23 July 2015

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist Interest Group Meeting Saturday, August 1, 2015

Post by Terri Carlson

SCGS TMG User Group Meeting

Saturday, August 1, 2015
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 next meeting of the SCGS TMG User Group (TMG-UG) will focus on features of The Master Genealogist version 9.05 and its companion software, Second Site.

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 2015 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: Patt Ricketts. 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 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. Donations are gratefully accepted.

13 July 2015

[CA-SCGS] Italian Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Southern California Genealogical Society Italian Interest Group will hold their next meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, July 18 at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank.

Gail Ireland will present The Process of Obtaining Italian Dual Citizenship.  

If you are interested in pursuing dual citizenship in Italy, we suggest that you bring pedigree charts back to your ancestor born in Italy, as well as any naturalization dates and paperwork you have collected.

Whether your family came from a small village or a large city, from the north, south or from one of the islands, the Italian Interest Group aims to help all members advance their genealogy research. In addition to learning about the resources available at the SCGS library, the group also discusses online sites, other useful research resources and much more!

For further information about the meeting or the interest group, please contact Lesa DeGagne at LesaD@roadrunner.com.

SCGS Italian Interest Group
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
3rd Saturday - bi-monthly (check calendar)
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
Cross Street Glenoaks

12 July 2015

[CA-SCGS] RootsMagic Interest Group Meeting Sunday, July 19, 2015



Are you a RootsMagic user, or are you thinking about trying it out? SCGS can help you make the most of this powerful software program to help manage your genealogy data.

The RootsMagic Interest Group will meet Sunday, July 19, 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the SCGS Family Research Library, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA (Cross street Glenoaks).

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 - YouTube videos are now available on the RM YouTube channel. 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/

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

SCGS RootsMagic User Group
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
3rd Sunday of each Month
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
Cross street Glenoaks 

11 July 2015

[CA-SCGS] SCGS German Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, July 18

The Southern California Genealogical Society German Interest Group will hold their next meeting from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the SCGS Library in Burbank.

There will be three presentations during the meeting.

Lois Wildman will present The Blender Family from Sigmaringen, Wurttenberg

Then Melanie Gnad will present  Secrets from the Black Forest: The Geiser Family from Aachen Obersasbach, Baden to ...

That will be followed by Barbara Burkholder's presentation The Schwartz Family from Ittersdorf, Germany 


The German Interest Group also provides short educational sessions each month including tutorials on common German words and on reading German Gothic Script.  One of the regular contributors is featured below.

Edward McKelvey grew up in Ohio in the company of all his grandparents and most of his great grandparents.  The family stories that they shared with him piqued the young man's curiosity and he began documenting his family history in 1974.  Edward first attended Jamboree about 10 years ago and subsequently joined SCGS.  He has been using the library ever since and about six years ago began as a volunteer librarian.  Edward can be found in the library the third Saturday of each month and is a regular contributor to the German Interest Group.  He provides short sessions each month on the German language with the goal of helping the members use sources in German, including the library's extensive collection of German books, periodicals, and other printed materials.


There is no fee for participation and the public is always welcome.


SCGS German Interest Group
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Third Saturday of Every Month
SCGS Library 
417 Irving Drive
Burbank
Cross street Glenoaks

06 July 2015

[CA-SCGS] Legacy Family Tree User Group Meeting July 13, 2015

Posted by Barbara Randall 
 

Legacy User Group Meeting
Monday, July 13, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, California
Cross Street Glenoaks

Back To The Basics with Legacy 8
 
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. The user group is open to the public and there is no charge for attending.

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.

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

Southern California Genealogical Society
www.scgsgenealogy.com
818-843-7247
scgs@scgsgenealogy.com

02 July 2015

[CA-SCGS] You are Cordially Invited to the SCGS Open House, 11 July 2015


Please join us at the Southern California Genealogical Society's Family Research Library.

We would love to show you around, give you a tour of the library, and tell you all about the many projects and activities of the Southern California Genealogical Society. You be among the first to hear about some brand-new resources that will soon be available at the society's 40,000+ volume Family History Library.

Meet the officers, Board members, librarians, and the many other volunteers who keep the Society running.

Open house guests will enjoy special research time after the open house closes. Enjoy light munchies and free parking, and you might win one of our door prizes. 

Open to the public.

24 June 2015

[CA-SCGS] Family Tree Maker User Group Announcement - Sunday, July 12

User Group Meeting Announcement
Family Tree Maker User Group
Sunday, July 12, 2015
4:00pm to 6:00pm
417 Irving Drive, Burbank
Cross Street Glenoaks
submitted by Dick Humphrey

Hi!

Here is the session plan for our July meeting. In particular, I want to alert Mac users to come with their systems so we can carefully locate and compare the operation of features between the Mac and PC versions of Family Tree Maker.



Part 1. Presentation of features of FastStone Image Viewer 5.3 - free software for image viewing and editing for the PC. This is the outstanding companion of FastStone Screen Capture discussed last year. Besides being a nimble image viewer, this PC program puts basic editing capabilities at your fingertips and some extremely nifty tools for creating slide shows and image collages. And it’s free!


Part 2. Report from Jamboree 2015. Dick will share some of his conversations with Ancestry and Family Tree Maker representatives at the recent Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank.

Part 3. Mac users – bring your laptop to this session to explore how the user interface of FTM3 for Mac compares with Family Tree Maker PC version.

In addition to the regular session handout, Tip #5 in Dick’s “How To …” series will be distributed. Remember that all previous session handouts and “How To” tips are available in a binder in the SCGS library. You are welcome to peruse them there and make copies if you wish.

I will send a further reminder a week or so before the upcoming session.

Dick

14 June 2015

[CA-SCGS] RootsMagic Interest Group Meeting Sunday, June 21, 2015



Are you a RootsMagic user, or are you thinking about trying it out? SCGS can help you make the most of this powerful software program to help manage your genealogy data.

The RootsMagic Interest Group will meet Sunday, June 21, 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the SCGS Family Research Library, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA (Cross street Glenoaks).

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 - YouTube videos are now available on the RM YouTube channel. 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/

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

SCGS RootsMagic User Group
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
3rd Sunday of each Month
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
Cross street Glenoaks 

10 June 2015

[SCGS-CA] Lunch and Learn this Saturday June 13, 2015


Southern California Genealogical Society is very proud to announce that Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG will be speaking at Lunch and Learn on Saturday, June 13 at the SCGS Library.

Ms. Hibben is the Director of the Corona Family History Center and a Board Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  She has served as lead researcher on the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow and is a frequent contributor to numerous genealogy publications. A retired college professor and Board Certified genealogist, she is known for her entertaining and informative presentations.  Ms. Hibben will be presenting two lectures on Saturday. 


First up, starting at 1:00 pm, is Need Direction? Try City Directories! Learn how to correlate the directories with other documents to reveal some of the lesser known bits of information about your family.

That lecture will be followed at 2:15 pm by Special Delivery:  Using U.S. Postmaster Documents in Family History Research. Learn how to access and navigate the wealth of Postmaster appointment records held by NARA and now available on Ancestry.com.


The doors open at 12:00 noon.  Bring a sack lunch to enjoy while sharing genealogical stories with like-minded folks.  The lectures begin at 1:00 pm.

Lunch and Learn is free and open to the public.

The library will be closed for research
For more information contact Charlotte at rubymoon01@yahoo.com


SCGS Lunch and Learn
12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
Second Saturday of Each Month
SCGS Library
417 Irving Drive (cross street Glenoaks)
Burbank

01 June 2015

[CA-SCGS] Legacy Family Tree User Group Meeting June 8, 2015

Posted by Barbara Randall 
 

Legacy User Group Meeting
Monday, June 8, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, California
Cross Street Glenoaks

Back To The Basics with Legacy 8
 
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. The user group is open to the public and there is no charge for attending.

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.

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

Southern California Genealogical Society
www.scgsgenealogy.com
818-843-7247
scgs@scgsgenealogy.com

26 May 2015

GENEii Writers Contest Winners Announced

GENEII WINNERS
by Pam Wiedenbeck

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 GENEii Family History Writers Contest, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society! The Family History Writing Contest honors writers who show mastery in the genres of Memoir and Literary Non-fiction.

223 entries were submitted by 178 authors. This is more than double last year's participation. The response was truly global. 41 of the 50 states were represented, as well as our first submission from Puerto Rico, a United States territory. In addition, we have entries from Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Turkey and various places in the British Isles. For winners, this seems to be a California year with 5 of 12 winners from the Golden State.

Many thanks to all the authors who collectively contributed these 223 entries making this the largest GENEii contest ever. The winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2015 and 2016 as indicated below. Winning entries from past years can be found on the SCGS website.

Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words
  • First Place: "Jonathan Emery " – Adrienne Boaz of Oxford, Michigan – Summer 2015
  • Second Place: "My Grandmother is My Guru" – Kelly Hirt of Snoqualmie, Washington – Winter 2016
  • Third Place: "Childhood’s Last Stand " – Lauren Reynolds of Bel Air, Maryland – Winter 2016
  • Runner Up: " At the Crossroads " – Amy Gordon of Gill, Massachusetts – Spring 2016
  • Honorable Mention: "Boca De La Playa" – Joyce Roberson of West Hills, California – Fall 2015
  • Honorable Mention: "Veiled Grace" – Cathy Wilson of Huntington Beach, California – Fall 2015
Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words
  • First Place: "Patrol Boat Stop on the Mekong River" – Michelle Robin La of Santa Barbara, California – Summer 2015
  • Second Place: "Under the Sun" – Kharis Adirahsetio of Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia – Spring 2016
  • Third Place: "My Great-Grandmother, Isabella" – Cassie Shehadeh of Monrovia, California – Winter 2016
  • Runner Up: "A Sprig of Life" – Jeremy Flood of Summerville, South Carolina – Spring 2016
  • Honorable Mention: "The Little Engine that Could" – Erika Hoffman of Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Summer 2015
  • Honorable Mention: "Uncovering Dad’s Secret History" – Fred Land of West Lake Village, California – Fall 2015
Note: The Searcher issues cover these dates - Summer 2015 (July-Sept.); Fall 2015 (Oct-Dec); Winter 2016 (Jan-Mar); Spring 2016 (Apr-June)

25 May 2015

SCGS: Irish Interest Group Meeting Sunday, May 31

Guest Post by Marge Rossini
SCGS Irish Interest Group 

IRISH INTEREST GROUP MEETING
Sunday, May 31, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504
marge4scgs@dslextreme.com




Hi Folks, Just a reminder:

It's that time again! This coming Sunday's workshop will focus on getting PREPARED to cross the pond by getting as much research done on this side as you possibly can. There is so much available online these days that you do not want to waste time in Ireland doing research you could have done from home.

Bring your questions with you. What is it that you most need to find out that will help you make that leap? Check out some of these sites to see if you can find some answers:

http://www.proni.gov.uk/

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list?page=1&countryId=1927084

http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie/search/tab/home.jsp

http://www.landedestates.ie/

http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/

http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/

http://www.failteromhat.com/flax1796.htm

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/

http://censussearchforms.nationalarchives.ie/search/cs/index.jsp

http://www.nationalarchives.ie/research/archives-held-in-the-national-archives/introduction/

http://www.nli.ie/GetAttachment.aspx?id=71ba8e6c-494e-4cd9-a2cf-fa243a314c11

http://www.nli.ie/en/family-history-links.aspx

12 May 2015

[SCGS-CA] Italian Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, May 16, 2015

The SCGS Italian Interest Group will hold their next meeting on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the SCGS Library in Burbank.

This month the group will be discussing Italian provinces and mapping the specific areas where members are conducting research.  A list of key Italian words helpful for translating genealogical records will be provided and reviewed as well.

You do not have to be Italian to join us and there is no fee for participation.  The Library will be open to the public for general research from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.


Check our website scgsgenealogy.com for a complete list of the Italian Interest Group meeting dates. For more information contact Lesa DeGagne at LesaD@roadrunner.com.


SCGS Italian Interest Group
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Third Saturday of alternate months
SCGS Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank
Cross street Glenoaks.

 

11 May 2015

[SCGS-CA] SCGS German Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, May 16, 2015

The enthusiastic German Interest Group will be meeting at the SCGS Library on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Featured topics this month include:

Gordon Seyffert will update the group on what the Immigrant Genealogical Society (IGS) Library located in Burbank has to offer.

Charles Signor Bier will present "The 'Bier' Family Who Came From Baumholder" and "My 'Signor' Family Meets a Brick Wall'

Also on the program will be instruction on reading German Gothic script as well as common German words. There is no fee for attendance and the public is welcome.


 For more information contact Allene at researchingfamilies@yahoo.com



SCGS German Interest Group
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Third Saturday of Every Month
SCGS Library 
417 Irving Drive
Burbank
Cross street Glenoaks



07 May 2015

[SCGS-CA] Family Tree Maker Group on Hiatus

In honor of Mother's Day, there will be no meeting of the SCGS Family Tree Maker User Group on Sunday, May 10, 2015.  

However, the SCGS library in Burbank will be open as normal for research from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
So bring your Mom in and do some family research together!

image courtesy of thegraphicsfairy.com

The library hours are:

Monday - Closed
Tuesday 10am-6pm (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th)
Tuesday 10am-9pm (3rd only)
Wednesday - 10am - 4pm
Thursday - 10am - 4pm
Friday - 10am - 2pm
Saturday - 10am - 4pm (3rd & 4th only)
Sunday - 10am - 4pm (1st & 2nd only)

For more information visit us at  http://www.scgsgenealogy.com or call the library at (818) 843-7247.

Southern California Genealogical Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank
Cross street Glenoaks