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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 on Homestead Road. 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: "Organization and Sharing: You Can't Have One Without the Other", February 16, 2016, Tuesday, 7pm, Margie Edinger Room, presented by Marcia Murray Holstrom, RGT. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Marcia Murray Holstrom, RGT will share with us some lessons learned in her forty years of family research and help us understand why organization and sharing are inextricably linked.


"Scanning and Photo Recovery", March 2, 2016, Wednesday, 1-3pm, Margie Edinger Room, presented by Jim Hodges. The presentation is free and open to all.

This is a make up talk that was first scheduled in Sept. 2015. Bring your faint and troubled photos for assistance as time allows. Jim is an experienced photographer and genealogist.


"Getting Started", March 9, 2016, Wednesday, 1-4:30pm, Redwood Room. The presentation is free and open to all.

Registration is required. Flyer (pdf).

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.


General Meeting: "Connecting People to Their Diverse Family Heritage", March 15, 2016, Tuesday, 7pm, Margie Edinger Room, presented by Linda Harms Okazaki. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Linda Harms Okazaki will talk about the importance of embracing the assorted ethnic backgrounds of our society members as well as the community at large. She will use Japanese American records as an example.

Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation San Franciscan with a background in education. An active member of the genealogical community in California and beyond, she is passionate about teaching Nikkei how to to research, document, and share their personal family histories. Okazaki is a member of several genealogical associations, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the California Genealogical Society, and the Nikkei Genealogical Society.

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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.