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), 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!
NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION


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:


October 1, 2016 Evidence and Proof: What's the Difference? - Cafi Cohen.

Which Witch? The Surprises of a Salem Genealogy - James Papp.


November 5, 2016 Fashion, Furniture, Facial Hair, and More;
using all types of clues to date and identify your photos
- Eva Ulz.

Photo Workshop


January 7, 2017 Newspaper Research Beyond Obituaries: Much Needed, Often Overlooked - Sheila Benedict.

Oral History: Separating Fact from Fiction - Sheila Benedict.


Details below:


October 1, 2016
General Meeting

Evidence and Proof: What's the Difference? by Cafi Cohen.
Which Witch? The Surprises of a Salem Genealogy by James Papp.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Cafi
Session 1: Evidence and Proof: What's the Difference? by Cafi Cohen

1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM James
Session 2: Which Witch? The Surprises of a Salem Genealogy by James Papp.

Researching family lore of witches among his seventeenth-century ancestors, James Papp discovered, instead, notorious witch-hunters, from middle-aged men to preteen girls. Applying statistics analysis to available records, he created a detailed picture of the methods, scope, and horror of his ancestors’ campaign—along with its unexpected results.
James Papp has a doctorate in English from UCLA and has worked as a teacher, researcher, and administrator in Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, and New York. In San Luis Obispo, he is president of the Jack House. As well as literary and historical scholarship, he publishes poetry (under a pseudonym) in journals throughout the United States. He is currently working on a book about one of his Salem ancestors titled The Wickedest Little Girl in the History of America.



November 5, 2016
General Meeting

Fashion, Furniture, Facial Hair, and More;
using all types of clues to date and identify your photos
by Eva Ulz.
Photo Workshop
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Eva
Session 1: Fashion, Furniture, Facial Hair, and More;
using all types of clues to date and identify your photos
by Eva Ulz.

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
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Photo Workshop




No General Meeting in December, 2016



January 7, 2017
General Meeting

Newspaper Research Beyond Obituaries: Much Needed, Often Overlooked by Sheila Benedict.
Oral History: Separating Fact from Fiction by Sheila Benedict.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Sheila
Session 1: Newspaper Research Beyond Obituaries: Much Needed, Often Overlooked by Sheila Benedict.

1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Oral History: Separating Fact from Fiction by Sheila Benedict.

Sheila Benedict is currently the part-time archivist at Old Mission Santa Inés and is self-employed as a forensic and family genealogist. She was awarded the Pearl Chase Historic Preservation and Conservation Award from the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and authored the recently released Research in the States – California, a National Genealogical Society (NGS) publication.  A recent forensic genealogy article was published in the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy Newsletter. She also taught beginning and intermediate genealogy and oral history techniques for several years at a local community college.