31 July 2011

Oral History Scholarship Applications due Aug 1

We pass this on for our friends at the Oral History Association (OHA):

Scholarships for Non-presenters Available for the 2011 OHA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, October 12-16 “Memories of Conflict and Disaster: Oral History and the Politics of Truth, Trauma, and Reconciliation”

OHA offers scholarships to persons who are not part of the formal program (aka attendees) at the annual meeting.

Completed applications for non-presenters must be submitted by August 1, 2011.

For more information, visit this site.

29 July 2011

DNA Mishmash and In Search of the Meaning of Mozingo, Aug 6

We pass this on for our friends at Pasadena Area African American Genealogical Society:

DOUBLE BILL 2:30pm- 5:45pm
August 6, 2011

“DNA Mishmash” By Cheri Mello
“In Search of the Meaning of Mozingo” By Joe Mozingo

Pasadena Public Library,
Lamanda Branch Meeting Room
140 South Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA
91107 626-744-7266

Attendance is FREE
All are welcome

This month’s 1st topic: Bring your results so Cheri Mello will assist you in making sense out of your DNA results.

Biography: Professionally, Cheri Mello is a math teacher with degrees in psychology, sociology, human and child development, and master’s in education. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, the most prestigious and highest teaching credential in the educational world. The genealogy bug was planted in Cheri with the 5th grade history project. Her maternal grandmother gave her some material which she used for the project. She used it later for a Girl Scout badge. She pulled out the information many times and wondered about her family and how she could learn more. Some of this material is still incorporated into her current presentations. She has done research in many states, even taking a trip overseas in search of her Portuguese ancestry.

This month’s 2nd topic: Joe Mozingo, white for eight generations, will tell his fascinating story of how in searching for the meaning of his last name he traced his lineage to the 1600’s to Edward Mozingo, the African. His book is a work-in-progress.

Biography: Joe Mozingo has been a journalist for 12 years, working for the Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Mozingo has been an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent and now he is a narrative writer. He has won several national press awards and was the lead reporter on a team effort that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and two young children.

More info contact: Charlotte rubymoon01@yahoo.com or paaags@yahoo.com

Ventura County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting, Aug 20

We pass this on for our friends at VCGS:

The Ventura County Genealogical Society, Inc. (VCGS) will be holding its regular monthly meeting Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Ventura LDS Family History Center, 3501 Loma Vista Rd. (at Mills Rd.) Ventura, CA. Before the meeting begins and during the breaks, genealogy books and supplies are available for purchase. Guests are always welcome to attend our free meeting. For more information call Gwenda Tucker at (805) 485-7930.

Guest Speaker: Connie Moretti
Subject: Researching Your Civil War Ancestors
Date: August 20, 2011
Time: 1pm
Location: Ventura LDS Family History Library, 3501 Loma Vista Road, Ventura

Connie Moretti is a retired educator and is currently active as a historian, lecturer and writer. She is co-author of Stepping Stones to Genealogy and On the Road (a guide to Southern Los Angeles County genealogy libraries). Connie will talk to us about both online and print resources for building a profile of our Civil War ancestors.

Scheduled Workshops:
VCGS Library Collection......................................... Kay Engel DNA.......................................................................... Sandi Ruch
Computer Lab........................................................... FHC Staff

SCGS August Lunch and Learn, August 13

LUNCH AND LEARN (Double Bill!)
Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, California 91504 818-843-7247
Saturday August 13, 2011
Doors open at 12noon

Lunch - 12:00 noon to 1p.m.
Sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories and questions while eating your brown bag lunch. Learn - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with questions and answers

What's is Social Networking - And Why Should a Genealogist Care?
Presented by Jay Holladay

Blogs, feed readers, wikis, webinars, Twitter, Facebook, social networking - what's this stuff all about? How will it help me in my genealogy endeavors? Jay Holladay will introduce these topics and give examples of how they can assist your research and facilitate the exchange of information with other family members. This presentation will be aimed at those who would like to learn about the new Internet tools, but members who are already users of blogs, wikis, etc. are also encouraged to attend and share their experiences and favorite sites. Jay Holladay leads the Information Technology Team at the SCGS Library and is a member of the SCGS Board of Directors. He has been doing genealogy research since 1993 and specializes in Kentucky research. He authors a blog about his Holladay family research.

What's is Google - And Why Should a Genealogist Care?
Presented by Sam T. Ward

Sam T. Ward will introduce all that is Google and show examples illustrating how all that is Google can assist your research and facilitate the interest and exchange of information with other family members. Since retirement from aerospace, Sam T. Ward has been aggressively researching his family history toward a goal of publishing a family memoir. Having started this task so late in his life, Sam is quite aware of the significant challenge he faces. He is meeting this challenge by applying skills that he honed during his military and aerospace careers to aid his genealogy efforts. He is a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society, the California African American Genealogy Society, the Pasadena Area African American Genealogy Society, and the Corona Genealogical Society. He is also a member of the Lowndes County Historical Society of Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia.

The library will not be open for research.

Any questions please contact Charlotte at rubymoon01@yahoo.com

26 July 2011

Area Event: Genealogical Society of Hispanic America SoCal

Here's an announcement from our good friends at the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America - Southern California Chapter. Please direct your questions to Donie Nelson (contact information below)


Four days in August with opportunities for assisted research--all FREE.

Wednesday, August 3, 3-9pm - Hispanic Wednesday at the West LA Family History Library If you need some assistance with your research, please join me Wednesday afternoon & evening , August 3, at the West Los Angeles Family History Library from 3-9pm. Our Mexico expert John Schmal will be on hand to give you personal attention. And if you need assistance with California research, let me know ASAP so that I can schedule Alex King or Joe Barnes.

Tuesday, August 16, 1-9pm - Hispanic Tuesday at the SCGS Library in Burbank If John Schmal's schedule permits, he will be joining us after 5pm to help Mexico researchers. California expert Alex King will be on hand after 6pm and I will be available for the entire session to assist you with getting organized, tours of the library, purchase of books, and New Mexico research.

Saturday, August 20, 11am-5pm - Hispanic Saturday at the LAPL Central Library Downtown Join me downtown and explore the fabulous genealogical collection at the Los Angeles Central Library. There are computers almost always available in the dept. where you can access the library's on-line collections, as well as the subscription services: Ancestry.com

Saturday, August 27, Noon-5pm - Hispanic Saturday in Orange County Patsy Vasquez will be on hand to assist you with your Hispanic research--and perhaps John Schmal will join her.

Please bring your laptop or your pedigree charts and family group charts whenever your research, but especially when you are seeking assistance. Our experts can best help you if all the information is legible and in one place--that is why the charts are so helpful--especially family group charts. If you need assistance with charts or getting organized, I can assist you.

Questions? Contact me.
Donie Nelson

Donie Nelson
Outreach Chair

Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California PO Box 2472 Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670-0472

GSHA-SC¹s Facebook page updates all our programs
Here is the URL:
You can also Google
"Genealogical Society of Hispanic America Facebook", to reach the link.

15 July 2011

The Library of Congress - a C-SPAN documentary, 18 July

Posted on behalf of our friends at C-SPAN:

The Library of Congress
A C-SPAN Original Documentary
Premieres Mon., July 18, 8 & 11 pm ET on C-SPAN

Join us this Monday evening on C-SPAN for the premiere of our latest original documentary, The Library of Congress. Founded in 1800 and sitting adjacent to the U.S. Capitol in the heart of America's capital city, the Library of Congress has collected nearly 150 million items, making it the world's largest library. This documentary explores the Library's 211-year history and the scope of its collection. Go behind the scenes and:
  • Learn the history of the institution as you tour the Library's iconic Jefferson Building.
  • See the treasures found in its collections of rare books, photos, and maps, as well as the thousands of pages of presidential and personal papers.
  • Learn how the library uses technology to preserve its holdings and expand public access to them.

For preview clips and more information about The Library of Congress,
visit www.c-span.org/loc

SCGS RootsMagic User Group - 17 July

The next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held this coming Sunday at the usual time and place:

Date: Sunday, July 17, 2011
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: SCGS Library
417 Irving Drive (near Glenoaks) in Burbank

Program - Our July meeting will feature an Introduction to RootsMagic session for those of you who are new to the program or have questions about building your genealogy database.

There will be plenty of time for questions and, depending on time and attendee interest, we will also discuss such topics as using GEDCOM files, RootsMagic webinars, and source citations.

New RootsMagic users are especially encouraged to download and watch the "Getting Started" webinar, the first of the series which began earlier this year. See below for more details. If you're not sure of how to view these webinars, we can demonstrate the process during the meeting.

If you have them, please bring your laptop and/or your copy of Getting the Most Out of RootsMagic 4.

You are also encouraged to send us your suggestions for future meetings. At each meeting we try to cover topics of interest to both beginners and more experienced users.

RootsMagic Webinars - Twenty one RoorsMagic webinars are now available for download; see the RM webinar page for a complete list. The first of the series, "Getting Started with RootsMagic" (January 8) is an excellent introduction to the program. It is suggested that you download the webinar of interest and then you can view it, pause, go back, etc. at your leisure. Please let us know if you have any questions about accessing or using the webinars.

Next Month's Meeting
- August 21, 2011

Future Meetings in 2011 - September 18, October 16, November 20

Latest Version of RM4 - Version (18 Jun 2011).

For more information see the RootsMagic blog

For further information about the meeting or the user group, contact Jay Holladay at jholladay@ca.rr.com Link

Relative Roots Webinar Schedule - July 12-26

We pass this on for our friends at Relative Roots, with a recommendation from the SCGS DNA Interest Group:

Relative Roots is pleased to announce their webinar schedule for July:

Tuesday, July 12
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy at Family Tree DNA

Thursday, July 14
Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 1: Y-DNA

Tuesday, July 19
Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results,
Part 2: mtDNA

Tuesday, July 26
Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results,
Part 3: Family Finder

For complete details about these webinars and to register, please visit http://www.relativeroots.net/webinars/

Recordings of Relative Roots webinars are available for viewing on-demand to accommodate those who can't attend the live sessions. Recordings become available within 24 hours after each live webinar, and remain online for 7 days following the live session. There are two ways to register for on-demand access:

1) Pre-Register for On-Demand. Sign up as though you were going to attend live, then within 24 hours after the webinar ends, you will receive an email containing the link to the recording;
2) Visit the Relative Roots website at least 24 hours after the live webinar to sign up for on-demand.

Attendees of Relative Roots genetic genealogy webinars receive a limited-time discount on select new test kits and upgrades at Family Tree DNA. Full details about the discount are provided at the end of each live webinar.

Learn about Relative Roots webinars as soon as they're scheduled! Join our email announcements list, follow us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter:

Email List - http://www.relativeroots.net/webinars/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/RelativeRoots
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/RelativeRoots

Intermediate Genealogical and Health DNA - 30 July

SCGS DNA Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, 30 July

Presenter: Alice Fairhurst, DNA Interest Chair

10:00 - 10:30 Answering questions about DNA testing
10:30 - 12:00 Comparing autosomal testing at Family Tree DNA and 23andMe
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Individualized help

$5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. individualized help well 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 pages or interpreting their results. A drawing will be ehld 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.

From 2-4 pm, those who are Family Tree DNA Project Administrators or Project co-administractors are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group grpojects. The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues.

Future meetings: 29 Oct 2011 (subject to change)

09 July 2011

Traveling Virtually or Physically to a Civil War Site

The main goal of the CivilWarTraveler.com site is to provide travel, historical and interpretive information to anyone planning a trip to a Civil War site or region. My armchair-based tour started with a review of the Civil War timeline which details important events from Lincoln's election on Nov. 6, 1860 to the final battles of the Civil War in May 1865.

I then moved on to the Multimedia section of the site. Here I found a set of guided tours for major battlefields narrated by National Park staff. I selected the Harper's Ferry podcast and clicked on the companion tour map and settled back to listen. Through the narrative, I was transported to the East Coast and back in time to the War. While clearly it would be best if I could have actually walked around the park, the podcast, map and other photos were sufficient to create a nice experience.

Last, I visited the In Print and Books sections. The on-line mock newspapers were fun to read and the list of recommended books was tremendous.

All in all, I recommend this site to any Civil War, travel, history and of course genealogy enthusiasts.

08 July 2011

Staffing Change at the LA Public Library

The current History & Genealogy Librarian, Mary McCoy, has accepted a new position within the LA Public Library system, effective July 16, 2011.

Please note that the July 16 genealogy tour will still be offered at 11am.

After July 16, questions you may have may be directed to the History & Genealogy Senior Librarian, Cindy McNaughton at (213) 228-7402 or cmcnaug@lapl.org.

The genealogy tour schedule for Aug. 20 has been cancelled.

Department tours for groups will still be offered by appointment.

Thank you and good luck in your new position Mary!

05 July 2011

SCGS Open House - Sat. July 9

You are invited to the
Southern California Genealogical Society
Open House

July 9, 2011
11am - 3pm

Tour the library and meet other Society members.

It is a great time to learn about SCGS Interest Groups and how to get involved. SCGS is an all-volunteer organization and we depend on your energy and ideas!

We will have light refreshments.