Southern California Genealogical Society

Education, Preservation, Genealogical Inspiration

Annual Letter

Dear SCGS Members and Family History Friends,

Now 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 for support.

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 and need.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Dave Burde, President

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.

2016 Highlights
  • 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 library
  • 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 lighting
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    2017 Wish List
  • 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