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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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General Meeting: “Getting The Most From FamilySearch”, presented by Janet Brigham Tuesday, February 21, 1:15 - 3:00 pm (Afternoon meeting!) in the Redwood Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served 1:00 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. Flyer.
Class: “Getting Organized” Thursday, March 9, 2017, 1:00-4:00 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.
General Meeting: “The History and Heritage of the local Muwekma Ohlone Tribe”, presented by Alan Leventhal Tuesday, March 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.
The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is comprised of all of the surviving Native American lineages aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay region who trace their ancestry through Missions Dolores, Santa Clara and San Jose. The Muwekma Tribe became Federally Recognized through various Congressional Acts and then later was mistakenly declared extinct in 1925.
In 1980, Rosemary Cambra, Chairwoman of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, visited the San Jose State Campus to request help from University scholars in conducting genealogical and historical research on her Tribe.
Presenter: Alan Leventhal Alan Leventhal is a trained archaeologist / anthropologist / ethnohistorian who has worked with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe for the past 37 years. He has worked with other Native American tribes in California associated with Mission San Juan Bautista and Mission San Carlos. Alan presently teaches contemporary Native American topics at San Jose State University. He continues to take an interest in contemporary Native American issues and Federal Recognition of California Indian Tribes.
Class: “Basic, Basic DNA - How Three Testing Companies Can Change Your Family Tree” Thursday, March 28, 2017, 1:00-3:30 pm, Redwood Room. The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required. 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, 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 what are 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!
General Meeting: “Finding the Bump in the Boreen: Irish Names and Place Names”, presented by Sean Conley Tuesday, April 18, 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 Sean Conley discusses various topics related to Irish genealogy, including Irish surnames, details on geography and breaking down brick walls in finding the origins of an ancestor within 60,000 townlands of Ireland. He will also discuss translation and Irish spelling variants in addition to using various resources available on the internet to assist with research. A demonstration will be given on using Griffith’s Valuation to locate an ancestral home with Google maps to take a virtual tour of the area. There will also be a discussion on how to find relations using Google and Facebook. Special tips will be given for finding additional information in newly released records online
Presenter: Sean Conley was born and raised in California. He has been doing genealogical research for over 30 years. His grandparents and great grandparents all have Irish ancestry. He has visited Ireland 15 times and has studied Irish in County Donegal as well as the Bay Area. He has successfully found ancestral homes of his wife and many of his ancestors. In addition, he has traced the townlands, parishes and native counties of many other ancestors.
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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.