29 January 2014

RootsTech Announces Fifteen FREE Streamed Sessions Feb 6-8

The RootsTech conference will be held next week in Salt Lake City. SCGS and Jamboree will have a booth (#727) in the exhibit hall.

This conference is going to be huge. They are expecting 10,000 attendees in the Convention Center, with another 20,000 online. If you are among the 10,000, please be sure to stop by and say hi to us.

If you are not able to attend in person, you can participate from your Barcalounger. RootsTech will be live-streaming 15 sessions that will be viewed on the FamilySearch.org website. By the way, eight of the RootsTech speakers will also be with us at Jamboree 2014. [Tammy Hepps, Michael Leclerc, Lisa Alzo, Crista Cowan, Daniel Horowitz, Lisa Louise Cooke, Josh Taylor and Randy Whited.]  What a great way to get to know these people in advance of Jamboree.

The streamed sessions are a wonderful way to attend RootsTech without walking in the snow. It's like getting the entire conference for *free* -- and *free* is always good.

If the streamed sessions are handled like they have been in the past, no advance registration will be needed. Just log on to FamilySearch and enjoy yourself. If that's not the case, we will post an update.

The list of streamed sessions is available on the FamilySearch website. Get more detail on the sessions here, and download the RootsTech app to remind you when it's time to log on.  

This is being posted on both the Jamboree and SCGS blogs. Apologies if you receive duplicate emails. 

The RootsTech streamed videos are in no way related to the SCGS webinar series.

21 January 2014

[CA-SCGS] New Board Installed; New Officers Elected

Congratulations to the following officers of the Southern California Genealogical Society, who were elected at the Board meeting on January 16. Bios and photos can be found on the SCGS website.

President - Dave Burde
1st Vice President - Jay Holladay
2nd Vice President - Paula Hinkel
Recording Secretary - Alice Fairhurst
Corresponding Secretary - Fran Bumann
Treasurer - Louise Calaway
Financial Secretary - Peggy Schulz

Other members of the Board include:

Charlotte Bocage
Mary Daly
Joan DeFato
Dorothy des Lauriers
Suzy Goulet
Barbara Randall
Joyce Roberson
Jean Taeuffer

The SCGS Board meets on the third Thursday of each month at the SCGS headquarters at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, California. The Board meeting is open to SCGS members.

15 January 2014

[CA-SCGG] The Searcher Will Be There Soon

Editor Alice Fairhurst asked us to let everyone know that the Winter issue of The Searcher will be in your mailboxes in the next couple of weeks.

Alice apologizes for the delay in getting this issue out. Alice and her editorial staff were smacked down with a variety of illnesses and are now getting back on their collective feet.

Members of SCGS are welcome to read The Searcher online. Just click on the Members-Only button on the main page of the SCGS website.

Access to The Searcher online is just one of many benefits of membership in the Southern California Genealogical Society. Not a member? Please join us!

14 January 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist (TMG) User Group - February 1

Post by Terri Carlson

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, February 1, 2014
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 for users of The Master Genealogist™ (TMG) software to gather and discuss features, issues, and practical application of the “the gold standard in family history software” and its companion software, Second Site©.

The SCGS TMG User Group meets monthly on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month except for holiday weekends and scheduled SCGS events.  TMG-UG meetings are held at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank.  The library is not open for research during the meeting.

The 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.

If you are a TMG user or are thinking about moving your data to TMG, please consider joining 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.

TMG-UG meeting dates for 2014 are posted on the SCGS Computer Software User Groups web page and on the SCGS calendar.

The TMG-UG 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.

Please direct any questions you may have about the meeting to: Evelyn Maynard.  Or contact Cheri to add your name to our meeting reminder list.

12 January 2014

Announcing the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Family History and DNA Conference

The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.The popular conference will be held at our usual venue, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, from Friday through Sunday, June 6 to 8, 2014. Online registration is open on the Jamboree website, and the Marriott's website is ready to take your reservation.

Following on the heels of last year's very successful event, we will again hold Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014. The conference will be produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society and sponsored jointly by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). Family History and DNA will be held Thursday, June 5, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank.

Registration discounts are available to early bird registrants (on or before April 30), SCGS members, and attendees who register for both Jamboree and the Family History and DNA conference. All of the details can be found on the Jamboree website, www.genealogyjamboree.com. To get all the conference updates, sign up at http://genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com and have emails sent directly to your inbox.

07 January 2014

Area Event: Genealogy NOW! In San Luis Obispo February 1

We're passing this message along for our friends at the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society.

SCGS and Jamboree will be exhibiting at this event, and one lucky winner will claim a free three-day registration to Jamboree.

The San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society is sponsoring Genealogy NOW! - an all-day seminar in San Luis Obispo on February 1, 2014. Genealogy NOW! will feature nationally-known speakers, including The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, CG - all the way from New Jersey. The seminar also includes vendors, raffle, freebies, and morning and afternoon snacks. What a great way to make good on that resolution to learn more about your family.

Preregistration guarantees you a syllabus, so visit http://slocgs.org/ to find links to the schedule and the mail-in registration form http://slocgs.org/Seminar%20Flyer%202014.pdf. Every attendee will receive a free door-prize ticket for a one-year Ancestry.com Deluxe subscription.

Questions? Contact Cafi Cohen, 805-473-4963, or Cheryl Storton, 805-489-5457 for assistance.

05 January 2014

[CA-SCGS] Are You Getting All the News from SCGS?

Our members enjoy several ways to receive information from SCGS, and each method has its strengths and drawbacks.

The Society's quarterly, The Searcher, contains interesting articles, interest group news, genealogical data, and library collection updates.

The most up-to-the-minute news comes from the Society’s two blogs.

Jamboree news and updates regarding the SCGS webinars, is announced on the Jamboree blog.  Information about SCGS activities, interest group meetings, and membership is posted on the SCGS Genealogy blog.

If you have not signed up to receive 
updates from both blogs, 
you are missing out on the 
most up-to-date news from the 
Southern California Genealogical Society. 

It’s so simple. Painless, really. You don’t have to “do” blogs. You don’t have to remember to go to the website. You just have to sign up to receive blog posts through email. Then you just open up your email and read the news.

Fewer than half of our members are signed up to receive updates from the blog. Are you losing out?

Take a minute right now to make sure you are plugged in to get all the news. Do you have friends who haven't heard the news? Point them to the blogs, and encourage them to sign up too.

SCGS General News:  http://scgsgenealogy.blogspot.com

Jamboree and Webinar News: http://genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com

[CA-SCGS] Legacy Family Tree User Group Monday, January 13

Post by Barbara Randall, LUG leader

Legacy Family Tree User Group

Meeting: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Dr., Burbank, CA

Our Theme: "Back To The Basics with Legacy 8"

This month we will explore all things Searching and go through a case study. We will continue to explore 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!

No RSVP is needed. The meeting is free but donations are welcomed.

E-mail Barb Randall for more information at barbmran@aol.com.

04 January 2014

[CA-SCGS] FTM User Group Notice for January 12, 2014

Post from Dick Humphrey
Family Tree Maker Software User Group – Meeting Notice, January 12, 2014

Can one FTM tree be split into separate trees without extreme tediousness?  YES, absolutely! Come and learn how to do this!
  • Is there a difference between private facts and notes and privatizing an entire tree?
  • Back-up strategies and restore procedures. How does auto-backup work?
  • What’s the difference between exporting a tree (or part of one) to FTM, GEDCOM or Ancestry?
  • How can I merge two FTM trees together – and why would I want to do so?
The meeting is open to the public; attendees do not need to be members of SCGS.

For questions, contact Dick Humphrey at

Sunday, January 12, 2014
4:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504

Cross Street Glenoaks

02 January 2014

[CA-SCGS] Member Benefit Added: Online Searchers!

The Southern California Genealogical Society is pleased to announce an important new benefit has for its members.

Current and past issues of our quarterly journal, The Searcher, are now available on the members-only page of the Society's web site. Issues from Spring 2010 to Fall 2013 are now available. More past issues will be added in the near future.

SCGS members, to take advantage of this new benefit, just go to the SCGS website www.scgsgenealogy.com and click on the red Members Only button at the top right hand of the page. Sign in, and you're at the gate where you can choose to read the Searchers or view one of our archived webinars.

If you're not a member and wish to join, we would love to have you with us. Benefits of membership include, in addition to proprietary content on the website, free at-home access to World Vital Records (regular price $89.99 annually) and discounts to SCGS publications and sponsored events, such as the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Membership costs only $35 per year for an individual membership. Start the new year out right and join the Southern California Genealogical Society. Online or by mail, whichever suits your fancy, we'll be glad to welcome you!

Bargain Alert: $49 for Ancestry - Six Months US Records

I just received notice of a special offer from Ancestry.com. They are offering a six-month subscription to their US Records collection for $49, which represents a savings of 50%. Nice way to start out 2014!

The offer comes with a few caveats:

*Offer available for new subscribers only and not for renewal for current subscriptions. Billed in one payment of $49. Your subscription will automatically renew at list price after the introductory 6-month offer.

Offer ends at 11:59 PM ET on January 5, 2014