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:



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.


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:

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.




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
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
Session 1: Fashion, Furniture, Facial Hair, and More;
using all types of clues to date and identify your photos
by Eva Ulz.

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
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.