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.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pioneer Liberty:
Restoring the Nearly-Lost Legacy
of Local Cemeteries

Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:45 p.m.
502 West Benjamin Holt Drive
Stockton, California

Ever wonder what happened to the now-disappeared pioneer towns of San Joaquin County?

Inspired by a girlhood volunteer project for her 4-H chapter, author and historian Barbara Filbin launched a research quest to honor the pioneers who once settled in Lodi, Acampo and Galt—as well as in those vanished settlements of northern San Joaquin County. Extracting names and dates from the old gravestones of such places as Liberty Cemetery, Barbara has reconstructed the life stories of these pioneers and incorporated them into the many books she has published over the years. The stones of places like Liberty Cemetery have revealed enough detail to lead Barbara to reconstruct the 1850s and 1860s history of the short-lived nearby town of Liberty, as well.

We are honored, this Thursday, to welcome recently-joined new SJGS member Barbara Filbin as our speaker as we kick off the fall season and resume our monthly meetings. We look forward to Barbara's recounting of what she found while researching the Liberty Cemetery—as well as other local cemeteries of historical significance—and how she recorded those in the many books she has published.

Please join us at the Troke Library at 5:45 p.m. tonight to hear Barbara Filbin recount her stories of discovery and research into the local history of the northern portion of our county.

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