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- Effective March 1, 2022
Welcome Back! The library is reopening normal business hours on March 1st. In keeping with LA County Mask Guidelines, if you are vaccinated, wearing a mask is optional however if you are unvaccinated, please continue to wear your mask or show proof of a Negative Covid test result within the past 72 hours. Also, please bring proof of your vaccination record in case you are asked to show it.
Wednesday, June 15 at 6:00 pm (PDST) Cost $5.50
Have No Fear – Understanding Data for DNA is Here!
by Edward Swierczewski, Jr.

DNA testing has skyrocketed, and genealogists need to understand and correctly interpret the various data and results related to DNA. We will review: different data types; typical results for the various DNA tests; the Shared cM Project; the WATO tool and others on the DNA Painter site. We will focus on developing comprehension and comfort levels for the newest tools in our genealogical toolbox.

Edward John Swierczewski Jr. has been a professional educator for over 30 years, researching and lecturing in Psychology and Human Services at several major universities and government agencies in New York City. He has attended many webinars and conferences, completed several SLIG and GRIP courses, is currently in ProGen 53, and plans to earn the CG and CGL credentials. He has been researching his family history for over 25 years, and he has a deep passion for sharing his knowledge with others.
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Wednesday, July 20 at 6:00 pm (PDST) Cost $5.50
Deeds Not Words: Records of the Merchant Marines
by Michael Strauss, AG®

The Merchant Marines have played a pivotal role in maritime history. Without their efforts and sacrifice the wars of the twentieth century could have turned out very different. A series of acts passed by Congress in 1916, 1920, and 1936 would officially organize the Merchant Marines into a well-trained and disciplined organization set about to answer the call to action during World War II.

Michael L. Strauss, AG®, is a nationally recognized genealogical speaker. He has a BA in History and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. He is also a qualified expert witness in Court in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Additionally, he is a faculty member at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he coordinates the military courses.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

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1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Speaker - Kathy Holland
"All About Find A Grave"

Find a Grave is an easy-to-use website where we can document where our ancestors are memorialized and were buried. The information on the website and headstones provide valuable genealogical information. In this session, we will learn the different ways in which we can participate and utilize Find a Grave.

Kathy Holland is a professional genealogist doing genealogy research since 1984. She holds certificates from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, with an emphasis on American and German genealogy. Kathy is a member of several genealogy societies, including APG, NGS. She serves as the Recording Secretary and on the Social Media Team for the SCGS.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Speaker - Sara Cochran
"Missing: Reward! Locating Widows, Spinsters, and Bachelors"

Have some of the folks on your family tree disappeared? Pick up some new ideas on how to find widows and unmarried children and then watch these techniques in action in three short case studies.

Sara Cochran is a full-time professional genealogist with over twenty-eight years of research experience. She especially enjoys breaking down brick walls for her clients, discovering the stories of black sheep ancestors, and helping individuals preserve their photographic legacy. She's online at

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World-class Genealogy Conference
Learn from 47 speakers from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Israel and the UK
Sponsored talks from MyHeritage, FamilySearch, ArkiDigital and others
Keynote Speaker Bernice Alexander Bennett talk "Preserving Your Family Tales: What's in a Name?"
Live Q & A following lectures by Michael Brophy; Nicka Sewell Smith; Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG®, FOGS; Michael Strauss, AG® and William E. "Bill" Cole.

The 52nd Genealogy Jamboree brings you nationally known speakers keeping you in touch with the latest developments in the field of genealogy. From coast to coast, from North to South, from our neighbors - Canada and Mexico - and from the Old World, our speakers can help you find your ancestors' lives and stories. You'll be able to learn from many tried and true speakers and get surprising insights from speakers that are new to Jamboree.

All Registration packages receive the Friday and Saturday LIVE lectures.
STANDARD Registration - Select 20 recorded lectures from 50 choices.

PLUS Registration - All 50 lectures are yours to view.

All purchased Genealogy Jamboree presentations viewable through October 31, 2022.

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World-class DNA Conference
Get in on the Latest Discoveries
Learn from over 20 renowned Genetic Genealogy experts
Sponsored talks from Family Tree DNA, Living DNA and MyHeritage DNA
Keynote Speaker is DNA Painter author Jonny Perl talk "The Need for Third-party DNA Tools"
Live Q & A following lectures by Diahan Southard; David Dowell, PhD; Judy G. Russell, JD, CG®, CGL®; Richard Hill, MBA and Kitty Munson Cooper

DNA testing is an increasingly popular tool for genealogists. Learn the difference between autosomal DNA, mtDNA and Y-DNA and which tool is useful for what type of investigation.

All Registration packages include the Friday and Saturday LIVE Q & A following lectures.
STANDARD Registration - Select 10 recorded lectures from 20 choices.

PLUS Registration - All 20 lectures are yours to view.

All purchased Genealogy Jamboree presentations viewable through October 31, 2022.

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Special Events Week 2022


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The Southern California Genealogical Society is committed to providing genealogical education for all. Traditionally, during our Jamboree conferences, we offer classes that are free and open to the public.

We are offering 16+ classes during JamboFree. Here’s the line-up:
Ethnic and DNA Round Tables – Eleven topics, most with multiple rooms to keep the discussion groups small and personal, hosted by experts in SCGS’ interest groups and guests.
Advanced Beginner Class – Our very popular in-person class returns for 3-hours of learning and fun.

What's New at FamilySearch by Michael Provard
What's New at the FamilySearch Family History Library by Michael Provard
It's Never Too Late to Start! DNA for Beginners by FamilyTreeDNA's Janine Cloud
Social Hour on Tuesday from 4pm - 7pm PDT.
Bonus Lecture - Looking Forward to Looking Back: Where to Go Next presented by Jean Wilcox Hibben

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All events are LIVE and will not be recorded.

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