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. Become a member.

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.

Upcoming Events

Opening
Santa Clara City Library—Closures and limited services, changed Mar. 2, 2022
Ongoing
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Used history and genealogy books available for a small donation. More books added monthly. Click 'More' for list and instructions.
21
Jun
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Every day, adoptees and others with unknown parents find their birth parents with DNA testing. Often even adopted grandparents and more distant ancestors can be found. This talk covers a 7‐step plan for finding birth parents. How can DNA change your life? Biotech patent attorney and scientist turned genetic genealogist, Mary Eberle, JD, has the answers. Inspired by stories (and a super‐sleuth energized by the thrill of the hunt), Mary finds biological parents and grandparents of adoptees and others with unknown parents. Mary also has trained thousands around the world (in words they understand) so they can harness DNA’s power to solve family mysteries. Mary founded DNA Hunters in 2015.
13
Jul
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Join one of the SCCHGS genealogy consultants to learn tips, tools, techniques and resources to help further your genealogy research.
14
Jul
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Facilitated by Mary Boyle, this group seeks to learn more about all aspects of Irish genealogy research. This SIG will be structured around The Family Tree Irish Research Guide by Claire Santry. This book is a very approachable guide to contemporary Irish research. You will be asked to read a chapter a month and encouraged to try out the recommendations on your own ancestors.
19
Jul
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Every year the world loses priceless historical records. Natural disasters, political unrest, riots, wars, and even malicious acts, damage historical and genealogical records. But one dedicated group of individuals is doing something about it. David Ouimette manages the Global Content Strategy team at FamilySearch.org. Operating up to 330 cameras around the world, they capture as many as 40 million digital images of historical records annually. In his inspiring presentation, David will share with us details about his travels to meet various leaders and vital record keepers and the many marvelous ways family history is preserved, shared, and celebrated in countries and cultures around the world. David Ouimette, CG, CGL, BCG trustee, and author, manages Asia‐Pacific record priorities, including oral genealogy, at FamilySearch; specializes in tracing immigrant origins; and has researched in over sixty countries.
6
Sep
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Our DNASIG is a discussion group that meets to share information and learn from each other. If you have done a DNA test with Ancestry, FTDNA, MyHeritage or 23andMe and would like to learn more about what your results might tell you about your family tree, you are welcome to join us. This is not a class but rather a sharing forum. We combine our genealogy with a pinch of DNA to learn more about how to build our own family trees.
8
Sep
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Facilitated by Mary Boyle, this group seeks to learn more about all aspects of Irish genealogy research. This SIG will be structured around The Family Tree Irish Research Guide by Claire Santry. This book is a very approachable guide to contemporary Irish research. You will be asked to read a chapter a month and encouraged to try out the recommendations on your own ancestors.
14
Sep
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Join one of the SCCHGS genealogy consultants to learn tips, tools, techniques and resources to help further your genealogy research.
4
Oct
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Our DNASIG is a discussion group that meets to share information and learn from each other. If you have done a DNA test with Ancestry, FTDNA, MyHeritage or 23andMe and would like to learn more about what your results might tell you about your family tree, you are welcome to join us. This is not a class but rather a sharing forum. We combine our genealogy with a pinch of DNA to learn more about how to build our own family trees.
12
Oct
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Join one of the SCCHGS genealogy consultants to learn tips, tools, techniques and resources to help further your genealogy research.
13
Oct
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Facilitated by Mary Boyle, this group seeks to learn more about all aspects of Irish genealogy research. This SIG will be structured around The Family Tree Irish Research Guide by Claire Santry. This book is a very approachable guide to contemporary Irish research. You will be asked to read a chapter a month and encouraged to try out the recommendations on your own ancestors.
1
Nov
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Our DNASIG is a discussion group that meets to share information and learn from each other. If you have done a DNA test with Ancestry, FTDNA, MyHeritage or 23andMe and would like to learn more about what your results might tell you about your family tree, you are welcome to join us. This is not a class but rather a sharing forum. We combine our genealogy with a pinch of DNA to learn more about how to build our own family trees.
9
Nov
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Join one of the SCCHGS genealogy consultants to learn tips, tools, techniques and resources to help further your genealogy research.


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