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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.
Class: “Getting Started with Genealogy” Thursday, September 14, 2017, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm, Redwood 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: “Immigration and Naturalization”, presented by Janice Sellers Tuesday, September 19, 1:45 - 3:30 pm in the Redwood Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served 1:30 pm. Please note the afternoon start time
When researching an immigrant ancestor, finding as much information as possible here in the U.S. is the necessary first step. This class identifies resources and provides tools and strategies to help you make the leap to the “old country.”
Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, black, forensic, and newspaper research. She edits three genealogy publications and serves on the boards of San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, African American Genealogical Society of Northern California, and Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. She is also a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and California Genealogical Society. Before becoming a professional genealogist, she worked in publishing for many years as an editor, indexer, translator, and compositor. Her Web site is ancestraldiscoveries.com. Flyer.
Class: “DNA Basics for Genealogists - How Three Testing Companies Can Change Your Family Tree” Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 1:00-3:30 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!
General Meeting: “Re-creating a fertile desert: genealogical implications of experimental community”, presented by Kerry Rohrmeier Tuesday, October 17, 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.
Black Rock City is a notable ephemeral place in Northern Nevada where 70,000 Burning Man participants (many from the local technology community) come together to annually create an alternative city in the desert. It is a landscape steeped with innovation and experimentation that permits freedom to practice radical cultural values and nontraditional social relationships which challenge traditional genealogical patterns.
Dr. Kerry Rohrmeier is a lecturer in the geography department at San Jose State University and Cal State East Bay. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of Nevada, Reno where she wrote ethnography on Burning Man, and can more recently be found in eastern Nevada developing her own desert utopia.
General Meeting: “Prohibition”, presented by Ray Cosyn Tuesday, November 21, 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.
There is only one amendment that has ever been repealed, and that was the Eighteenth Amendment which spawned the Volstead Act and brought the country thirteen years of prohibition. The 1920s became a period of hypocrisy and bedlam thanks to the passage of the Volstead Act. How did prohibition come about and how did it end? Who were the key figures of the time and what were their roles in stemming the manufacture, sale, and distribution of intoxicating beverages? How did the California wineries survive and why was the act repealed? All of these and more questions will be answered in this fascinating presentation.
Ray Cosyn holds a Master’s degree in American History from San Jose State University. He is a retired sales and marketing executive, having worked for IBM, Hitachi and several startup companies. Ray has spoken to numerous civic groups on topics ranging from the Civil War to World War II. He is on the board of directors of the Saratoga History Foundation and is a spokesperson on the history of America.
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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.