Our Society usually "shuts down" in August and December each year. We have no General Meeting and most SIGs don't meet. However, we have two energetic groups that are planning to meet in August this year and you don't want to miss out: They are the Irish/Scottish SIG that meet via Zoom on Wed., August 11, 2021 at 10am and the Publishing SIG that meets online on Thursday August 19, at 10:30am. Both SIG's members will get an email invitation to the Zoom meeting.
General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
Diana Elder, AG
Citing Sources: The Good, Bad & Ugly
How do you document the death certificate you found in your grandmother's stash of papers? How about the tidbit of information from a website or book? Documenting sources doesn’t have to be difficult. Learn the who, what, where, and when method of creating your source citations and give your research some credibility. Discover what details need to be included in a source citation and how to deal with online sources as well as those in your personal files.
Diana Elder AG is a professional genealogist accredited in the Gulf South region of the United States and serves as a Commissioner for The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Diana authored Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and co-authored the companion volume, Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist’s Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence. She created the study group and eCourse that teach the Research Like a Pro process through videos and learning modules. Diana and her daughter, Nicole, share research tips on their website, Family Locket (http://familylocket.com/), and are the hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast.
This will be a Zoom meeting, with invitations sent to all current members of the San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society. If you would like to be a guest at this Zoom meeting please email President, Steve Watty.
The handout and meeting recording from our July 20, 2021, Tina Beaird "Scottish Genealogical Research" presentation is available by logging in to our web site.
Membership Renewal Time
Dues renewal time is upon us as our fiscal year-end is May 31st, meaning dues provide membership from June 1 - May 31. We really hope you will continue membership in SRVGS for another year. Renewing is easy, just log on to the website, click "Login", then "Profile". If your dues expire in the near future, a Renew Membership button will appear that guides you through the online renewal process. Alternatively you may renew (or join) manually by downloading our membership form and mail it in with your check.
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
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. 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 on "Events" on the left side of this web page..
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. Currently, in July 2021, it is still closed)
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.
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.
We 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.