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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 on Homestead Road. 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.


Special Program: "Immigration and Naturalization Research”, February 25, 2015, 1pm-2:30pm, Margie Edinger Room, presented by Janice Sellers. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

When researching an immigrant ancestor, the tools change from those more commonly used in genealogy. Finding information here in the U.S. is the necessary first step. Experienced presenter, Janice Sellers, will help you identify resources and provide tools and strategies to help you make the leap to the “old country.”
Janice Sellers of is a favorite speaker at Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society events. Don’t miss this informative session sponsored by the Library and the Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society for Silicon Valley Reads 2015.


General Meeting: "Indentured Servants Have Genealogies too ”, March 17, 2015, 6pm, Margie Edinger Room, presented by Pamela Erickson. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Indentured Servants were a significant part of the American landscape for nearly three centuries, especially in Colonial times. How long and how extensive was this system of work for many American immigrants? Join Pamela Erickson to learn the history of indentured servitude, how and why it got started, and how it gradually disappeared.
Pamela Erickson has taught genealogy classes for more than twenty years. She also teaches classes on writing family history and memoirs. Read more about her at

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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 also consultants to help introduce patrons to the collection and assist them with their research problems. There is a staff available for help, usually from 1-3 pm; also 7-9 pm as volunteers are available.

This web page is hosted on behalf of the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society by SFgenealogy