General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 10am

Irene Rossman will be presenting "Unknown DNA Matches"

Irene will be discussing the ins and outs of working with unknown DNA Matches.   Focusing on the AncestryDNA platform, she will present case studies that demonstrate how unknown matches can be useful, even if you do not think you have any mysteries in your family tree.   Irene will walk through the process of handling unknown matches and explain how it is slightly different for those with unknown parentage.  The presentation will also cover important considerations regarding ethics and contacting matches.
Irene specializes in genetic genealogy and unknown parentage.  She is a fourth generation San Francisco native.  She earned the Boston University Certificated in Genealogical Research in 2018.  She completed ProGen 38 and co-led the monthly virtual discussions for her group.  Irene’s passion is unknown parentage, and she volunteers for the non-profit 325 Kamra, Inc. , which assists Korean Adoptees in getting DNA testing and finding their birth families.  She currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Utah Genealogical Association(UGA) and is Co-Chair of the UGA DNA special interest group.  In addition to her volunteer positions, Irene is a member of the Firebird Forensics Group led by Barbara Rae -Venter, which helps solve cold cases by identifying killers and giving victims back their names.  Irene’s love of all thing genealogy takes up most of her time, however she also enjoys taking road trips with her husband, three children, rescue senior Belgian Sheepdog, and rescue bunny. 


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 event's 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. Some SIG groups are going on-line with SIG members notified by their SIG leaders. For now (September 8, 2020), this is our SIG Schedule
September, 2020 Zoom Meetings
  • German SIG meets on Zoom Wed., Sept. 23rd, 10am
  • 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 emailing amongst themselves
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 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 6
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Board Meeting

October 12
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
FamilySearch SIG Online via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. Zoom meeting details will be emailed before the meeting.

October 14
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.

October 19
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
DNA SIG Online via Zoom
Detailed SIG information. Zoom meeting details will be emailed before the meeting.

October 20
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Irene Rossman - Unknown DNA Matches via Zoom