Southern California Genealogical Society
ABOUT SCGS - Board Officers & Board Members
Dave BurdeDave 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.

Jay HolladayJay 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.

Paula HinkelPaula 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.

Alice FairhurstAlice Fairhurst - Recording Secretary
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 with her areas of specialty being Canada and Scotland.. Past president of SCGS and editor of "The Searcher," she is also involved with the French Canadian Heritage Society and the DNA Interest Group. 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 Y-DNA Haplotree 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.

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.

Charlotte Bocage
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.
Lousie CalawayColeen Lafferty Briggs - Member at Large
Coleen is a Los Angeles native, whose first home was shared with her parents and brother in Old Topanga Canyon, prior to growing up in Encino. She is married and a boastfully proud parent of two children and "Nana" to four grandchildren. She retired from a 40-year civil service career in 2010, as a civilian Sr. Management Analyst II with the Los Angeles Police Department. As a Chatsworth resident since 1977, her community commitments have partially included: continuous service with the Chatsworth Junior Baseball League since 1980; past President and Director of the Chatsworth Chamber of Commerce; and 17-year Chair for the Chatsworth Community Coordinating Council's Community Service Recognition Program. Her childhood curiosity fueled a family research effort that began in the 1970's with limited oral histories gleaned from parents who moved from New Jersey to California in the 1940's. She credits the SCGS and its Library volunteers, its on-site research support teams that include Irish, German and DNA Research Groups, as well as its online educational webinars and links, for furthering her U.S., Irish, and Germanic ancestral searches for Lafferty, Lewis, Young, Reynolds, Krauss, McLaughlin and Haggerty family ties.

Mary DalyMary Daly

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 Inventory project.

Joan DeFatoJoan DeFato
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.
Suzy Goulet

Suzy Goulet

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.

Dorothy-des-LauriersDorothy des Lauriers
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.

Barbara Randall

Barbara Randall 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.

Joyce RobersonJoyce Roberson

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.

Jean TaeufferJean Taeuffer - Member At Large
Jean was born and raised in the little town of Healdsburg in Northern California and has lived her entire life in the state. She completed her studies at UC Santa Barbara and has pursued her career with various companies in the Sacramento, LA, and SF Bay areas. That career has consisted of 30+ years manufacturing beverages, the last 18 years with Nestle as liaison with their third-party factories producing juices. Jean started researching her family history the old-fashioned way (microfilm and snail mail) in 1994 and discovered that she is a 4th generation native Californian, which may explain her reluctance to relocate outside the state. She joined SCGS in 2011 and has enjoyed volunteering as a librarian twice monthly ever since. Jean also delights in visiting locations that hold significance to her genealogy, especially if they are also popular vacation spots (i.e., France) and is looking forward to being able to devote more of her time to SCGS in the coming years.

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 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

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'.