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General Meetings and Free Seminars
Our evening general meetings are on the Third Tuesday of the month in the Margie Edinger Room at the Santa Clara City Public Library located at 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, 95951. For directions please see the map.
Please help brighten up our general meetings by providing your suggestions for Speakers or Topics that you would like to see in the future. Please provide a brief description of the topic, the Speaker’s name, their e-mail address, mailing address or Telephone number (if known). Send suggestions to Program Chair.
No General Meeting
Class: “Basic, Basic DNA - How Three Testing Companies Can Change Your Family Tree”, August 22, 2016, Monday, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, Redwood Room. The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required. Have your thought about testing your DNA but did know which test to do? Or, are you one who has tested your DNA, but you don’t know how to use the tools to break through your brick wall?
Patricia Burrow will give a basic introduction into DNA testing. She will cover the four different types - Y-DNA, mtDNA, Autosomal and X DNA. Not sure which company to use to test your DNA? Pat will cover the top three companies to show you what is available from each company and what are their strong points and weaknesses.
After learning about the different testing companies, Pam Fujii will walk you through her case study on how she used all three companies. Pam will show you the tools she used to find new family members. We guarantee when you leave the session, you will be thinking of DNA testing in a whole new light!
CLASS IS FULL. REGISTER NOW FOR THE WAIT-LIST.
Afternoon Seminar: “World War II War Brides”, presented by Beverly Sollars Wednesday, Sept 7: Clothing and Photo Display 1:00-4:00 pm, and Short Talk About the Collection at 1:30 pm, in the Redwood Room of the Central Park Library. Flyer
War brides are different from other immigrants as they did not ostensibly come to the United States for political freedom or economic opportunity but instead came here to marry a U.S. serviceman or servicewoman. They scattered when they arrived rather than remaining in groups as other immigrants typically did, and they did not remain at any one social level.
The first batch of war brides—455 British women and their 132 children—arrived in the U.S. in February 1946. Over the years, an estimated 300,000 foreign war brides moved to the U.S. following the passage of the War Brides Act of 1945, of which 51,747 were Filipinos and an estimated 50,000 were Japanese. Now you have a chance to see and hear about these unique brides.
Beverly Sollars will bring a display of World War II War Brides clothing and photos to the Library. The display can be viewed anytime from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, but you will not want to miss her brief talk about the collection at 1:30 pm. Ms. Sollars is the child of a War Bride marriage and now travels to share their stories.
Class: “Getting Organized”, September 15, 2016, Thursday, 1-4:30 pm, Redwood Room. The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required. What is documentation? This class will explain what a “source” is and how to document it. We will also explore the organization of your genealogy materials. View how seasoned genealogists organize their materials. We will also review some of the different genealogy reports to help you analyze your findings. Looking for a Genealogy Program for your computer? You will learn what to look for when choosing a computer program. Flyer.
CLASS IS FULL. REGISTER NOW FOR THE WAIT-LIST.
General Meeting: “Your Society, Your Voice.” Tuesday, September 20, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Margie Edinger Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.
Marcia Holstrom will lead a panel addressing questions from Society members. You may bring these questions to the meeting or send them by email to Marcia through the SCCHGS website. We want to hear from YOU! Your contributions to the Society are critical, whether they are about volunteering or giving suggestions for procedures, meetings, or anything else. We will also answer questions involving your research dilemmas if you feel that will help others attending the meeting. Anonymous questions are absolutely okay. There will be a box at the meeting where you can place these. We need you to help us keep this organization vibrant and vital for the Genealogy Community in Silicon Valley...your Society… your voice!
Marcia Murray Holstrom has been researching her family history since 1975. She is descended from First Families of Ohio and Stephen Hopkins of Mayflower fame. She plans to help the SCCHGS double their membership and become an even more vital part of the Family History community in the South Bay. YOU will definitely need to help with this!
Where I’m From
SCCHGS is collecting your memories, what makes you unique, what shaped the present you.
- “If you don’t know where you’re from, you’ll have a hard time saying where you’re going.” - Wendell Berry
- George Ella Lyon wrote a poem, Where I’m From that lends itself to simplicity and reminds us of our own experiences.
- Click here for more information and a template you can use for your own poem: WhereImFrom.
Put your experiences into the poetry template, share it with us and we will include you in our drawing for prizes at the October general meeting.
Help SCCHGS Earn Money Through YOUR Shopping
- Earn for our Society as you shop at Luckys and Food Maxx
- Sign up at escrip.com/luckys
- Provide your name, email and phone number
- Select Santa Clara County Hist-Genea Society
- Or send this info to earn @ scchgs . com
- At the store checkout
- Before payment – Provide your registered phone number
- If you are a Save Smart or Lucky You rewards shopper, when you register your phone number (or 10-digit loyalty ID you use at checkout), or rewards card number (the number on the back of your Save Smart or Lucky You rewards card), we will automatically link your Rewards and eScript accounts. That way you won’t have to choose between shopping for rewards or contributing to eScrip. By linking these accounts, you can earn rewards for both!
Where are we located?
The society is located at the City of Santa Clara Central Park Library in the Heritage Pavilion.
We have a large collection of genealogy resources along with a great historical collection available for the public’s use.
There are volunteer consultants available to introduce patrons to the collection and assist them with their research problems. Check this calendar for consultant availability.