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.

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Participants in
indexing the
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:

June 6, 2015 What's Up with DNA Testing? - Cheryl Storton

Step Up Your Genealogy Through Social Media - Mary Adler Hansen.


September 5, 2015 Dating Photographs - Eva Ulz, Curator of the San Luis Obispo 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 Genealogy Problem Solving: Building Skills and Finding Resources with Special Interest Groups - members of SLOCGS Special Interest Groups.

Publish Before You Perish - Janet Thatcher.



Details below:


June 6, 2015
General Meeting

What's Up with DNA Testing? by Cheryl Storton
Step Up Your Genealogy Through Social Media by Mary Adler Hansen.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: What's Up with DNA Testing? by Cheryl Storton
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Step Up Your Genealogy Through Social Media by Mary Adler Hansen.

Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, known as social media, are full of helpful tips and up-to-date information for today's genealogist. This presentation will introduce resources available through social media. Enhance your genealogy by using this incredible wealth of information!
Cheryl Storton began researching her family in the 1980s and has been hooked on genealogy ever since. Her adventures in DNA testing began in 2005 when she used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to answer a genealogical question. This July she will attend the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) for the week-long course, “Practical Genetic Genealogy.” She is a graduate of the ProGen Study Program and the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) in Washington D. C. She has spoken at the Southern California Genealogical Jamboree, Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, and the Ventura County Genealogical Society. A survivor of the “Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis Course” taught by Elizabeth Shown Mills at the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), Cheryl is also member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society.

Mary Adler Hansen is a native of San Luis Obispo. Mary is the current San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society Social Media Chair, a member of the publicity committee and Writing Group I. She serves as the SLOCGS historian.




No General Meeting in July or August 2015



September 5, 2015
General Meeting

Dating Photographs
by Eva Ulz, Curator of the San Luis Obispo History Center.
"It's a Miracle" from Poland by Linda Osty.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: Dating Photographs by Eva Ulz, Curator of the San Luis Obispo History Center.

Historic photographs provide a compelling picture of the past, and can often tell us a great deal about the people and places they represent. Learn to date photographs by identifying the technology used to create them and examining clues within the image.
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.
Eva Ulz image
Eva Ulz is the curator of the History Center of San Luis Obispo County. She has worked in museums on both coasts, filling positions in education, communications, and collections care. Ulz curated three exhibits blending historic and fine art photography, including “Memento Mori: the Birth and Resurection of Postmortem Photography,” featured in the New York Times Magazine blog





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

Genealogy Problem Solving: Building Skills and Finding Resources with Special Interest Groups
by members of SLOCGS Special Interest Groups.
Publish Before You Perish by Janet Thatcher.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: Genealogy Problem Solving: Building Skills and Finding Resources with Special Interest Groups by members of SLOCGS Special Interest Groups.
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.