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The British Isles Interest Group of the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) promotes and encourages interest in family history, particularly relating to ancestry in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. We educate and encourage others in British Isles family history through research assistance, a variety of resources, and a community to facilitate the acquisition and exchange of family history research information. At monthly meetings fellow researchers are available to answer questions and provide assistance.

The group meets monthly on the 4th Sunday (except December), 1:00-5:00PM. Our meeting location alternates between the Southern California Genealogical Society Library (SCGS), 417 Irving Dr. in Burbank, and the Los Angeles Family History Library (LAFHL) at 1591 E. Temple Way in Los Angeles (90024). In odd-numbered months we meet at LAFHL; in even-numbered months, at SCGS.

The SCGS British Isles Interest Group was formerly the British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A. (BIFHS-USA).

For further information, contact the British Isles Interest Group leader, Barb Randall, at barbmran@aol.com .

Upcoming events (4)

Finding Jane Mawer: Breaking Through a Brick Wall in 18th-century England

Southern California Genealogical Society

Our speaker will be Ivan C. Johnson -- Lincolnshire-born, long-time genealogy researcher, former president of the British Isles Family History Society – U.S.A., and CSUN Professor Emeritus. Professor Johnson will take you through the frustrations and exultations in the search for his third great grandmother Jane Mawer in rural Lincolnshire, England, detailing the sources he used. Note that this is the first meeting at SCGS. We will alternate meeting locations between SCGS in even-numbered months and the LA FHL in odd-numbered months. As always, there is no December meeting.

Open research day

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library

Open research day. If you bring your family information (pedigree charts and family group sheets with as much information as possible), group members will be better able to assist you in locating information you need to find your ancestors in the British Isles.

Research and French-Canadian presentation

Southern California Genealogical Society

Come early and hear the SCGS French-Canadian group’s presentation on “Ancestors Involved in the Fur Trade in the 17th and 18th Centuries” (10:00–noon). The speaker will be Jerry England, editor of the “Ripples from La Prairie Voyageur Canoes” blog. Have lunch afterward with pizza ($5 contribution/person) or bring your own (noon–1:00) followed by research time (1:00–4:00).

Pot Luck and Show and Tell

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library

Our annual potluck lunch and "show and tell". Bring a dish to share and a story about a new discovery, or an heirloom.

Past events (66)

Open Research Day

Los Angeles FamilySearch Library

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