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The People Who Make the SCGS Family Research Library Possible

Librarians, Volunteers, & Support Staff

The Family Research Library of the Southern California Genealogical Society depends on its many volunteers to make the library a reality. Librarians assist visitors by finding materials, suggesting sources, and answering questions. They also troubleshoot phone calls, reshelve books, transact sales, and open and close the library. When the library is closed, staff members index, digitize, and organize for the next day.

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They Make Your Research Easier

Library Staff

When you visit the library, ask a volunteer for assistance. They'll help set you on the right path in your research. Curious about what's located where? Request a tour of the library.

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Together We Can Do So Much


Since we opened our doors in 1964, the Southern California Genealogical Society has relied on our volunteers.

For decades, dedicated librarians and staff have

done everything from answering phones and making photocopies to curating, organizing, and operating the library to serve on-site researchers. In recent decades, we've adapted to the ever-changing tools and techniques that present technological, methodological, and ethical issues that are challenging to navigate. We help our

visitors and researchers with everything from old family documents to advanced online search methods

for finding ancestors. 

The best way to pursue happiness is to help other people. Because there’s nothing else that will make you happier.” — George Lucas

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