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.


Southern California Genealogical Society, Interest Groups, Computer, Software, The Master Genealogist, User Groups,

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.