General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Thomas MacEntee

How Do I Know What I Don't Know

Your genealogy research can improve immensely if you know how to “fast track” your knowledge on a new record set or resource. 
You have this sneaking suspicion that you’re “missing something” when it comes to researching an ancestor.  How do you know what’s out there and whether it can help your research?  And once you identify it, how can you quickly get up to speed to get the most out of that resource? 
Where do you go for the best information?  What about tips and tricks and that information only “experts” seem to have access to? 
Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more.  Thomas has over 42 years of experience researching family history.  After a 25 year career in the information technology field, he started his own genealogy related business called High Definition Genealogy. 
Born in New York, Thomas attended George Washington University in Washington DC, lived 20 years in California and now lives in Chicago.  Thomas has a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. See more about Thomas MacEntee.
This will be a Zoom meeting, with invitations sent to all current members of the San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society. If you would like to be a guest at this Zoom meeting please email President, Steve Watty.
The handout from our Jan. 19, Brick Wall presentation by Dr. Jan Joyce is available by logging in to our web site.


RootsTech, the world's largest family celebration event, has concluded. However you can still view videos they have made available by visiting


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 the newsletter archive

Special Interest Groups

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Some SIG Meetings Will Be Online: ALERT - We are working through "Shelter in Place" guidelines due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and on site meetings where people physically attend, have ceased. Most SIG groups are using Zoom to meet on-line. For now (March 2, 2021), this is our SIG Schedule. 
February 2021
  • FamilySearch SIG meets on Zoom Mon. Mar 8th, 1pm
  • Irish/Scottish SIG meets on Zoom, Wed. Mar. 10th, 10am.
  • DNA SIG meets on Zoom Mon., Mar. 15th, 1pm.
  • Publishing SIG meets on Google Meet on Mar. 18, 10:30am. Contact Kathy Javdani at for an invite.
  • German SIG meets on Zoom Wed., Jan. Mar 24th, 10am
SIG Leaders will email call-in instructions to SIG members. To be safe, check with your SIG leader before attending any SIG meetings.

Danville Family History Center Closed! 

ALERT - On Friday, March 13, 2020 Chris Eberts-Engstrom, Danville Family History Center Director, announced that the Danville Family History Center would be closed until further notice because of possible Covid-19 virus exposure to attendees. Several of our SIGs meet there as well as many members utilize their services.

SRVGS has had a number of Special Interest Groups over the years in addition to the half dozen 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.

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 welsome to attend. To receive a meeting invitatation, 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
March 8
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
FamilySearch SIG Online via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

March 10
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Irish and Scottish Research SIG via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. Zoom meeting details will be mailed to members before the meeting.

March 15
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
DNA SIG Online via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

March 16
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thomas MacEntee - How Do I Know What I Don't Know. (Via Zoom)

March 18
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Publishing SIG via Google Meet
Detailed SIG information. Google Meet meeting details will be communicated to Publishing SIG members before the meeting. Contact Kathy Javdani at for info on how to join ...