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Due to the threat of Covid-19, we will be closing the library for the reminder of March and for all of April.

Health providers are recommending that people over 60 avoid even small gatherings. Since many of our librarians and researcher have gained this age, we wish to protect their health and well-being. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this period of time.

Saturday, April 4 at 10am (PST)

Foundations to Researching in Europe
by Julie Goucher

In this presentation we consider the broad elements of researching a European surname and then expand outwards to include other important factors such as culture, geography, borders and links with other areas outside of Europe, including the influence of European Empires.

We too explore religion, history, languages including alphabet and dialects. We further address naming patterns across Europe.

Julie Goucher has been a keen genealogist since the late 1980s, and has a special interest in Italian and European family history. She is a published author and writes regularly for a number of genealogical magazines and journals. She is also the tutor for the Pharos course, Introduction to One-Name Studies.

Wednesday, April 15 at 6pm (PST)

Dissecting a Civil War Pension-Union & Confederate
by Jill Morelli, CG®

Do you have a Civil War soldier who fought? Lucky you! A Civil War pension file is one of the most informational records we can obtain about our ancestor, but we need to take the time to dissect this one record. Why were they created? When were they enabled by law? What does a typical pension contain and what atypical items might be found? Both Union and Confederate pensions will be discussed.

An enthusiastic genealogist, Jill Morelli, CG®, lectures, writes and researches her family and those of others. Her lively presentations on intermediate and advanced methodologies, unique record sets, and Scandinavian research convey information that is readily usable by attendees whatever their skill level. She blogs and teaches an online course on demystifying the BCG certification process.

Saturday, April 18: The U.S. Census
Charlotte Bocage, Southern California Genealogical Society

Saturday, May 9 from 12 noon to 3:45 pm

  • “Filipino Genealogy Research” with Kalani Mondoy
    from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    According to the 2010 census, the Asian population grew faster than any other race group over the last decade and counted 3.4 million Filipinos. With the popularity of DNA testing encouraging people to find out about their ancestral background, Filipinos are left wondering how would they find out about their ancestors. Either being the immigrant or having recent immigrant ancestors who have not had a long history in the U.S.A. is a challenge. Learn what is necessary to do research in the Philippines, what to expect, and what type of records are easily accessible and are the most useful.

    Kalani Mondoy started genealogy 30 years ago after having a family reunion that left questionable origins of his Filipino grandparents. Although most of his time is spent using DNA to help make genealogical connections, he continues to lend his expertise in specific areas involving genealogy research. Helping adoptees of Filipino and Polynesian descent, explaining to others what their DNA results mean and how to research their ancestors, and working on translations from old Hawaiian and Portuguese language newspapers.

  • Chinese Family History Group Information 2:05 to 2:10 p.m.
  • Nikkei Interest Group Information 2:10 to 2:15 p.m.

  • "Find Out What Is At The Asian Pacific Resource Center For You" with Katrina Lacerna from 2:15 to 2:35 p.m.

    The Asian Pacific Resource Center (APRC) established in 1979, is a special collection of the LA County Library located in the Rosemead Library. The collection is on the Asian American/Pacific Islander American experience, with core holdings on the history, art, and culture.

    Katrina Lacerna is the Asian Pacific Resource Center Librarian.

  • “Chinese American Museum's Family History Workshop”
    from 2:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

    This workshop will explore family activities that encourage recording and interpreting family histories through intergenerational exchange. The instructors will provide a brief introduction about the museum and discuss how to facilitate your own family history. All materials will be provided; participants will receive a copy of the museum's publication "Family History Scrapbook," which features twelve engaging activities.

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

Family History Library Trip Cancelled
SCGS Salt Lake City Research Trip
August 23--August 30, 2020
2020 Salt Lake City Research Trip Cancelled

The trip that was to take place from August 23 to August 30 is cancelled. The LDS Family History Library was closed starting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice. Since no one can predict its reopening and future airline availability is also uncertain, the decision has been made to cancel this year’s trip. SCGS hopes to reinstate this well-loved research event in 2021.

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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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