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. To this end, we are planning a Zoom meeting and presentation as an alternative to the scheduled June General Meeting at 10:00 a.m. on June 16, 2020. 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 are 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, June 16, 2020, 10am
GRANT DIN will be presenting “INTERVIEWING YOUR FAMILY”.
This will be a Zoom meeting. Call-in details will be emailed to all members
Grant’s presentation will focus on the preparation for the interview, how to be ready for unexpected opportunities and the unexpected findings. He also has tips for recording the interview.
Grant Din has been researching his and other families’ histories for about 40 years, since he was told by a cousin that he is in the 36 th generation of Gongs from his ancestral village in Southern China. His research has taken him all over California and to Asia. He has worked most of his life in the nonprofit sector, including work for the Angel Island immigration Station Foundation, and currently consults on community fundraising, historical, and genealogy projects. Grant completed the Certificate in Genealogy Research from Boston University and moderates an online group on Chinese American family history research. He has spoken to organizations and libraries throughout California, loves to help others find their roots, and his articles have been published in the newsletters of the National Genealogical Society and California Genealogical Society(CGS). Grant recently became a member of the board of directors of CGS and was on the team of researchers for an upcoming film about the Chinese seamen who survived the Titanic, called The Six.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
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 (May 28, 2020) the FamilySearch, Irish, DNA and German SIGs will be meeting in June on-line via ZOOM at their "normal" meeting date/times. Publishing and Legacy SIGs have no current plans to meet. To be safe, check with your SIG leader before attending any SIG meetings in June, 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.
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.