26 April 2013

Genealogy Programs Sprouting on Television

Woohoo! Genealogy is becoming popular in the world of television programming. Here's a rundown:

Who Do You Think You Are?

We know that "Who Do You Think You Are?" is back in production, to resume on cable channel TLC. We will be welcoming Alexandra Orton and other members of the production team to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, as they join us for the Friday evening banquet.  

Family Tree - Premiers on Sunday, May 2

Next, there's Family Tree, a new program with genealogy as the basic plot line. However, it's not your typical study-a-family's-history format. This is a comedy that is described as:  

Down on his luck in love and life, having recently lost his job and girlfriend, 30-year-old Tom Chadwick has an unsure sense of his own identity. But when he inherits a mysterious box, Tom starts investigating his lineage and uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters, acquiring a growing sense of who he and his entire family are. [We can certainly relate to unusual stories and characters, right?]

FAMILY TREE kicks off its eight-episode season SUNDAY, MAY 12 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time. The producer is Christopher Guest, who is responsible for such comedy gems as "Best in Show and "A Mighty Wind." If you don't mind spoilers, you can read the episode summaries at http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/family-tree-new-hbo-show-28000/

Genealogy Roadshow

A casting call is out for a new PBS program called Genealogy Roadshow.

The casting call reads: HAVE YOU ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S HISTORY? The groundbreaking Documentary Series “Genealogy Roadshow” will be in AUSTIN, NASHVILLE, SAN FRANCISCO, and DETROIT reuniting families with long lost relatives, and answering questions about their past, their history, and their lineage. Do you have a Family mystery you would like solved? Is there a missing piece or person in your family tree you’ve always wondered about? Do you believe you might be connected in some way to our Nation’s rich history, folk lore, our founding fathers, or a famous person? If so, we’d love to hear from you! For your chance to be on the show please email us your name, contact info, your story, and someone from the casting department will get back to you!

Please note that the full instructions for registering, including creating an account and signing in, can be found at http://www.realitywanted.com/call/24410-casting-pbss-genealogy-roadshow#.UXrbQMoWdOx

Winners Announced: GENEii Family History Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 GENEii Family History Writers Contest, which is sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society. Many thanks to the 33 authors who collectively contributed 47 entries making this the largest GENEii contest ever. 

All of the winning submissions will be published in The Searcher; the dates of publication are indicated below.

Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words

1st Place 1: Ben Chinoy, Once in a Lifetime - Summer 2013

2nd Place: Janice Preston Horton, Feed Me I'm Yours - Spring 2014
3rd Place: Linda Gartz, The Ripple Effect - Winter 2014
Finalist: Linda D Menicucci, How To Clean A House - Summer 2013
Finalist: Sylvia Ney, Homegrown Love - Spring 2014
Honorable Mention: Virgina McGee Butler, Please, Just Call Her Anna - Autumn 2013
Honorable Mention: Bonnie Herold, And Morning Broke - Winter 2014

Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words

1st Place: Jeffery Cohen, The Road Block - Summer 2013
2nd Place: Willie Wilburn Walker, A First Kiss - Autumn 2013
3rd Place: Joyce Roberson, A Rockaway Memory - Autumn 2013
Finalist: Donna Gagnon, The Boys Next Door - Autumn 2013
Finalist: Mary E Nelson, Spring Lamb - Spring 2014
Honorable Mention: Pauline Abbott, A Maiden Aunt - Winter 2014
Honorable Mention: Peggy Spear, A Coral Necklace - Winter 2014

Please consider entering the 2013 GENEii Family History Writing contest. We will look forward to your entries starting November 1, 2013.

Thanks for your continuing support.

Pam Wiedenbeck, SCGS, FCHSC

Coordinator, GENEii Family History Writing Contest

24 April 2013

SCGS Meeting Notice - The Master Genealogist - May 4

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, May 4, 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.

16 April 2013

Webinar - Photo Preservation - 23 April

FREE WEBINAR to celebrate Preservation Week

The Preservation of Family Photographs: Here, There and Everywhere
April 23, 2013

11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/pres/042313 

Description: This presentation will offer basic guidance on the care and preservation of family photographs from 19th-century tintypes to contemporary color prints. The webinar will address the fundamental physical and chemical properties of photographic print and negative materials, including albums and scrapbooks, and the causes and mechanisms of their deterioration. Strategies for preservation, such as proper handling, storage and display techniques, will be shared.

This webinar is offered for free to celebrate Preservation Week.
ALCTS thanks Archival Products for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.

Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the session, attendees will better understand: • Basic characterization and identification of albumen, silver gelatin, and chromogenic color print materials, and film base negatives

• Agents of deterioration for photographic materials
• Storage and exhibition practices
• Handling guidelines
• Prioritization for preservation

Who should attend? Anyone responsible for the preservation of family or other photographic holdings and collections and interested in the preservation of our global photographic heritage.
Presenter: Debra Hess Norris is Chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, and Professor of Photograph Conservation.

Since 1985, Norris has authored more than 30 articles and book chapters on care and treatment of photographic materials, emergency response, ethics, and conservation education; and taught more than 100 workshops and seminars for conservators and allied professionals. Norris has lectured and consulted on the preservation of photographic collections worldwide.

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/pres/042313 

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

This information has been forwarded by:
Susan Hanks
Library Programs Consultant
Library Development Services
California State Library

12 April 2013

Bargain Alert: Free Access to Ancestry Marriage Records

Beginning April 17, Ancestry is opening its doors to its marriage records.

Keep an eye open and we'll give you the details when we have updates from Ancestry.com

Then ring the bells because "Here Come the Brides (and Grooms)!!"

04 April 2013

SCGS Meeting Announcement: Family Tree Maker Software User Group

Meeting Notice, April 14, 2013
SCGS Family Tree Maker Software User Group

How would you check to see if you have a single, unattached individual in your tree?
How do you print a list of everyone in your tree?
How do you find how many persons in your tree have the same family name?
What is a quick and easy vital facts report?
What report would you select to share all your information about one person?

Come to the meeting of the Family Tree Maker User Group on Sunday, April 14 to get answers to these and other questions.  We will be looking at the Person Reports in the Publish workspace.

Additionally we will investigate the inclusion of non-personal, historical events in printing an individual’s timeline. A demonstration will show how to create a group of events particular to one state and have them appear in timelines when a person’s fact occurs in that state.

For questions, contact Dick Humphrey at rlh1335@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 14, 2013
4:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross Street Glenoaks