General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 9:30am
Please Note Earlier Starting Time

Women's Suffrage Warriors by Beverly Lane

Women Win the Vote in California and the Country 1920-2020

Beverly Lane , a local historian with a particular interest in women’s history, will be presenting this very timely election month and year topic.  The women’s suffrage movement was a new way of thinking of what it meant to be a woman and a citizen of the United States.
The presentation will provide a brief history of the 72 year American women’s civil rights and suffrage movement, culminating with information about the final years before the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920.  Part of the programs discusses the California campaign in 1911 when women won the vote in California.    Before the ratification in 1920, there were already 20 states who had passed a women’s suffrage amendment. 
Beverly Lane has lived in Danville since 1973 and has been active In local civic organizations and government for several decades.  She was the founding President of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, past President of the Eugene O’Neil Foundation Tao House, Member of Danville Town Council and served as Mayor of Danville for three terms.  Currently, Beverly is an elected  Director of East Bay Regional Park District on which she has served 25 years.  In the early years, Beverly focused her efforts on developing the Iron Horse Trail.   Beverly is also an author of several local history books and is completing a history book on Alamo. 
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley currently has an exhibit on the Women’s Suffrage Movement which is on display through the end of 2020. 
This will be a Zoom meeting, with invitations sent to all current members of the San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society.

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
I hope everyone was able to see the Zoom presentation given on September 15, 2020 by Micki Jones on "SOS For A Photo Mess". 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. Our next Zoom General Meeting which includes a presentation, by Irene Rossman on "Unknown DNA Matches" is scheduled for October 20, 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.

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 events on our Events page ).


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 (September 28, 2020), this is our SIG Schedule for October.
  • FamilySearch SIG meets on Zoom Mon. Oct. 12th, 1pm
  • Irish/Scottish SIG meets on Zoom, Wed. Oct 14th, 10am.
  • DNA SIG meets on Zoom Mon., Oct. 19th, 1pm.
  • Publishing SIG members are emailing amongst themselves
  • German SIG meets on Zoom Wed., Oct. 28th, 10am
SIG Leaders will email call-in instructions to SIG members. To be safe, check with your SIG leader before attending any SIG meetings in September/October, 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
October 28
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
German SIG via Zoom
Detailed SIG information.   

November 3
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Board Meeting

November 9
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
FamilySearch SIG Online via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. Zoom meeting details will be emailed before the meeting.

November 11
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.

November 16
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
DNA SIG Online via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. Zoom meeting details will be emailed before the meeting.