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The Southern California Genealogical Society [SCGS] announces its Call for Presentations for its 2019 conferences and events. This Call pertains to the Jamboree, Genetic Genealogy, General Genealogy Workshops, DNA Workshops and the 2019 Jamboree Extension and Webinar Series Programs.
Presentations will only be accepted through the online portal
July 9, 2018 - September 1, 2018.

Only those presentations submitted through the portal will be considered. The submission process ensures that correct speaker information is used in communication, advertising, and conference materials.

FREE Webinar
Wednesday, August 15 - 6pm (PST)

How Autosomal DNA is Really Inherited: Case Studies of Siblings
by David Dowell, PhD

Most of us know we get half our autosomal DNA from each parent and about a fourth from each grandparent, etc. But does it really work that way? How much variation is there among siblings? How does this effect cousin matching and ethnicity predictions?

David Dowell, PhD 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.

FREE PROGRAM - "Deciphering "Old Spanish" Handwriting "
Saturday, August 18, 2018
from 11 am-1 pm.
Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), Central Library,
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4

Join us at the Los Angeles Public Library, on the third Saturday of each month (except December), 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.

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.

FREE Webinar
Saturday, September 1 - 10am (PST)

What Do I Do Next: How To Unlock Your Genealogy Using Research Plans
by Kim von Aspern-Parker

Do you get lost on the internet chasing rabbits down rabbit holes? Have you forgotten and re-ordered a vital record? This class teaches you how to keep your research moving forward.

Kim von Aspern-Parker has been a researcher and lecturer for more than 15 years. A member of APG, NGS, SCGS, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild she is pursuing her credentials in genealogy.

Beginner's Four-Week Class with One-on-One Assistance
Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2018

From 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the SCGS Library

The Beginner’s Four Week Class with One-on-One Assistance will be offered 4 consecutive Tuesdays from 9:30 am- 11:30 am at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Librar and provides the information and skills needed to begin the search for your ancestors. The class introduces you to a variety of records and strategies for successful research.

Week 1: The Basics of Getting Started
Week 2: Census Records and their Substitutes
Week 3: Church Records
Week 4: Military and Land Records

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

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Presenter: Kim von Aspern Parker
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. "Finding Adoption Records"

Adoption Research can be a very emotional undertaking whether you are the adoptee or
the parent. If you are working an ancestral adoption (someone long ago was adopted)
records can be scarce. Come and find out tips for Researching through Adoption Records.

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. "Introduction to Tax, Land and Military Records "
This class will introduce you to the vast array of Tax, Military and Land records which could
just help you break through those brick walls. Come take your research to the next level.

3:20 - 4:20 p.m. "Ports of Entry"
All ships and ports kept records and many of our ancestors did not come through Ellis
Island. Come learn about the other ports and how to find their records Some discussion of
Ellis Island and Castle Garden will be included.

Kim von Aspern-Parker has been researching her family history since the bug bit her in
1987. She actively searches for family on both her adopted line and her birth line. In
addition Ms. von Aspern-Parker has worked as a professional genealogical researcher for
more than 19 years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the
National Genealogical Society, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. When she is not
doing genealogy research for herself or others Ms. von Aspern-Parker likes to do
needlework and read.

The library will not be open for research.

FREE Webinar
Wednesday, September 19 - 6pm (PST)

Preserving Family History in the Face of Disaster
by Denise Levenick

Protect your family heirlooms and genealogy research from fire, flood, or other disaster. Learn practical ways to protect your photos and artifacts, and first aid strategies to save wet photographs and damaged documents. Leave this session with a customizable Genealogy Action Plan to preserve your family history. Be prepared!

Denise May Levenick, MA, is a native Californian, author and lecturer with research interests in personal and family collections. She writes about preserving heirlooms at

FREE PROGRAM - SCGS Salt Lake Research Trip
October 17 through October 24, 2018

Come join a fun group of SCGS members for the return of the annual SCGS Research Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City October 17 through October 24, 2018.

Accommodations will include 7 nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, next door to the Family History Library. The fee includes the hotel room for 7 nights plus transportation to and from the Salt Lake City Airport. All participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to Salt Lake City. A limited number of rooms are available. Please contact the tour leader, Clancy Cremer, at for more information. Book early to secure your reservation!

The guided Salt Lake Research Trip is of the many educational opportunities and benefits of membership in the Southern California Genealogical Society.


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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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