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Ulster Irish Seminar Sold out; However...
Streamed Video Classes
Youth Membership Approved
Share Your Time and Talent
Share Your Treasure
We're on our Way to RootsTech
Grow what you Know - SCGS Classes
Special Interest Groups
SCGS and the Family Research Library
Jamboree Update
Family History and DNA
SCGS Webinar Series - 2013 Sessions and What's in the Archive
SCGS on the Road

Ulster Irish Seminar
Saturday, 16 Mar 2013
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA
We're sorry to report that the Ulster Irish Seminar is sold out for in-person attendance.

However ...
Streamed Video Classes
We are exploring the possibility of live-streaming the program for a minimum fee to cover the cost of bandwidth and camera equipment.

Before we can move forward with the plan, we need to get an idea of the level of interest in such a program.

If you may be interested in this opportunity, please answer three very simple questions here. You are not obligated to attend and we will contact you with further information.


New "Youth" Member Category: $20 / Year  
A new membership category has been established by the SCGS Board of Directors. Youth memberships are available for those under age 25, for an annual cost of $20.

The youth membership affords full member rights, including access to the webinar archive and discounts for Jamboree and other events. Submit a copy of your photo ID with your online payment, or send it along with your written application.

Share your Time and Talent

SCGS is 100 percent managed by a dedicated, hard-working staff of volunteers. We are always on the lookout for more hands to help with planning, organizing, working as a librarian...a thousand big and little jobs that must be done to keep the library doors open and serving the community of family historians.     


Whether it's for an hour, for a special project, for a standard shift as a librarian, or whatever...    


We Need You!  


  Volunteer for SCGS all year round 


Volunteer for Jamboree  


Share your Treasure
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. Donations are deductible as allowable by law..

We make it easy for you to make your contribution.

Donate online 


Donate by mail using the coupon at the bottom of this email.   


Donate through PayPal  


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

Donations are also gratefully accepted to maintain our digital resources, such as the webinar series and the planned revamp of the SCGS website.

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

We're on our Way to RootsTech!


Are you headed to RootsTech in Salt Lake City from March 20-23?  We are! 


Jamboree co-chairs Leo Myers and Paula Hinkel, along with other SCGS volunteers, will be staffing a booth right across the aisle from the Cyber Cafe. The booth numbers are 449 / 548.  


Stop by and register for BIG prizes. We will be awarding one three-day registration for Jamboree (value $135)  and one rare gift certificate for the "Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013" conference (value $195).

Grow What You Know
Beginning Genealogy Class 

Have you resolved to dig in and explore your family's history?  We have just the solution.

Beginning Genealogy Class  

Saturday, April 6, 2013

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


SCGS Family Research Library 

417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California 91504  


The class will instruct new genealogical researchers on how to get started, set goals, organize records, identify and record resources, and use Federal and state censuses.     


Free to SCGS members, $10 for non-members. 

Register by phone at 818-843-7247 or 
SCGS Special Interest Groups
SCGS offers lots of support and community through its Special Interest Groups. Check the calendar for dates for ones that interest you.

Ethnic and Topic User Groups:

Computer User Groups:
  The Master Genealogist (TMG)
  Legacy Family Tree
  Family Tree Maker

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

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

Hours of Operation:
10:00am - 9:00pm Tues.
10:00am - 4:00pm Wed. & Thurs.
10:00am - 2:00pm Fri.
10:00am - 4:00pm 3rd and 4th Sat.
10:00am - 4:00pm 1st and 2nd Sun.
Closed Mondays

Library open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.


Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
March 1 Update 

Can you believe that we are
about 100 days away from the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree?? The Jamboree Committee members are inspired to deliver yet another valuable, educational and enjoyable weekend.

The final details are in place for the special events, including:
     Friday Banquet - "Behind the Scenes with Who Do You Think You Are?" Producer and Researcher Alexandra Orton and members of the team.

     Saturday Breakfast - FamilySearch Breakfast; Joe Mozingo: "Follow the Path to His Family's Past"    
     Saturday Banquet - D. Joshua Taylor, "Looking into the Future of Genealogy"
     Sunday Breakfast - David Lambert, NEHGS, "Using American Ancestors Website for Military Research"; Daniel Poffenberger, "The Much, Extremely, Incredibly Lighter Side of Family History."

With almost 50 speakers and nearly 100 different classes, it's going to be another wonderful event.

We have the Jamboree website up, and you can now check out the schedule, the speakers, exhibitors, information on the hotel, parking and transportation, volunteering, and tips on getting the most out of Jamboree.

The mobile app section of the website isn't active yet, but it will be soon. And yes, we'll have our Jamboree app again!

In addition to the lecture sessions, Friday morning's sessions are free and open to the public. This year we feature a special three-hour workshop with the specialists from NARA. We have room for only 200 people, so advance registration is highly recommended. Other JamboFREE events include two different beginning genealogy classes, a society workshop with three different classes, and Genealogy World, round-table informal discussions.

What's new for 2013?

We know one of the problems of Jamboree is that the rooms are full. We are trying some new tricks to try to minimize the problem.

A new seating policy will help the room monitors manage the traffic and keep everyone safe. The Burbank Fire Department will be on site to assure that room capacity is not exceeded. Chairs can be held for up to three people, and unused "saved" chairs will be released three minutes before the beginning of the talk. Read the policy here.

We will have overflow rooms for many of the streamed video sessions. Also, we are saving two open slots on the schedule so we can repeat the most popular sessions on Sunday afternoon.

Oh, and in response to our most-frequently asked question, yes the chairs need to stay hooked together. It's for the safety of our guests and a Fire Department requirement. Instead of complaining about the large-sized person seated next to you, how about introducing yourself? You know, it's possible that they have the answer to your brick wall.

What's the Best Registration Deal?

You'll get the most value for your money by registering for all three days before May 1. You'll take advantage of the early-bird discount and will receive a printed copy of the syllabus. Want to save even more? Join SCGS and receive a member's discount.

Upcoming Deadlines:

April 30, 2013 - Last day of Early bird discount
May 24, 2013 - Last day of Preregistration
Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013 - Special Event Thursday, June 6

We are beyond excited at this year's pre-Jamboree event on Thursday, June 6. As you may have heard, SCGS has partnered with ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) to produce the very first independent conference to explore the use of DNA in family history research.

The speakers' list is comprised of the experts in all types of DNA: autosomal, Y-DNA, and mitochondrial. If you don't even know what those words
mean, don't worry. We have a track for DNA novices or entry-level beginners. Another track is designed for intermediate users, and a third track is designed for those who are leaders or instructors themselves.

We are honored to welcome two very special speakers for this event.

The keyn
ote address will be given by Spencer Wells, PhD, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic. He has led the National Genographic Project since its inception. Dr. Wells will be speaking on the Genographic Project and the Rise of Citizen Science.



Our special luncheon speaker is Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., PhD, author, scholar, and film maker. 
Professor Gates has hosted several PBS television mini-series, including the history / travel program Wonders of the African World and the biographical African American Lives, Finding Your Roots, and Faces of America. He serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, where he is director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. NOTE: Luncheon has an additional cost of $20 for paid registrants of this event. Tickets are available for $60 for guests of registrants. Seating is limited.

Registration is limited for this outstanding conference. 
Jamboree Extension Series Update

Have you taken advantage of the popular SCGS Jamboree webinar series? Family historians from around the globe log in to our semi-monthly programs. The initial live webcast is open to the public at no charge. SCGS members are able to watch webinars at their convenience, day or night. We think it's one of the most valuable benefits of SCGS membership.

We have recently added members from as far away as Ireland, Australia, Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel and the UK. We LOVE seeing these new members join SCGS.  


Upcoming webinars include:


Saturday, March 2 10:00 AM - Pacific  

by Lisa Louise Cooke

See old maps, genealogical records, images, and videos come together to create stunning time travel experiences in Google Earth. Explore ancestor neighborhoods across decades. Tell time travel stories that excite non-genealogist relatives!


Wednesday, March 20 6:00 PM - Pacific  

by Michael Brophy

You have found a place name for your ancestor in the Emerald Isle. Let's look at Irish records available in the United States to learn more.     


Saturday, April 6 10:00 AM - Pacific  

by Denise Levenick

Solve genealogical mysteries with clues in family sources. Photos and examples show where to find hidden details on your ancestors' lives in the things they left behind, including old mail, insurance policies, check registers, trash.  


Wednesday, April 17 6:00 PM - Pacific

by Janet Hovorka

How do you prepare, organize and execute a family history trip for your family members so that they will enjoy the ride? These are the people who should care, how do you get them there?   


The webinar archive has been updated and now houses dozens of hour-long presentations. Included in the list are the 2013 sessions (identified in italics) that will be added to the archive throughout the year.  Where else can you get access to over 50 hours of genealogy education, provided by the leading genealogy speakers available today -- for a $35 one-year membership that also includes from- home access to Access NewspaperARCHIVE, discounts on Jamboree and other event registrations, and Research Team assistance.  It's one of the best deals in genealogy today.   



Webinar Overview 

2013 webinars - links to register 

2012 and earlier webinars - for SCGS members 

SCGS membership  



SCGS on the Road
Several SCGS members are on the road to meet with members and future members. If we can't be there in person, look for Jamboree flyers or other information from SCGS. And who knows ... maybe you'll have a chance to win a gift certificate to Jamboree!

Over the following weeks, you'll find us at:

March 2 - OCCGS Genealogy BASH, Huntington Beach, CA
March 2 - San Jacinto-Hemet Genealogical Society, Hemet, CA
March 9 - Santa Barbara Genealogical Society, Santa Barbara, CA
March 9 - Discover Your Roots - African American Family History Conference, Los Angeles, CA
March 21-23 - RootsTech, Salt Lake City, UT
March 23 - Conejo Valley Genealogical Society, Thousand Oaks, CA
April 14 - Los Angeles Heritage Day, Los Angeles, CA
April 14 - Western Heritage Family Day, Autry Museum, Los Angeles
May 8-11 - National Genealogical Society, Las Vegas, NV

Let us know about your conference or event. We'll do what we can to support you.
GENEii Family History Writing Contest
You have been thinking about putting your family stories in writing but have put it off until "someday."  Why not work on your story through 2013 and submit it to the SCGS GENEii Family History Writing Contest. Submissions can be made from November 1 through December 31, 2013. Cash prizes are awarded in two categories. You can read more about the contest and also see what others have submitted. The stories make for wonderful reading. You'll be inspired to write your own. 

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