Our Vision:        ALL families connected  

Our Mission:   The purpose of this Society is to educate the general public and members of the Society in genealogical research, and, to preserve, collect, compile, publish and disseminate genealogical data and family history.

April 2021 Seminar

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Maximizing Your Use of Evidence 

When researchers analyze and compare sources, they go far beyond what surface information tells them. The resulting evidence can solve simple and complex genealogical problems. Numerous examples will show participants how they can discover many layers of genealogical evidence and use it to advance their family histories.

Methods of Proving Parentage

Methods of establishing kinship vary from case to case, but are there patterns researchers can apply, especially to difficult cases? Focusing on strategies for proving parentage, the presenter will describe a unifying theoretical model and illustrate the options with examples from recent research.

When Sources Don’t Agree, Then What?

Attendees will learn why and how genealogical sources disagree and how to detect the “truth.” They also will learn three ways to resolve conflicting genealogical evidence and how to present the resolution in a polished genealogical product.

Turn a Name into a Life Story by Researching, Reasoning, and ‘Riting

A case study shows how to find and assemble information to establish a unique identity, resolve conflicts, uncover unrecorded events, and write a life story. Set in three New England states and New York, the case study follows research, reasoning, and writing stages to develop a life story.

If you missed one of our recent meetings, the handouts may be available. Check out the ones on the public Handouts Page and also the Members Only page.

The February edition of the History & Genealogy Library Newsletter announces that you can “Learn how to access and navigate the Top Five - Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest, Newspapers.com, the San Francisco Chronicle 1865-1922 and Fire Insurance maps online (FIMo) in this short video tutorial

There are so many opportunities to attend meetings and webinars now, with most on ZOOM.

Take a look at the North Bay Events page to see if there is something that interests you

One of our "sibling" Societies, Southern California Genealogical Society, is offering a webinar series for free, with interesting subjects twice a month - check out their website.

They also have Early Bird registration until April 26th for their Jamboree in June - click HERE.

News from the History & Genealogy Library in the January 2021 Newsletter

Although the ability to research in the Annex is still unavailable, and Inter-Library Loan is temporarily suspended, you may be able to borrow a book from a California library using LINK+

Don't miss any of the great information -

read past issues and sign up for upcoming news at the Annex web page.

Thanks Simone!

SCGS 2020 Seminar Used Book Sale

Each year our Book Lady, Audrey Herman, compiles an amazing collection of used books to sell at our annual Seminar. This year we had to cancel the Seminar due to the COVID-19 virus.

But Audrey still has all those books!

So we are offering them for sale to our Members Only, prior to putting them in our on-line Book Store. See the list HERE (will need to login first.)  Updated 18 Oct 2020

Spring 2021 classes for SRJC are now all on-line!

There are six classes beginning mid-January, so check out the listing and sign-up now.

Feeling Bored ? ! ?

In the April issue of our SCGS newsletter, our Editor, Cindy Brennan, highlighted several websites that will help to dispel the boredom of being cooped up at home. She shared the links for the Legacy To-Do List and Maureen Taylor’s book about fashions of the 1860’sThe New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has a large number of free webinars, how-to’s and more, that can be accessed remotely. You can sign up for a Free Guest Account to begin taking advantage of this offer. CLICK HERE.

You can find many other opportunities to learn new methods of research and right now many of them are free. So go exploring! Here are a few more to get you started …

California Genealogical Society is offering on-line versions of some of their Special Interest Groups and Classes. Check out their listing on our North Bay Events page.

Legacy Family Tree’s 24-hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon They have extended this so all marathon classes are available for free until further notice. Check out their full listing of amazing webinars, and consider starting your membership to take advantage of all your "free" time. Don't forget that SCGS members get a 50 % discount on membership - see the Members Only page.

The National Genealogical Society’s Free Genealogy Resources

The California Genealogical Society has a blog post with a few additional suggestions, and you can also sign up for their free newsletter.

And don’t forget Facebook. SCGS has a page that Jeffrey Vaillant and Trisha Bomar keep populated with interesting links and announcements. If you use the Find feature you can probably see a Facebook page for any possible subject related to your genealogical interests.

Stay connected with SCGS through our Facebook group.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sonoma County Library branches and 

the Family History Center in Santa Rosa will be closed until the end of March.

You can still access the Library resources from home and FamilySearch is always open!

Follow the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library on their Facebook page!

Here is a link to the Research page for the H & G Library

And don't forget to subscribe to their Newsletter - there is a link at the bottom.

A new benefit to becoming a member of SCGS!

The software Vivid-Pix RESTORE – now save 20% with a special code available in the Members Only section of this website. Vivid-Pix RESTORE works on both Mac and Windows computers – an easy way to work with photographs or documents to restore, crop, add metadata or tags. Try a Free Trial.

Our Book Store is home again

and open for business, with over 40 "new" books. The new books do not have pictures yet, but hopefully soon.

Now you can see all the great articles from past issues of our award-winning newsletter. The list is open to the public, and the newsletters are available in the Members Only section Newsletter Archives.

What's happening in the North Bay Area?

Mark your calendar for these North Bay Events

Look what Steve found! A graphic explanation of the

Genealogical Proof Standard

Read the entire article by Marc McDermott to help improve your Family History research.

Members of Sonoma County Genealogical Society

receive 50 % off annual subscription for Legacy Family Tree Webinars

  Over 700 classes of genealogy education and almost 1000 hours of genealogy based education

   Check out this Special Offer in the Members Only section

We have put together some great publications about the history, people and records of Sonoma County.

      Click to view our publications for purchase on       Lulu or Heritage Books

We have indexes to many of our publications, and are working to make them available here. We have moved some of our indexes from RootsWeb, so check out our 

Indexes of Records in Sonoma County

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