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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

Wednesday, August 21 - 6pm (PST)

How Do I Know That's My Ancestor?
by Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG®

People with the same name. Nicknames. Changing names. How do you know if the record you're looking at is referring to your ancestor? This session will take a close look at records and how you can tell if it's really referring to the person in your tree and not just someone with the same name.

Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG® is a Certified Genealogist, educator, author, and speaker. She holds a Masters of Library Science degree, specializing in digital libraries. Amy has been a speaker at genealogy's major events, including RootsTech and FGS and was an instructor with Ancestry Academy. Amy is the author of 31 Days to Better Genealogy. Her online course "Beyond the Hints" shows family historians how to make more progress with their research with less frustration.

Tuesdays, September 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2019
From 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the SCGS Library
Free to Members / $10 Non-Members

The Beginner’s Four Week Class with One-on-One Assistance will be offered 4 consecutive Tuesdays from 9:30 am- 11:30 am at the Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Librar and provides the information and skills needed to begin the search for your ancestors. The class introduces you to a variety of records and strategies for successful research.

Week 1: The Basics of Getting Started
Week 2: Census Records and their Substitutes
Week 3: Church Records
Week 4: Military and Land Records

The Southern California Genealogical Society Library will be open for research following the class for those interested in practicing their skills

Saturday, September 7 - 10am (PST)

The Home Archivist: Preserving Family Records Like a Pro!
by Melissa Barker

Learn from a professional archivist how to preserve, protect and archive family records, photographs and artifacts. Best practices for organization, purchasing archival materials and practical records preservation that any home archivist can achieve! Learn how to process your collection of genealogical records from start to finish. Learn the steps archivists use to process small and large records

Melissa Barker is a certified archives manager at the Houston County, Tennessee Archives. She is a professional genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about genealogy and archives research.

Saturday, September 14 from 12 pm - 3:30 pm

Presenters: Barbara Randall
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

“Decoding the National Archives- Online” The National Archives website can be very intimidating to use as a research tool. It doesn't have to be! Learn what is available and how to increase your success with your online search.

Barbara Randall is a lecturer and writer, speaker chair of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) Genealogy Jamboree conference, co-chair of the SCGS Jamboree Extension Series Webinar program. She is on the boards of SCGS and the Southern California Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists. Barbara is also a DAR chapter registrar and a retired teacher.

Presenters: Julie Huffman
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
"The Secret Genealogy Collection at Los Angeles Public Library"

Learn about a very special collection that is saved behind closed doors at the Los Angeles Public Library! It's the "Pamphlet & Manuscript" collection--an assortment of donatedephemera and genealogy research organized by surname. Genealogy Librarian Julie Huffman will show you how to search the collection, and will bring examples of what you might find.

Julie Huffman has been a librarian at Los Angeles Public Library for 13 years and has had the privilege of being the genealogy librarian for five. Her interest in genealogy started ages ago when her great grandma told her she was related to the King of Sweden (she's not). Julie has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in Library & Information Science from UCLA. Her hobby is doing her friends' genealogies so she can learn about other places and history.

FREE to the public. There will be a short break between speakers. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.

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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.

Education, Preservation, Genealogical Inspiration

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