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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). See the SCCHGS Calendar for when genealogy volunteers will be available to help you with your research.
General Meeting: “Forced Emigration—Scottish Genealogy Research”, presented by Gail Chaid Tuesday, October 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 about 1620-1890 “The Clearances” in Scotland created a steady emigration of Scots and Scots-Irish to America, the Caribbean and Australia. Finding where they lived and studying their journey not only from Scotland but from other countries can be a challenge. This talk will give hints about how to research and where to look for patterns of where ancestors and their records may be. These patterns can be used for researching any ancestor.
Gail Chaid grew up in Ventura, CA. Gail is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo earring a BS, Masters and numerous life teaching credentials. She has researched her maternal family history in Bulgaria. She has also traveled to Scotland to research her family history for a month each time in 2015 and 2017. Flyer.
Read the speaker’s comprehensive handout - available before the meeting: Handout
Class: “Census 101: An Introduction to Searching the US Federal and State Censuses” Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 1:00-4:00 pm, Margie Edinger Room. The class is free and open to all. Registration is required.
Census records are among the most rich and rewarding family history records available. Depending on which census your ancestor is in, you can learn where he or she lived at a particular place or time, learn his or her place of birth, what he or she did for a living, how many times they were married and other bits of valuable information. Each census is a little different than the previous census. In this class you will learn what information is available on each census record. Using this knowledge you can find census information to advance your search for your ancestors. Taught by Dave McCready.
Class: “Getting Organized” Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 1:00-4:30 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.
Class: “DNA Basics for Genealogists - How Three Testing Companies Can Change Your Family Tree” Thursday, November 15, 2018, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Margie Edinger 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! Flyer.
General Meeting: “Researching Your Civil War Ancestors”, presented by Mary Boyle Tuesday, November 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.
From 1861 to 1865, this country was torn apart by an internal war. Counting both the Confederate and Union armies, 3.3 million men were in the service. The U.S. population in 1860 was 31,443,321. Find out how you can discover whether or not your ancestor served and what happened in “his” war.
This presentation will cover resources both digital and printed that will help with Civil War research. We will look at examples from both the Union and Confederate sides. Learn why the war lasted so long and produced so many casualties and get some insight into why it is still impacting us in 2018.
Mary Boyle has been a librarian at the Santa Clara City Library since 2004. She is currently Local History/Genealogy Librarian and has assisted many people in furthering their genealogy research. Mary has lectured in California on genealogical topics since 2014 and has been researching her family for more than thirty years. In 2010, she proved her lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot, Prince Soper. His grandson, her great grandfather, served on the Union side in the Civil War. Flyer.
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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.