27 February 2013

SCGS - Beginning Genealogy Class April 6, 2013

Have you resolved to dig in and explore your family's history?

We have just the solution.

Beginning Genealogy Class
Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504

The class will instruct new family history researchers on how to get started, set goals, organize records, identify and record resources, and use Federal and state censuses.

Free to SCGS members, $10 for non-members. Register by phone at 818-843-7247 or beginner@scgsgenealogy.com

20 February 2013

SCGS Meeting Notice - The Master Genealogist User Group - March 2

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, March 2, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California  91504

The SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG) 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 companion software, Second Site©.

The TMG-UG meetings are held at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library in Burbank. The SCGS TMG User Group meets monthly on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month with the exception of holiday weekends and dates of special SCGS events.  Please check the SCGS calendar for updates.

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.

The TMG User Group is an interest group of the Southern California Genealogical Society.  Meetings are open to the general public.  There is no fee for participation.  Donations are gratefully 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.

The SCGS Library is not open for research during the meeting.

Please direct any questions to kinklector@gmail.com.

14 February 2013

RootsMagic User Group Meeting Sunday, February 17

Our next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held as follows:

Sunday, February 17, 2013
from 2-4 PM at the SCGS Library, 
417 Irving Drive (cross street Glenoaks) in Burbank 

At our February meeting we will cover at least the following topics:
-   New FamilySearch (NFS) What is it? How can I access it? When will RootsMagic be compatible, etc.
-   RootsMagic 6 features - Publish Online
-   Beginner's time - New users questions and demo
-   Other topics depending on attendee's interests

Before Sunday's meeting you might want to review the webinar "What's New in RootsMagic 6", especially if you are new to the program or are trying to decide whether to upgrade. You can see this webinar at:
RootsMagic recently announced a new series of seven webinars each dealing with a single new feature of RM6. These will be of the shortened length and Q&A format introduced with webinar 41 about the new iPad app. See full details at:
http://www.rootsmagic.com/Webinars/ along with a complete list of all past webinars.

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

07 February 2013

SCGS Lunch 'n' Learn - Saturday, February 9

Posted on behalf of Charlotte Bocage

Lunch 'N' Learn
February 09, 2013 - Saturday
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SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

Contact: Charlotte Bocage

Doors open at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories and questions while eating your brown bag lunch.
Learn - 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. with questions & answers.

Speaker - Charlotte Bocage
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
I Thought I Was Organized, So Don’t Do What I Did!

2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Why and How to Source Your Documents

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Getting Ready for the National Archives Field Trip

These three presentations explain the need for and types of forms, a simple filing system, and other genealogical paraphernalia. You will avoid the sin of incomplete sourcing by organizing your source citations. Then the mini lecture will prepare you for our field trip to the National Archives on March 2.

Charlotte M. Bocage has over forty years of genealogy experience, a full-time genealogist, lecturer, author, and Louisiana specialist. Also on the Board of Directors and Education Committee chair for the Southern California Genealogical Society, and First Vice President for the Pasadena Area African American Genealogical Society.

The library will not be open for research. Ending time is approximate.

01 February 2013

REMINDER: SCGS Irish Genealogy Seminar - 16 March

Ulster Irish Seminar
Saturday, 16 Mar 2013
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA

$30 for SCGS members
$35 for nonmembers.
Sandwich box lunches are available for $10.

Note: We have a limited number of seats available. Don't miss out - register today!

We are extremely fortunate to welcome Ulster Irish experts to SCGS for a full-day seminar on Saturday, March 16.

Conducting the seminar are Fintan Mullan, Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Dr. Brian Trainer, retired Research Director with the Ulster Historical Foundation. They will be presenting four sessions:

Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research.  The programme starts with a broad overview of Scots-Irish and Irish research. Benefiting beginners and seasoned genealogists alike, it is practical, wide ranging, factual and informative. Using attractive visual aids, it will explore issues such as land divisions, the major collections of records and how to access them. This primer will set the programme up for the day with the sessions coming afterwards looking at some these important sources in greater detail.

The Ulster Plantation: Sources for 17th Century Families.  This talk will look at those sources which can throw light on Ulster families in the seventeenth century. It identifies documents relating to the Ulster Plantation (1610-41) which can be used to construct profiles of settler families. It also considers sources from the second half of the seventeenth century, such as hearth money rolls, the Civil Survey and poll books, which are of use to genealogists working in this period.

Researching the Farming Community in 18th and 19th Century.  The documents generated by the management of landed estates are among the most valuable of records for the local and family historian. Until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Ulster was a province of landed estates. This talk will identify those estates records of most use to genealogists, such as leases, rentals and maps, as well as considering the significance of landed estates in Ulster.

Sources Available for Research by County.  This talk is an overview type presentation which looks at the most important sources for studying family history in Ulster. The first part of the presentation will look at sources which broad-ranging and available for all or most counties. The rest of the talk will go through county by county for Ulster sources for the study of family history with a brief explanation of each. These sources include census returns, church records, valuation records, wills and testamentary papers, and tithe records.
Register for the Ulster Irish Seminar online

Download the flyer to register by mail.

This presentation is being made in cooperation with the SCGS Irish Interest Group.