26 April 2011

SCGS - DNA Interest Group Meeting Saturday April 30

Sat, April 30, 2011 – Back to Basics on DNA

Presenter: Cheri Mello, DNA Interest Team

• 10:00-10:30   Answering questions about DNA testing.
• 10:30-12:00   Understanding the connections between DNA testing and genealogy.
• 12:00-1:00     Lunch
• 1:00-2:00       Individualized help.

$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. A drawing will be held for a $30 discount certificate for ordering a DNA test. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

For additional information contact Alice Fairhurst, at alicefairhurst@gmail.com or call (626) 331-4791

Following the regular meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects.  The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues. 

The meeting will be held at the SCGS Family Research Library, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504. Cross street is Glenoaks.


21 April 2011

Anouncement: 2010 GENEii Family History Contest Winners

April 21, 2011 - BURBANK, CALIFORNIA. The Southern California Genealogical Society announces the winners of the 2010 GENEii(sm) Family History Writing Contest which is sponsored by the Society.

Prizes are awarded in two categories. Category 1 is for articles between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. Category 2 is for articles under 1,000 words in length. Both categories are for family history or local-history stories, memoirs, or character sketches. Submissions may be either unpublished or previously published. All submissions must be factual, honest, and as accurate as possible.

Complete details are found on the SCGS website.

Congratulations go to all of the 2010 winners! The winning entries are posted online and will be published in the Society's quarterly journal, The Searcher.

Category 1:
1st Place - Carla Garner: Farm Wife in the Great Depression
2nd Place - Janet Aird: Indian Princess
3rd Place - Ceferino Ahuero-Baca: Fur Trader: Pedro Jose' de Tevis
Honorable Mention: Barbara Randall: Meet My Great Grandpa Arthur
Finalist - Emily Cary: Perverse Roots
Finalist - Linda Wilson Barlow: My Pistol Packin' Grandma's Claim to Fame

Category 2:
1st Place - Joyce Roberson: Reprise
2nd Place - Judith Cole: Jersey Shore
3rd Place - Marsha Worth: Math Teacher and Mount Waffl
Honorable Mention - Carla Garner: Eva Continues the Family Tradition
Finalist - Carla Garner: Community Comes in Unexpected Forms

Contest winners will be recognized at the luncheon that will be held during the Family History Writers Conference. The Writers Conference will be held in conjunction with the Society's annual Genealogy Jamboree in June 2011. The conference and luncheon details are found at www.genealogyjamboree.com.

The 2011 contest submission dates are November 1 through December 31, 2011.

20 April 2011

DNA Interest Group: Back to Basics Apr 30

Presenter: Cheri Mello

10:00 - 10:30 Answering questions about DNA testing
10:30 - 12:00 Connecting DNA to Genealogy

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 Individualized help

A $5 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help available after the formal presentation for those who want to order tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. A drawing will be held for a $30 discount certificate for ordering a DNA test. Bring a brown bag lunch or join the pizza party for an additional $5.

Preservation Week April 24-30, 2011

Here's a chance to observe Preservation Week 2011 by attending a free webinar presented by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

ALCTS webinar: Preserving Your Personal Digital Memories Date: Thursday, April 28, 2011 All webinars are one hour in length and begin at: 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern Time

Description: Digital photos, electronic documents, and other new media are fragile and require special care to keep them useable. But preserving digital information is a new concept that most people have little experience with. As new technologies appear for creating and saving our personal digital information, older ones become obsolete, making it difficult to access older content. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital memories safe.

Presenter: Bill LeFurgy, Digital Initiatives Manager, has worked for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress since June 2002. He leads the NDIIPP Communications Team, which interacts with a broad range of people interested in preserving access to digital information. In former lives, LeFurgy dealt with electronic records at the National Archives and Records Administration and served as Baltimore City Archivist and Records Management Officer. While he has memories of punch cards, monochrome monitors, and 30-pound portable computers, he is also an enthusiastic creator and consumer of social media. He has a BA degree in History from McGill University, as well as an MLS and MA in History from the University of Maryland.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an SCGS-sponsored webinar and it will not be archived on the SCGS website.

16 April 2011

Area Event: Romance of the Ranchos Apr 30-May 1

We pass this along from our friends at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum

Romance of the Ranchos Festival

Spend the afternoon on the historic Rancho La Puente Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, 2011 1pm to 5pm

Just some of the features: Early California music, folklorico dance A visit with Pio Pico, the last Governor of Mexican California Demonstrations, including blacksmith, woodworking, food preservation, adobe brickmaking, rope making and gold panning.

For more information, please visit the Homestead Museum website

14 April 2011

Bargain Alert: Family Tree DNA

Family Tree DNA has posted this message to their Facebook page.

Because this is such a short run sale, please contact Family Tree DNA customer service right away with any problems.
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E-mail: info@familytreedna.com


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Y-DNA37…… $129
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Family Finder… $199
Family Finder + Y-DNA12… $258
Family Finder + mtDNA…… $258
Family Finder + mtFullSequence + Y-DNA67 … $657

Y-DNA12 add-on … $59
Y-DNA12 to 37…… $69
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mtDNA add-on …… $59
mtFull Sequence upgrade … $199
Family Finder add-on … $199

To take advantage of these promotional prices use the coupon code: DNADAY2011

The coupon code will expire on Friday at midnight (CST).

Please note, the Y-DNA67 to 111 upgrade will remain at the introductory rate of $101 (no coupon necessary) until the end of this promotion. The price will be $129 going forward.

Payment must be received at the time of the order. Valid only on products listed. No substitutions. This promotion was announced in advance, therefore no adjustments will be made on previous purchases. Offer valid from 12:00 PM CST on Thursday, April 14, until 11:59 PM CST on April 15, 2011.

This promotion is not valid in combination with any other promotions. Family Tree DNA reserves the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized or ineligible use of discounts and to modify or cancel these promotional discounts due to system error or unforeseen problems. Subject to change without notice.

Bargain Alert: FREE through April 24 - Gale Resources

We learned that Gale is Celebrating National Library Week from 10-24 April by giving you free access to select Gale resources.

· Gale NewsVault — access to more than 10 million digitized pages. This collection includes:
o 17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
o 19th Century British Library Newspapers
o 19th Century U.S. Newspapers
o 19th Century UK Periodicals: Empire
o 19th Century UK Periodicals: New Readerships
o Financial Times Historical Archive
o Illustrated London News Historical Archive
o Times Digital Archive
o Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive Quick Look
· Global Issues in Context
· GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)
· Powerspeak Languages
· Science in Context
· Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive —collection devoted to the study of slavery which in its entirety will consist of more than 5 million cross-searchable pages. Part I: Debates over Slavery & Abolition available now.

Also mentioned is … AccessMyLibrary. This is a mobile application for several smartphones which makes access to library research just a click away on a mobile phone. A major portal from the Web to libraries, AML allows online searchers to find what they need by connecting them to their local library quickly and conveniently.

(Thanks to NGS for posting this message)

12 April 2011

Finding Your German Village: Bavaria - April 16

This Saturday April 16, 2011 the SCGS German Interest Group will meet from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. The topic is finding your German village with a focus on Bavaria. The goal of the German Interest Group is to provide a wide range of resources both inside and outside the SCGS Libary to help trace German families. The group meets at the library every third Saturday from 1-4. New members and guests are always welcome. If you bring your family information (e.g., pedigree charts and family group sheets), the group members will be better able to assist you with your research.

07 April 2011

Find Your "Civil War Relatives" Challenge

Let's consider a "Civil War relative" as any descendant of someone that was in the same Civil War unit as one of your ancestors. By locating these "Civil War relatives" you may find someone that has a rifle, a uniform, a diary or letters that would shed light on your ancestors' experiences during this important time in both their lives and in U.S. history.

As a reminder - Ancestry.com is offering free access, starting today, for the next week (7-14 April), to their Civil War records.

SCGS challenges readers of our blog to take advantage of this free access to research your "Civil War relatives" and then share some of your results as comments to this post. Then we would have a set of descendants-ancestors with service information and we could begin to find each other.

Our goal is for each reader to connect up with at least one other descendant with a common service record.

So ... please post your ancestors' names and their service information (e.g., enlistment date, regiment/unit(s), muster-out date, and Civil War headstone location, any other interesting facts). Then let's see how many connections we can come up with in the next seven days.

06 April 2011

Bargain Alert: Civil War Records on Ancestry.com

To mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, Ancestry.com is opening up millions of Civil War records, including the 1860 and 1870 US censuses, for free searches April 7 – 14.

The American Civil War Research Database is Ancestry's effort to compile and link all available records of soldiers who fought in the Civil War. The collection contains state rosters, pension records, regimental histories, photos and journals.

Click here to search Ancestry's American Civil War Research Database.

05 April 2011

In Memoriam: Tom Emerson

Thomas D. “Tom” Emerson, 47, son of Richard and Sally Emerson of La Canada, died March 7, in La Crescenta. He was born December 11, 1963 and raised in the Crescenta-Canada area. He graduated from La Canada High School, class of 1982. He started his first career, computer programmer, in elementary school when he brought home the school “Pet” (Commodore Pet) for the holidays. After graduation from PCC, he entered the world of real programming and worked for several companies in programming business applications, the most recent was with Warner Brothers.

Recently he embarked on a new interest, tourism. Following some successful tours of Ireland he became serious and studied Tour Management at the International Tour Management Institute. He enjoyed his first professional stints as a tour director and was planning tours in California, Ireland and France.

As a serious hobby Tom built and flew model rockets. His membership in the Rocketry Organization of California goes back many years. Recently he branched into the “Large and Dangerous” variety, with several taller than him.

He enjoyed music and singing, was a avid SciFi fan in both movies and books, bowling, curling and traveled extensively. He sang with the Town Singers and produced several of the videos of their performances.

He was a founding member of the San Gabriel Valley Linux Users Group, where he performed varied duties. He volunteered his technical computer skills at the Southern California Genealogical Society. He was a kind and caring person to so many, many people. Finally, as many have remarked, his sense of humor was widely appreciated.

He is survived by his parents, his sister Carol Eriksen and husband Karl, two nephews and one niece, Sean, Matthew and Stephanie Eriksen, extended family, Christoph, Barbara, Jonas and Silke Radbruch who live in Germany, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, his special friend, Rosanna Vignola and his beloved dog, Carmel.

A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held April 16, 2011, 1 p.m., at the La Canada Congregational Church aka: Church of the Lighted Window in La Canada, at 1200 Foothill Blvd.

No flowers please, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, to the Southern California Genealogical Society, 417 Irving Dr, Burbank, CA 91504, or the La Canada Congregational Church.

04 April 2011

If it Seems to be Moving Slowly....

If you happen to experience slow responses when you try to register for Jamboree or download one of the archives sessions from the Jamboree Extension webinar series, please be patient. We are having some performance issues with the SCGS website and our IT team is working hard to solve the issue.

Thank you so much for your understanding.