Out of concern for the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff, the Southern California Genealogical Library in Burbank will be closed until further notice.

We encourage Members to log-in and take advantage of the many benefits available to them in the Members Only area. We'd like to emphasize our collection of databases available for online use, as well as the new Southern California 1890 Project (R) database. We have an extensive collection of recorded Webinars, Jamboree Sessions, and issues of The Searcher, all online. Our research team is taking orders for research assistance and our store is still shipping orders. Best of health to you all.

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Voting is open until December 7. During that time period, please go to Member Log-In to vote electronically or to request a paper ballot. Election results will be revealed at the Annual Meeting on December 12. Click here for information on the nominees.

Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 am (PST)

Faith of Our Fathers; United States Church Records, Part 2
by Peggy Lauritzen, AG®, FOGS

Our country is one of religious diversity. Except for the very early days in the colonies, there has never been a “state religion”. Part 2 covers arrival in America. A number of different religions and their beginnings will be discussed. Part 1 covered the beginnings and causes in Europe that may have led to their emigration (presented on October 16, 2019). SCGS Members may wish to log into the Member Only section for a refresher on Part 1.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®, FOGS, has become a favorite speaker at conferences and webinars. She serves as a Family History Center director and is an instructor and author at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, Ancestry Academy, Family Tree University, and a columnist for Reminisce Magazine. She received the 2018 Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy.

Saturday, December 12 at 1-2:30 pm (PST)
Join us online for our Annual Membership Meeting.
You can also dial in using your phone.
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Access Code: 755-243-045

Join us for the SCGS Annual Meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2020 . The minutes from the 2019 meeting will be reviewed for your approval. The newly elected Board Members will be announced. Members of the Board will give you an update on what has happened during the year as well as plans for next year.

The plans for two virtual conferences in 2021 (Genetic Genealogy June 4-5 and Jamboree June 11-12) will be revealed. For those who attend online, there will a random drawing for a free registration for each conference after the meeting. The two winners will be informed by email.

E-mail for more details.

Headlines from the Blogs
Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00 pm (PST)

Bounty Land: It's Complicated
by Annette Burke Lyttle
Bounty land was offered as compensation for soldiers who fought in the Revolution, War of 1812, and Mexican War, but veterans of these wars didn’t simply take up residence on their land grants. Some did, but many people who weren’t veterans ended up with these lands. Learn about the laws, all the people who got involved, and where to find the records.

Annette Burke Lyttle is a professional genealogist specializing in online and repository research, and genealogical education and writing. She loves helping people find and tell their family stories.

We will resume our online programs and interest group activities
on Saturday, January 2, 2021.


We are excited to create something educational, informative, and fun and to provide an venue for Jamboree that anyone can attend! A virtual conference will also allow many who have not been able to make the trip to California to attend Jamboree for the first time.
Be sure to check back often for more details on this new online adventure

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.

Education, Preservation, Genealogical Inspiration

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