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Beginner's Four-Week Class with One-on-One Assistance
Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2018
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.

FREE Webinar
Wednesday, September 19 - 6pm (PST)

Preserving Family History in the Face of Disaster
by Denise Levenick

Protect your family heirlooms and genealogy research from fire, flood, or other disaster. Learn practical ways to protect your photos and artifacts, and first aid strategies to save wet photographs and damaged documents. Leave this session with a customizable Genealogy Action Plan to preserve your family history. Be prepared!

Denise May Levenick, MA, is a native Californian, author and lecturer with research interests in personal and family collections. She writes about preserving heirlooms at
FREE Webinar
Saturday, October 6 - 10am (PST)

The GPS, Document Analysis, and Citations, Oh My!
by Sara Gredler, MS

This presentation discusses the Genealogical Proof Standard, document analysis and evaluation, and citation standards, and how to make them second nature in our genealogical research.

Sara Gredler, MS, is a genealogist, architectural historian, and historian with over 20 years of genealogical research experience. She is currently the president of the Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society and chair of its DNA SIG and NGSQ study group. She holds a MS in historic preservation, and BAs in history and classical studies, and a certificate in Irish studies. She has attended GRIP for two years. Her research focuses are in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben PhD, MA
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. "Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family over Time and Miles, Part 1"

Using various clues, this presentation, in 2 parts) shows how to move from one piece of information to the next to piece together the life of an ancestral family. The steps used are illustrated so that they can be followed by the beginner as well as the seasoned genealogist. Various records are used to explained. Some general information on how to access records is also included.

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. "Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family over Time and Miles, Part 2"

3:20 - 4:20 p.m. "City Directories: More than Address Books"

City Directories are briefly mentioned in the “Clue to Clue” lectures, but were used extensively to continue to piece together the puzzle. While many are familiar with researching ancestors via City Directories, the wealth within their pages can shed light on many additional bits of information about the lives they led, the occupations they held, and the organizations they belonged to. Find out the hidden treasures in these books!

Jean Wilcox Hibben is a national speaker and author. She is the current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and hosts podcasts with Gena Philibert-Ortega, ( With over 40 years of research experience, she is the current President of APG the So. Cal. Chapter, on the Board of Directors of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, 1st VP of the Int’l Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and President of the Corona Gen. Society. Her website:

The library will not be open for research.

FREE PROGRAM - SCGS Salt Lake Research Trip
October 17 through October 24, 2018

Come join a fun group of SCGS members for the return of the annual SCGS Research Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City October 17 through October 24, 2018.

Accommodations will include 7 nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, next door to the Family History Library. The fee includes the hotel room for 7 nights plus transportation to and from the Salt Lake City Airport. All participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements to Salt Lake City. A limited number of rooms are available. Please contact the tour leader, Clancy Cremer, at for more information. 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.

Future Board Members Wanted!
No experience necessary!

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.
For more information and to nominate candidates,contact Kathy Holland ( or Diane Adamson ( )


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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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