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


We wanted to share some recent photos from our October 2018 presentation
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA , Board Certified genealogist, has been involved in family research for 30+ years. She is secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, president of the SoCal Chapter of APG, and president of the Corona Genealogical Society. Jean is director of the Corona CA Family History Center, and a volunteer at NARA, Pacific Region, Riverside County. Follow Jean at circlemending.org.

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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: Barbara Randall
2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - “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.

Barbara Randall is a lecturer, writer, and co-chair/moderator of the Southern CA Genealogical Society Jamboree Extension Series Webinar program. She is a board member of the Southern California Genealogical Society and president of the British Isles Family History Society - USA. She lectures primarily in the southern CA area but has also presented nationally. Barbara is a member of APG, NGS, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and other societies. Barbara is also a Daughters of the American Revolution ( DAR ) volunteer genealogist/consultant. She has recently retired from being a special education teacher/coordinator with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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.