In person or call the Central Library: 213-228-7000, and ask for the History & Genealogy Department.
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.