General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m.

Eric E Johnson

Researching Ancestors in the Old Northwest Territory, 1788-1803

Opening up of the Old Northwest Territory  and the migration that followed is very important to those of us with ancestors in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and parts of Minnesota.  The Old Northwest Territory was over 260,000 square miles , basically the region lying west of Pennsylvania, north of the Ohio River, east of the Mississippi River and south of the Great Lakes.  
Prior to the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the British Crown in 1783, which formally recognized  American Independence and ceded this territory to the United States, this land was hotly contested and fought over by the Americans, French, British and native indigenous tribes.   
Available resources will be explored for researching ancestors who lived in the Old Northwest Territory between 1788 and 1803. 
Eric E. Johnson will be giving an overview of the of the Land Ordinances, Maps, Military Records, Land Records, Indiana’s Gore, and the Journals and Papers of the Continental Congress.  Federal Censuses of 1800 and 1810 and Territorial Censuses of 1800 and 1802 will also be presented.  
Eric E. Johnson is the chairperson of the Society of the Families of the Old Northwest Territory and the Society of Civil War Families in Ohio, for the Ohio Genealogical Society.  He is also a former Vice President of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
He serves as the registrar general for the General Society of War of 1812, and as the registrar/genealogist for the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Ohio.  Eric is also a member of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Swedish Colonial Society, and the Company of Military Historians.  He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force.  Johnson is the author of eighteen books on the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Old Northwest Territory.
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 March 16, 2021 Thomas MacEntee "How do I Know What I don't Know" presentation is available by logging in to our web site.


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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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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 (March 30, 2021), this is our SIG Schedule. Please note, the Irish/Scottish group meets a week earlier than normal and the DNA SIG meets a week later than normal.
April 2021
Please note the Irish/Scottish SIG is meeting a week earlier than normal and the DNA SIG is meeting a week later than normal.
  • Irish/Scottish SIG meets on Zoom, Wed. Apr. 7th, 10am.
  • FamilySearch SIG meets on Zoom, Mon., Apr. 12th, 1pm
  • Publishing SIG meets on Google Meet on Apr. 15th, 10:30am. Contact Kathy Javdani at for an invite.
  • DNA SIG meets on Zoom, Mon., Apr. 26th, 1pm.
  • German SIG meets on Zoom, Wed., Apr 28th, 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.

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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
April 20
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Eric E. Johnson - Researching Ancestors in the Old North West Territory. (Via Zoom)

April 26
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.

April 27
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Board Meeting

April 28
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.  

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