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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”, August 17, 2016, Wednesday, 1-4:30 pm, Redwood Room. The presentation 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.  Flyer.

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  • Afternoon Seminar: “World War II War Brides”, presented by Beverly Sollars Wednesday, Sept 7, 12:00-5:00 pm in the Redwood Room of the Central Park Library.

  • Class: “Getting Organized”, September 15, 2016, Thursday, 1-4:30 pm, Redwood Room. The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required.  What is documentation? This class will explain what a “source” is and how to document it. We will also explore the organization of your genealogy materials. View how seasoned genealogists organize their materials. We will also review some of the different genealogy reports to help you analyze your findings. Looking for a Genealogy Program for your computer? You will learn what to look for when choosing a computer program.   Flyer.

  • General Meeting: “Your Society, Your Voice.” Tuesday, September 20, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Margie Edinger Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

    Marcia Holstrom will lead a panel addressing questions from Society members. You may bring these questions to the meeting or send them by email to Marcia through the SCCHGS website. We want to hear from YOU! Your contributions to the Society are critical, whether they are about volunteering or giving suggestions for procedures, meetings, or anything else. We will also answer questions involving your research dilemmas if you feel that will help others attending the meeting. Anonymous questions are absolutely okay. There will be a box at the meeting where you can place these. We need you to help us keep this organization vibrant and vital for the Genealogy Community in Silicon Valley...your Society… your voice!

    Marcia Murray Holstrom has been researching her family history since 1975. She is descended from First Families of Ohio and Stephen Hopkins of Mayflower fame. She plans to help the SCCHGS double their membership and become an even more vital part of the Family History community in the South Bay. YOU will definitely need to help with this!

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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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.