Southern California Genealogical Society
ABOUT SCGS - Mission Statement & History



The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) exists to foster the understanding and appreciation of the collective and individual histories, cultures and traditions of our diverse communities, and recognition of their contributions to our dynamic society.

SCGS endeavors to preserve genealogical materials, support ethnic and special interest groups, and to provide education and guidance with accepted and effective research techniques, documentation, and dissemination of family histories.


The Southern California Genealogical Society was organized January 10, 1964. Its current offices are located at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, California.

Through its programs, members are offered the opportunity to extend their knowledge of genealogy through monthly meetings, webinars, on-line databases and special interest groups. The Society business office houses a Family Research Library with over 40,000 volumes including 6,000 family histories. Research resources also include manuscripts, microforms, maps, periodicals and electronic data resources for use by its members and the general public. Library holdings include materials from every state and many countries, with emphasis on Cornwall, French-Canadian, Germany, Hispanic, Irish, and other special collections.

The SCGS Family Research Library has received designation as a FamilySearch Center, as an affiliate of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

The Society is a non-profit corporation and enjoys 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Donations of cash, library materials, or other contribution may qualify as charitable contributions.

The annual Genealogy Jamboree is recognized as one of the premier education and exhibitor events in the United States. It is one of the largest USA genealogy conferences.

As the Society enters its sixth decade, the members of SCGS recognize the responsibility to future genealogists and has created the Southern California 1890 Project that features early records from Los Angeles County and environs.

The continued success of the Southern California Genealogical Society rests in the hands of the members who willingly volunteer their time, their talents, and their financial support.

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We are grateful for the contribution, vision and leadership provided by the past presidents of our Society:

  • 1964 to 1965 Clifford Parmenter
  • 1966 to 1967 Ruth Enyeart Clark
  • 1968 to 1969 Foster Gilbody
  • 1970 to 1971 Margaret C. Fahy
  • 1972 to 1973 Troy A. Reed
  • 1974 to 1975 Donald W. Franklin
  • 1976 to 1981 Berni K. Campbell
  • 1982 to 1983 Robert C. Emrey
  • 1984 to 1986 I. Jean Nepsund
  • 1987 to 1988 Janet T. Jennings
  • 1989 to 1990 Brian C. Smith
  • 1991 to 1992 Virginia P. Emrey
  • 1993 to 1995 Patrick Flanagan
  • 1996 to 1997 John M. O'Neill
  • 1998 Al Lewis
  • 1999 to 2001 Douglas J. Miller
  • 2002 to 2003 Pat Parish
  • 2004 Fred Haughton
  • 2005 to 2006 Pam Wiedenbeck
  • 2007 Paula Hinkel
  • 2008 to 2010 Pam Wiedenbeck
  • 2011 Heidi Ziegler
  • 2012 to 2013 Alice Fairhurst
  • 2014 to 2016 David Burde

Look at some photos of the people who were important in establishing SCGS' early success.

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