23 August 2016

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) User Group – September 3, 2016

Post by Terri Carlson

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, September 3, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

The next meeting of the SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG) will focus on features of The Master Genealogist™ version 9.05 and its companion software, Second Site©

TMG-UG meets monthly on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month except for holiday weekends and scheduled SCGS events. Meetings are held at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank. The library is not open for research during the meeting.

TMG-UG meeting dates for 2016 are posted on the SCGS Computer Software User Groups web page and on the SCGS calendar.

Please direct any questions you may have about the meeting to: Patt Ricketts. To add your name to our meeting reminder list contact Cheri.

TMG-UG is a forum for users of The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) software to gather and discuss features, issues, and practical application of the “the gold standard in family history software” and its companion software, Second Site©. As an Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society, our meetings are open to the general public. There is no fee for participation. Donations are gratefully accepted.

19 August 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Board of Directors Election 2016


Fun, energetic genealogists and family historians to run for the SCGS board.

We’re looking for volunteer leaders who know SCGS as the nationally-known leader in genealogy research, webinars, and our always popular Jamboree.

Want to make a difference? Be nominated!

No experience necessary!

For more information and to nominate candidates,

 contact Kathy Holland (kdholland2002@yahoo.com)

or Diane Adamson (djadamson0104@aol.com)
Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
Cross street: Glenoaks
(818) 843-7247



[CA-SCGS] 2017 Call for Presentations - Extended!


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 be accepted through the online portal through Friday, September 2, 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.questionpro.com/.

A copy of this call for presentations can be found at http://www.genealogyjamboree.com/2017/storage/2017JamboreeCallforPresentations.pdf.

You may download a copy of the submission form at http://www.genealogyjamboree.com/2017/storage/CallforPresentationSubmissionForm.pdf.
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.

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 a 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 August 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Writers Group Meeting - Sunday, August 14, 2016

The SCGS Writers Group will be meeting on Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the SCGS Library in Burbank.

For our next group, we decided on the following two topics:  
1.) Tell a story about a family living arrangement. 
2.) Discuss a scandal and/or “black sheep” in your family. 
As a side note, there is no need to stick to a word count or the prompts, just bring whichever genealogy/memoir/family history related writing you’re working on!

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
(818) 843-7247

12 August 2016

[CA-SCGS] German Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, August 20, 2016

Interested in learning more about your German heritage? Join the SCGS German Interest Group at their next meeting to be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In addition to the popular monthly mini-sessions on "Common German Words" by Edward McKelvey and "Reading German Gothic Script" by Walt Sturrock, the group will hear from Kathy Holland on the five German lines she is currently researching; Wombachers, Strassburgers, Schimdt, Schiefelbein, and Freukes. And yes, some lines are easier than others!

Native Californian Kathy Holland was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and has been searching for her ancestors since 1984. Her search has lead her all the way back to the mid-1600s. Kathy earned the PLCGS certificate by completing the American certificate program at the National Institute of Genealogy, completed the Pro Gen program and the DAR genealogy courses, and has started the German certificate program at the NIGS. She had attended SLIG every year since 2013, working on German studies and methodology skills. As a professional genealogist, Kathy is the sole proprietor of Gates to the Past Genealogy. She is a member of NGS, SCGS, APG, the virtual APG chapter, and the Southern California chapter of APG, DAR, and the DUVCW. She volunteers in the SCGS library the 4th Saturday of each month, is a Member of the SCGS Board of Directors where she serves as Recording Secretary, and participates in the German Interest Group. Kathy also holds BA and MA degrees in Political Science and currently teaches part-time at Pierce College and Glendale College.

The goal of the German Interest Group is to provide a wide range of resources both inside and outside the SCGS Library to help trace German families. For more information, please contact Allene Aubertine

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


10 August 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Beginner's Classes - Four Week Series Starts Tuesday, September 6

Do you have an interest in finding your roots but want assistance to start?
Do you have a friend or relative with an interest who also lacks the skills and knowledge?

The Southern California Genealogical Society’s Beginner’s Four Week Class with One-on-One Assistance will be offered Tuesdays in September (6th, 13th, 20th and, 27th) from 9:30 am- 11:30 am at the Southern California Genealogical Society Library.  

Register by e-mail: beginner@scgsgenealogy.com or call 818.843.7247.
Classes are FREE to SCGS Members and just $10 for the series for non-members.

The Beginner’s Four Week Class with One-on-One Assistance provides the information and skills needed to begin the search for your ancestors. The class introduces you to a variety of records and strategies for successful research. 

Week 1:  Getting Started
Week 2:  Census Records and their Substitutes 
Week 3:  Church Records

Week 4:  Military and Land Records

The Southern California Genealogical Society Library will be open for research following the class for those interested in practicing their skills.

SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
(Cross Street Glenoaks)
Burbank, CA 91504-2408

08 August 2016

[CA-SCGS] Family Tree Maker User Group Meeting - Sunday, August 14, 2016

Posted by Dick Humphrey

Get Started with Citing Sources in your Trees

Do you know what it means to "cite your sources"? Today, without specifying how information is known, family trees garner little respect. Family Tree Maker's citation strategy involves a straightforward connection between facts and their sources. To aid beginners, ground rules will be discussed at this session and the role of templates explained. Some simple sourcing patterns will be presented for common resources such as census images, death certificates, online indexes like SSDI, Find A Grave memorials, published online trees and personal documents. Join us in this session on essential genealogy practices.

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

For more information, please contact Dick Humphrey

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

(818) 842-7247
Cross street Glenoaks



[CA-SCGS] Join the effort! Volunteer to help FGS and the National Park Service tell the the stories of over 130,000 U.S. - Mexican War Soldiers


FGS Marshals Volunteers to Help National Historic Park Tell the Stories of Over 130,000 U.S.-Mexican War Soldiers

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park announce a partnership to develop a searchable database of more than 130,000 soldiers of the U.S.-Mexican War.

The database will allow descendants of U.S. soldiers to connect to their personal history and help Palo Alto commemorate and tell the stories of these soldiers. After the database is developed, unit histories, digitized documents, and information on U.S.-Mexican War soldiers will be added. Efforts will also be made to include names and information about Mexican soldiers in this war.

"FGS is thrilled to partner with the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park for this important preservation project,” said FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “We look forward to working with our member societies and volunteers to provide new access to records for those researching the Mexican War."

Palo Alto Battlefield is also pleased with the partnership. “National Parks tell the stories of America,” said Superintendent Mark Spier. “Palo Alto Battlefield is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to tell the stories of the thousands of soldiers who served in the U.S.-Mexican War.”

To help bring these soldiers’ stories to life and to be a part of this momentous preservation project, indexing volunteers should contact Project Coordinator Patricia Rand, The Villages, FL, at projects@fgs.org.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Park Service previously partnered together in 1999 for the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System database project where FGS volunteers completed data entry for more than five million names. The efforts of the CWSS project can now be experienced on the NPS Civil War website.