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—now open with limited hours  NEW
21
Sep
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Most historical records have been created for and about men, which has made it more challenging to research and write about female ancestors. In this talk, Lisa Alzo will share effective ways to discover your female ancestors and document the important roles their lives played in culture and society. She will also discuss various methods for writing about your female ancestors—from short, informative biographical sketches to writing a complete book—along with options for publishing your family history. Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer specializing in Slovak and Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and
5
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.
13
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.
14
Oct
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Facilitated by Mary Boyle, this group seeks to learn more about all aspects of Irish genealogy research. This will be unlike other SIGs in its structure 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.
2
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.


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