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EVENT: July 11, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Southern California Genealogical Society cordially invites you to our Open
House. Connect with Interest Groups, tour the SCGS Family Research Library,
meet Board Members, Officers, Librarians and other Volunteers and research in
the Library from 2 4 pm.
The library is located at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504 (cross street
Light Refreshments will be served
RSVP 818.843.7247 or scgs@ scgsgenealogy.com
SCGS CAMPAIGN: Donate
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. Campaign ends 31-Dec-2015.
Louise Calaway Receives FGS
Distinguished Service Award
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 Societys 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 Louises 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
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!
SCGS PROGRAM: Saturday, June 27
LUNCH & LEARN
Goes Back to the Future
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach, CA 90807
at 1:30 p.m. at the Visitor's Center.
Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site is a public museum. Built in 1844,
the adobe home and grounds echo with the rich history of Spanish, Mexican and
American California and with the families who helped transform Southern California
from its ranching beginnings to a modern, urban society. The two-story Monterey-style
adobe is primarily furnished to reflect occupants and lifestyles from the 1860s-1880s.
The site, a National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark, also includes
historic gardens and a research library and archives. It is owned by the City
of Long Beach and operated through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine.
The Rancho maintains a 3,000 volume California History Research Library. Books
are cataloged through the Long Beach Public Library system. Historic photographs
and archival materials on Southern California and Rancho history are available
by appointment. Materials must be used on-site and arrangements can be made
for photocopying non-fragile documents.
Admission is free. For more information about the trip, please go to our website
www.scgsgenealogy.com or their website www.rancholoscerritos.org for other information.
The Back to the Future Research Trips are designed to acquaint
you with the times of your ancestors. We'll be visiting various historical venues
throughout the Southern California area. Tours are free unless noted. You will
need to arrange your own transportation.
Lectures are subject to change without notice.
The library will not be open for research.
FREE WEBINAR: Sign-up
Wednesday, July 15
by James M. Beidler
Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a paradigm shift in
which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and European-based Genealogy.net
are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about
the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages
of origin for your ancestors!
James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide
and writes Roots & Branches, a weekly
newspaper column. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine
and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic
Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University.
SCGS PROGRAM: Saturday, July 18
11 am - 1 pm
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4
Garage: Taking Notes
What notes? This workshop will explain when you should take notes, how to take
notes and even provide you with some forms for taking notes. Notes taken as
you are doing your research become invaluable. They often remind you of where
you have been, what you have found, what you have not found, and clues to where
you should research next. You have no time to waste, so learn how to take better
notes. Workshop leader Donie Nelson has been researching since 1980 and she
has honed her systems for organizing while researching her Scots-Irish and Hispanic
ancestors in the U.S.
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
from the Blogs & the World of Genealogy
Library Services / Library
Center - SCGS is proud to be a designated FamilySearch Center.
Now you can have your Family History Library (FHL) films delivered directly
to the SCGS Library!
The Southern California Genealogical Society
publishes a quarterly journal,
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This award-winning publication contains announcements of SCGS news, area
events, research tips, website suggestions, and recent acquisitions. Also
included is original indexed genealogical content, much of which is not publicly
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