27 November 2013

SCGS Meeting Notice - The Master Genealogist - December 7

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, December 7, 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.

21 November 2013

[SCGS-CA] DNA Interest Group 30 November 2013

DNA Interest Group Meeting:
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the SCGS Library
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Panel Discussion led by Alice Fairhurst 
•  10:00-10:15   Announcements.
•  10:15-12:00   Alice Fairhurst will lead the discussion and will report from two recent meetings: the American Society of Human Genetics Roundtable on Genetic Ancestry Inference and the Family Tree DNA 9th Annual International Conference on Genetic Genealogy.
•  12:00-1:00   Lunch.
•  1:00-2:00   Individualized help. Please bring your DNA results and password if needed.

The meeting is open to the public. $5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after lunch 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.

Meeting location:
Southern California Genealogical Society and Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
(818) 843-7247
Cross street Glenoaks

FTDNA Project Administrators Roundtable

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.

Future DNA Interest Group Meetings

March 29, 2014
May 31, 2014
August 30, 2014
November 29, 2014

Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014

The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the International Society for Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) jointly announce that the Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014 will be held Thursday, June 5, 2014, in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. This DNA conference is just one of many activities held during the weekend of June 5 through June 8, 2014. The conference will be held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA. Further information will be available on January 1, 2014.

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: Dell Friends and Family Discount Available through FGS

The Southern California Genealogical Society is a long-time member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  Did you know that as a friend and supporter of SCGS and FGS, you can get a jump start on your Black Friday electronics shopping?

Take advantage of the Dell/FGS Member Purchase program as you shop for tablets, laptops, televisions and more. Here's how to access the Dell/FGS Member Purchase Program.

Make sure you share the info with your friends and family since every purchase will help FGS provide programming to its members and the genealogy community! BEFORE Black Friday, visit http://Dell.com/mpp/FGS and use Member ID: SS131372490. Become familiar with the site, set up a free account, add your payment information etc.

Remember, you don’t need to be a member of FGS to take advantage of this offer! 

Visit the site on Thursday 21 November 2013 to get your head start on the crowds! Starting at 7:00 am EST, you can take advantage of sales a FULL WEEK ahead of the other Dell shoppers. Set a reminder on your calendar and you’ll shop for Dell tablets and laptops as well as televisions from LG, Samsung and more!

There are door busters scheduled for Thursday, 28 November 2013 starting at 6:00 pm EST and then Cyber Monday magic starting at 8:00 am EST on Monday, 2 December 2013! Also, you can call Dell at 1-800-695-8133 and use the same information to place your order.

To learn more about the Dell Member Purchase Program that benefits the Federation of Genealogical Societies, click here.

Thanks to FGS for arranging this benefit and to the FGS Voice Newsletter for reminding us of this outstanding opportunity.

20 November 2013

Area Event: 23 November "An Introduction to Navajo and Cherokee Nation Genealogy"

**CORRECTION** (earlier notice carried 23 September date in the subject line)
We are passing along this announcement on behalf of the History and Genealogy Department of LA Public Library

A SPLIT FEATHER:  An Introduction to Navajo and Cherokee Nation Genealogy Research Through the Eyes of a Citizen of the Navajo Nation

Leland Morrill, born Leland Kirk, adopted before the Indian Child Welfare Act, shares his experiences researching his heritage and obtaining his Navajo Nation birth certificate and Navajo Nation Certificate of Indian Blood.  Mr. Morrill will discuss resources and give tips on searching Navajo Nation and Cherokee Nation genealogy resources, the Dawes Rolls, and the United States Census.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Central Library
Meeting Room A - First Floor
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA  90071

08 November 2013

[CA-SCGS] "Preservation Care for Family Papers and Photographs" 23 Nov 2013

The Chinese Family History Group, an interest group of the Southern California Genealogical Society, cordially invites SCGS members to attend this informative presentation on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

Taking Your History to the Future: 
Preservation Care for Family Papers and Photographs 

email cfhgsc@gmail.com
A confirmation will be sent to you by email.

The presenters are Brooke M. Black, Chief Cataloger, Manuscripts, The Huntington Library; and Jennifer Allan Goldman, Curator and Institutional Archivist, Manuscripts, The Huntington Library.
Their presentation will include:
    A Quick Glossary of Terms
    Handling Archival Materials
    Storage & Preservation
    Digital Files
This will be followed by time for questions.  You are welcome to bring no more than two paper or photo items for possible review and recommendations by them.

DATE: Saturday, November 23, 2013
TIME: 10am to 12 noon
LOCATION: Loyola Law School, 919 Albany St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 736-1001 (Downtown Los Angeles, near 9th St, west of the 110 Fwy)

PARKING: $3 in LLS lot if attendant is present
ROOM:  Founders Hall #236.
DIRECTIONS: As you enter the campus from the garage, go right towards the 2-story brick building - that's Founder's Hall.  Enter the building through the central doors, walk past the Admissions Office and the elevator is on your right.  Take the elevator to the second floor, exit and go right and make a second right. 

For additional information, contact cfhgsc@gmail.com.

05 November 2013

[CA-SCGS] Family Tree Maker User Group - 10 Nov 2013

Southern California Genealogical Society
Family Tree Maker Software User Group

 Meeting Notice, November 10, 2013

 'Tool Time’ at Family Tree Maker User Group

“Tool Man” Dick Humphrey
  • Are you confused about what happens to parts of a name when entering in Family Tree Maker?
  • How can I relocate a person attached incorrectly as a spouse?
  • What if I have two separate records for the same person?
  • What about foreign language names?
  • Everything is so small!  Is there anything I can do to make the screen more readable?
  • How can I copy something on the screen when there is no ‘download’ or ‘save’ available?

  • The theme of the upcoming meeting is ‘Tool Time’ and we will address these issues.  Come and join us on Sunday, November 10, from 4:00-6:00pm at the SCGS Library.

    The meeting is open to the public; attendees do not need to be members of SCGS.

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

    Sunday, November 10, 2013
    4:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.
    Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
    417 Irving Drive
    Burbank, California 91504

    Cross Street Glenoaks

    [CA-SCGS] Legacy User Group 11 Nov 2013

    Legacy User Group
    Meeting: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Location: Southern California Genealogical Society
    Family Research Library
    417 Irving Dr., Burbank, CA

    Our Theme: “Back to the Basics”

    This month we will explore all things Tagging.  Tagging members in your tree is an easy way to organize your line for specific purposes--certain family members, locations, etc.  We will continue to preview updates on Legacy 8.  As always, there will be time to practice and review the new skills as well as ask questions.  You may want to bring your laptop or tablet to practice the skills and explore Legacy’s capabilities.

    Whether you are a beginner or an expert, the Legacy Family Tree User Group is a forum to learn the basics of using this software program, answer questions to further your knowledge and efficiency and, to assist others with your expertise.

    If you are considering Legacy Family Tree, the user group is a great way to explore the program to assist in your decision to use it or not.  All levels of ability are welcome to participate!

    The meeting is open to the public and no RSVP is needed.  E-mail Barb Randall for more information at barbmran@aol.com.

    04 November 2013

    SoCal Genealogists wanted for TV Commercial - ACT FAST!

    I received a call from a casting company that is looking for Ancestry.com customers. They are looking for Southern California genealogists with a compelling family story to tell that involves the use of Ancestry.com or AncestryDNA. This notice has an insanely short time frame ... auditions are Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5 in Glendale. People who respond through this message will receive priority. This is for a commercial and is a paid gig. They are particularly interested in younger genealogists (20s – 30s – 40s) but will take the best story regardless of age. Contact ASAP and mention that you heard from Paula of the Southern California Genealogical Society. Josh Temple Dan Bell Casting in Los Angeles 818-844-8900 office 619-471-5888 mobile (preferred)