25 November 2012

Shop Online and Help the Southern California Genealogical Society

I'm really tired of hearing about "Cyber Monday" and I'll bet you are too. Don't worry, this isn't a sales pitch.* I just want to ask for your help for the Southern California Genealogical Society while you shop for your family and friends.  

SCGS participates in affiliate programs with two big retail suppliersAmazon.com and iGive.com. That means that when you shop at Amazon.com or iGive.com, SCGS receives a few pennies to help us fund our mission to provide education for family historians everywhere. And it doesn't cost you a cent.

In our household, Amazon.com is our go-to for darned near everything.  Clothes, toys, DVDs, CDs, electronics, books, household items, even Twinkies and HoHos! Do you travel for the holidays? Shop at Amazon, send your packages ahead and save hassles at the airport. Bookmark the URL and use it every time you shop on Amazon year-round.

Next, check out iGive.com. This website is a jumping-off point for shopping  at a seemingly endless collection of websites, including Ancestry.com, Staples, BestBuy.com. Whether it's clothing, chocolate, car rental, airline travel -- you name it, it's there. Check out the list for yourself by clicking on the iGive.com logo.

We thank you for your support.

*but of course SCGS offers gift certificates that can be used for Jamboree or other society events, membership, publications, or professional research services. You can purchase them online here in the value of your choosing.

17 November 2012

RootsMagic Interest Group at SCGS Burbank - 18 Nov

The next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 
from 2-4 PM at the SCGS Library, 
417 Irving Drive (cross street Glenoaks) in Burbank 

At our our November meeting we will discuss the following topics:

- Back to basics - we will cover some getting-started topics for our newer members
- Online sharing of genealogy information with other family members. We will review and expand on our earlier sessions about this subject.
- A brief update on New Family Search and the transition to Family Search Family Tree
- RootsMagic features - attendee requests for information
- Topic for Next Month's Meeting

As always, we encourage you to bring your questions, discoveries, or suggestions for topics to be discussed at the meeting.

From the Message Boards - The RootsMagic message boards, aka the Forums, have undergone some changes, such as addition of a "General Messages" board for user community discussions. Check it out at: http://forums.rootsmagic.com/

RootsMagic Webinars - Do you have some favorites among the 40 Roots Magic webinars that have been presented? See the RM webinar page at http://www.rootsmagic.com/Webinars/ for a complete list. At the meeting, please tell us about one you have found to be helpful.

Next Month's Meeting - December 16, 2012

Future Meetings - January 20, 2013, February 17, March 17

Latest Version of RM5 - Version (11 July 2012) For more information see http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/10575-rootsmagic-5-update-history/

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

12 November 2012

SCGS Burbank: The Master Genealogist User Group

Meeting Announcement
SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, December 1, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

The SCGS TMG User Group is a forum where users of The Master Genealogist© (TMG) software gather to discuss features, issues, and practical application of the “the gold standard in family history software” and its related companion, Second Site©.

The SCGS TMG User Group meets monthly on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month except for holiday weekends and special SCGS event dates. Meetings are held at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library in Burbank.

Our meeting format generally consists of a meet-and-greet period, questions from new attendees, a question-and-answer session, and a presentation, usually given by Patt Ricketts, SCGS member and TMG user since 1997.

SCGS TMG User Group is a volunteer Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society. Meetings are open to the general public. There is no fee for attendance. Donations are accepted.

If you are a TMG user or are thinking about moving your data to TMG, why not join us? Bring your questions about TMG functionality, importing data from other software, and “how to” with you and learn how TMG can meet all of your genealogical software needs.

Remaining 2012 meetings:
November 3, 2012 – regular meeting
December 1, 2012 – regular meeting

Our meetings are also posted on the SCGS calendar: http://calendar.scgsgenealogy.com/

08 November 2012

Author Joe Mozingo Coming to SCGS Library on Saturday

An unexpected addition to the SCGS calendar is a book reading by Joe Mozingo, author of "The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, a Search for Family". This book received an excellent review in the Los Angeles Times last Sunday, November 5, 2012, which highlighted it as "An adventure in genealogy, race and relations".
Read the entire review at http://goo.gl/HGWKH

Mr. Mozingo is an award-winning reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He will read from and discuss his book at the Southern California Genealogical Society library on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 4:30 P.M. Afterward he will sign copies of his book.  Let's welcome him with a good turnout.

05 November 2012

SCGS Burbank - Beginning Genealogy Class January 5

Start the 2013 genealogical year on the right foot and join longtime SCGS member Beverly Truesdale for a beginning genealogy session.  

5 January 2013
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

This introduction to the basics includes setting goals, keeping organized, identifying resources, using Federal and state censuses, and introduction to Ancestry.com.

Fee: free to SCGS members, $10.00 for non-members.  Free parking.

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

01 November 2012

SCGS Burbank - Family Tree Maker User Group November 11, 2012

The Family Tree Maker User Group meets on the second Sunday of each month, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00. Since the library is open for research until 4:00 p.m., come early and use our valuable resources to find your family's records.

Sunday, November 11   
Places Workspace overview and features
1. Comparison with places in FTM2006
2. Adding places
3. Place Name Authority table
4. Using dropdown list when entering place names
5. Places Workspace interface
6. Resolved places

Working with places
1. Editing place name fields, name modifiers, home county designation
2. Fixing unresolved place names
3. Merging two place names
4. Resolving places with additional detail
5. Importing and resolving places from FTM2006
6. P lace Menu
7. Map printing and migration maps
Upcoming meetings are scheduled as follows:
Sunday, December 09   
  main topic: Sources Workspace – demystifying sources and source citations
Sunday, January 13       
  main topic: Publish Workspace – part 1: charting dynamics and options

Contact  Dick Humphrey

SCGS German Interest Group - Nov 17

417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504-2408
818-843-7247 or scgsgenealogy.com
17 Nov - Translating the Title Page: To be announced  Allene Aubertin  & Alene Neff
8 Dec -  No workshop -  We will attend the SCGS Open House instead