The Beautiful San Ramon Valley        Photo courtesy: Ted Shapas  
General Meeting (on Zoom)

Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 10:00 a.m.

Jennifer Holik

"Research a Veteran: Exploring the Basics of Military Research, Part 1"

All the records DID NOT burn.  Answers can be found and stories written no matter what anyone tells you.  There is a strategy to correctly research 20th century military service, regardless of branch.  In this session you will learn:
  • Where to begin your research at home.
  • What questions to ask.
  • The first part of the research strategy to learn any veteran’s story from any 20th century war and military branch.
  • What records you need to establish the foundation and where to locate them.
  • How to create a timeline of service.
  • How to begin writing the story.  
Jennifer Holik is a genealogical and military research expert, author of more than 20 books on those topics. and an intuitive healer specializing in inherited & war trauma, and ancestral healing.  She helps people understand why their family is the way they are and heal.  Learn more at http://www.ancestralsoulswisdomschool.comJennifer uses storytelling along with the records to help you understand the deeper impacts of service.  You might want a tissue for the story at the end of this session.   

SRVGS In-Person Picnic
Heritage Park and Pioneer Cemetery, Dublin
October 3, 2023 from 11am - 1pm

SRVGS members and guests, please save the date for our SRVGS Fall Picnic to take place on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Heritage Park and Pioneer Cemetery, Dublin, CA.  A tour of the Pioneer Cemetery and a light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Karen Olynger ( your intention to join other society members for this event. The  flyer provides all the details for this outing.


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

Special Interest Groups Image of 5 silhouettes of people

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

The Danville FamilySearch Center, 2949 Stone Valley Rd, Alamo, California 94507. 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:
  • 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, Institution, Arkiv Digital Online (Swedish),, FamNet, Findmypast Institution, Fold 3, Geneanet, MyHeritage Library Edition,, Paper Trail, Puzzilla
Appointments may be obtained by calling 925-837-7010.  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.

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
October 9
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
FamilySearch SIG
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

October 11
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.  

October 16
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
DNA SIG Online via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

October 17
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Jennifer Holik - "Research a Veteran: Exploring the Basics of Military Research, Part 1"
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

October 19
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. ...