30 November 2010
SCGS Needs You! We are an all-volunteer organization and have lots of opportunities for you to consider!
Join our webinar on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. PST.
Click on the link to attend.
Call in using your telephone (long distance rates may apply)
Dial +1 626-521-0011
Access Code: 495-362-576
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting Password: SCGSneedsYou
Meeting ID: 495-362-576
Dial-in to learn what's available or maybe you have some idea of how you could help already. Bring a friend too.
25 November 2010
As many of you know, proper source citation is essential to producing a quality family history. A lot of us started by gathering data first and trying to add sources later,only to ask many times, "Where the heck did I get THAT?" Dick Eastman emphasizes the importance of citing sources in his recent blog post:
He also provides concise definitions of Primary and Secondary sources.
As always at our meetings, contributions by attendees are encouraged - bring your questions and recent discoveries about RM to share with the group. You are also invited to email me suggestions for topics to be covered at this or future meetings.
Special Holiday Offer - Don't forget that RootsMagic has a special holiday offer: the program and the book for only $20.00 (plus S & H). This is the full program on CD plus the very helpful user manual. A great opportunity to give this combination to a family member or friend who is looking for a database program. Offer good only until December 22.
Next Month's Meeting - Our December meeting will be held on Sunday the 19th. Since this is the Sunday before Christmas, we will decide at our November meeting whether to cancel for December.
For further information about the meeting or the user group, contact Jay Holladay: firstname.lastname@example.org
23 November 2010
We are actively searching for a librarian to cover Tuesday evening, but have yet to fill the slot.
18 November 2010
This will be our last session for 2010. Everyone is encouraged to attend the SCGS Annual Meeting Saturday, the 11th of December.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas (Frohliche Weihnachten), Best Wishes for the New Year (Alles Güte im Neuen Jahr!) and Happy Hannukah (Glücklicher Hanukkah!).
17 November 2010
- Do you have a Secret Santa drawing with a $10 limit? There ya go.
- What about a stocking stuffer for the cousin that has shown some interest in learning about great-great grandpa? There ya go.
- Maybe Santa can deliver it to you because you've been such a good girl or boy. There ya go.
Purchase it online from the SCGS bookstore or buy it in person at the SCGS Library. You can also order it by phone (818-843-7247) with a credit card.
This offer is open to anyone; you do not need to be a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society to take advantage of this great bargain.
Susan's "Family Oral History Using Digital Tools" blogpost about the article includes insightful observations about asking "Why?" when it comes to those dysfunctional family challenges. Read her post here and pick up a copy of the magazine at your local newsstand.
16 November 2010
SCGS ballots have been mailed - if you are a voting member, check your mailbox.
This year SCGS has a slate of five candidates. Ballots are due back to the SCGS Library by 8 December.
Winners will be announced at the 2010 Annual Meeting to be held at the Library on 11 December from 11 am to 3 pm.
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Location: SCGS Library, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank (818-843-7247)
RSVP on-line here: Annual Meeting and Silent Auction
Long time members & past presidents will be honored
Year-end activity summary from SCGS leadership
Bring your cash, checks and credit cards to shop
Bring your favorite holiday potluck dish to share
Jamboree 2011 sneak preview
Breaking news about speakers and activities
Jamboree 2011 full conference registration raffle
**Note: we are looking for new or gently used donations for the Silent Auction
14 November 2010
The next step is to learn a bit about the history and architecture that surrounded your Angeleno ancestors. You could spend the day surfing the web, or visiting the local library - better yet, immerse yourself in the time and place. Soak up the culture and history. Take advantage of research that's already been completed by participating in The Great Los Angeles Walk 2010: Back to Wilshire event on November 20, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm.
We pass this information along from our friends at The Great Los Angeles Walk and their partner the Los Angeles Conservancy:
We're walking from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica, via Wilshire Boulevard.
The route will take us past some of L.A.'s most iconic and historic features -- MacArthur Park, Bullocks Wilshire, the sites of the late great Ambassador Hotel and Brown Derby, and much much more.
In the meantime - "take an interactive journey down one of LA's most fascinating streets .... " thanks to the LA Conservancy's Curating the City website.
11 November 2010
10. SCGS logo items (e.g., mugs, caps) from Cafe Press
9. Genealogical research by the SCGS staff
8. 2010 Jamboree Syllabus – CD Version
7. SCGS gift certificates
6. 1892 Los Angeles Great Register - Vols. 1 & 2
5. Spanish-Mexican Families of Early California - Vols. 1, 2 & 3
4. SCGS "tree shirt" from Cafe Press
3. Who Do You Think You Are by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
2. Family Tree DNA test kits
1. SCGS memberships for all of your family members and friends
SCGS is an all-volunteer organization. SCSG needs you!
10 November 2010
This is the last issue of "The News & Notes." After seven and a half years of reporting news and events at SCGS, "The News & Notes" will cease publication.
What takes the place of "The News & Notes"? We will take advantage of new technology to send out monthly e-updates and as well as up-to-the-minute notices of time-sensitive information. Subscribe today to stay in touch.
Type your email address in the upper right corner of the SCGS main page where you see "Sign Up for Free Email Updates from SCGS."
SCGSGenealogy Blog Post Notification via Email
Type your email address in the upper right corner of the Society's blog, where you see "Subscribe via email."
Your email address will never be released or shared with any other organization.
09 November 2010
You'll get access to Revolutionary War Rolls, the Union Civil War Pension Index, WWI draft registration cards (which you’ll want to search for male relatives born between 1872 and 1900, whether or not they served), WWII Missing in Action or Lost at Sea reports, and the US Army Register of Enlistments 1798-1914, among other records.
Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to recognize (and document!) the service and sacrifice made by members of your family.
08 November 2010
07 November 2010
With our stomachs full - we hopped back in our car and drove a couple more blocks to our main destination - the newly renovated Los Angeles Family History Library.
We noted a flurry of activity on the grounds of the Church of Latter Day Saints as groups of volunteers were starting to put up holiday decorations. The LAFHL - as the Family History Library is now abbreviated - is located in the basement of the main building on the campus.
The first thought we had as we entered the library, "Where are all the books?" What we saw to the left and right were rows of computers, and rows of microfilm and microfiche readers. In speaking with several of the LAFHL staff, we learned that they had reduced their book volume by at least fifty percent. Those materials with expired copyright were shipped to scanning centers in Ogden, Utah and Mesa, Arizona. The idea being that patrons, from anywhere, would be able to access scanned versions on-line at FamilySearch. Digitization started on November 1.
On the official tour, our docent explained that patrons would enter the Library, reserve a computer space at which to work, or attend one of the classes. To the rear of the Library are two large classrooms that each seat approximately 30 to 50 people. State of the art projectors and wall-to-wall screens are perminent fixtures as well. We learned that other organizations could reserve the classrooms.
Other parts of the Library we visited were the Jewish and Polish collections, the main stacks, the microfilm and microfiche storage, and the oversized and rare book areas. We happened to see a couple of other SCGS members enjoying the Open House - small world.
Experience the amazing transformation for yourself. The Open House continues from 3pm to 7pm, on Sunday, November 7. In addition to tours, there is also a schedule of mini-classes.
John O'Groats is located at 10516 West Pico Boulevard.
The Los Angeles Family History Library is located at 10741 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025. Note: city and zip are especially important when mapping this destination as SM Blvd is long and the street numbers are repeated.
06 November 2010
The new schedule will be:
10am to 4pm - Open
4pm to 6pm - Closed
6pm to 9pm - Open
9, 23 November
14, 28 December
The final meeting for 2010 of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of California is fast approaching.
Please join us on Sunday, November 21, 2010.
SCGS Library 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA. 818-843-7247
Doors open at 10 a.m.
Schedule of Activities
- 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
- 11 a.m. to Noon "Beginning French-Canadian Research" by Pam Wiedenbeck
- Noon to 1 p.m. Social hour with potluck lunch
- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Discussion of the major resources in FCHSC's research collection Panel: Doug Miller, Joan Phillips, & Raymonde Motil
- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. “Hands-on” research assistance from our team of experts
SCGS members may search for French-Canadian ancestors using our new online subscription to the PRDH database.
Also, please visit FCHSC’s recently-updated website.
Exciting things happening there with more to come. Join us on Facebook.
04 November 2010
02 November 2010
The next step is to learn a bit about the history and architecture that surrounded your Angeleno ancestors. You could spend the day surfing the web, or visiting the local library - better yet, immerse yourself in the time and place. Soak up the culture and history. Take advantage of research that's already been completed by participating in the LA Conservancy's "Strolling on 7th Street" event on November 7, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm.
We pass this information along from our friends at the Los Angeles Conservancy:
On one day only, the Los Angeles Conservancy will offer guided tours of historic spots along Seventh between Figueroa and Los Angeles Streets. Park your car and stroll with us down a mile of history with rare access to a residential loft, stunning views, a former rotating restaurant, and more.Tickets are $30 for the general public, $25 for Los Angeles Conservancy members, and $10 for kids 12 and under. A list of the tour sites and full details are on the LA Conservancy Strolling on 7th Street event website.
In addition to the tour itself, the Historic Downtown L.A. Retail Project will offer suggestions for local dining, and Wordspace will hold a live reading after the tour with poems, stories, and performances inspired by Seventh Street.
01 November 2010
Who: The Southern California Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy
Where: Southern California Genealogical Society
When: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Presenters: Project Administrators Panel
- 10:00-11:00 Questions for the panel from those who have not yet tested or have just received their DNA results.
- 11:00-12:00 The panel of Project Administrators who attended the October 30-31 FTDNA conference in Houston will share what they learned at the conference.
$5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after the formal presentation for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. A drawing will be held for a $30 discount certificate for ordering a DNA test. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional
For additional information contact Alice Fairhurst or call (626) 331-4791
Following the regular meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects. The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues.
DNA Meetings in 2011: 29 Jan; 30 Apr; 30 Jul; 29 Oct
FTDNA Normal Reduced Prices for SCGS DNA Project for ANY SURNAME:
Males (father's line only)
Males (father's and mother's line)
Y-DNA37 + mtDNAPlus $269
Y-DNA67 + mtDNAPlus $369
Females (mother's line only)
ALL: Family Finder (traces through all 16 great-grandparents) $289
Shipping & Handling: $4.00 (inside the USA), $6.00 (outside the USA)
To order, call Family Tree DNA at 713-868.1438 and ask to join the SCGS project or order online.
When your results come in, we will automatically join you to your surname and haplogroup projects.
Each entry must be submitted via email. The cover letter should be included in the body of the email. It should include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; the title of the article; the word count; and the category entered (1 or 2).
The writing contest offers cash awards in two categories:
Category 1: Family history or local history articles of 1,000-2,000 words in length, published or unpublished. If previously published, entries must be accompanied by the written permission of the publisher allowing the article to be reprinted by SCGS. Awards: 1st Place, $200. 2nd Place, $100. 3rd Place, $50. Honorable mentions and finalists, certificate.
Category 2: Family history or local history articles of 1,000 words or less, published or unpublished. If previously published, entries must be accompanied by the written permission of the publisher allowing the article to be reprinted by SCGS.Awards: 1st Place, $100. 2nd Place, $50. 3rd Place, $25. Honorable mentions and finalists, certificate.
Entries must be received between November 1 and December 31, 2010.
Complete rules and FAQs can be found on the SCGS Website. This year's contest is dedicated to the memory of Beth Maltbie Uyehara, who founded the contest in 2000.