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Our Saturday, November 1st webinar, has been rescheduled.

Join us on Saturday, November 8th for
Historical Newspaper Research for Genealogists
with Pamela Weisberger

Be astonished by the appearances your ancestors make in old newspapers and journals. Learn how to follow the “paper trail” to mine this under-utilized digital resource covering births, obits, court records and wills. Pamela Weisberger is the program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, president and research coordinator for Gesher Galicia, and was a co-chair the 2010 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. She is a professional genealogist and international speaker, with a specialty in historical newspaper research. She created the Galician Archival Records Project and has researched extensively in Eastern European archives.

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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
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

24/7 access to SCGS's WEBINAR ARCHIVES

One of SCGS's most celebrated resource tools for its members is this ever-growing archive of educational webinars. Listen to recorded lectures about genealogy and family research given by professional genealogical speakers and expert lecturers.

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24/7 access to The Searcher

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. 

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Discount on 12-month subscription to

SCGS members enjoy a discount subscription rate when they sign up with findmypast. 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.

24/7 remote access to:

SCGS Members have convenient remote access to US military records as part of their membership benefits. Features including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the US military.

24/7 remote access to:
SCGS Members have convenient remote access to, an online genealogy site that helps people connect with their family heritage. Members can search for their family information in our collection of over 1 billion names in more than 8,000 hard-to-find databases. Advanced search technology makes accessing these vast amounts of data easy, allowing members to make the most of their valuable time.


SCGS Announces
Winners of the SCGS 2013 GENEii Family History Writers Contest

by Pam Wiedenbeck

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 GENEii Family History Writers Contest! Many thanks to the 59 authors who collectively contributed 79 entries, making this the largest GENEii contest ever. All of the winning submissions will be published in The Searcher during 2014 and 2015 at the editor’s discretion; the preliminary dates of publication are indicated below. The submissions will also appear on the SCGS website after they appear in The Searcher.

    Category 1: submissions from 1,000 to 2,000 words

  • First Place: "Mom's Life" -- John R. Catsis, Silver City, New Mexico
  • Second Place: "First the Chicken" -- Joyce Finn, Bluffton, South Carolina
  • Third Place: "Locked Out" -- DeVonna R. Allison, Burr Oak, Michigan
  • Runner Up: "Varrone" -- Nick Sweet, Shepherd, Texas
  • Honorable Mention: "Uncle John Burleson" -- Jim McLaughlin,Kerrville, Texas
  • Honorable Mention: "Paw Prints on Combat Soldiers' Hearts" -- Robert R. Robeson, Lincoln, Nebraska

    Category 2: submissions under 1,000 words

  • First Place: "Ground Zero" -- Jerry Eckert, Vail, Arizona
  • Second Place: "November 22" -- Evan Guilford-Blake, Stone Mountain, Georgia
  • Third Place: "Christmas Kerfluffle" -- Marla F. Jones, Yukon, Oklahoma
  • Runner Up: "My Grandfather's Grave" -- Thomas L. Stepp, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Honorable Mention: "A Visit to New Orleans" -- Joyce Roberson, West Hills, California
  • Honorable Mention: "A Mountain Rose" -- Felicia Johnson, Ocklawaha, Florida
Programs & Projects
WEBINARS - SCGS is there for you, no matter where you live! Join our twice-monthly webcasts with knowledgeable genealogists to help grow what you know.
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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!

Search our LA Times Obituary Database.
It's a great place to look for family.
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Federation of Genealogical Societies presents
Southern California Genealogical Society with 2013 Award of Merit

At the 2013 annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Fort Wayne, SCGS received an Award of Merit "in recognition of their vision in conference planning and creating year-round benefits for a global audience."

The award, which was presented by FGS president D. Joshua Taylor, was accepted by SCGS vice president Paula Hinkel on behalf of the Society. "It was such a wonderful surprise to receive the award. It's very gratifying to know that the Society's hard work has been recognized by others in the genealogical community."

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