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

 
COMING IN 2017

Lunch & Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramAugust 12, 2017 - Saturday
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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 3:30 p.m. with questions & answers.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Presenter: Crista Cowan from Ancestry.com
"Getting the Most of Ancestry, Part 1"
Are you getting the most out of your Ancestry.com subscription? Even if you don't have a subscription, are you aware there are many things you can access for free? This overview of the five major areas of Ancestry.com and show you our favorite tools for advancing your family history research.

2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Presenter: Crista Cowan from Ancestry.com
"Getting the Most of Ancestry, Part 2"

In the workshop, the attendees will work through various exercises that will help you apply what was discussed in Part 1. Often we hear something, but when we go to apply it later, it's hard to remember. This workshop will be a hands-on experience that will enable you to practice what they've heard earlier to reinforce it.

Crista Cowan has been employed at Ancestry since 2004; her involvement in family history, however, reaches all the way back to childhood. She frequently speaks at local and national genealogy events around the country. Watch her live show, The Barefoot Genealogist, every Tuesday at 10:00 am (Pacific)/1:00 pm (Eastern) on http://ancestry.me/TBGVids.


The library will not be open for research.


Lunch & Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramSeptember 09, 2017 - Saturday
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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 3:30 p.m. with questions & answers.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Presenter: Hal Bookbinder
"Ships of Our Ancestors"
Millions of our ancestors came to America by sea. This talk overviews Atlantic crossings over the centuries with focus on the mass migration from Eastern Europe around the turn of the last century..

2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Presenter: Hal Bookbinder
"The Changing Borders of Europe"

In the workshop, the attendees will work through various exercises that will help you apply what was discussed in Part 1. Often we hear something, but when we go to apply it later, it's hard to remember. This workshop will be a hands-on experience that will enable you to practice what they've heard earlier to reinforce it.

Hal Bookbinder has been researching eight family lines for over 30 years, identifying over 4,000 relatives and tracing two of these lines into the mid-1700s. He is a former president of Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles (JGSLA) and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) and currently serves on the JewishGen Board of Governors. In 2010, Hal received the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award for his various contributions to Jewish Genealogy. Mr. Bookbinder was lead co-chair of the 34th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, held in Salt Lake City in July 2014.


The library will not be open for research.


Lunch & Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramOctober 14, 2017 - Saturday
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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 3:30 p.m. with questions & answers.

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Presenter: The SCGS IT Team
"Answer your Questions on PC's, Mac's and Genealogical Software"
Millions of our ancestors came to America by sea. This talk overviews Atlantic crossings over the centuries with focus on the mass migration from Eastern Europe around the turn of the last century..

The SCGS Information Technology team will give a presentation on computers, both for general use and for genealogy research. Brief overview demonstrations of genealogy software will be shown and the related SCGS user groups will be discussed. General operations on computers using Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Mac operating systems will also be demonstrated.


The library will not be open for research.


Lunch & Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramNovember 11, 2017 - Saturday
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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 3:30 p.m. with questions & answers.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Presenter: Donie A. Nelson
"Easy Interviewing Techniques"
Millions of our ancestors came to America by sea. This talk overviews Atlantic crossings over the centuries with focus on the mass migration from Eastern Europe around the turn of the last century..

2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Presenter: Donie A. Nelson
"Writing a Memoir: Your Own Life, In Your Own Words"

The most important history you can leave your family, is the story of your own life. Who else knows you better? Whether you are a minimalist and choose to sum up your life in one page or you decide on a short story, this workshop will get you started and you will go home with tips on how to keep your memoir personal, factual and entertaining.

Donie Nelson has spent the last 40 years working with writers for film and television. This experience combined with her 35 years researching her Swedish-Scottish-Spanish ancestry makes her the ideal person to present: Easy Interviewing Techniques and Writing a Memoir: Your Own Life, In Your Own Words. As a recognized leader in the genealogical community, Donie has focused on publications and promotion. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Nuestras Raices, the quarterly journal published by the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America, and has edited several genealogical newsletters as well as supervised the publication of the book: "Abbot Kinney's Venice of America" published by the Los Angeles WESTSIDE Genealogical Society..


The library will not be open for research.

PAST EVENTS: WHAT WE DID

Lunch & Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramJanuary 14, 2017 - Saturday
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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 - 4:30 p.m. Presenter: Michael McLaughlin

"American Indian Genealogy: Fact and Fiction"

Today, generalizations and inaccuracies about American Indian genealogy research persist. Clarifying the facts is essential for successful research. The evolving history of the U.S. government's changing policies regarding American Indians resulted in its creation of documents intended to keep track of American Indians under its administration. Although the U.S. government compiled different census rolls for specific tribes, the primarily set of documents is the Indian Census Rolls. Knowing and understanding the history and nature of these census rolls compared to other census rolls for American Indians is necessary for successful research. The goal of this presentation is to provide the historical context for the evolving nature of these rolls, and their usefulness in American Indian genealogy research today.

Michael McLaughlin has been American Indian Resource Center Librarian for the County of Los Angeles Public Library for 17 years, and is the American Indian Subject Specialist for the County Library system. He is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. In addition to his Library Science degree he holds a Master's in American Indian Studies - History and Law.

The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.


Lunch & Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramFebruary 11, 2017 - Saturday
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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 - 2:00 p.m. Presenter: Julie Huffman, Genealogy Librarian

"Genealogy Resources at the Los Angeles Public Library"
Beyond the "open shelves & stacks" of the History & Genealogy Dept. at the LAPL is a trove of material available to the public IF YOU MAKE A REQUEST. What is in the archives? And how do you request it? Among the archived stacks are family histories compiled by other researchers and donated to the LAPL. If the names are unique, like "Bocage"-all we need are the surnames. BUT if it is a common name, like "Nelson" then please furnish county and state locations. For example: Nelson-St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Find out how to make it happen.

Julie Huffman, Genealogy Librarian, will show samples of the material in the archives and explain how you can find material valuable to your own family research. You can make requests and see the results after the workshop!

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Presenter: Betty Isbell

"FamilySearch 101"

Learn the latest "How-To" about one of the greatest online genealogical resources, and it's FREE to all. We will explore the various features of FamilySearch.org, including Records, Genealogies, Books, Wiki, and the Catalog, including ordering microfilm. We will also learn how to get "Help" at any time from FamilySearch consultants and other experts for U.S. and international research.

Betty M. Isbell has been interested in genealogical research for well over forty years. She has served as a Family History Center Director twice, and has taught genealogy classes to the public for over thirty years. Her specialty is descendant research and worked for a forensic research company locating missing and unknown heirs. She was a board member of several genealogical societies. She has attended over 10 national genealogical conference, as well as making many family research trips to Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Connecticut and Vermont.

The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.


Lunch & Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramMarch 11, 2017 - Saturday
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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 - 2:00 p.m. Presenter: Joel Weintraub, PhD
"Ellis Island 101: Barriers to Immigration"
About 70% of immigrants to the U.S. during 1892 through 1924 came through Ellis Island. The history of the Island and changing federal laws which impacted immigration and ship manifest questions will be discussed. We will be introduced to the Manifest, Detention, and Special Inquiry documents of the time.

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Presenter: Joel Weintraub, PhD
"Ellis Island 101: Searching for Names"

This workshop will provide, through case studies, how to find "missing" Ellis Island passengers on the ship manifest, even if that scanned manifest is incomplete. Six different approaches will be used and we will see the strengths, weaknesses, and assumptions behind each. We will also debunk the persistent myth of name changes at Ellis Island. After these talks the audience should have a clear idea of the process the immigrants went through, and a greater appreciation of the Manifest as a genealogy research tool. Actual documents will be shown in both presentations.

Joel Weintraub, PhD, is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton, and was a volunteer for nine years at the National Archives, then in Laguna Niguel, CA. For over a decade, Joel has created search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses that are freely available on the Steve Morse "One-Step" website. He has given presentations on census (both federal and NYC), immigration and naturalization, biographical and Jewish genealogy topics and has published articles on many of those topics.


The library will not be open for research.


Lunch & Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramApril 8, 2017 - Saturday
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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 - 2:00 p.m. Presenter: Barbara Randall
"Whizz-bang! World War I Records"
Looking for an ancestor in World War I? A little research on the war, a few basic strategies and information should grow like poppies.

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Presenter: Barbara Randall
"Decoding the National Archives - Online"

The National Archives website can be very intimidating to use as a research tool. It doesn't have to be! Learn what is available and how to increase your success with your search..

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 is a special education teacher/coordinator with the Los Angeles Unified School District.


The library will not be open for research.


Lunch & Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramMay 13, 2017 - Saturday
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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 - 2:00 p.m. Presenter: Kalani Mondoy
"Filipino Genealogy"
According to the 2010 census, the Asian population grew faster than any other race group over the last decade and counted 3.4 million Filipinos. With the popularity of DNA testing encouraging people to find out about their ancestral background, Filipinos are left wondering how would they find out about their ancestors. Either being the immigrant or having recent immigrant ancestors who have not had a long history in the U.S.A. is a challenge. Learn what is necessary to do research in the Philippines, what to expect, and what type of records are easily accessible and are the most useful.

    Kalani Mondoy started genealogy 28 years ago after having a family reunion that left questionable origins of his Filipino grandparents. Although most of his time is spent using DNA to help make genealogical connections, he continues to lend his expertise in specific areas involving genealogy research. Helping adoptees of Filipino and Polynesian descent, explaining to others what their DNA results mean and how to research their ancestors, and working on translations from old Hawaiian and Portuguese language newspapers.


2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Presenter: Linda Fernandes
"Find Out What Is At The Asian Pacific Library For You"

The Asian Pacific Resource Center (APRC) established in 1979, is a special collection of the County of Los Angeles Public Library located in the Rosemead Library. Its scope encompasses both academic materials as well as film, music, novels, magazines, and newspapers. The emphasis of the collection is on the Asian American / Pacific Islander American experience, with core holdings on the history, art, and culture - of China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hawaii, and American Samoa. The center has over 100 titles on microfilm of historical Asian immigrant newspapers published in the United States. Also on microfilm, the center has newspapers and documents from the Japanese American incarceration during World War II.

    Linda Fernandes is the Asian Pacific Resource Librarian.


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.