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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.
General Meeting: NOTE THE EARLY START TIME Tuesday, October 18th, 6:45 pm for refreshments and conversation, 7:00-8:30 pm for the business meeting and speaker presentation, in the Margie Edinger Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.
Where I’m From: A prize drawing will be held for those who submitted a poem for the "Where I’m From" Program, and several poems will be read.
Presentation: "Northern California Research" presented by Sean Conley. Flyer The California Gold Rush (1848-1855) began on January 24, 1848. The news of the gold discovery brought some 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad. Learn about several records and resources available that can help you research your California ancestors. This presentation will cover repositories throughout California, important record types, migration routes, cemetery records, beneficial websites, and more. The focus will be Northern California through Monterey Counties and parts of Sacramento.
Sean Conley has been a member of the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County for over ten years now. He is a member of the Santa Cruz Old Timers, Native Sons of the Golden West, and has an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Economics from Santa Clara University. He has used online database technology for genealogical research for close to three decades. Sean has worked on a variety of research projects over the years and specializes in California and Ireland research. He lives is Santa Cruz County.
- Where I’m From: A prize drawing will be held for those who submitted a poem for the "Where I’m From" Program, and several poems will be read.
Class: “Census 101: An Introduction to Searching the US Federal and State Censuses”, October 20, 2016, Thursday, 1:00-3:30 pm, Redwood Room. The class is free and open to all. Registration is required.
Census records are among the most rich and rewarding family history records available. Depending on which census your ancestor is in, you can learn where he or she lived at a particular place or time, learn his or her place of birth, what he or she did for a living, how many times they were married and other bits of valuable information. Each census is a little different than the previous census. In this class you will learn what information is available on each census record. Using this knowledge you can find census information to advance your search for your ancestors. Taught by Dave McCready.
Where I’m From
SCCHGS is collecting your memories, what makes you unique, what shaped the present you.
- “If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.” - Wendell Berry
- George Ella Lyon wrote a poem, Where I’m From that lends itself to simplicity and reminds us of our own experiences.
- Click here for more information and a template you can use for your own poem: WhereImFrom.
Put your experiences into the poetry template, share it with us and we will include you in our drawing for prizes at the October general meeting.
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- Earn for our Society as you shop at Luckys and Food Maxx
- Sign up at escrip.com/luckys
- Provide your name, email and phone number
- Select Santa Clara County Hist-Genea Society
- Or send this info to earn @ scchgs . com
- At the store checkout
- Before payment – Provide your registered phone number
- If you are a Save Smart or Lucky You rewards shopper, when you register your phone number (or 10-digit loyalty ID you use at checkout), or rewards card number (the number on the back of your Save Smart or Lucky You rewards card), we will automatically link your Rewards and eScript accounts. That way you won’t have to choose between shopping for rewards or contributing to eScrip. By linking these accounts, you can earn rewards for both!
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.