28 January 2022

[CA-SCGS] African American Interest Group Meeting, Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Online!


The African American Interest Group will meet online  on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
New feature!!  Resolving Brick Wall Problems.
Now that the library has re-opened, several of our interest groups meeting will be held online or host a hybrid meeting, and by appointment. For more information, please contact either Adrian or Charlotte.

Adrian Foushee at amfoushee@usa.net or
Charlotte Bocage at rubymoon01@yahoo.com

To join the meeting: 
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 248-469-765

The African American Interest Group meets on the second Saturday following the free SCGS monthly Lunch and Learn Education program.  Individual research assistance is available. Please try to arrive by 4:00 pm.
SCGS members have free in-Library online access to Ancestry Library Edition, American Ancestors (NEHGS), AccessNewspaper ARCHIVE, World Vital Records, and MyHeritage Library Edition. The library is not open for any other research during the meeting.

Southern California Genealogy Society & Library
417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA 91504

27 January 2022

[CA-SCGS] Lunch & Learn, Saturday, February 12, 2022, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm HYBRID


Looking 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.

Starting with our January 2022 Lunch and Learn our lectures are now hybrid. Some lectures will be in our library and some lectures will be online. Both lectures will be available to in-library attendees and online attendees. Please check our website and lecture flyer for more details. Also, each Lunch and Learn will inform everyone about the next Lunch and Learn presentation.

Join us on Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.


Please register at:

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

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For more information and the flyer please visit the Lunch and Learn webpage.

For more information please contact Charlotte Bocage at rubymoon01@yahoo.com

Lunch and Learn
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Second Saturday of most months

Southern California Genealogical Society
&Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California


22 January 2022

[CA-SCGS] The Master Genealogist User Group Meeting Saturday, February 5, 2022, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

                                           SCGS TMG User Group Meeting

Saturday, February 5, 2022
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Master Genealogist User Group (TMG-UG) meets monthly on the afternoon of the first Saturday of the month except for holiday weekends and scheduled SCGS events. Meetings are held at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank. The library is not open for research during the meeting.

TMG-UG meeting dates for 2022 are posted on the SCGS Computer Software User Groups web page and on the SCGS calendar.

Contact Patt Ricketts at pattskatts@gmail.com to reserve your seat.
Maximum capacity = 6 people.

Please direct any questions you may have about the meeting to Patt Ricketts. To add your name to our meeting reminder list contact Cheri.

Southern California Genealogical Society Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California


21 January 2022

[CA-SCGS] GHSA Interest Group Meeting, Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00 to 2:00 pm


The GSHA Interest Group will meet on Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Due to Covid, Hispanic Tuesdays will not meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (except December) from 10-4 pm. Leonard Trujillo will be available for research assistance.

Topic: TBD

Email Leonard at lennytrujillo51@aol.com for more information on how to sign into the meeting. 

The mission of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California (GSHA) is to promote Hispanic genealogical and historical research, and to expand awareness and knowledge of Hispanic culture, historical contributions, and traditions. The GSHA-SC is a large and active group that meets at the SCGS Library four times a year, usually on the first Saturday in the months of February, May, August & December, from 10-4 pm. 

Meetings feature speakers and/or workshops, a break for a no host, family style lunch, and opportunities to network and research after lunch. Meetings are free and open to the public. Guests are always welcome and invited to join the group. 
Contact: Cathy Romero at cath.romero@sbcglobal.net
Southern California Genealogy Society & Library
417 Irving Dr.
Burbank, CA 91504
Cross street: Glenoaks

16 January 2022

[CA-SCGS] Irish Interest Group Workshop, Sunday, January 30, 2022, 1-4 p.m. ONLINE ONLY


 Researching your Irish roots? 
        Interested in Celtic history?

If the answer to either question is yes, then you won’t want to miss the next quarterly SCGS Irish Workshop on Sunday, January  30, 2022, 1-4 p.m. This will an ONLINE ONLY meeting. We will go to 4PM or until we run out of things to discuss. 

Topic: TBD

                          GO TO MEETING for IRISH WORKSHOP Link:




To join our mail list, send a request to irishinterestgroup@scgsgenealogy.com  with the word JOIN in the subject heading.  That will get you signed up to receive future mailings between workshops.  Hope to see you then, Marge Golden Rossini.

There is no fee for participating and you do not need to be an SCGS member to attend. For more information click here. The library will be closed for general research.
SCGS Irish Interest Group
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
5th Sunday of the Month

SCGS Family Research Library
417 Irving Drive
Burbank, California

14 January 2022

[CA-SCGS] DNA Interest Group Meeting, Saturday, January 29, 2022, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm ONLINE


DNA Interest Group Meeting 
Saturday, January 29, 2022
 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
To register for this SPECIAL webinar meeting 
and pay the $5.50 fee, go to:

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

TopicSolving Family Puzzles with DNA

 Learn from 4 case studies how DNA was used to overcome a brick wall that stood since the 1950s using Y-DNA, solved the mystery of the mother of two sisters using mtDNA, a surprise revealing step-grandpa was really dad using autosomal DNA, and lastly, one that solved a case of an unknown father by using the X match.  Also included is an overview of the 4 types of DNA used in genealogy: Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA),  autosomal DNA (Family Finder) and X Match and how to decode the confusing terms of DNA.

Presenter: Cheri Mello has been active in genealogy for more than 25 years and regularly gives presentations about the use of DNA. She runs five DNA projects and manages mailing lists involving Portuguese-Azorean genealogy.

  • 10:00-10:10 Announcements & Introductions
  • 10:10-11:30 Presentation
  • 11:30-12:00 Questions and Answers

For those who want to order DNA tests or who have received DNA results and need help managing their personal page or interpreting their results. 
For more info, contact Bonny Cook, Alice Fairhurst, and Kathy Johnston at dna@scgsgenealogy.com
SCGS sponsors two projects through Family Tree DNA.  
Call 713-868-1438 or order online at:
        ·   SCGS project for ANY SURNAME, http://goo.gl/WGxC1X
        ·   French Heritage project, http://goo.gl/UUcDXX

Southern California Genealogical Society
   417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504
   (818) 843-7247    
  Cross street: Glenoaks Blvd.

13 January 2022

[CA-SCGS] From the SCGS Board of Directors: An Update from SCGS on COVID-19


At SCGS, we are concerned about you, our patrons and volunteers!

  • Due to the COVID Omicron surge, the Southern California Genealogical Library will be closed temporarily beginning January 14, 2022 until February 28th at which time we will reevaluate the situation.


  • Our Online Interest Groups, Lunch and Learn, Webinars will continue - so please join us.

  • Use your Online Membership Benefits. Behind the Member Wall, you can continue to use:
  1. MyHeritage Library Edition
  2. Newspaper Archives 
  3. Fold3 Library Edition
  4. HistoryGeo
  5. African American Heritage (AAH) 
  6. Black Freedom Struggle

  • Continue to check our web site and social media for updates and news in order to pursue your genealogical goals from home.

  • Stay in touch with each other to maintain your social and psychological health - When attending an online meeting, jot down someone's email or exchange phone numbers so you can stay communicate outside the meeting and socialize so no one feels alone and isolated.


The SCGS Board of Directors

Southern California Genealogical Society & Library

417 Irving Dr.

Burbank, CA 91504



Email: scgs@scgsgenealogy.com

07 January 2022

[CA-SCGS] Italian Interest Group Meeting On Saturday, January 15, 2022, 10:00 to 12:00 Noon, ONLINE ON ZOOM


The SCGS Italian Interest Group meeting will meet on Saturday, January 15, 2022 
from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Please contact Don Coduto for further details @ italianinterestgroup@scgsgenealogy.com

The SCGS Italian Interest Group meets six times per year and provides a forum for supporting genealogical research using both Italian and American records. The meetings have organized programs on specific topics, and also provide opportunities for networking and helping each other.   The group focuses primarily on sources, techniques, and methods of tracing Italian heritage, such as how to find and read Italian birth, marriage, and death records. We also learn about Italian history, which provides a context and background for our individual family histories. The group has something to offer everyone, from beginners to experts and the meetings are open to anyone interested in Italian genealogy.

For a complete list of the Italian Interest Group meeting dates, visit the SCGS Italian Interest Group Page on our website www.scgsgenealogy.com. 

To learn more about the Italian Interest Group, contact the group via e‐mail at

SCGS Italian Interest Group
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Third Saturday of alternate months
SCGS Library
417 Irving Drive, Burbank
Cross street Glenoaks