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Ethnic Interest

Representing the region in which we live, SCGS has one of the largest and most diverse selections of ethnic and cultural genealogical groups under one physical and virtual roof in the U.S.

Exploring Our Ancestors

Do you want to learn more about a certain ethnic group or culture from which your immigrant ancestors came? The Southern California Genealogical Society sponsors and supports many ethnic interest groups that reflect our region's rich diversity. Some of our groups have held meetings at our different library and office locations throughout SCGS's six-decade history. New members are always welcome. All group meetings are free to attend in person at the SCGS Family Research Library in Burbank or online. Meeting times and dates are subject to change; check the calendar for updates.

California's Historically Diverse Population

According to the Public Policy Institute of California, no race or ethnic group constitutes a majority of California’s population: 40% of Californians are Latino, 35% are white, 15% are Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% are Black, 4% are multiracial, and fewer than 1% are Native American or Alaska Natives, according to the 2022 American Community Survey. Only five other states (Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, and Maryland) have similarly diverse populations.

One in Eight U.S. Residents Lives in California

With just over 39 million people, California is the most populous state in the U.S.—its population is much larger than that of second-place Texas (31 million) and third-place Florida (23 million). According to the state Department of Finance, Southern California had 21.7 million residents as of July 1, 2023.

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