17 January 2019

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist Group Meeting Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, February 2, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Master Genealogist User Group (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 2019 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.

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


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.

14 January 2019

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Library Hours for Tuesday, January 15, 2019: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Due to the inclement weather, 
the SCGS library will be close early at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

We apologize for any inconvenience.
The library will re-open for research on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. 
10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

SCGS Library
417 Irving Ave. 
Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Email: scgs@scgsgenealogy.com

13 January 2019

[CA-SCGS] DNA Interest Group Meeting, January 27, 2019, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Southern California Genealogical Society 
DNA Interest Group


Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
(818) 843-7247    www.scgsgenealogy.com

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

Sunday, January 27, 2019 – DNA Uses in Pedigree Building

Kathy Johnston will review the basic science used in genetic genealogy including the measure of “distance” in centimorgans and how to estimate cousinship using autosomal DNA. She will explain how autosomal information from the four main genetic genealogy companies along with free GEDmatch comparisons can be used to maximize cousin matches. Matches in common can be used to identify clusters of descendants from a common ancestor or ancestral couple. The addition of collateral lines to your family tree can help you and your DNA cousins break through brick walls when you work together. Find out why law enforcement is so eager to learn these genetic genealogy techniques to solve cold cases. 

Speaker: Kathy Johnston, M.D. is a retired dermatologist who has been actively researching her family tree for over 27 years. She is one of the administrators for the SCGS DNA Interest Group (DIG) and has been involved in genetic genealogy research for 14 years.

·         10:00-10:10      Announcements & Introductions
·         10:10-11:45      Presentation and Q & A.
·         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, Megan Lee 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.

Future Meetings in 2019:
To be held quarterly on the 5th Saturday of a month from 10:00 – 2:00 at the SCGS Library.
March 30, 2019; June 29, 2019; August 31, 2019; November 30, 2019.

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 Genealogy Society and Library
417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Email: dna@scgsgenealogy.com

12 January 2019

[CA-SCGS] Nikkei Genealogy Society, Saturday, January 26, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

The Nikkei Genealogy Society will meet at the SCGS Library on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 1-3 pm.

The Nikkei Genealogical Society (aka NikkeiGen) is a group that provides opportunities to collaborate, research, and network with others interested in discovering their Japanese roots. 

Contact Melinda Crawford at info@nikkeigenealogicalsociety.org

Our Mission

The Nikkei Genealogical Society's mission is to promote, encourage, and share Nikkei genealogy through education, research, and networking. 

Location of meeting:

Southern California Genealogy Society, 
417 Irving Dr, Burbank, CA 91504; 

08 January 2019

[CA-SCGS] The Winter Edition of the Searcher is Now Online!!

The Searcher is Here!
See the online 2019 Winter Edition, Vol. 56, #1

To access the electronic version, go to the SCGS website at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ Then sign into the Members Only Section.  Sign in to your account; then click on the Members Only button.  You will see 4 colorful buttons. Choose the red one titled Members Only. Then click on the third blue button titled Searcher Online Editions. 

Then you can read and enjoy the new issue! 

  Paper copies will be mailed once the printing is finished.

Southern California Genealogy Society & Library
417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA 91504-2408
Email: scgs@scgsgenealogy.com

07 January 2019

[CA-SCGS] Jamboree's 50th Birthday Bash Registration Is Now Open!

The Southern California Genealogical Society is 
Thrilled To Say 
 Registration is Now Open!


The 50th Annual Genealogy Jamboree will again bring your nationally known speakers to keep you in touch with the latest developments in the field of genealogy. From coast to coast, from North to South, from our neighbors - Canada and Mexico, and from the Old World, our speakers can help you find your ancestors' lives and stories.  You'll be able to learn from many tried and true speakers and get surprising insights from speakers that are new to Jamboree.

By popular request, Jamboree will again be 3 packed days - Friday through Sunday. The Exhibit Hall will open at 12:00 PM on Friday and be open through early afternoon on Sunday.  The Exhibit Hall is 
free to the public so be sure to invite your friends, neighbors, and family.

Research Assistance, Database Research Tech Zone, a Birthday Hat Contest, and Door Prizes - all add to the fun that everyone expects from Jamboree!


DNA testing is an increasingly popular tool for genealogists.  Learn the difference between autosomal DNA, mtDNA and Y-DNA and which tool is useful for what type of investigation. There will be presentations from AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA and MyHeritage DNA. DNA authors Emily Aulicino, Blaine Bettinger, and David Dowell will again be returning. Get the latest insights from well-known presenters such as:
Angie Bush, Kitty Cooper, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, David Dowell, Tim Janzen, Brad Larkin, Thomas MacEntee, Drew Smith, Diahan Southard, Paul Woodbury and Richard Weiss.


Join us for a morning of learning on Friday, May 31. This event is free-of-charge and open to the public but registration is required.
This event is sponsored by the members of the Southern California Genealogical Society.

FREE Exhibit Hall - 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Approximately 80 Exhibitors will be displaying the latest products and services available to assist genealogists in their search for family.  


Friday, May 31 Five intensive DNA workshops offered by presenters top in their field. These separate-fee events are offered as a benefit to Conference attendees. To register for a DNA workshop, you must be registered for at least one day of the Genealogy Jamboree or for the Genetic Genealogy Conference. These workshops run concurrently with JamboFREE.

Genealogy workshops are offered Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and are designed to be intensive, hands-on, and interactive small group experiences. These separate-fee events are offered as a benefit to Conference attendees. To register for a Genealogy workshop, you must be registered for at least one day of the Genealogy Jamboree or for the Genetic Genealogy Conference. The Thursday workshops run concurrently with the Genetic Genealogy conference and the Saturday and Sunday workshops run concurrently with some Jamboree classes. 

Take Advantage of Multiple Discount!
Special pricing for 2019 offers a discount to those who register during Early Bird pricing, for both Jamboree and the Genetic Genealogy Conference, as well as additional discounts for SCGS members for each event. In order to get the discounted rates, please join, renew, or reinstate your membership before you register at https://next.scgsgenealogy.com/. 

Workshops and Banquets are expected to fill up early. 
Register NOW!

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