22 January 2017

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Writer's Group--Sunday, February 12, 2017

The SCGS Writer's Group will meet on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the SCGS Library in Burbank.

The prompts for our next meeting:

1.) Family Frugality or Extravagance Stories
2.) February Holiday Stories (Valentine’s Day, Groundhog’s          Day, President’s Day, etc.)

And a bonus: I’d also like to attach a link to an online family history writer’s challenge: 

The challenge begins on February 1st and consists of writing for 28 days, for 28 minutes, and I think it’s a great way for us family history writers to get into a daily practice of writing!

Meets: 2nd Sunday of each month
Hours: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Jennifer Taylor, JenmichelleTaylor@icloud.com

 Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society Library
Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
Cross street: Glenoaks Blvd.
(818) 843-7247




21 January 2017

[CA-SCGS] Nikkei Genealogical Society Meeting - Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Nikkei Genealogical Society will hold their next meeting on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the SCGS Library in Burbank from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. 

The meeting is open to the public and attendance is free.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by sending an email to info@nikkeigenealogicalsociety.org.

Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross street Glenoaks

(818) 843-7247


[CA--SCGS] DNA Interest Group Meeting-- Sunday, February 26, 2017

DNA Interest Group Meeting 
Sunday, February 26, 2017
 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
at the SCGS Library
Topic: Dear Distant Cousin: The Role of DNA and a Good Paper Trail
This presentation will examine case studies that were solved by combining autosomal DNA and genealogical records. 
Presenter: John Richardson, PhD, Professor, UCLA Department of Information Studies, has taught college courses on genealogical information resources.  His personal focus is on early 19th-20th century Ohio, especially Belmont, Guernsey, Jefferson, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington counties as well as earlier 19th century emigration from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. He is also the Richardson Surname Administrator for Family Tree DNA.
                       ·         10:00-10:10     Announcements & Introductions
                   ·         10:10-11:45     Dear Distant Cousin: The Role of DNA and a Good Paper Trail
                   ·         11:45-12:45     Lunch
                   ·         12:45-2:00        Individualized help.  Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.
 $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
Following the regular meeting from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., DNA speakers and those who can help educate          others with DNA testing at any company are encouraged to attend.  Roundtable discussions include how to work with group projects, planning for the DNA interest group, and news within the field of genetic genealogy.
SCGS sponsors two projects through Family Tree DNA.  Call 713-868-1438 or order online at:
    ·         SCGS project for ANY SURNAME, http://goo.gl/WGxC1X
  ·         French Heritage project, http://goo.gl/UUcDXX
Southern California Genealogical Society
   417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
   (818) 843-7247    
  Cross street: Glenoaks Blvd.

17 January 2017

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Irish Interest Group Workshop January 29, 2017

Researching your Irish roots? 

Interested in Celtic and British Isles history?

If the answer to either question is yes, then you won’t want to miss the next quarterly SCGS Irish Workshop on Sunday, January 29, 2017, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank. 

The meeting will begin at 10:00 am with a general question and answer session.  The group will break for lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. After lunch, a presentation will be given followed by an opportunity for research. 

Feel free to bring your laptop, tablet or another device to join in and do some researching of your own. There will be time allotted for help with your personal research at the end of the discussion.

There is no fee for participating and you do not need to be an SCGS member to attend. For more information click here. The library will be closed for general research.

Check out the SCGS Irish Online Research Sites page!

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

13 January 2017

[CA-SCGS] Genealogy Garage at LAPL Saturday, January 21, 2017

Discovering What’s Online at the LAPL

We’re kicking off the New Year with a brand new workshop: an exploration of the online services & resources available to LAPL patrons, either from home or at their local branch. Our expert is Genealogy Librarian Julie Huffman. 

Genealogy Garage is designed to be interactive, so bring your questions! Please RSVP as noted below. At the end of each workshop there will be a tour of the Genealogy dept. conducted by Charlotte Bocage. Stay and we will help you research afterward. 

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 11 am - 1 pm

Where:  Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), Richard Riordan Central Library
              630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 
              History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4 • Meeting Room LL420
Directions and parking info available at http://www.lapl.org/central/.

Park UNDER the library, enter at 524 Flower St. just south of 5th Street. You need a LAPL card to receive the $1.00 Saturday parking rate. Apply for the card at your local LAPL or at the Circulation Desk when you arrive. Just bring identification. Show your library card to get your parking ticket validated at the Information Desk before returning to your car. Take the escalator or elevator down to Lower Level 4. Inquire at the main reference desk for our location.

RSVP: CALL Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Ask for reservations for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Leave your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

Join us on the third Saturday of each month (except December), from 11 am-1 pm, at the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library in downtown LA for free workshops designed for family researchers of all levels of expertise. Genealogy Garage Workshops are sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS), the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California (GSHA-SC), and the Los Angeles Public Library, Genealogy & History Department.

For more information, please visit the Genealogy Garage page on the SCGS website

Southern California Genealogical Society 
& Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 

12 January 2017

11 January 2017

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Italian Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, January 21, 2017

The SCGS Italian Interest Group will hold its next meeting on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the SCGS Library in Burbank.

Join the group as they kick off the new year and celebrate Italian heritage!

The SCGS Italian Interest Group meets six times per year and provides a forum for supporting genealogical research using both Italian and American records. The meetings have organized programs on specific topics, and also provide opportunities for networking and helping each other.   The group focuses primarily on sources, techniques, and methods of tracing Italian heritage, such as how to find and read Italian birth, marriage, and death records. We also learn about Italian history, which provides a context and background for our individual family histories. The group has something to offer everyone, from beginners to experts and the meetings are open to anyone interested in Italian genealogy.

For a complete list of the Italian Interest Group meeting dates, visit the SCGS Italian Interest Group Page on our website www.scgsgenealogy.com. 

To learn more about the Italian Interest Group, contact the group leader, Donald Coduto, via e‐mail at donald@coduto.com.

SCGS Italian Interest Group
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Third Saturday of alternate months
SCGS Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank
Cross street Glenoaks

[CA-SCGS] German Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, January 21, 2017

Researching your family tree and finding new, exciting, and sometimes surprising family connections? 

Join the SCGS German Interest Group at their next meeting to be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 21, 20167, at the SCGS Family Research Library. Group member, Walt Sturrock will present "Cousin Connections." 

Walt Sturrock is a professional artist and photographer. His love of history, photo restoration, and family research brought him to SCGS and its German Interest Group two years ago. There Walt found support and guidance for researching his German roots as he learned to read and translate old German Gothic Script documents. As a result, he has been able to trace his German roots back to the 1600's. Walt's monthly instruction on German Script has become a favorite segment of the German Interest Group meetings.

Members of the SCGS German Interest Group
The goal of the SCGS German Interest Group is to provide a wide range of resources both inside and outside the SCGS Library to help trace German families. Throughout 2017, our German Group will renew its "Routing Our Roots" as well as present short programs on German Exiles in Los Angeles County, History of German Towns, Human Interest Stories on folks of German Heritage, learning German Words and Old German Script, plus any last minute thoughts.

For more information, please contact Allene Aubertin.

SCGS German Interest Group
Third Saturday of the month
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Southern California Genealogical Society 
& Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross street Glenoaks
(818) 843-7247