Library Services / Library Collection
Saturday, July 13 - 10am to 1pm
You are cordially invited to the Southern California Genealogical Society's Open
Tour the SCGS Family Research Library, connect with Interest Group members, meet
the Board of Directors, Officers and Librarians. Enjoy light refreshments &
Door Prizes plus you can stay to enjoy Lunch & Learn lecture featuring
Hal Bookbinder on Naturalization.
SCGS PROGRAM: LUNCH
Saturday, July 13 from 12 pm - 3:30 pm
Presenter: Hal Bookbinder
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Born in St. Louis, Naturalized in Newark, Why?
Although a natural-born American citizen, on marrying in 1917 Sara Sacharow lost
her citizenship. Years later she is naturalized. This talk discusses naturalization
rules over the years, including the treatment of women, children, blacks, Asians
and Indigenous peoples. It even discusses how John Adams tried to avert Thomas
Jeffersons election by changing the laws of naturalization.
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Ships of Our Ancestors
Most of our ancestors came to America by sea. This talk describes how this voyage
changed from the 16th to 20th centuries including its duration, cost and dangers.
It also discusses how our ancestors got from their village to the port and on
to their eventual destination in America. Finally, it addresses some of the myths
about name changes, entry denial and the horrors of steerage class.
Hal Bookbinder is currently focused on Jewish history, finding missing relatives,
European border changes, immigration, citizenship and safe computing. He has authored
articles and spoken at numerous conferences and society meetings, both in person
and through live webinars from his office at UCLA. He is a former president of
the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and currently
serves on the JewishGen Board of Governors. He was lead co-chair for the 2014
IAJGS conference in Salt Lake City. In 2010, he was honored with the IAJGS Lifetime
Achievement Award. Hal has identified over 4,000 relatives in 26 states and 8
countries. He traces his and his wifes roots to modern Ukraine and adjacent
areas of Moldova, Poland, Belarus and Russia.
FREE. Open to the public. The library will not be open for research. Times are
Wednesday, July 17 - 6pm (PST)
Power: Genetic Genealogy Apps and Extensions
by Shannon S. Christmas, MCP
Learn how to leverage new technology to optimize your genetic genealogy research
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.
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
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 Jamescremer9@aol.com.