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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), and times when genealogy volunteers will be available to help you with your research.
General Meeting: “Life Story Writing”, presented by Craig Siulinski Tuesday, March 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.
Sharing our family history with future generations needs to be one of our goals for the preservation of all of our careful research. Craig Siulinski will help us explore ways to do that.
In his presentation, Craig will offer suggestions on writing, publishing, and even sharing our information using several mediums, including blogs. Craig is the author of three blogs relating to genealogy and family history including August Legacy dedicated to his maternal grandfather, Auguste Albert of Westbrook, Maine. Craig will tell us about his new venture, Sharing Legacies, which is an effort to help families preserve and share their stories now and for generations to come. Flyer.
Class: “Getting Organized” Thursday, March 22, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm, Redwood Room. The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required.
Learn the basics of starting your genealogy research. 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.
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Class: “Getting Started with Genealogy” Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1:00 pm-4:40 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.
General Meeting: “Writing History With Genealogy”, presented by Mary Boyle Tuesday, April 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.
Not only does the Santa Clara City Library have resources for genealogists, but you will also find two other great repositories within 10 miles. In addition to the Santa Clara City Library, the Santa Clara University Archives and the California History Room at San Jose Public Library have material that can help you further your research. Come to this meeting and learn more.
Mary Boyle has been researching her family since 1981. So far she has traced her ancestors from Wisconsin back to Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ireland and England, but she still hasn’t found the Germans in Europe. She is currently in her dream job as a Local History/Genealogy Librarian. Earlier in her career, she taught in library school programs and worked in academic libraries.
General Meeting: “Read All About It! Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research”, presented by Janice Sellers Tuesday, May 15, 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
Newspapers are valuable in genealogical research because you can find information about births, marriages, deaths, moves, businesses, naturalizations, court cases and more. Millions of pages of the world’s newspapers are now accessible online, but there is no one place to find them all. This class gives an overview of what is available online and techniques to help improve your chances of finding information about your relatives.
Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in Jewish, black, forensic and newspaper research. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the California Genealogical Society.
General Meeting: “Using Third-Party Tools to Analyze DNA Results”, presented by Christine Bell Green Tuesday, June 19, 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.
DNA testing companies have tools (chromosome browsers or family trees) to help you compare your DNA to that of other testers, and some of them are good. However you can’t compare your DNA to testers at other companies, and it can be expensive to test at multiple companies. That is where third-party tools come into play. This talk will explore the use of GEDmatch and other third-party tools to analyze DNA and compare and contrast these new tools with what’s available at Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe and My Heritage.
Christine Bell Green has a professional learning certificate in Genealogical Studies from the University of Toronto. She is a ProGen graduate and an alumnus of the Salt Lake Institute, the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogy Research Institute of Pittsburgh, where she studied advanced genealogy and advanced DNA analysis. She is a professional researcher who teaches genealogy in Palo Alto and at the Mountain View/Los Altos Adult Schools.
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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.