(notice posted July 1, 2020 - is subject to change)

In compliance with state and local COVID-19 regulations; Patrons, please comply with rules:

We hope to reopen the library on August 4, provided it is permissible by the Los Angeles County Public Health regulations. To prepare the library for this event, we have limited the number of seats at the research tables to 12, repositioned the patron computers for more distance, and changed the location of the sign-in sheet. Cleaning procedures for the library premises and computer stations are being implemented.

SCGS Library Procedures during Covid-19 for Patrons

  • Patrons must wear masks to enter the library, then have their temperature taken.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • When signing in, be sure to include phone number.
  • Wash hands with soap and water before handling books or computers.
  • If using computer, notify librarian when done so computer area can be cleaned.
  • Handle only books that you wish to review; do not reshelf them.
  • When book review is completed, leave books/pamphlets on table where you have been working.
  • All books/pamphlets must be quarantined for 4 days before being returned to shelves.
    (Librarians will handle the quarantine of materials.)

    Thank you for helping to maintain a Covid-19-safe library.

    NOTE: If the library is unable to reopen as planned, the electronic calendar
    will be updated to show cancellations of events and any adjustments to open dates and times. To allow time for cleaning the library after each use, closing time will be 3:00 p.m.

    New Library Hours During Covid-19
    Monday & Friday Closed
    Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    First & Second Sundays of each month: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if a Librarian is available.
    Third & Fourth Saturdays of each month: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if a Librarian is available.


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    Our FREE online Webinar series remains the main stay of cutting edge information for our genealogy community. We have an excellent Research Team available to assist you with your research and our SCGS Interest Groups (Ethnic, Computer Software, Writer's Group, and DNA) have all organized online meetings for the month of June and beyond, as needed.

    Saturday, July 11 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben PhD, MA

    From 1pm - 2pm
    "On the Contrary, Dead Men (and Women) DO Tell Tales!"
    The old adage, "Dead Men Tell No Tales," is proven wrong in this presentation, designed to make folks smile. While getting information from living sources is always encouraged, most of us know that the data we're given may be flawed by personal prejudice, embarrassment, a desire to look good, or poor memory. Examples will include the original tales, as shared by ancestors long gone, and the truth that solid research has uncovered. The humor comes in the comparisons of legend to reality, along with some speculation as to why the truth was not included in the original tales. As time allows, audience members may be encouraged to share some of their similar examples.

    From 2pm - 3pm
    "Doing Family History to Heal Family Present on Behalf of Family Past"

    We love our dead! But would we have loved them as much if we had known them? What behaviors, health conditions, and more affected our ancestors, their treatment of others, and their lifestyles. Here we look at how these elements (primarily negative) from the past become part of the present and may continue to be passed along as a legacy. Learning about our ancestors can help heal relationships in our lives today. This presentation promises an uplifting approach to the healing of relationships.

    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, and President of the Corona Gen. Society. Her website:

    Join this meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

    You can also dial in using your phone.
    United States: +1 (631) 992-3221
    Access Code: 375-118-415

    FREE to the public. The library will not be open for research.

    Wednesday, July 15 at 6pm (PST)

    Julian to Gregorian: When and How our Calendar Changed
    by Seema Kenney

    Dates are very important to genealogists but how well do you understand the relationship between the dates recorded and the calendar in use at the time? The switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar started in 1582, but lasted into the 20th century. Understanding the adoption process may impact your 18th to 20th century research

    A wife, mother of 3, and entrepreneur, Seema Kenney is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist. Based on over 20 years of research, her known roots are deep in New England as well as England, Germany, and Sweden. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen and is an active member of several societies. Seema is also certified as a Guided Autobiography Consultant and a Legacy Planner.

    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, August 1 at 10am (PST)

    Cousin Baiting and Cousin Stalking

    by Christine Cohen
    We will discuss the many ways to reach out to distant living cousins to help you expand your pedigree chart forward in time. You may find family treasures, photos, DNA test takers and information that will break down a brick wall. We will explore online trees, lineage societies, online cemetery indexes, obituaries in newspapers, living people finder websites and social media.

    Christine Cohen is a 17-year member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and currently is the President of WAGS. In addition to her involvement with WAGS, She is a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames.
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