General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Jan M. Joyce

Creative Hypotheses Development to Solve 
Your Brick Wall Challenges

In difficult genealogical problems, researchers often naturally develop one scenario, or hypothesis, that logically explains the situation.  That working hypothesis takes root and then we move forward, supporting it without considering alternative hypotheses.
Often, we are on track.  However in more complex genealogical challenges, developing multiple hypotheses early can prove more successful to opening up our thinking, exploring additional possibilities, and arriving at a successful conclusion.  
Dr. Joyce is a genealogy researcher whose personal work has focused on Ohio and Pennsylvania, England, Germany, Ireland, and Norway.  She began researching in 1998 to understand genealogy customers when she managed marketing initiatives at  Before beginning her genealogy career, she earned a B.S. Business, Marketing from Miami University, and an MBA, Marketing from Ohio State University and Doctor of Business Administration from Golden State University.  She has completed the Boston University Certificate in Genealogy Research, Advanced Genealogical Methods Course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies Course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, British Institute-Researching your English Ancestors.  
Dr. Joyce worked in marketing for many years and now her career is focused on teaching research methodology, writing and researching her own family.  
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 exceptional November presentation on Women's Suffrage by Beverly Lane is available for one month after November 17, 2020, for SRVGS Members to view if they Login and click on "Meeting Recordings."
As is our tradition, the Society "takes off" August and December of each year, with no general meeting and few SIG meetings. The Irish/Scottish group will have a December Zoom SIG meeting. In January, 2021 we will resume "normal" activities, observing any Pandemic mandated restrictions. 


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

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. Most SIG groups are using Zoom to meet on-line. For now (December 27, 2020), this is our SIG Schedule. 
January 2021
  • FamilySearch SIG meets on Zoom Mon. Jan 11th, 1pm
  • Irish/Scottish SIG meets on Zoom, Wed. Jan. 13th, 10am.
  • DNA SIG meets on Zoom Mon., Jan. 18th, 1pm.
  • Publishing SIG members are emailing amongst themselves
  • German SIG meets on Zoom Wed., Jan. 27th, 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.

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 welsome to attend. To receive a meeting invitatation, 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 18
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.

January 19
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Dr. Jan M Joyce - Creative Hypotheses to solve your Brick Walls (Via Zoom)

January 21
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 ...

January 26
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Board Meeting

January 27
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.