Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Featured This Week: Your Ancestors' Voter Records

Thursday, September 15, 2016
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton

Tracing Your Ancestors in Voter Records
Teresa Costa Fraser

Politics has certainly been in the news lately, with elections coming up. But have you ever thought about what you might be able to find out about your ancestors, based on their voting records?

There is a lot more to voter records than political party affiliations. Join us this Thursday as our speaker, Teresa Costa Fraser, delves into this useful research resource. She’ll give us an overview of which voter records can be used to complete pedigree charts and round out family history stories. In addition, she’ll discuss how to find those voter records online and at local and state collections, and will share what she has discovered about her own ancestors, using voter records.

We’ve enjoyed Teresa’s past presentations at our Society meetings. A fourth generation Californian, Teresa saw her interest in genealogy blossom sixteen years ago, upon locating her Swiss Italian immigrant great grandfather’s 1900 census entry at a Family History Center in San Diego. With that success, she has been tracking down her other ancestors ever since, now specializing in research in the Mid-South region for individual clients and research firms.

Please join us early this Thursday evening to enjoy refreshments and chat with fellow SJGS members before our meeting begins at 5:45. We look forward to seeing you back at the Troke Library for this Thursday’s meeting!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Featured Tonight: Brick Walls versus FAN Club

Thursday, April 21, 2016
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton
"Breaking Down Brick Walls:
An Introduction to the FAN Club"
Presenter: Susan Goss Johnston

While we may see “brick walls” in our genealogical research as impenetrable, it is possible to get around these impediments. But you have to know how to do this. This month’s speaker will share key hints on how your ancestors’ “FAN Club” Friends, Associates and Neighborscan lead you to just the clues you need.

This month’s speaker, Susan Goss Johnston, is a 2011 ProGen alumna, has completed the “Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis” course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the National Archives' lecture and lab course, “Going to the Source,” and has attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research (now known as the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records). She is a co-editor of the recently published Source Templates for The Master Genealogist™ (available on Lulu.com). Her personal research focuses on families in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region, and she specializes in military records. 

Susan's life is now "in transition" as she and her husband are planning a move to New Mexico later this year. Barring any change of plans, this San Joaquin Genealogical Society event will be your golden opportunity to catch Susan’s last presentation before she leaves California.

We look forward to seeing you this Thursday evening.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Featured Tonight: Researching Your Irish Ancestors

Thursday, March 17, 2016
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton
"Irish Research:
Online and On the Ground"
Jacqi Stevens
Claire Stevens

Sure, you’ve always been told there’ve been Irish immigrants in your family history, but can you trace your way back to their homeland? Join us this month as SJGS members Jacqi and Claire Stevens present a case study on the winding path that led them from the family’s home in Chicago back to the very spot on Tountinna, the mount in northern County Tipperary, where Claire’s second great grandfather was born.

Researching “across the pond” presents many challenges not encountered by those whose families lived for centuries in North American locations. This presentation will guide you from the point of your most recent immigrant relatives’ residence to the region they once called home. Don’t think you have to travel to that spot to get your research done: with current digitization projects, many of the records helpful in your quest are now available online, and will be shared at this week’s meeting.

Please join us this Thursday evening, whether your ancestors were Irish or not. The steps taken and online resources used to find these Irish ancestors applies as well to researching ancestors from many European origins. Hope to see you then!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Featured Tonight:
Researching Wills and Probate Records

Thursday, February 18, 2016
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton
"Where There's a Will:
Probate Records Can Prove Family Connections"
Presenter: Janice M. Sellers

Records created when a person dies can be very useful for genealogists, as they often describe family relationships. They may, however, also contain pitfalls. In this month's membership meeting, SJGS is pleased to offer a topic covering estate records as well as guardianship records, all presented by a professional genealogist who is no stranger to our Society.

As we've already seen during her past presentation at our 2014 Seminar, this month's speaker, Janice M. Sellers, is passionate about her work. She loves to research her own family and everyone else's, and by her own admission, will "talk your ear off about genealogy," given the chance. She specializes in Jewish, Black, forensic, and newspaper research. In addition, she edits three genealogy journals and serves on the boards of three genealogical societies. Along with her website at ancestraldiscoveries.com, she writes an informative genealogy blog.

Join us tonight as we return to the Margaret Troke Library to resume our regular monthly meetings there for the Spring calendar. As always, feel free to invite a guest. We look forward to seeing you then! 

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.