Southern California Genealogical Society
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS - Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn, SCGS Educational ProgramLooking for a place to learn more about genealogy and how to do family research? Lunch & Learn is simply the best place to do just that. Free and open to the public, it is one of the SCGS's most popular educational programs. Join us soon. Please note, tThe library is NOT open for research during Lunch & Learn hours.

Lunch and Learn lectures are currently Online Only. Please check our website and lecture flyer for more details. COVID-19 restrictions require masks and vaccination cards to enter the library.


FREE - ONLINE
Saturday, February 11, 2023 - ONLINE ONLY*
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1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Speaker - Sharon Gillins
"African Americans in the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.)- Their Lives, Experience and Records"

Using the records of the WPA to research African American families during the Depression era; lecture covers their experience, major projects of genealogical value, how to obtain personnel records and how to use finding aids to locate WPA collections.

Sharon Batiste Gillins has been a passionate family history researcher and genealogy educator for more than 25 years. Her teaching and research emphasize strategies that researchers can use to locate and analyze underutilized record groups for African American family research.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Speaker - Marti Lewis
"Identifying & Researching your Ancestors Who Served in the Military"


This presentation aims to research the dates on your pedigree chart,
census, and death records to identify your ancestors who may have served
in the military. The war timeline will also tell you which war your
ancestor may have served.

Marti Lewis is a compelling and influential voice in the genealogy community. She has been featured, quoted, profiled, and published in several major media publications. She’s also the President of the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group.

PLEASE NOTE INFORMATION BELOW:
Please register at least one-hour ahead, click on link below:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7040095314879736413

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

FREE. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.
For any questions, please contact Charlotte rubymoon01@yahoo.com


FREE - ONLINE
Saturday, March 11, 2023 - ONLINE ONLY*
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1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Speaker - Diana Crisman Smith
"The Last Vital Event:
Finding Even More Beyond the Death Certificate"

Is the death certificate REALLY the last document in a person's life? There are records leading up to the death; there are the records at the time and surrounding death; there are also records AFTER death.

Diana Crisman Smith began researching in childhood, and has been researching, speaking, writing, and teaching ever since. She has presented at conferences around the country (in person and virtually), and at sea, and is currently enjoying "traveling" through virtual programs.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Speaker - Hal Horrocks
"Cemeteries - What We Can Learn"

This lecture will discuss what we can learn from our visit to a cemetery. Through careful examination and a little research, you will be able to read the cemetery and all the great history that is available to the knowledgeable eye.

Hal Horrocks is a professional genealogist, teacher, author and lecturer. He has been doing family research for over 25 years and is a member of several genealogical societies in the US and UK. He is the current past president of the Orange County California Genealogical Society and still a board member dealing with special events and projects.

PLEASE NOTE INFORMATION BELOW:
Please register at least one-hour ahead for the FREE SCGS Lunch and Learn for March 11, click on the link below:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/832102031363485528

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

FREE. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.
For any questions, please contact Charlotte rubymoon01@yahoo.com


FREE - ONLINE
Saturday, April 8, 2023 - ONLINE ONLY*
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1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Speaker - Nancy Loe, MA, MLS
"Organize Like an Archivist:
Taming Your Genealogy Records and Research"

This presentation helps you put your family history research in order. Learn simple and effective strategies to organize and link your digital files and paper records, using the same principles as professional archivists. No need for color codes, numbering systems, or other complicated schemes with this archives-based system. And when your records are organized, you can spend more time on research.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Speaker - Nancy Loe, MA, MLS
"Think Like an Archivist:
Finding Genealogy Records in Libraries and Archives Worldwide"

Discover genealogy records held in archives in the US and worldwide. Learn how archivists make collections accessible through online archives portals and digital finding aids. Find out effective search terms to use in archives portals. Specific URLs for regional, state, national, and worldwide archival portals are included.

Nancy E. Loe is a professional archivist and genealogist, who writes and lectures at the National Genealogical Society, RootsTech, SCGS Jamboree, Legacy Family Tree, and genealogy conferences in the US, Canada, and Australia. Visit her site to see all she features. Nancy also provides expert guidance on information management and research skills.

PLEASE NOTE INFORMATION BELOW:
Please register at least one-hour ahead for the FREE SCGS Lunch and Learn for April 8, click on the link below:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3402191769592258905

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

FREE. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.
For any questions, please contact Charlotte rubymoon01@yahoo.com


FREE - ONLINE
Saturday, May 13, 2023 - ONLINE ONLY*
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ASIAN PACIFIC ISLAND HERITAGE MONTH DAY AT SCGS
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. - Speaker - Katrina Lacerna
"Find Out What Is at The Asian Pacific Resource Center for You"

The Asian Pacific Resource Center (APRC) established in 1979, is a special collection of the LA County Library located in the Rosemead Library. The collection is on the Asian American/Pacific Islander American experience, with core holdings on the history, art, and culture.

Katrina Lacerna is the Asian Pacific Resource Center Librarian.

1:25 - 2:25 p.m. - Speaker - Diane Henriks
"FILIPINO GENEALOGY: TRACING YOUR FILIPINO ROOTS"


Diane Henriks is a professional genealogist, investigator, speaker, and author, specializing in descendancy and brick wall research. She has worked closely with private investigators to find living people, while also assisting in civil and criminal investigations. She's a member of APG and SCGS. What started out as a small hobby over a decade ago, when a hand drawn family tree chart was given to her, has since become a great obsession!

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. - TO BE ANNOUNCED

PLEASE NOTE INFORMATION BELOW:
Please register at least one-hour ahead for the FREE SCGS Lunch and Learn, click on the link below:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8817691156668112984

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

FREE. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.
For any questions, please contact Charlotte rubymoon01@yahoo.com


FREE - ONLINE
Saturday, June 10, 2023 - ONLINE ONLY*
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1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Speaker - Karen Fortin
"WorldCat and ArchiveGrid Finding Books, Manuscripts, and More"

WorldCat and ArchiveGrid are free online resources that allow you to identify and locate a rich treasure trove of books, manuscripts, and other print materials that could prove invaluable in your genealogical research.

Karen A. Fortin has degrees in History and Library Science and a passion for research. She is a member of various genealogical societies and loves to help people explore their family's history and the world in which they lived.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Speaker - Eowyn (Langholf) Walker
"What is this WikiTree I Keep Hearing About?"

Celebrating its 15th year in 2023, WikiTree is a community of members on a mission to grow one free, accessible, accurate, shared tree that connects us all. Learn what the site has to offer and how you can get involved.

Eowyn (Langholf) Walker has been the Forest Elf (General Manager) of WikiTree.com for 10 years. Genealogy has been an interest since she was 14 and she's been working at it professionally for the last 13 years.

PLEASE NOTE INFORMATION BELOW:
Please register at least one-hour ahead for the FREE SCGS Lunch and Learn for June 10, click on the link below:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3409908142196060256

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

FREE. The library will not be open for research. Times are approximate.
For any questions, please contact Charlotte rubymoon01@yahoo.com


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We regret that there will be no Field Trip this year to the National Archives in Riverside. They are no longer open on the first Saturday of the month.

We provide you with this general information below, so that you may arrange your own visit to this very important historical facility.

The National Archives at Riverside,
23123 Cajalco Road, Perris
Phone: (951) 956-2000
Email: riverside.archives@nara.gov

Open Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Textual research room closes at 4:00 P.M. (last pull is 3:00 P.M.)
No appointment is necessary, however, they can better serve you if you call in advance of visiting.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government. Those valuable records are available to you.