General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Steven W. Morrison

Western Overland Trails-Following the Seven Ts

The major trails from the Midwest to the West will be covered in this meeting.  The principal routes will include the Oregon and California Trails, the Mormon migrations, the Santa Fe Trail, and more.  These were the Overland Rivers which helped populate the West.  
Steven Waltz Morrison has seven branches of his family which migrated west on the California and Oregon Trails between 1847-1862.  His first book was the remembrances of his grandmother self-published in 1998.  Since then he’s authored multiple articles and book reviews regarding the Quakers(Religious Society of Friends). These include three articles for Familia(the journal of the Ulster Historical Foundation), and others for Journal of Scotch-Irish Studies, Directory of Irish Family History Research, and The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly.  The American Society of Genealogists awarded him their 2016 Scholar Award.  
Steven Morrison has been a professional genealogist since 2006.  He is the past president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the Olympic Genealogical Society, in the capital of Washington state.  Steven has a Master Degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College where he became an adjunct faculty member in the graduate program for seven years.  He has presented at nearly all genealogy societies in Western Washington, and more than two dozen genealogical seminars and conferences throughout the Northwest.  He’s also addressed international audiences at the Ulster American Heritage in Omagh, Ireland; the Yearly Meeting of Friends in Ireland at Newry, Ireland, and the Ulster American Heritage Symposium in Toronto, Canada.
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 November 16, 2021, Pam Vestal, APG, "Absent Ancestors and Hidden Clues" presentation is available by logging in to the member section of our web site.


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

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SIG Meetings Will Be Online: ALERT - We are working through 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 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 Family History Center to Open Jan., 2022

On Dec. 16, 2021 Chris Eberts-Engstrom, Director of the Danville Family History Center wrote this:

"I’m happy to report that the Danville Family History Center will opening in January 2022.
Hours of operation will be limited to 3 shifts a week:
  • Monday 10am -1 pm
  • Tuesday  7-9 pm
  • Wednesday 1-4 pm
Appointments will be required and, starting Jan 3rd, may be scheduled by calling either 925-369-9232 or 926-837-7010.
All staff & patrons must wear fitted face masks. Patrons will be spaced at least 6 feet apart."

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 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
January 17
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
DNA SIG Online via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

January 18
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Steven W Morrison - “Western Overland Trails. Following the Seven Ts” (Via Zoom)
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

January 20
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 for info on how to join the meeting. ...

January 26
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
German SIG via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.  

February 15
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Kathy Wurth - “Preparing for a Heritage Trip” (Via Zoom)
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.