The Beautiful San Ramon Valley        Photo courtesy: Ted Shapas  
General Meeting (on Zoom)

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 10:00 a.m.

Flyer graphic and link for May 21, 2024 In-Person Meeting
Kim Richardson

"A New Strategy For Brick Walls"

Ever feel like you are engulfed by a pile of research? Do you ever think to yourself, “If I could just get organized, I could solve this mystery?” If so, this presentation is for you! 

This session explains why complex genealogy problems feel overwhelming and how to overcome it through a new way of organizing. (Don’t worry, it’s not you, and you’re not alone!) You CAN master the “thought chaos” caused by all that data swirling around in your mind. All you have to do is interact with the research in a new way and engage in activities that transform you into a problem-solving dynamo. The presentation shows you how and demonstrates a technique that:
  • teaches you to handle information in a new way to see more links and relationships
  • allows you to see all your research at one glance
  • organizes your research for you (yes, really!)
  • simplifies all the data
  • shows you any gaps, errors, and conflicts 
  • automatically creates a narrative outline (and eliminates writers’ block!)
  • helps you plan and brainstorm your way to success
Kim Richardson enjoys serving the genealogy community by coaching and enabling others to do their own research successfully. She assists other genealogists to accomplish their goals and helps clients solve genealogy mysteries. Kim created the Brick Wall Buster Cards to show others her secret to solving tough genealogy problems. She regularly writes for various genealogy society magazines and wrote the “Mississippi Research Guide” for Family Tree Magazine and researches for Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are? 

Available to members are the May 21, 2024 Annual Meeting Video and Slides from Mark McClaren's DNA Talk. They are available for one month by logging into the member section of our web site. 


Our newsletter is published monthly, except for August and December.  In it you will find information on our next speaker, a summary of the  last speaker's presentation, the date and location of the current month’s Special Interest Groups, educational opportunities available in the local area and on-line, a list of webinars you can access from your home computer and other timely notices of genealogical interest. You can look through this month's newsletter or browse previous issues.

Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups Image of 5 silhouettes of people

SIG Meetings Will Be Online: Most SIG groups are using Zoom to meet on-line. SIG Leaders will email call-in instructions to SIG members. To be safe, check with your SIG leader before attending any SIG meetings. Review the latest 5 events (on right side of this web page), or click right below on "View Full Listing" to see all events.
Note: The first meeting of an Italian Research Special Interest Group will take place on Zoom, Wed. June 19, 2024, 1pm on Zoom. Please contact Karen LaDuca if you're interested. 
SRVGS has had a number of Special Interest Groups over the years in addition to the five that now meet monthly. We encourage members to start their own SIG meetings on topics they are interested in, as a way of learning by teaching. The SIGs come and go, over the years but we promote them and they are a vital part of our Society. There have been SIGs on Macintosh, Azores Research, Using Computers and the Internet, RootsMagic and more. If you are interested in a topic not currently covered please volunteer to lead the group and we will publicize and arrange for a place to meet when we resume meeting in person. In the meantime, our SIG Zoom sessions are the perfect place to meet.

Danville FamilySearch Center (DFSC)

The Danville FamilySearch Center, 2949 Stone Valley Rd, Alamo, California 94507. The DFSC Director is Kevin Ganschow.
The Danville FSC has been closed due to rain leakage into the computer/research room. Roof repairs are continuing and are expected to be complete by June 10, 2024. An announcement will be made when the FSC reopens. The Concord and Oakland FSCs remain open for your use.

About the San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society

The San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society (SRVGS) was organized in 1985 with the idea of providing resources, assistance and educational opportunities in a social environment that would allow its members to successfully research their ancestry. To fulfill these goals the society offers monthly meetings with speakers presenting topics covering various aspects of genealogical research. It publishes a monthly newsletter to keep our membership informed of the latest happenings. It offers several Special Interest Groups (SIGs), where members with common interests can meet and discuss their specific areas of research.  It provides resources ranging from a large selection of reference books, conveniently kept at the Danville Public Library, to information on local genealogical libraries. It also offers classes for the beginning researcher and those interested in genetic DNA. All this is done within a community of like-minded individuals ready to encourage and assist others and to share their experience.

Facebook Page

Facebook LogoWe have a public Facebook Page where comments from club officers and visitors are made. Usually the posts are helpful genealogy tips that can be acknowledged and commented on. Join us in educating our genealogy community. 

BOD Meetings

We have a Monthly Board of Directors meeting, currently via Zoom, where any member of our Society is welcome to attend. To receive a meeting invitation, please email our president at before the meeting. The BOD meetings begin on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. and last between 1-2 hours. The BOD does not meet in August or December. Also, please see our About page for more info about our officers.

Upcoming Events
June 12
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Irish and Scottish Research SIG via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.  

June 17
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
DNA SIG Online via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

June 18
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Kim Richardson - "A New Strategy For Brick Walls"
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

June 19
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Italian Reasearch SIG
Zoom meeting details will be mailed to members before the meeting. Please contact Karen LaDuca if you're interested.

June 20
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Publishing SIG via Google Meet
Google Meet meeting details will be communicated to Publishing SIG members before the meeting. Contact Kathy Javdani at for info on how to join the meeting. ...