28 February 2011

Wisconsin Civil War Web Page

The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission has a new web site that will serve as a resource for local historical societies over the next five years. Please visit and take a look!


25 February 2011

Have you Tested Your DNA?

This message comes from Alice Fairhurst, leader of the SCGS DNA Interest Group.

Have you tested your DNA, or are thinking about testing your DNA? Do you live too far from the SCGS library to attend the quarterly DNA Interest Group meetings? If so, here is an opportunity to increase your understanding of genetic genealogy.

The DNA Interest Group recommends the free Webinar by Elise Friedman on March 1 titled Genetic Genealogy for Beginners: DNA is the “Gene” in Genealogy! Sign up at http://relativeroots.net/webinars/ There are morning and evening sessions, so choose the time best for you.

Field Trip to the National Archives at Riverside - April 2

SCGS is pleased to announce a tour of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) branch here in Southern California.

23123 Cajalco Road
Perris, CA 92570
(951) 956-2000

Meet at 11:00 A.M.
In the Lobby

We will be there from 11:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The National Archives and Records Administration is the nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government. Those valuable records are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

The Regional Archives (formerly in Laguna Niguel, CA) has moved to a new facility in Perris, Riverside County, CA. This location will better preserve records for coming generations, at more affordable cost to the government and taxpayers. All holdings are open for on-site research at their new research room and are available to the public. We will have a private tour of the new facility. Bring your research and see what you will find. No dangerous items will be allowed.

Please arrange your own carpool. Driving from downtown Los Angeles is 69 miles and 1 hour and 10 minutes away.

Directions: Take CA 60 East toward Riverside, Take I-215 South toward San Diego, Take the Cajalco Expressway exit westbound, Left on Harvill Ave., Right on Cajalco Road to end of street. Meet Charlotte inside in the lobby at 11:00AM.

Please RSVP by March 31, 2011 to: Charlotte at rubymoon01@yahoo.com

21 February 2011

Area Event: British Isles Family History Society, Sunday, February 27

Passing this message along for our friends at the British Isles Family History Society:

The next meeting of British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A. will be Sunday, 27 February 2011, starting at 1:00 p.m. in the classroom of the Los Angeles Family History Library, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, California.

Gene Cheney will speak on Reading Old American and English Handwriting. He will provide helpful hints for understanding old style script. Do you have an unreadable document? Bring it to the meeting. He will help you decipher it. Mr. Cheney is the Director of the Hemet Family History Library and the President of the Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society.

Send requests for more information to Lydia Davis Jeffrey [boallanstirling@hotmail.com].

20 February 2011

2011 French Canadian Events

Mark your calendars for these 2011 French Canadian Historical Society of California (FCHSC) events!

A Day of French DNA - Mar. 27, 2011
Our March 2011 meeting is dedicated to learning about the power of genetic genealogy. During the morning session Alice Fairhurst, SCGS DNA Project Leader and DNA Interest Group Chair, will lead a panel discussion of how DNA testing complements our French and French-Canadian research.

Following a potluck luncheon we will break into Round Table discussion groups to discuss how y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA testing can be used to resolve French naming conundrums (i.e., those challenging dit names), help trace our Québec ancestresses, and to connect with our close and distant cousins/cousines. The power of the French Heritage DNA web site will also be explored.

Joint FCHSC/SFRSC Meeting - Aug. 28, 2011
FCHSC is pleased to announce a joint meeting with La Société des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan (SFRSC) to be held Sunday, August 28, 2011 at the SCGS Research Library in Burbank.

The SFRSC is dedicated to the women and men who played a major role in the growth and settlement of New France. The morning session will feature a presentation by Bill Kane, Vice President of SFRSC, entitled "Sent by the King: the Story of the Fille du Roi."

Sent to colonial New France by the French King, nearly 800 girls and women came to Canada between 1663 and 1673 with the promise of a dowry if they would marry there. Today nearly every person who can claim French-Canadian ancestry can trace his or her lineage back to more than one of these women (les Filles du Roi or King's Daughters).

Bill's discussion will address recruitment, getting to the port, the sea journey, arrival in New France, meeting prospective spouses, the contract signing, the marriages.

Following a potluck lunch, hands-on assistance will be provided for attendees who need to prove their Fille/Carignan descendancy or who need help in completing their documentation to submit to SFRSC.

Fall FCHSC Meeting - Oct. 23, 2011
11 a.m. - Noon "Quebec Notarial Records"
by Terri Carlson and Dorothy des Lauriers
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Social hour with potluck lunch
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. "Using Catholic Church Records in Your Research"
by Gena Philibert Ortega
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. “Hands-on” research assistance from our team of experts

Information: fchsc@scgsgenealogy.com or 818-843-7247 - Public welcome!

A Civil War Research Tip

From Internet Genealogy's free weekly newsletter:

Many useful 19th and early 20th century Civil War regimental histories are so rare that they’re difficult or very expensive to find.

Many of these works are in the public domain, and are available for free viewing and downloading through Google Books, books.google.com and the Internet Archive, archive.org.

New volumes are being added to these sources, so check back on them now and then.
By David A. Norris, Author of Tracing Your Civil War Ancestors

(submitted by Lynne Parmenter)

19 February 2011

1885 New Jersey State Census On-line

The 1885 NJ State Census on FamilySearch.org is now live.

This is an important new free resource--since the 1890 US Census was destroyed by fire, except for parts of a few states.


(Submitted by Lynne Parmenter)

15 February 2011

Area Event: Photo Workshop at Huntington Library

We are posting this on behalf of our friends at the Huntington Library. If the genealogy budget fairy suddenly appeared and made a pile o' money magically appear, this would be a wonderful opportunity.

Care and Identification of Photographs
April 11-14, 2011
Location: This workshop will be hosted by the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (San Marino, CA)
Instructor: Gawain Weaver


Registration Includes:
  4-day workshop
  280-page color notebook
  60x LED handheld microscope
  OPTIONAL: Basic Photographic Sample Set

This 4-day workshop is an introduction to the history, identification, and preservation of photographic materials. Participants will acquire hands-on identification skills and learn practical photograph preservation techniques. Using hand-held 60x microscopes and a large set of photographic and photo-mechanical samples, they will learn how a variety of processes were created, why they look the way they do, and how they deteriorate. Knowledge about photographic processes is essential to their preservation and leads to a greater appreciation of the aesthetics and history of photographic prints.

Preservation topics include enclosures, handling guidelines, environmental monitoring, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on collections, and the importance of cold storage for certain photographic materials.

Processes examined in detail include but are not limited to the following: daguerreotype, albumen, collodion and gelatin printing-out processes (POP), matte collodion, gelatin silver, photogravure, offset litho, letterpress halftone, collotype, chromogenic color, inkjet, and dye sublimation. Group ID sessions, using a digital microscope and screen projection, will allow participants to practice their identification skills in a guided setting.

The registration fee for this 4-day workshop is $645 and includes a hand-held microscope, and a workshop notebook with lecture handouts, Quick ID Sheets for each process, and a selection of readings on photograph preservation. The Basic Photographic Sample Set, consisting of 18 identified photographic and photo-mechanical processes, is available with registration for $75.

Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, the number of participants will be limited to 12.

REGISTRATION: http://gawainweaver.com/workshop/care-id-photos-2011-losangeles/

OTHER WORKSHOP DATES AND LOCATIONS: http://gawainweaver.com/workshops/

HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHIC SAMPLE SETS: http://gawainweaver.com/store/

The Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA), a certifying organization of professional archivists, will award 15 Archival Recertification Credits (ARCs) to eligible Certified Archivists (CAs) attending this workshop.


Can't thank you enough, Gawain! Your knowledge, and the presentation of it, far exceeded expectations.
--Jean Marie Smart, Visual Resources Curator, University of Arizona

Thank you for a jam packed & fascinating, not to mention useful, workshop!
--Mary Anne Redding, Curator of Photography, New Mexico History Museum

For more information, please contact the instructor:

Gawain Weaver
Photograph Conservator
San Rafael, CA
tel 415.446.9138

11 February 2011

Area Event: LA Public Library Events

This information comes from Mary McCoy of the History & Genealogy Department of the Los Angeles Public Library. For further information, contact Mary at the email address / phone number given below.


I wanted to let you know about some exciting local history and genealogy programs coming soon at Central Library. Please share this information with your members. We hope to see you there!

Architects and Architecture of Los Angeles, from Adobe to High-rise Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Saturday, February 19, 2pm

The first lecture in the 19th annual Marie Northrop Lectures series is presented by author, journalist and radio commentator Kevin Roderick. Mr Roderick will discuss Los Angeles architecture from 1781 to 1900. Sponsored by the Los Angles City Historical Society and the LAPL's History and Genealogy Department. Free and open to the public.

L.A. in Focus: Images from the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Saturday, March 12, 2pm

Presented by Photo Friends. Urban anthropologist and author Eric Lynxwiler takes to the skies of 1950s Southern California in this presentation highlighting images from the recently-digitized Kelly-Holiday aerial photo collection. Free and open to the public.

The Hand in the Snow and the Crash of Northwest Flight 4422 Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Saturday, March 19, 2pm

Fifty years after Northwest Flight 4422 crashed in Alaska, a frozen human arm and hand was found in the wreckage. It would take another ten years and a world class team of forensic specialists to make a positive identification of the remains. Please join us for this amazing story, told by Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, a forensic genealogist who worked on the case. Presented by the LAPL History & Genealogy Department. Free and open to the public.

Architects and Architecture of Los Angeles, from Adobe to High-rise Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium Saturday, April 16, 2pm

The second lecture in the 19th annual Marie Northrop Lectures series is presented by architectural historian, author, and UCLA professor Thomas S. Hines. Dr. Hines will discuss Los Angeles architecture from 1900 to 1950. Sponsored by the Los Angles City Historical Society and the LAPL's History and Genealogy Department. Free and open to the public.

Overcoming Brick Walls in Your Genealogy Research Central Library, Meeting Room A Saturday, April 30, 12pm

Find out what to do when you hit a brick wall in your genealogy research. Linda Serna, APG, GSG, will provide ideas about how to approach the challenge, uncover overlooked clues and sources, and achieve breakthroughs in your research. Sponsored by LAPL's History & Genealogy Department. Free and open to the public.

In addition to these, I encourage you to look at the Los Angeles Public Library's Events Calendar to learn about other upcoming cultural and educational programs, including the Culinary Historians of Southern California's popular lecture series, an afternoon of chamber music with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and docent-led library tours (http://events.lapl.org/).

Validated parking is available at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street to Los Angeles Public Library cardholders. On Saturdays, parking is only $1 between 10am and 5:30pm with validation.

Thank you,
Mary McCoy
History & Genealogy Department Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-7412

08 February 2011

REMINDER: RootsTech Sessions in your Jammies

This is an excellent opportunity to attend several excellent sessions being held at the RootsTech conference this weekend. Remember that the times listed are Mountain Standard Time, and West Coast alarm clocks need to be set one hour earlier than shown.

Here is the post from earlier this week:

The upcoming RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City is pulling out all the stops in using technology in delivering the sessions to attendees. Conference organizers announced that several of the sessions will be broadcast over the Internet at no charge. Interested viewers can watch the live presentations at RootsTech.org. The first-year conference has attracted over 2,000 registered attendees. That's AWESOME!

The free online sessions include some of the keynote speakers and a sampling of technology and family history presentations. Following are the broadcasts, speakers, and times of the presentations. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST):

Thursday, February 10, 2011

* 8:30-9:00 a.m., A world of Information, Shane Robison, chief technology officer, Hewlett Packard
* 9-9:30 a.m., Turning Roots, Branches, Trees into Nodes, Links, Graphs, Jay L. Verkler, chief executive officer, FamilySearch International
* 3-4:00 p.m., Digitally Preserving Your Family Heritage, Barry Ewell, founder of MyGenShare.com

Friday, February 11, 2011

* 8:30-9:30 a.m., The Changing Face of Genealogy, by Curt Witcher, manager of the Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library
* 9:45-10:45 a.m., Cloud Computing: What is it and how it has been used to create the next familysearch.org, by Brian Pugh, senior engineer, FamilySearch International

Saturday, February 12, 2011

* 8:30-9:30 a.m. Personal Archiving and Primary Documents, Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archives
* 1:45-2:45 p.m., Virtual Presentations Round Table and Collaborative Panel Discussion, Thomas MacEntee, professional genealogist and technology specialist
* 3:00-4:00 p.m., The Power of PDF: Tools for Every Genealogist, D. Josh Taylor, Director of Education and Programs at New England Historical Genealogical Society.

LA Public Library Temporary Closures

Thanks to a federal stimulus grant, the telecommunications cabling at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library is being replaced.

During the project:

-Subject departments will be temporarily closed due to safety concerns according to the schedule below. Plan your visit accordingly.

-The books and other items in the closed department will not be available.

-If visiting the library, look for signs to direct you to the temporary re-location of the subject department information desk staff.

-Telephone calls will be automatically routed to the re-located staff.

-LAPL apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates your patience during this project.

Tuesday, February 8 – Friday, February 11
Art, Music & Recreation Department

Tuesday, February 15 – Friday, February 18
History & Genealogy Department

Tuesday, February 22 – Friday, February 25
International Languages Department

Tuesday, March 1 – Friday, March 4
Business & Economics Department

Tuesday, March 8 – Friday, March 11
Science, Technology & Patents Department

Tuesday, March 15 – Friday, March 18
Social Science Department

Tuesday, March 22 – Friday, March 25
Children’s Literature Department

Thanks to Liz Hall Morgan for tipping us off on temporary closures at the LA Public Library. Liz says that the change is due to upgrading the Library's broadband. Yay to that!

Area Event: Basic Archives Workshop

The Friends of California Archives and the California State Archives are offering a one-day basic archives workshop on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This workshop is designed for anyone who works with historical records, but has little or no formal training.

Participants will get practical advice, sample forms and policies, and learn basic practices for collecting, organizing, protecting, and helping people use historical records.

The workshop will be held at the University of Southern California, Doheny Memorial Library, Lecture Hall, Room 240, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089.

In this workshop you'll learn about:
-Identifying historical records.
-What to keep.
-Securing legal title to your collections.
-Organizing historical collections.
-Copyright issues.
-Helping researchers use your collections.
-Preservation of historical records.
-Handling photographs, maps,audiovisual records, and electronic records.
-Proper building environment.
-Security for historical records.
-Promoting your collections.
-Where to go for more information.

Cost for the workshop is $50.00 per person payable by cash or check. If paying by check, make it payable to "Friends of California Archives". Registration will be limited to thirty people.

To register, send your name, name of organization, phone number, and email address to Sherrie Lujan at sherrie.lujan@sos.ca.gov. The registration deadline is February 25, 2011. Mail your payment to:

Basics of Archives Workshop
Friends of California Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Payment must be received by March 1, 2011.

04 February 2011

Proposed California Library Budget Cuts

We received this message from the California State Genealogical Alliance. Proposed budget cuts, if implemented, will affect libraries throughout the state. Please provide your feedback to the proposal. See below for questions.

Dear Societies,

The following information is gathered from the California Library Association website http://www.cla-net.org/ regarding the proposed $30.4 million cuts in library funding. this would impact library services throughout the state and could jeopardize federal matching funds. Libraries need our help. See the website for links to 'Talking Points' and opportunities for advocacy, if you are interested in helping.

Governor Brown proposes to cut $30.4 million in library funding by decreasing General fund assistance for public libraries, eliminating the California Library Services Act (CLSA), Public Library Foundation (PLF) and the California Library Literacy and English Acquisition Services (CLLS). This impacts access, resource sharing and adult literacy and will harm libraries in every city and town in California. The budget cut also jeopardizes $16 million in federal funding. To view the amount of state budget cuts by legislative district, click the ‘Advocacy/Legislation’ tab.

Some Opportunities for Action
• Write a letter (individuals and/or organizations)
• Participate in Advocacy:
o ‘Day in the District’– annual statewide library advocacy event that encourages library supporters meet with elected state officials at their local offices throughout California. ‘Day in the District’ is an opportunity to remind legislators of the value of libraries—public, school, rural, urban, special, academic––their community. This year, focus is on restoring library funding to the state budget.
o ‘Legislative Day 2011’ – California Library Association, California School Library Association and California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners will host an annual Legislative Day in Sacramento on Wednesday, March 30. Details to follow.

Questions are referred to: Deborah Doyle, CLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee Chair, ph. 415-269-0540 or email zorrah@gmail.com.

Junel Davidsen, CG
Legislative Watch Chair
California State Genealogical Alliance

SCGS Lunch 'n' Learn, Saturday, February 12

February's Lunch 'n' Learn session features a double bill.  Bring your brown-bag lunch and socialize with others at noon. You can also order lunch from one of the neighboring restaurants, including Subway.  Classes are held at the Southern California Genealogical Society's Family Research Library at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank. Cross street is Glen Oaks.

Lunch 'n' Learn sessions are open to the public and are offered at no charge as a service to the genealogical community.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                
Finding and Using Los Angeles County Records 
Mara Fein, Ph.D.

This lecture introduces both beginning and intermediate genealogists to the major records and repositories available to them in Los Angeles County.  Participants walkaway with an understanding of what is available, where they need to go, the costs, and the roadblocks.
Mara Fein belongs to the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, and Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles.  She holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A. in English) and the University of Southern California (MBA and PhD in English).  

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.              
Introduction to the National Archives
Kerry Bartels

This lecture will cover four major categories of records held by the National Archives that are most commonly used by genealogists, a discussion of record digitization of the National Archives records, and an introduction to the partnerships for digitization.  Examples of records that are rich in genealogical value but are little known and little used by genealogists will be explored

Kerry Bartels is an Archives Specialist at The National Archives and Records Administration facility in Riverside, California.  He has been a professional archivist since 1977 and has worked in historical societies, libraries, museums, universities, state archives, and now at the National Archives.  He has been a genealogical practitioner since 1962 and has done extensive research in the United States and Canada as well as many nations in Europe.
The library will not be open for research.

Any questions please contact Charlotte rubymoon01@yahoo.com

03 February 2011

Who Do You Think You Are? Airs Friday Feb 4

Here's one more reminder to watch NBC on Friday night at 8pm. Don't miss the kick-off of the second season of the popular genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are?

Do you have friends who have been "thinking about" getting into genealogy but just haven't taken the step?  Invite them over for a viewing party!  Tell your relatives (you know, the few whose eyes don't glaze over when you start talking about great-great-grandpa) that they can learn more about your passion.  Make it a family affair!!

Bargain Alert: Find My Past.com

FindMyPast.com, a UK-based genealogy website, is offering a free 14-day trial.

You may have had a chance to test-drive FindMyPast.com at the Genealogy Jamboree Tech Zone. No? Well, here's your chance to use it from the comfort of your own home.

According to the FindMyPast website, "This is where your family history really comes to life. Here you can search millions of UK records, grow your own family tree, and discover how your ancestors lived, worked and played."

Sign up today and try FindMyPast FREE for 14 days. Your free trial includes access to our Foundation package which comprises:

* The complete 1841-1911 census collection for England and Wales
* Most complete birth, marriage and death indexes (1837-2006) online
* Our overseas BMD records 1761-2005
* BMDs at sea 1854-1890
* Online help and advice
* Customer support with your account

Here's the fine print (and it stings.) You are required to provide a credit card number. AND they will put through a pre-authorization on the card in the amount of £58.95 (about $95 in US dollars). OPINION: You probably would not want to use a debit card for this offer, since your money is tied up immediately.

Unless you cancel before the end of the 14 days, you will automatically be given a 6 month Foundation subscription and payment will be taken. You can opt out of the trial at any time from the 'My Account' page. You will not be charged anything during the free trial period.

If you'd rather not worry about registering from home, you can hold off until Jamboree, when we expect FindMyPast.com to participate in our Tech Zone again.

02 February 2011

SCGS Tech Talk Survey: DNA

Our 3-minute survey is back for February. This month, we're asking about your use of DNA in your family history research.

Click here to take the survey.

The survey is open to everyone, and we look forward to your participation. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to genealogy mailing lists, cousins and friends, and fellow genealogical society members.

Respondents will be able to see the summaries of the answers, and we'll print all of the results in the March SCGS eNews and Notes.

SCGS February eNews and Notes Available Online

The February edition of the SCGS eNews and Notes has been posted online, and it has been sent to those who have subscribed to receive it. You can read it at:

SCGS February eNews and Notes

Did you know that we have over 5,000 subscribers on our email list? That is great, but we always have room for more. If you'd like to receive your copy directly, just go to the SCGS website at www.scgsgenealogy.com and enter your name in the upper right corner of the page. Of course we will always respect your internet privacy and never divulge your information to anyone.

Resource Announcement: New Orleans Online Records 1877-1801

Archdiocese of New Orleans Releases Records Online: Slave and Free People of Color Baptismal Records in the Archives (1777 - 1801)

In the Catholic church, access to historical sacramental records (baptisms, marriages and burials) is generally decided at the Archdiocese-level and varies significantly from allowing older records to be microfilmed to virtually no access at all. (How many of us have sent checks and requests into the black hole of church archives?)

With the installation of a new Archbishop in New Orleans in 2002 we are seeing a glimmer of long-awaited light with the release of "Slave and Free People of Color Baptismal Records" online index.


This release compliments the 19-volume printed indexes to sacramental records (1718 - 1831). Volume 20 has been postponed since Hurricane Katrina.

In the 1850's, New Orleans was one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Thousands of Irish and German immigrants used this port with its easy access to the Mississippi River and the farms and towns that lay upriver. New Orleans hosted these new immigrants, sometimes for generations, before they moved on to new opportunities.