Welcome to the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society


MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society is to encourage interest in family history and genealogy, to preserve genealogical materials, and to provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.

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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:

May 7, 2016 Important Annual Business Meeting - members present vote for SLOCGS officers.

Genetic Genealogy – Practical Applications for Real Families - Nancy Niles Wehner.

Adding Life to Your Family History - Nancy Niles Wehner.


June 4, 2016 Behind the Scenes of PBS's Genealogy Roadshow - D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.

Clustering and More: Searching the World Wide Web - D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.


September 3, 2016 Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman - Steve Morse.

From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask - Steve Morse.


Details below:

May 7, 2016
General Meeting

Genetic Genealogy – Practical Applications for Real Families by Nancy Niles Wehner.
Adding Life to Your Family History by Nancy Niles Wehner.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Nancy
Session 1: Genetic Genealogy – Practical Applications for Real Families by Nancy Niles Wehner.

Learning the basics plus some more advanced techniques of genetic genealogy provides a sense of accomplishment. But the real gold lies in applying that knowledge to real families. Nancy will walk us through four completed or on-going case studies in which genetic genealogy contributed to breaking through brick walls and/or has provided an unexpected insight into a family.
1:00 PM
Important Annual Business Meeting - members present vote for SLOCGS officers.
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Adding Life to Your Family History by Nancy Niles Wehner.

Names, dates, and places are the backbone of the family structure. But really knowing your family requires digging deeper and understanding their world. Join Nancy for a discussion of the mindset and the ways and means needed to gain this deeper understanding, as well as how to incorporate it into your family history, as illustrated by examples from her own and other families.
Nancy Niles Wehner, CGSM is a freshly-minted Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) associate based in Fremont, California (San Francisco Bay area). She has been researching her lineage and her husband’s family for thirty years, with occasional excursions into other people’s families. Nancy enjoys teaching and serving as a mentor to beginning genealogists. She has published two genealogical articles, one in the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record (2014) and one in the National Genealogical Society Magazine (2011), and is working on a third based on her BCG certification portfolio's case study.


June 4, 2016
General Meeting

Behind the Scenes of PBS's Genealogy Roadshow by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.
Clustering and More: Searching the World Wide Web by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Josh
Session 1: Behind the Scenes of PBS's Genealogy Roadshow by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.

As a featured genealogist on PBS's Genealogy Roadshow, Josh will give us an insider's peek at the inner workings of the popular series.
1:15 PM
Business Meeting
1:30 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
2:00 PM
Session 2: Clustering and More: Searching the World Wide Web by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.

Effective Internet searching cannot be complete without clustering. Learn how to limit your search engine results to websites that will be beneficial to you without having to scroll through thousands of results! Strong emphasis is put on learning and using "Yippy," and other search engines.
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, a nationally known genealogical author, lecturer and researcher is a frequent speaker at family history events. He is the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). The former Director of Education & Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), Joshua has authored numerous articles in American Ancestors, UGA Crossroads, FGS Forum, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, New England Ancestors, and others. In 2013 he authored “The Keane and Sheahan Families of Bridgeport, Connecticut,” a study of a family’s immigration and life in New England after the Irish famine. He coordinates Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) courses. His MLS is in Archival Management, and his MA is in history. He's been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? and can be seen currently as host on PBS's Genealogy Roadshow.




No General Meeting in July and August, 2016




September 3, 2016
General Meeting

Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman by Steve Morse.
From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask by Steve Morse.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Steve
Session 1: Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman by Steve Morse..

This lecture presents a case study using the One-Step Webpages as well as other websites to develop a family history. It illustrates how, with a minimal amount of initial information, an entire genealogy can be obtained. It also shows how to obtain records in spite of name misspellings, and how to avoid accepting wrong information.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: From DNA to Genetic Genealogy: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask by Steve Morse.

The study of genetics that started with Gregor Mendel's pea experiments in 1865 has now entered the genealogy field with Megan Smolenyak's coining of the term "genetealogy" in 2000. To understand the genealogical aspects requires an understanding of some of the basic concepts. This talk introduces genes, chromosomes, and DNA, and goes on to show how DNA is inherited. That knowledge of inheritance can be used for finding relatives you didn't know you had, learning about your very distant ancestors and the route they traveled, and determining if you are a Jewish high priest (Kohan). Examples presented include Genghis Khan's legacy, the Thomas Jefferson affair, and the Anastasia mystery.