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The Los Angeles Public Library, SCGS, and GSHA-SC Present

A monthly family history workshop for all research skill levels

Presented by the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and co-sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America--Southern California (GSHA-SC) webinars are offered on the third Saturday of most months (except August and December). Check the calendar for dates and times. Genealogy Garage workshops for family researchers at all levels of expertise are held periodically onsite at the LAPL's Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90071. Join scheduled presentations online, via LAPL's YouTube channel:




Whether you're a beginner or have been researching for years, this is a fantastic opportunity to tune-up your current research skills or learn something new about family history research. Hosted by LAPL genealogy librarian Julie Huffman, monthly programs feature experts, genealogists, and historians who delve into  diverse topics ranging from historical border changes in Eastern Europe, Jewish genealogy, the LAPL's Chinese roots collection, searching for pre-1848 Mexican ancestors, and exploring the vast collections at the Huntington Library in nearby San Marino.

Following onsite presentations, workshop leader and SCGS education chair Charlotte Bocage conducts tours of the LAPL Genealogy Department and provides research assistance after the tour


RSVP: Central Library: (213) 228-7000, request the History and Genealogy department. Provide the date of the Genealogy Garage workshop you want to attend, along with your name, email, and phone number in case the workshop is canceled.

Presentations Will Appeal to All Research Levels
Host of Genealogy Garage
Julie Huffman, Genealogy Librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library

Julie Huffman is the genealogy librarian at the Central Library of Los Angeles Public Library. Over the course of her career at LAPL, she has been a young adult, children’s, and adult reference librarian.  Julie's MLIS is from UCLA and she has a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. The Genealogy and Local History Collection at Central Library is one of the largest on the West Coast, numbering more than 45,000 volumes, including over 10,000 family histories.  LAPL also has many city directories, local histories, database subscriptions, and unique indexes. 

Do You Have an Idea You'd Like to See Covered on  Genealogy Garage? 

Have you been viewing Genealogy Garage for a few years and wondered why we haven't covered your great idea yet? Have you told us about it?


You, us, and everyone might miss the next great genealogical topic. If there is a family history topic you'd like to learn more about and you think others would too, contact Julie at

Upcoming Events

Navigating Chinese Names
Presenter: Clotilde Yap
Presented Saturday, April 20, 2024,
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Clotilde Yap of My China Roots will discuss Chinese naming practices, including female names, names in translation, and the most reliable documents for locating ancestor names in Chinese characters on the MCR database.


Introduction to Chinese Genealogies (Zupu) on My China Roots
Presenter: Clotilde Yap
Presented Saturday, May 18, 2024,
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This session will give an overview of the zupu available on the database and which regions/surnames they cover. My China Roots's Clotilde Yap will present the main sections of a typical zupu, and how to make sense of it if you only know limited Chinese. She will also be taking a closer look at a few of the more popular zupu books as case studies, demonstrating how to figure out if a zupu is relevant or not, how to locate your ancestor's name, and how to extract your lineage from a zupu.


Past Presentations

California Reparations
Presenter: Chris Lodgson
Presented Friday, February 16, 2024

Watch on YouTube

Chris Lodgson, a lead organizer with the Coalition for a Just and Equitable California and the American Redress Coalition of California-- reparations advocacy groups--talked about the current state of reparations in California, what reparations is, and the steps you might need to take to qualify.

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The Best Ways to Use
Presenter: Lauren Wake

Presented Saturday, May 21, 2022
Watch on YouTube

A research specialist for, Lauren's presentation is designed to teach you to employ a variety of search techniques with tips
along the way to help you maximize your results on and find elusive. 


Researching at the Huntington Library
Presenters: Anne Blacksmith, Stephanie Arias, Lei Wei Yang, and Clay Stalls, Huntington Librarians
Presented Saturday, November 19, 2022
Watch on YouTube

The Huntington Library is a world-renowned institution with one-of-a-kind genealogy research resources. Recently, it has eased its access policy to include everyone—find out what they offer and how you can visit! We'll have one or more of their librarians telling us about everything that is new (and very old)!

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