Southern California Genealogical Society

Lunch and Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramLooking for a place to learn more about genealogy and how to do family research? Lunch & Learn is simply the best place to do just that. Free and open to the public, it is one of the SCGS's most popular educational programs. Join us soon.

The library will NOT be open for research during these hours.

Saturday, October 9, 2021
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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.

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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

We wanted to share some photos from our October 2018 presentation
Presenter: Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA , Board Certified genealogist, has been involved in family research for 30+ years. She is secretary of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, president of the SoCal Chapter of APG, and president of the Corona Genealogical Society. Jean is director of the Corona CA Family History Center, and a volunteer at NARA, Pacific Region, Riverside County. Follow Jean at

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We regret that there will be no Field Trip this year to the National Archives in Riverside. They are no longer open on the first Saturday of the month.

We provide you with this general information below, so that you may arrange your own visit to this very important historical facility.

The National Archives at Riverside,
23123 Cajalco Road, Perris
Phone: (951) 956-2000

Open Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Textual research room closes at 4:00 P.M. (last pull is 3:00 P.M.)
No appointment is necessary, however, they can better serve you if you call in advance of visiting.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government. Those valuable records are available to you.