21 October 2014

[CA-SCGS] Important Update in Member Benefits - Southern California Genealogical Society


We want to take this opportunity to update you about changes in benefits for members of the Southern California Genealogical Society.
  • As of October 31, we will no longer be able to provide remote access to Fold3. Last week, EBSCO, the distributor for Fold3, notified us that they will no longer be carrying Fold3 as of the end of December. Since our contract with EBSCO ends on November 1, 2014, our remote access to Fold3 will end on that date. Remote access for our members will be available as usual through Friday, October 31. We encourage you to take advantage of the remaining days to research the military records of your ancestors. Members, just log in to the members-only section of the website and then click the link to Fold3.
  • As of November 1, SCGS will provide remote access to MyHeritage Library Edition. A list of the outstanding resources available through the MyHeritage Library Edition can be found here. Please note that some content in MyHeritage's individual collection will not be included in the Library Edition. Two such exclusions are NewspaperARCHIVE and a collection of genealogy and local history books from Genealogical Publishing Company.
I’m sure you are wondering about this change and how it affects your ability to conduct research. We appreciate that the announcement about Fold3 comes as a surprise. It was a surprise to the Board of Directors as well. SCGS is committed to offering valuable benefits to its members, and the Board acted immediately to identify a replacement for Fold3.

SCGS subscribes to several online genealogical resources as a benefit for our members. Subscriptions are selected based on evaluation of potential usage, cost, and content by the Board of Directors. These “Institutional Subscription” contract durations vary depending on distributor terms and conditions. Databases included in these institutional subscriptions may differ somewhat from those available through individual subscriptions. These online data resources may be accessed by members working onsite at the SCGS Family Research Library.

Some subscriptions provide remote access to SCGS members. Remote access to these subscriptions is subject to change or cancellation at any time due to changes in terms and conditions in contracts with the distributors. Continued remote access to these subscriptions is controlled by the distributor and SCGS cannot guarantee their availability.


Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504
phinkel@scgsgenealogy.com

19 October 2014

Los Angeles Archives Bazaar Saturday 25 Oct at USC

Come visit SCGS at the Los Angeles Archives Bazaar! Leo and Paula will be staffing the table and doing free look-ups in the 1940 Census.

The Ninth Annual Archives Bazaar will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Doheny Memorial Library on the campus of USC, University Park. Experience the diversity of stories that make Southern California such a place of discovery.

A broad array of institutions and archives will have experts on hand to show off their collections and answer questions. Exhibitors from large repositories, such as the Autry National Center of the American West and the Los Angeles Public Library, will be represented, as will private collectors whose materials fill the gaps left in the region’s history. In all, more than 70 archives, including the Southern California Genealogical Society, can be found at this free event, which is open to the public.

This year, the Bazaar will feature an Archives Roadshow, where anyone can bring historic photos or documents from home that they want scanned.

USC is minutes from downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessible by major freeways, and the new Metro Expo line. Doheny Library is located in the center of campus, adjacent to Alumni Park and across from Bovard Auditorium, on Trousdale Avenue.

More information, including the complete list of exhibitors and parking details, can be found on the LAasSubject website.

05 October 2014

[CA-SCGS] Jamboree Call ending soon!


Posted by Barb Randall

Call for Presentations ENDING SOON!
Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus!, June 4, 2014
Genealogy Jamboree, June 5-7, 2014
Jamboree Extension Series Webinars
Have you submitted for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 - 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and In-Depth Workshops.   
This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program.  This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience.
The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare!  celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research. 
We look forward to receiving proposals for lectures and workshops on a variety of topics for an audience skill level ranging from newbie to advanced, including young people.   We will work with speakers who have conflicting commitments so that they may participate in Jamboree.
Presentations will be accepted through the online portal by October 10, 2014.  If you have previously submitted less than 6 presentations and wish to submit others, please do so!  Get started now to be considered!  All other dates remain the same.  Selected speakers will be notified by November 15, 2014.  Further details are available in the Call for Presentations and it is suggested that you download the Submission Guidelines to assist in your preparation.
Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.
We look forward to your continued participation.
Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal at http://2015callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com.
Barbara Randall, Chair
brandall.jamboree@gmail.com
818-843-7247

21 September 2014

[CA-SCGS] - Nominations for the Board of Directors

We are approaching the annual meeting on December 13 and the election of Board members. A preliminary slate of candidates has been developed, and we have now entered the nomination by petition period. According to the by-laws:

At any time after said notification, and prior to sixty (60) days before the Annual Meeting, a candidate for a Board vacancy may be nominated by a petition signed by not less than five (5) members in good standing and delivered to the Secretary within the aforementioned time limit. Only members in good standing shall be nominated. 

Nominations by petition should be sent to the chair of the Nominations Committee, Alice Fairhurst, at
alicefairhurst@gmail.com. Thank you to Alice and the other members who have worked over the past two months to identify this preliminary slate of candidates.

Diane Adamson
Lise Harding
Paula Hinkel
Jean Taeuffer
Walt Sturrock



Over the next few days, we will publish bios of each of these highly qualified Board candidates.

Please help us identify the leaders that will continue to guide SCGS into its second 50 years by petitioning for additional candidates.

[CA-SCGS] Deadline Extended for Call for Jamboree Speaker Proposals

Posted by Barbara Randall
 
Call for Presentations EXTENDED!
Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! - June 4, 2014
Genealogy Jamboree -  June 5 to 7, 2014
Jamboree Extension Series Webinars
We Want YOU!

Have you submitted speaker proposals for the Southern California Genealogical Society 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 - 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California? The Genetic Genealogy: DNA Plus! on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops. This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. 

This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience. The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare! celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research. 

We look forward to receiving proposals for lectures and workshops on a variety of topics for an audience skill level ranging from newbie to advanced, including young people.  We will work with speakers who have conflicting commitments so that they may participate in Jamboree.

 Presentations will be accepted through the online Speaker Portal by October 10, 2014.  If you have previously submitted less than 6 presentations and wish to submit others, please do so!  Get started now to be considered!  All other dates remain the same. 

Selected speakers will be notified by November 15, 2014. 

Further details are available in the Call for Presentations and it is suggested that you download the Submission Guidelines to assist in your preparation. Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.

We look forward to your continued participation.

Download the Call for Presentations at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/2015CallforProposals.pdf

 Download the Submission Guidelines at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/CallforProposalsSubmissionGuide.pdf

Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal at http://2015callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com.

Barbara Randall, Chair
818-253-7066

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91505
www.scgsgenealogy.com
SCGSJamboree@gmail.com
818-843-7247

20 September 2014

RootsMagic User Group Meets this Sunday, Sept. 21


The next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held on Sunday at the usual time and place:
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 2-4 PM

Place: SCGS Library
            417 Irving Drive (near Glenoaks) in Burbank

Program

Our September 21 meeting will include the following topics:
- Source Names in the Master Source List
- Getting Started with Digital Images - Part 1
- The RM6 Main Screen - An Introduction
- Recent Finds on the Blogs and RM Forums
- Working with Ancestry.com Data
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 6.3.1.4 (20 July 2014)  For more information see
http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/11972-rootsmagic-6-update-history/

Next Month's Meeting - October 19
Future Meetings - November 16; December 21, 2014; January 18, 2015


For further information about the meeting or the user group, or to be removed from this list, please contact Jay Holladay: jholladay@ca.rr.com

03 September 2014

Area Event: Intensive Computer Training Retreat


While this not an SCGS-sponsored event, we thought it might be of interest to some of our members and friends in Southern California:

Lisa B. Lee, genealogy author, lecturer, blogger, and publisher of the Got Genealogy? website, is offering a five-day intensive retreat, “Computer Confidence for Family Historians”, with customized instruction for no more than 10 students. The event will be held September 14-18 at the Strawberry Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast in Idyllwild, CA. For more information see: http://gotgenealogy.com/retreats/

31 August 2014

Bargain Alert: Family Tree DNA



We received this message from our good friends at Family Tree DNA.

We hope you've had a great summer! As the season draws to a close, join us for one last celebration with our End of Summer Y-DNA Sale! Order a Y-DNA Test and join the world's largest Y-DNA database. All Y-DNA tests and upgrades have been marked down for significant savings! Sale ends September 3. 

37 Marker Y-DNA Test - $129, marked down from $169
67 Marker Y-DNA Test - $199, marked down from $268
111 Market Y-DNA test - $279, marked down from $359

Family Finder plus Y-DNA 37 Marker - $228, marked down from $268
Family Finder plus Y-DNA 67 Marker - $298, marked down from $367

Finally, "Comprehensive Genome" which also includes Family Finder and a full mitochondrial sequence, MtDNA- $497, marked down from $566
 
Order at the Family Tree DNA website and join the SCGS DNA project at the same time at https://www.familytreedna.com/group-join.aspx?Group=SCGS

Sale ends September 3.

Bargain Alert: Ancestry.com FREE until September 1



Ancestry.com has opened its worldwide databases for free usage through midnight EDT on Monday, September 1. It's not a lot of time, but many discoveries can occur in the upcoming hours.

Did you know that Ancestry now has records for 67 countries? WOW.

Click on this link and begin searching.

I can't check to see what non-members will have to do to take advantage of the free access. I'm pretty sure that it will be to register with your email address at the very least. A credit card may be required, but you won't be charged.

Happy Hunting!






[SCGS-CA] Jamboree Call for Presentations

Posted by Barbara Randall, Chair

 

Announcing Call For Presentations

2015 Genealogy Jamboree

The Southern California Genealogical Society announces its Call for Presentations for the 46th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 5 - 7, 2015 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The Pre-Conference Day on Thursday, June 4, 2015 will include a full day of DNA presentations and in-depth workshops.

This Call for Presentations also includes the 2015 Jamboree Extension Series webinar program. This webinar program offers two sessions per month (the first Saturday and the third Wednesday) to an international audience.

The 2015 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree theme is Genealogy FANfare! celebrating the use of the friends, associates and neighbors (FANs) of our elusive ancestors in order to aid in our research.

We look forward to receiving proposals for lectures and workshops on a variety of topics for an audience skill level ranging from newbie to advanced, including young people. We will work with speakers who have conflicting commitments so that they may participate in Jamboree.

Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal August 25 – October 1, 2014. Selected speakers will be notified by November 15, 2014. Further details are available in the Call for Presentations and it is suggested that you download the Submission Guidelines to assist in your preparation.

Please contact Judi Ramsey, Program Chair, with any questions at SCGSJamboree@gmail.com.

We look forward to another great conference in June with your participation.

Download the Call for Presentations at
http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/2015CallforProposals.pdf

Download the Submission Guide at
http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/Jamboree/Storage/CallforProposalsSubmissionGuide.pdf

Jamboree Submissions through the Speaker Portal at
http://2015callforpresentations.surveyconsole.com


Barbara Randall
brandall.jamboree@gmail.com

25 August 2014

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist Interest Group Meeting 06 September 2014

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting
Saturday, 06 September 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.

15 August 2014

RootsMagic User Group Meeting this Sunday August 17

The next meeting of the SCGS RootsMagic User Group will be held on Sunday at the usual time and place:
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: SCGS Library
       417 Irving Drive (near Glenoaks) in Burbank
Program
Our August 17 meeting will include the following topics:
- Getting Started with Digital Images - Part 1
- Using RM6 Internet Search Effectively
- Other Software Tools for Genealogists
- Working with Ancestry.com Data
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 6.3.1.4 (20 July 2014)  For more information see
http://forums.rootsmagic.com/index.php?/topic/11972-rootsmagic-6-update-history/
Next Month's Meeting - September 21
Future Meetings - October 19, November 16, December 21

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

04 August 2014

[CA-SCGS] Family Tree Maker User Group meeting, August 10, 2014

from Dick Humphrey, leader of the FTM User Group.

FTM 2014 – Highlights Tour!

Ever wonder what’s going on in Family Tree Maker 2014?  Come for this whirlwind tour where all seven workplaces will be covered in one, single session. Significant features in each will be highlighted. Some are helpful, some are important and some are cool!

Gain an understanding and appreciation for what FTM can do by looking at all phases with this complete overview.
These are the seven work areas of Family Tree Maker 2014.
1. Plan Workspace – whole tree operations including TreeSync.
2. People Workspace – the principle work area of a genealogical program.
3. Places Workspace – reveals all locations referenced in the tree and what’s connected to each.
4. Media Workspace – maintenance of all linked image and multi-media files.
5. Sources Workspace – where data documentation is.
6. Publish Workspace – charts and reports galore!
7. Web Search Workspace – transfer data without retyping from Internet web pages.
8. BONUS - useful program functions and cool tools.

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, August 10, 2014
4:00-6:00pm, regular meeting time
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504
818-843-7247

Cross Street Glenoaks

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