Welcome to the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society


The San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society (SLOCGS) was founded in 1967 to encourage interest in family history and educate our members and the public in genealogy research techniques. We collect, preserve and house various historical and genealogical records, with particular emphasis on San Luis Obispo County. Our goal is to assist both beginning and experienced genealogists to find the evidence and proof they need to solve their family puzzles.


30th Annual All-Day Seminar

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1940 Census


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We invite anyone interested in genealogy to join us in our general meetings (below), computer classes, special interest groups and libraries. If you do not live locally you can follow our links to other San Luis Obispo County websites, get in touch with our experienced researchers and see the many benefits enjoyed by the members of our Society. On our county resources page you can access databases that include land records, plat maps, naturalization records, tax records, voter registrations, cemetery records, headstone photos, probate court records and civil case abstracts.

GENERAL MEETINGS

The Society meets on the first Saturday of each month -
except July, August, and December at

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Hall
520 Dana Street
San Luis Obispo, CA.


Anyone interested in genealogy is welcome!
Email Cheryl Storton for additional information.

Map to find Independent Order of Odd 
         Fellows (IOOF) Hall<br> 520 Dana Street<br> San Luis Obispo, CA.

UPCOMING:

September 5, 2015 "Emerging Trends in Historical Societies: User-Focused Technology and Digital Access - Aimee Armour-Avant, Digital Projects Manager, SLO History Center.

"It's a Miracle" from Poland - Linda Osty.


October 3, 2015 What's DNA Got To Do With It? - Don Worth.

Up and Over Your Brick Wall with DNA - Don Worth.


November 7, 2015 Rapid Fire Genealogy - Cafi Cohen and others.

Publish Before You Perish - Janet Thatcher.



Details below:

September 5, 2015
General Meeting

"Emerging Trends in Historical Societies: User-Focused Technology and Digital Access
by Aimee Armour-Avant, Digital Projects Manager, SLO History Center.
"It's a Miracle" from Poland by Linda Osty.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM

Aimee
Session 1: "Emerging Trends in Historical Societies: User-Focused Technology and Digital Access by Aimee Armour-Avant, Digital Projects Manager, SLO History Center.

This presentation begins with an overview of SLO History Center's digital projects and ends with recommendations for your online searches. Learn how the SLO History Center projects fit into trends nationwide to digitize collections and provide access. Also included will be a description of the challenges of digital records access that should help you conduct better online searches for your ancestors.

Aimee Armour-Avant is the Digital Projects Manager at the History Center of San Luis Obispo County where she is responsible for digital access to the collection, artifact digitization, and photography. She is a current graduate student at San Jose State University in Library and Information Science with a specialization in archive systems and metadata standards for archival collections. Her research interests are in how twenty-first-century archivists interact technologically with their users. Aimee's past professional accomplishments include management and creative positions in advertising and interior architecture. She has an BA in Geography, an MBA from Pepperdine University, and post graduate certificates in design, technical communication, and client-side programming.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: "It's a Miracle" from Poland by Linda Osty.

Linda and Ken Osty went to Poland knowing little about his family and his ancestors. What they found was amazing and an inspiration to us all.



October 3, 2015
General Meeting

What's DNA Got To Do With It? by Don Worth.
Up and Over Your Brick Wall with DNA by Don Worth.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: What's DNA Got To Do With It? by Don Worth.

1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Up and Over Your Brick Wall with DNA by Don Worth.

Don Worth is a retired Asst. Vice Chancellor of Administrative Information Systems from UCLA. He has been researching his and his wife's genealogies for almost 40 years, is a member of the Ventura County Genealogical Society, and enjoys applying his love of computers and technology to the hunt for his ancestors. Most recently he developed a DNA analysis tool called the Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA) which is hosted by the genetic genealogy web site, DNAgedcom.com. ADSA has thousands of users all over the world and has been the subject of presentations by prominent genetic genealogists at several national and international conferences.




November 7, 2015
General Meeting

Rapid Fire Genealogy by Cafi Cohen and others.
Publish Before You Perish by Janet Thatcher.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: Rapid Fire Genealogy by Cafi Cohen and others.

Bring your questions to our first rapid fire session. Write a genealogy-related question on a piece of paper to be placed in a drawing box. Questions may relate to a specific ancestor or be more general in nature. Questions will be addressed, first by the audience, next by moderator(s), accessing the expertise of everyone in the room. You will go home with new techniques and resources to build your family tree.

Any topic welcome! Examples: immigrant origins, Chicago research, locating vital records, DNA testing, censuses, best subscription websites, German research, computer programs, genealogy education, online family trees, free genealogy online, local resources, and so on. Attend either Group I (for novices and intermediate researchers) or Group II (for advanced researches, defined as those who can list the elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard and who have written at least one source-cited narrative).
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Publish Before You Perish by Janet Thatcher.

In academia, aspiring professors must "publish or perish" if they hope to advance to full professor status. Family historians must think of ways to be certain their "finds" and the conclusions they've reached about their family ancestry will live beyond them. Janet will give us all ideas for different ways to go about this.

Janet Solverson Thatcher has been researching and writing about her family for twelve years. She is a member of San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society and an Emeritus Professor of Finance at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.