|ABOUT SCGS - Board Officers & Board Members
Fairhurst - President
Born in Alhambra, California and a resident of Covina for more than 50 years,
Alice M. Fairhurst has been a genealogy researcher for over 40 years and serves
on the SCGS Board of Directors as President and is editor of "The Searcher".
Her areas of specialty outside of the US are Canada and Scotland. She is also
involved with the French Canadian Heritage Society. She is currently the DNA
Interest Chair and organizer of the DNA Administrators Roundtable. She is the
administrator of the SCGS DNA Project and chair or co-chair on thirteen other
DNA projects. A charter member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy
(ISOGG), she chairs the international group that keeps the YSNP tree up-to-date.
A retiree from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, she served as Career
Development and Mentoring Coordinator. A published author in the field of personality
styles and teaching/learning styles, she has spoken on these topics plus DNA,
managing creativity, organizational development, and career management at conventions
in various sites in the US, Canada, and Britain. She has been awarded the Boy
Scouts' Silver Beaver, the Honorary PTA Life Membership, and the CampFire Wakan
Award for Service. The surnames she is researching are: Scots Irish: Cameron,
Getty, Harkness, Megaw/McGaw, Millar/Miller, Rodmond; Scottish: Buchanan, Campbell,
Douglas, Drummond, Fraser, Gordon, Lindsay, Matheson, McDonald/McDonnell, McLennon,
McKenzie, McRae, Munro, Ross, Sinclair, Sinclair, Stewart; French-Canadian:
Avard Aurard, Besnard, Boissel, Bourbeau dit Carignan, Bourjoly, Boursier LaVinge,
Briere, Charlot, Chasle, Chaudier, Couillard, Dauphin, Deniau dit Destaillis,
Doree, Dumas Recontre, Gignard, Girardeau, Granger, Lebreuil, Lelong, Le(s)pinay,
LeTerrier, Limoleau, Loiselle, Longtin, Maillard, Martin, Miville, Morin, Mouchet,
Noiron, Pillet, Primeau, Primot, Raymond, Sedilot, Thibadeau; Swedish or Norwegian:
Hinkel - 1st Vice President
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Paula has lived in Southern California since 1997.
A marketing research professional for over twenty years, she received a BA in
business management through Sioux City’s Briar Cliff Weekend College program.
As an offshoot of her interest in computers, genealogy and obituaries, Paula
developed the SoCal Obituaries website to help genealogists locate obituary
resources in Southern California. She is an avid photographer and has posted
over 16,000 photos on the FindAGrave and Iowa Gravestone project websites. Since
joining SCGS in 2002, she has worked on the 1890 Project, designed and edits
the revamped SCGS website, served as co-chair of the Society's annual Genealogy
Jamboree, and served on the Editorial Board of The Searcher. She has held several
offices, including a one-year term as president. She's an avid social networker
and can be found on Facebook, GenealogyWise and Twitter (scgsgenealogy). Whenever
possible, she visits her family in Iowa, including her mother, a brother and
his family, and her daughter and three grandchildren. Paula is hunting, on behalf
of herself, her significant other Pieter, her daughter and her grandkids, the
following surnames: Armfield, Fruechtenicht, Juergens, Mathena, Matheny, Spence,
Havens, Dinkel, Winter, Krupke, Stuver, Haynes, Riley, Ballanger, Albers, Havens,
Tuttle, Keonig, Neubronner, Heinsch, Lakin/Laking, Haug, Baldock, Merrill, Ellis,
Lyman, Phelps, Skinner, Clark, Sawyer, Parsons, Rust, Eaton, Marsh, Burnham,
Sheldon, Mack, Grant, Krupke, Clothier, Hirst, Wentworth, Hinkel, Breitner,
Rapmund, Vriezelaar, Herwehe, Douma, Hendriks, Gortmans, Barth, Jaeger, Girod,
Soest, Koenig, Albers, Cordes, Schultze, Homeyer.
Dufford - 2nd Vice President
Born and raised in San Diego, Donn began his genealogical quest when his father
expressed an interest in knowing where their family had come from. Since then,
Donn has traced his mother and father's families to France and Ireland in the
Donn has a bachelor's degree in journalism and began his career as an award-winning
newspaper reporter. Later, he went into public relations, advertising and marketing.
Donn owned an advertising agency which was sold to one of the world's largest
ad agencies. He then ran its West Coast operations. Over the years, Donn has
developed successful campaigns for clients including Mattel, the U.S. Army ("Be
All You Can Be"), Kaiser Permanente, Toyota, United Way, Big Brothers,
Boy Scouts and American Lung Assn. He has served on a variety of corporate,
professional, non-profit, and community boards of directors, and has been president
of several. Donn's love of genealogy led him to the small New Jersey hamlet
his Dufford ancestors helped settle in 1738 after a six-month voyage from France.
The family farm has existed in New Jersey since the early 1700s and is still
a working farm growing corn and soy beans. The farm is a state historical landmark.
Donn is a member of the Washington Township Historical Society there. Donn is
his family's historian and is researching: Dufford, Maley, Mealy, Mealey, O'Maley,
O'Malley, Rose, Rosensweig, Smith, Wheeler, and Wrbanich. A member of SCGS since
1991, Donn serves on the Board of Directors and been first and second vice president.
Donn is chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, serves as Jamboree Publicity
Chair, and is responsible for determining how to use the Society's Building
Fund. Donn has lived in Pasadena for 34 years. His wife works with non-profit
educational organizations. His son is a researcher for a leading computer security
company and his daughter is a musical theatre major in college.
DeFato - Recording Secretary
Joan DeFato was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised on Long Island and moved to
California in 1973. Armed with degrees in botany and library service, she became
the librarian at the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia. In fact, she started her
genealogical research when a staff member asked her to borrow census microfilms
from NARA. Skilled learned as a reference librarian helped.
Since she retired, Joan has more time to do research for herself, family and
friends. She has also been more active in the Southern California Genealogical
Society doing such things as: folding fliers, proofreading, volunteering at Jamboree,
working with the committee to upgrade the library catalog, sending notices to
the Burbank Leader Calendar section about SCGS activities, and serving on the
SCGS Board of Directors.
Calaway - Treasurer
Bitten by the Genealogy “bug” in 1977, after watching Alex Haley’s
Roots, Louise Calaway began researching both her and her husband's
family history. Along the way, she discovered her connection to Mayflower
Descendants and a gggg grandfather who bequeathed $1/each to his six adult children,
with the bulk of his estate going to his housekeeper and her three children.
Born in Illinois, Louise moved to California in 1959 with her new husband who
was a student at Cal Tech. Settling in Sierra Madre in 1962, she and Ward
raised two children, Charles and Laura. She is a Charter member of the
Sierra Madre Chapter of Rotary International and has been its Treasurer for
more than 10 years. Louise also sits on the Boards of Directors of the
Sierra Madre Playhouse and the Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery Association.
With an eye for detail and penchant for perfection, Louise approaches her duties
as Jamboree Registrar, 1890 Project Chair, Co-Chair of the Indexing Committee,
and member of the Long-Range Planning Committee, with the same enthusiasm and
zeal that has made her a successful CPA. Louise has spearheaded the SCGS publication
program for the past few years and oversees the Century Club. Louise is researching
the following surnames: Barr, Callaway, Clark, Councilman, Hebblethwaite, Stetson,
Ward, Whiffen, Woodley, Young.
Charlotte M. Bocage has over forty years of genealogy experience. She
lecturers locally and throughout the nation specializing in Louisiana research.
A member of the SCGS Board of Directors, the Program chair for Jamboree, and
the Education Committee chair where she saw a need and initiated the Kids Family
History Camp. Charlotte also coordinates the Lunch and Learn programs, and is
a librarian on Wednesday. She has been there to stuff bags for Jamboree
and to provide tours of our library for Open House. She says that she enjoys
the work she provides to our members.
Mary Daly is a native of Indiana where she grew up. She and her husband, Nick,
moved to Burbank in 1987 after having lived in Colorado for almost twenty years.
She has been a member of SCGS since 1989. As a child she heard stories of ancestors
from both sides of her family and is now trying to prove or disprove them. She
retired last year from Warner Bros Studios, where she had been a Project Manager
in the IT Infrastructure Department. Since then she has been more actively involved
with SCGS and has volunteered as a Librarian, at Jamboree, and on the Library
My parents came to Southern California in the middle of the Great Depression.
They ultimately settled in Ontario. We didn't have extended family living nearby
and I always had a fuzzy notion of how our occasional family visitors were related
to me. I sometimes wonder if this early confusion is what feeds my desire to
discover my far-flung relations and ancestors. My interest in learning more
details of my ancestors was piqued in 1976 by my maternal grandmother. She gave
me an old shirt box filled with notes and correspondence about her German lineage.
Included as well were notes about my grandfather's Irish and English lines back
to the 1780s in Kentucky. Occasionally my father would talk about his French-Canadian
grandparents, but he didn't know much about them. I wasn't able to begin serious
research until 2001. Libraries have always held a strong attraction for me.
That tug led me to work with high school students for over thirty years as a
Library Media Technician. I paid my first visit to the Southern California Genealogical
Society Library soon after retiring in 2009. It was love at first sight. I volunteer
as a librarian on most Wednesdays. I work with the French-Canadian Heritage
Society assisting in the selection of new materials and helping with requested
family research. I'm also a member of the Information Technology Advisory Group
and have helped to implement and maintain the new online library catalog. In
2010 I was elected to a two-year term to the Board of Directors. I've met and
had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of dedicated people since
I joined the Southern California Genealogical Society. I would welcome the opportunity
to serve another term on the Board of Directors.
Marilyn Heck was born and raised in Michigan. When she was nine, her family
moved to the Pasadena/La Canada area of California. Marilyn attended the University
of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Early Childhood Education. Marriage
and three daughters followed. Years of Girl Scouts, raising and training collies
were followed by 25 years in the brokerage business in Los Angeles. Retirement
finally allowed for more genealogy time. Notice was officially served to all
those very elusive ancestors in Indiana, Kentucky, and all points east
You can run, but you cant hide forever.
A native Californian with Southern roots, Jay has always enjoyed hearing family
tales from his kinfolk. He began serious research on his family history after
attending the 1993 Jamboree and joined the SCGS shortly thereafter. Jay has
presented lectures and workshops on Kentucky research and on using computers
and the Internet for genealogy research. He currently leads the SCGS Information
Technology Team and the RootsMagic User Group. He has been a Board member since
2008 and also serves on the Long-Range Planning Committee. He retired in 2001
after a 45-year career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked mainly
in the area of ground systems and data processing for JPL space missions.
Vieve Metcalfe has been an SCGS member and genealogist ever since attending a
Jamboree beginners class 19 years ago. In addition to being a member of the SCGS
Board of Directors, she presently serves the Society as a co-chair of the Library
Operations Committee, as a librarian, and as a cataloguer for the map and microform
collections. In the past, she has served as the Jamboree Committee chair, as
a member of the Long Range Planning Committee, and as chair of the Nominating
Committee. Vieve grew up in Alaska and Massachusetts, and she graduated with
a B.A. from Cornell and an M.B.A from Santa Clara University. Prior to retirement,
she worked as the Business Research Manager for the Times Mirror Company in Los
Angeles. Besides genealogy, her interests include gardening and hand bell ringing.
She is a longtime enthusiast of outdoor activities and the environmental movement,
having served in the past as an Executive Committee member of the Sierra Club's
Angeles Chapter, as a member of the National Ski Patrol System, and the leader
of the Sierra Club Ski Patrol near Donner Summit. Her surnames of interest are
Belknap, Boas, Brownlow, Carpenter, Gleason, Jackson, Metcalfe, Parker, Porta,
Raven, Roberts, Stone and Wickham.
Donie Nelson has been an active genealogist since 1979. She completed the initial
phase of her paternal research (Swedish/English/Scotch-Irish) in 1985 and then
embarked on her maternal (Spanish/Scotch-Irish) research in 1987. She is a founding
member of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, Southern California Chapter
(GSHA-SC) and has served continuously on their board since 1993, including six
terms as President. She also served as the Vice President and as Secretary of
the national GSHA. She currently concentrates on Outreach programs and communication
through editing journals and newsletters. She is a past President of the Los
Angeles WESTSIDE Genealogical Society and served on their board as VP Education,
Newsletter Editor, Corresponding Secretary, and coordinated the publication of
the book: "Abbot Kinney's Venice of America." Her memberships are varied:
the Southern California Genealogical Society, Society of Hispanic History and
Research, San Bernardino Valley Genealogical Society, New Mexico Genealogical
Society, Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, the Albuquerque
Genealogical Society, Historical Society of New Mexico, Territorial Daughters
of Southern Colorado, and the Watauga Association of Genealogists. She has been
a featured speaker at the Historical Society of New Mexico, Whittier Area Genealogical
Society, Pomona Valley Genealogical Society, the Cuarto Centenario of New Mexico
Conference, Santa Barbara Genealogical Society, San Bernardino Valley Genealogical
Society, the TRW Genealogical Society, the Southern California Genealogical Society,
and the Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society. She served the California
State Genealogical Alliance as Records Director.
"Genealogy is the great passion of my life. It combines my love of family,
passion for history, and a never-ending desire for order. I routinely pursue
several projects simultaneously, files bursting at the seams, lengthy to-do
lists, piles of reading, correspondence trays over-flowing, etc. All of it offers
me a creative outlet for my writing. Why then do I get involved in the on-going
activities of genealogical groups? I enjoy being involved and meeting new people.
I've learned a lot from my professional activities as well as from my different
memberships. Participating in any society is not only an honor, but an opportunity
to share my knowledge and talents." Donie is the divorced mother of Molly,
who grew up at LAWGS and GSHA-SC meetings in the late 1980's & early 1990's.
She is a former studio executive and has been a career strategist for feature
film and television writers since 1991. "The biggest changes in my life
have been the independence of my daughter, the declining health of my 97 year
old stepmother and the death of my father and other family members. These are
reminders of how important my family research is."
An employee of Pierce College for thirty-one years, Joyce Roberson retired as
the Assistant to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs. Always having a strong
interest in writing, she joined the SCGS Writers Group and in 2011 was awarded
first place in Category 2 in the GENII Writer's Contest. Her essay Reprise
was printed in the Summer 2011 The Searcher which was distributed
to all participants at the 2011 Jamboree. Joyce's lifelong interest in genealogy
became an avid passion in 1995 when on a vacation trip back east she met her
husband's cousins for the first time. They filled her in on the family back
to 1880. She took the ball and ran with it, taking almost every line back to
the late 1500's over time. She continues her work, fleshing out each precious
ancestor's life with loving dedication. Beyond her Board duties as Recording
Secretary, she has also served as a member of the Jamboree Planning Committee
and as a proofreader for The Searcher.
Bumann - Corresponding Secretary
Fran Bumann is a native of Los Angeles, born to parents who were also Los Angeles
natives. She's began family research over 40 years ago so she could learn
about those "cowboy" ancestors. Fran is a graduate of Cal State
Northridge with a degree in cultural anthropology. She has worked over
the years in both the education and investment fields. She has been married
to Virg, an aerospace engineer for 45 years and they have a son Eric and a daughter
Tamara. Family history pursuits have taken her across the U.S. and Canada
as well as to Scotland, Wales and Germany. In the course of her 40 year
membership in SCGS she has volunteered in many capacities and is currently coordinator
of the Research Team. As Director of the Society's US Research Team, Fran provides
professional genealogical services on behalf of the Society. As corresponding
secretary, she keeps the email in-box cleaned out and responds to queries from
our patrons and members. She is also a member of the Book committee. In the
past, Fran has served as librarian, has worked on the membership team, served
on the Board of Directors and held the offices of Recording Secretary and Treasurer.
Fran's family surnames include Thomas, Bell, Ross, Parrish, Reece, Loughrey,
McGee, Tindal, Bremner, Reid, Shotwell, Barkley, McComb, Herring, Williams,
Whitfield, Goodman, West, Lawrence, Payne, Evans, Moythan, Witman, Schwan, Hildebrand,
Reigle, Eisenbeis, Bingaman, Yeager, Fuller, Culver, Woolison, Green, Munro,
Bumann, Grapengeter, Bochmann, Riebesehl, Hofeditz, Muhs, Sorenson, Dittmer,
Kock, Massmann, Jahn, Schween, Thone, Gross, Horn, Hahn, Albert, Severin, Meyer,
Nissen, Kobarg, Bornemann, Engelbrecht, Fischer, Lehm, Gordon, Marshall.
Schulz - Financial Secretary
Peggy is a native daughter, although she spent most of her school years in Houston.
Her mother's family came to California in 1916 and her father's family
came in 1914. She has been doing genealogy for nearly 40 years, during which
time she has traveled to many states, as well as to England and Germany
in this pursuit. She joined the Southern California Genealogical Society in
1983. During the years since joining she has been Volunteer Coordinator, Library
Volunteer, Financial Secretary, Mailing Coordinator, plus taking care
of shipping the orders for materials which come by post or the shopping cart
at our web site, helping with maintaining our supply of books to sell, and teaching
the use of our cash registers. For the past few years she has also been active
in helping with Jamboree registration, and working the cash registers at the
Jamboree Registration table and Sales table. Peggy has been instrumental
in compiling and producing several publicatons, including cemetery and death
record indices and a family history book. She was born in Los Angeles, grew
up in Houston, lived briefly in Gardena, and has lived in Sherman Oaks for 43
years. Her daughters and their families are in Pasadena and Glendale, and her
son lives in Oakland. Her favorite pastimes are genealogy, genealogy and genealogy!
She is chasing the following ancestor surnames: Jayred, Jones, Bierce, Gates,
Lock, Taylor, Faries, Hayes, Carey, Whiting, Conant, Lyon, Morris, Conover,
Douglas, Page, Duffy, Dod, Star, Hide, Carter, Manley, Hartshorn, Turner, Foote,
Lee, Humphreys, Lewis, Wooley, Brown, Spencer, Matthews, Dunkerton, Robinson,
Gard, Hayden, Perine, Huntington, Webb, Alden, Price, Howland, Brewster, Fuller,
Freeman, Ford, Pierce, Sturtevant, Cushman, Fuller, Sampson, Carter, Lucas,
Nettleton, Woodmansee, Hunt, Clark, Janes, Hinsdale, Thacher, Gray, Bridgman,
Curtis. Peggy says that those are all names in her family, and she has also
researcher her husband's family, her sons-in-law's, and several friends'.