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.

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.