Wednesday, September 25, 2013


SLIG’s Early-Bird Registration is only weeks away, ending on October 31, 2013! Ensure you get yourself a spot in one of the few remaining courses. The following courses still have seats left:

  • American Research and Records: Focus on Families
  • Credentialing: Accreditation, Certification, or Both?
  • Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum
  • Problem Solving
  • Utilizing Social History
  • Researching in Eastern Europe 

Immerse yourself in a specific genealogical topic for a week-long educational opportunity that is unparalleled. Many of the courses are interactive and highlight on site research at the Family History Library (FHL) as well as one-on-one consultations with the course coordinators and instructors. These individuals are genealogical experts and provide guidance and insight that may help you overcome those brick walls and move forward with your research.

Attendees have time to explore Salt Lake City’s many attractions as well as spend time outside of the course researching at the FHL. The library is a short walk from the Institute’s location and, if available, the Radisson often provides shuttle service to the library.

Another benefit of joining SLIG this year is the ability to attend the Association of Professional Genealogist’s Professional Management Conference (PMC), which will be held the Friday and Saturday before the Institute begins. You can experience two great events being held back-to-back at one location! 

Sign-up before October 31st and you will save over 10% off your registration. Become a member of UGA and increase your savings even more. The registration page can be accessed at

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Join us Saturday for a Virtual Meeting!

Saturday we are having our first virtual meeting with a great topic. 

Join us on Saturday, September 14th at 6:00 pm (9:00pm EDT) for Evernote for Genealogy Professionals with Caroline  Pointer of

Sign-in information will be emailed.  Feel free to contact Gena Philibert-Ortega if you do not receive it.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Join us at Jamboree!

Going to Jamboree? We are!  Join us for our next meeting  at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree on Saturday, June 8th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.  In the Jamboree schedule we are session SA050. This is an informal meeting where we welcome potential members and network. 

We also have a booth at Jamboree this year. Come visit us in the Exhibit Hall and learn more about SCCAPG. 

Are you a member of SCCAPG? We welcome you to bring your brochure or flyer to place on our table in the Exhibit Hall. We want to help get the word out about your services, presentations, publications, etc. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Research Location - Torrance Public Library

The Torrance Public Library has several locations in the City of Torrance. The main library, also known as the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, is located at 3301 Torrance Boulevard.  Hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. During the school year (September to June), the library is also open most Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Their telephone number is (310) 618-5959; click here for their website.

The Torrance Public Library has microfilm for the following newspapers:
·        Daily Breeze (the local paper) – 1976 to present
·        Los Angeles Times – 1966 to present
·        New York  Times – 1961-1999
·        Washington Post – 1988-1999

In addition, you can search the Historical Newspapers Index of the Torrance Herald and the Torrance Press (1913-1969) and Historic City and Phone Directories (1922-1975) here.

The library also offers an obituary request service through their website. Click here for additional information.

Of particular interest to genealogists is the collection of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society which is housed in a dedicated area on the lower level of the library. The collection contains many books of interest and there is an extensive periodical collection representing almost every state and some foreign countries as well. The society has volunteers on hand in the library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A partial list of the periodicals held can be found on the society’s website. The society holds its general membership meetings in the library’s community room on the third Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Research Location - Georgina Cole Library - Part 2

If you personally visit the library you must sign in at the Genealogy Reference desk to use research collection. 

The Library has a circulating collection of genealogy books. The Genealogy collection has an extensive local history collection from all over the United States.  They also have some specific family histories, see  online catalog for details.  The library provides researchers with a call number guide which lists the call numbers for each state.  Do not overlook the microfiche and microforms collection. 

To find non-circulating items in the collection, search the Carlsbad City Library catalog. The online catalog allows you to save catalog items: the “saved” list section option includes, sorting, viewing catalog selections in brief or full,  print formatted, and email. You can save your choice items  in the catalog and email the list to yourself or print them. Also, within the search results screen you can choose “limit search” where you can type the desired search term in the “search for” box, under “library” choose “Carlsbad City Library-Cole” and under the collections drop down menu choose “Genealogy” . The “type” box signifies the type of item you are looking for like a book or a database.


Family Newsletters (limited years and volumes, see card catalog online)
Genealogy Society Newsletters (limited years and volumes, see card catalog online)
General Interest Genealogy

Internet Genealogy (from publishers of Family Chronicle)
Family Tree Magazine (Beginning to Intermediate Genealogy researcher)
Family Chronicle (Intermediate to Advanced level; Printed in Canada)

The Genealogist
Ancestral News 1976-1985 microform
American Ancestors (NEGHS)
NGS News Magazine
The New England historical and genealogical register : index of persons, volumes 51-148

If you are a California resident you can get a library card: present a valid photo I.D. and proof of mailing address from an envelope or bill.
The Genealogy library offers remote access to Heritage Quest with a Carlsbad Library card. They also offer in library access to Newspaper Archive, American Ancestors, Ancestry Library Edition and Fold3.  

 Your library card also entitles you to use the e-book borrowing system (Overdrive).  Before you use this system you must have an e-book reader program like Adobe Digital Editions. [Download a borrowed  ebook into the ebook-reader program, synch with an ebook reader like Kindle or Nook and transfer the ebook to your mobile device]

 General Reference Center Gold Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Articles from nearly 6,000 magazines, newspapers, and reference books.
ProQuest Newspapers  full text articles:
Los Angeles Times (1985-current)
The New York Times (June 1980-present)
New York Times Magazine (1986-present)
The Wall Street Journal (1984-present)

User Guides for Carlsbad Georgina Cole Genealogy Collection
Genealogy staff have created user guides to assist patrons in using some of the more complex or difficult sources in the collection. (.PDF format) 

City Directories User Guides

 State Census User Guides

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Research Location - Fallbrook Historical Society

The Fallbrook Historical Society is located at 260 Rocky Crest Rd., Fallbrook, CA (at the corner of Rocky Crest and Hill St., entrance on Hill St.).  It is open on Thursday and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM and by appointment.  Phone 760-723-4125.  Their website is  The museum is free but they love donations.

There are three buildings on the grounds: the main museum with includes a research area, the Pittenger House, and the Barn.  These buildings hold an amazing collection of artifacts, mostly from the Fallbrook area.  They are arranged in collections and include such things as the organ from the old original Baptist Church, miniature replicas of early Fallbrook buildings, housewares, farm implements, antique cars, Native American artifacts, and the Pittenger House which is an old Victorian house that has period furnishings.  It was once the home of William Pittenger, a Methodist Minister and Civil War soldier.  And much more!

Of even more interest to genealogists are the research materials.  There are history books of Fallbrook, San Diego Co., and California.  There is a nice collection of Fallbrook High School yearbooks.  There are cemetery records and records of clubs that have met in Fallbrook.  And more.  In addition to the book collection, there are files of information on various early Fallbrook families.  And they have a nice collection of pictures of early Fallbrook and early Fallbrook settlers.  A very interesting place!

Submitted by Sue Roe

Monday, October 15, 2012

Research Location - Georgina Cole Library, Part 1

1250 Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008 
Genealogy Desk: (760) 434-2931 
Genealogy hours Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
 Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Parking is free and is usually not a problem except for the first and third Tuesdays of each month when the North County Genealogical Society has meetings at 10am.

The library has one high speed scanner which uses a flash drive, microfilm machines, microfiche machines, photocopiers, computers for genealogical use only and wireless internet access inside of the library.

Photocopies are 20 cents per copy and color copies are $1.00 each. No food or drink is allowed inside the library although there are picnic tables and seating outside. There are two collections at this location: The Carlsbad History Room (first floor) Georgina Cole Library Genealogy Collection (second floor).

Overview of the Carlsbad History room:

The Carlsbad History room is located on the bottom floor, behind the magazines in the Carlsbad Georgina Cole Library.



Carlsbad Champion, January 1926 – December 1927
Carlsbad Journal, January 1928 – December 1992
Carlsbad Sun, January 1993 – December 1995
North Coast Advertiser, March 5, 1975 – February 1981
Oceanside Blade, October 1892 – April 1930
Additionally, a microfilm collection of the short-lived weekly newspaper Carlsbad Sea Lion is available (December 10, 1887 – June 23, 1888).
Excerpts from the Plain Truth/Spirit of Love newspaper are available (June 1884 – December 1922). These were compiled by Robert Baird.

Examples are on the website:
More than 4,700 photos are available for historical research. Some photos are available via patron provided portable storage device. Historical photos can be viewed by appointment.

Zahniser Family 1882 – 1906, 1930; Shipley and Magee 1886 – 1954; Roberts 1942