Southern California Genealogical Society

Genealogy Garage
Hours: 11am-12:15 pm
Location: Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), Central Library,
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4

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Join us at the Los Angeles Public Library, on the third Saturday of each month (except December), from 11 am-12:15 pm. Genealogy Garage workshops for family researchers at all levels of expertise will be held at the Central Library of the LAPL. Whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years, here is an opportunity to "tune-up" your current research skills or learn something new about family history research.

RSVP: CALL Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Give them your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.

Genealogy Garage
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 at 11AM
"Navigation Freedmen's Bureau Records"
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Sharon Batiste Gillins will demonstrate several techniques and resources you can use to find your family within the records and talk about the history of the Freedman's Bureau. This Saturday, the Los Angeles Public Library's Genealogy Garage series (in cooperation with SCGS and CAAGS) will feature a presenter who is an expert in a resource that is invaluable for former slave-ancestry research: The Freedmen's Bureau records. This is Part I of a two-part series--Sharon Batiste Gillins will demonstrate several techniques and resources your members can use to find your family within the records, and she'll also talk about the history of the Bureau.

Join us live on YouTube or Facebook at 11 a.m. PST this Saturday, 10/16--no need to RSVP, just go here on Saturday for the links:

This presentation will only be available to view for up to a month after its live-airing date.

This program was made possible by generous donations from the Central Library Docents, the Southern California Genealogical Society, and the California African American Genealogical Society (three cheers for partnering up with local friends!).

Part II will be presented in November by SCGS and feature Shamele Jordon giving a unique, hands-on workshop with the Freedmen's records (this will be conducted by the SCGS Lunch and Learn program, put on by Charlotte Bocage). Space for Part 2 is limited for this highly interactive portion --a link will be provide for those to RSVP at the end of Sharon's October 16th presentation.

Julie Huffman, Genealogy Librarian
Los Angeles Public Library
630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

Click here to find directions to Central Library and parking info
Park UNDER the library, enter at 524 Flower St. just off 5th Street. You need a LAPL card to receive the $1.00 Saturday parking rate. Apply for the card at your local LAPL or at the Circulation Desk when you arrive. Just bring identification. Show your library card to get your parking ticket validated at the Information Desk before returning to your car. Take the escalator or elevator down to Lower Level 4. We will be near the main reference desk; just ask the library personnel for our location.

Please travel light. This is a public building-it is NOT recommended that you leave computers, purses or other personal items unattended while researching.

Workshop leader Charlotte Bocage is the Education Chair for the Southern California Genealogical Society and is a veteran researcher in archives and libraries across the country. Genealogy Garage is designed to be interactive, so bring your questions! Please RSVP as noted. At the end of each workshop there will be a tour of the Genealogy dept. conducted by Charlotte Bocage. Stay and we will help you research afterward.

Workshops are sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS), the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California (GSHA-SC), and the Los Angeles Public Library, Genealogy & History Department.
SCGS Education Chair: 323-669-1982
GSHA-SC Outreach Chair: 310-204-6808