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GENEii Writing Contest
Opens November 1

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The Southern California Genealogical Society sponsors its annual family history writing contest to support and encourage the writing of family history, local history, and memoirs, both by genealogists and by the public at large.

Now is the time to start writing! Submissions must be received between 1 November and 31 December, 2015.

SCGS CAMPAIGN: Donate and help
Preserve the Pension
Records of the War of 1812.
SCGS has accepted the challenge and joined the FGS project to preserve the fragile records of the War of 1812 Pensions through digitization. In support of this monumental tasks, SCGS will match, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, the first $2,500 donated by members, Jamboree guests and others. So far we have raised...
Campaign ends 31-Dec-2015.

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Saturday, December 5

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude

by Debbie Mieszala, CG

James McBride seemingly vanished after coming of age. This case study presents how multiple versions of obituaries and other records helped uncover a name change, discover a famous James, and identify what became of his kin.

Debbie Mieszala, CGSM, specializes in forensic genealogy, 20th century research, and the Midwest. She has taught at SLIG, IGHR, and GRIP. Debbie’s work has been published in NGS Magazine, The Digital Genealogist, and OnBoard! She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

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Wednesday, December 16

Developing the Genealogy of an Early 20th Century Community: A Case Study
by Timothy Pinnick

Learn the details of a long-term project revolving around the collection of information on a group of African Americans in a specific community into a major database of integrated genealogical data, using WWI cards, vital records and newspaper material as the core, with the goal of constructing, in essence, the genealogy of a community. Audience members will see how building such a database can be a worthwhile endeavor for any serious researcher, and result in the creation of a written history of the community.

Timothy Pinnick, lecturer and family historian with more than 27 years overall research experience including all the major U.S. repositories, author of “Finding and Using African American Newspapers” released May, 2008, former board member of APG and FGS, instructor in the African American track at the summer Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, Samford University.

Saturday, January 16
from 11am-1pm

Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4

Is Your Family in the LAPL Archives?

To RSVP: CALL Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Give them your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

On the third Saturday of each month, from 11 am-1 pm, Genealogy Garage workshops for family researchers at all levels of expertise will be held at the Central Library of the LAPL. Whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years, here is an opportunity to "tune-up" your current research skills or learn something new about family history research

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