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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. So far we have raised...
Campaign ends 31-Dec-2015.
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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!

Tuesdays: September 1,8,15, and 22
9:30 - 11:30 am

at the SCGS Library

Beginner's Four-Week Class with One-on-One Assistance

Week 1 - Getting Started.
Week 2 - Census records and their Substitutes.
Week 3 - Church Records.
Week 4 - Military and Land Records.

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Saturday, September 5

The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors
by Michael L. Strauss

The Great War is being remembered as events unfolded over a hundred years ago. Discover your ancestors who served in this global military conflict as numerous lesser used records are examined.

Michael L. Strauss, AG is an Accredited Genealogist and national lecturer. He works as a genealogist with the U.S. Army on MIA’s from Korea, Vietnam, and WWII and is an expert witness in estate court proceedings in PA, NY, NJ, and VA. Strauss is a licensed Private Investigator in Virginia and in 2012 Strauss worked as the historian for the 2014 film “Finding Vivian Maier” where he was interviewed.

Saturday, September 12
at the SCGS Library

Beginner's Class - First Steps
from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, September 16

Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience
by Diana Crisman Smith

Our immigrant ancestors made amazing sacrifices to come to this country. We “know” that, but do we really understand what it was like? This is not a presentation about finding their immigration details, but rather discussing what it meant to leave home, what the passage experience was, and how they got through the immigration station in America. The focus is on those who came by ship AFTER the Colonial era.

Diana Crisman Smith is currently Treasurer of ISFHWE, GSG, and Florida State Genealogical Society. Speaker more than 30 years at local, state and national events, and 7 genealogy cruises. Writer for major genealogy publications, as well as the Scandinavian chapter of The FamilyTree Guidebook to Europe. Teacher for FTU and National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

Saturday, September 19

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

Let’s Explore the LAPL Photo Archives

The LAPL photo archives focuses on Los Angeles and Southern California. Learn its history, how it is organized, how it works, and how patrons can search the archives and obtain copies of photographs for personal use. View diverse examples of the LAPL photo 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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