Promoting the study of history and genealogy since 1957
Located within the Central Park branch of the Santa Clara Library
Classes, seminars, and consultations are available: See our event calendar for more information
View our large collection of genealogy & local history materials
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, Zoom Meeting particulars, and registration requirements for specific events.
Presentation by Rubie Bajwa - Dulay, Archivist for The Santa Clara County Archives. This session will provide a brief look at the history of how The Archives was formed and began operation in 2006, an overview of the current collections, and the upcoming foreseeable changes in the way researchers will access these collections. A segment of this session will also provide some helpful tips on where to begin if you are new to the world of research and some information on collections of other local repositories.
When we write the gaps in our family history knowledge often jump right off the page at us. This session will teach you how to use a variety of writing techniques that will analyze, advance and perhaps even move aside some roadblocks. In addition to discussing the reasons we should write, we will review what scenarios are the best ones to apply when writing as well as sharing writing techniques. A case study will be used to highlight the methodologies.
SCCHGS is continuing to provide services as best we can during the pandemic closure period. Look for announcements on this page.
Meetings, classes and groups are conducted via Zoom Meeting. The links to each meeting are sent out by email — see the particulars in the announcement details ('More' links).
Our general meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month. Topics are shown below. These meetings will be held virtually via Zoom for the remainder of 2020. Members will be provided with the meeting link via email. Others should contact the prior to the meeting (until 5 pm the day of the meeting) for the link.
SCCHGS Genealogy Consultants are offering limited consulting services via email and zoom. Send an email to with your question or for more information.
SCCHGS Researchers are also offering limited research services via email. All local repositories and archives are currently closed, but the researchers do have access to some materials. See Research Services or contact for more information.
Special interest groups continue to meet, via Zoom Meeting. Watch for announcements on this page.
Board meetings continue on their normal schedule, via Zoom Meeting. Members may check the Members Area page for more info.
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