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Just a Reminder: All SCGS members who are currently enrolled in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program
must UPDATE their information, ONCE A YEAR, to continue to participate in the program.

New Tuesday Hours for the SCGS Library:
Following the end of Daylight Saving Time, the SCGS library will have shorter hours on Tuesdays. The duration of the shorter hours will start on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 and end on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

On the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Tuesdays, the library will be open at 10:00 am and close at 4:00 pm. The hours for the third Tuesday will remain the same--from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the hours of the library for the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Tuesdays will return to its usual schedule of 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

FREE Webinar
Wednesday, November 21 - 6pm (PST)

You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor – Now What?
by Nancy Lauer

Now that the ancestral village of your ancestor has been located, how do you find out more information? Explore the next steps overcoming barriers like language and an ocean. Topics will include resources for locating the ancestral village, problems encountered, resources other than archives, translation options, and what to expect in return and how to evaluate.

Nancy Lauer is a researcher, lecturer, college instructor, and award-winning author whose extensive speaking experience includes NGS, FGS, BYU, Rootstech. She is an instructor at HCC, Maryland, teaching MS applications and is past Managing Editor, MGS Journal. Lauer's books have won the 1997 Heart of America Genealogical Society Award of Excellence, the 2007 NGS Writing Competition Award for Excellence and the 2007 Maryland Historical Society, Sumner A. Parker Award.

November 22 - 23

Just a Reminder: On behalf of everyone at SCGS, we wish you a very happy holiday with your family and friends. The library will be closed Nov 22 - 23, 2018, in honor of Thanksgiving.

FREE Webinar
Saturday, December 1 - 10am (PST)

Always Time for Timelines
by Barbara Randall

Timelines illustrate your ancestor's life and can do more than identify gaps in your research. The chronology in your genealogy program does not provide context. A variety of timelines can easily add context to your ancestor's life and bring the past alive.

Barbara M. Randall, a native of central New York, Barbara discovered genealogy at Jamboree. Barbara is active in SCGS as the co- chair of the Jamboree Extension Series Webinars, facilitator of the Legacy Family Tree User group, librarian and Jamboree Committee member. She is also active in APG, NGS, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the British Isles Family History Society-USA. Barbara presents workshops on a variety of genealogy topics. She is a DAR volunteer genealogist/consultant and writer.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Bring your favorite holiday dish and share. Attend our Annual Bussiness Meeting and meet our NEW Board Members. Honor long time members and past presidents and review our year end summary.

Learn more about our 2019 JAMBOREE 50th Birthday Bash and 2019 JAMBOREE Extention Series Webinars, plus Speakers, Activities and a Raffle that includes a Jamboree Registration prize!

FREE Webinar
Wednesday, December 19 - 6pm (PST)

Solving One Name & Many Locations with a Location & Timeline Tool
by Dr. Jan Joyce

When an ancestor appears to be in several locations over a short period of time, it may be multiple individuals. With an exhaustive search resulting in negative evidence, the case can be proved of one person. This is a case study that introduces the Location and Timeline Analysis Chart (LoTAC). Case study included.

Dr. Joyce has researched her family since 1998. Her research interests include methodology and family sharing. She has written articles that focus on genealogical methodology and video sharing.

December 20 - January 1

Just a Reminder: On behalf of everyone at SCGS, we wish you a very happy holiday with your family and friends. The library will be closed Dec. 20-29 , Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 2019, in honor of Christmas and New Years.

Saturday, January 12, 2018

1:00 - 3:15 p.m. Presenter: Charlotte Bocage
"Start Your Year Organized"

The library will not be open for research.

E-VOTE for Future Board Members


This year, the Southern California Genealogical Society is initiating online E-Voting for our Annual Election of Board Members. For those members who do not have email addresses or cannot vote online, we are still mailing out ballots to those limited number of people. Voting online is very intuitive, 850-634-2948



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GENEALOGY JAMBOREE - May 31-June 2, 2019 | JamboFREE 2019 & GENETIC GENEALOGY - May 30, 2019

Registration Opens: January 7, 2019

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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