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. I hope everyone was able to see the Zoom presentation given on July 21, 2020 by Jeff Vaillant on "Finding Your Civil War Ancestors". If you were unable to join the "live" General Meeting and presentation a recording of the meeting is in the Members Area on this website for the next month. After our August recess we are planning another Zoom General Meeting which includes a presentation, by Micki Jones on "SOS For A Photo Mess" on September 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  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, September 15, 2020, 10am

Micki Jones will be presenting "SOS For A Photo Mess"

Micki will highlight the SOS for a photo mess: Safeguard, Organize and Share.  After the wildfires swept the North Bay area where Micki and her husband lives, she feared the loss of a lifetime of print and digital photos.  Now Micki is sharing her passion to help others curate their photo collections and launched Journeys Photo Solutions.

Micki earned her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Studio Art and Master of Science in Human Services from National Louis University.  This unique combination along with over 30 years of experience in leadership roles in government, non-profit and the private sector has forged a tenacity to see a vision become reality.  She earned certification as a Professional Photo Organizer in 2018.  
She and her husband, Jay, have traveled cross county by motorcycle and were full-time RVers before settling in California.  They are now raising their 3 grandsons and enjoy supporting them in their music, sports and scout activities.
Micki will cover the basics of organizing your photos…where are your photos, how to inventory, separate, label and scan.  She will describe how you can be your own photo hero…to go from overwhelmed to overjoyed.  


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. Some SIG groups are going on-line with SIG members notified by their SIG leaders. For now (July 21, 2020), this is our SIG Schedule
  • July, 2020
    • German SIG meets on July 22nd on-line via ZOOM at 10am.
    • Publishing and Legacy SIGs no plans to meet In July.
  • August, 2020
    • Irish/Scottish will meet via Zoom on a different day, Monday August 5 at 10am.
    • DNA SIG will meet via Zoom on Monday, August 10th, 1pm (cancelled)
    • German SIG will meet via Zoom on Wednesday August 26th, 10am.
    • No other SIGS (FamilySearch, Publishing, Legacy plan to meet in August.
SIG Leaders will email call-in instructions to all SIG members. To be safe, check with your SIG leader before attending any SIG meetings in July or August, 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
August 26
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
German SIG via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. 

September 1
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Board Meeting

September 15
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Micki Jones - SOS For A Photo Mess

October 10
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Irene Rossman - Unknown DNA Matches

November 17
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Beverly Lane - Women's Suffrage