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Join Today and Discover the
Many Benefits
of Membership

Your SCGS membership is the gateway to discovering more about your ancestors in Southern California, the United States, and many other countries. Join a community that shares your interests and passions and will provide research, education, and discussion opportunities. Collaborate, consult, and explore with others who understand the importance of learning about our family histories.

But, My Ancestors Aren't From Southern California

SCGS membership allows you to network with other Southern California family history enthusiasts, researchers, and genealogists. You don't have to have ancestors in Southern California to join! Many of our members have no ancestral ties to the region but join because they live in Southern California and want to learn more about genealogy research and methods. Several of us are first-generation Californians or transplants!

Build a sense of community with others who share a passion for family history and genealogy. SCGS resources are available no matter where you reside.

A FamilySearch Affiliate Library

The SCGS Library is an official FamilySearch Affiliate Library in association with the nonprofit corporation.

More Educational Opportunities
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Genealogy Studies Program

SCGS members receive a 10% tuition reduction for the BU Genealogy Studies Program. SCGS member code: ZOA6T7


Discover more about the Boston University genealogy courses and certificate program.

Free Educational Opportunities

  • Monthly Lunch & Learn with leading genealogists

  • Free exclusive webinars, seminars, and workshops with the world's top genealogists and family history experts. Past presenters include Kitty Cooper, Judy Russell, Daniel Horowitz, and Michael Strauss.

  • Special Interest Groups for ethnic research, DNA, writers, and computer software users. Interest groups include Hispanic, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian.


From left: Daniel Horowitz, Judy Russell, and Kitty Cooper.

Valuable Resources

Free in-library use of online resources. Our Family Research Library holds over 30,000 books and periodicals, maps, and miscellaneous family history files

  • Librarians to help you when you visit

  • Online library catalog

  • Family history research assistance

  • Access to subscription databases


Visitors conduct research at the SCGS Library in Burbank.

Exclusive Opportunities

  • Discounted research team assistance

  • Quarterly e-newsletter, the SCGS Searcher

  • Early registration to the Society's annual Genealogy Jamboree and other educational programs

  • Early notification of regional events

  • Eligibility to vote for society officers and board members in the annual election

  • Special access to our website's "Members Only" section

  • Annual Open House in July

  • Annual Members Meeting and Holiday Party in December

  • Opportunities to network with fellow genealogists


It's a full house for a Jamboree lecture.

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