31 October 2011

Ready, Set, Write! NaNoWriMo at SCGS Starts Nov 1

Stop by SCGS all month long for a quiet place to write. 
The official SCGS Write In is November 29 from 10am to 9pm.
Link to Los Angeles-based activities for NaNoWriMo. 
The 12th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society GENEii Family History Writing Contest is now accepting entries.

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Category 1: Family history or local history articles of 1,000-2,000 words in length, published or unpublished.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.

Category 2: Family history or local history articles of 1,000 words or less, published or unpublished.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.

Entries must be received between November 1 and December 31, 2011.

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.

29 October 2011

Volunteer Opportunity: Nov 2-3 Ballot Mailing

What: Stuff and label SCGS ballots

Date: Tues., Nov. 1st and Wed., Nov. 2nd
Hours: 10am to 4pm
Where: SCGS library

We are looking for volunteers to assist with this large mailing activity.  Please drop by.  No RSVP necessary.

Novel Month Takes World by Storm

Symptoms include flashes of brilliance, questionable plotlines, and blatant use of mixed metaphors.

Berkeley, California (Oct 10, 2011) - At midnight on November 1, armed only with their wits, the vague outline of a story, and a ridiculous deadline, more than 250,000 people around the world will set out to become novelists. Why? Because November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the world's largest writing challenge and nonprofit literary crusade. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching "The End" by November 30. There are no judges, no prizes, and entries are deleted from the server before anyone even reads them.

So what's the point? "The 50,000-word challenge has a wonderful way of opening up your imagination and unleashing creativity," says NaNoWriMo Founder and Executive Director (and 12-time NaNoWriMo winner) Chris Baty. "When you write for quantity instead of quality, you end up getting both. Also, it's a great excuse for not doing any dishes for a month."  More than 650 regional volunteers in more than 60 countries will hold write-ins, hosting writers in coffee shops, bookstores, and libraries. Write-ins offer a supportive environment and surprisingly effective peer pressure, turning the usually solitary act of writing into a community experience. That sense of community even extends beyond the page—so much so that several dozen marriages and at least six babies have resulted from NaNoWriMo over the years.

Although the event emphasizes creativity and adventure over creating a literary masterpiece, more than 90 novels begun during NaNoWriMo have since been published, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, both #1 New York Times Best Sellers. "Writing a novel in a month inspires incredible confidence in seasoned and first-time novelists alike," says NaNoWriMo Program Director Lindsey Grant. "Completing a draft of the novel they've been contemplating for ages gives participants a tremendous sense of accomplishment and leaves them wondering what else they're capable of."

For more information on National Novel Writing Month, or to speak to NaNoWriMo participants in your area, visit www.nanowrimo.org or contact press@nanowrimo.org.

SCGS is a participating library - so Come Write In!

The Office of Letters and Light is a California-based international non-profit organization. Its programs are the largest literary events in the world. Learn more at www.lettersandlight.org

21 October 2011

RootsTech Conference Discount Oct 27-29 ONLY

Subject: Special FGS Discount for RootsTech 2012 Available for Three Days Only!

Thanks to SCGS's association with the Federation of Genealogical Societies, RootsTech is extending a very attractive discounted rate of $99 for three days only to any SCGS members who would like to participate in this one-of-a-kind, dynamic conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

RootsTech is a leading edge conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges they face in family history research today. More than 3,000 people attended the inaugural conference in 2011 and their feedback on RootsTech was overwhelmingly positive. Don't miss out in 2012!

Take advantage of the special $99 registration rate and we look forward to seeing you at RootsTech 2012!
  • A new family history and technology conference
  • February 2-4, 2012
  • Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • FGS registration discount is available October 27 to 29
  • Use the promotion code FGS when registering to receive the FGS discount rate
At RootsTech, genealogists and family historians of all skill levels will learn technology-based solutions to accelerate their research. From the Expo Hall and participant-driven un-conferencing discussions to the RootsTech Playground, this conference is ground-breaking and unique. Check out rootstech.org for the most current information.

Be one of the thousands of RootsTech 2012 attendees to:
  • Experience hands-on workshops and interactive classes to accelerate your research
  • Help influence the future of genealogy
  • Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy
  • Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs
Participate in panels, product demos and many networking opportunities

There will be sessions of interest to novices through advanced technology users, including:

  • Hands-on workshops
  • Sneak peek demonstrations of new products and services
  • Interactive presentations and panels
  • Un-conferencing discussions (last minute, on-the-fly sessions by attendees)
Go to RootsTech.org to see the full list of topics and sessions.

Register at RootsTech.org between October 27-29, 2011 and use the promotion code FGS to receive the $99 rate.

    $99 FGS promotion rate October 27-29, 2011
    $129 Early bird rate until November 30, 2011
    $189 beginning December 2011

RootsTech is sponsored by Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch, Oracle, the National Genealogical Society, brightsolid, Ancestry.com, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Archives.com, Brigham Young University, and the Association of Professional Genealogist

20 October 2011

SCGS at the LA as Subject Archives Bazaar Oct 22

Join SCGS at the 6th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar
hosted by LA as Subject

Saturday, October 22, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

Located in the beautiful Doheny Memorial Library, this is a great event at which to learn about important archives in Los Angeles and meet like-minded archivists, historians and genealogists.

Event details are at http://www.laassubject.org/index.php/archives_bazaar. The program list was posted today (October 20) and it can be found at http://www.laassubject.org/index.php/archives_bazaar/program/2011

See last year's post at <http://scgsgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/10/scgs-1890-project-sleuth-spotted-at-5th.html>

Time to Renew Ralphs Community Contributions

At the turn of each year, September 1 to be exact, Ralphs asks the community to renew its commitment to the Ralphs Community Rewards program.  Your donations serve as a valuable source of income that allows SCGS to offer member benefits.

To continue to earn rewards on behalf of SCGS, please go to ralphs.com and log in with your account information.

Then click "My Ralphs" and on the left side bar click "Community Contributions" and then the "Enroll" button

Type "Southern California Genealogical"  and click the "Search" button

Select: Southern California Genealogical 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 82966

Then click the "Save Changes" button

19 October 2011

SCGS eNews and Notes Now Available Online

The October/November issue of the SCGS eNews and Notes has been distributed and is available online.

The newsletter is sent to over 8500 readers and is designed to catch everyone up on the activities and programs of the Southern California Genealogical Society. You'll find items of interest to the general public as well as SCGS members.

If you didn't get your copy, you can read it here.

If you would like to receive the next issue delivered to your mailbox, just add your email address in the upper right corner of the SCGS website.

And The Nominees Are ......

It is election season at SCGS. We have three (corrected) three-year board positions open.  Ballots will be mailed to members in November.

Winners will be announced at the SCGS Annual Meeting on December 10th, 2011.

2012 SCGS Nominations

Joan DeFato was born in Brooklyn, NY, (Coney Island, in fact) and raised on Long Island. After receiving an A.B. in botany from Barnard College and an M.S. in library service from Columbia University, she worked as a librarian in a medical library and a botanical research library before moving to California in 1973 to become the librarian at the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia. While at the Arboretum she was asked to borrow a census microfilm from the National Archives for a fellow worker. That was her introduction to genealogy. Although she did little or no research for a number of years, she is back in the hunt now that she is retired. With a mostly Irish ancestry, she is finding more information about her Italians and recently found the marriage of her great grandparents in 1882 in Genzano, Potenza, Italy. In the past she has been a librarian for SCGS and now does proofreading for The Searcher and is on the 2012 Jamboree raffle team.

Alice has been a genealogy researcher for over 40 years. Her areas of specialty outside the United States are Canada and Scotland. A member of the Southern California Genealogy Society, she has served on the Board for three years, is the DNA Interest Chair and the 2012 Jamboree Raffle Chair. She also coordinates the efforts for the International Society of Genetic Genealogy's Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree.  A retiree from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, she served as Career Development and Mentoring Coordinator. She has spoken on managing creativity, organizational development, personality styles, career management and learning styles at conventions in various sites in the United States, Canada and Britain.

Within two hours of firing up an Ancestry.com fourteen-day trial, Paula Hinkel traced her paternal grandmother's family to medieval France, chevaliers and the Keeper of the King's Bread. The discoveries, while unproven and undocumented, were enough to ignite genealogy fever. She fortunately recognized the need to learn "the right way" and joined the Southern California Genealogical Society. Paula's professional experience includes marketing research, computer application usage, writing, and project management. She brings a unique set of skills to her roles as vice-president of SCGS and co-chair of the Society's annual conference, the successful and popular Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Paula is a self-described technology instigator and helped implement many of the Society's technological advances. Her volunteer responsibilities at SCGS include:
·Vice President 2004-2005, 2008-2011
·President 2006
·Co-Chair of SCGS Jamboree 2006-2011
·Website designer and editor
·The Searcher (quarterly journal) contributor
·Marketing, Publicity and Promotion, Blog and Social Media Editor

She has photographed and transcribed over 15,000 headstones for the Findagrave.com website, researched the historic Los Angeles City Cemetery, developed a website to assist researchers in finding obituaries in Los Angeles County, and researched Civil War veteran burials in area cemeteries. Paula graduated with a BA in Business Administration from Briar Cliff College (Sioux City, Iowa) as a non-traditional student.

An employee of Pierce College for thirty-one years, she retired as the Assistant to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs. Always having a strong interest in writing, she joined the SCGS Writers Group and in 2011 was awarded first place in Category 2 in the GENII Writer's contest. Her essay Reprise was printed in the Summer 2011 The Searcher which was distributed to all participants at the 2011 Jamboree.

Joyce's lifelong interest in genealogy became an avid passion in 1995, when on a vacation trip back east she met her husband's cousins for the first time. They filled her in on the family back to 1800. She took the ball and ran with it, taking almost every line back to the late 1500s over time. She continues her work, fleshing out each precious ancestor's life with loving dedication.

She is a member of the SCGS Jamboree Planning Committee and a proofreader for The Searcher. She will be working on the Volunteer Recruitment Committee for the 2012 Jamboree.

Learn about Historypin Oct 21 2pm

Historypin, (historypin.com), a Google-based application with slogan "Pin your history to the world", allows users to electronically "pin" stories, photos, videos, audio and more to a specific point on the global with an associated date in history.

We pass this on for our friends at the Glendale Public Library:

There will be a special presentation held by Historypin on Friday, October 21 at 2pm at the Glendale Public Library, Central Branch.

Historypin, created by We Are What We Do in partnership with Google, is a way for millions of people to come together to share glimpses of the past and build up the story of human history. The project, launched globally in July 2011, consists of the main online hub, Historypin.com, a Smartphone app and a series of dedicated social programmes, across education, community, archives and volunteers. Historypin is a non-profit, collaborative initiative, which is working with more and more libraries, archives and museums everyday to help them unlock their resources and reach new audiences.

Nick Stanhope, CEO of the non-profit organization that created Historypin, will provide an overview of Historypin and its current projects. Nick will also discuss how institutions and individuals with collections can get started with the project and answer any questions regarding workflow, content preparation, and selection.

When: Friday, October 21
Where: Glendale Public Library, Auditorium
222 E. Harvard St.
Glendale, CA 91205

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00 pm

More info about the location can be found here: http://library.ci.glendale.ca.us/central.asp

- Library Visitors receive 3 hours FREE parking across Harvard at the Marketplace parking structure with validation at the Loan Desk.
- Parking spaces in front (east side) of the building are available for 30 minutes.
- Spaces on the south side are available for 1 hour.
- Metered parking is available on the west side of the building in Lot #10 and on Harvard Street. Handicapped parking is available at the front of the building.

About Nick Stanhope
After graduating from Oxford University in 2002, Nick spent six years working on the ground in communities, as a teacher, youth worker and fundraiser, before joining We Are What We Do in 2007 and becoming CEO in early 2009. Nick has gathered a team of more than twenty We Are What We Do-ers in London, Sofia and San Francisco, and significantly shaped the direction of the organization. His vision is for a non-profit company that puts a stream of desirable things into the world, in demand by a mainstream consumer audience and with positive behaviors built into them, incidentally helping people to do simple, good things and addressing major social and environmental issues.

13 October 2011

Bargain Alert: FREE Ancestry.com Databases

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Ancestry.com is offering free access to several of its databases. The databases are listed at http://www.ancestry.com/anniversary and include US and international records.

You can also register for a grand prize of a trip to visit behind the scenes at Who Do You Think You Are.

Have fun! And good luck on your search. Let us know if you enjoy success using these great resources. We love to hear success stories. Just post a note using "comments" below.

Fall FCHSC Meeting - October 23

Join the French Canadian Society of California for its Fall meeting.

Schedule of Events
11 a.m. - Noon "Quebec Notarial Records"
by Terri Carlson and Dorothy des Lauriers
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Social hour with potluck lunch
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. "Using Catholic Church Records in Your Research"
by Gena Philibert Ortega
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. “Hands-on” research assistance from our experts

Information: fchsc@scgsgenealogy.com or 818-843-7247 - Public welcome!