Saturday, November 7, 2015

Beginners' Workshop at Troke Library is Today!

Saturday, November 7, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive
Stockton, California

Our last workshop session for the Fall semester will be held today, discussing the topic of "How to Research Your Mexican Ancestry."

San Joaquin Genealogical Society member Sylvia Perez will discuss researching your Mexican, Central, or South American genealogy. She'll include her own example of finding relatives in Jalisco, Mexico, after ties were broken for more than a century. She will walk you through websites with resources to help you locate your own family's genealogy.

Join us at this free workshop, beginning at 11:00.



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tonight: SJGS Hosts Director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy

Thursday, October 15, 2015
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton
"DNA Refresher and Genetic Genealogy Update"
Presenter: Katherine Hope Borges, Director
International Society of Genetic Genealogy

SJGS is pleased to announce our speaker for tonight’s meeting: Katherine Borges. Returning to Stockton after her well-received presentation here three years ago, Katherine will be bringing updates on developments in the use of DNA testing for genealogy, as well as reviewing the basic concepts behind DNA testing for those interested in exploring this tool for use in your own family history.

Katherine Borges is co-founder and current director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, the first society organized to promote the use of DNA testing in genealogy. Established in 2005, the non-profit ISOGG is currently eight thousand members strong and represents a membership spread across the world in more than seventy countries. With a mission to promote and educate members and the general public about the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes, ISOGG has been active in presentations across the continents. Katherine, herself, has spoken not only at many events in the United States, but also in Canada, the U.K., and Ireland.

Join us this evening in the Community Room of the Margaret Troke Library as we welcome Katherine Borges back to Stockton.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

This Week's Meeting:
SJGS Hosts California Genealogical Society President

Thursday, September 17, 2015
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton
"The California Genealogical Society and Library:
Connecting People to Their Diverse Family Heritage"
Presenter: Linda Harms Okazaki, M.A.

As genealogists, we begin by researching our own roots, following our family back to origins in other states and perhaps even other countries whose ethnic customs we've celebrated all our life. But then, perhaps a marriage introduces an entirely new cultureand a different direction for our family history research. Enter a new learning curve as we start to familiarize ourselves with names and places not part of our own heritage.

No matter which countries of origin you've added to the patchwork quilt of your family heritage, you will be interested to hear the experience of this month's guest speaker at our monthly membership meeting.

With one speaker, we offer a double feature. Linda Okazaki, president of the California Genealogical Society and Library, will share with us the scope of services available through CGS and the holdings that can be found at the CGS Library in Oakland.

In addition, because of the diversity of the state of California and the fact that our ancestors came from so many different places, our speaker is passionate about encouraging people to avail themselves of the specialized resources of many different genealogical societies, and will share some of these other useful resources with us in her presentation this coming Thursday evening.

As an example of mounting that learning curve in researching family roots from unfamiliar regions, Linda will delve into her own family's experiencein particular, discussing how she researched her husband's Japanese roots.

Linda Okazaki is a fourth generation San Franciscan whose interest in genealogy began as a hobby but has since grown to a professional quest. Linda is a member of APG, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and DAR. A graduate of NIGR, ProGen and several other genealogical institutes, Linda is passionate about researching, documenting, teaching and sharing the stories of Japanese Americans. We are honored to have her as our guest speaker for this first meeting of our fall season.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Nationally Recognized Author Speaking in Stockton

The San Joaquin Genealogical Society is pleased to host our Summer Seminar next Tuesday, July 14, at the Cesar Chavez Library in downtown Stockton. The featured speaker, Gena Philibert-Ortega, will focus on two classes to provide genealogical researchers with online and newspaper resources.

This event, beginning at 10:30 a.m., is free to attend, but due to limited seating at the library's Stewart Hazelton room, requires pre-registration through our page at EventBrite.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

OLLI Presents: SJGS!

The San Joaquin Genealogical Society is honored to partner this summer with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of the Pacific. We have been invited to present two series of beginning genealogy classes for OLLI. The classes are designed specifically with application in mind, and will include three hands-on lab sessions to walk participants through the beginning steps of completing their own pedigree chart and family group sheet.

Just this week, we began the first session with an energetic group of participants.

Each series will include six sessions.

There are still a few slots available for the second series, which begins on Monday, July 13. The ninety minute long morning classes begin at 10:00, and are held on Mondays and Wednesdays. To join OLLI and register for their classes, check out their website.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

SJGS President on Panel for
Wednesday's DearMYRTLE Broadcast

The topic slated for this week's "Wacky Wednesday" broadcast is DAR applications, and DearMYRTLE has invited a panel of experts to walk the audience through the process of completing the required research and preparation. If you ever wondered what is considered acceptable for DAR proof of lineage from a Patriot ancestor, this is your opportunity to tune in and find out.

Professional genealogist Sheri Fenley, who happens to be our Society's president, will don a different hat as Registrar with El Toyon, our local chapter of DAR, to participate in this panel discussion.

Follow this link here to access the live broadcast at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 9:00 p.m. Eastern (UTC - 7).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tonight: More Tools for Brick Wall Smashing

Thursday, May 21, 2015
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton
"Re-Branded Lives: Tracking Name Changes"
Presenter: Kathryn Miller Marshall, Ph.D.

Do you have mystery ancestors whose invisible trail through time has driven you to distraction? Every genealogist eventually runs across a Brick Wall case in which the ancestor seems to have literally disappeared. Research responses include the usual tactics: puzzling over name variants, typos, transcription errors, and mishearing of names by census enumerators.

But what if names have been changed intentionally? Your ancestor may have had one of many reasons for such action. Forbidden romance, adoption, debts, criminal records, avoiding military service, religious persecution, and national quotas have been common motives for selectively filtering or modifying information about oneself over time.

Returning for an encore following her February presentation, Dr. Marshall will show us techniques for tracking intentional name changers in these different scenarios during tonight's membership meeting. The principles she will describe are important to problem solving about elusive ancestors, resolving contradictory claims about family lines, and recognizing if a same-named individual is part of your family line or actually belongs to another's ancestry.

Please consider yourself invited to join us for this evening's presentation, and to invite a friend, as well. Come early to enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to socialize with fellow members before the beginning of our 5:45 p.m. business meeting.

Tonight’s meeting will be the last in our Society’s regular spring line-up. Next month is our annual potluck dinner. The meeting location will be sent to members in the monthly newsletter.

We will resume our evening meetings at the Troke Library after our summer break, with our first fall presentation scheduled for Thursday, September 17.