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General Meetings and Free Seminars
Our evening general meetings are on the Third Tuesday of the month in the Margie Edinger Room at the Santa Clara City Public Library located at 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, 95951. For directions please see the map.
Please help brighten up our general meetings by providing your suggestions for Speakers or Topics that you would like to see in the future. Please provide a brief description of the topic, the Speaker’s name, their e-mail address, mailing address or Telephone number (if known). Send suggestions to Program Chair.
See also the Library Genealogy Events calendar, listing additional classes presented by the Library, meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIG). See the SCCHGS Calendar for when genealogy volunteers will be available to help you with your research.
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Class: “DNA Basics for Genealogists - How Three Testing Companies Can Change Your Family Tree” Thursday, September 6, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Margie Edinger Room. The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required.
Have you thought about testing your DNA but did not know which test to do? Or, are you one who has tested your DNA, but you don’t know how to use the tools to break through your brick wall? Patricia Burrow will give a basic introduction into DNA testing, covering the four different DNA types. Not sure which company to use to test your DNA? Pat will cover the top three companies to show you what is available from each company and will discuss their strong points and weaknesses. Pam Fujii will walk you through her case study on how she used all three companies. Pam will show you the tools she used to find new family members. We guarantee when you leave the session, you will be thinking of DNA testing in a whole new light! Flyer.
Class: “Getting Started with Genealogy” Thursday, September 13, 2018, 1:00 pm-4:40 pm, Margie Edinger Room. The class is free and open to all. Registration is required. Learn the basics of starting your genealogy research. This class will help you discover what documents you have, what documents you need, and what to do with the information you found. You will learn what is available from vital records, as well as other kinds of records. We will also explain the Family Groups Sheets and Pedigree Charts and show you how to get started in filling them out. We will also give you an introduction into sourcing your information. Taught by Pam Fujii and Dave McCready of the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society. Flyer.
General Meeting: “How to break through brick walls using Guadalajara Dispensations”, presented by Alicia Carrillo Tuesday, September 18, 6:45 - 8:30 pm in the Margie Edinger Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served 6:30 pm.
Our speaker, Alicia Carrillo, will describe how to unlock the ancestries of many of Mexico’s original settler families using the extensive records found in the Archdiocese of Guadalajara. Surprisingly, these records contain more than just marriage dispensations, such as pre-marriage investigations, divorces, land and will records and priest’s holy orders.
Alicia Carrillo is a co-founder of the Nuevo Mundo Historical and Genealogical Society of Silicon Valley. The group focuses on helping people of Latino and Mexican ancestry with their family history, DNA connections and genealogy. Flyer.
General Meeting: “Forced Emigration—Scottish Genealogy Research”, presented by Gail Chaid Tuesday, October 16, 6:45 - 8:30 pm in the Margie Edinger Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served 6:30 pm.
From about 1620-1890 “The Clearances” in Scotland created a steady emigration of Scots and Scots-Irish to America, the Caribbean and Australia. Finding where they lived and studying their journey not only from Scotland but from other countries can be a challenge. This talk will give hints about how to research and where to look for patterns of where ancestors and their records may be. These patterns can be used for researching any ancestor.
Gail Chaid grew up in Ventura, CA. Gail is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo earring a BS, Masters and numerous life teaching credentials. She has researched her maternal family history in Bulgaria. She has also traveled to Scotland to research her family history for a month each time in 2015 and 2017.
General Meeting: “Hidden Women: A History of Europe, Celts and Freedom”, presented by Jacqueline Widmar Tuesday, November 20, 6:45 - 8:30 pm in the Margie Edinger Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served 6:30 pm.
New archeological finds call for another look at women in European history. Ever more convincingly, treasures found in women’s burial chambers show that Europe’s ancient Celts valued females in ways that later empires did not. Archaeology is uncovering vast differences between these family-centric populations and the Roman Empire that fueled its expansion by conquest, occupation and enslavement of Celtic peoples.
Jacqueline Widmar Stewart is a graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan where she received degrees in the French and German languages. She earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Stanford Law School. European studies include a classics program in Athens, Greece, German language at the University of Bonn in Germany and Slovenian language at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.
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Where are we located?
The society is located at the City of Santa Clara Central Park Library in the Heritage Pavilion.
We have a large collection of genealogy resources along with a great historical collection available for the public’s use.
There are volunteer consultants available to introduce patrons to the collection and assist them with their research problems. Check this calendar for consultant availability.