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

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Launching New Workshop Location:
Downtown Stockton

Much like solving any mystery, the quest to uncover the story of your own roots requires thinking like a detective, as well as being able to distinguish between what is true and untrue information. Throughout the past year, the San Joaquin Genealogical Society has been conducting workshops to equip beginners with the tools to get started in your own research and providing guides for those who would like to pursue their research further.

This coming Monday, June 23, volunteers from the San Joaquin Genealogical Society will launch their popular "Digging Up Your Roots" workshop on beginning genealogy research at yet another location: the Cesar Chavez Central Library in downtown Stockton. The new class will begin at 6:00 that evening and continue until 7:45.

Instructor Sally Spenker will lead session attendees through the basics of beginning research on their own family history.

The session is free, but registration is recommended. To insure that there is space for you, you may register online by clicking here, or call the library at (209) 937-8221. 

In addition, if you have already started your family history research, please bring to this session any material you've found, such as birth, death, or marriage certificates, family data, or the beginnings of your family tree. You may also bring your laptop to this session. Volunteers from the Society will be on hand to answer individual questions about your own research.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 14: "Dig Up Your Roots" Series
Continues at Lodi Public Library

Volunteers from the San Joaquin Genealogical Society will continue their Beginners' Workshop series at the Lodi Public Library this coming Saturday afternoon, from 2:00 to 4:00. The topic for this Saturday's session is "Free Online Resources For Your Genealogical Research." Following the presentation, there will be time for specific questions on attendees' own family history research.

The class will be held in the Library's Community Room at 201 West Locust Street in Lodi. For more information and to reserve your place for this class, you may reach the library by calling (209) 333 5503, or emailing them at

Lodi Public Library collaborates with the San Joaquin Genealogical Society to provide beginners workshops for family history research

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Saturday, June 7:
Last Class for Spring Semester

Saturday, June 7, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Margaret Troke Library
502 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton, California

Our successful "Find Your Roots" workshops for beginners is wrapping up the Spring semester with this final class session, coming up this Saturday, June 7. Our topic for this session is "Listen to Your Family's Memorabilia: It Has Stories to Tell!"

Society members will share how their family heirlooms and mementos inspired them to delve further into the stories of their ancestors.

In this session, class participants will learn how to find identites of those elusive relatives in old photos. Tips on organizing and preserving family treasures will also be included in the session. The class concludes with one-on-one consultation with Society volunteers regarding individual participant research questions.

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 at (209) 937-8221, or email the Society at

Friday, May 16, 2014

Beginners' Genealogy Workshops
Continue in Stockton

Saturday, May 17, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
502 W. Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton
The "Find Your Roots" workshop series continues at the Troke branch library in north Stockton tomorrow with a presentation on "Census, Vital and Other Basic Records: How to Use Them Effectively."
The "Find Your Roots" series is designed for people interested in beginning the search for their family roots. This series equips new family history researchers with the tools to jump start their search, combined with one-on-one assistance by trained volunteers from the San Joaquin Genealogical Society. In monthly workshop sessions in the spring and fall, the elements of genealogical research are gradually introduced to class members. Though the program was conceived as a series, the public is invited to join in any of the classes on a stand alone basis.
The classes are free, but pre-registration is required so that we may provide each attendee with handouts and computer access, if needed.
For more information or to reserve your spot at the workshop, email the Society at

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Genealogy Storytelling:
A Different Way to Present Family History

Thursday, May 15, 2014
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive
Stockton, California

Do you worry your family history research will end up in a cardboard box in an attic gathering dust? How do you engage your family of all ages so they send e-mails asking for more family stories? Our speaker this month, poet and genealogist Kay Speaks, will share some of her methods of storytelling and sharing her family history at our upcoming meeting on May 15.

Kay Speaks Chinese American genealogical researcher
Kay joined the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society in 1999 as a newbie genealogist trying to solve a family murder mystery. Since then she has been involved in L-AGS special interest groups and county fair projects, as participant, leader or coordinator. She has organized events for L-AGS, CGS, Chinese American Family History Group, Tri-Valley TMG Users Group, poetry exhibits and public readings.

Kay has presented a variety of family history topics to special interest groups, including Family History Day 2013 on Angel Island at the Immigration Station where her Chinese family members were detainees during the Chinese Exclusion Era. Her family research has been on display at the Museum on Main (Pleasanton), Carnegie Museum (Livermore) and the Alameda County Fair. Kay’s Chinese adventures include the serendipity of ancestors found and discovering a 1928 family murder mystery cited in case law today. She helped edit a genealogy software book that has sold in four countries and is a member of the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch. Kay is a local and international award-winning poet. She finds her family research to be poetic inspiration.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SJGS President to Speak at Merced Meeting

As a representative of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, our Society president, Sheri Fenley, will participate in a panel discussion, "Calling in the Pros" as a guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Merced County Genealogical Society. Along with panel members Janice Sellers and Corey Oiesen, she will field questions regarding hiring a professional genealogist, how to find one with expertise in your area of research, and what to expect of a professional's services.

If you are in the Merced area this coming Saturday, May 17, you are welcome to attend this noon presentation at the Merced County Library.