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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.
Class: “Census 101: An Introduction to Searching the US Federal and State Censuses” Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1:30-4:00 pm, Redwood Room. The class is free and open to all. Registration is required.
Census records are among the most rich and rewarding family history records available. Depending on which census your ancestor is in, you can learn where he or she lived at a particular place or time, learn his or her place of birth, what he or she did for a living, how many times they were married and other bits of valuable information. Each census is a little different than the previous census. In this class you will learn what information is available on each census record. Using this knowledge you can find census information to advance your search for your ancestors. Taught by Dave McCready. Flyer.
General Meeting: “Getting The Most From FamilySearch”, presented by Janet Brigham Tuesday, February 21, 1:15 - 3:00 pm (Afternoon meeting!) in the Redwood Room of the Central Park Library. The presentation is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served 1:00 pm.
Join us as Janet Brigham shares how to get the most from FamilySearch.org, the largest free genealogy website on the Internet. Through FamilySearch, you can research billions of records in the vast FamilySearch holdings, including the largest collection of international records. There are also numerous tutorials and videos. The FamilySearch Wiki provides research guidance and detailed help. FamilySearch Family Tree provides a collaborative online tree, with places for recorded stories and digitized images. Users can borrow microfilms and microfiche of records listed in the FamilySearch catalog for a small fee to cover shipping costs to a specific Family History Center.
Presenter: Janet Brigham is a research psychologist and genealogy enthusiast with a background in writing and editing and degrees in journalism and communications. She is vice president of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group and frequently teaches genealogy classes. She is editor of the PastFinder newsletter, which has been named best genealogy newsletter in the U.S. by the National Genealogical Society. As a research psychologist, Janet has conducted behavioral health research at several universities and institutes, including the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh, SRI International, and Oregon Research Institute. She has authored and co-authored several books. She is married to Richard Rands, a professional genealogist. Flyer.
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.