Friday, August 26, 2016

Next General Special Meeting, Saturday, August 27, 2016 3-5 pm

Please join us for our next special meeting on August 27, 2016 from 3 to 5 pm where our presenter Alan Kemp will talk on "Dangerous Exploration to Alta California in the 1700's". This presentation focuses on the maritime experience of Spanish sailors during the Spanish Colonial period. The speaker, will give us an overview of the importance of Spanish ships: how they changed the course of history by providing a lifeline to Spanish explorers and others in California. This reliance on a seaborne connection with the Spanish Empire also had profound impact on social, political, diplomatic and economic development. He will share his research of what life was like for the captains, for the sailors, and how team work was essential to staying alive. He will explain why the California coast was one of the most dangerous routes even for veteran crews. His topic will educate and encourage us to learn more about this fascinating segment of early California history.
Please join us at the El Sereno Library, Community Room, 5226 Huntington Dr. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (Directions to the El Sereno Library—323-225-9201).

Friday, August 19, 2016

GSHA Annual Meeting August 6, 2016

For those who couldn't attend the conference or the Annual Meeting, here is the video of the meeting.. It's very informative and worthwhile for all members to hear. It would be wonderful if all annual meetings were videotaped. Video provided by Secretary Izabel Perez

Thursday, August 18, 2016


A Twofer: Enlisting Family Members to Help You

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with your research? Have you thought of enlisting one or more
of your family members to help you? If not, you are missing out on a support system—and you are depriving your family members of the joy of family history research.

Below are some tips on how to involve your family. And the twofer? If they are younger than you, you might be recruiting more youthful members to join your genealogy society!

Pinpoint the techies: Anyone under 40 probably knows a lot about computers, scanners, social media,
the Internet, etc. Here are some jobs they can do:

• Scan family photographs and documents

• Input your research information into your genealogy software program (you do have one, right?)

• Set up a family Facebook page or Web site

• Handle your e-mail correspondence

Any budding writers in your family?

• Send them a family photo and the facts about that person, and request that they write one to two paragraphs for you to share in the family newsletter

• Ask them to help create a family newsletter

Who are the party-givers in your family? Give them a job:

• Organize a “mini reunion”: one day, potluck, bring family photos (Be sure the family scanner is on hand to scan the photos or documents before they leave—and be sure to get names, dates, etc. so the photos can be identified.)

• Organize a family “breakfast meeting”: once a month on the same weekend (1st, 2nd, last, whichever) at the same low-priced restaurant. Whoever can come, shows up. It keeps the family connected—and you can share your latest research findings.

Who are the travelers/tourists in your family?

• Enlist them to take photographs in the old hometown, at a family cemetery, at a battlefield, etc. Provide them with the background of the site so that they get curious about (and connected to) your family’s past.

• Request that they check out the local historical society, courthouse, or other repository to get first-hand information so that you can follow up. Connect with grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. If they are teenagers or younger, their parents are probably overextended and would appreciate a “date
weekend” or some personal time without the kids. Offer to be the granny/nanny and take one or more of those kids to an age-appropriate, family-history-oriented event. It could be a cultural festival, a visit to a historic site—if it’s connected to your family’s history, all the better. Spend a few hours at the library browsing its photo collection or pictorial publications focusing on historic sites, or in your home as they help you sort family photos and you tell them the most exciting stories of their ancestors. Many genealogists confess that the stories told by the senior members of their
family are what inspired them to research when they became adults.

Be a good genealogical gardener: Plant some seeds! Get assistance! Pay the research forward!

Donie Nelson specializes in establishing outreach programs for genealogical societies. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Nuestras Raices, a national quarterly journal for Hispanic researchers. This article is
©2015 Donie Nelson; all rights reserved.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Autosomal DNA Test on sale right now!!!!!

Check out the low low price for an autosomal test "Family Finder" at FAMILYTREEDNA regularly at $99 plus shipping now $69 plus shipping. Savings of over $30!!! Now is the time to have your Parents, Grandparents, cousins get tested!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Next meeting to be held is on 6 Aug 2016

Please join us for our next meeting on August 6, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm where our presenter Donie Nelson will talk on "FAMILY STORIES: Secrets, Lies, & Surprises". Please join us at the Southern California Genealogical Society Library, 417 Irving Dr., Burbank, California (directions: 818-843-7247).
All families have secrets, all families tell lies and someone is always surprised. Every family historian discovers at least one; the longer you research, the more you find! Stories hidden by family members bring the dull facts to life and can be the lure to involve other family members in doing research. In this PowerPoint presentation veteran genealogist Donie Nelson reveals the surprising stories she uncovered!