|ABOUT SCGS - Board Officers & Board Members
|Dave Burde - President
Dave has recently joined the SCGS Information Technology Team and has setup several upgraded computers for both staff and patron use. Born in New Jersey, Dave has lived overseas in the Netherlands and Argentina during his early years and still enjoys travel. Dave spent 30 years in the aerospace business with Rockwell and Boeing in development of lasers and optical systems. After retirement, Dave started working on genealogy in earnest and has also developed a second hobby in computer and network technology. He has served as a member of the SCGS Information Technology (IT) team for more than a year. During that time, he was instrumental in choosing powerful new patron and staff computers and getting them linked to the SCGS network. He was key in refurbishing our old computers so they could be used at Jamboree and for census look-ups at outside events. As a member of the IT team, he has trained patrons and staff in the switch from Windows Vista to Windows 7.
Holladay - 1st Vice President
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.
Hinkel - 2nd 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.
Taeuffer - Recording Secretary
Jean Taeuffer was born in Northern California and has lived in various locations throughout the state ever since. She earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and pursued a career in food manufacturing with various companies in the San Francisco, Sacramento, and Los Angeles areas until her retirement in January 2014. Jean started researching her family history the old-fashioned way (microfilm and snail mail) in 1994. Her work has led to many discoveries, including finding some delightful third cousins in France who have welcomed the previously unknown American relatives into their family. Jean joined SCGS in 2011 and has enjoyed volunteering as a librarian twice monthly ever since. She was delighted to join the Board of Directors in 2014 and soon took on responsibility for the maintenance of the SCGS library facility. Much of her time ever since has been spent making improvements in the safety, security, and regulatory compliance of the library, as well as catching up on routine repairs. Jean is currently serving as Recording Secretary and is looking forward to enhancing the SCGS experience our members enjoy in the future.
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.
Diane is a native of Los Angeles and now resides in Sherman Oaks. She is a graduate
of Cal State Northridge with a degree in Business Administration/Accounting Information
Systems. After completing college, she worked for the Atlantic Richfield Company
(ARCO)'s IT Department for 22 years until BP bought them out in 2001 and outsourced
the department to India. Later, she was employed by the Didi Hirsch Community
Mental Health Center in the IT department as one of four employees serving over
400 professional staff in several Southern California locations. Along the way,
she continued her academic studies, earning an MBA degree with emphasis on information
systems from USC, and another bachelors degree from Cal State Northridge - this
time in psychology as well as completing the course requirements for a masters
degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal State Northridge. She also attended
additional classes in psychology and web programming at Santa Monica College.
Diane has served in volunteer jobs on the hotline at the Suicide Prevention Center
and as a member of the Board of Trustees and the leader of the Board of Deaconesses
at her church. Diane joined SCGS in 2009 and last year became a volunteer with
the IT Team. She has contributed her software skills in support of Jamboree and
improving access to the old library catalog. She also assists staff and patrons
with computer problems and is an active member of several of our software implementation
teams. Diane is researching her family surnames of Lore, Zieke, Mitchell, White
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
Suzy was born and raised in Connecticut, relocating to California in 1969. She
graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Business and was employed
for 42 years as a Manager in the Finance Group at the RAND Corporation. Suzy's
interest in genealogy grew out of her love for traveling. Over the last 30 years
she has done presentations on Researching in New England, Family Reunions and
Genealogy Tourism. Suzy is a member of SCGS and has worked on the annual Jamboree
Committee for 15 years. She previously served on the SCGS Board in the early
2000s. She is a member of several genealogical societies locally and around
the country and has served as the Treasurer of the Los Angeles Westside Genealogical
Society for the past eleven years. Suzy currently facilitates the running of
the French-Canadian Interest Group at SCGS. She staffs the SCGS Library on Wednesdays
with the other members of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of California.
Lise is a Southern California native who has lived in the state for most of her
life. A management professional for over 20 years, Lise received her BA in English
Literature from UCSD, and her MA in Psychology from Pepperdine University. Lise's
interest in genealogy was sparked at a young age as she listened to her father's
stories about her paternal grandparents who passed before her birth and by a
cousin's stories of an ancestor who had crossed the Oregon Trail. After years
of sporadic dabbling, she began actively researching her family history 10 years
ago in order to help her mother, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease,
put together a book of memories for her therapy. Lise joined SCGS in 2011 and
is a member of several genealogical societies locally and nationally, and is
currently enrolled in the National Institute for Genealogical Studies American
Records program. She is the Volunteer Chair for Jamboree 2015 and is part of
the SCGS Social Media Team.
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.
A native of central New York, Barbara drove 2,700 miles with two cats from the
Adirondacks to move to the Los Angeles area in 1996. In 2009 she discovered
genealogy at Jamboree and the addiction began! Since that first Jamboree, Barbara
has been active in SCGS with the German, Irish, DNA and Writers Interest Groups
and Lunch & Learn program. For the last year she has led the Legacy Family Tree
User Group and presented several workshops. Barbara currently serves on the
SCGS Board of Directors, is a webinar host in training and will be a chair of
the 2015 Jamboree. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists,
National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Speakers Guild, New England Historic
Genealogical Society, New York Genealogical & Biographical Society and British
Isles Family History Society-USA. Barbara is a special education middle school
teacher/coordinator and DAR registrar and volunteer genealogist/consultant.
Sturrock - Member At Large
Walt is an artist and instructor for 30+ years. He has illustrated 6 children's
books for publishers Unicorn Publishing Inc., the National Humane Society, and
Walt Disney Publishing. He has taught painting, graphic design, and computer
graphics in several schools and companies in New Jersey. He moved to California
in 1995 when he started with Disney Animation on the movie "Hunchback of
Notre Dame." and worked there for 14 years as an instructor, Manager of
Computer Training, and Technical Director. Walt currently works as a Webmaster,
Instructor, and Technical Illustrator for a leading Aerospace company. He began
his Genealogy work 5 years ago as an offshoot to his love of history, photo restoration,
and family. In an effort to make sense of the thousands of photos that his family
was giving him to scan and restore, he created a comprehensive family tree and
database that he could reference when identifying the 100,000+ photos in his
collection. He is now "addicted" to genealogy research and has become
the family historian.
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.
Peggy 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'.