SCGS Library Procedures for Patrons
Effective July 18, 2021

ALL PATRONS MUST WEAR MASKS TO ENTER THE LIBRARY in accordance with the new LA County requirements.

· 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.
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Future Board Members Wanted!
Fun, energetic genealogists and family historians to run for the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) Board of Directors.

We’re looking for volunteer leaders who know SCGS as the nationally-known leader in genealogy research, webinars, and our always popular Jamboree in 2022.

Nominations are due Tuesday, Oct 5th, 2020.
No experience necessary! (Other than being an enthusiastic genealogist!) For more information and to nominate candidates, email us at


The SCGS announces its Call for Presentations for its 2022 VIRTUAL conferences and events. This Call pertains to the Genetic Genealogy and Genealogy Jamboree conferences, and the Webinar Series Programs. Click here for additional infomation.
NOTE: Presentations will ONLY be accepted through the
Online Portal September 17, 2021 - October 09, 2021

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All purchased Genealogy Jamboree lectures may be viewed through October 10, 2021.
All purchased Genetic Genealogy Jamboree lectures can be viewed through October 3, 2021.
Saturday, October 2 at 10:00 am (PDT)

Community Research Using the National Register of Historic Places
by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®, FOGS

The National Park Service provides valuable information on historic places, tribal lands, homes, or even an area. Coupled with the "The Historical Marker Database", these two sites can take you to your ancestors' area of residence from the comfort of your home.

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®, FOGS, has become a favorite speaker at conferences and webinars. She serves as a Family History Center director and is an instructor and author at Legacy Family Tree Webinars, Ancestry Academy, Family Tree University, and a columnist for Reminisce Magazine. She received the 2018 Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy.

Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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From 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. "A Tale of Ancestral Families: Two Paths, One Outcome"

Learn how two genealogists met for the first time while attending a national conference and discovered, much to their surprise, they possessed a direct connection to the same slaveholding family in Virginia. Listen to how sharing their individual research helped fill the gaps in each of their own family histories. The experiences of these slave descendants will best illustrate how different research methods, resources and documents were used to identify their connection to this common slaveholder. This lecture will help you to identify clues and suggest resources available to recreate your own ancestor's journey from slavery to freedom. The presenters, who used completely different resources, will share how they used those documents to confirm the relationship of their individual families (one from Virginia and the other from North Carolina) to the Virginia slaveholder that connects them. This lecture will show finding records from Virginia and North Carolina.

Deborah A. Abbott, PhD, is a professional genealogist, specializing in African American research, manuscript collections and genealogy methodology. She is an instructor as well as the coordinator for the African American tracts at IGHR held at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and GRIP held at LaRoche University in Pittsburgh. She is an instructor at SLIG in Salt Lake City, UT, and TIGR in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Abbott is a member of National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Association of Professional Genealogist (APG) and the Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG). A Cleveland, Ohio native, she is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Tuskegee University National Alumni Association, and Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland.

Char McCargo Bah is the CEO/Owner of FindingThingsforU, LLC. She has undergrad degrees in Urban Studies and African-American Studies. She holds several professional certificates. She has been a genealogist since 1981; appearing in numerous television interviews and documentaries.

She is on contract with the Virginia Theological Seminary's Reparation Project. Char has received numerous awards including the 2019 Who Who's in America. She is the author of two books, "Alexandria's Freedmen's Cemetery: A Legacy of Freedom." She is a freelance writer for Alexandria Gazette Newspaper. In addition, she is a member of over thirty genealogical societies, historical societies and authors' organizations.

Please register at least one-hour ahead at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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


Genealogy Garage
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 at 11AM
"Navigating the Freedmen's Bureau"
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Sharon Batiste Gillins will demonstrate several techniques and resources you can use to find your family within the records and talk about the history of the Freedman's Bureau.

Wednesday, October 20 at 6:00 pm (PDT)

Find the Stories of Your French and Indian War Ancestor
by Annette Burke Lyttle, MA

The French and Indian War, lasting from 1754 to 1763, involved French colonists and their Native allies against British colonists and the Iroquois Confederacy in Colonial North America. Thousands of Americans-French, British, and Native-fought in hundreds of battles and skirmishes. Learn how to find the records and stories of your ancestor's military service during this time.

Annette Burke Lyttle is a professional genealogist specializing in online and repository research, and genealogical education and writing. She loves helping people find and tell their family stories.
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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