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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Participants in
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:
May 3, 2014 The History Center of San Luis Obispo County: Organization, Resources, and Genealogy Research - Jill Fletcher.

Coming to America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island, and Your Immigrant Ancestors - Nancy Loe.


June 7, 2014 Best Websites for Genealogical Research in the Midwest - Cafi Cohen.

Up Your Game: Advanced Research Techniques - Cheryl Storton.


September 6, 2014 Has Your Genealogy Been Done? Accessing and evaluating prior work on your family tree - Cafi Cohen.

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


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


Details below


May 3, 2014
General Meeting

The History Center of San Luis Obispo County:
Organization, Resources, and Genealogy Research
by Jill Fletcher.
Coming to America:
Castle Garden, Ellis Island, and Your Immigrant Ancestors
by Nancy Loe.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: The History Center of San Luis Obispo County: Organization, Resources, and Genealogy Research by Jill Fletcher. From this overview of local historical society activities, learn what types of sources might be waiting for you at historical societies throughout the United States.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: Coming to America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island, and Your Immigrant Ancestors by Nancy Loe.

Jill Fletcher is the museum manager of the History Center of San Luis Obispo County. Jill grew up in New England. Residing in the Lexington/Concord area of Massachusetts for most of her childhood, she developed an interest in the rich history and literature of the area. After high school she moved to California and worked in the entertainment industry for 13 years and eventually ended up doing legal research for film and television. After leaving Los Angeles, she worked as a legal assistant in Colorado. She has also lived in New York City, Iowa, and Ojai, California. She moved to San Luis Obispo in 2008. Jill started working at the History Center in 2009 as the volunteer coordinator. One of her goals is to connect all of the county history organizations so that they can share resources and network.

Nancy Loe image
Nancy Loe is a professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist, with master's degrees in American History and in Library Science. She was director of special collections and archives at Cal Poly for nearly three decades. Nancy has appeared on PBS's American Experience and California Gold, and at Rootstech and the SoCal Jamboree. Her website, sassyjanegenealogy.com, was featured in the Jan-Feb 2014 issue of Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.” Nancy is working on her own family tree in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, Prussia, and New Zealand, as well as the United States.

Immigrants-Arrival image
Immigrants arriving on an Ellis Island dock.
Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

The 12 million people who arrived at Ellis Island now have 100 million descendants in the U.S. Follow in your immigrant ancestors’ footsteps as they approached America’s “front doors to freedom” through Castle Garden or Ellis Island in the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn about their experiences as they moved from entries on a ship’s manifest to an inspector’s record book in the massive Registry Room. Discover what life was like for new immigrants, what records survive, and what you will find if you visit Castle Garden and Ellis Island today.


June 7, 2014
General Meeting

Best Websites for Genealogical Research in the Midwest
by Cafi Cohen.
Up Your Game: Advanced Research Techniques
by Cheryl Storton.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: Best Websites for Genealogical Research in the Midwest by Cafi Cohen.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: Up Your Game: Advanced Research Techniques by Cheryl Storton.

Cheryl Storton is a former President and Program Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society. She has been actively researching her family since 1980, and has been working with clients for over five years. In addition to speaking at our society meetings, Cheryl has given presentations for the Santa Barbara Genealogical Society and the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. She is presently Assistant Program Chair and co-owner of Bridge to Yesterday, a company that combines genealogy research services with book publication – “We do the research and we make it beautiful.” She is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.




No General Meeting in July or August, 2014



September 6, 2014
General Meeting

Has Your Genealogy Been Done? Accessing and evaluating prior work on your family tree
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: Has Your Genealogy Been Done? Accessing and evaluating prior work on your family tree 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.

Cafi Cohen is a professional genealogy researcher as well as the current Education Chair and past Seminar 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. As co-owner of Bridge to Yesterday, she combines genealogy research services with book publication – “We do the research and we make it beautiful.” She is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

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


October 4, 2014
General Meeting

United States Naturalization Records by Cafi Cohen.
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:To Be Announced