Special Interest Groups

Do you have an interest in genealogical writing, implementing professional standards, DNA testing, Czech Slovak genealogy or Jewish genealogy?

Check out our special interest groups below


Genealogical Writing

Special Interest Group - Genealogical Writing (SIG-GW) is an opportunity for SLO Genealogy Society members to hone their genealogical writing skills. Our goal is to benefit both the local organization and the larger genealogical community by enhancing the body of knowledge upon which we all draw. Participants are expected to bring their own expertise and interests to the table so that we may learn from each other.

Activities include:
  • discussion of published materials
  • review of fellow group members' work
  • member-led tutorials on citation and evidence analysis
  • These writing groups are sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society and are open to members only as a FREE benefit of membership. They are held on the second floor of the San Luis Obispo City/County Library, 995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo (see map below). Get ideas for writing your own family history.

    RESERVATIONS: Group II shown below has openings for new participants. Contact Lynn Storrs for more information.

    Genealogical Writing (SIG-GW-I)

    1:30 PM - 3:30 PM on the fourth Friday of each month except November and December.

    Facilitated by Ginger Goodell.

    Genealogical Writing (SIG-GW-II)

    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM on the third Friday of most months except December.

    Facilitated by Lynn Storrs.

    San Luis Obispo City/County Library
    995 Palm Street
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Implementing Professional Standards: Advanced Genealogy Discussion

    "Professional" in the discussion group title does not mean that the group is restricted to those who take paying clients. Instead "professional" in this context means that group members will focus on application of professional genealogy research standards as detailed in the following references:

    * Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones
    * BCG Genealogical Standards Manual by Board for Certification of Genealogists
    * Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills
    * Professional Genealogy edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills
    * National Genealogical Society (NGS) Genealogical Standards and Guidelines

    Prerequisites? All participants should be familiar with these five references, should be able to list the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard and should have at least three years of research experience. Each participant should bring at least one question, case study, research problem, group exercise, citation issue, or resource recommendation to these meetings.

    Implementing Professional Standards

    Meets fourth Wednesday of each month except November and December, unless the main library is not open.

    Discussion of BCG certification and
    general advanced genealogy.

    Meet at the Arroyo Grande Genealogy Library at 3:00 PM

    located upstairs in the
    Arroyo Grande Public Library
    South County Regional Center
    800 W. Branch Street
    Arroyo Grande, CA.

    Email Cafi Cohen for more information.

    Arroyo Grande Public Library
    South County Regional Center
    800 W. Branch St.
    Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

    Czech Slovak Genealogy

    Share research ideas, finds and breakthroughs and provide assistance to others who are interested in Czech and Slovak lands.

    Email Dave Hanush or phone him at 805-227-6391.

    Genealogy Applications of DNA Testing

    Goals: discussing DNA testing, interpreting results, and integrating results with your paper trail. We plan to help each other decide on appropriate tests, analyze DNA results, and coordinate results with a paper trail from traditional genealogy research.

    Meets 2 PM sharp, the fourth Wednesday of each month except November and December, at the Arroyo Grande Genealogy Library. Space limited, approval to attend required (see below).

    • Member of SLOCGS
    • Have done at least one DNA test (autosomal, Y-chromosome, or mitochondrial) for genealogy research
    • Have watched the free online video "Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy," at https://rootstech.org/video/4052965123001
    • Agrees to bring to each session something to discuss. Examples are testing results, questions, comments, resource recommendations, case studies.
    Group coordinators are Sharon Whitney and Cheryl Storton. If you meet the prerequisites, email Cafi Cohen to see if there is room in the group. You need not commit to attending every session to be a group member.

    Arroyo Grande Public Library
    South County Regional Center
    800 W. Branch St.
    Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

    Jewish Genealogy

    The goal of our discussion group is to inspire and help one another to research our own family history At our monthly meetings we share our successes and frustrations as well as show each other techniques, websites, and materials that have been helpful. We welcome interested beginners and as well as more seasoned researchers.

    Jewish Genealogy

    10:30 AM - 12 NOON on the last Wednesday of each month.

    Meet at
    Congregation Beth David
    10180 Los Osos Valley Road.
    San Luis Obispo, CA.

    Contact: Email Carol Stern or
    phone her at 805-528-6557

    Congregation Beth David
    10180 Los Osos Valley Road.
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93420

    Atascadero AAUW Genealogy Interest Group

    Open to Atascadero American Association of University Women (AAUW) members on a space-available basis.

    For more information, contact Claudia at cecollier@charter.net .