Welcome to SCCHGS
SCCHGS is proud to provide frequent classes, seminars and speakers on both local history and genealogy topics. Our volunteers offer free consulting and low-cost research services and continue to index local genealogical records not available elsewhere. Please explore this site to see all of these great resources and more.

Our general meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month. Check below for time, location, and registration requirements for specific events.

Upcoming Events

Dec


No General Meeting in December
23
Jan
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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.
11
Feb
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Did you do that DNA test? Do you have your results and don’t know what to do with them? Pat Burrow and Teri Mortola will show you how to review the matches from your recent tests and create more branches on the family tree. They show you how to determine how close a relative your match is and what to do with that information. There will be tips on how to connect with those relatives and stories about what you might find with your own ancestors. Once you have learned how to approach the information provided, you will have an opportunity to do some hands‐on, in your own account, with assistance from knowledgeable volunteers. Your results, your information, and your laptop computer or tablet.

REQUIREMENTS: Must have taken the Ancestry DNA test and received results. If you plan on attending the hands‐on part of the class (last hour), must bring your laptop or tablet.
12
Feb
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You have identified who you want to know more about but “where do you look”? This class will help give you a basic tool box of resources online and locally. We will show you how research will be enhanced by learning what is available in our area. We will teach you how to find online databases without having to pay a subscription fees. You will receive hints on how to search online resources to get the best results and what sites may have the documents you are looking to find. This class may give you a kick start for finding those hidden secrets and give you new places to look. Join us as we explore together.
11
Mar
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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.
18
Mar
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Did you do that DNA test? Do you have your results and don’t know what to do with them? Pat Burrow and Teri Mortola will show you how to review the matches from your recent tests and create more branches on the family tree. They show you how to determine how close a relative your match is and what to do with that information. There will be tips on how to connect with those relatives and stories about what you might find with your own ancestors. Once you have learned how to approach the information provided, you will have an opportunity to do some hands‐on, in your own account, with assistance from knowledgeable volunteers. Your results, your information, and your laptop computer or tablet.

REQUIREMENTS: Must have taken the FamilyTree DNA or 23&Me DNA test and received results. If you plan on attending the hands‐on part of the class (last hour), must bring your laptop or tablet.
23
Mar
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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 four 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 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!
14
Apr
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Did you do that DNA test? Do you have your results and don’t know what to do with them? Pat Burrow and Teri Mortola will show you how to review the matches from your recent tests and create more branches on the family tree. They show you how to determine how close a relative your match is and what to do with that information. There will be tips on how to connect with those relatives and stories about what you might find with your own ancestors. Once you have learned how to approach the information provided, you will have an opportunity to do some hands‐on, in your own account, with assistance from knowledgeable volunteers. Your results, your information, and your laptop computer or tablet.

REQUIREMENTS: Must have taken the Ancestry DNA test and received results. If you plan on attending the hands‐on part of the class (last hour), must bring your laptop or tablet.
15
Apr
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Did you do that DNA test? Do you have your results and don’t know what to do with them? Pat Burrow and Teri Mortola will show you how to review the matches from your recent tests and create more branches on the family tree. They show you how to determine how close a relative your match is and what to do with that information. There will be tips on how to connect with those relatives and stories about what you might find with your own ancestors. Once you have learned how to approach the information provided, you will have an opportunity to do some hands‐on, in your own account, with assistance from knowledgeable volunteers. Your results, your information, and your laptop computer or tablet.

REQUIREMENTS: Must have taken the FamilyTree DNA or 23&Me DNA test and received results. If you plan on attending the hands‐on part of the class (last hour), must bring your laptop or tablet.
22
Apr
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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.
13
May
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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.


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