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Tech Talk 2-Minute Survey
Featured Publication: Who Do You Think You Are
Newsletters, Git Yer Newsletters!
Volunteer Corner
SCGS and the Family Research Library
Interest Groups
Jamboree News - Registration is Open!
Calendar and Upcoming Events
Resources and Blog Posts of Note
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:

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

Who Do You Think You Are
Order WDYTYA for just $10 today!

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!

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.

Volunteer Corner

Website Design Assistance Sought

SCGS 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

SCGS and the
Family Research Library
SCGS Library
Southern California Genealogical Society
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Burbank, CA  91504-2408
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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 Mondays

Library 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:

Paula Hinkel

Contributing Editors:

Lin LaRochelle

Jean Chapman Snow

Heidi Ziegler

Lynne Parmenter




1890 project

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
Kerry Bartels
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 Seminar

Thanks 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  Cost is $10 for non-members and free for members.


Interest Groups


French-Canadian Heritage Society of California
A Day of French DNA
Sunday, 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


Writers Group 

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 



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

Jamboree PosterRegistration 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

SCGS Non-Members

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

LA-Irish Fair

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 Events

10-12 Feb - RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City, UT
19 Feb - West Valley AZ Genealogical Society Seminar with Arlene Eakle
12 Mar - North Orange Co. Genealogical Society Seminar with David Rencher
27 Mar - French-Canadian Heritage Society of California
09 Apr - Root Cellar - Sacramento Genealogical Society Spring Seminar with Geoff Rasmussen
09 Jun - GENEii Family History Writers Conference in Burbank, CA
10-12 Jun - Southern California Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, CA

If 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's Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes.  Grand prize is $20,000 in travel cash, plus research help and World Deluxe subscriptions for you and 5 family members.  You can enter every day through April 9.  And bon voyage!

Ancestry Releases Family Tree Maker for Mac 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 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

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."

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