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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: “Basic, Basic DNA - How Three Testing Companies Can Change Your Family Tree”, Monday, June 20, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, Margie Edinger Room, Santa Clara Central Library.

    Have your thought about testing your DNA but did 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. She will cover the four different types - Y-DNA, mtDNA, Autosomal and X DNA. 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 what are their strong points and weaknesses.    After learning about the different testing companies, 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!

    Registration: All classes are free, but you must pre-register. No walk-ins will be accepted. Registration Closes June 18, 2016. Register.

  • DNA Special Interest Group, Monday, June 20, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Margie Edinger Room, Santa Clara Central Library.

    SCCHGS will be starting a DNA Special Interest Group (SIG) in June. The meetings will be discussion groups rather than classes and will be a forum for us to learn from each other. There will not be formal presentations but members may wish to present their independent findings to help the rest of us understand the sometimes complicated and mysterious world of DNA. Join us as we kick off our first meeting and test the waters to see if there is enough interest to continue the exercise. DNA is an excellent tool to use in conjunction with our genealogy research. It does not replace systematic investigation and establishment of facts, but does enhance our results.

    Those interested in attending this special interest group please register. You do not need to attend the Basic Basic DNA class. Register

  • General Meeting: “An Introduction to Research in the Southeastern United States”, presented by Richard Rands. Tuesday, June 21, 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.

    Regional research in the U.S is often focused on New England, the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic States or Southwestern states. This presentation will cover the interplay among states of the Southeastern U.S. Those attending will learn about the broad aspects of the Southeast which includes the Carolinas and into the deep South.

    Richard Rands is currently the director of the Los Altos Family History Center, and is president of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group. For over 35 years he has been active in teaching genealogy classes covering European and North American research techniques. He teaches for the Mountain View/Los Altos Adult Education department (MV/LAAE), the Campbell Adult and Community Education department (C.A.C.E.), and the Peninsula Volunteers at Little House in Menlo Park, as well as for the Family History Centers at Los Altos and San Jose.


  • General Meeting: “So You Have Tested Your DNA-Now What?”, presented by Christine Bell Green Tuesday, July 19, 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.

    In 2015, more genealogists have tested their DNA than in any previous year.’s DNA database has already topped 1.5 million samples, 23andMe’s is well over a million and Family Tree DNA’s is increasing in size. How do you connect to your genetic cousins? This presentation will focus on some strategies to help you find the matches.

    Christine Bell Green, Ph.D., PLCGS, a biochemist, has been researching her family for fifteen years and is a professional genealogist, researcher and teacher. She has recently taken courses on using DNA analysis as a genealogical tool. She uses DNA analysis as one of many tools to further her own genealogy research.


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

  • 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.