29 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] What's Happening at the SCGS Library in August?

August is a time when the kids are out of school and looking for something to do. Why not bring them into the SCGS Library to participate in one of the following events?

August 3            French-Canadian Research Assistance

August 6            GSHA-SC General Meeting (Hispanic)
August 6            TMG User Group

August 8            Legacy User Group

August 10          French-Canadian Research Assistance

August 13          Lunch and Learn
August 13          African-American Research Assistance

August 14          Writers Group
August 14          Family Tree Maker User Group

August 16          Hispanic Research Assistance (Hispanic Tuesday)

August 17          French-Canadian Research Assistance

August 20          German Interest Group

August 21          RootsMagic User Group

August 24          French-Canadian Research Assistance

August 31          French-Canadian Research Assistance

All events are FREE and the public is always welcome. Dates are subject to change, so always double check the SCGS calendar.

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

Cross street Glenoaks

(818) 842-7247



28 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] GSHA-SC to meet at SCGS Saturday, August 6, 2016 for "Family Stories: Secrets, Lies & Surprises"

Come join the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California for their next General Meeting, to be held at the Southern Californa Genealogical Library and Family Research Library Saturday, August 6, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Donie Nelson will present "FAMILY STORIES: Secrets, Lies, & Surprises".

All families have secrets, all families tell lies and someone is always surprised. Every family historian discovers at least one; the longer you research, the more you find! Stories hidden by family members bring the dull facts to life and can be the lure to involve other family members in doing research. In this PowerPoint presentation veteran genealogist Donie Nelson reveals the surprising stories she uncovered!

For more information, visit the GSHA-SC blog, or their Facebook page.

Southern California Genealogical Society
& Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA
(Cross street Glenoaks)


27 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] Upcoming SoCal Genealogy Events - August & September 2016

August & September 2016

It's back-to-school time! Our favorite time of the year - classes start, kids go off to school, and our favorite office supply stores have overwhelming abundances of new and exciting things we never knew we needed.

Check out these fantastic educational opportunities! Why not beat the heat and join with friends and family to learn new tricks and techniques to break down your research brick walls.

We're showing you just a small sampling of what is available. Please explore the various websites. Many of the below societies offer classes in addition to monthly meetings - be sure to check them out! 

* Due to various SCGS Social Media team members' schedules, there will not be a post in September.  All events listed were posted as of July 24, 2016.


01   Corona Genealogical Society meeting- Bill Schneider presenting

06   Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California meeting - Donie Nelson presenting

06   Corona Family History Discovery Day 

09   Genealogical Society of the Morongo Basin - Computer User Group Meeting

12   Santa Barbara Genealogical Society - event, check website

13   Antelope Valley Genealogical Society meeting - Lorna Rice presenting

13   San Diego Genealogical Society meeting - Debby Warner Anderson presenting

16   Conejo Valley Genealogical Society - Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG®  presenting

16   Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society meeting - Barbara Randall presenting

16   Kern County Genealogical Society meeting - Larry Emlet, Barbara Long and Kathy Walker presenting

17   Genealogical Society of North Orange County California - Gena Philibert-Ortega presenting 

17   Chula Vista Genealogical Society Computer Group - Gary Brock and Shirley Becker presenting

17   South Bay Cities Genealogical Society meeting - Hal Horrocks presenting

20   South Orange County California Genealogical Society meeting - Francie Kennedy presenting

20   Ventura County Genealogical Society mini seminar- Gena Philbert-Ortega presenting

20   Whittier Area Genealogical Society meeting

21   Questing Heirs Genealogical Society meeting - Christine Johns Cohen and 
Nancy Huebotter presenting

23   North San Diego County Genealogical Society meeting - Jim Bregante presenting

28   British Isles Family History Society - USA  meeting 


03   Escondido Genealogical Society meeting

03   San Luis Obispo Genealogical Society meeting - Steve Morse presenting

10   San Diego Genealogical Society Fall Seminar - Maureen Taylor presenting

10   Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research meeting - John Schmal presenting

11   Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County meeting - Joel Weintraub presenting

12   Corona Genealogical Society meeting- Tammy Anderson presenting

14   Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group - Randy Seaver presenting

17   Fresno County Genealogical Society Annual Seminar - Kathryn Marshall presenting

17   California African American Genealogical Society meeting

17   South Orange County California Genealogical Society meeting - Dr. Stephen Baird presenting

17   Ventura County Genealogical Society - Marion Werle presenting

18   Questing Heirs Genealogical Society meeting - Linda Serna presenting

20   Genealogical Society of the Morongo Basin meeting

20   Kern County Genealogical Society meeting - Lois Ragan presenting

20   Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society 

21   Hi-Desert Genealogical Society meeting - Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG® presenting  

25   British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A. meeting - Caitriona Weafer presenting

27   North San Diego County Genealogical Society  meeting

Some Seminars and meetings may require registration and fees. Check the websites for more information, availability, and applicable prices. SCGS is not responsible for fees or the events listed above.

Do you have an event you would like featured in our SoCal Events posts? 

SCGS is happy to help out and let our readers know of opportunities to further their genealogical education. To ensure you are included in future posts, please send the date, conference or seminar title, featured speaker, and a live link to your website or flyer to socialmedia@scgsgenealogy.com with the heading "SoCal Event".

26 July 2016

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) User Group – August 6, 2016

Post by Terri Carlson

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, August 6, 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.

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