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Watch at your convenience through July 31, 2019.

Thanks to the generous underwriting by Ancestry, Jamboree Live Streaming is free to all subscribers.


Wednesday, July 17 - 6pm (PST)

More Power: Genetic Genealogy Apps and Extensions
by Shannon S. Christmas, MCP

Learn how to leverage new technology to optimize your genetic genealogy research experience.

Shannon S. Christmas, MCP, specializes in genetic, colonial American, and African-American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas.
Saturday, July 20 - 11-1pm (PST)

Christine Cohen, President of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS)

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.
Saturday, August 3 - 10am (PST)

Successful Railroad Records Research in Today's World
by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG®, FMGS, FUGA

Learn research methods to determine which railroad employed family members, what path the tracks followed, and where employment and retirement records might be found today including extensive and growing online free finding aids, free and subscription indexes, and a plethora of actual records.

Paula Stuart Warren, CG®, FUGA, FMGS, works full-time in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting, & writing. She is an instructor for SLIG & GRIP, a past board member of FGS, a former officer of APG, & former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Her articles & lectures focus on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, analysis, repositories, & Native Americans. She is accessible for questions at presentations & enjoys assisting others.

Saturday, August 10 from 12 pm - 3:30 pm

Presenters: Vi Ha and Suzanne Im
1:00 to 2:45 p.m.

“Think Like An Archivist and Share Your Personal History with Technology”

Participants should bring the following:
· 10 family heirlooms, highly recommended to be photos
· Notebook

To many individuals, archiving is a mystery and technology is scary. This two-part workshop will first introduce participants to the technology of the LAPL Central Library’s Digital Media Lab. The second part will cover basic, Library of Congress-approved methods for organizing and preserving your personal records and family keepsakes, including photos, documents, newspapers, film, and other materials. Hands-on activity: Bring 10 keepsakes; instructors will lead you through a “clumping” activity to organize them. An event not to be missed.

Suzanne Im is the Metadata Librarian in LAPL's Digitization and Special Collections Department. She is coordinating the launch of the Memory Lab programs at Los Angeles Public Library.

Vi Ha is the Librarian responsible for the future Digital Media Lab at the Central Library.

FREE to the public. There will be a short break between speakers. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.

SCGS Salt Lake Research Trip
August 18-August 25, 2019

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.

The 2018 SCGS Salt Lake City Research Trip to the Family History Library was a great success. Sixteen SCGS members spent a week researching at the Family History Library.

The 2019 trip will be from Sunday, August 18 to Sunday, August 25. Accommodations will be at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, next door to the Family History Library and across the street from Temple Square. The cost for the 7-night stay is $756 for standard double room. The fee includes the hotel room and taxes and transportation to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport. Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to Salt Lake City. If you are interested in going on the trip and would like more information, contact Clancy Cremer at

Wednesday, August 21 - 6pm (PST)

How Do I Know That's My Ancestor?
by Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG®

People with the same name. Nicknames. Changing names. How do you know if the record you're looking at is referring to your ancestor? This session will take a close look at records and how you can tell if it's really referring to the person in your tree and not just someone with the same name.

Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG® is a Certified Genealogist, educator, author, and speaker. She holds a Masters of Library Science degree, specializing in digital libraries. Amy has been a speaker at genealogy's major events, including RootsTech and FGS and was an instructor with Ancestry Academy. Amy is the author of 31 Days to Better Genealogy. Her online course "Beyond the Hints" shows family historians how to make more progress with their research with less frustration.

Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2019
From 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the SCGS Library
Free to Members / $10 Non-Members

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

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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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