Southern California Genealogical Society
SCGS INTEREST GROUPS - British Isles Interest Group

SCGS British Isles Interest Group
Meets: 4th Sunday - Even Months (check calendar)
Hours: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Online

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

To attend the meetings, join:
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 | Access Code: 464-872-341

Sunday, February 26, 2023, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Presenter: Lisa Guindon
Presentation: James Urie, a Finsbury Gentleman

Description: Lisa will tell us about a Victorian era ancestor in London with an intriguing occupation. Because James is Lisa's "brick wall" ancestor, she's sought and found documentation in places beyond the usual genealogy sites.

Sunday, April 23, 2023, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Presenter: Darlene Mitchell McClain
The Hunt for William Mitchell, Militiaman of Oxfordshire
Description: Longtime LABIFHS member Darlene McClain gathered up all the information she’d discovered about her MITCHELL ancestors in several trips to the UK, and put them into a book for her myriad cousins to enjoy. From California, beginning with only oral family lore, she traced her father’s father’s family through Oxfordshire back to 1610, with the help of Record Offices and parish registers. (Before 2000 and the advent of miraculous Indexes.) Her tips and problem solutions can help your own research.

Based on a 2003 LABIFHS Journal article before the book was compiled, she presented her discoveries briefly in 2017 at a BIFHS Sharing meeting. Today’s PowerPoint includes responses and additions to the century-spanning adventure of how one brave couple dared journey into the Unknown with a two-year old and a six-months’ old baby.

Sunday, June 25, 2023, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Presenter: Alice Fairhurst
Presentation: Royal Lines Interconnections

Description: As you know, Alice is a brilliant genealogist and well versed in British history. This will be a fascinating presentation.

Sunday, August 27, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Presenter: Laurie Angel
Presentation: Introduction to WikiTree
Description: WikiTree is a free, online, shared family tree, with a mission for accuracy. The learning curve is, however, steeper than with other sites. Laurie will show us the ropes.

Sunday, October 22, 1:30 - 3:30 PM (live from England!)
Presenter: Debbie Kennett, a professional British genealogist and an Honorary Research Associated at University College London. She is also a Master Craftsman of the Guild of One-Name Studies:
Presentation: Tips and Tricks for Genealogy Research in England and Wales
Description: In this talk Debbie will explore some of the key sources and resources for England and Wales. She will provide tips and tricks for working with the available records and look at ways of making the all-important transatlantic connections. The main focus of the talk will be on records from the last 300 years.

Sunday, December 24, 1:30 -3:30
No December meeting. Happy Holidays!

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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.