Thursday, November 20, 2014

Last Society Meeting of 2014:
Telling the Family's Story

Thursday, November 20, 2014
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton


Sometime in the midst of the search, every genealogist comes across a story that just must be told. In Deborah Conner Mascot’s case, the story was an outgrowth of her childhood experiences on the Portola Valley country property of successful San Francisco merchant, Stephen Mariani.

At our November meeting, author Debbie Mascot will share how her family crossed paths with this pioneer San Francisco family and how she came to know their family stories so well. She’ll explain what led up to her decision to write about the Mariani family and what that meant in terms of researching a family to whom she was not related, but of whom her own family had so many memories.

As she has self-published several books, our speaker will share a bit about the process she faced in converting her research into a manuscript, and beyond that into a book for publication.

In addition to her full-time job and partnering with her husband in homeschooling their two children, Debbie Mascot is active with Bay Area genealogical societies and as a leader for 4-H projects. Somehow in the midst of this, she has published four books and spent time in genealogical research projects. For this last Society meeting of the year, we are pleased to present one of our own members as our featured speaker. Please join us in welcoming Debbie Mascot at our November meeting.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Lodi Library Series Continues Today

"Grow Your Family Tree," SJGS' continuing series of beginners' genealogy workshops, continues this afternoon at the Lodi Public Library with a hands-on session in the library's Computer Room. Today's topic covers how to find free resources online which can further your genealogical research.

Lodi Public Library is located at 201 West Locust Street in Lodi, California. Come join us this afternoon, from 2:00 to 4:00, and explore which resources will help you with your own family tree.

For more information, email the Lodi Public Library or call them at (209) 333-5503.




Monday, October 13, 2014

Join Us for our October Meeting

Thursday, October 16, 2014
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive
Stockton, California 

Every genealogist has them: those impossible "brick wall" ancestors who seemingly refuse to be found. For our October meeting, we are honored to have as our guest speaker James M. Baker, Ph.D., C.G., who specializes in resolving such impossible research problems.


Our speaker for this month's Society meeting will provide case studies on seven ways to resolve those "brick wall" research dilemmas often encountered by genealogists. If you have found yourself challenged by such research puzzles, please consider yourself invited to join us for this informative session. Attendance is free and we welcome anyone in the Stockton area who has an interest in genealogical research to attend our monthly meetings in the Community Room of the Margaret Troke Library.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SJGS Workshop at Troke Library:
Researching Your Mexican Heritage

How to Research Your Mexican Ancestry
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.
Margaret Troke Library
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive
Stockton, California

Join us this Saturday as the San Joaquin Genealogical Society presents another Beginners' Workshop in genealogical research. This month, Sylvia Perez will discuss tips on how to begin your search for your Mexican, Central American or South American roots. Join us at 11:00 through 1:30 for this hands-on class and discussion.

 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cesar Chavez Library:
We're Celebrating With You!

The San Joaquin Genealogical Society is pleased to join the Friends of the Stockton Public Library in celebrating the Cesar Chavez Library's fifty years of service to the Stockton and San Joaquin County community. This afternoon, from 5:00 through 7:00, we will gather with other community organizations and library patrons in a public acknowledgement of what the Chavez library has meant to us.

As for SJGS, our partnership with this downtown Stockton facility goes back to the time of the newly-constructed library building, fifty years ago. We have been grateful, all those years, for the opportunity to host meetings and workshops there, provide volunteers to assist library patrons with their questions about genealogy, and continue our fifty-year tradition of donating (at last count) 3,666 books to their genealogical reference section.

Please consider joining fellow library patrons this afternoon as we fete the Stockton-San Joaquin Public Library system's Cesar Chavez library.



 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pioneer Liberty:
Restoring the Nearly-Lost Legacy
of Local Cemeteries

Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive
Stockton, California

Ever wonder what happened to the now-disappeared pioneer towns of San Joaquin County?

Inspired by a girlhood volunteer project for her 4-H chapter, author and historian Barbara Filbin launched a research quest to honor the pioneers who once settled in Lodi, Acampo and Galt—as well as in those vanished settlements of northern San Joaquin County. Extracting names and dates from the old gravestones of such places as Liberty Cemetery, Barbara has reconstructed the life stories of these pioneers and incorporated them into the many books she has published over the years. The stones of places like Liberty Cemetery have revealed enough detail to lead Barbara to reconstruct the 1850s and 1860s history of the short-lived nearby town of Liberty, as well.

We are honored, this Thursday, to welcome recently-joined new SJGS member Barbara Filbin as our speaker as we kick off the fall season and resume our monthly meetings. We look forward to Barbara's recounting of what she found while researching the Liberty Cemetery—as well as other local cemeteries of historical significance—and how she recorded those in the many books she has published.

Please join us at the Troke Library at 5:45 p.m. tonight to hear Barbara Filbin recount her stories of discovery and research into the local history of the northern portion of our county.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Saturday, September 6
Begins New Workshop Series

Saturday, September 6, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Margaret Troke Library
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive
Stockton, California, USA

The successful SJGS "Find Your Roots" workshop series will once again be offered at Stockton's Troke Library, beginning with the September 6 session, "Taking Your Genealogical Research on the Road."

If you have ever contemplated returning to the original homeland of your ancestors, wish to trace the immigrant paths of your grandparents, or even want to go back and visit the family homes of your childhood memories, join us on Saturday to discuss tips and ideas on planning the successful research trip.

Though all our workshop sessions are free of charge, in order to provide the correct number of laptops and handouts, please call the library to register for this session at (209) 937-8221. Or, you may contact the Society directly to register by email at sjcogensoc@gmail.com.