apply to all of your Irish ancestors so one master plan can help locate information for several ancestors.  Many resources may be found within the SCGS Library. Barb Randall will lead these activities.

We hope you will join us - Marge Rossini & Barb Randall.

For further information contact Marge Rossini @  marge4scge@dslextreme.com

SCGS Irish Interest Group
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
5th Sunday of the Month

SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
Cross street Glenoaks
(818) 843-7247

[CA-SCGS] Ancestry.com Classes in Burbank - SCGS at Burbank Public Library July 29, 2016

Learn how to research and grow your family tree with Ancestry, 
Burbank Public Library, and the Southern California Genealogical Society

Join Barbara Randall, Southern California Genealogical Society board member and Legacy Family Tree User Group Leader, at the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library Friday, July 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. for an educational workshop designed to familiarize users with Ancestry.com.

After the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to stay and practice what they have learned in the Library's computer room. 

Please call or visit the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library to RSVP. 

For more information contact:

Buena Vista Branch, Burbank Public Library
300 N. Buena Vista St, 
Burbank, California
Phone: 818-238-5620

18 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] DNA Interest Group Meeting Saturday, July 30, 2016

DNA Interest Group Meeting – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the SCGS Library

Sat., July 30, 2016 – What is New in Ancestral Origin Predictions? Direct-to-consumer DNA tests often include “ethnic” estimates. However, these results often differ between the test companies. First degree relatives in a single family often get different predictions from the same company. Kathy Johnston will explore these ancestral origin predictions from the perspective of a genealogist. She will demonstrate what is available at each of the three main DNA companies used by genealogists, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA.

Presenter: Kathy Johnston is a retired dermatologist who has been actively researching her family
tree for over 25 years. She is one of the administrators for the SCGS DNA Interest Group (DIG) and
has been involved in genetic genealogy research for 12 years.

  • 10:00-10:10    Announcements & Introductions
  • 10:10-11:45   "What is New in Ancestral Origin Predictions?"
  • 11:45-12:45    Lunch
  • 12:45-2:00      Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

The public is welcome!

$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. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

For more info, contact Bonny Cook, Alice Fairhurst, and Kathy Johnston at dna@scgsgenealogy.com

SCGS DNA Interest Group
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Street
Burbank, CA 91504
Cross Street Glenoaks

15 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] 2017 Call for Presentations


48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Hunting Your Heritage
Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017

5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference
Diving Into DNA
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Workshops (including Friday JamboFREE presentations)
Thursday, June 8; Friday, June 9; Sunday, June 11, 2017
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
Burbank, California

2017 Jamboree Extension Series Webinars

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) announces its Call for Presentations for the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 8 - 11, 2017 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The 5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference on Thursday, June 8, 2017, will be a full day of DNA presentations.  In-Depth Workshops will occur throughout both conferences.

This Call for Presentations pertains to the Jamboree conference, the SCGS Genetic Genealogy conference and the workshops, as well as, the 2017 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal July 15, 2016 – August 21, 2016.

Submission of Presentations:
Speakers interested in presenting lecture presentations or workshops for 2017 must submit their proposals through the Jamboree Speaker Portal at: http://2017callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com

A copy of this call for presentations can be found at:

You may download a copy of the submission form at: 

Only those presentations submitted through the portal and accompanied by a signed copy of the Call for Presentations agreement (emailed, faxed or mailed) will be considered. The online submission process ensures that correct speaker information is used in communication, advertising and conference materials.

Jamboree draws attendees of all experience levels, from the beginner to the professional; from the first time conference attendee to conference veterans. The Jamboree Extension Series draws an international audience comprised of all skill levels. We encourage the submission of all levels of sessions.

The 2017 Jamboree theme is Hunting Your Heritage and the SCGS Genetic Genealogy conference theme is Diving Into DNA. We welcome submissions utilizing our theme to promote the expansion of our knowledge and skills.  Our heritage focus is British Isles/Ireland as well as Armenia and the Caucasus. Presentations on all topics will be considered. New presentations are encouraged. Presentations may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:
  • Ethnic Research
  • DNA/Genetic Genealogy
  • Migration, Emigration/Immigration
  • Naturalization
  • Repositories
  • Digital Resources
  • Research Strategies
  • Software & Apps
  • Preservation/Archival Storage
  • Social Media/Blogging
  • Family History Writing
  • Law
  • Record Types
  • Methodology
  • Society Management
  • Librarianship
  • Next Generation

Number of Presentations: Speakers may submit up to 6 presentations. The SCGS Jamboree Committee, at its sole discretion, may select none, some, or all of the presentations submitted by any speaker.

Session Length: Jamboree and DNA presentations are 60 minutes in length, including a 10-minute question-and-answer period. You may also propose workshops from 90 minutes to 3 1/2 hours in length. Jamboree Extension Series (Webinar) presentations are 60 minutes in length with an additional 30 minutes maximum for questions.

Special consideration will be given to those Jamboree speakers who permit the live streaming or video/audio recording of their presentation and online posting of their handout material for download (as on the Jamboree app).

Statement of Nondiscrimination:
The Southern California Genealogical Society is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. SCGS is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination in employment and opportunity because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, disability, gender, sexual orientation, or age. Jamboree, DNA Day and Jamboree Extension Series speakers are selected based on experience, technical knowledge, speaking ability, diversity of topics and relevance.

If you have not presented at a past Jamboree and wish to provide a recording of one of your presentations, please send it to the Southern California Genealogical Society, Attention: Jamboree Chair, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504. Examples of syllabus submissions may be emailed to: SCGSJamboree@gmail.com. These materials may be used during the selection process and cannot be returned but will be destroyed after the selection process.

Questions, inquiries or submissions may be emailed to SCGSJamboree@gmail.com with the subject line: Call for Presentations [your last name].

We look forward to the possibility of including you on the 2017 Southern California Genealogical Society event schedules.

Alice Fairhurst, Jamboree Co-Chair

Diane Adamson, Jamboree Co-Chair

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Phone: 818.843.7247  Fax: 818.843-7262

13 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] Lunch and Learn - Back to the Future Tour in Los Angeles Saturday, July 23, 2016

Goes Back to the Future 
Research Trips

The Back to the Future Research Trips are designed to acquaint you with the times of your ancestors. We’ll be visiting various historical venues throughout the Southern California area. Tours are free unless noted. You will need to arrange your own transportation.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
meet at 12:45 p.m. in the parking lot

California's State Historic Landmark No. 152
The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum 
18127 S. Alameda St.,
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220    
(310) 603-0088

Parking for the Museum is located around the rose garden. Please park your car head first into the spaces around the rose garden only. Parking is not permitted in front of the 2-story retirement home. For special events, parking will be on the lower grounds and the upper grounds will be reserved for handicapped parking.

Admission is free (donations are welcome). For more information about the trip, please contact Charlotte Bocage or visit www.DominguezRancho.org for information about the Museum and driving directions.

11 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] German Interest Group Meeting - July 16, 2016

Did you know that the Irish were not the only people who experienced a potato famine? In December 1846, following a year of devastating harvests and famine, hundreds of Germans left their homes in the pouring rain to journey to the New World. 

At their next meeting, the SCGS German Interest Group will watch a documentary depicting the German Potato Famine shown from the viewpoint of the people of Pfaffenweiler, a tiny village in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The emigration was sponsored by the government of Baden who viewed it as the removal of poor and unsatisfied people.

Director Juergen Stumpfhaus crafted the film in 1996 using as actors the grandchildren of those left behind. Props were taken from the town's museum to enhance the authenticity.

The documentary will be shown following Edward McKelvey's lesson on German vocabulary and Walt Sturrock's lesson on reading and writing German Gothic Script. Both will focus on historic Confirmation documents.

Following the film, Deborah Volper will share her research on "The Contract for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas" with the group.
For more information, please contact Allene Aubertin

SCGS German Interest Group
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Third Saturday of most months
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross street Glenoaks



06 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] Join the World Indexing Event July 15-17, 2016

Who: You, your friends, neighbors and associates, your local library, family history center, or genealogy society

What: Worldwide Indexing Event 2016 hosted by FamilySearch.org.

When: July 15-17, 2016

Where: Anywhere you have a wi-fi connection - home, your local library, genealogical library/society, family history center, Starbucks, etc...

Why: To preserve digitally scanned records from around the word.

How: Download the indexing software from FamilySearch, invite your friends to participate, and join the indexing party!

Please join the Southern California Genealogical Society in supporting this worthy event.

How many records will YOU index? 

For more information, visit the Worldwide Indexing page on FamilySearch.org, or the Facebook event.

05 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Family Tree Maker User Group Meeting - Sunday, July 10, 2016

Posted by Dick Humphrey, Leader of the FTM User Group

Make a book easily from your FTM Tree!

Didn't think that's possible, right? Well there is a software product known as Family Book Creator. Functioning as a plugin to Family Tree Maker, it creates a Microsoft Word document suitable for printing in book form or as a digital file for storage and distribution.

The result is not a masterpiece of artistic expression. The intent is to export tree content (optionally with photos) easily and thoroughly. Family Book Creator seems to do a remarkably good job at this. At the SCGS Library on July 10 (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm), this software plugin for Family Tree Maker will be demonstrated and discussed. Come and discover the basic features of this helpful tool for family history preservation.

User group leader, Dick Humphrey, will be at the library by 2:30 pm to chat and provide FTM assistance.

SCGS Family Tree Maker User Group
Second Sunday of most months
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

(818) 843-7247
Cross street Glenoaks