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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.

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

Alcoholics and Teetotalers: Finding Yours in America’s Temperance
by Michael Brophy, MBA

The Temperance Movement was a social movement in the United States to reduce the consumption of alcohol in the United States in the 19th and early 20th Century. The movement has a large effect on California from social lives to politics.

Michael Brophy offers services and lectures through Brophy Professional Genealogy, He specializes in Irish Americans and Massachusetts records. Reviewers have found his lectures to be insightful, informative, humorous and rich in detail.

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SCGS Beginner's Class - First Steps
Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ONLINE CLASSES ONLY
An introduction to the basics, including setting goals, keeping organized, identifying resources, using Federal and state census records, and introduction to and
An introduction to the basics including: setting goals, keeping organized, identifying resources,
using Federal and state census records & introduction to and My Heritage.

Register for SCGS Beginning Genealogy Class on March 13, 2021 9:00 AM PDT

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Fee: free to SCGS members $10 for non-members

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.


Choosing a genealogy software program is a personal decision. Did you know that many of the most popular genealogy software programs offer free trials? Often the free or trial programs do not have all of the “bells and whistles” that the paid version does, but they do have something you need to try out the software and find the one for you. Try them all and see which of program fits your needs. Download our pdf list of the most popular software programs and links to free sample versions. Each program offers different strengths.

Questions to consider when comparing genealogy software include “What am I going to do with my research?” Do I want to publish a book? Do I want to share my research with my family? Am I interested in making fantastic family trees and print them as wall charts?” Each program offers different strengths.

Wednesday, March 17 at 6:00 pm (PST)

Find African American, French, Jewish & Spanish Revolutionary War Patriots
by Ellen Kowitt

Have you considered applying for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution lineage society but didn’t think your ancestors qualify? Learn about DAR’s current efforts to encourage new applications from a variety of heritage groups including women descending from African American, French, Jewish, Spanish, and other patriot ancestors.

Ellen Shindelman Kowitt is Director of JewishGen’s U.S. Research Division and National Vice Chair of the DAR Lineage Committee Jewish Task Force. She is past president of JGS Colorado and JGS Greater Washington DC, has served on the IAJGS board of directors, and been recipient of IAJGS Program and Stern Awards. Ellen publishes articles in Avotaynu: The International Journal on Jewish Genealogy and Family Tree Magazine. Ellen is a member of the CO APG. More info at



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
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Interest groups for computer software users, writers, and ethnic geographic research.
Free in-Library use of valuable online resources
Substantial Discounts on research & subscriptions
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