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.

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The SCGS announces its Call for Presentations for its 2021 VIRTUAL conferences and events. This Call pertains to the Genetic Genealogy and Genealogy Jamboree conferences, and the Webinar Series Programs. Click here for additional infomation.
NOTE: Presentations will ONLY be accepted through the
Online Portal September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

Meet The Candidates!
Information on the nominees for 2020-2021 SCGS Board of Directors is now available for review. We have 6 candidates running for 5 Board Positions; 4 slots are for a 3 year terms and 1 slot is for a 2 year term.

Nominations will close Monday, Oct 5th, 2020. No experience necessary! For more information and to nominate candidates, email us at

Saturday, October 3 at 10:00am (PST)

Manifest Destiny: Researching Your Mexican War Ancestors
by Michael Strauss, AG®

The Mexican-American War of 1846 marked the first United States conflict mostly fought on foreign soil that served as a training ground for officers in the Civil War 15 years later. Military Background/U.S. Involvement; Compiled Military Service Records; Navy Rendezous Reports; Marine Corp & Regular Army Enlistments; Pension & Bounty Land; Cemetery Records; Veteran & Lineage Societies

Michael L. Strauss, AG®, is a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. He has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is also a qualified expert witness in Court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Additionally, he is a faculty member at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he serves as the course coordinator.

SCGS Beginner's Class - First Steps
Beginner Genealogy class with One-on-One Assistance ONLINE

Tuesdays: October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM ONLINE.

Taught by Beverly Truesdale.

You must register and pay a fee of $5.50 for each session. To register, use the link given after each session named. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Week 1: October 6 – Getting started, filling out Pedigree form and Family Group Sheet

Week 2: October 13 – Census and Naturalization records

Week 3: October 20 – Church and Probate records

Week 4: October 27 – Military and Land Records

Saturday, October 10 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

"From Babel to Benefit -
Translation Tips for Foreign-Language Documents"
By Jane Neff Rollins - from 1pm-2pm

Whether your ancestors arrived in North America in 1630 or 1930, if they came from a non-English-speaking country, when you extend your research across the pond, you'll be reading documents written in another language. Archives abroad are digitizing more genealogically-relevant materials than ever, making it possible to find and translate them. Get tips about how to use print and online resources to translate such foreign-language documents yourself or to find a professional translator.

Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist who has researched nationwide and internationally, for herself or clients, for 25 years. She is also a multi-year alumna of SLIG/Academy and the Forensic Genealogy Institute.

FREE. This will be online only. Open to the public. The library will not be open. Any questions please contact Charlotte


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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

Wednesday, October 21 at 6:00 pm (PST)

Researching California Mission Indians Using a Case Study
by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD.

Using genealogy methodology (with on-line and brick and mortar repositories) the mystery of a Mission Indian is solved through use of some unique sources. This lecture moves backwards from a death certificate to uncover someone who kept his tribal connections and name private. Mission Indian research is unique; information given here may be a gift to someone with that background.

Retired college professor and former Board-Certified genealogist, Jean Wilcox Hibben has a Master's in speech communication and a PhD in folklore. A national speaker and writer, Jean is the staff trainer for the Corona Family History Center and President of both the Corona Gen Soc and the So Calif Chapter of APG. Jean’s podcasts on social history are available at She has been a Jamboree presenter since 2010.

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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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