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Genealogy classes now available for pre-registration: "Getting Started" and "Census 101"

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.


No General Meeting in August.


General Meeting: Photo Recovery Workshop, September 15, 2015, Tuesday, 6pm, Margie Edinger Room, presented by Jim Hodges. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. flyer

Jim Hodges will demonstrate how faded and damaged photographs can be scanned and recovered. You may bring old photographs, and Jim will bring some of his own. In about ten minutes, they can be turned into pretty good images. If you don’t get them scanned soon, they will get worse especially if you do not know how to archive them. Once you have a good digital copy, it is easy to send copies to relatives and archives for safe keeping. Jim has had a 45-year career with the Stanford Research Institute. He has travelled to many areas around the globe in his work and often used photography.


General Meeting: "Alex Haley's Roots: An Author's Odyssey", October 20, 2015, Tuesday, 6pm, Margie Edinger Room, presented by Adam Henig. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

¨Roots¨ the book and mini series, which aired in 1977, transformed the world of Genealogy in ways that no one could have predicted. Unfortunately, the legacy of Roots has been upended by the controversy surrounding Haley's plagiarism charges, causing people to wonder what happened to him. Adam Henig, of Gilroy, CA, will share his research and interviews, and will recount the highs and lows of Alex Haley's life with sympathy, addressing the critiques honestly.

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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 volunteer consultants available to introduce patrons to the collection and assist them with their research problems. Check this calendar for consultant availability.

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