Welcome to the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society


The San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society (SLOCGS) was founded in 1967 to encourage interest in family history and educate our members and the public in genealogy research techniques. We collect, preserve and house various historical and genealogical records, with particular emphasis on San Luis Obispo County. Our goal is to assist both beginning and experienced genealogists to find the evidence and proof they need to solve their family puzzles.

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indexing the
1940 Census


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We invite anyone interested in genealogy to join us in our general meetings (below), computer classes, special interest groups and libraries. If you do not live locally you can follow our links to other San Luis Obispo County websites, get in touch with our experienced researchers and see the many benefits enjoyed by the members of our Society. On our county resources page you can access databases that include land records, plat maps, naturalization records, tax records, voter registrations, cemetery records, headstone photos, probate court records and civil case abstracts.


GENERAL MEETINGS



The Society meets on the first Saturday of each month - except July, August, and December at

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Hall
520 Dana Street
San Luis Obispo, CA.


Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome!
Email Cheryl Storton for additional information.

Map to find Independent Order of Odd 
         Fellows (IOOF) Hall<br> 520 Dana Street<br> San Luis Obispo, CA.
UPCOMING:
September 6, 2014 “Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don’t Get Worms” Reading for Historical Context - Warren Bittner, CG.

"Complex Evidence: What it is, How it Works, Why it Matters" - Warren Bittner, CG.


October 4, 2014 United States Naturalization Records - Cafi Cohen.

Identifying Photographs: from Daguerreotypes to Polaroids - Eva Ulz, Curator of the San Luis Obispo History Center.


November 1, 2014 Planning Effective Research - Cafi Cohen.


January 3, 2015 Has Your Genealogy Been Done? Accessing and evaluating prior work on your family tree - Cafi Cohen.

What We Learned in Salt Lake City - SLOCGS members.


Details below:



No General Meeting in July or August, 2014



September 6, 2014
General Meeting

“Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don’t Get Worms” Reading for Historical Context by Warren Bittner, CG.
"Complex Evidence: What it is, How it Works, Why it Matters" by Warren Bittner, CG.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: “Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don’t Get Worms” Reading for Historical Context by Warren Bittner, CG.

Read to understand your ancestors in their own world on their own terms. How to find books about the cultural, political, social, and occupational lives of your ancestors. See examples from some fascinating books.
1:15 PM
Business Meeting
1:25 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
2:00 PM
Main Program: "Complex Evidence: What it is, How it Works, Why it Matters" by Warren Bittner, CG.

Genealogists’ goal is to establish identity and prove relationships; complex evidence is the ONLY way to do this. Follow a case study of clues from multiple sources to solve a problem.
Warren Bittner image
Warren Bittner is a popular speaker at national, state, and local family history societies. He brings twenty years of in-depth European and American archival research experience to the lecture audience. Warren frequently lectures at venues across the country. Please visit his Genealogical Speakers Guild webpage Genealogical Speaker’s Guild to see more about Warren.


October 4, 2014
General Meeting

United States Naturalization Records by Cafi Cohen.
Identifying Photographs: from Daguerreotypes to Polaroids
by Eva Ulz, Curator of the San Luis Obispo History Center.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: United States Naturalization Records by Cafi Cohen.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: Identifying Photographs: from Daguerreotypes to Polaroids by Eva Ulz, Curator of the San Luis Obispo History Center.

Historic photographs provide a compelling picture of the past, and can often tell us a great deal about the people and places they represent. Learn to date photographs by identifying the technology used to create them and examining clues within the image.
Eva Ulz image
Eva Ulz is the curator of the History Center of San Luis Obispo County. She has worked in museums on both coasts, filling positions in education, communications, and collections care. Ulz curated three exhibits blending historic and fine art photography, including “Memento Mori: the Birth and Resurection of Postmortem Photography,” featured in the New York Times Magazine blog


November 1, 2014
General Meeting

Planning Effective Research by Cafi Cohen.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: To Be Announced.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: Planning Effective Research by Cafi Cohen.

Writing a research plan is the first step for attacking any brick wall problem. This session will describe the elements of effective research plans and demonstrate those elements with two case studies. If you would like to submit one of your brick walls for demonstration, please send a 2-3 paragraph description of your case plus an accompanying pedigree chart and family group sheet to cafi.cohen@gmail.com at least two weeks prior to the presentation.



No General Meeting in December, 2014



January 3, 2015
General Meeting

Has Your Genealogy Been Done? Accessing and evaluating prior work on your family tree
by Cafi Cohen.
Main Program: What We Learned in Salt Lake City by SLOCGS members.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: Has Your Genealogy Been Done? Accessing and evaluating prior work on your family tree by Cafi Cohen.

Cafi Cohen is a professional genealogy researcher as well as the past Seminar Chair and current Education Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society. Since 1997, she has presented many sessions on research techniques both locally and at regional conferences. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: What We Learned in Salt Lake City by SLOCGS members.

In September, members of the SLOCGS are traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah, to spend a week researching at the Family History Library. What brick walls will they break down? Will they discover any new family members or resolve a family genealogical mystery? Want to know what methods they use? Find out the answers and more at this meeting.