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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.
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Genealogy Garage at the Los Angeles Public Library
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 at 11AM
"Navigating the Freedmen's Bureau" (Part I)
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NOTE: THIS IS A PRE-REQUISITE COURSE FOR PART 2 that will be offered Nov. 13 at the SCGS Library's Lunch and Learn Program. See flyer for more details

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.
This Saturday, the Los Angeles Public Library's Genealogy Garage series (in cooperation with SCGS and CAAGS) will feature a presenter who is an expert in a resource that is invaluable for former slave-ancestry research: The Freedmen's Bureau records. This is Part I of a two-part series--Sharon Batiste Gillins will demonstrate several techniques and resources your members can use to find your family within the records, and she'll also talk about the history of the Bureau.

Join us live on YouTube or Facebook at 11 a.m. PST this Saturday, 10/16--no need to RSVP, just go here on Saturday for the links:

This presentation will only be available to view for up to a month after its live-airing date.

This program was made possible by generous donations from the Central Library Docents, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and the California African American Genealogical Society (three cheers for partnering up with local friends!).

Part II will be presented in November by SCGS and feature Shamele Jordon giving a unique, hands-on workshop with the Freedmen's records (this will be conducted by the SCGS Lunch and Learn program, put on by Charlotte Bocage). Space for Part 2 is limited for this highly interactive portion --a link will be provide for those to RSVP at the end of Sharon's October 16th presentation.

Beginner’s Four-Week Class with One-on-One Assistance
October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2021, Tuesdays: 9:30 – 11:00 am

Week 1 - The Basics of Getting Started
Week 2 - Census Records and Their Substitutes
Week 3 - Church Records
Week 4 - Military and Land Records

Taught by Beverly Truesdale. Please register prior to the date of each class. Each week's class has a cost of $5.50 which is paid when registering. A confirmation email will be sent after registering and a reminder email will be sent on the day of the class. For questions and member's registration email: Subject: Four Week Class
Dates are subject to change. Please check back for updates. Download Flyer

Registration Links for each week of the four-week course ONLY:
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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.

Saturday, November 6 at 10:00 am (PDT)

It Takes a Village to Unearth the “Real” History
by Billie R. McNamara

Researchers spend substantial time on solo efforts or sharing with small cohorts. Participating in larger, crowd?sourcing activities enhances skills exponentially. Each contributor brings resources to a resulting knowledge base. Define, describe the value of, and acquire tools for locating and assessing crowd-sourcing opportunities. Develop techniques for honing personal skills from crowd-sourced knowledge.

Billie R. McNamara is an international award?winning family historian, author, editor, and educator with more than 35 years of experience. She is the founder of TNGenWeb Project and currently participates in TNGenWeb, PAGenWeb, FamilySearch, and other on?line genealogical and historical initiatives in the U. S. and U.K. She consults with individuals and organizations on family/local history research, problem?solving, especially tech implementation, marketing.

Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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From 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. "The Freedmen's Bureau eXperience"
Speaker - Shamele Jordon

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.”
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Educational Opportunities: Monthly Lunch and Learn
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