May is Membership Renewal Time

This year you have two ways to renew your membership which will expire at midnight on June 1st.

Pay online by credit card or PayPal - log in to your SRVGS account and go to your Profile page. Click the green “Renew Membership” button to start the renewal process. Be sure to click the yellow “Buy Now” button at the bottom of the Print Order Confirmation page to complete your payment.
Pay by mail – print out the membership renewal form that is included under the "Mail-In Renewal" tab and send it along with your check to SRVGS, P.O. Box 305, Diablo, CA 94528-0305.
If you have any questions, please contact Julie Basel at

General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Dvohah Lewis, Speaker

Madeline Yanov

"The Taxman Cometh: How not to be Frightened of Using Tax Records"
Tax records holds a surprising amount of information about our ancestors.  Because taxes are collected yearly, they are considered an “annual census.”  They can help you find missing ancestors and fill in gaps in your ancestor’s lives when censuses or vital records don’t exist.  However, tax records are totally under-utilized by genealogists.  This presentation will cover why tax records are important and what help you can obtain from using them.  You will also find out what facts are found in them, and what types of tax records exist.  This talk will mainly focus on poll or “tithe”, land, and personal property tax records, however early income tax records will be mentioned.  You will also learn where these records are found and receive tips for researching tax records.  Don’t be afraid to use tax records.  It doesn’t need to be a horror story.  
Madeline Yanov, the owner of Time Travel Genealogy, has more than 30 years genealogy experience, specializing in American research but is familiar with European genealogy, specifically Irish, British, Slovak and Russian with a little German on the side.  She has also been instrumental in locating and helping to reunite adoptees with their birth parents.
Madeline is a graduate of Dominican University with a BA in History, Education.  She has a certification in Paralegal Studies which she used in her “other life” prior to becoming a full time genealogist.  Her expertise included the “discovery” for cases.  This experience helped her in genealogy in analyzing what to search for and how to find it.  
She is a weekly volunteer at the Oakland, California Family History Center.  Since 2011, she has been an indexer with the  Madeline has been very active on the Board of the  Contra Costa County Genealogical Society as President and is currently President Emeritus of that society.  
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 May 17, 2022, Dvorah Lewis "Journey to the West of the West: Genealogical Treasures at the Sutro Library" presentation is available by logging in to the member section of our web site. They will be available for one month.


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 is now open

Chris Eberts-Engstrom, Director of the Danville Family History Center reports that the Danville Family History Center has re-opened as of Jan 3, 2022.

Hours of operation are limited to 3 shifts a week:
  • Monday 10am -1 pm
  • Tuesday  7-9 pm
  • Wednesday 1-4 pm
Appointments are required and may be scheduled by calling either 925-360-9232 or 926-837-7010.  There is plenty of availability but the center wants to ensure that proper distancing is maintained. 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
June 8
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Irish and Scottish Research SIG via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.  

June 13
11:00 pm to 11:35 pm
FamilySearch SIG Will not meet in June
No Zoom meeting details, this month. We will not be meeting. See everybody in July.

June 16
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. ...

June 21
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Madeline Yanov - “The Tax Man Cometh, How Not To Be Frightened Of Using Tax Records" (Via Zoom)
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

June 22
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
German SIG via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.