Showing posts with label #Familyhistory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Familyhistory. Show all posts

06 June 2014

[SCGS] Winners of the SCGS 2013 GENEii Family History Writers Contest

FOR RELEASE 6 June 2014
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

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.

26 March 2014

[CA-SCGS] A Family History You Shouldn't Miss

Many of you attended the Webinar session led by Michael Lacopo on "Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-Evaluating the Evidence" that was held in February. If you missed it, SCGS members can catch it in the webinar archive.

We are glad that Michael will be presenting another webinar on September 6, "She Came From Nowhere..." A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Problem." You can register for that session here.

But that's not the reason for this message. I wanted to draw your attention to an outstanding family history story that is being revealed, bit by bit, on Michael's blog, "Hoosier Daddy?"  It describes the search for his mother's birth family and it's one that I strongly encourage you to read.

Michael has been rolling the tale out over several blog posts, and I expect that after you've gotten to know the story, you'll be telling him to "HURRY UP and WRITE!" like the rest of us are doing.

This link will take you to the very first post in the series, aptly entitled "Beginnings." At the bottom of each post, you'll see "Newer Post" on the left hand side, after the comments. Click that "Newer Post" to proceed to the next installment, and the next, and the next.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do.

29 January 2014

RootsTech Announces Fifteen FREE Streamed Sessions Feb 6-8

The RootsTech conference will be held next week in Salt Lake City. SCGS and Jamboree will have a booth (#727) in the exhibit hall.

This conference is going to be huge. They are expecting 10,000 attendees in the Convention Center, with another 20,000 online. If you are among the 10,000, please be sure to stop by and say hi to us.

If you are not able to attend in person, you can participate from your Barcalounger. RootsTech will be live-streaming 15 sessions that will be viewed on the website. By the way, eight of the RootsTech speakers will also be with us at Jamboree 2014. [Tammy Hepps, Michael Leclerc, Lisa Alzo, Crista Cowan, Daniel Horowitz, Lisa Louise Cooke, Josh Taylor and Randy Whited.]  What a great way to get to know these people in advance of Jamboree.

The streamed sessions are a wonderful way to attend RootsTech without walking in the snow. It's like getting the entire conference for *free* -- and *free* is always good.

If the streamed sessions are handled like they have been in the past, no advance registration will be needed. Just log on to FamilySearch and enjoy yourself. If that's not the case, we will post an update.

The list of streamed sessions is available on the FamilySearch website. Get more detail on the sessions here, and download the RootsTech app to remind you when it's time to log on.  

This is being posted on both the Jamboree and SCGS blogs. Apologies if you receive duplicate emails. 

The RootsTech streamed videos are in no way related to the SCGS webinar series.

12 January 2014

Announcing the 2014 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and Family History and DNA Conference

The Southern California Genealogical Society proudly announces the 45th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.The popular conference will be held at our usual venue, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, from Friday through Sunday, June 6 to 8, 2014. Online registration is open on the Jamboree website, and the Marriott's website is ready to take your reservation.

Following on the heels of last year's very successful event, we will again hold Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2014. The conference will be produced by the Southern California Genealogical Society and sponsored jointly by SCGS and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). Family History and DNA will be held Thursday, June 5, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank.

Registration discounts are available to early bird registrants (on or before April 30), SCGS members, and attendees who register for both Jamboree and the Family History and DNA conference. All of the details can be found on the Jamboree website, To get all the conference updates, sign up at and have emails sent directly to your inbox.

08 July 2013

SCGS Family Tree Maker Software User Group – Meeting Notice, July 14, 2013

Interest Group Meeting
Southern California Genealogical Society

Can you produce a report showing the distant common relatives when “cousins” marry?

How can you tell if your FTM tree has any internal, disconnected trees or fragments?

Come to the meeting of the Family Tree Maker User Group on Sunday, July 14 to get answers to these and other questions.  We will be looking at the Relationship Reports in the Publish workspace.

This meeting is open to the public and we encourage newcomers. Get the most out of your Family Tree Maker software.

For questions, contact Dick Humphrey at

Sunday, July 14, 2013
4:00 p.m.– 6:00 p.m.
Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

Cross Street, Glenoaks

04 May 2013

Mother's Day: Give the Gift that *REALLY* Keeps on Giving

One year for Christmas, I gave Mom lessons to learn cake decorating at the local community college. The adult ed term started in January. I bought her all the Wilton stuff she would need, including those small metal tips, and stuck them in a small package along with the gift certificate to the class.  I loved taunting her by shaking the package so she could hear all those metal tips tinkling inside.

When she opened the package, her face took on this "What the ....??" look that we all have seen from our mothers at one time or another. I don't think she thought it was such a great idea at first. If I remember right, she mumbled a benign curse under her breath. Driving to the community college, across town and up, then down, a big, long hill in January in Iowa? Not her idea of fun. Heck, I probably would have had the same reaction!

But she went to the first one class, and then the second. By the third week, she was into it. In a big way. And we ate cake. Pretty, shiny, decorated cake. And she talked about how much fun she had taking the class, and admitted she probably would never had actually done it if I hadn't paid for the class. And with the knowledge she had, she was able to decorate cakes for years afterward ...

...which brings us to the real purpose of this post.

What are you giving as Mother's Day gifts this year? To your mother? or mother-in-law, or grandmother, if you are fortunate enough to still have them with you.  To your sister, or cousin, or daughter who is the mother of your grandchildren?

Let me suggest that you give them a very special gift... an open door to family history.

Bring her to come to Jamboree in June 7-9. Whether it's for one day, two or all three days, present her with information, coaching, support and friends who will help her get started. If Jamboree is "too much" or daunting, accompany her to the free beginner's class on Friday morning. Jamboree is held at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank, across the street from the Burbank Airport on Hollywood Way.

Give her the knowledge that will last a lifetime. Many lifetimes.