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Nominations for SCGS Board of Directors Opens

The election of Directors to the Southern California Genealogical Society Board of Directors will soon take place. There are five openings to be filled: four 3-year terms and one 2-year term.

For more information on the candidates or nominating process, please click here...

GENEii Writing Contest
Opens November 1

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The Southern California Genealogical Society sponsors its annual family history writing contest to support and encourage the writing of family history, local history, and memoirs, both by genealogists and by the public at large.

Now is the time to start writing! Submissions must be received between 1 November and 31 December, 2015.

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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Saturday, October 10

12 pm - 4 pm

1:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Presenter: Erica Hahn

"Joining a Lineage Society"
Find out how to join a heritage society.

Do you have questions about joining a Lineage Society? Come and find out the wide range of subjects they cover, who they are, what they offer and how to join. This lecture will answer your burning questions.

Erica Hahn is a retired Administrative Law Judge, with a JD from University of California at Berkeley. She has been pursuing genealogy for about 15 years and is a graduate of the Boston University online professional genealogist course. She has lectured to various genealogy groups on various topics and has published a number of articles in various genealogy society publications, as well as American Ancestors and has had an article accepted for publication by the New England Historical Genealogical Register. She is currently the governor of the Orange County Colony of the Society of Descendants of the Mayflower in California, and is also a state officer. Ms. Hahn has also qualified for membership in the Jamestowne Society, the Huguenot Society of America and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

FREE. Open to the public. The library will not be open for research. Ending time is approximate.

The library will not be open for research.

Saturday, October 17

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

Write Your Own Story"

Write Your Own Story Before you write about your ancestors, preserve your own personal history for the future. Otherwise, your
life and who you are can be reinterpreted by a cousin you barely new or a grandchild who remembers
you as senior citizen.

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

FREE WEBINAR: Sign-up Now!
Wednesday October 21

The Devil is in the Details: Overlooking Minutiae Can Create Lineage Limbo

by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG(sm)
It is the little things that count and missing a small detail can take a person in the wrong direction. Learn ways to catch these and save valuable research time.

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CG(sm) is Board-Certified with a doctorate (folklore) and MA (speech communication). She has been doing family history for over 35 years, is on the Board of Directors of APG, Director of the Corona Calif. Family History Center, served as 2013 lead researcher for Genealogy Roadshow, and is a known national speaker and writer. Website:

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