Saturday, April 28, 2012

November Webinar: Genealogy for Novices - Where Do We Begin?

Since Family History Day is all about beginning or basic genealogy, I just had to tell you about this webinar.  It's sponsored by the makers of Legacy Family Tree, a software program for entering genealogical data.  You don't have to use this software to listen to or benefit from this webinar.  By the way, it's free.  Now that's a good price!
  • Webinar Title: Genealogy for Novices: Where Do We Begin?
  • Presenter: Linda Woodward-Geiger, CG
  • Description: Tips for the beginning genealogist or family historian will be offered including organization skills, home sources, personal interviews, and jurisdiction of some original records
  • Date: Nov. 14, 2012
  • Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST (11:00am - 12:30pm PST)
  • Price:  Free
Go to the Legacy Family Tree website for registration instructions.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Society of California Archivists, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Please welcome the Society of California Archivists (SCA), as an exhibitor at Family History Day 2012 at the California State Archives.

Formed in 1971, SCA is a professional association devoted to the support and development of individuals and institutions that collect, care for, and provide access to the documentary heritage of California.

The Society's membership includes archivists, manuscript curators, records managers, conservators, historians, librarians, genealogists, museum curators, students, and volunteers. Members are affiliated with colleges and universities; federal, state and local government archives and records centers; historical societies; museums; libraries; corporations; educational, religious, and medical institutions; and private collections.

Visit the exhibit to see the “Preserving Your History” Brochure Series. Learn all about doing oral histories or neighborhood histories, and preserving family papers and photographs.  “Preserving Your History” guides are available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Text-only PDF versions are available on our website, or you can order multiple copies by mail.

Throughout the year, the SCA Education Committee coordinates workshops on a wide variety of topics intended for the professional development of archivists; the workshops are located throughout the state.  Information about past workshop topics is available on our website.

In addition to workshops, SCA co-sponsors the Western Archives Institute, an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals, including those with jobs which require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but have little or no previous archives education; and those who have expanding responsibility for archival materials; are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction; and those who demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.

The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.

The 27th Western Archives Institute will be held in the summer of 2013 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  Admission to the program is by application only and enrollment is limited.  Please contact the Western Archives Institute Administrator for more information.

Visit our Website
Mailing Address:
Society of California Archivists
c/o California State Archives
1020 “O” Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Sacramento German Genealogy Society, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Please welcome the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) as an exhibitor at Family History Day 2012 at the California State Archives. The SGGS was founded in 1983 to promote the search for family histories of those who have a German heritage. It provides educational resources for those seeking to learn how to research their German ancestry and seeks to increase the public’s understanding of the cultural history of life in the German-speaking areas of Europe and the United States.

Benefits: SGGS holds week-day monthly lectures featuring local and out-of-town German genealogy experts. At those meetings attendees can purchase German genealogy research books, maps and tools. Attendees can also browse member pedigree charts, use the books in the SGGS library, discuss research problems with volunteers at the help desk and engage in a question/answer discussion with local experts or the featured speaker.

SGGS also runs a monthly workshop, weekly mentor sessions, an annual seminar and occasional special events. The monthly workshop is a small-group meeting where you can discuss your research problems with the experts leading the meeting and the other attendees. The mentor sessions occur every Thursday afternoon at the Sacramento Regional Family History Center where volunteer mentors will provide personal assistance in the use of that research facility.

The annual seminar is an all-day Saturday event with lectures from one or two out-of-the-area speakers. SGGS occasionally hosts special events such as its 25th anniversary which featured local German folk dancers and singers. The monthly meetings are free and open to the public. The annual seminar and special events are fee-based.

In addition to meetings, SGGS also provides a number of services such as an informational website, a list of approved German translators (fee), surname queries and customized handshake packets. SGGS volunteers create useful publications that are subsequently sold to meeting attendees. These include a reference catalog to the German resources available at the Sacramento Regional Family History Center and a comprehensive index for all of the Der Blumenbaum journals (since 1984).

Program 2012-13: You are invited to join us at our monthly meetings. Guests are always welcome. Check out our Website for the 2012-13 programs and our Der Bote (monthly newsletter). We will also have the schedule at the SGGS exhibitor table.

Seminar 2013: Our annual Spring conference will feature Roger P Minert, A.G., Ph. D. as our main presenter. A brochure/registration form is available at the SGGS exhibitor table at Family History Day and after the conference see our website.

Membership: The membership year is 1 July – 30 June. Dues: Domestic: Individual $30; Couple $35. Foreign: Individual $35; Couple $40.

Mail: P.O. Box 660061, Sacramento, CA 95866-0061
Memberships: 210 San Carlos Way, Novato, California 94945-1628