Southern California Genealogical Society
ABOUT SCGS - Board Officers & Board Members
Dave BurdeAlice M Fairhurst - President
Alice M. Fairhurst previously served as President of the Southern California Genealogical Society in 2012 and 2013 and serves as the Jamboree co-chair for 2017. From 2006 to 2015 she managed the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Y-DNA Haplotree tree www.isogg.org/tree, cited in many academic papers. Prior to retirement from JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), she taught at Cal Poly Pomona and Glendale Community College. An avid genealogist, she first started recording her family stories when in grammar school and has traced her Scottish, Irish, and French roots back to the old country.
Diane Adamson - 1st Vice President
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 and Nelson.
Barbara RandallBarbara Randall - 2nd Vice President
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. She leads the Legacy Family Tree User Group. 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, International Society of Family History Writers & Editors, and British Isles Family History Society-USA. Barbara presents workshops on a variety of genealogy topics primarily in southern California. She is a special education middle school teacher/coordinator and DAR volunteer genealogist/consultant.

Kathy Holland - Recording Secretary
Kathy is a native Californian-born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She have been searching for her ancestors since 1984, and found them all the way back to the mid-1600's. On the education front, s completed the American certificate program at the National Institute of Genealogy (earning the PLCGS certificate), started the German certificate program at the NIGS, and completed the Pro Gen program and the DAR genealogy courses. She has attended the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) every year since 2013, working on German studies and methodology skills.
As a professional genealogist, Kathy is the sole proprietor of Gates to the Past Genealogy. She is a member of NGS, SCGS, APG, the APG virtual chapter, and the So Cal chapter of APG, the DAR, and the DUVCW. She volunteers on the 4th Saturday at the SCGS library and participate the German Interest Group and the FTM users group. Kathy has a BA and MA degree in Political Science and currently teaches part-time at Pierce College and Glendale College.

Lousie CalawayLouise 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.

BOARD MEMBERS
Charlotte Bocage
Charlotte M. Bocage has over forty years of genealogy experience. After watching "Roots" in 1977, Charlotte put a name to what she had been doing since she was five years old. A New Orleans native she organizes family reunions for both sides of her family. She worked for Pacific Bell for over 31 years retiring in 2001. As a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, she chaired the popular Black History Month Sale-A-Bration for over 10 years raising money for future Pioneer community service events. As a former First Vice President for the California African American Genealogical Society Charlotte was part of the fundraising committee raising over $3,000.00 in the first year, tripling the General Fund. As the inaugural president of the Atwater Village Historical Society she worked with, then City Councilman, Eric Garcetti to assemble funding to start the society. Charlotte graduated from UCLA in 1998 with a BA in Communication Studies. While there she chaired the Older Students Program. She shares her genealogical lecturers locally and throughout the nation specializing in Louisiana research. She teaches Source Documentation 101 for Family Tree University. Charlotte is a guest genealogy lecturer for the UCLA Osher Lifelong Learning Program. She has been a member of SCGS since 1999. As a member of the SCGS Board of Directors, she has served as the Program chair for Jamboree helping to make Jamboree a national conference. She is currently the Education Committee chair that directs the Kids Family History Camp and the Lunch and Learn Education program. In 2005, she saw a need and initiated the Kids Family History Camp to encourage kids to ask the questions about their family. She also organizes the SCGS Speakers Bureau educating the general public about SCGS. She has been there to stuff bags for Jamboree, count our books, and to provide tours of our library. Charlotte enjoys the work she provides to our members. She is currently researching Bloom, Bocage, Brown, Charles, Escadon, Gayaut, Haydel, Jones, Lamothe, Monier, Pizero, Saint Louis, Thomas, and Valliere.
Adrian Foushee
Born and reared in Washington, D.C. to parents from the Carolinas, Adrian graduated from James Madison University, VA, with a BS in Anthropology. He received his MBA from University of La Verne, CA. In 2012, when the itch finally could not be ignored, Adrian began his genealogical journey. In four years he has gone from a set of names to not only dates and places, but family and local histories, and through DNA, new relatives. He is a member of several genealogical societies in Southern California, North Carolina and the National Genealogical Society.
Jay HolladayJay Holladay - Member At Large
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.
Betty Nichols Isbell
A Los Angeles native, her interest in family history began at an early age while listening to her father's stories of his early childhood in the deep south. She has been actively involved in genealogical research for over forty years, has been a consultant at several Family History Centers, including being a center director twice. She is currently the Director of the Canoga Park Family History Center; and, also, serves as librarian at the Southern California Genealogical Society. She has taught genealogy classes to the public for over thirty years. Her specialty is descendant research, and worked for a forensic research company locating missing and unknown heirs. Betty also worked for UCLA School of Public Health and Cancer Center identifying and locating persons involved in medical studies. She has served as a board member of CSGA, LAWGS, and APG. In addition, she belongs to many national, state, and county genealogical societies. She has attended over 10 national genealogical conferences, as well as making family research trips to 13 U.S. states. She even dreams of genealogy.
Linda Mustion - Member-at-Large
Linda was born in Long Beach, California and moved to Burbank when she was 2 after the death of her father at age 35. Linda attended local schools graduating from Burbank High in 1967. She got her AA Degree from Los Angeles Valley College. She was employed for almost 33 years with Drewry, Crest and Qualex Photo Lab in Burbank until they closed in 2004. Linda has been doing genealogy since 1983 wanting to learn more about her father's side of the family. Linda is also a Military Researcher, Historian and Biographer for Burbank and Glendale's war dead. In 2011 she was named the 2011 Patriot of the Year by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce. Linda is a member of the San Fernando Valley Chapter, NSDAR and a Find A Grave Photo Volunteer and a Vietnam Traveling Wall Docent. Linda has been an SCGS Librarian and is currently a substitute Librarian and the SCGS Historian. She has also volunteered at Jamboree the last few years in the Tech Zone.
Lynne Parmenter - Member-at-Large
Lynne Parmenter moved to the Los Angeles area in 1998 and became an SCGS volunteer after attending Jamboree that year. She has served on various committees including Jamboree, Long Range Planning and Investments. Lynne is a third-generation Californian, raised on the San Francisco Peninsula and spent her career in Silicon Valley. Intrigued by the gold scales in her grandfather's house, Lynne's family history curiosity has taken her on research trips to Louisiana, Illinois, Minnesota, England, Ireland, Germany and Placer County, California where she found the fabled gold mine. Lynne has a B.S in Business Administration, post graduate work in business and Certified Financial Planner coursework from UC Berkeley.
Walt Sturrock
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.
Jennifer Taylor
Jennifer joined SCGS in 2013. Since then, Jennifer has been an active member of the Writers Interest Group, and became the head facilitator of the group in 2015. In this capacity, Jennifer's focus is on the maintenance and growth of this longstanding community, which welcomes writers from all backgrounds. She holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara, and is an adjunct professor at the Academy of Art University. Her research interests include genealogy, medical anthropology and history, applied anthropology, anthropology of writing, and women's history. Her experiences at SCGS are a primary component of an ongoing applied anthropology project that investigates the culture of genealogy in the US. Jennifer is now researching her family surnames of Boyd, Colquhoun of Luss, Cooper, Crawford, Cunningham, Lemen, Mark, McEwen, Mitchell, Nilsson, Ogle, Pulliam, Roethler, Rucker, Sharp, Shook, Strayer, Taylor, and Westlund.
Kevin Williams
A native Californian, Kevin has served for the last 6 years as CFO, for the Genealogy Society of Hispanic America-So Cal chapter (GSHA-SC). He has helped served this organization by bringing new technology to help promote benefits to their members, as well to better run the organization behind the scenes. Kevin is married and the father of two. Kevin's interest in genealogy started over 30 years ago when he was influenced by his grandmother who kept information on her heritage. While his mother was alive, he was busy gathering family information and was very fortunate to have a mother who wrote down her life story. When she died, Kevin found her high school diaries, journals from the last 10 years of her life and e-mail correspondence. With his mother's life story, Kevin has transcribed part of the collection onto a Blog, along with his thoughts of the day or week so that future generations will be able to view and share the love generated by the two. He has a rich and varied ancestral background; he traces his paternal family thru New England with ancestors in Salem's witch trials, both accused and accuser, ancestors arriving on the Mayflower and back to some Kings of England & Italian Nobles. His father's heritage is of Western European and of Ashkenazi lines. His mother's heritage has roots from Oklahoma and thru the South and Pennsylvania, and has Native American heritage in the Choctaw and Cherokee as well as Scotch/Irish, English & Italian. His wife's heritage is rooted deep in Mexico from Chihuahua thru Jimenez and Hidalgo del Parral, and during the colonization of Mexico by Spain thru Durango and Zacatecas. He has been a proponent of DNA research, which he has communicated with his cousins, cousins once removed to participate in and heads a Blog/family tree web site for his extended family. He is also a businessman with his own insurance brokerage firm.
APPOINTED OFFICERS
Fran BumannFran 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 50+ 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 directs e-mails to appropriate officers 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

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'.