Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Please view our Special Interest Group Calendar

July, 2019 SIG Announcements:

All SIGs will meet at their normal dates/times. Hope to see you at one or more of them. There have been rumblings about a Swedish SIG. All we need is someone to head it up and to email Bill George, Sig Coordinator.

The Society's activities in August will be minimal. The Publishing SIG is the only one that meets.

If you have an interest in a particular genealogy topic please volunteer to hold a monthly meeting on that topic. We will help to arrange the meeting place and will publicize. It may seem counter-intuitive, but to host and/or present at a meeting is a great way to learn.

Please take advantage of the hard work of our volunteers and enjoy what the SIGs have to offer. Please also note that August and December are the months that SIGs don't meet (with some exceptions).

Review our SIG Calendar and see below for all SIG meetings. If you're interested in geographical genealogy help, like Southern States, English or Scandanavian, please come to the Danville Family History Center.

Please review our Member Resources of SRVGS. All SIG information is listed as well as research help from the Danville Family History Center volunteers and their weekly schedule.

Our SIGs are a benefit of being a member of the San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society. They are available to SRVGS members and guests can attend one free SIG meeting. We have a number of SIGs (see list on right), a SIG Calendar, and our Monthly Newsletter to help you find the best SIGs and where they meet.

The FamilySearch and Legacy SIGs meet at the Danville Family History Center, 2949 Stone Valley Road, Alamo, California, 95007. Three others (German, Irish and Publishing SIGs) meet at member's homes. You may email SIG leaders, listed below, for more information.

We also have volunteers at the Danville Family History Center, who will help you with various research areas. Suzanne Johnston is knowledgeable about English and Southern U.S. research on Thursdays, from 1-4pm. As always, please call ahead to make sure (925-552-5920). Here's a list of the resources available to SRVGS members.

If you have an interest that we don't cover and want to share with other members by holding a new SIG meeting, please contact our SIG Coordinator, Bill George. We are considering new SIGs like Research Tools, Google, Newspapers and Geographic Research. We can arrange for a monthly meeting location at the Danville Family History Center or we can meet at a place of the leader's choosing. By helping or leading one of these groups, you will learn a lot about genealogy.


DNA - Monday September 17th (the third Monday) 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at the Danville Family History Center. This SIG assumes a basic knowledge of Genealogical DNA testing and therefore is only open to those who have completed the SRVGS Intro to DNA class or an approved equivalent. Mark McLaren is SIG Leader. You may contact Mark at: greatscot@earthlink.net.

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The FamilySearch SIG meets on the 2nd Monday from 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Danville Family History Center, 2949 Stone Valley Road, Alamo, California. We held our first meeting in February 2013. I would urge you to register with FamilySearch.org and then, try out "Family Trees". Searching their "one-world family tree" may help you with some long-time brick walls. You might even try creating in your own family tree. We're discussing how to do this at the SIG meetings. Photos, Notes, Life Sketches and Stories can be uploaded. Please contact Bill George for more information.

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Meetings are held in a group member's home on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to12 p.m. Many members also belong to the Sacramento German Genealogical Society and attend their monthly meetings

Please contact SIG Leader Cathy Tanaka for more information or to let her know you're attending.

Here's a link to some German Reference Materials and Research Aids on our web site.

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Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 10am at the home of Russ and Patty Erickson.

Please contact: SIG Leader Patty Erickson for more information or to let her know you're attending.

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This group supports Legacy, the genealogy database program. They meet on the fourth Monday of each month at the Danville Family History Center, 2949 Stone Valley Road, in Alamo, California at 1:15 p.m.

Please contact Sharon Clay, SIG Leader for more information.

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The Publishing Group meets on the third Thursday at the home of Francis Lloyd in Danville at 10 a.m. The group has extensive experience in the publishing of books on Family History. They give advice as you go through the various stages of publishing your work. If there are no projects in the works the group does not meet.

Please contact SIG Leader Francie Lloyd for more information and to let her know you will be attending.


Rev. 205 Feb 7, 2019