If you are not acquainted with the historical society in your family’s hometown, then you are missing out on some valuable information—especially since all towns are proud of their heritage. Some societies have a museum, photograph files, a database, and are repositories for the town’s oldest records. Others are a website with historical information and lists of cemeteries, churches, etc. All are maintained by members of the community whose goal it is to preserve their town’s history and they are often thrilled to answer your questions.
Your workshop leader will be Julie Lugo Cerra, who is a 6th generation Californian, and a descendant of Francisco Salvador Lugo. Julie, a native of Culver City, where her father was born on the Lugo Ranch, is a founding member and past president of the Culver City Historical Society, and a member of many others. She has served as the Council-appointed City Historian in Culver City since 1996, was appointed to the Historic State Capitol Commission, and was honored to act as the first chair of the Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission. As a researcher, and the author of five books and more than 500 published articles, Cerra believes historical societies can be invaluable to researchers. And she loves to share her methods.
When: Saturday, November 16, 2013 • 11 am – 1 pm
Where: Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071 • History & Genealogy Dept., Lower Level 4
Whether you are a beginner or have been researching for years, here is an opportunity to “tune-up” your current research skills or learn something new about family history research. Genealogy Garage workshops are held at the Central Library of the LAPL in the History & Genealogy Dept. on Lower Level 4 and accessible by escalator or elevator. To RSVP: CALL Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Leave your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled.
Workshop leaders focus on one topic per workshop and the topics are announced on the LAPL calendar of events and via e-mail. Genealogy Garage is designed to be interactive, so bring your questions! Other items to bring: pedigree charts, family group sheets, pens/pencils, paper, and/or your laptop computer. At the end of each workshop there will be a tour of the Genealogy dept. conducted by Charlotte Bocage. Stay and we will help you research afterward. Genealogy Garage workshops are limited to 12 attendees, so please RSVP to Central Library Info: 213-228-7000, then ask for the History and Genealogy Dept. Tell them you are making a reservation for the Genealogy Garage workshop on [give the specific date]. Leave your name and an e-mail address or phone number so you can be notified in case the workshop is cancelled Directions to Central Library and parking info available at http://www.lapl.org/central/.
Park UNDER the library, entering at 524 Flower St. just off 5 Street. You need a LAPL card to receive the $1.00 Saturday parking rate. Apply for the card at the LAPL Circulation Desk when you arrive or at your local LAPL branch. Just bring identification. Show your library card to get your parking ticket validated at the Information Desk before returning to your car.
Please travel light. This is a public building — it is NOT recommended that you leave computers, purses or other personal items unattended while researching.
Questions? Or, if you would like to be a workshop leader, please contact:
Charlotte Bocage/SCGS Education Chair: 323-669-1982 or email@example.com
Donie Nelson/GSHA-SC Outreach Chair: 310-204-6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS), the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California (GSHA-SC), and the Los Angeles Public Library, Richard Riordan Central Library, Genealogy & History Dept.