Southern California Genealogical Society
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS - Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramLooking for a place to learn more about genealogy and how to do family research? Lunch & Learn is simply the best place to do just that. Free and open to the public, it is one of the SCGS's most popular educational programs. Join us soon.

The library will NOT be open for research during these hours.


Program: 12 noon- 1 pm - Brown bag or purchase lunch from near by eateries. Sit, chat & share your questions and genealogy stories while we eat.

Presentation: 1 - 4 PM - Guest Speaker Presentation


SATURDAY - August 11, 2018
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Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building
Contact: Charlotte Bocage

Doors open at 12noon
Lunch - 12:00 noon to 1p.m.
Sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories and questions while eating your brown bag lunch.
Learn - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with questions & answers.

Presenter: - Connie Walton Moretti

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. “How Good is that Source?”

A review of different kinds of information sources and the reasons for their creation. Tips for evaluating the quality of any source.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. “Where are Your Female Ancestors Hiding?”

An examination and examples of sources that can help to better identify female ancestors, tips for searching for them and useful resources to aid the search.

Connie Walton Moretti is a third-generation Californian, Connie developed her love for genealogy from a story-telling grandmother who enrolled her in Knotts Berry Farm’s Covered Wagon Club at age nine. Connie taught beginning and internet genealogy classes for South Bay Adult School, served as editor of the South Bay Cities Newsletter for five years and is the co-author of two genealogy books. She is a member of APG, NGS, NEHGS, VGS, NSDAR, USD1812 and UDC.

The library will not be open for research.


SATURDAY - September 8, 2018
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Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building
Contact: Charlotte Bocage

Doors open at 12noon
Lunch - 12:00 noon to 1p.m.
Sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories and questions while eating your brown bag lunch.
Learn - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with questions & answers.

Presenter: Kim von Aspern Parker
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. "Finding Adoption Records"

Adoption Research can be a very emotional undertaking whether you are the adoptee or
the parent. If you are working an ancestral adoption (someone long ago was adopted)
records can be scarce. Come and find out tips for Researching through Adoption Records.

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. "Introduction to Tax, Land and Military Records "
This class will introduce you to the vast array of Tax, Military and Land records which could
just help you break through those brick walls. Come take your research to the next level.

3:20 - 4:20 p.m. "Ports of Entry"
All ships and ports kept records and many of our ancestors did not come through Ellis
Island. Come learn about the other ports and how to find their records Some discussion of
Ellis Island and Castle Garden will be included.

Kim von Aspern-Parker has been researching her family history since the bug bit her in
1987. She actively searches for family on both her adopted line and her birth line. In
addition Ms. von Aspern-Parker has worked as a professional genealogical researcher for
more than 19 years. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the
National Genealogical Society, and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. When she is not
doing genealogy research for herself or others Ms. von Aspern-Parker likes to do
needlework and read.

The library will not be open for research.


SATURDAY - October 13, 2018
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Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building
Contact: Charlotte Bocage

Doors open at 12noon
Lunch - 12:00 noon to 1p.m.
Sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories and questions while eating your brown bag lunch.
Learn - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with questions & answers.

Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben PhD, MA
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. "Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family over Time and Miles, Part 1"

Using various clues, this presentation, in 2 parts) shows how to move from one piece of information to the next to piece together the life of an ancestral family. The steps used are illustrated so that they can be followed by the beginner as well as the seasoned genealogist. Various records are used to explained. Some general information on how to access records is also included.

2:10 - 3:10 p.m. "Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family over Time and Miles, Part 2"


3:20 - 4:20 p.m. "City Directories: More than Address Books"

City Directories are briefly mentioned in the “Clue to Clue” lectures, but were used extensively to continue to piece together the puzzle. While many are familiar with researching ancestors via City Directories, the wealth within their pages can shed light on many additional bits of information about the lives they led, the occupations they held, and the organizations they belonged to. Find out the hidden treasures in these books!

Jean Wilcox Hibben is a national speaker and author. She is the current staff trainer for the Corona, CA Family History Center, has worked on background research for two genealogy television programs, and hosts podcasts with Gena Philibert-Ortega, (genaandjean.blogspot.com). With over 40 years of research experience, she is the current President of APG the So. Cal. Chapter, on the Board of Directors of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, 1st VP of the Int’l Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and President of the Corona Gen. Society. Her website: circlemending.org.

The library will not be open for research.


SATURDAY - November 10, 2018
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Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building
Contact: Charlotte Bocage

Doors open at 12noon
Lunch - 12:00 noon to 1p.m.
Sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories and questions while eating your brown bag lunch.
Learn - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with questions & answers.

Presenter: Judy Janes
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. “Finding Family in Digital Newspapers”
Newspapers have been published in the U. S. for over 300 years. Millions of pages those historical newspapers are now available online in digital format, some free and others through commercial sites. Articles from these old newspapers can breathe life into your family history. Come learn how to access these newspapers, what types of articles to look for, and the tips and tricks needed to uncover exciting stories about your ancestor’s lives.

Judy Janes is Past President of the Ventura County Genealogical Society and now is their Ways and Means chairman. She also teaches genealogy classes at the Camarillo Library, and lectures in the greater Los Angeles area. Judy is a third-generation Californian with two decades of genealogical research experience. She has traced her family extensively through New York, New England, several Southern states, California, and France.

Presenter: Anthony Ray
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - “Sacred Documents: Researching Church Records”
This lecture covers the topic of church records, specifically Catholic Church records. Baptisms, Confirmations, First Communions, Marriage Investigations, Marriages, Sick Calls, Burials, Communion records, and Ecclesiastical Census records will all be discussed in detail. We will also learn key Latin phrases that appear in church records.

Anthony Ray is an avid genealogist who specializes in church records, California, Mexican, and Southwest research. He has been researching his own family for the past twelve years and has been a member of the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, The Contra Costa Historical Society, and the Solano County Genealogical Society. While a member of the AVGS, he was publicity chairman and was head of the cemetery committee for several years. In 2011, Anthony was honored with being awarded the first Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant, which he used to further his research. He has done extensive research all throughout California, Arizona, and in the northern Mexican state of Sonora.

The library will not be open for research.


SATURDAY - December 8, 2018
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SCGS Annual Meeting:
All members are invited to SCGS's Annual Meeting and potluck luncheon.

The library will not be open for research.


SATURDAY - January 12, 2019
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Location: 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
Southern California Genealogy Society building
Contact: Charlotte Bocage

Doors open at 12noon
Lunch - 12:00 noon to 1p.m.
Sit, chat, and share your genealogy stories and questions while eating your brown bag lunch.
Learn - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with questions & answers.

1:00 - 3:15 p.m. Presenter: Charlotte Bocage
"Start Your Year Organized"

The library will not be open for research.


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We regret that there will be no Field Trip this year to the National Archives in Riverside. They are no longer open on the first Saturday of the month.

We provide you with this general information below, so that you may arrange your own visit to this very important historical facility.

The National Archives at Riverside,
23123 Cajalco Road, Perris
Phone: (951) 956-2000
Email: riverside.archives@nara.gov

Open Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Textual research room closes at 4:00 P.M. (last pull is 3:00 P.M.)
No appointment is necessary, however, they can better serve you if you call in advance of visiting.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government. Those valuable records are available to you.