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SCGS CAMPAIGN: Donate and help
Preserve the Pension
Records of the War of 1812.
SCGS has accepted the challenge and joined the FGS project to preserve the fragile records of the War of 1812 Pensions through digitization. In support of this monumental tasks, SCGS will match, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the first $2500 donated by members, Jamboree guests and others. So far we have raised...
Campaign ends 31-Dec-2015.
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Louise Calaway Receives FGS
Distinguished Service Award

SCGS Treasurer and Jamboree registrar Louise Calaway received the FGS Distinguished Service Award at the Jamboree banquet Saturday night, June 6, 2015.

Paula Stewart-Warren, a member of the Board of Directors of Federation of Genealogical Studies (FGS), presented the award, which is presented to an individual or an organization, in recognition of exemplary and outstanding service to FGS or to a member society. Louise was nominated by the SCGS Board of Directors.

Since her first days as a member, Louise Calaway has shown unwavering commitment, enthusiasm, determination and dedication to the growth and success of SCGS. She has been a driving force in the Society’s achievements and essential to SCGS' transition to a 21st century digital society.

Early in her tenure at SCGS, Louise created an Access-based catalog to manage the Society's 40,000+ volume collection. Her system remained in use until 2012, when the catalog was converted to a commercial library program.

She led the production of several index publications for sale, including the Los Angeles County Naturalizations Index (3 volumes), Declarations of Intent (4 volumes), and Los Angeles County Marriages (15 volumes). She chose the record sets, did the data entry and oversaw the proofreading.

Louise has championed the 1890 Project to reconstruct the 1890 Federal Census for Los Angeles County. Some Project records are already available on the website, and SCGS will eventually release hundreds of thousands more Southern California records from the 1850s through the early 1900s. She is a tireless advocate for record preservation, and she personally funded and managed the digitization of several record sets. The 1890 Project forms the core of SCGS' digital future -- a future that would not exist without Louise’s persistence.

Since 2006, she has served as Registrar for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. She created an Access database to manage registrations, does the data entry, maintains the Committee's financial records, handles onsite registration, and even prints the name tags.

In her role as Treasurer, Louise applies her professional knowledge as a CPA to ensure that SCGS remains in compliance and in good financial health. She has served several terms on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Finance Committee.

All of these efforts, as well as many mundane day-to-day contributions, have been crucial to the success of the Southern California Genealogical Society. But they pale in comparison to the cheer leading, support and encouragement that Louise provides to others. She's the epitome of "a volunteer you can count on."

We are indeed very fortunate to have Louise as part of the leadership team of Jamboree and the Southern California Genealogical Society. If you're at Jamboree, stop by the registration kiosk and congratulate her for many years of devoted service to SCGS!

Saturday, August 8

12 am - 4 pm

"Answer your Questions on PC's, Mac's and Genealogical Software" with The SCGS IT Team

The SCGS Information Technology team will give a presentation on computers, both for general use and for genealogy research. Brief overview demonstrations of genealogy software will be shown and the related SCGS user groups will be discussed. General operations on computers using Windows 7, Windows 8, and Mac operating systems will also be demonstrated.

Bring your laptop and the staff will work hands-on with you to answer any questions that may have stumped you, and show you tricks and shortcuts to make using your computers run faster and to make them more user-friendly.

Jay Holladay will lead the SCGS IT Team to assist him with this presentation. He retired in 2001 after a 45-year career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

FREE. Open to the public. The library will not be open for research. Ending time is approximate.


Saturday, August 15

11 am - 1 pm
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4

Portable Scanners, A Documentation

A portable scanner is your best friend while visiting libraries & archives or copying priceless family
photographs and documents in the field. Learn how they work and their versatility.

To RSVP: CALL Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Give them your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

On the third Saturday of each month, from 11 am-1 pm, Genealogy Garage workshops for family researchers at all levels of expertise will be held at the Central Library of the LAPL. Whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years, here is an opportunity to "tune-up" your current research skills or learn something new about family history research

FREE WEBINAR: Sign-up Now!
Wednesday, August 19

Find Your American Ancestor Using Canadian Records
by Kathryn Lake Hogan UE, PLCGS

When you hit a brick wall in your research it's time to consider Canada. Even if you think your American or immigrant ancestors were never in Canada, discover why they actually may have been there.

Kathryn Lake Hogan is a professional genealogist, author and educator. With over 15 years of experience, Kathryn has dedicated herself to helping others discover the joys of family history. Her webinars and presentations featuring Canadian family history topics appeal to family historians from around the world.

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