22 July 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist User Group Meeting Saturday 02 August

SCGS Meeting Notice - The Master Genealogist™

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, 2 August 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California  91504
818-843-7247

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 except for holiday weekends and scheduled SCGS events.  The SCGS 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, 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.

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

Please direct any questions you may have to: Evelyn Maynard.

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.


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26 June 2014

[CA-SCGS] Family Tree Maker User Group meeting, July 13, 2014

from Dick Humphrey, leader of the FTM User Group.

**NOTE TIME CHANGE FOR JULY 13 ONLY**

Acquired by Ancestry.com last year, Find A Grave is an increasingly popular, free website listing millions of burials. Besides burial locations, FAG memorial pages may contain useful personal data and photographs of grave markers. For the genealogical researcher, Find A Grave can be a real gold mine!
Topics addressed will include:
1. Understanding and evaluating the eleven elements of each FAG memorial page.
2. Tips for locating memorial pages and the organization of FAG records.
3. Becoming a Find A Grave contributor – why and how.
4. Overview of contributor activities: create/edit memorial pages, upload photos and leave virtual flowers.
5. How to request grave photos and the transfer of memorial pages for maintenance.
6. Find A Grave contributor tools: cemetery lists and virtual cemeteries.
7. A method to incorporate FAG memorials in genealogy software like Family Tree Maker.
8. Example of an interesting Find A Grave project linking together family memorial pages

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, July 13, 2014
NOTE: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – July meeting time change
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504
818-843-7247

Cross Street Glenoaks

14 June 2014

RootsMagic User Group Meeting This Sunday June 15

The next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held on Sunday at the usual time and place:
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: SCGS Library
            417 Irving Drive (near Glenoaks) in Burbank

Program

As discussed at our last meeting, Sunday is Father's Day, so anyone with family commitments is excused. We will meet and, for those who attend, we will cover topics for newcomers as well as more advanced items, depending on the attendees interests. Planned topics include:
- A review of basics for new users of RootsMagic
- A demonstration of GenSmarts and its integration with RootsMagic
- Some Sources, Citations and Templates material we learned from Bruce at a Jamboree lecture
- If time permits, we will continue our discussion about sharing your family information online
As always, we encourage you to bring your questions, discoveries, or suggestions for topics to be discussed at this or a future meeting.

RootsMagic Video - New, short You Tube videos are available for FamilySearch Family Tree and other topics. To check out this resource, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/RootsMagicTV The RootsMagic webinars are still available by using the Learn dropdown at http://www.rootsmagic.com/

From the Forums - Be sure to check out some of the recent postings on the RM forums at:
http://forums.rootsmagic.com/  See especially the RootsMagic 6 Discussion items

Latest Version of RM6 - Version 6.3.1.0 (23 April 2014)  For more information see
http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/11972-rootsmagic-6-update-history/

Next Month's Meeting - July 20
Future Meetings - August 17, September 21, October 19

For further information please contact Jay Holladay: jholladay@ca.rr.com

13 June 2014

Beyond Google Search - Join us for Lunch and Learn on June 14

Our June 14 Lunch and Learn session will feature Gina Philibert-Ortega on taking your use of Google to the next level. Her two-part presentation will begin with Asking Mr. Google:Google Tools - After you have done a Google search you have a number of tools available such as advanced search, translation tools, notifications, even note taking capabilities.

Part two, Researching Your Family History with Google, will provide information on uncovering your family history in books, periodicals, newspapers, and patents, and how to make the most of these tools.

Gina is a noted author and lecturer based in Southern California. She presented several clases at Jamboree 2014.

Please join us at the SCGS Library on Saturday, June 14. Doors open at noon - bring your lunch and join us in the classroom. Program begins at 1:00 p.m. in the main library and will end at about 3:30.

You can download a flyer for this Lunch and Learn session by going to the SCGS Calendar at http://calendar.scgsgenealogy.com/ Click on Lunch & Learn for June 14.

06 June 2014

[SCGS] Winners of the SCGS 2013 GENEii Family History Writers Contest

FOR RELEASE 6 June 2014
GENEii WINNERS
by Pam Wiedenbeck

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 GENEii Family History Writers Contest! Many thanks to the 59 authors who collectively contributed 79 entries, making this the largest GENEii contest ever.  All of the winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2014 and 2015 at the editor’s discretion; the preliminary dates of publication are indicated below. The submissions will also appear on the SCGS website after they appear in The Searcher.

Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words
  • First Place: "Mom's Life" -- John R. Catsis, Silver City, New Mexico
  • Second Place: "First the Chicken" -- Joyce Finn, Bluffton, South Carolina
  • Third Place: "Locked Out" -- DeVonna R. Allison, Burr Oak, Michigan
  • Runner Up: "Varrone" -- Nick Sweet, Shepherd, Texas
  • Honorable Mention: "Uncle John Burleson" -- Jim McLaughlin, Kerrville, Texas
  • Honorable Mention: "Paw Prints on Combat Soldiers' Hearts" -- Robert R. Robeson, Lincoln, Nebraska

Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words
  • First Place:  "Ground Zero" -- Jerry Eckert, Vail, Arizona
  • Second Place:  "November 22" -- Evan Guilford-Blake, Stone Mountain, Georgia
  • Third Place: "Christmas Kerfluffle" -- Marla F. Jones, Yukon, Oklahoma
  • Runner Up:  "My Grandfather's Grave" -- Thomas L. Stepp, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Honorable Mention: "A Visit to New Orleans" -- Joyce Roberson, West Hills, California
  • Honorable Mention: "A Mountain Rose" -- Felicia Johnson, Ocklawaha, Florida

17 May 2014

Deadline Alert - 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

We are just one week away from the cutoff for advance registration for the Family Tree and DNA conference and the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

What's that mean to you?

Well if you have already registered, it means that you're relaxed, looking forward to seeing your friends and learning all about the best techniques and secrets about searching for ancestors. We hope you've taken the time to review the schedule and planned out the first-choice and second-choice sessions, just in case.

You've checked out the various meals and bought your tickets. You've RSVPd for the Saturday evening New Year's Eve Party; remember that SCGS members and Jamboree volunteers are invited as guests. You just need to register in advance.

But...

If you've waited until the deadline, beware.  It's almost here. The last day for advance registration is Saturday, May 24.

And if you wait until May 25th: 

  • You will miss the meals and banquets, including the amazing John Philip Colletta's presentation on Friday night. I've heard from friends who saw the presentation last year at FGS that it was "a scream" and "hilarious." 
  • The Family History and DNA luncheon features a panel discussion with representatives from the large testing companies (Bennett Greenspan from Family Tree DNA, Joanna Mountain PhD from 23andme, and Jake Byrnes PhD from AncestryDNA), as well as Genetic Genealogy Consultant Diahan Southard and moderator Blaine Bettinger PhD, JD.
  • You'll lose the chance to order the 2014 printed syllabus. You might be able to purchase one at Jamboree, but if it's really important that you have one, you should order in advance. We plan to order just a limited quantity available for sale at the conference.
  • You'll have to stand in line to pay when you register. It won't be a smooth process of just going to the table and picking up your registration materials.
  • And... you'll pay more.

You don't want to miss out and you don't want to pay more.

So register. Today.

Current and new SCGS members

Nonmembers

04 May 2014

[CA-SCGS] Lunch and Learn Cancelled for May 10

The Lunch and Learn day scheduled for Saturday, May 10, is cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. The Computer Resource session that was scheduled has been rescheduled for October.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

23 April 2014

[CA-SCGS] SCGS to Participate in LA Heritage Day Sunday, 27 April

On Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 11am to 4pm, the L.A. Heritage Alliance will host the sixth Annual L.A. Heritage Day to share Los Angeles and Southern California’s history through tours, free museums, children’s activities, presentations, food, and more. The entire event and all activities are free and will take place at the birthplace of Los Angeles, adjacent to world-famous Olvera Street inside the Pico House making for a full day of history, food, and fun.

Charlotte Bocage, SCGS Education Committee Chair, will be joined by SCGS president Dave Burde and vice president Jay Holladay to staff the SCGS booth. They will be doing free look-ups in the 1940 Census and encouraging everyone to attend beginning genealogy class during JamboFREE on Friday, June 6, 2014 in Burbank.

All the details can be found on the LA Heritage Heritage Blog.

Please stop by the SCGS exhibit and say hi to Charlotte, Dave and Jay.

19 April 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master GenealogistT (TMG) User Group - May 3

Post by Terri Carlson
SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, May 3, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Southern California Genealogical Society
Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504
818-843-7247

The May meeting of the SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG) will begin with questions from new meeting attendees, followed by a general Q&A session. A presentation that focuses on features of The Master Genealogist version 9 (plus earlier versions) and its companion software, Second Site will be given by Patt Ricketts, SCGS member and TMG user since 1997.

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

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

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

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 SiteC. As an interest group of the Southern California Genealogical Society our meetings are open to the general public. There is no fee for participation. Donations are gratefully accepted.

SCGS on the Road in Orange, California

SCGS often exhibits at area genealogical events and national conferences. Here is our team Margaret Rutledge (far right), working the table, and Leo Myers (behind the camera) at the Orange County Family History Fair in Orange, California. Margaret is a member of the Jamboree Committee and for the past several years had helped to deliver our brochures and flyers to all of the Family History Centers and libraries in Orange County. She's a great asset to our Committee. Thanks Margaret!



We love these opportunities to get out and meet our members, tell everyone about SCGS and Jamboree, and bring home some conference registrations and new member applications.


SCGS members will be at LA Heritage Day on April 27 in La Plaza de la Reina on Olvera Street in Los Angeles. Look for Charlotte Bocage, SCGS president Dave Burde and vice president Jay Holladay as they do free look-ups in the 1940 census.


We won't be at NGS this year; but if you're going, be sure to check your registration bag for information on our Jamboree Extension Series of webinars and our Virtual Surname Wall. 


Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014
June 5, 2014
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel
Burbank, California

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
June 6-8, 2014
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Hotel
Burbank, California

18 April 2014

No RootsMagic User Group Meeting on April 20

RootsMagic User Group participants are reminded that the April 20 meeting is cancelled due to the Easter holidays. We hope to see you at our next meeting on May 18.

14 April 2014

[CA-SCGS] Bargain Alert - ProQuest Obituaries, Others

In celebration of National Library Week (the week of April 13th), ProQuest is offering free access to a number of databases, including the very popular ProQuest Obituaries. It's a great opportunity to do some heavy-duty researching of obituaries from around the country.

ProQuest Obituaries includes obits from the following newspapers:
  • Atlanta Constitution  (1868-1922)
  • Boston Globe (1872-1922)
  • Chicago Defender (1921-1975)
  • Chicago Tribune (1852-1984)
  • Los Angeles Times (1881-1984)
  • New York Times (1851-1994)
  • Washington Post (1877-1950)
Other free ProQuest databases include 
  • Research Companion - aimed at college and high school students
  • PublicLibrary Complete - includes 27,000 full text ebooks.
  • CultureGrams - aimed at high school student researchers.
  • ProQuest dLibrary - aimed at high school and college student researchers.
Check out this link for more information, and click on the link that leads to the free database of interest to you.

26 March 2014

[CA-SCGS] Bargain Alert: Save $100 on Ancestry with AARP

Lots of people are talking about the AARP offer that saves 30 percent ($100) off the cost of a one-year Ancestry World Explore Membership.

Here's a link to the offer.

The small print on the offer reads:

Offer good for valid AARP Members who wish to subscribe to the Ancestry.com® World Explorer membership for a one-year subscription. New Ancestry.com® members can visit http://www.ancestry.com/aarp and choose between the Ancestry.com® World Explorer subscription in either monthly or semi-annual durations. Your subscription will automatically renew after the initial duration (monthly or semi-annually) at the discounted rate for the entire first year. Thereafter, your subscription will automatically renew at standard list prices.  

Existing Ancestry.com® members must call Member Services at 1-800-514-4645 to access the discount. For existing Ancestry.com® members, the available discounted package may vary depending on one’s existing membership.  Limit one discount per valid AARP Member number, may not be transferred or postponed.

AARP members with a current Ancestry subscription should call the number above to take advantage of the discount. According to conversations on Facebook, some people are being told to call back 1-3 months before their subscription expires and the discount will be applied then.

The offer is good through March 2015.

Sometimes it's good to be old(er)!

Ancestry.com is a sponsor of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, which will be held June 6-8, 2014, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel.

[CA-SCGS] A Family History You Shouldn't Miss

Many of you attended the Webinar session led by Michael Lacopo on "Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the Evidence" that was held in February. If you missed it, SCGS members can catch it in the webinar archive.

We are glad that Michael will be presenting another webinar on September 6, "She Came From Nowhere..." A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Problem." You can register for that session here.

But that's not the reason for this message. I wanted to draw your attention to an outstanding family history story that is being revealed, bit by bit, on Michael's blog, "Hoosier Daddy?"  It describes the search for his mother's birth family and it's one that I strongly encourage you to read.

Michael has been rolling the tale out over several blog posts, and I expect that after you've gotten to know the story, you'll be telling him to "HURRY UP and WRITE!" like the rest of us are doing.

This link will take you to the very first post in the series, aptly entitled "Beginnings." At the bottom of each post, you'll see "Newer Post" on the left hand side, after the comments. Click that "Newer Post" to proceed to the next installment, and the next, and the next.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do.

24 March 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist Meeting Saturday 05 April

Posted by Terri Carlson

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, 05 April 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California  91504
818-843-7247

The April meeting of the SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG ) will continue last month's review of the new features of The Master Genealogist™ version 9. Topics will include how to prepare existing sentence formats in advance of the upcoming release of TMG v9.2.

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

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

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

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©. As an Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society, our meetings are open to the general public. There is no fee for participation; however, donations are gratefully accepted.