Welcome to 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.

A message to our membership from President Steve Watty

The stay-at-home mandate does not look like it will be lifted during the next few months, at least for large gatherings like our General Meetings. To this end, we are planning another Zoom meeting and presentation as an alternative to the scheduled July General Meeting at 10:00 a.m. on July 21, 2020.  Additional details regarding this meeting and a link to connect online will be provided a few days before this Zoom meeting via the blast email system to current SRVGS members.

Membership Dues for the next fiscal year were due June 1, 2020. There is no change in the dues structure or amount for the coming year. A renewal form is accessible on this website under the "Join SRVGS" tab. We truly value your membership, your interaction with our group, and the trust you have in us. Your dues help the society arrange for professional speakers, offset normal society expenses, provide for the production of a monthly newsletter and this informative website. Please renew your membership and as a group we will come out of these uncertain times together.

Any updates regarding scheduled Special Interest Groups (SIGs) meetings will be sent by each SIG coordinator.

Please refer to the last newsletter for the many educational opportunities available, via the web, from the safety of your own home.
Watch this space for further up-dates. (See our scheduled line-up of speakers and other event's on our Events page ).


General Meeting, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 10am

Jeffrey Vaillant will be presenting  “Finding Your Civil War Ancestors”

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This will be a Zoom meeting. Call-in details will be emailed to all members

Jeff Vaillant will be discussing the basics of how to start researching your Civil War Ancestors.  He will also be giving the steps to find information from the National Archives Civil War Pension Files.  
Jeff is working towards his professional genealogical certification and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, past President and Director of the California Genealogical Society  2009-2015 and most recently 2019.  Jeff  has served as President of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society.  He is also a member of Sons of Union Veterans of California and Pacific.   His ancestor is a Union soldier from the 10th Iowa.
Jeff has a B.A. in History with an English minor from the University of Redlands, and Graduate studies in American Studies(History, Literature, Art History) at the University of Delaware.  His genealogical background includes 8 years at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, as well as numerous national, regional and local conferences.  
Jeff had an extensive professional career in federal and  state government, financial institutions, and research organizations.  He lives in Novato with his wife, Janice, with whom he has six children and eight grandchildren.  


Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

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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. Some SIG groups are going on-line with SIG members notified by their SIG leaders. For now (July 7, 2020) the FamilySearch, Irish, DNA and German SIGs will be meeting in July on-line via ZOOM at their "normal" meeting date/times. Publishing and Legacy SIGs have no current plans to meet. To be safe, check with your SIG leader before attending any SIG meetings in July, 2020. 


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.




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.



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. 

Upcoming Events
July 13
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
FamilySearch SIG Online via Zoom
Detailed SIG information.

July 20
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
DNA SIG Online via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. Zoom meeting details will be emailed before the meeting.

July 21
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Jeff Vaillant - Civil War Research via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be mailed to members before the meeting.

July 22
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
German SIG via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. 

August 5
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Irish and Scottish Research via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. Zoom meeting details will be mailed to members before the meeting.