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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.
See also the Library Genealogy Events calendar, listing additional classes presented by the Library, meetings of Special Interest Groups (SIG). See the SCCHGS Calendar for when genealogy volunteers will be available to help you with your research.
No General Meeting
General Meeting: “Finding Ethel: Utilizing Local and Regional Resources”, presented by Marcia Holstrom Tuesday, January 15, 6:45 - 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 6:30 pm.
Don’t tell Larry Page, but everything is not on Google. When you have reached the end of your exhaustive search through the myriad of Genealogy websites and even random Google searches, allow me to introduce you to Ethel. She has been working in the basement of the County Courthouse for many years, sorting and preserving documents and arranging them in a way that makes sense to her as a family historian. Those documents may even be indexed on her computer - which she will be happy to share with you.
We need to get as close to the original source as possible and local historians and genealogists have been recording and archiving those sources for many years. Our own SCCHGS has dedicated volunteers who have been indexing and archiving county records since long before Ancestry.com and certainly before the DNA hoopla and they are still hard at work doing just that. Let Marcia help you understand what could be available out there and how to access those records.
Marcia taught Family History classes in Santa Clara County for 10 years and has been an active supporter of the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society for over 20 years. Flyer.
Class: “Getting Started with Genealogy” Friday, January 18, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Redwood Room. The class is free and open to all. Registration is required.
Learn the basics of starting your genealogy research. This class will help you discover what documents you have, what documents you need, and what to do with the information you found. You will learn what is available from vital records, as well as other kinds of records. We will also explain the Family Groups Sheets and Pedigree Charts and show you how to get started in filling them out. We will also give you an introduction into sourcing your information. Taught by Pam Fujii and Dave McCready of the Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society.
Class: “DNA Basics for Genealogists - How Three Testing Companies Can Change Your Family Tree” Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Redwood Room. The presentation is free and open to all. Registration is required.
Have you thought about testing your DNA but did not 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, covering the four different DNA types. 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 will discuss their strong points and weaknesses. 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!
Help SCCHGS Earn Money Through YOUR Shopping
- Earn for our Society as you shop on Amazon. At no cost to you, Amazon will contribute 0.5% of most purchases.
Designate your charity, one time:
- Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/94-6129935.
- Sign into your Amazon account
- Confirm that 'Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society' is your charity choice.
- Go to smile.amazon.com, and sign in.
- Under your account, select 'Your AmazonSmile'
- Search for 'Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society' as your charity choice.
Each time you shop:
- Go to smile.amazon.com (instead of www.amazon.com).
- Bookmark it on all your computers !
- Earn for our Society as you shop at Luckys and Food Maxx
- Sign up at escrip.com/shares
- Provide your name, email and phone number
- Select Santa Clara County Hist-Genea Society
- Or send this info to
- At the store checkout
- Before payment – Provide your registered phone number
- If you are already a Food Maxx or Lucky You rewards shopper, you can continue to both earn rewards and contribute to our Society! When you register for eScript, your Rewards and eScript accounts will automatically be linked together - using your phone number.
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.