General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Robert Trapp

The 400th Anniversary of the Landing of the Mayflower

Is it possible you are descended from a family who came to America on the Mayflower ship in 1620? It is estimated there are over 10 million living American descendants and an estimated 35 million descendants worldwide.  Follow the history of the Speedwell and the Mayflower and why the Mayflower was important to American history.  
The year 2020 marked the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.  120 people landed in November, 1620, half of them died the first year.  The landing was too far north and too late for planting crops.  
Our speaker is Bob Trapp who is a native of the San Francisco East Bay.  He is married, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and is currently retired.  He has been researching his family roots since the early 1980s.  He has membership in the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in California and Utah, a member of CGS and is their(SIG)Special Interest Group leader on Mayflower passengers, and a member of New England Historic Genealogical Society.  He had worked in the Mayflower Library in the past from 2015-2019.   Prior to the Pandemic, he served as Staff Coordinator at the Oakland Family Search Library where he has volunteered for over 29 years.  
He is the Current Governor of the Alameda Colony of California Mayflower Descendants and the CMC(Colony Membership Chair).  Of the 102 passengers on the Mayflower Ship, he is a direct descendant of 24 passengers.  Follow the story of Bob’s Mayflower family roots, plus learn what is needed to join the Mayflower Society.  Bob loves genealogy and helping others find their roots.  
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 April 20, 2021 Eric Johnson "Researching Ancestors in the Old Northwest Territory, 1788-1803" 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

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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 (April 26, 2021), this is our SIG Schedule. Please note the DNA SIG meets a week later than normal.
April/May 2021
Please note the DNA SIG is meeting a week later than normal in April.
  • DNA SIG meets on Zoom, Mon., Apr. 26th, 1pm.
  • German SIG meets on Zoom, Wed., Apr 28th, 10am
  • FamilySearch SIG meets on Zoom, Mon., May. 10th, 1pm
  • Irish/Scottish SIG meets on Zoom, Wed. May 12th, 10am.
  • DNA SIG meets on Zoom, Mon., May. 17th, 1pm.
  • Publishing SIG meets on Google Meet on May 20th, 10:30am. Contact Kathy Javdani at for an invite.
  • German SIG meets on Zoom, Wed., May 26th, 10am
SIG Leaders will email call-in instructions to SIG members. To be safe, check with your SIG leader before attending any SIG meetings.

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 April 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.

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

May 18
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Robert Trapp - 400th Anniversary of Mayflower. (Via Zoom)

May 20
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Publishing SIG via Google Meet
Detailed SIG information. Google Meet meeting details will be communicated to Publishing SIG members before the meeting. Contact Kathy Javdani at for info on how to join ...

May 25
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Board Meeting

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