30 December 2012

SCGS Burbank - Beginning Genealogy Class Jan. 5

REMINDER - Start the 2013 genealogical year on the right foot and join longtime SCGS member Beverly Truesdale for a beginning genealogy session.  

5 January 2013
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

This introduction to the basics includes setting goals, keeping organized, identifying resources, using Federal and state censuses, and introduction to Ancestry.com.

Fee: free to SCGS members, $10.00 for non-members.  Free parking.

Sign up by emailing beginner@scgsgenealogy.com or call 818-843-7247.
Registration is required.

29 December 2012

Last Chance to Make a Tax-Deductible Gift for 2012

Don't miss this final opportunity to help the Southern California Genealogical Society while helping yourself. Donate to the Century Club and list SCGS among your charitable deductions.

SCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization that is managed and staffed wholly by volunteers. We provide educational opportunities for family historians around the world, and we maintain a 40,000+ volume family research library in Burbank.

We make it easy for you to make your contribution.
•    Donate online through the SCGS shopping cart
•    Donate by mail by sending your check to Century Club, SCGS, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504. Be sure to postmark your donation by Dec. 31!
•    Donate through PayPal

Century Club levels are:
$25 - Contributing level
$100 - Century level
$250 - Silver level
$500 - Gold level
$1000+ - Platinum level

Make your gift by December 31 to be eligible for a 2012 charitable deduction. Your tax situation may vary.

On behalf of the members of the Board of Directors and the members of SCGS, we thank you for your generosity.

15 December 2012

RootsMagic User Group Meeting Sunday, December 16

Have you tried the new Version 6 of RootsMagic? Are you wondering whether you should try it? In either case you should attend our upcoming RootsMagic User Group meeting:

Sunday, December 16, 2012, 
from 2-4 PM at the SCGS Library, 
417 Irving Drive (cross street Glenoaks) in Burbank 

We will summarize features of the new version and enhancements to earlier versions. Users who have tried the latest version will tell us what they have learned so far. Regardless of your level of familiarity with RootsMagic we believe you will find this meeting of interest.


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

14 December 2012

Bargain Alert - Fold3

Fold3's World War II collection is available free through December 23.

"Enjoy Free Access to Fold3's World War II Collection now through December 23rd as we recognize the 71st Anniversary of the United States entering WWII. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your family and friends."

07 December 2012

SCGS Burbank - Family Tree Maker User Group December 9, 2012

The Family Tree Maker User Group meets on the second Sunday of each month, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00. Since the library is open for research until 4:00 p.m., come early and use our valuable resources to find your family's records.

Sunday, December 9

The subject of SOURCES has been Dick’s most frustrating area of genealogy – perhaps for you too.  The Source Workspace in Family Tree Maker is the topic for this meeting. First we will clarify the basic sourcing concepts and then go through the features and functions provided in this FTM workspace.  Finally, Dick will share his personal approach to creating sources and the 170+ templates included in FTM2012.

Agenda
1. Sources Workspace overview and features
·         The simplest and easy approach!
·         What is the concept of genealogy sourcing?
·         Sourcing in Family Tree Maker and Ancestry.com.
·         Sources, repositories, citations, details – what gives?
·         Accessing source citations in Sources and People workspaces.
·         Details of the interface of the Sources workspace.
·         Managing repositories.

2. Working with Sources
·         Changing between workspaces.
·         Creating a new source citation using an existing source.
·         Linking an additional fact to an existing source citation.
·         Making a duplicate copy of an existing source citation.
·         Rating sources.
·         Source templates.
·         Source template alternatives.

3. Examples of sourcing by Dick

Contact  Dick Humphrey
rlh1335@gmail.com

05 December 2012

SCGS Announces Online Library Catalog

The Southern California Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the launch of its online library catalog.

"Online access to our library catalog is a key goal in our strategic planning process", explained president Alice Fairhurst. "We want to make our valuable resources available to family history enthusiasts wherever they live. The catalog can be used -- at no cost -- by anyone."

IT team leader Jay Holladay added, "Our volunteers have done a massive amount of work to get the first stage -- the Society's 26,000 books -- cataloged and prepared for online access." Over the next few months, the catalog will be expanded to include other media (CDs, maps, microforms, and periodicals).

The Society's library holds items from all fifty states and several countries, including Germany, Canada (French Canada), England, and Ireland. Although the Library's collection does not circulate, the SCGS professional research team will be happy to do lookups.   

The new catalog, known as Oasis, may be accessed at the SCGS website (www.scgsgenealogy.com). Click on Library Collection-->Online Catalog.

Try searching the new catalog today!         

02 December 2012

Genealogy, SCGS Featured in Alaska Air Magazine

The December issue of the Paradigm, the Alaska Air magazine, features an article highlighting the growth of travel for family history.

The article can be found online at Time Travel - Genealogy enthusiasts trace their roots to distant places, expanding their sense of family. For those who read the hard-copy magazine, it starts on page 38.

The article mentions a number of genealogical organizations and events, including Southern California Genealogical Society and the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree; The National Archives' annual Genealogy Fair - Washington, DC; Tuolumne County Genealogical Society - Sonora, CA; Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, and others. Our good friend Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak was also featured in the article.

The author, Leslie Forsberg, tells of her own family history trip and the emotions accompanying the miles. It's a story shared by so many of us who are searching for roots.  Tip o' the hat to Leslie, to SCGS president Alice Fairhurst, and everyone else who contributed to the article.

The URL: http://tinyurl.com/ParadigmSCGS

01 December 2012

SCGS Burbank - Beginning Genealogy Class January 5

Start the 2013 genealogical year on the right foot and join longtime SCGS member Beverly Truesdale for a beginning genealogy session.  

5 January 2013
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

This introduction to the basics includes setting goals, keeping organized, identifying resources, using Federal and state censuses, and introduction to Ancestry.com.

Fee: free to SCGS members, $10.00 for non-members.  Free parking.

Sign up by emailing beginner@scgsgenealogy.com or call 818-843-7247.
Registration is required.

GENEii Family History Writing Contest Deadline December 31

It's coming soon -- the deadline for the GENEii Family History Writers Contest is looming. Writers have until December 31, 2012, to submit their entries for this year's contest.

The rules and regulations for this year's contest can be found on the SCGS website.  Be sure to review the FAQs to get all the details.

Submissions from former years can be found on the SCGS website as well. Just click on the "GENEii Writing Contest" link on the left-hand side of the screen to read the wonderful submissions from the past 10 years.

Winning entries are also published in the society's quarterly publication, The Searcher.

Winners will be selected from 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, certificate
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, certificate
Finalists, certificate




For further information, contact the contest administrator at wiedy_genealogy@charter.net.

SCGS Annual Meeting Saturday, December 8

You are cordially invited to the annual meeting of the Southern California Genealogical Society on Saturday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.

What's on the agenda?

First of all, a wonderful potluck with home-made goodies. Please bring a dish to share and be prepared to mingle with your fellow SCGS members.

You'll meet the newly elected Board members who will lead the society's growth in 2013, and hear a summary of the many accomplishments of 2012.

You'll be the first to hear about the plans for the 2013 Jamboree -- the speakers, the activities and the fun. Best of all, you'll have a chance to win a full, three-day registration for the 2013 Jamboree.

Wrapping up the festivities will be the Silent Auction. Please bring your gently used items to the library before December 7. Don't forget your cash, checkbook or credit card to make those special purchases.

 RSVP Appreciated 818.843.7247

Date:
Saturday, December 8, 2012
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location:
Southern California Genealogical Society
Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive Burbank, CA 91504
(Cross Street Glenoaks)

Keep Calm and Watch this Space

December brings with it so much rush. The rush of holiday parties, shopping, cards, visiting, you name it. Rush to get the good eggnog before it's all gone. Rush to get all the medical and dental work finish before deductible returns to your vocabulary.

Take a breath and relax.

In your spare time (you know, between 2:39 and 3:07 a.m.), keep an eye out for major announcements on the SCGS and Genealogy Jamboree blogs. BIG news is coming your way regarding 2013.

Make it easy on yourself:  Sign up to receive emails delivered straight to your inbox, or follow our RSS feed.

And have some eggnog. The good kind.