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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: “Getting Started” Thursday, January 12, 2017, 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.
General Meeting: “Finding Your Ancestors in Digitized Newspapers”, presented by Pamela Brigham Tuesday, January 17, 7:15 - 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 7:00 pm.
Newspapers contain interesting details about our ancestors and their lives, such as current events, what entertainment was happening during their life, and potentially information about our ancestors themselves. There are many resources to find this information in newspapers that have been digitized and put online. Join us as Pamela Brigham describes how to find our ancestors in digitized newspapers and shares free resources and some of the largest paid repositories of digitized newspapers.
Presenter: Pamela Brigham has been in the technology industry for almost 20 years and has applied that knowledge of technology to researching her genealogy and breaking through brick walls to effectively document her family’s past. She earned a certificate in genealogy from Boston University and is a member of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group.
General Meeting: “Getting The Most From FamilySearch”, presented by Janet Brigham Tuesday, February 21, 7:15 - 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 7:00 pm.
Join us as Janet Brigham shares how to get the most from FamilySearch.org, the largest free genealogy website on the Internet. Through FamilySearch, you can research billions of records in the vast FamilySearch holdings, including the largest collection of international records. There are also numerous tutorials and videos. The FamilySearch Wiki provides research guidance and detailed help. FamilySearch Family Tree provides a collaborative online tree, with places for recorded stories and digitized images. Users can borrow microfilms and microfiche of records listed in the FamilySearch catalog for a small fee to cover shipping costs to a specific Family History Center.
Presenter: Janet Brigham is a research psychologist and genealogy enthusiast with a background in writing and editing and degrees in journalism and communications. She is vice president of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group and frequently teaches genealogy classes. She is editor of the PastFinder newsletter, which has been named best genealogy newsletter in the U.S. by the National Genealogical Society. As a research psychologist, Janet has conducted behavioral health research at several universities and institutes, including the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh, SRI International, and Oregon Research Institute. She has authored and co-authored several books. She is married to Richard Rands, a professional genealogist.
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- Earn for our Society as you shop at Luckys and Food Maxx
- Sign up at escrip.com/luckys
- Provide your name, email and phone number
- Select Santa Clara County Hist-Genea Society
- Or send this info to earn @ scchgs . com
- At the store checkout
- Before payment – Provide your registered phone number
- If you are a Save Smart or Lucky You rewards shopper, when you register your phone number (or 10-digit loyalty ID you use at checkout), or rewards card number (the number on the back of your Save Smart or Lucky You rewards card), we will automatically link your Rewards and eScript accounts. That way you won’t have to choose between shopping for rewards or contributing to eScrip. By linking these accounts, you can earn rewards for both!
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.