Southern California Genealogical Society
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Whether you're a Southern California resident, or you're sitting at a computer thousands of miles away from Burbank, you can benefit by membership in the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Work side by side with highly experienced and skilled genealogists to gain exposure to valid methods of proving family facts.
Attend educational programs to help hone your skills and introduce new techniques and resources.
Research several areas of the country under one roof at the SCGS Library.

In addition to the camaraderie, education, resources and knowledge benefits of membership in a genealogical society like SCGS, you receive benefits that can make your membership fee pay for itself.

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Benefits of Membership
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
    • 24/7 access to archived Jamboree Extension series webinars and livestreamed classes and events.
    • Remote access to World Vital Records.
    • Remote access to MyHeritage Library Edition
    • Access to 1890 Project and other online databases (available soon).
    Educational Opportunities
    • Monthly Lunch and Learn
    • Webinars, seminars, workshops
    • 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

  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • ProQuest Obituaries
  • American Ancestors (NEHGS)
  • AccessNewspaper ARCHIVE
  • World Vital Records
  • FamilySearch
  • MyHeritage Library Edition

Substantial Discounts on:

  • Research team assistance
  • SCGS publications
  • Registration to the Society's annual Genealogy Jamboree and other educational programs
  • Family Tree DNA testing
  • Other affiliate programs


SCGS offers several options for single-year and multiple-year memberships, including:

Category

Description

Cost

1 year individual

Twelve-month membership for one person, beginning on the date of application. Includes 4 issues of The Searcher, access to the members-only portion of the SCGS website, discounts on Research Team assistance, Jamboree, and SCGS publications from the SCGS Library Store and shopping cart.

$ 35
annually

1 year joint

Twelve-month membership for two members in the same household. Receives all benefits of membership, including 4 issues of The Searcher, access to the members-only portion of the SCGS website, discounts on Research Team assistance, Jamboree, and SCGS publications. One copy of The Searcher per household.

$ 50 annually

2 year individual

Twenty-four month membership for one person, beginning on the date of application. Receives all benefits of membership, including 4 issues of The Searcher, access to the members-only portion of the SCGS website, discounts on Research Team assistance, Jamboree, and SCGS publications from the SCGS Library Store and shopping cart.

$ 65 biannually

2 year joint

Twenty-four month membership for two members in the same household. Receives all benefits of membership, including 4 issues of The Searcher, access to the members-only portion of the SCGS website, discounts on Research Team assistance, Jamboree, and SCGS publications. One copy of The Searcher per household.

$ 90 biannually

Digital International membership

Twelve-month digital membership for one person, beginning on the date of application. Digital delivery of The Searcher, access to members-only portion of the SCGS website, discounts on Research Team assistance, Jamboree, and SCGS publications from the SCGS Library Store and shopping cart.

$ 35 annually

International membership

Twelve-month membership for one person, beginning on the date of application. Includes international postage and shipping for 4 issues of The Searcher, access to the members-only portion of the SCGS website, discounts on Research Team assistance, Jamboree, and SCGS publications from the SCGS Library Store and shopping cart.

$ 70
annually

Youth Membership Twelve-month membership for one person under the age of 25 who provides a copy of a drivers license or other photo ID with proof of age. Includes all benefits of membership, including 4 issues of The Searcher, access to the members-only portion of the SCGS website, discounts on Research Team assistance, Jamboree, and SCGS publications from the SCGS Library Store and shopping cart. One copy of The Searcher per household. Upon reaching the age of twenty-five (25), the Youth Member will become an Individual Member and be subject to annual fees in force at that time when the membership comes up for renewal. $ 20 annually

Benefits of Membership

Members
Non-members
In-person use of the SCGS Library and its 40,000+ genealogy resources Free to members, donation gratefully accepted Donation requested
User groups for the most popular genealogy software programs, including Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, The Master Genealogist, and RootsMagic. Free to members Donation requested
Monthly meetings offer a variety of opportunities for learning.

Lunch 'n Learn meetings demonstrate the latest and greatest genealogy techniques. Genealogy classes teach people to be their own family detective. Special ethnic interest groups (African-American, Chinese-American, French-Canadian, German, Hispanic, and Irish) focus on resources available for those populations. General Interest Groups (DNA and Writers Group) give alternate ways of exploring family history and communicating it to family members.
Free to members Donation requested
The Searcher, the Society's award-winning research and family history journal
Free to members $5.00 per issue
Two queries per year, published in The Searcher Free to members Not available
In-Library Wireless Internet for laptop users Free to members Not available

Additional Benefits with Membership

Members
Non-members
Access to members-only portion of the SCGS website

Enjoy 24/7 access to digital achives of The Searcher, the Society's award-winning research and family history journal.
Free to members Not available
24/7 access to selected Jamboree Extension Webinar Series and Jamboree Sessions.

The JES Webinar Series is one of the most celebrated programs of SCGS. An educational choice for anyone with a busy schedule who wants to learn more about ways to find historical information. Archived broadcasts are available 24/7 to all SCGS members.
Free to members Not available

Discounts as a Benefit of Membership

Members
Non-members

Professional Research Team Assistance to help break down your brick walls

10% discount

No discount

SCGS Library Store and online shopping cart discounts for SCGS publications 10% discount No discount
Annual Genealogy Jamboree registration fee discount Significant Cost Savings No discount

DNA testing and collaboration with Family Tree DNA discount

Significant Cost Savings

No discount

Discounted subscription fee with "findmypast.com". Take out a subscription with "findmypast.com" and receive a reduced rate when you use your SCGS member's promotional code. Findmypast currently has more than 850 million U.S. records, and more than 176 billion records in our global collection plus holdings in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Partners include FamilySearch, the Allen County Public Library, the British Library, and the UK National Archives, including the incredible British Newspapers collection, which spans from 1710-1953, and includes thousands of local and regional publications from England, Wales and Scotland. Your subscription will give you access to immigration and naturalization records as well as the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), now exclusively housed at findmypast. Significant Cost Savings No discount

Subscription Benefits with Membership

Members
Non-members
SCGS subscribes to several online genealogical resources as a benefit for our members. Subscriptions are selected based on evaluation of potential usage, cost, and content by the Board of Directors. These “Institutional Subscription” contract durations vary depending on distributor terms and conditions. Databases included in these institutional subscriptions may differ somewhat from those available through individual subscriptions. These online data resources may be accessed by members working onsite at the SCGS Family Research Library.

Free to members Not available
In-Library use of paid subscription databases, including:
Ancestry Library Edition, NEHGS's American Ancestors, Access NewspaperARCHIVE, ProQuest Obituaries, World Vital Records, Fold3, and MyHeritage Library Edition.
Free to members Not available

Some subscriptions provide remote access to SCGS members and are available online in the Members Area. Disclaimer: Remote access to these subscriptions is subject to change or cancellation at any time due to changes in terms and conditions in contracts with the distributors. Continued remote access to these subscriptions is controlled by the distributor and SCGS cannot guarantee their availability.

Members Non-members
24/7 Remote Access to World Vital Records
Through World Vital Records, members can search over 5 billion family history and genealogy records and 28 million family trees. Key collections include U.S. Federal Census images from 1790 to 1940, military records, 1 billion newspaper articles, and many other special local and world databases.
Free to members
Remote access for members
Not available
24/7 Remote Access to Fold3
Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Flag Ceremony from Vietnam War The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world. THIS BENEFIT ENDS NOVEMBER 30, 2014.
Free to members
Remote access for members
Not available
24/7 Remote Access to MyHeritage Library Edition
SCGS Members have convenient remote access to MyHeritage Library Edition™ is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources. Available in 40 languages, MyHeritage Library Edition™ is the industry’s most multilingual family history research database. THIS BENEFIT WILL BEGIN IN DECEMBER, 2014.
Free to members
Remote access for members
Not available