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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.


Saturday, July 13 - 10am to 1pm

You are cordially invited to the Southern California Genealogical Society's Open House.

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.

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 Jefferson’s 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 wife’s 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 approximate.

FREE Webinar
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.
FREE Program
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.
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

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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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