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Beginner's Classes - Four Week Series
Tuesday, September 26 from 9:30am-11:30am

Do you have an interest in finding your roots but want assistance to start?
Do you have a friend or relative with an interest who also lacks the skills and knowledge?

This One-on-One Assistance will be offered 4 consecutive Tuesdays in September (5th, 12th, 19th and, 26th) from 9:30 am- 11:30 am at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library.

Register by e-mail: or call 818.843.7247. Classes are free to SCGS Members and just $10 for the series for non-members.

Week 1: The Basics of Getting Started - Sept 5.
Week 2: Census Records and their Substitutes - Sept 12.
Week 3: Church Records - Sept 19.
Week 4: Military and Land Records - Sept 26.

The Southern California Genealogical Society Library will be open for research following the class for those interested in practicing their skills.

FREE Webinar
Saturday, October 7
Think Like a Historian: Why Do People Do What They Do?
by Sara Gredler, MS

History is looking at the big picture. Genealogy is micro-history, looking at individual people during historic events to place them within the larger context. Why do people do the things they do? Use the records that do exist to make reasonable hypotheses about the life of an ancestor.

Sara Gredler, MS, is a genealogist and historian with 20 years of genealogical experience. She serves as the President of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and chairs its DNA SIG.
FREE Webinar
Wednesday, October 18
Family History + Health History Lead to Personalized Healthcare
by Dr. David R. Dowell, PhD (& Elizabeth Balkite)

Genealogies record family relationships. Health histories reveal causes of death, disabilities, chronic diseases, or known genetic disorders within families. How can you build an accurate family health/medical history? Should you? Can genealogists lead the way to personalized healthcare/medicine?

David Dowell, PhD., was librarian for 35 years and has two degrees in history and two in library science. He has researched family histories since the 1960s. His most recent books are NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection (2015) and Crash Course in Genealogy (2011). Previously he taught “Genealogy Research” and “Ethics in the Information Age” at Cuesta College and chaired the Genealogy Committee of the ALA. He blogs as “Dr. D Digs Up Ancestors” at and coordinates three DNA projects.

Beth Balkite was a certified genetic counselor for over 30 years. She is an alum of the Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College. She worked as a genetic counselor in Connecticut at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Yale University, and Norwalk Hospital prior to joining Genzyme Genetics as manager of Clinical Genetics Services in 1993. In 1998 she was hired as Genetics Education Strategy Advisor for GlaxoSmithKline. She has continued as a genetics educator in several capacities before retiring in 2012. She has studied her own family history for years and is now one of just two genetic counselors to practice and teach genetic genealogy. She is an instructor at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke University in Durham, NC, where she teaches a course “Applying DNA to Your Family Tree.” In the summer of 2016 she taught a session in the Advanced Genetic Genealogy course at GRIP (Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh).
Wednesday, October 25
Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research
by Cyndi Ingle

Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren't going to disappear.

Cyndi Ingle, a genealogist for more than 36 years, is the creator of Cyndi’s List and author of three books for genealogical research on the Internet.
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For just $40 you can enjoy:
24/7 Member Access to archived Sessions & Webinars
24/7 Remote Access to MyHeritage Library Edition
Field Trips to area repositories
Guided research trips to Salt Lake City and Ft. Wayne
Interest groups for computer software users, writers, and ethnic geographic research.
Free in-Library use of valuable online resources
Substantial Discounts on research & subscriptions
Educational Opportunities: Monthly Lunch and Learn
Webinars, seminars, workshops.

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