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British Isles Interest Group

The Southern California Genealogical Society's British Isles Special Interest Group meets online on the 4th Sunday of even months: February, April, June, August, and October (there is no December meeting) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Check the calendar and social media for updates.

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About Us

The British Isles Interest Group promotes and encourages interest in family history, particularly relating to ancestry in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. We educate and encourage others in British Isles family history through research assistance, a variety of resources and a community in order to facilitate the acquisition and exchange of family history research information.

Everyone with an interest is welcome to participate! For more information contact

To attend the meetings, join:
You can join via phone:
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 | Access Code: 464-872-341


Upcoming Events

April 28

"Irish Records" by
Sheila Benedict

June 23



August 25

"Association Rolls of New York:
Getting Across the Pond" by
Anita Sohus

October 27

"From the Coal Fields of Britain to the Gold Fields of California" by Jim McAuley 

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Cornish Collection

The SCGS Library has an excellent collection of Cornish ancestry records dating back to the 1500s. These records include the celebrated Ross Collection of births, marriages, deaths, and other official government and church records in Cornwall. Our collection also includes records of Cornish miners in California, Michigan, and other areas of the United States where Cornish people worked and lived.

British Isles Interest Group Leader,
Jan Dougall


Number of Immigrants to the United States from Great Britain 1820-1957

Between 1820 and 1957, over 4.5 million people emigrated from Great Britain to the United States. The highest levels of immigrants were during the 1860s to 1880s, with almost 110,000 immigrants in 1888 alone. The period with the lowest levels of migration came in the 1930s and early 1940s, as the Great Depression caused an economic crisis across the globe, hitting the U.S. and Great Britain particularly hard. Economic recovery in the late 1930s caused the migration rate to increase again, before World War II brought the numbers back down in the first half of the 1940s.

O'Neill, Aaron,, 2 Feb. 2024,

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