Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tonight's Meeting:
Equipping You to Break Through Brick Walls

Thursday, April 16, 2015
5:45 p.m.
 502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton 

Elementary, My Dear Watson:
Solving Your Genealogy Puzzles With
Clues You Already Have
Presenter: James Baker, PhD, CG

Every researcher has run across them: those challenging situations where key data are missing or inadequate. How do you fill in the genealogical blanks without embarking on new research?

Dr. James Baker, CG, will provide us with the answer to that quandary as he returns to present this second part of his research series this evening, April 16, at our monthly membership meeting at the Troke Library in north Stockton.

The evening's presentation will provide case studies to show how thorough data analyses and the use of indirect evidence can be your effective approach in reviewing documents you've already compiled. He'll provide workable examples by examining naming patterns, witness signatures to birth or marriage documents, inheritance data, sibling data and family migration patterns, many of which details you may already have in documents you've previously obtained.

After the favorable reception to his presentation last October, we are pleased to welcome Jim Baker back to Stockton for this month's follow up session. Please come early to enjoy some refreshments and a social time with fellow members. Feel free to invite a friend to attend with you. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beginners' Workshop Series Continues in Lodi

San Joaquin Genealogical Society returns to the Lodi Public Library this Saturday with our next session on the beginners' genealogy series, "Grow Your Family Tree." The afternoon session, covering the basics of pursuing your own family history, will be held in the library's Community Room. In addition, the topic for this session will include how to find free resources online, and will introduce the Society's new program, First Families of San Joaquin.

Lodi Public Library is located at 201 West Locust Street in Lodi, California. Come join us this Saturday 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, March 16, 2015

Got Irish Roots?

Thursday, March 19, 2015
5:45 p.m.
 502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton 

Researching Your Irish Roots
Presenter: Kim R. von Aspern-Parker

Whether you are among the 33 million Americans who in 2013 reported to the United States Census Bureau that they have Irish ancestry—or the additional three million haling from Scots-Irish roots—when it comes to the month in which we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, everybody’s Irish. At least, everyone who is pursuing family history can benefit from the lessons learned in researching Irish roots.

This month, we welcome as our speaker Sacramento genealogist Kim von Aspern-Parker. Graduate of University of Nevada at Reno with a bachelor in journalism and public relations, Kim has often commented that she speaks, teaches, coaches, and blogs about genealogy—and this she has done for more than twenty five years, providing private genealogical investigation services out of her Sacramento office. In addition to this topic, Kim specializes in research in both California and Louisiana, where she recently completed a research trip.
Join us in welcoming Kim von Aspern-Parker on Thursday, March 19, at the Margaret Troke Library in north Stockton for our monthly membership meeting. Come early to enjoy some refreshments and a social time with fellow members. Feel free to invite a friend—the more, the merrier!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tonight's Meeting Brings Pre-1850 Research Tips

Thursday, February 19, 2015
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton 
 The Quest for Pre-1850 Colonials
Presenter: Kathryn Miller Marshall, Ph.D.

At some point in the quest to find our ancestors, we need to be equpped to cross the great census divide and move our family history research back before 1850.
The challenge with that, of course, is the lack of itemization of names of anyone in each family, other than the head of household, in every U.S. census enumeration occurring before 1850. To trace family members before that landmark year, we need to employ other types of documentation.
We are delighted that our speaker for tonight's meeting is equipped to provide us numerous tips on how to proceed with our pre-1850 research. We welcome back Dr. Kathryn Miller Marshall, who has been enthusiastically received by our members in the past. A speaker at numerous genealogical seminars and conferences, Dr. Marshall served for sixteen years as Director of the Lodi California Family History Center.
Please join us tonight in welcoming Dr. Marshall back to Stockton, as we return to the Troke Library for our 2015 general membership meeting series.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Welcome to 2015!

We are delighted to kick off the New Year with our annual dinner meeting this evening at UJ's Restaurant. We are looking forward to hearing from our featured speaker, Mr. Bill Maxwell, Archives Manager of the extensive photograph collection at the Bank of Stockton. He will be sharing some of the exceptional photographs within that collection, especially focusing on those detailing the history of the Stockton area.

This event appears to be the largest annual dinner meeting held in our 60+ year history, as over fifty of our members will gather to socialize with fellow genealogy enthusiasts over a delicious meal. In addition, this event serves as our annual Installation of Officers, and will feature special recognition of notable members.

After the conclusion of this event, our meetings will return to their usual third Thursday time and location at the Margaret Troke Library on Benjamin Holt Drive in Stockton.

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.