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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 our members to log-in to take advantage of our recorded webinars, read past issues of The Searcher, and use our online databases. The new Southern California 1890 Project (R) is available online for researchers. Our research team is taking orders for research assistance and our store is still shipping orders. Best of health to you all.

Future Board Members Wanted!
Fun, energetic genealogists and family historians to run for the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) Board of Directors. We’re looking for volunteer leaders who know SCGS as the nationally-known leader in genealogy research, webinars, and our always popular Jamboree in 2021.

Nominations are due Monday, Oct 5th, 2020. No experience necessary! For more information and to nominate candidates, email us at

Wednesday, August 19 at 6pm (PST)

The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories
by Cari Taplin, CG®

Through using a biography from an Ohio county history, the audience will be led through a case study using “FAN club” principles, examining and comparing information from different county histories, and using all clues from these sketches to extend research queries.

Cari A. Taplin, CG, lives near Austin, Texas and has been a state and regional speaker since 2004, focusing on Midwest and Great Lakes states, methodology and family legends.

SCGS is excited to announce that our 2021 Jamboree will be virtual. 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, September 5 at 10:00am (PST)

Who Needed it Anyway? Researching Around the Missing 1890 Census
by Sara Cochran

The loss of the 1890 Federal census is a source of great frustration for American Genealogists, but all hope is not lost! Learn strategies and gather tips for success in locating your family in other records between the 1880 and 1900 Federal censuses.

Sara Cochran has been conducting genealogical research for over 25 years, and her research has taken her into nearly every state in the USA as well as Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Britain. She holds a Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate as well as a Bachelor Degree in Library Science. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy.

Saturday, September 12 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

"Let’s Explore the LAPL Photo Archives"
By Christina Rice - from 1pm-2pm

If you are researching in California—especially in Southern CA you may discover that gem that all researchers treasure: a photograph of a relative or a place where your relatives lived. Our guide will be senior librarian Christina Rice, who will show us examples from the archives & provide us with the history of the archive, how it is organized, how it works, and how patrons can search the archive and obtain copies of photographs for personal use.

Christina Rice is the Senior Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection, a position she has held for eleven of her fifteen years with the library. She is the author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel (University Press of Kentucky, 2013) and a forthcoming biography on actress Jane Russell, to be released in 2021. She lives in North Hollywood with her husband, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and their daughter.

"Scanning and Restoring Images"
By Walt Sturrock - from 2:15pm-3:15pm

This live demonstration will focus on the solutions to common problems that genealogists experience when dealing with the scanning, restoring, organizing, and sharing of images.

Walt Sturrock is an artist and instructor for 30+ years. He began his genealogy work 5 years ago as an offshoot to his love of history, photo restoration, and family. In an effort to make sense of the thousands of photos that his family was giving him to scan and restore, he created a comprehensive family tree and database that he could reference when identifying the 100,000+ photos in his collection. He is now "addicted" to genealogy research and has become the family historian.

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    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, September 16 at 6:00 pm (PST)

Putting America to Work; Records of the WPA and the CCC
by Peggy Lauritzen, AG®, FOGS

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was founded as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal. Providing jobs for over 8.5 million people, they were instrumental in compiling many records that are valuable to genealogists today. Many of the indexes and records we use today were compiled by the WPA; those unemployed professionals who were ‘put to work’ in the days following the Great Depression.

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.

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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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