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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 Members to log-in and take advantage of the many benefits available to them in the Members Only area. We'd like to emphasize our collection of databases available for online use, as well as the new Southern California 1890 Project (R) database. We have an extensive collection of recorded Webinars, Jamboree Sessions, and issues of The Searcher, all online. Our research team is taking orders for research assistance and our store is still shipping orders. Best of health to you all.

Wednesday, January 20 at 6:00 pm (PST)

The Basics of Genetic Testing and Genealogy
by Shannon Combs-Bennett, MS

Genetic genealogy is a rapidly evolving tool for genealogists. That doesn't mean it is easy to understand. Learn the basics of the tests available to you, plus what you can and cannot discover in your DNA through this presentation. Trust me, you can understand the intricacies of DNA testing!

Shannon Combs-Bennett is an award-winning author and lecturer based in Northern Virginia. She loves sharing her knowledge with other researchers on a variety of subjects from methodology to genetics. She has a blog at

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Saturday, February 6 at 10:00 am (PST)

Unscrambling the New Orleans Passenger Lists
by Beth A. Stahr, MLS CG®

The port of New Orleans was the second largest U.S. port of immigration in the early nineteenth century. This lecture explains the origin and derivation of overlapping indexes and passenger lists for the port. It provides a chronological approach with examples to using the microfilmed and online resources to find immigrants.

Beth A. Stahr, MLS, CG® is a recently retired academic librarian and instructor with over forty years of genealogical research experience. She has lived and worked in the Midwest, Louisiana and now Tennessee. She has been certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1990, is an alumnus of NIGR, IGHR and Excelsior College’s Genetic Genealogy class, has lectured for local, state and national genealogical societies, and published in academic and genealogical journals.

Saturday, February 13 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

from 1pm-2pm: "So You Thought You Were Organized" By Charlotte Bocage
Are you stuck? Are you looking through piles of papers for your notes? This visual aid class introduces the basics of organization i.e. explaining the need for and types of forms, a filing system, and other genealogical paraphernalia.

from 2:10pm-3:30pm: "Beginning African American Genealogy" By Charlotte Bocage
This lecture will assist the African American researcher to find their family and move to helping knock down the brick wall that is slavery.

Charlotte M. Bocage has over forty years of genealogy experience, a full-time genealogist, lecturer, author, and Louisiana specialist. Also, on the Board of Directors and Education and Outreach Committee chair for the Southern California Genealogical Society, and the First Vice President of the Pasadena Area African American Genealogical Society.

FREE. ONLINE ONLY. Open to the public. The library is closed. Contact Charlotte
Please register for FREE SCGS Lunch and Learn on Feb 13, 2021 1:00 PM PST at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Who is the Star in Your Family’s History?
Submissions deadline February 1, 2021 - March 15, 2021.

We’ve all got at least one Star in our family and they deserve to shine. Now, with your help, they can. SCGS is publishing a book, The Stars in Your Family, and we are inviting you to join in this celebration of the brightest branches of your family tree. Did you ever want to be published? Were you longing to share your fascination with one of your favorite ancestors? This is your opportunity to do both.

Instructions for Authors:
All you have to do is submit your story for The Stars in Your Family book. Submissions must be in MS Word and emailed to from February 1, 2021 through March 15, 2021. After the book is edited by SCGS member Kay Adkins, it will be available from by June and announced on the SCGS blog and website.

Write a biography of one of The Stars in Your Family.
Submitters do not need to be members of the Southern California Genealogical Society or registered to attend either the Genetic Genealogy or the Jamboree conferences.
Submitters are limited to two entries each.
The document must be in MS Word.
The maximum word count is 600 words for each submission. The title should be the subject’s name. If the subject is deceased, be sure to include the subject’s birth and death date.
A photograph or drawing of the biography’s subject may also be submitted. Be sure to title it with the subject’s name.
The editor has the right to edit the document for fit and clarity.
The articles included in the book will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Submission of articles will be to .
Submissions are accepted from February 1, 2021, through March 15, 2021.



Genealogy Jamboree 2021 - Friday & Saturday, June 11 and 12

Learn from 51 speakers from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Israel and the UK
STANDARD Registration includes 6 LIVE lectures June 11 & 12 and 20 recorded lectures of your choice
Add PLUS Registration to access all 50 recorded lectures

The 51st Genealogy Jamboree brings you nationally known speakers keeping you in touch with the latest developments in the field of genealogy. From coast to coast, from North to South, from our neighbors - Canada and Mexico - and from the Old World, our speakers can help you find your ancestors' lives and stories. You'll be able to learn from many tried and true speakers and get surprising insights from speakers that are new to Jamboree.

All Registration packages receive the Friday and Saturday LIVE lectures.

STANDARD Registration - Select 20 recorded lectures from 50 choices.
PLUS Registration - All 50 lectures are yours to view.

All purchased Genealogy Jamboree lectures may be viewed through October 10, 2021.

Genetic Genealogy 2021 - Friday & Saturday, June 4 and 5

Learn from up to 20 renowned Genetic Genealogy experts
STANDARD Registration includes 6 LIVE lectures on June 4 & 5 and 10 recorded lectures of your choice
Add PLUS Registration to access all 20 recorded lectures

DNA testing is an increasingly popular tool for genealogists. Learn the difference between autosomal DNA, mtDNA and Y-DNA and which tool is useful for what type of investigation. There will be presentations from AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA and MyHeritage DNA. The keynoter will be blogger Roberta Estes, MBA. Other notables presenting include Maurice J. Gleeson, MD of Genetic Genealogy Ireland, Leah La Perle Larkin, PhD, creator of WATO, and DNA authors Emily Aulicino, MEd, and Richard Hill, MBA.

All Registration packages include the Friday and Saturday LIVE lectures.

STANDARD Registration - Select 10 recorded lectures from 20 choices.
PLUS Registration - All 20 lectures are yours to view.

All purchased Genealogy Jamboree lectures can be viewed through October 3, 2021.

Special Events Week 2021 - Monday - Thursday, June 7 - 10

We're hard at work creating a week-long series of events, both educational and fun.
Watch the this page and the Jamboree blog for updates.

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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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