SCGS Library Procedures for Patrons
Effective Oct. 22, 2021

ALL PATRONS MUST WEAR MASKS TO ENTER THE LIBRARY in accordance with the new LA County requirements. As of November 1, 2021 in addition to MASKS being REQUIRED, persons entering the library will be required to show PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION or PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST WITHIN THE LAST 72 HOURS

· Maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet.
· When signing in, be sure to include your phone number.
· Wash hands with soap and water before and after handling books or computers.
· Handle only books that you wish to review; do not reshelf them.
· When book review is completed, leave books or pamphlets on table where you have been working.
Thank you for helping to maintain a Covid-19-safe library.

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2022 SCGS Board of Directors

Take this opportunity to meet the nominees.
Read all about them and then be sure to vote online before Dec. 7th.

Voting will take place from November 1st through December 7th. During that time period, please go to Member Log-In to vote electronically or to request a paper ballot. Election results will be revealed at the virtual Annual Meeting on December 12.


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November 19th thru November 29, 2021
December 19th thru January 1st, 2022

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Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (PST)
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From 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. "The Freedmen's Bureau eXperience"
Speaker - Shamele Jordon
*PLEASE NOTE: This Course requires the Pre-requisite Part I Course given on Saturday Oct. 16th.

Join professional genealogist Shamele Jordon, the producer of Genealogy Quick Start TV, as she engages participants with the history and genealogy of the Freedmen's Bureau. During this interactive two-hour workshop, participants will be guided through the methodology needed to effectively research in the Records of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (1863 -1876). Participants will learn strategies and tools for exploring these records and then have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge with hands-on research in state breakout rooms.

Shamele Jordon is a professional genealogist, producer, writer, and lecturer. Her biographical highlights include: award-winning TV producer of Genealogy Quick Start; 2018 Best Independent Producer, Instructional/Training, presented by Alliance for Community Media; 2019 Lawnside Education Foundation honoree; researcher for the PBS series Oprah's Roots: African American Lives I and II.

Please register at the Pre-requisite Part I Course on Saturday Oct. 16th after 12 noon by attending the City of Los Angeles Public Library's Genealogy Garage on Saturday October 16 from 11am - 12:30pm. for the FREE SCGS Lunch N Learn on November 13, 2021, 1:00 PM PDT. The link to the November 13 Freedmen's Bureau eXperience will be provided after the October 16, 2021 lecture.

FREE to the public. Times are approximate. Any questions please contact

Wednesday, November 17 at 6:00 pm (PST)

Western Overland Trails – Following the Seven Ts
by Steven W. Morrison, MPA

An overview of the seven major western overland trails, Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, Santa Fe Trail and more. Learn about seven tracking techniques to help locate your ancestor and trace their route West.

Steven W. Morrison, MPA, is past-president of the Puget Sound APG Chapter, adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College graduate program for seven years, and coordinator and instructor of a course on Quakers at 2018 SLIG & 2020 GRIP. In 2016, he received the American Society of Genealogists (ASG) scholar award for his paper “Quaker John Starr of Antrim and Cavan, Ireland and his five sons who sailed to Pennsylvania.”

Saturday, Decemver 4 at 10:00 am (PST)

Genealogy of a Neighborhood, Urban and Rural
by Mary K. Risseeuw

Examining those who lived near your ancestor can provide a clearer context for their life. You will learn the methodology to examine the usual and unusual source materials that will help you broaden their story. Whether urban or rural, the neighborhood can provide new insight into why your ancestor chose their location.

Mary K. Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer and lecturer with an emphasis on 19th and 20th Century Dutch emigration and Wisconsin history. She has been a researcher for over 30 years. She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies. She organized the 2008 Dutch in Wisconsin Conference which was the first conference about Dutch immigration to Wisconsin.

Saturday, December 11 from 1pm to 2:30pm (PST)
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 755-243-045

Join us for the SCGS Annual Meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 ONLINE. The minutes from the 2020 meeting will be reviewed for your approval. The newly elected Board Members will be announced. Members of the Board will give you an update on what has happened during the year as well as plans for next year.

The plans for two virtual conferences in 2022 (Genetic Genealogy August 19-20 and Jamboree August 26-27) will be revealed. For those who attend online, there will a random drawing for a free registration for each conference after the meeting. The two winners will be informed by email.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us. E-mail for more details.

Wednesday, December 15 at 6:00 pm (PST)

Getting Ready for the 1950 US Census
by Thomas MacEntee

Many genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the release of the 1940 US Census. Following the "72 Year Rule" for records at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 US Census will be made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It's never too early to prepare for this valuable data related to US genealogy research!

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional based in the United States, specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community.
For just $40 you can enjoy:
24/7 Member Access to archived Sessions & Webinars
24/7 Remote Access to MyHeritage Library Edition
Field Trips to area repositories
Guided research trips to Salt Lake City and Ft. Wayne
Interest groups for computer software users, writers, and ethnic geographic research.
Free in-Library use of valuable online resources
Substantial Discounts on research & subscriptions
Educational Opportunities: Monthly Lunch and Learn
Webinars, seminars, workshops.

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