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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.
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Class: “DNA Basics for Genealogists - How Three Testing Companies Can Change Your Family Tree” Thursday, January 11, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Margie Edinger Room. The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required.
CLASS IS FULL. REGISTRATION IS NOW FOR WAIT-LIST.
General Meeting: “Fun With Maps”, presented by Marcia Murray Holstrom Tuesday, January 16, 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.
From Plat Maps to Historic depictions of trails through the Appalachians, Maps are one of the most valuable tools we use in researching our ancestors. They can prove where those folks were and certainly can prove where there were not.
We will look at lots of maps, do a little group activity and even take a short quiz - all to help you advance your research while looking at Marcia’s favorite works of art - MAPS.
Marcia Murray Holstrom started her genealogy research in 1975 when she wrote a nice long letter to a County Clerk asking for her father’s death certificate. She received her M.A. in Geography from SJSU where she then taught. She taught Geography at DeAnza and Genealogy in the Adult Education Programs in San Jose then Campbell. She has been a member of the SCCHGS for many years and currently serves as the Chair of the Pioneer Society, a lineage society for long time residents of Santa Clara County. Flyer.
Class: “Getting Started with Genealogy” Friday, January 19, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Margie Edinger 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.
Class: “DNA Basics for Genealogists - How Three Testing Companies Can Change Your Family Tree” Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Redwood 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!
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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.