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SCGS EVENT: July 11, 2015
Open House
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Southern California Genealogical Society cordially invites you to our Open House. Connect with Interest Groups, tour the SCGS Family Research Library, meet Board Members, Officers, Librarians and other Volunteers and research in the Library from 2 – 4 pm.

The library is located at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504 (cross street Glenoaks).
Light Refreshments will be served
RSVP 818.843.7247 or scgs@

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 $2500 donated by members, Jamboree guests and others. Campaign ends 31-Dec-2015. PayPal Link

Louise Calaway Receives FGS
Distinguished Service Award

SCGS Treasurer and Jamboree registrar Louise Calaway received the FGS Distinguished Service Award at the Jamboree banquet Saturday night, June 6, 2015.

Paula Stewart-Warren, a member of the Board of Directors of Federation of Genealogical Studies (FGS), presented the award, which is presented to an individual or an organization, in recognition of exemplary and outstanding service to FGS or to a member society. Louise was nominated by the SCGS Board of Directors.

Since her first days as a member, Louise Calaway has shown unwavering commitment, enthusiasm, determination and dedication to the growth and success of SCGS. She has been a driving force in the Society’s achievements and essential to SCGS' transition to a 21st century digital society.

Early in her tenure at SCGS, Louise created an Access-based catalog to manage the Society's 40,000+ volume collection. Her system remained in use until 2012, when the catalog was converted to a commercial library program.

She led the production of several index publications for sale, including the Los Angeles County Naturalizations Index (3 volumes), Declarations of Intent (4 volumes), and Los Angeles County Marriages (15 volumes). She chose the record sets, did the data entry and oversaw the proofreading.

Louise has championed the 1890 Project to reconstruct the 1890 Federal Census for Los Angeles County. Some Project records are already available on the website, and SCGS will eventually release hundreds of thousands more Southern California records from the 1850s through the early 1900s. She is a tireless advocate for record preservation, and she personally funded and managed the digitization of several record sets. The 1890 Project forms the core of SCGS' digital future -- a future that would not exist without Louise’s persistence.

Since 2006, she has served as Registrar for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. She created an Access database to manage registrations, does the data entry, maintains the Committee's financial records, handles onsite registration, and even prints the name tags.

In her role as Treasurer, Louise applies her professional knowledge as a CPA to ensure that SCGS remains in compliance and in good financial health. She has served several terms on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Finance Committee.

All of these efforts, as well as many mundane day-to-day contributions, have been crucial to the success of the Southern California Genealogical Society. But they pale in comparison to the cheer leading, support and encouragement that Louise provides to others. She's the epitome of "a volunteer you can count on."

We are indeed very fortunate to have Louise as part of the leadership team of Jamboree and the Southern California Genealogical Society. If you're at Jamboree, stop by the registration kiosk and congratulate her for many years of devoted service to SCGS!

FREE WEBINAR: Sign-up Now!
Wednesday, July 15

German Research Online
by James M. Beidler

Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a paradigm shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and European-based are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors!

James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide and writes “Roots & Branches,” a weekly newspaper column. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University.

SCGS PROGRAM: Saturday, July 18
11 am - 1 pm
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4

Genealogy Garage: Taking Notes

Notes? What notes? This workshop will explain when you should take notes, how to take notes and even provide you with some forms for taking notes. Notes taken as you are doing your research become invaluable. They often remind you of where you have been, what you have found, what you have not found, and clues to where you should research next. You have no time to waste, so learn how to take better notes. Workshop leader Donie Nelson has been researching since 1980 and she has honed her systems for organizing while researching her Scots-Irish and Hispanic ancestors in the U.S.

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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