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Member Benefits - Join SCGS and Discover the Difference

For just $35 you can join today and take advantage of the many benefits of membership in the Southern California Genealogical Society. Collaborate, consult and build a sense of community with others who share our passion for family history and genealogy.

Access to proprietary content on the SCGS website
Educational Opportunities
Monthly Lunch and Learn
Webinars, seminars, workshops
24/7 Member Access to archived Sessions & Webinars
24/7 Remote Access to World Vital Records, & MyHeritage
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

Programs & Projects
SPECIAL FREE WEBINAR: The SCGS is making Jean Wilcox Hibben's webinar available to the public until January 1, 2015. We hope you will enjoy this very special webcast.

It’s NOT About Zombies: Doing Cemetery Research - (17-Sept-2014)
by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG
Get tips on finding cemeteries (using Internet searches), properly documenting findings, and conducting on-site search explorations.

Board Certified genealogist Jean Wilcox Hibben 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 circlemending.org.
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Lunch & Learn Classes | Beginner's Classes
Join us at one of our many classes & workshops, lots of great topics to help you learn more about genealogy and so easy to attend!


Interest Groups | Computer Software Workshops
Join an Interest Group that is focused on your ethnic background and increase your knowledge about people coming from specific regions, then learn more about how to document your finding with a software workshop!

The Searcher | Read a Free Online Issue - Now!

The Southern California Genealogical Society publishes a quarterly journal, The Searcher

This award-winning publication contains announcements of SCGS news, area events, research tips, website suggestions, and recent acquisitions.  Also included is original indexed genealogical content, much of which is not publicly available elsewhere. 

2014 GENEii Family History Writers Contest Opens
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NOW is the time to write your family's history. Submissions will be accepted for the 2014 GENEii Family History Writing Contest beginning 01 Nov 2014. Contest closes on 31 Dec 2014.

The GENEii Writing Contest is for factual articles: either family history or local history, character sketches, or memoirs. Winning entries capture a sense of a family's experience(s), the character of a locality, or reveal an individual's character and personality. Complete contest rules can be found here and a brochure can be downloaded here. Winning stories for the past 10 years can be found here.

Cash prizes are awarded in two categories: articles (1000 to 2000 words: $200, $100, and $50) and Category 2 (under 1000 words: $100, $50, and $25).

Collections & Publications
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Search Our New Catalog (books & CDs)
Search Old Catalog (CDs, maps, periodicals & manuscripts)
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Library Days/Hours, Location & Contact Info

The Library will be CLOSED Dec. 21-25 & 28-31 in honor of the Christmas & New Years Holiday.
FamilySearch Center - SCGS is proud to be a designated FamilySearch Center. Now you can have your Family History Library (FHL) films delivered directly to the SCGS Library!
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