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Due to illness of our Sept. speaker on Photo Recovery this will be rescheduled on a date in 2016. The DNA speaker moved out of state and this afternoon presentation is being discussed for Jan. or Feb. 2016. Please watch our web site for further information. —T. Gentry

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 on Homestead Road. 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.


General Meeting: "Alex Haley's Roots: An Author's Odyssey", October 20, 2015, Tuesday, 6pm, Margie Edinger Room, presented by Adam Henig. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

¨Roots¨ the book and mini series, which aired in 1977, transformed the world of Genealogy in ways that no one could have predicted. Unfortunately, the legacy of Roots has been upended by the controversy surrounding Haley's plagiarism charges, causing people to wonder what happened to him. Adam Henig, of Gilroy, CA, will share his research and interviews, and will recount the highs and lows of Alex Haley's life with sympathy, addressing the critiques honestly.


General Meeting: "Society of The California Pioneers of Santa Clara County", November 17, 2015, Tuesday, 6pm, Margie Edinger Room, presented by Jonna Baker. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Jonna Baker's presentation will be on the works of this society, which was established in Santa Clara County in 1875. She will cover past projects, current projects and an update on the new Museum in the Roberto Adobe and Sunol House on Lincoln Avenue in San Jose. Jonna will also tell us how to become a docent if you are interested!

The Pioneers participate in a hands-on program for school children run by History San Jose. They also run the Pioneers Film Archive, which is busy collecting, restoring, preserving, and digitizing local motion pictures and still photos to share with the public. Additionally, this society has created Quick Response bar codes for websites that have been placed at sites around Santa Clara County so that smart phone users can access the history of the resource in front of them. More information about the Pioneers and their community projects can be found at

Jonna Baker has been a Santa Clara County resident all her life and enjoys volunteering in the community. She is Volunteer Coordinator for her society at the Paulson House in History Park in San Jose, and she enjoys learning of the history here before it became Silicon Valley.

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  • S.H.A.R.E.S. card
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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.

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