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Annual Meeting December 10, 2011
Make plans now to attend the SCGS Annual Meeting on Saturday, December 10, 2011. As is the custom, the meeting will be preceded by a potluck luncheon.

Look for your ballot to arrive by mail early in November. Ballots must be returned no later than Wednesday, December 7.

Candidates for the Board of Directors include:

Joan DeFato
Alice Fairhurst
Paula Hinkel
Joyce Roberson  

Bios for the candidates can be found on the SCGS blog
My Heritage is Here 

FGS Elivs 

Although SCGS didn't have a booth at FGS, the society was well represented by two international icons. John and Elvis donned "My Heritage is Here" t-shirts and stood guard over our brochures and pre-Halloween Tootsie Roll treats.   


Shirts are still available for purchase. They will be available for a limited time only, so don't miss out. Order yours today! 


Colors include:

Tshirt Colors

Royal blue, purple, navy, maroon, Kelly green and red.


Sizes and costs:

$13.00:  S -  M - L - XL

$15.00:  XX

$17.00:  XXX

$  2.75:  Silver or gold stars

$  3.75:  Gold hearts


These comfy shirts are 50% cotton / 50% polyester.  


All prices are plus tax and handling. No SCGS member discounts on this, sorry.    


Download the order form HERE 

GENEii Family History Writing Contest   Submissions Open
01 Nov to -31 Dec, 2011

This year's Family History Writers Conference, held in conjunction with Jamboree, gave the participants a wonderful jump start on writing the family stories. Why not put that to use and submit an entry to the 2011 GENEii Family History Writers Contest.

Submissions will be accepted from November 1 through December 31, 2011. All the rules and award information can be found on the

Secure our CollectionPlease Help Secure Our Collection 


One item on our wish list in last year's annual letter included a library security system to replace our 26-year-old obsolete system. Now, after extensive research, we have identified a detection gate at a competitive price that is suitable for our library. Donations toward the $7,800 cost of this system would be greatly appreciated. Checks for this purpose should be made out to "SCGS" with "Detection Gate" noted in the lower left corner and sent to:


Century Club Donation 

Southern California Genealogical Society 

417 Irving Drive 

Burbank, CA 91504  


Survey Says 

Are you researching in Canada? If so, you might be interested in a survey being conducted by two researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa, Del Muise and Leighann Neilson. They are conducting an online survey of family historians in order to learn more about the practice of genealogy in Canada today. 


It takes about twenty minutes to complete, depending on your answers.


The survey is available at:


If you have any questions about the survey, contact the researchers at or


October 27-29: 

Register for RootsTech - $99!


You may have heard of RootsTech, the very popular 2011 conference sponsored by SCGS had a booth in 2011 and will be there in 2012.


SCGS members can register on October 27-29 and save a substantial amount.   


$99 Promotion rate October 27-29  

$129 Early bird rate until November 30

$189 beginning December 2011


Go to for the full list of topics and sessions.  


Sign Up Today 


Are you getting all of the updates from Jamboree and from SCGS? You aren't unless you have signed up for the blogs. You don't have to "read blogs" or "do blogs" to keep in touch. Just register for the updates and they will be delivered to your email.   


We strongly suggest that you sign up for both the SCGS Genealogy Blog and the Genealogy Jamboree blog. You'll still get these semi-monthly eNews and Notes, but you'll also get all of the late-breaking news.  


Get the most from SCGS and sign up today!

SCGS Library Holiday Hours
It's coming... can you hear it? Jingle bells out there in the distance? The holiday season is just around the corner.

The library will be closed:
November 24-25
December 18-26

By the way, did you know that you can get SCGS gift certificates for your family's budding genealogist or family historian. You choose the value in $10 increments. Order it online now.

SCGS and the
Family Research Library
SCGS Library
Southern California Genealogical Society and
Family Research Library

417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA  91504-2408
818.843.7247 phone
818.843.7262 fax
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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 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


eNews & Notes Editor:

Paula Hinkel

Contributing Editors:

Lin LaRochelle

Jean Chapman Snow

Marge Rossini 

Alice Fairhurst   

Dorthy des Laurier 


We Appreciate Your Support!
SCGS is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations may be deductible as allowed by law. Your donations are gratefully accepted by check, online or through PayPal. Send your restricted or unrestricted donation to 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA.
Quick Links  

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Join SCGS    

Membership Renewal
Jamboree Blog  

SCGS on Facebook

SCGS on Twitter 

Virtual Surname Wall 


Grow What You Know             

1890 project

Lunch 'n' Learn

Saturday, November 12
12:00 lunch, 1:00 sessions

Grand Army of the Republic.

Do you know what it was, who
was involved, and where to find
 the records? Was your ancestor a member?

National Civil War Association.Have you looked everywhere?  Really? This lecture will give you clues for finding Civil War records other than NARA.
Both presentations by Kim von Aspern-Parker

SCGS Interest Groups



Québec Notarial Records & French Catholic Church Records                             by Lin LaRochelle

11 a.m. - Noon: "Québec Notarial Records" by Terri Carlson and Dorothy des Lauriers

Noon - 1 p.m.: Social hour with potluck lunch

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: "Using Catholic Church Records in Your Research" by nationally-known author & editor Gena Philibert Ortega

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: "Hands-on" research assistance from our team of experts


Contact Lin LaRochelle at for additional information.


Writers Group                               by Jean Snow  


Writer Wendell Berry said "If you don't know where you're from, you'll have a hard time saying where you're going." We used a fun "poem" template to do just that.  It led to writing a second "poem" in an ancestor's voice.  


Next, Labor Day suggested ancestors' occupations. What would a particular occupation really entail? Do you think, as I did, that blacksmiths only shoed horses? There were no stores like Ace Hardware, no Orchard Supply House, no Home Depot. Where would YOU go for door hinges, hooks and eyes? For pots and pans, fireplace tools, candlesticks? How could you keep your cattle or sheep from wandering far away? Your local blacksmith would have supplied wire for fences, and all other needed household and farm necessities made of metal.   


DNA Interest Group                   by Alice Fairhurst  


October 29, 2011

Managing the Haplogroup I1 DNA Project
Presenter: Steve Trangsrud, DNA Project Administrator

 10:00-10:30     Answering questions about DNA testing.
 10:30-12:00     Benefits and responsibilities in joining a haplogroup project.
 12:00-1:00       Lunch
   1:00-2:00       Individualized help.

$5.00 donation is suggested for attendance. Individualized help will be available after the formal presentation for those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. A drawing will be held for a $30 discount certificate for ordering a DNA test. Brown bag or join us for pizza for an additional $5.00.

Following the regular meeting from 2:00-4:00 p.m., those who are Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Project Administrators or Project Co-administrators are invited to remain to discuss how they are managing group projects.  The Roundtable format allows people to share expertise and create solutions to issues. 

For additional information contact Alice Fairhurst, at or call (626) 331-4791


German Interest Group                  by Lois Burlo


One secret to successful German research lies with finding the village where those ancestors lived.  It's not easy.  But the German Interest Group will help you.  November 19 will be our annual potluck luncheon at 11:45; and at 1:00 the workshop topic will be Prussia, Pomerania and Posen.    


Irish Interest Group                         by Marge Rossini  

It's that time again! The Irish Workshop on October 30 from 10am to 4pm.  


Barb Randall visited the Allen County Public Library, one of the largest genealogical collections in the country. She will share what a treasure that is.


SCGS member Susan Beeler Anderson will share her genealogical trip to Northern Ireland by showing the three- part BBC series "We'r Fur Hame."  Susan, along with twenty other Americans, took a 13-day tour across Northern Ireland to look at Ulster Scots culture and sights. While they traveled, a film crew followed and within a few days certain stories of genealogical interest developed.
The series follows the participants as they tell their stories of researching their ancestors who lived in Northern Ireland -- most with 19th and 20th century connections. Susan's pre-trip research in America allowed her to zero in on finding living individuals that are likely to be related to her 18th century Ulster Scot immigrant, Archibald Paul of  Fairfield Co., South Carolina.


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October 19 - 6pm PDT - Yes You Can! Do Genealogy in Spite of a Learning Disability - Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG - A presentation designed to help those with learning disabilities (specifically, dyslexia and related problems) learn ways to be successful in doing genealogical research. Hints for reading records and reports and well as writing up findings will be provided. This program comes out of 13 years as a college professor: the speaker is a dyslexic who went undiagnosed until her mid-30s, yet she is known for her effective writing style and precise research skills.


November and 2012 sessions will be announced as they are scheduled. No webinars are scheduled for December.  


You can find webinars on dozens of different topics offered by Legacy, RootsMagic, Geneabloggers and other groups. DearMYRTLE has developed an extensive list of webinars at    


The Jamboree Extension Series webinars are (or will soon be) archived on the members-only section of the SCGS website. The website is undergoing some work and our IT team will have all of the sessions available soon. We apologize for the delay in getting them posted. 


New Procedures for Ordering LDS Microfilm and Microfiche at the SCGS Family Research Library   by Dorothy des Laurier 


FamilySearch DesignationIn 2009, SCGS was designated a Family Search Center. This benefit allows patrons to order microfilm and fiche for their use at the SCGS Family Research Library. Family Search has recently made changes in the procedures for ordering films for use at SCGS.


Patrons will now be able to place your own orders online at and pay for them online.The new system involves some significant changes for our patrons, but the FamilySearch Patron User's Guide is extremely helpful. Download it from     

  • Click on "Ordering Help"
  • Then click on "User's Guide"

Those of us who volunteer at the Library will do our best to help you through the transition.  We're getting used to this new system as well, so we're all learning some new tricks.


The Up Side 

  • You can order and renew your films 24/7 from the comfort of your own home.
  • You don't have to fill out all those little forms anymore.
  • You can have your films sent to any Family History Center or Affiliated Library.
  • If you change your mind, you can cancel your order within 24 hours of placing it.  (You should receive a refund within four business days.)
  • If you attempt to order a film that's already at SCGS Research Library, a message advises you that it's already available for viewing.  (We currently have 87 titles on extended loan.)
  • You will receive automatic email notification when your order has been placed, when it has been received at the Library and when your films have been returned to Salt Lake.  (When you set up your account you will provide an email address where notifications will be sent.)

The Down Side 


Many of our patrons are reluctant to pay for anything online, especially with a credit card.  You have the option of using Paypal or prepaid Credit Cards (Visa or MasterCard only).  However, payment with cash or check is no longer possible.


What do You Do Next? 


Set up an account with  It's easy and you can do it at home.  Go to

  • Click on "Create an account"
  • follow the instructions.

The Patron User's Guide will walk you through setting up your account and placing your first order.  If you haven't already downloaded it, go to

  • Click on "Ordering Help"
  • Then click on "User's Guide"

What's the Cost? 


Costs are set by FamilySearch. The costs of material sent to SCGS are:

  • Film, short term loan         $   5.98
  • Film, extended loan           $ 14.95
  • Fiche                                  $   5.15
Area Events

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Archives Bazaar The 6th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar


Saturday, October 22, 2011 

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library

USC University Park Campus

Los Angeles history comes alive at the 6th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. Organized by L.A. as Subject and presented by the USC Libraries, the annual event celebrates the diversity of Southern California's history. For scholarly researchers, journalists, history buffs, and those simply interested in exploring the stories of Los Angeles, discovery awaits everyone at the Archives Bazaar. This event is free and open to the public.


Large institutions such as the Autry National Center of the American West and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will be represented at the bazaar along with smaller organizations and private collections whose materials fill the gaps left in the city's official history. In all, more than 80 archives are represented.


SCGS will be providing free look-ups in the census records on Stop by and say hi! 

Help SCGS by Shopping
and Swiping at Ralphs

It's time to renew your participation in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program starts its new year. We hope that you will re-enroll in order for SCGS to receive donations through this program.

This program is not limited to SCGS members.  Anyone in the Ralphs marketing territory can participate and help support the many programs of SCGS. It's painless and it costs nothing to join.

We have averaged about $1500 a year in donations through Ralphs; however, in recent years, that number has decreased due to the requirement that everyone enroll each year. We are asking everyone to sign up today, before you forget.

2.  Scroll down to where it says PARTICIPANT and click on the reddish ENROLL button (even if you are renewing).

3.  LOG IN if you are renewing, or ENROLL if you are new. (You will need your Ralphs Club Card number if you are enrolling for the first time.)

4.  Once you are in, type SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL and do not abbreviate.

5.  You should see only that entry show up.  Click in the small round button.

6.  Scroll down and click SAVE CHANGES.


Thank you for helping support the programs and activities of the Southern California Genealogical Society.  


October 19 - Webinar - Yes You CAN do Genealogy! 

October 20 - SCGS Board of Directors 

October 22 - Archives Bazaar (SCGS will be exhibiting)

October 23 - French -Canadian Interest Group Workshop

October 29 - DNA Interest Group

October 29 - DNA Project Administrators Roundtable 

October 30 - Irish Interest Group Workshop  


November 1 - Writers Group

November 5 - TMG Users Group 

November 6 - United Daughters of the Confederacy

November 8 - German Work Group

November 12 - Lunch & Learn

November 12 - African American Interest Group 

November 13 - Writers Group

November 14 - Legacy Users Group 

November 15 - Hispanic Tuesday 

November 17 - SCGS Board of Directors

November 19 - German Interest Group

November 20 - RootsMagic Users Group


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