Welcome to the New SRVGS Website
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.
At Our Next General Meeting
Date: November 19, 2019
Speaker: Jeremy Frankel
Jeremy Frankel was born in London and spent fourteen years working as a cartographer and surveyor. His spare time was spent helping to restore some of the 1000 miles of abandoned canals to fully working order. A trip to America in 1987 to study American canals literally changed his life and a year later he moved to live, firstly in New York. Since 1993 he has made his home in northern California.
Jeremy is a professional genealogist engaged in research for over 35 years. His skills include expertise with internet resources and the specialized Bay Area archives and libraries which contain world-wide information.
He has been the President of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society for the last eighteen years. Jeremy has lectured throughout the S.F. Bay Area and regularly helps clients who have encountered impasses in their research.
It was during family Passover service in London in 1985 that led Jeremy to begin his search for family roots. He has since tracked his family back to Poland and Lithuania and connected with relatives all over the world. He has a broad knowledge of U.K. documentation and draws upon his associations with experts in Eastern European Jewish ancestry.
(See our scheduled line-up of speakers at our Events page ).
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
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.
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, 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.
We 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.