Southern California Genealogical Society

The Southern California Genealogical Society Research Teams are highly qualified volunteers who conduct specialized research for you for a nominal fee.

Our resources include our library’s extensive collection of over 40,000 books, thousands of microforms and CDs, and a host of up-to-date electronic resources.

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Cost for non-member is $20/hr and cost for members is $18/hour (members receive a 10% discount on the hourly rate).
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  • Specialties of Our Society: California & Los Angeles County Research
    In our own geographic area, we can offer clients information on the vital areas of birth, death and marriage, plus newspaper obituaries. We also have extensive records of people coming to the California Gold Rush, their names being on ship records, overland wagon train lists, and the newspapers of the day. SCGS also produced an 1852 census for the new State of California.

    Additional areas of research include:

    United States Research
    Our collection has materials for almost every county in the United States. This makes our library, and its research team, well positioned to conduct studies on your ancestors as they migrated to and around this country.
    • Revolutionary War Ancestors - if your ancestor was born before 1765 there is a strong possibility that he served in the Revolutionary War.

    • American Colonial Wars - Thousands of Americans from Maine to South Carolina fought in the many Colonial Wars from the Pequot War in 1637 to the French & Indian Wars ending in 1762.

    • Massachusetts Town Records – Vital Records listing births, marriages & deaths have been compiled for most of the towns of Massachusetts up to 1850.  SCGS has over 200 of these town records.

    • California Gold Rush - Our records include the names of peoples coming overland and by ship; many names were recorded in the newspapers of the day.  In addition to the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Censuses, we have the California Census for 1852.

    • Los Angeles County Records searches – births, marriages, deaths in Los Angeles County and California; newspaper obituaries.  

    • Personalized research - we are prepared to help you knock down those block walls.  Tell us about your research puzzles and we will attempt to help you solve them.
    Cornish Records Search
    SCGS has one of the great collections of Cornish ancestry records, many of which go back to the 1500s. These records include the celebrated Ross Collection of births, marriages, deaths and other official records of Government and Church in Cornwall. A search can also be made of the Cornish miners of California and Michigan and other areas where Cornish people were involved.

    French-Canadian Research
    We are the home of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of California and one of the largest collections of French-Canadian resources in the USA. Our researchers will search the Blue and Red Drouin, Jette, Tanguay, PRDH, and the marriage records of the 1000 parishes, and the many other FC resources we have to help you document your ancestry.

    Germanic Research
    We have one of the largest and most unique collections of Germanic sources in the country, including the 30-year collection of Walter Hilbig of Heritage Quest and the FHL in Salt Lake and that of the former German Genealogical Society of America now owned by SCGS.  Our 3,000+ books, CD's, databases and manuscripts, plus experienced researchers, can help you with names, brick walls, and villages from Alsace-Lorraine to East Prussia and beyond with sources ancient and brand-new.