Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Congratulations to Winners of GENEii Family History Writers Contest

by Pam Wiedenbeck

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 GENEii Family History Writers Contest, sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society! The Family History Writing Contest honors writers who show mastery in the genres of Memoir and Literary Non-fiction.

223 entries were submitted by 178 authors. This is more than double last year's participation. The response was truly global. 41 of the 50 states were represented, as well as our first submission from Puerto Rico, a United States territory. In addition, we have entries from Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Turkey and various places in the British Isles. For winners, this seems to be a California year with 5 of 12 winners from the Golden State.

Many thanks to all the authors who collectively contributed these 223 entries making this the largest GENEii contest ever. The winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2015 and 2016 as indicated below. Winning entries from past years can be found on the SCGS website.

Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words
  • First Place: "Jonathan Emery " – Adrienne Boaz of Oxford, Michigan – Summer 2015
  • Second Place: "My Grandmother is My Guru" – Kelly Hirt of Snoqualmie, Washington – Winter 2016
  • Third Place: "Childhood’s Last Stand " – Lauren Reynolds of Bel Air, Maryland – Winter 2016
  • Runner Up: " At the Crossroads " – Amy Gordon of Gill, Massachusetts – Spring 2016
  • Honorable Mention: "Boca De La Playa" – Joyce Roberson of West Hills, California – Fall 2015
  • Honorable Mention: "Veiled Grace" – Cathy Wilson of Huntington Beach, California – Fall 2015
Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words
  • First Place: "Patrol Boat Stop on the Mekong River" – Michelle Robin La of Santa Barbara, California – Summer 2015
  • Second Place: "Under the Sun" – Kharis Adirahsetio of Sidoarjo, East Java, Indonesia – Spring 2016
  • Third Place: "My Great-Grandmother, Isabella" – Cassie Shehadeh of Monrovia, California – Winter 2016
  • Runner Up: "A Sprig of Life" – Jeremy Flood of Summerville, South Carolina – Spring 2016
  • Honorable Mention: "The Little Engine that Could" – Erika Hoffman of Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Summer 2015
  • Honorable Mention: "Uncovering Dad’s Secret History" – Fred Land of West Lake Village, California – Fall 2015
Note: The Searcher issues cover these dates - Summer 2015 (July-Sept.); Fall 2015 (Oct-Dec); Winter 2016 (Jan-Mar); Spring 2016 (Apr-June)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Genealogy Jamboree 2015 Live Streaming Announced

Registration is now open for live streaming of the Southern California Genealogical Society and the pre-event Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus.

Sessions from Thursday's Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus are available on a pay-per-view basis on Thursday, June 4, beginning at 8:30am PDT. 

Subscribe in advance.
The cost is $20 per session.
The full day of six sessions can be purchased for only $99.
Handouts will be are available for each session for which a person registers.
Sessions may be viewed in real time, or a time that is more convenient through July 5.
The schedule and other details can be found here.

FREE live streaming of sessions of the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree are available thanks to financial support provided by Jamboree's Diamond Sponsor, Ancestry on Monday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7.

Subscribe in advance.
Sessions will be streamed beginning 1pm PDT on Friday and ending 3:30pm on Sunday.
Handouts will be available for all free live-streamed sessions.
Streamed sessions will be available for viewing through July 5.
The schedule and other details can be found here.

Announcement: SCGS Genealogy Jamboree, Burbank Public Library & Ancestry Join Forces

The Southern California Genealogical Society is pleased to announce participation in a new initiative to build an historical photo archive of Burbank, California's people, places and things for the website of the Burbank Public Library.

According to Melissa Potter, Assistant Library Services Director, Burbank Public Library:  

"As genealogists, we all know the value of local history collections; and if you have historical photos of Burbank, you can help build one! In 2016, the Burbank Public Library will be launching a searchable, historical digital photo collection. We are looking for photos of historical people, places and events in Burbank." 

Members of the general public will have their first chance to submit photos to the project on June 5, 6, and 7 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, in conjunction with the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

The collection event photo project is a collaboration among the Burbank Public Library, online family history website Ancestry.com, and the Southern California Genealogical Society. There is no cost to participate in this community project.

Potter continued, "If you have Burbank photos that you would like to submit for this collection, Ancestry.com has kindly offered to professionally scan them at Jamboree and give a copy of the digital image to the Burbank Public library. You keep your original photos, and share the scanned images through the library’s website! This is a wonderful way to build up your genealogy karma and repay those distant relatives in faraway cities that have done something similar. Thanks so much to the Southern California Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com for this exciting opportunity!"

Here's what to do if you have photos to be included in the new archive:
1. Sign up for a scanning appointment here: Scanning Appointments with Ancestry.  Walk-ins will be accepted as time permits.
2. Ahead of time, prepare your photos as described here:  Preparation Instructions
3. Bring your photos to the Marriott on the day of your appointment. Allow time to find a parking spot and check in.
4. Go to the Burbank Public Library table #143 in the Convention Center Exhibit Hall, where you will sign a release to confirm that you own the photo, and to identify the people, place or things in the photo. There is no cost to get into the Exhibit Hall.
5. Take your photos and documents to the Scanning Room, Producer A&B. Follow the signs.

Of course, you are welcome to bring your family history documents and non-Burbank photos that you would like scanned for your own personal use. Ancestry will scan your documents and return them to you, along with the scans on an official Ancestry thumb drive.

Friday, May 22, 2015

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday 22 May 2015

This Findmypast Friday marks the release over 154,000 fascinating apprenticeship records from two of London’s historic liveries. This week's additions also include mortuary register records from the London borough of Southwark, Royal Navy officer’s award index records and over half a million new passenger list records from Victoria, Australia’s most populous state.

Haberdasher and Ironmonger records

Containing over 136,000 records, City of London Haberdashers, Apprentices and Freemen 1526-1933 lists the details of apprentices who trained with the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers in the City of London. Founded in 1516, the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers is one of London’s twelve historic liveries. Haberdashers sold accessory items such as hats, scarves, gloves, shawls, parasols, needles, buttons and thread. They traded from the shops and stalls around Cheapside and probably worshipped together in the old St Paul’s Cathedral in a chapel to St Catherine of Alexandria, who was to become the Fraternity of Haberdashers’ chosen patron saint. Company membership allowed individuals to become a Freeman; a person who was not tied to land as a villein or serf. Apprentices travelled from all over the country to join the company.

Each record includes an image of the handwritten registers held by the London Metropolitan Archives and a corresponding transcript. The registers list the details of apprentices, masters and freemen from a wide variety of occupations. They reveal when their apprenticeship began and the role they took as well as the names, occupations and addresses of their parents and the names of the masters they trained under. From the early 17th century, the records contain a variety of different occupations, not just haberdashers, as from that time onwards it was possible to become a Company Freeman by invitation, paid membership or patrimony.

Containing over 17,000 records, the City Of London Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen 1511-1923 records contain the details of members of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. One of the ‘great twelve’ London liveries, the company was incorporated under Royal Charter in 1463. The Company’s links with the iron and steel industry go back some 500 years. From the sixteenth century onwards, most iron smelting and founding took place in the Midlands and north of Britain, and the activities of the Company in London were reduced to the administration of charities, participation in the affairs of the City, and its own domestic affairs.

Each record includes an image of the original documents held by the London Metropolitan Archives and a corresponding transcript. The records list the details of apprentices, masters and freemen and reveal when they were admitted to the company, the role they took, the names, occupations and addresses of their parents and the names of their masters. Three types of document are included in the images; Registers of freedom admissions, Apprentices' book of signed oaths and Registers of apprentice bindings.

Southwark, St George the Martyr Mortuary Register

St George the Martyr Southwark Mortuary Register 1880-1891 contain over 1,900 records. The records were compiled using information taken from the mortuary register for the parish of St George’s, Southwark. Each record contains a transcript of the original document that can include the deceased’s name, age, year of birth, date of death, address, entry date and any additional notes. The records will also reveal whether the deceased received a post mortem or inquest.

British Royal Navy, Foreign Awards to Officers Index

Containing over 3,000 records, the Royal Navy Foreign Awards to Officers Index 1914-1922 contains the details of awards presented to officers of the Royal Navy by foreign governments. Each record consists of a transcript that may contain a combination of the following information: name, rank, official number, unit, service branch, foreign award, British awards, date of death, cause of death and any additional notes. A few entries pertain to Naval Other Ranks and Civil Admiralty Staff.

Victoria Inward Passenger lists 1839-1923

Over half a million new records have been added to the Victoria Inward Passenger lists 1839-1923, consisting of transcripts compiled using information held by Public Record Office Victoria. They form an index now containing the records of over two million assisted and unassisted passengers who arrived in Victoria between 1839 and 1923. The amount of information listed varies. Most transcripts will include a combination of the passenger’s name, age, year of birth, nationality, native place, ship name, departure port, destination port and the month and year of their arrival.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.