26 September 2011

Special FTDNA 36-hour Sale!!

For those of you interested in having a DNA test, FTDNA has announced a special sale. Great prices but the sale lasts only 36 hours and ends at 10:00 PM PDT on Sept. 27 - tomorrow night. Sample prices:
Y-DNA (37 markers) $129
mtDNA $ 59
Family Finder $199
These are only a sample, there are combinations of tests and mtDNA upgrades as well. If you have been waiting to test or to buy a kit for a cousin, now is your chance.
Full information available at the FTDNA site: http://www.familytreedna.com/

19 September 2011

New Acadian Heritage Section Homepage

We pass this on from our friends at the American-French Genealogical Society:

Acadian Heritage Section Homepage
Welcome to the Acadian Heritage section of the American-French Genealogical Society web site. We hope you will find the material here helpful in discovering a culture begun in North America. These hard working people, devoted to church and family, faced struggles unlike most others which created a unique cultural identity - Acadian.

Our aim is to highlight genealogical sources, historical events and places, language, food, music and joie de vivre typical of this group, to shed light on what may be a difficult area of your family history research.

Today, Acadia is not a country, but a common bond shared by people of it's heritage.

"In addition to the roughly 300,000 Acadians in the Maritime provinces, there are likely more than 1 million people of Acadian descent in Qu├ębec, 200,000 in Ontario and the western provinces, 400,000 in the northeastern United States, and 800,000 in Louisiana."(source: Encyclopedia of Canada's peoples; Paul R. Magocsi, editor)

The links provided here offer a wealth of information on this subject. We will be adding to this site regularly as more articles and references are submitted. Please feel free to contact us with comments and suggestions.

17 September 2011

Area Event: A Family History Seminar

We pass this on for our friends at the South Orange County California Genealogical Society:

A Family History Seminar

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

Mission Viejo City Hall, Saddleback Room

100 Civic Center Drive (corner La Paz and Marguerite)

"An Ancestor's Life - Pulling It All Together"


Curt B. Witcher

For more information, go to the website

14 September 2011

Jamestowne Society: First California Company

We pass this on for our friends at the First California Company:

The Jamestowne colony was privately financed by the Virginia Company. 104 men and boys landed on the banks of Virginia's James River on May 14, 1607. There, over thirteen years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, they established the first permanent English settlement in America. They endured a struggle for existence against disease, drought, starvation and hostile native residents in which six out of seven perished. At that appalling cost, those newcomers left us some of our most profound and immutable national legacies. Links about Jamestowne, the first colony

Join us if you are a potential member wanting to establish your lineage to the Jamestowne Society's Qualifying Ancestors.

First California Company is one of 37 Companies of The Jamestowne Society. It is composed of members of the Society who are interested in associating with other members in California and participating in events and other activities that it sponsors.

For more information, visit this website

Area Event: 2011 Seminar Treasures, Travel and Technology

We pass this on for our friends at the British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A.:

Treasures, Travel and Technology

featuring Darris G. Williams

Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Whittier Masonic Lodge
9:00am to 3:30pm

Topics include Hidden treasures in FamilySearch, FamilySearch Wikis and Forums, British Records Online: Past, Present and Future and Touring the British Isles Online: 18th - 19th Century Travel Accounts

For more information, visit the website

10 September 2011

Area Events: It's about Timelines! September 20th

We pass this on for our friends at Los Angeles WESTSIDE Genealogical Society:

Paul Lipinski has been a researcher for over thirty years and has traced most of his ancestral lines to the 1700s. As a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of California he has served on the board as President and Vice-President, and he is currently Editor of their quarterly publication, the Bulletin, and has also written articles for other societies’ publications. He has organized and chaired local and national conferences and has spoken to many local genealogical societies and other groups. The benefits of timelines to genealogists and what computer technology has meant to how we use timelines today will be illustrated.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
-- Admission is Free! Help for Beginners --

Program Schedule
7:00 - 9:00 PM
7:00 Pre-meeting activities - Announcements, Surprise Drawing (a different donated prize each month)
7:15 Business Meeting
7:30 Paul Lipinski’s Program
8:30 Q&A

Family History Library on the Westwood Mormon Temple grounds
10741 Santa Monica Blvd. @ Overland Avenue
Get directions from Tom Lane at (310) 393-5574

Check out our website at: www.lawgsweb.org

06 September 2011

SCGS Research Teams: Solve Your Brick Walls Here

The SCGS Research Teams are highly qualified volunteers who conduct specialized research for a fee for our members and patrons. Our resources include our library's 35,000+ books, manuscripts, microfilms, and CDs. To order hourly research please click here.

Among our specialized areas of research are:

The SCGS collection of Cornish records include the celebrated Ross Collection of births, marriages, deaths and other official records from the Cornwall government and church. Many date back to the 1500s. We can also search Cornish miners of California, Michigan, and other areas.

We are the home of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of California and one of the largest collections of French-Canadian resources in the USA. These resources include the Blue and Red Drouin, Jette, Tanguay, PRDH, and the marriage records of over 1000 parishes, just to name a few.

Our collection has materials for almost every county in the US. Special assistance is available in the following areas: Revolutionary War, American Colonial Wars, Massachusetts Town Records to 1850, California Gold Rush, 1852 California Census, California vital records.

Los Angeles County
Vital records (births, deaths, marriages), Los Angeles Times newspaper obituaries, selected cemetery indexes and 1892 Great Register of Voters.

Let us help you knock down those brick walls. Tell us about your rearch puzzles and we'll help you find a solution.

04 September 2011

SCGS Beginner's Genealogy Course

Still time left to register -- Begins next week.

Summer left you feeling a little rusty in terms of your genealogical research skills? We've got just the solution.
Beginner's Four-Week Class
September 6, 13, 20 and 27

Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
at the SCGS Library

Week 1 - The Basics of Getting Started
Week 2 - Census Records and Their Substitutes
Week 3 - Church Records
Week 4 - Military and Land Records

Sign up by emailing - beginner@scgsgenealogy.com or call 818-843-7247