12 February 2016

[CA-SCGS] A Valentine for Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart of SCGS

It truly takes a village to support a non-profit, volunteer-run society. Without the dedication, hard work, and support of the wonderful group of people who serve as librarians, library operations, IT and website team members, facility maintenance, membership, order processing, research team members, special interest group leaders, Jamboree committee members, and board members, the Society would not be able to serve our members and the genealogical community or fulfill its mission.

Thank You!

Do you want to send special thanks to an SCGS volunteer who helped you find a missing ancestor?  Do you want to recognize an especially hard-working volunteer staff member for their continuing service?  

It's easy! Fill out a "You Made My Day" card, located in the entrance foyer of the SCGS Library. Write a note on the back of the card telling us a little about your experience. You can sign your name or choose to remain anonymous. Please include the name or a description of the person who made your day. You can drop the card off at the librarian's desk, slip it into the wooden You Made My Day box in the foyer, or mail it to the SCGS Library after your visit. Help us thank our volunteers. And Thank YOU for taking the time to give our volunteers some well-deserved recognition.

Southern California Genealogical Society 
and Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504-2408

10 February 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS German Interest Group Meeting - Saturday, February 20, 2016

Interested in learning more about your German heritage? Join the SCGS German Interest Group at their next meeting to be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 16, 2016, in the SCGS Library. Group member, Charles Bier will be giving a presentation on "More on the Signor-Bier Families."

Edward McKelvey will present more information on "German Vocabulary for Genealogy" and Walt Sturrock will continue his series on "Reading Old German Gothic Script." 

The member of the month for the German Interest Group is Bill Zappen.

The January 16th, 2016 meeting was all about identifying vintage automobiles from photographs belonging to members of the German Interest Group. Bill Zappen, our vintage automobile expert, pointed out and explained in great detail, not only the different features on the cars but how those features helped date the car as well as identify who the maker was.  Bill Zappen began researching his German and Polish ancestors more than 30 years ago. In the past several years he took his research to both Germany and Poland where he was successful in locating documents to help tie his family together. In 2015, Bill gave us a detailed report on that year's trip and explained how he had hired a genealogist familiar with his locations to help with his research.

The goal of the SCGS German Interest Group is to provide a wide range of resources both inside and outside the SCGS Library to help trace German families. They often have a speaker on German research and the group is happy to offer assistance with your German research problems. New members and guests are always welcome

For more information, please contact Allene Aubertin

SCGS German Interest Group
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Third Saturday of the month

Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California
(818) 843-7247


05 February 2016

[CA-SCGS] SCGS Writers Group Meeting - February 14, 2016

The SCGS Writers Group will hold their next meeting
on Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the SCGS Research Library.

Time is spent at each meeting "freewriting," writing and sharing what the members have written. Each month the group chooses a topic for writing and discussion at the following meeting.

For our February meeting there are two writing prompts:

  1. The first prompt is to write approximately 250 words on something related to the month of February. As we discussed in our last meeting, there are a lot of holidays to choose from: Valentine’s Day, Groundhog’s Day, Chinese New Year, etc. 
  2. The second prompt is to write approximately 250 words describing how you became interested in genealogy, and genealogy writing.

The Group welcomes writers of all experience levels from beginner to expert. Come learn how to turn the dry statistics of your "Begats, Beweds, and Begones" into lively tales of family and situation. No RSVP is needed.

For more information contact Jennifer Taylor 

SCGS Writers Group

Second Sunday of the month
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Southern California Genealogical Society Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

Cross street Glenoaks

(818) 843-7247

03 February 2016

[CA-SCGS] Lunch and Learn - February 13,2016

Start 2016 off right by getting organized! The Southern California Genealogical Society presents a special educational opportunity designed to help you start 2016 on the right foot.

Doors open at 12 noon. Bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy as you sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories with others who share your passion.

Beginning at 1 pm, Charlotte Bocage will present "So You Thought You Were Organized", followed by "Why and How to Cite Your Sources."

Lunch and Learn
12:00 noon to 3:30 pm
Second Saturday of the month

SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Cross street Glenoaks

The library will not be open for research
Times are approximate
For more information, contact Charlotte Bocage

[CA-SCGS] FREE Access to Databases in February

In honor of African American History Month, also known as Black History Month, both Fold3 and American Ancestors (New England Historical Genealogical Society) have made several relevant databases free to the public.

Free for the month of February on Fold3 you can find:
  • "Colored" Troop service records
  • Court Slave records
  • Amistad records
  • Slave registry
  • Anti-slavery records

American Ancestors is offering guest users the following databases for free during February:

  • Hampden County, MA: Black Families in Hampden County, 1650-1865
  • People of Color in the Massachusetts State Census, 1855-1865
  • Massachusetts: 1855 State Census
  • Massachusetts: 1865 State Census
  • Free Negro Heads of Families in the United States in 1830

These are great opportunities to take advantage of.  

SCGS members do have in-library access to these and other valuable resources. To learn more about the benefits of membership, visit our website.

Happy Ancestor Hunting!