LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

Southern California Genealogical Society

Southern California Genealogical Society, 417 Irving Drive
Burbank, CA 91504

Contact: Charlotte Bocage, Director, Education Chair
Phone: 818.843.7247
Fax: 818.843.7262

Institution Type: Archive, Library, Non-profit Organization, Private Collection, Research Center/Institution

Web site:
Facebook Page:!/pages/Southern-California-Genealogical-Society-and-Family-Research-Library/95478686383?ref=ts
Twitter: scgsgenealogy
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Archives and Collections

The SCGS Library holds nearly 40,000 volumes, with a relatively small portion of the material related to LA. We have published indices to cemetery records, vital (birth, death and marriage) records, and immigration and naturalization. We provide free access to some data on our website.

The Society is in the midst of a project to recreate the 1890 Census for Los Angeles County. The census records were lost in a fire in Washington DC, and our project is an attempt to recreate this valuable historical and genealogical resource. The 1890 data base will include vital records (births, deaths, marriage); cemetery records; city directories for the communities in the county; immigration and naturalization records; military records; voting records (Great Register); educational records; educational, social and fraternal societies; personal family records; and the flagship data, an every-name index of the Los Angeles Times from January 1, 1890 through December 31 of that year. New sources, as they are uncovered, will be added to this rich resource.

Regions Covered: Located in the San Fernando Valley. Holdings include Los Angeles County as well as genealogical material from throughout the US, England, Germany, Canada, and other countries.

Type of Materials: Audio Recordings, Books, Databases, Diaries/Journals/Personal Papers, Digital Files, Directories, Ephemera, Manuscripts, Maps, Microfiche/Microfilm, Newspaper Clippings, Unprocessed/Unknown

Time Periods: Pre-1848, 1848-1899, 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English, French, German, Numeric, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, College/University Faculty, Community Service Organizations, Education, Employment, Gender Specific, Homeless, Labor Unions, Musicians, Politics/Government, Professional, Religious, Seniors, Sports, Students, TV/Film/Radio, Veterans, Youth, African Descent, Asian Descent, European Descent, Jewish Descent, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Middle Eastern Descent, Native American Descent/Indigenous, Multiethnic, At or Below Poverty Level, Lower to Middle Income, Middle to Upper Income, Highest Income


Repository/Depository: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Class Visits, Conferences/Conventions, Internet, Mailings, Newsletter, Online Catalog, Public Lectures & Programs, Publications, Word of Mouth