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

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 10:00 a.m.


Janice Sellers

"Jewish Research: How Is This Research Different from All Other Research?"

This class provides an overview of the unique aspects of Jewish culture and history that affect family history research. Topics include history, geography, naming patterns, languages and alphabets, rabbinical genealogies, kehillah records, yizkor books, cemeteries, and other resources.
 
 
Janice M. Sellers is related to actor Peter Sellers and to John of Gaunt, son of a king and father of a king. At least that’s what her grandparents told her. Unfortunately, they were wrong, but that’s why she has researched her family for 49 years and now helps others find the right pieces to fit their genealogy puzzles. She specializes in Jewish, Black, forensic, and newspaper research and has taught at local to international levels. Her site is http://www.ancestraldiscoveries.com/
 
 
The video from the February 20,  2024, Peg Kapustiak talk, "How Can 'Historical Context Genealogy' Help My Family History?" is available for one month by logging into the member section of our web site.
 

Newsletter

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.
 
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.
 
Handicapped access is available upon request, however, we need to know this prior to arrival so we can open access gates prior to visitor’s arrival.
 
Hours of operation:
  • Monday 10am -1 pm
  • Tuesday  2-5 pm
  • Wednesday 1-4 pm
  • Other days & hours by appointment only
  • Holidays
    • Closed New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day
    • Closed Thanksgiving week
    • Closed Last 2 weeks of December
The FamilySearch Center’s Portal provides free access to the following Premium websites: 
19th Century British Library Newspapers, Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War, American Ancestors, Ancestry.com Institution, Arkiv Digital Online (Swedish), FamilySearch.org, FamNet, Findmypast Institution, Fold 3, Geneanet, MyHeritage Library Edition, Newspapers.com, Paper Trail, Puzzilla
 
Appointments may be obtained by calling 925-837-7010 and/or emailing CA_Danville@familyhistorymail.org. County guidelines are followed so masks are optional and the six foot rule is no longer required.  Those that need to avoid climbing steps should call the center prior to coming. We will unlock the side & back gates so they can enter the building thru the back entrance. Additional information is available on the FamilySearch Wiki.
 

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 president@srvgensoc.org 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 11
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
FamilySearch SIG
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

March 13
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.  

March 18
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
DNA SIG Online via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

March 19
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Janice Sellers - "Jewish Research: Why is this Research Different from all Other Research?"
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

March 21
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 kjjsc@aol.com for info on how to join the meeting. ...