Education, Preservation, Genealogical Inspiration
Dear SCGS Members and Family History Friends,
P.S. There are many ways to leave a legacy, please consider including
SCGS in your estate planning. SCGS is designated a 501(c)3 non-profit and donations
are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
in existence for over 52 years, the Southern California Genealogical Society
continues to expand its educational programs and offerings to you and the genealogical
community. Our goal at SCGS is to be a partner in your family research quest.
In order to meet our mission and provide the programs and services that will
help you reach your goals, we rely upon the generosity of our members and friends
Whether it's our two annual conferences - the Southern California
Genealogy Jamboree and Genetic Genealogy Day
- or live-streaming, webcasts, seminars, interest groups, research assistance
and arranging access to commercial database products from home for our members,
we look for ways to innovate and take advantage of the newest technologies.
We continually endeavor to make SCGS your choice in genealogical societies.
We hope that you will be able to take part in one or more of the many exciting
programs in the coming year and experience first-hand the pride we take in supporting
genealogy and family history.
Without your assistance, we wouldn't be able to create educational opportunities
in a variety of formats to fit your needs. So today, we are asking for your
support. By making a donation and becoming an active partner in our mission,
you will make the difference and ensure that we continue the services you want
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Dave Burde, President
47th Annual Jamboree - Another successful Jamboree with world-class
lectures, special workshops, chances to try new technology, meet vendors, get
advice, network and have fun; live streaming selected presentations attracted
online attendees from around the world
Genetic Genealogy (DNA) Day - Our fourth annual event, was again
a sell-out; pay-per-view live stream of selected presentations brought SCGS
and Jamboree to a wide audience
Jamboree Extension Webinar Series - SCGS continued to recruit world-class
speakers for our webinar series; 80+ webinars are now stored online with free
access to members; added selected Jamboree webcast presentations to our webinar
Remote Access Member Benefit - Commercial databases - MyHeritage
Library EditionTM (which now owns World Vital Records) available to members
Designated FamilySearch Center - An official FamilySearch Center,
SCGS now houses a collection of over 70 permanent films and receives patron-requested
films on a regular basis
Engaging the Next Generation - Reaching the next generation by increased
presence on social media (Facebook, Twitter, blog posts)
Outreach - Annual Open House attracted over 100 attendees and new
members; participated in community events such as LA Archives Bazaar, as well
as national, state, and regional genealogical conferences
New at the Library - Continued expansion of the online library catalogue,
adding CD and periodical collections; installed two new printers; support for
the 11 commercial databases available free to members in-Library
Facility Upgrades - Renovated patron restroom, upgraded classroom
Please support our efforts by making
a generous contribution today. You have several options, you can donate
using our shopping cart, or print and mail in your donation with our mail-in form,
or use our
PayPal donation button.
For you to volunteer with us!
Library Facelift - Replace the worn carpeting, upgrade tables, recover
chairs and replace window coverings creating a clean inviting and safe environment
for our patrons and interest group meetings.
Connect with the Next Generation - Hire technical consultant as needed
to develop and implement a single, efficient, systems using the latest technology
and web design features to enhance the member experience and reach the next
generation of genealogist.
Members Only Enhancements - Hire technical consultant as needed to
facilitate the addition of new information behind the Members Only wall; purchase
a flatbed scanner to aid in 1890 Project digitizing.
Webinars - Grow the Jamboree Extension Series webinars (i.e. seminars
on the web) to reach our members, especially those "at-distance";
upgrade or purchase equipment to enable the recording of presentations and
meetings for posting behind the Members Only wall
Keep Our Collection in Top Condition - Repair, rebind, or replace
books and other resources