Winter in the San Ramon Valley Photo courtesy: Ted Shapas
General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 10:00 a.m.
Elizabeth Swanay O'Neal
"Learn from Lineage Societies Without Being a Member"
Lineage societies have been collecting and preserving family histories for more than 125 years. Did you know that some of these resources are available online for free? And you don’t even need to be a member to take advantage of them! From the databases and documents of the DAR to simple lists of pioneers and soldiers: this presentation will show you the gems that are available online and how to find them.
Elizabeth Swanay O’Neal is a professional genealogist, writer, educator, and national genealogical speaker. Her specialties include methodology, technology, and online research resources. Since 1987, Elizabeth has made it her goal to research, share, and preserve her family stories. She is the author of the family history lifestyle website, Heart of the Family™ (https://www.thefamilyheart.com) where her mission is to help others make the past part of their present.
The video from the March 21, 2023 Bill Clarkson presentation on "History of San Ramon Valley and Founding Norris Family with Focus on William Henry Norris" is available by logging in to the member section of our web site. It 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
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 FamilySearch Center Is Now Open
The Danville FamilySearch Center, 2949 Stone Valley Rd, Alamo, California 94507 has re-opened as of Jan 3, 2022. The interim director is: Rudy Wolf.
Handicapped access is available upon request, however, we need to know this prior to arrival so we can open access gates prior to visitor’s arrival.
Hours of operation are limited to 3 shifts a week.
- Monday 10am -1 pm
- Tuesday 2-5 pm
- Wednesday 1-4 pm
- Other days & hours by appointment only
- Closed on Holidays
The FamilySearch Center’s Portal provides free access to the following Premium websites:
19th Century British Library Newspapers, Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War, American Ancestors, Ancestry.com Institution, Arkiv Digital Online (Swedish), FamilySearch.org, FamNet, Findmypast Institution, Fold 3, Geneanet, MyHeritage Library Edition, Newspapers.com, Paper Trail, Puzzilla
Appointments may be obtained by calling 926-837-7010. County guidelines are followed so masks are optional and the six foot rule is no longer required. Those that need to avoid climbing steps should call the center prior to coming. We will unlock the side & back gates so they can enter the building thru the back entrance.
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.
We 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.