Welcome to the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society


MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society is to encourage interest in family history and genealogy, to preserve genealogical materials, and to provide instruction in accepted and effective research techniques.

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We invite anyone interested in genealogy to join us in our general meetings (below), 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!
NO CHARGE FOR ADMISSION


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:
January 7, 2017 Newspaper Research Beyond Obituaries: Much Needed, Often Overlooked - Sheila Benedict.

Oral History: Separating Fact from Fiction - Sheila Benedict.


February 4, 2017 Genealogy Q & A - Cheryl Storton, CG, & Ginger Goodell, CG.

Finding Family on the Wild Frontier: Important strategies for proving parentage - Cheryl Storton, CG.


March 4, 2017 Getting the Most out of your DNA Test Results - Cafi Cohen.

Mining Online Military Records - Cafi Cohen.


April 1, 2017 The Missing Man: A Genealogical Mystery in two parts.
The Mysterious Disappearance of August Henry Lawrence
- Sharon Hoyt, CG.

Someone Knows the Truth: The Importance of Researching Family, Friends, and Associates - Sharon Hoyt, CG.



Details below:


No General Meeting in December, 2016



January 7, 2017
General Meeting

Newspaper Research Beyond Obituaries: Much Needed, Often Overlooked by Sheila Benedict.
Oral History: Separating Fact from Fiction by Sheila Benedict.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Sheila
Session 1: Newspaper Research Beyond Obituaries: Much Needed, Often Overlooked by Sheila Benedict.

1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Oral History: Separating Fact from Fiction by Sheila Benedict.

Sheila Benedict is currently the part-time archivist at Old Mission Santa Inés and is self-employed as a forensic and family genealogist. She was awarded the Pearl Chase Historic Preservation and Conservation Award from the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and authored the recently released Research in the States – California, a National Genealogical Society (NGS) publication.  A recent forensic genealogy article was published in the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy Newsletter. She also taught beginning and intermediate genealogy and oral history techniques for several years at a local community college.



February 4, 2017
General Meeting

Genealogy Q & A by Cheryl Storton, CG, & Ginger Goodell, CG.
Finding Family on the Wild Frontier: Important strategies for proving parentage - Cheryl Storton, CG.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: Genealogy Q & A by Cheryl Storton, CG, & Ginger Goodell, CG.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Finding Family on the Wild Frontier: Important strategies for proving parentage by Cheryl Storton, CG.

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. 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.


March 4, 2017
General Meeting

Getting the Most out of your DNA Test Results by Cafi Cohen.
Mining Online Military Records by Cafi Cohen.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Cafi
Session 1: Getting the Most out of your DNA Test Results by Cafi Cohen.

1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Mining Online Military Records by Cafi Cohen.
Online sources of military records are exploding. This session provides an overview of the most productive websites to find original records with important information about veterans' and non-veterans' lives.
Cafi Cohen is a professional genealogy researcher as well as the past Seminar Chair and current Education Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society. Since 1997, she has presented many sessions on research techniques both locally and at regional conferences. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists.


April 1, 2017
General Meeting

The Missing Man: A Genealogical Mystery in two parts.
The Mysterious Disappearance of August Henry Lawrence
by Sharon Hoyt, CG.
Someone Knows the Truth: The Importance of Researching Family, Friends, and Associates by Sharon Hoyt, CG.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Sharon
The Missing Man: A Genealogical Mystery in two parts.

Session 1: The Mysterious Disappearance of August Henry Lawrence.
One day in the early 1900s, August Lawrence left his Minnesota home for a two-week job and never returned. The enduring mystery of his disappearance was deepened by the records he left, which differed from his family's stories about him. Learn what August's records revealed, and how the findings changed the search for his story.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Someone Knows the Truth: The Importance of Researching Family, Friends, and Associates
Years after August disappeared, a family member provided a small but vital clue that led to a wide network of his previously unknown relatives and associates. Investigating the people who shared his early years not only revealed August's mysterious origins, but provided a likely answer to the century-old question of his fate. This talk focuses on how cluster research and a wide range of records can help break down even long-standing brick walls.
Sharon Hoyt, CG, is a full-time genealogy researcher and owner of Meadow Oak Consulting. As a native Californian whose family has lived in the state since the 1880s, she enjoys helping California residents trace their ancestors’ paths to the Golden State, with a particular interest in migrations from New England, New York, and the Midwest. She holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.