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Future Board Members Wanted!
The Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) Board of Directors meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm to report on society business and make decisions to move SCGS into the future.

We’re looking for fun, energetic volunteer genealogical leaders to run on the Board.

No experience necessary!

For more information and to nominate candidates, email us at

Nominations are due Wednesday, Oct 5th, 2022.

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Saturday, October 1 at 10:00 am (PDST) Cost $5.50
400,000 German POWs in the U.S.: How Did They Affect Your Community and Family
by Mary Risseeuw

How did Germans POWs end up in farm fields, factories and at someone’s dinner table? There were over 500 camps established throughout the U.S. This had a huge affect on the communities where these camps were located. The stories of the interactions between prisoners and civilians and their impact were not talked about for decades and are still being uncovered.

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, October 8, 2022 - ONLINE ONLY*

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1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Speaker - Allene Collins-Aubertin

In 1977, I received a letter from my dad sharing what he knew about his ancestral family. He added that all information was confirmed by relatives. and "INDEXING MYSTERIES & FRUSTRATIONS" and indexing errors can drive us crazy. And you will see why in this lecture.

2:10 - 3:10 p.m.

Quite often, Collateral Research is used to connect families. Other times we use it out of curiosity, which I did, and discovered at the end of their wings, two very interesting gentlemen. One you will meet in this lecture..

Allene Collins-Aubertin is a professional genealogist doing genealogy research since the late 1970's when she became interested in her mother's German genealogy. Allene continues researching her own family as well as those of her friends and a few folks she meets along the way. Allene is the facilitator for the SCGS's German Interest Group.

Please register at least one-hour ahead for the FREE SCGS Lunch and Learn Education program.

*Join this webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Please register at:

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

FREE. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.
For any questions, please contact Charlotte

Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 pm (PDST) Cost $5.50
Civil Law Notarial Records
by Forrest Hansen, JD

Civil law notarial records are among the most valuable genealogical resources available for researchers in civil law jurisdictions. This lecture offers insights into notarial records and will address: (1) origins of civil law jurisdictions; (2) civil law notaries; (3) notary records; and (4) techniques for locating notarial records.

Forrest Hansen, JD, is a genealogist with expertise in civil law, French genealogy, and the U.S. Constitution. He teaches at the Université of Paris and American University, is fluent in French, and regularly lectures on French genealogy and genealogical legal topics.

SCGS Annual Meeting and Pot Luck at the SCGS Library
Saturday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for the SCGS Annual Meeting from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at the SCGS Library. Bring your favorite holiday potluck item to share. SCGS is your Society and just wouldn't work without you, our volunteers. So come and share our annual celebration with your genealogy friends.

The business meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. so if you can’t attend in person, join us online through:
You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 | Access Code: 755-243-045

The minutes from the 2021 meeting will be reviewed for your approval. The newly elected Board members will be announced. Long time members and past presidents will be honored. Members of the Board will give you an update on what has happened during the year as well as plans for next year. Mark your calendars and plan to join us. E-mail for more details.

For just $40 you can enjoy:
24/7 Member Access to archived Sessions & Webinars
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Guided research trips to Salt Lake City
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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