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We welcome family information from any geographic area, not just California, and not just from the US.

To participate in the Virtual Surname Wall, you will be asked for the following information.

  • Your family surnames, including any spelling variations.
  • The geographic area(s) in which they lived, or the migration path.
  • The associated period of time.

Of course, participation in the Virtual Surname Wall project is completely voluntary. If you have questions at any time about the Virtual Surname Wall, please feel free to .

To add your names to the SCGS Virtual Surname Wall database click here, The URL will take you to the Virtual Surname Wall data entry screens on our partner site,

If you would prefer to submit your information by mail, download the flyer and mail to:

SCGS Virtual Surname Wall
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504-2408

Here’s to finding lots of cousins!

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The Virtual Surname Wall provides a worry-free way to post information about your ancestors online and find others who are researching your families.

As a participant, you would list general information, including surname, geography and time frame.  You can submit as many names as you want and you can add new surnames as you find them.  Surname Wall information will be maintained by SCGS and included in a searchable online database that will be accessible to the public at no cost on the SCGS website. SCGS cannot be responsible for incorrect or outdated contact information.

Your identifying information will not be displayed. Should we receive an inquiry regarding a possible family connection, SCGS will forward the requestor’s contact information to you. Alternately, you can authorize SCGS to release either your email address or complete contact information.

There is no charge for this service, and the offer is open to the public. We encourage you to extend this invitation to your cousins, genealogy e-mail lists, other society members, and your family history genealogy acquaintances.

Participation in the project is your authorization to include your surname information in any printed or searchable online databases that may be developed.