Southern California Genealogical Society
ABOUT SCGS - Board Officers & Board Members
Dave BurdeDave Burde - President
Born in New Jersey, Dave 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 also developed a second hobby in computer and network technology. He has served as a member of the SCGS Information Technology (IT) team for several years and is actively involved in projects to improve society documentation and procedures. Surnames being searched in include Hamilton, Brenn, Schaedel, Burde, DeBenedetto, Oels, Linzer.

Jean TaeufferJean Taeuffer - 1st Vice President
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, and more recently some wonderful third cousins in Italy. 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 served as Recording Secretary in 2015 and is looking forward to leveraging her current position of 1st Vice President to enhance the SCGS experience our members enjoy in the future. Surnames she is researching include Taeuffer, Congleton, Scheuer, Noesser, Vanderwalker/Vanderwarker, Stokes, Winter, Buchignani, Giorgi, Puccetti, Giancoli, Parchini, and Ferrari.

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.

Diane Adamson
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.
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.
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. As a child she heard stories of ancestors from both sides of her family and is now trying to prove if they're true. She has been a member of SCGS since 1989 but only became actively involved when she retired in 2011 from Warner Bros Studios, where she had been a Project Manager in the IT Infrastructure Department. She currently volunteers as a Librarian and Volunteer Coordinator. The names she is researching for both her and her husband are Daly, McNally, Hopkins, Trice, Mecotter/McCotter/Cotter, Ball, Copeland, Patton, Dyer Pike, Cotton, Cattan, Hubertz, Morgan, Duffey, Becker, Stadelmann, Keller, Reuter, Honecker, Warren, Ross, Gleason, Matson, Ranier, Farnsworth, Fretwell, Howard, Smith, Newberry, Bellows, Mellon, Hofman/Hoffman, Kline, Nurik, Schaffer, Schoffer, Wendle, Wilhelm, Strahle, Harringer, Echert, Foos, Miller, Toepp, Renz, Paul, Pfeffer/Pfeiffer, Mayer, Brierin.
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 13 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 Harding
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. Lise is researching her family surnames of Black, Buck, Burdick, Carey, Coggins, Harding, Hurd, Jeffery, Langston, Lespinasse, Marchant, Mason, Pope, Tailliez, Talbot, Teeple, Thomas, and Williams.
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.
Dick Humphrey
Dick Humphrey is the popular leader of the vibrant SCGS Family Tree Maker User Group. He was a presenter at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Jamborees. Since retiring from teaching science and managing the IT department at Harvard-Westlake School, he creates family history projects such as large tree charts, video slide shows and photo-history books and actively researches various family history sources.

Barbara RandallBarbara 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. 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.

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.
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'.