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 began October 15 and 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 for 2020-2021 SCGS Board of Directors. We have 6 candidates running for 5 Board Positions; 4 slots are for a 3 year terms and 1 slot is for a 2 year term.

SCGS Beginner's Class - First Steps
Beginner Genealogy class with One-on-One Assistance ONLINE

Tuesdays: October 27, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM ONLINE.

Taught by Beverly Truesdale.

You must register and pay a fee of $5.50 for each session. To register, use the link given after each session named. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Week 1: October 6 – Getting started, filling out Pedigree form and Family Group Sheet
Week 2: October 13 – Census and Naturalization records
Week 3: October 20 – Church and Probate records

Week 4: October 27 – Military and Land Records


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

Saturday, November 7 at 10:00am (PST)

Researching Your French Canadian Ancestors
by Johanne Gervais, BSc, MBA

With the right tools, searching for your French Canadian ancestors in Quebec has never been easier. This session will provide an overview of the Quebec archives website, the BMS2000, Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH), GenealogyQuebec, and FichierOrigine databases. The most common and useful features for each database will be explained.

Johanne Gervais, BSc, MBA, worked for over 25 years at various large companies in Montreal developing and implementing computer business systems. She became interested in genealogy while helping her husband write a book about his family for his mother’s 90th birthday. She is the founder of the Québec Genealogical eSociety (, a completely virtual non-profit genealogical society focused on Quebec research launched at RootsTech 2018.

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Saturday, November 14 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

"Everything You Need to Know about the SCGS 1890 Project"
By Bill Reilly - from 1pm-2pm

There were 92,979,766 people recorded in the 1890 U.S. Census. Why can't I find my family? Learn about the destruction of the 1890 U.S. Census and what strategies can be used to overcome the loss of this vital record. An overview of the Southern California 1890 Project will be presented as one way to fill in the missing information.

Bill Reilly is a retired Software Engineer who has used his skills to assist the Southern California Genealogical Society with bringing online access to the 1890 Census substitute. Bill began his genealogical journey in an Anthropology class at university working on a family migration assignment.

FREE. This will be online only. Open to the public. The library will not be open. Any questions please contact Charlotte


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (631) 992-3221 | Access Code: 375-118-415

Wednesday, Noovember 18 at 6:00 pm (PST)

From Chernorudka to Chicago - Learnings From One Family's Immigration Path
by Jane Neff Rollins, MSPH,
is a professional genealogist. Her genealogical education includes ProGen 29, SLIG, and the Forensic Genealogy I. Documenting the migration paths of my grandfather and his 3 siblings (1904 - 1911) involved home sources, oral history interviews, passenger lists, naturalization documents, Russian-language directories, microfilm and other sources. You will learn how you can apply this process to identify your ancestor's town of origin and the likely route between it and the departure port and more.

Jane Neff Rollins, MSPH, is a professional genealogist. Her genealogical education includes ProGen 29, SLIG, and the Forensic Genealogy Institute. She regularly translates Russian-language records and speaks at local, regional, and international genealogy conferences. She is a member of APG, NGS, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Jane's writing has appeared in RootsKey, a genealogy newsletter. Jane is also the author of "Health Care Navigation 101."

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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