|Tech Talk 2-Minute Survey|
DNA in Genealogy
This month's survey will explore your use of DNA in your family research. Whether you can't even spell DNA, are a DNA guru, or fall somewhere in between, we want to hear from you. Please share your experiences online at:http://SCGS-TechTalk-Feb.surveyconsole.com
If the link doesn't work, just copy and paste the address into your browser.The survey is open to everyone. Results will be published in the next eNews and Notes.
|Featured Publication: |
Who Do You Think You Are
by Megan Smolenyak 2
This month's featured publication is not an SCGS publication, but it's an outstanding guide for the beginner. It's an entertaining read for those who have some prior experience in family history research, techniques, and it's ON SALE at a great price!
|Order WDYTYA for just $10 today!|
SCGS is offering the hardcopy version Who Do You Think You Are for just $10 plus shipping and handling. Order yours today and keep it by your side as you watch the second season of the terrific NBC program, which launches Friday, February 4, at 8pm. You will not want to miss this season's episodes, which look at the family histories of Vanessa Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Rosie O'Donnell, Steve Buscemi, Kim Cattrall, Lionel Richie, and Ashley Judd.
Pop the popcorn, snuggle into the Barcalounger, keep the Kleenex at hand, and get ready to spend an entertaining hour in genealogy.
Newsletters, Git Yer Newsletters!
We have seen the introduction of several excellent email newsletters in the past weeks. The FREE email newsletters do a great job of keeping you updated on the genealogical events of the day.
The grand-daddy of all, of course, is Eastman's Online Genealogical Newsletter. His newsletter comes out once a week, on Sunday, and it contains all of the posts on his very popular blog. There is a paid version of the newsletter for those who want access to the special articles. Of course, the posts are available 24/7 on Dick's website.
Longtime friend of SCGS, Leland Meitzler, launched a free weekly newsletter,Genealogy Newsline, in January. Much of this newsletter's content is original and highlights developments at Leland's Family Roots Publishing Co.
The Genealogy News, produced by Illya D'Addizio of Genealogy Today, is available in daily or weekly editions. This publication pulls articles from several other newsletters or blogs.
You might guess that the
NEHGS Weekly Genealogist's focus is on activities at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. You'd be surprised at the number of articles that cover other resources and activities. Michael Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault
produce an informative and entertaining newsletter. To subscribe, click on the link above and click on "Subscribe to the Weekly Genealogist by Email" link, which you'll find directly under the calendar.
Do you subscribe to other newsletters that you find particularly interesting or informative? Let us know
and we'll mention it in a future issue of eNews & Notes.
Website Design Assistance SoughtSCGS is looking for a volunteer to provide web design assistance to revamp its website. One goal is to expand the offerings available in the members-only section of the site. If you're looking to enrich your resume or fill in a gap in service, now is the time to share your talents. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at SCGSwebUpdate@gmail.com.
|SCGS and the |
Family Research Library
Southern California Genealogical Society
Hours of Operation:
10:00am - 4:00pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
10:00am - 9:00pm Tuesdays
10:00am - 4:00pm 3rd and 4th Saturdays
10:00am - 4:00pm 1st and 2nd Sundays
Closed MondaysLibrary open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.
President - Heidi Ziegler
1st Vice President - Donn Dufford
2nd Vice President - Paula Hinkel
Recording Secretary - Cathy Romero
Corresponding Secretary - Fran Bumann
Treasurer - Louise Calaway
Financial Secretary - Peggy Schulz
eNews & Notes Editor:
Jean Chapman Snow
Lunch 'n' Learn
Saturday, February 12
February's Lunch 'n' Learn session features a double bill. Bring your brown-bag lunch and socialize with others at noon. You can also order lunch from one of the neighboring restaurants. Classes are held at the Southern California Genealogical Society's Family Research Library at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank. Cross street is Glen Oaks.
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Finding and Using Los Angeles County Records
Mara Fein, Ph.D.
This lecture introduces both beginning and intermediate genealogists to the major records and repositories available to them in Los Angeles County. Participants walkaway with an understanding of what is available, where they need to go, the costs, and the roadblocks. Mara Fein belongs to the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, and Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. She holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A. in English) and the University of Southern California (MBA and PhD in English).
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to the National Archives
This lecture will cover four major categories of records held by the National Archives that are most commonly used by genealogists, a discussion of record digitization of the National Archives records, and an introduction to the partnerships for digitization. Examples of records that are rich in genealogical value but are little known and little used by genealogists will be explored. Kerry Bartels is an Archives Specialist at The National Archives and Records Administration facility in Riverside, California. He has been a professional archivist since 1977 and has worked in historical societies, libraries, museums, universities, state archives, and now at the National Archives. He has been a genealogical practitioner since 1962 and has done extensive research in the United States and Canada as well as many nations in Europe.
The library will not be open for research.
SCGS at WAGS SeminarThanks to the SCGS members who staffed our booth at the Whittier Area Genealogical Society's annual seminar, which featured Lisa Louise Cooke. Leo Myers, Jane Van Tour, Cheri Mello and Cathy Romero and Heidi Ziegler were there to answer questions about SCGS, Jamboree, DNA testing and Hispanic research. Welcome to the 4 new members who joined!
SCGS at RootsTech
RootsTech is turning out to be one of the most important genealogical events of the year, and SCGS will be there, exhibiting in booths 210 and 212. We look forward to meeting several current members and introducing people to SCGS and Jamboree. Thank you to the SCGS team representing us: Leo Myers, Jay Holladay, Jane Van Tour, Terri Carlson, and maybe others. Register for Jamboree while at RootsTech and save $5!
Beginner's Class March 12
Beverly Truesdale will conduct a Beginner's genealogy class on Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It will be on "Getting Started" and will include filling out Family Group Sheets, Getting Organized and Census Records. The class will be limited to 25 people so you must register for the class by calling the library or contacting me at Btruesdale59@gmail.com. Cost is $10 for non-members and free for members.
|French-Canadian Heritage Society of California
A Day of French DNASunday, March 27, 2011
SCGS Library, 417 Irving Drive, Burbank
10 a.m. - Noon Panel Discussion led by Alice Fairhurst
Noon - 1 p.m. Social hour with potluck lunch
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Round Table Discussion Groups
· Choosing & ordering the right DNA kit for you
· Interpreting test results (bring copies with you)
· y-DNA testing to resolve surnames vs. dit names
· mtDNA testing to trace common Québec ancestresses
· Autosomal DNA testing (e.g. FamilyFinder®) for connecting with close and distant cousins
· How contributing to the French Heritage DNA web site increases our understanding of French DNA
February Meetings: Tuesday February 8, 12-2 PM, and Sunday February 13, 1-3 PM
John W. Pritchett writes "Because we are genealogists, we prepare family histories that use technical jargon, include many dates, explain our conclusions, insert citations, satisfy genealogical standards, employ complex numbering schemes, and include masses of VERY BORING information. I know because in writing the 4,000-page SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA GENEALOGIES, I have done a lot of it myself. Nevertheless, my 10-year-old niece and my 50-year-old cousin still ask, 'What can you tell me about my ancestors?'"
"What can you tell me" is the purpose of the Writers Group.
In February we'll go from the topic of Voice (who tells your story) to Theme. Theme is often confused with subject, topic or moral of a story, but common writing themes are love, loss, friendship, good vs. evil, or coming of age. A theme can be clearly stated or merely implied. You may need to write several drafts before you find your theme. When you do, the theme will help you focus and organize your writing whether tale, memoir, or family history.
Please note: if you would like to join us (SCGS members
only) but have not attended before, be sure to e-mail me. And for all members: please e-mail me whether you will attend or not. Thank you! Jean Chapman Snow firstname.lastname@example.org
German Interest Group - Find Your German Village
One secret to successful German research lies with finding the village where those ancestors lived. It's not easy. But the German Interest Group meetings in 2011 will help you. The interest group meets on the third Saturday of the month. Add these to your calendar now so you can find your Germans in 2011.
(There is no meeting in December)
- February: Baden Wurttemberg
- March: Hesse & Rheinland Pfalz
- April: Bavaria
- May: Saarland, Alsace-Lorraine
- June: Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg & Bremen
- July: Mecklenburg (Newbrandenburg & Rostock)
- August: Workday to update the German Research Guides September: Nordrhein-Westfalen
- October: Prussia, Pomerania, Posen
- November: Potluck and Family Traditions
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Registration Is Now Open!
It's been a long time coming, but the online registration system is up and running!
SCGS Current members and those joining in conjunction with Jamboree
Family History Writers Conference
We will be sending a separate Jamboree edition of the SCGS eNews and Notes in a few days, but if you want to get a head start on getting your registration in, you can take care of it right now.
If you would rather register by mail, the Jamboree registration form can be downloaded from the website.
(click the link above to go to the calendar on the SCGS website)
05 Feb - GSHA-SC Meeting
05 Feb - The Master Genealogist User Group
06 Feb - United Daughters of the Confederacy Meeting
08 Feb - Writers Group
10-12 Feb - SCGS at RootsTech
10 Feb - Long Range Planning Committee
12 Feb - Jamboree Committee
12 Feb - Lunch & Learn
13 Feb - Writers Group
14 Feb - Legacy Users Group
15 Feb - Hispanic Tuesday
17 Feb - Board of Directors Meeting
18-20 Feb - SCGS at
Queen Mary Scottish Festival
19 Feb - German Interest Group
20 Feb - RootsMagic User Group
01 Mar - Writers Group
05-06 Mar - SCGS at
05 Mar - The Master Genealogist User Group
06 Mar - United Daughters of the Confederacy Meeting
12 Mar - Jamboree Committee
12 Mar - Lunch & Learn
13 Mar - Writers Group
14 Mar - Legacy Users Group
15 Mar - Hispanic Tuesday
17 Mar - Board of Directors Meeting
19 Mar - German Interest Group
20 Mar - RootsMagic User Group
27 Mar - French-Canadian Heritage Society - California
Second Tuesday - German Workgroup
Third Tuesday - Hispanic Tuesday
Every Wednesday - French-Canadian Research Team
Every Thursday - German Research Team
Every Friday - 1890 Project Proofreading Team
2011 Upcoming Events10-12 Feb - RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, UT19 Feb - West Valley AZ Genealogical Society Seminar with Arlene Eakle12 Mar - North Orange Co. Genealogical Society Seminar with David Rencher27 Mar - French-Canadian Heritage Society of California09 Apr - Root Cellar - Sacramento Genealogical Society Spring Seminar with Geoff Rasmussen09 Jun - GENEii Family History Writers Conference in Burbank, CA10-12 Jun - Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CAIf you have events that you would like listed in the SCGS update, please send an email to phinkel@scgsgenealogy. Put "Area Event" in the subject line.
|Resources and Blog Posts of Note|
Catch up on the important announcements and blog posts of note throughout the genealogical community. Here are some of your editor's best picks.
Ancestry's $20,000 Contest
Do you dream of visiting your ancestors' homeland? Walking the streets they walked, seeing where they lived, tasting the food they loved? Then here's your chance -- enter Ancestry.com's Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes. Grand prize is $20,000 in travel cash, plus research help and Ancestry.com World Deluxe subscriptions for you and 5 family members. You can enter every day through April 9. And bon voyage! www.ancestry.com/sweeps
Ancestry Releases Family Tree Maker for Mac
Ancestry.com announced the launch of Family Tree Maker® for Mac on the Mac App Store. Family Tree Maker for Mac is available for purchase and electronic download at the Mac App store for $99.99.
The program is also available at http://www.familytreemaker.com and in select retail stores, including Apple's retail stores, Amazon, Office Depot, and Office Max.
Tours of California Archives If you find yourself in Sacramento, plan a side trip to the California Archives. The state Archives is offering free tours during one Friday each month. Tours begin at noon and last approximately one hour. For tour dates and other details, check out their website.
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Illinois State Genealogical Society released their snazzy new website, which features a members-only section full of Illinois data. Check out their site at http://www.ilgensoc.org.
Louisiana - New Orleans Catholic Records Online
Lynne Parrmenter reports, "With the installation of a new Archbishop in New Orleans in 2002, we are seeing a glimmer of long-awaited light with the release of "Slave and Free People of Color Baptismal Records" online index." http://www.archdiocese-no.org/archives/sfpc.php
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