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General-Interest Groups

 Something for Everyone 


 DNA Interest Group 

Formed in 2005, the DNA Group was one of the first groups in the U.S. to focus on educating and assisting members in understanding the DNA testing processes and interpreting their results. DNA analysis and genetic genealogy are popular and powerful methods of identifying biological relatives and criminals.  


Hybrid meetings are held quarterly on the 5th Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For 2023: April 29, July 29, and September 30. Email for more information or check the calendar for updates.

 Brick Wall Group 

SCGS sponsors the Brick Wall Group, which meets on the second Saturday of most months following the monthly Lunch & Learn program. From about 3:30 to 5 p.m. we tackle what are commonly referred to as "brick walls"--which nearly everyone who researches their ancestors has encountered. This article from Family Tree suggests 10 ways to try to solve those perplexing brick walls.  


Join facilitator Charlotte Bocage and other family history researchers for these fascinating sessions at the SCGS Library in Burbank. Check the SCGS calendar for lecture topics and updates.

Brick Wall
Virtual Team Meeting

 SCGS Writers Group 

Beginning and experienced writers learn how to weave historical events and social customs to enliven the names and dates attached to our ancestors. You'll learn how to "show" rather than "tell", refine and streamline stories, describe historical events and social customs, and edit wordy passages into an unforgettable family history.

Headed by writer and professor Jennifer Taylor, the SCGS Writers Group meets online the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. Check the calendar for updates.

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