24 June 2016

SCGS Open House - An Invitation

You are cordially invited to the SCGS Open House on Saturday, July 9th. 

Meet the officers, members of the Board of Directors, and the many volunteers of the society. Learn about the many projects and interest groups designed to help you with your family history research, and take a tour of the Research Library. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be won. The library will be open for research for Open House guests after 2:00 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you!

Southern California Genealogical Society
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

Cross Street Glenoaks

16 June 2016

Jamboree 2016: Research Assistance Wrap-up

Guest post by Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew, PLCGS

What a wild and stimulating experience it was managing Research Assistance at Jamboree. Over an hour before we opened we had walk-ins hoping to secure a client spot with our Research Assistants. The Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists sponsors Research Assistance for the SCGS Jamboree and helped 92 clients over three days. Research Assistants came primarily from the Association of Professional Genealogists but included others who came in ready to help.  

We asked those who were pleased with their experience to consider donating to the Save the War of 1812 Pensions and collected $115 for that purpose. 


Many people come together to make Research Assistance a success. I want to thank Jean Wilcox Hibben, co-chair for Research Assistance, Lise Harding from SCGS, the many volunteers at Jamboree who helped keep us running and the following volunteer Research Assistants who gave generously of their time. I hope I didn’t miss any of you. 

Cari Taplin
Toni Perrone
Karen Jones
Randy Whited
Sharon Morison
Elizabeth Swanay-O’Neil
Paul Woodbury
Anette Burke Lyttle
Janice M. Sellers
Jean Wilcox Hibben
Lynn (Butch) Hibben
Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew
Bill Mayhew
Mary Kircher Roddy
Lynn Baden
Tom Jones
Paula Stewart-Warren
Lisa Medina
Barbara Algaze
Jane Neff Rollins
Cyndy Richardson
Elissa Scalise Powell
Kathy Holland
Linda Rouse
Karen Merrill Martin
Stephanie Cardin
Sue Roe
Kimberley Gomez
Molly Squire
Stephanie Wein
Paul Moore
Sheila Benedict
Kim Parker
Dallas Bordenave
Consuelo Rodriguez
Jill Breznican
Sherri Harris
Margaret Ruthridge
Janice Lovelace
Pam Vestal

Next year SCCAPG will continue to sponsor Research Assistance. If you are interested in helping as a Research Assistant or have a problem you need help with, look for information in this blog and sign-ups in April 2017.

Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew PLCGS
Past President; SCCAPG
SCGA Jamboree Research Assistance Co-Chair





15 June 2016

Jamboree 2016: Streamed Video Available through July 5th!

Don't miss out on the chance to view the Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy Streamed Videos from the 2016 Conferences!

  
The pay-per-view sessions from the Genetic Genealogy 2016 conference are available for viewing through July 5th. Speakers for the streamed sessions include top-notch speakers in the field: 
Emily D. Aulicino, MA; Blaine T. Bettinger, JD; Katherine Hope Borges; Tim Janzen, MD; Diahan Southard and Paul Alan Woodbury.

If you didn't register for the live feed, you can still pay to see one, two or all of the presentations. The cost is $20 per session or $99 for all six sessions. It's easy to register! Click here or go to http://streaming.webcastandbeyond.com/scgs/ for details.

You don't want to miss out on 14 FREE sessions streamed from Jamboree 2016! Thanks to our generous diamond sponsor Ancestry.com, select sessions can be watched at any time through July 5th - but you must register to watch!

To register for the Jamboree Streamed Videos, click here or visit the streaming video website at http://streaming.webcastandbeyond.com/jamboree/. Once you have completed the registration, your login credentials will be sent to your email and you can watch to your heart's content until July.

Don't miss out on an outstanding FREE educational opportunity!

Thank you to all who have joined us online for the live-streamed sessions from the Genetic Genealogy and Jamboree 2016 conferences. Over 2625 people have joined in to view at least one session from all over the world.  

Special thanks to Ancestry.com for making this opportunity available to all.

13 June 2016

REMINDER: FREE Webinar From SCGS June 15, 2016 - James M. Beidler "Finding a German Home Village Online"


FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PDT
James M. Beidler

"Finding a German Home Village Online"

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/684565106596134401

Join us!

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Securing the name of your ancestral Heimat is crucial to research in Germany. There are many resources on American and German websites to help you.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
James M. Beidler, the author of Trace Your German Roots Online: A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites and The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of the MAGS journal, Der Kurier. He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University.

HANDOUT
A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

COST
The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/archive-index.html.

UPCOMING WEBINARS
The list of upcoming webinars can be found at http://scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html

JOIN SCGS TODAY
Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/about/benefit-memb.html.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Please direct any questions to the SCGS Webinar Committee at Webinar@scgsgenealogy.com.


10 June 2016

Jamboree 2016 - So Many to Thank for a Great Conference!


The Jamboree Committee would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to both the Genetic Genealogy and Jamboree 2016 conferences.


Attendees, those at the Marriott and those viewing the live streaming. You are what makes the conference both exceptional and memorable. Without you, there wouldn't be a Jamboree. Whether you came from near or far, were with us in person or via the wonders of technology, Thank You!

Speakers, for generously sharing your knowledge, research experiences, sense of humor, and time. Speakers, Thank You! 

Exhibitors, for showcasing the products and services that make research so rewarding, for preserving records and making them accessible online, and for the books that we just can't give up even in the digital age. For the societies that give us opportunities to learn, share and meet others who share our passion for family history. Exhibitors, Thank You!

Sponsors for their generous support of Jamboree. We are very grateful for the support of all of our sponsors: FamilySearch International, Family Tree Maker by Software MacKiev, Moorshead Magazine, Family Tree Magazine, FamilyTree DNA, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Legacy Books, Legacy Tree Genealogists, RootsMagic, Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites, and Family ChartMasters. Special thank-yous go to our Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry, who underwrote the cost of the live streaming that has been shared by over 2600 viewers around the world, and emerald sponsor MyHeritage who generously sponsored the Jamboree App. Sponsors, Thank You!

Marriott staff who welcomed Jamboree for the 11th year in a row, and worked diligently to ensure that the needs of conference attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff were met, Thank You!

Finally, Thank you, Jamboree Volunteers. It takes hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer time to produce Jamboree each year. Some volunteers work year-round to plan the events, work with the speakers, line up the exhibitors and sponsors, coordinate with the Marriott, and send out the many, many blog posts, emails, and announcements to let everyone know about Jamboree. Some work an hour or two to distribute and collect speaker evaluations. Whether the contribution is 1 hour or 1000, every hour of volunteer time helps to make Jamboree the wonderful event it is. VOLUNTEERS, THANK YOU!


Sincerely,
The 2016 Jamboree Commitee

07 June 2016

FREE Webinar From SCGS June 15, 2016 - James M. Beidler: "Finding a German Home Village Online"


FREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m. PDT
James M. Beidler

"Finding a German Home Village Online"


Join us!

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Securing the name of your ancestral Heimat is crucial to research in Germany. There are many resources on American and German websites to help you.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
James M. Beidler, the author of Trace Your German Roots Online: A Complete Guide to German Genealogy Websites and The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide, writes “Roots & Branches,” an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy that is the only syndicated feature on that topic in Pennsylvania. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of the MAGS journal, Der Kurier. He is also an instructor for the online Family Tree University.

HANDOUT
A handout will be available shortly before the presentation. A link will be included in a reminder that will be sent the day before the session.

ABOUT THE SCGS JAMBOREE WEBINAR SERIES
A goal of the Southern California Genealogical Society is to offer educational opportunities to genealogists and family history enthusiasts everywhere. The Jamboree Extension Webinar Series helps delivers those opportunities.

COST
The initial webcast of each session is offered to the public free of charge. Webinars are archived and available only to SCGS members as a benefit of membership in the society. The webinar archive can be found at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/archive-index.html.

UPCOMING WEBINARS
The list of upcoming webinars can be found at http://scgsgenealogy.com/webinar/jes-index.html

JOIN SCGS TODAY
Learn about all the SCGS member benefits at http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/about/benefit-memb.html.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Please direct any questions to the SCGS Webinar Committee at Webinar@scgsgenealogy.com.


Jamboree 2016: Southern California Genealogist Receives Youth Award

Melanie Frick, MLIS, is the 2016 recipient of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Genealogy Grant and Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree Scholarship.  Melanie was introduced at the SCGS Scholarship Breakfast Sunday, June 5th 2016, sponsored by Legacy Tree Genealogists, Professional Genealogists and Research Services, and presented with the $500 cash award and recognition certificate. The grant program was founded in 2011 by family and friends to honor the volunteerism and family history interests of the late Suzanne Winsor Freeman.

Melanie Frick, an Iowa native with deep Midwestern roots, is a 20-something young genealogist who has already spent over fifteen years researching her family history. At the age of twelve, Melanie inherited an early 20th century diary written by her great-great-aunt, a South Dakota prairie schoolteacher. She was fascinated by the stories of “barn dances, schoolhouse shenanigans, family gatherings, and the spread of Influenza in her rural community.” Melanie continues to unravel the stories of her ancestors in her popular blog, Homestead Genealogy  (https://homesteadgenealogy.com).
Melanie pursued her interest in history and research by earning a Bachelor of Arts in History from Iowa State University, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Special Collections from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Currently Melanie serves on the board and is content coordinator of the NextGen Genealogy Network, an organization dedicated to connecting ad empowering young genealogists around the world. She also editor of the APG eNews and volunteers as proofreader of the NGS Magazine.
“We are delighted to recognize young genealogists with the grant program and encourage their future in family history,” noted Denise Levenick, Grant Chair. “This year, in the absence of qualified applicants for the student award, the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Genealogy Grant is presented in recognition of a young genealogist who is outstanding not only in her own genealogical endeavors, but also as an advocate for other young genealogists.”
This is the sixth year that the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant Program and SCGS have partnered to offer a student genealogy award. The Scholarship Breakfast featured speaker was Paul Woodbury, 2014 recipient of the Genealogy Grant who is now Outreach Manager for Legacy Tree Genealogists.
The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Genealogy Grant Program was established in 2011 to help young family historians pursue their genealogy research and educational goals. In recognition of Suzanne Freeman’s enthusiasm for the nationally recognized Jamboree, the award is directed toward a student attending the SCGS Jamboree. Suzanne Winsor Freeman was the mother of genealogy blogger Denise Levenick, www.theFamilyCurator.com. For information about donating to the grant fund, please see SWF Grant.
The Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree has partnered with the grant program each year to offer complimentary conference registration to the award recipient. The annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree is an innovative leader in genealogy conferences offering webinars, live-streamed sessions, student registration rates, beginner education, and the DNA Day.

LegacyTree Genealogists, sponsor of the Scholarship Breakfast, is a leader in genealogical and DNA research services with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah and trained researchers around the globe.

05 June 2016

Kenyatta D. Berry and Genealogy Roadshow at Jamboree



Last night Jamboree attendees and guests enjoyed a special treat at the Saturday night banquet. Kenyatta D. Berry, Esq gave a delightful presentation and shared "Secrets from PBS's Genealogy Roadshow."

Photo Courtesy of
Laurie Freeman
Sharing clips of previous and upcoming broadcasts, Kenyatta thrilled the audience by sharing information on the story selection process, the individual styles and the level of involvement of research personally done by each of the co-hosts on the show. 

Kenyatta charmed the audience with her personal insight into the fields of genealogy and the entertainment industry. Of particular interest to the audience was her commentary on the intersection of reality tv and genealogical proof.

Sharing personal stories and both her research process and personal style on camera, Kenyatta enlightened the audience about the reality of reality television and how hard the researchers behind the scenes and the hosts work to produce.

Thank you, Kenyatta, and thank you PBS and Genealogy Roadshow! 


SCGS and Jamboree Honor Peggy Schulz

Financial Secretary Peggy Schulz was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation for her dedication and outstanding service to both SCGS and Jamboree at the Jamboree banquet Saturday night, June 3, 2016.

A life member of SCGS and member since 1983, Peggy has served as a Board Officer for 13 years, is a volunteer librarian, works as the SCGS mail order fulfillment and website payment processor, and has been a key part of the registration team for Jamboree for many years. Her keen eye for detail and ability to problem-solve have benefited both Jamboree and the Society immeasurably.  If you've ever processed a payment online, had a question about an order, or begged to be added to a workshop waitlist, you've come into contact with her. Ever the professional, Peggy has always kept an eye out for everyone's best interests and has been instrumental in the many successes of SCGS and Jamboree.

A woman of many talents Peggy has also been instrumental in compiling and producing several publications ranging from cemetery and death record indices to family history books.

It would take a novel to outline everything Peggy does for SCGS. Please join us in thanking her for her many contributions to the society and to genealogy.

03 June 2016

Jamboree 2016 - Paula Hinkel receives FGS Distinguished Service Award

SCGS past president, former board member, officer, and Jamboree co-chair Paula Hinkel received the FGS Distinguished Service Award at the Jamboree Banquet Friday night, June 3, 2016.

David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch and past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies 
(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. Paula was nominated by the SCGS Board of Directors.

Since joining the Southern California Genealogical Society in 2002, Paula Hinkel has been instrumental in increasing the visibility of the society and in easing it into the 21st century, thereby enabling it to continue to fulfill its mission of fostering interest in family history, preserving genealogical materials and providing instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.   

Among her many accomplishments at SCGS, Paula has volunteered as President and 2nd Vice-President of the society, as a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee, as champion of the 1890 Project, and as co-chair for the Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree from 2005-2014. Together with her co-chair Leo Myers, she grew Jamboree from a small, local convention into one of the most respected and well-attended genealogical conferences available to family history researchers.  From concept to marketing design and product development, Paula was instrumental in the successful evolution of Jamboree.  Paula was also the first to identify and market the use of an App for genealogical conferences at Jamboree.  She also expanded the society outreach by making Jamboree available to researchers who could not attend.  Her launch of live-streaming Jamboree sessions allowed members of the genealogical community to participate from all over the world.

In 2011, Paula pioneered the launch of the Jamboree Extension Webinar Series. This was the first time a genealogical society had offered regularly scheduled live webinar sessions.  This program is one of the most celebrated programs of SCGS, and has helped extend the awareness of the society and promote genealogical education around the world.

Paula has utilized her marketing skills through the redesign of the SCGS website, the development of the Jamboree website, and the design of both the SCGS and Jamboree blogs.  She was also one of the early champions of social media creating a presence on Facebook and Twitter for both SCGS as Jamboree. 

We have been extremely fortunate to have worked with Paula and are immensely proud of her and what she has accomplished. If you're at Jamboree, please join the SCGS Board of Directors and the Jamboree Committee in congratulating Paula!