Please register online - you can pay using your credit card or you can print an invoice to mail in with your check. 

Members must login in order to receive the member discount. 

The deadline for mailing a check will be Monday, March 30th. The deadline for registering and paying online will be Wednesday, April 15th if not ordering a box lunch. If you would like a box lunch, the registration and payment deadline will be Monday, April 6th.

You may also complete a Registration Form and mail in with your check.

You may also register at the door on the day of the event. Sorry we cannot accept credit card payments at the door, so please bring cash or a personal check.

Questions regarding registration can be directed to the Seminar Program Chair at sonoma.seminar@gmail.com.  

Don't miss our 28th annual Spring Seminar with Judy Russell

Her lectures will be :

Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans

Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law. But it’s not always the place that 21st century researchers might expect. An orphan in the early days wasn’t a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died. The law didn’t care much about the mother. She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and generally not much more. Learn more of the way the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.

NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives

“All the military records were burned in the fire.” “There isn't any birth, marriage or death information in federal records.” “There aren't any details about ordinary families at the National Archives.” These kinds of myth-statements stop genealogists from breaking down all kinds of brick walls using the wealth of information in NARA records. Join the mythbusters with the treasures the National Archives holds for your family.

Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War

America’s doors were open to all before the Civil War, with few restrictions. Afterwards, the laws began tightening, with exclusions, quotas, even required visas. How did the immigration laws affect your ancestors who immigrated after the Civil War? What hoops did they have to jump through to enter America’s “golden door”?

After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History through DNA

Catastrophic records loss due to fires and disasters at courthouses is a fact of life for genealogists. When a disaster takes out birth, marriage, death, court, land and probate records all in one fell swoop, it may still be possible to light our family’s research fires — to rekindle our interest in our ancestral roots — using DNA evidence.

In addition to these great presentations, we will also have several tables with exhibits from local historical or educational societies, as well as our extensive selection of used books for sale. (If you just can't wait until then to find the perfect book, please visit our new on-line Book Store. The prices at the seminar will be $5-$10 cheaper because of the shipping charges.) 

Box lunches may be purchased in advance and must be prepaid with registration by April 6th.  The selections are: 

Lunch catered by Ulia’s Deli. All lunches cost $15.00 and include a cookie and a drink. Please indicate if you require gluten free - chocolate chip cookie will be replaced with gluten free treat.

A) Ulia Sandwich – prosciutto, brie cheese, house made muffaletta spread, spinach & pesto aioli, served on a dutch crunch roll. Side fruit salad.

B) Sausalito Summer Sandwich– turkey, jack, avocado, pesto aioli, fresh red bell, cilantro, red onion and tomato, served on a dutch crunch roll. Side fruit salad.

C) Club Sandwich – turkey, ham, bacon, jack with mayo, mustard lettuce and tomato, served on a french roll. Side fruit salad.

D) French Sandwich – Chicken, brie cheese, fresh apple, red onion, mayonnaise & dijon mustard, served on croissant. Side fruit salad.

E) Garden salad – mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, kidney beans peas and carrots with champagne vinaigrette. (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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