26 June 2013

SCGS Meeting Notice - The Master Genealogist - July 6

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, July 6, 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.

24 June 2013

DNA Interest Group Meeting Saturday June 29, 2013

DNA Interest Group Meetings

Saturday, June 29, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Southern California Genealogical Society
Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

Genealogy & DNA – Tickertape from your Ancestors
Presenter: Bonny Cook

•  10:00-10:15   Answering questions about DNA testing
•  10:15-11:15   Basics of  “How it works”
•  11:15-12:15   “DNA Test Results  –  What can I learn from them?"
•  12:15- 1:00    Lunch
•  1:00  - 2:00    Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

$5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will 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 page or interpreting their results.  Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

For additional information contact either
Bonny Cook at cookdna@earthlink.net (310) 375-8983 or
Kathy Johnston at kjohns7900@aol.com (310) 213-1207

Following the regular meeting, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects.  The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues.

FTDNA offers Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:
To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713.868.1438  and ask to join the SCGS project or order online at 

Disclaimer: Family Tree DNA is not responsible for the safety and security of files downloaded from third-party sites. If at any time you want to stop receiving e-mails from your DNA Project Administrator, please go to the "Setup Preferences" section of your personal page and change the corresponding setting.

Bargain Alert - Irish Records on FindMyPast.com June 27-30

Free Access to Irish Records on findmypast.com June 27-30

On June 30, 1922, the Public Records Office of Ireland, located at the historic Four Courts in Dublin, caught fire during the Irish Civil War. Tragically a considerable amount of Irish records were destroyed. The fire has had lasting effects – still felt today – as Irish family history requires a unique approach to research than other heritages.

To commemorate this anniversary and encourage exploration of Irish genealogy, findmypast.com will offer its full collection of Irish Birth, Marriage and Death indexes free of charge from June 27 to June 30. Anyone searching for their Irish ancestors can access the full Irish record collection by registering for free at findmypast.com.

Despite a great loss of records in the historic fire, there are still many opportunities to discover Irish heritage, with countless fascinating stories to be found from the records that survived.

This information provided by http://www.findmypast.com/

15 June 2013

RootsMagic User Group Meeting Sunday, June 16

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

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: SCGS Library
            417 Irving Drive (near Glenoaks) in Burbank


Our June meeting will include the following topics;

- News and information from Jamboree 2013
- Recent developments in the ongoing saga of FamilySearch Family Tree
- Sharing your family information online
- RootsMagic User Forum - sharing of issues and solutions

We will also preview Jerry Domier's "RootsMagic 6 for Beginners" demonstration to be presented at our July meeting. If you haven't been preempted by Father's Day events, please join us for this meeting.

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

The SCGS RootsMagic User Group meets on the third Sunday of each month. We recommend that you check the calendar at http://calendar.scgsgenealogy.com/ for any changes to the User Group meeting schedule.

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