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SCGS Announces FOLD3:
Remote Access available to members

Now SCGS Members have convenient remote access to US military records as part of their membership benefits. Features including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the US military.

Original records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world. Formally known as, a social networking site revolving around history and genealogy, features millions of images of original historical documents available on the internet for the first time. has partnered with the finest archives in the United States including the National Archives, FamilySearch (The LDS Church), and Allen County Public Library.

SCGS Announces
Winners of the SCGS 2013 GENEii Family History Writers Contest

by Pam Wiedenbeck

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 GENEii Family History Writers Contest! Many thanks to the 59 authors who collectively contributed 79 entries, making this the largest GENEii contest ever. All of the winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2014 and 2015 at the editor’s discretion; the preliminary dates of publication are indicated below. The submissions will also appear on the SCGS website after they appear in The Searcher.

    Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words

  • First Place: "Mom's Life" -- John R. Catsis, Silver City, New Mexico
  • Second Place: "First the Chicken" -- Joyce Finn, Bluffton, South Carolina
  • Third Place: "Locked Out" -- DeVonna R. Allison, Burr Oak, Michigan
  • Runner Up: "Varrone" -- Nick Sweet, Shepherd, Texas
  • Honorable Mention: "Uncle John Burleson" -- Jim McLaughlin,Kerrville, Texas
  • Honorable Mention: "Paw Prints on Combat Soldiers' Hearts" -- Robert R. Robeson, Lincoln, Nebraska

    Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words

  • First Place: "Ground Zero" -- Jerry Eckert, Vail, Arizona
  • Second Place: "November 22" -- Evan Guilford-Blake, Stone Mountain, Georgia
  • Third Place: "Christmas Kerfluffle" -- Marla F. Jones, Yukon, Oklahoma
  • Runner Up: "My Grandfather's Grave" -- Thomas L. Stepp, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Honorable Mention: "A Visit to New Orleans" -- Joyce Roberson, West Hills, California
  • Honorable Mention: "A Mountain Rose" -- Felicia Johnson, Ocklawaha, Florida

Federation of Genealogical Societies presents
Southern California Genealogical Society with Award of Merit

At the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Fort Wayne, SCGS received an Award of Merit "in recognition of their vision in conference planning and creating year-round benefits for a global audience."

The award, which was presented by FGS president D. Joshua Taylor, was accepted by SCGS vice president Paula Hinkel on behalf of the Society. "It was such a wonderful surprise to receive the award. It's very gratifying to know that the Society's hard work has been recognized by others in the genealogical community."

Members Benefits
Good News! Remote access to World Vital Records (WVR) has been added to the list of member benefits of the Southern California Genealogical Society. Members are able to access this valuable online resource from home, day or night. Read more... Search our LA Times Obituary Database. It's a great place to look for family.
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