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:

April 4, 2015 Using Ancestry to Tell your Female Ancestors’ Stories - Anne Gillespie Mitchell.

Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Perspective: Extracting Stories from Military Records on Ancestry.com and Fold3 - Anne Gillespie Mitchell.


May 2, 2015 Why You’re Probably Missing a Mother Lode of Information From City Directories and How To Turn it Around and Strike Gold - Lisa Lee.

Three Common Dangers Family Historians Face That Cause Them to Struggle With Online Research – And How to Overcome These Forever - Lisa Lee.


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

Step Up Your Genealogy Through Social Media - Mary Adler Hansen


Details below:

April 4, 2015
General Meeting

Using Ancestry to Tell your Female Ancestors’ Stories by Anne Gillespie Mitchell.
Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Perspective: Extracting Stories from Military Records on Ancestry.com and Fold3 by Anne Gillespie Mitchell.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: Using Ancestry to Tell your Female Ancestors’ Stories by Anne Gillespie Mitchell.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Perspective: Extracting Stories from Military Records on Ancestry.com and Fold3 by Anne Gillespie Mitchell.

Finding your ancestors is Step One. Understanding their lives is Step Two. Military records hold clues that help bring historical events to life and help you understand how those events impacted your ancestors. Anne will show you how to read the clues, and then use the information to create the story.
Anne Gillespie Mitchell image Anne Gillespie Mitchell is a Senior Product Manager at Ancestry.com. She is an active blogger on Ancestry.com and writes the Ancestry Anne column. She has been chasing her ancestors through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for many years. Anne holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently on the clock working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists. You can also find her on Ancestry Anne (AncestryAnne) on Twitter, Facebook and Finding Forgotten Stories. For more click here



May 2, 2015
General Meeting

Why You’re Probably Missing a Mother Lode of Information From City Directories and How To Turn it Around and Strike Gold by Lisa Lee.
Three Common Dangers Family Historians Face That Cause Them to Struggle With Online Research – And How to Overcome These Forever by Lisa Lee.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: Why You’re Probably Missing a Mother Lode of Information From City Directories and How To Turn it Around and Strike Gold by Lisa Lee.

1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: Three Common Dangers Family Historians Face That Cause Them to Struggle With Online Research – And How to Overcome These Forever by Lisa Lee.

Professional genealogist, Lisa B. Lee, is owner of GotGenealogy.com, a Web site designed to help genealogists make the most of their online searches. A graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (University of Toronto), she obtained her PLCGS with certificates in U.S., Canadian and Irish genealogy and methodology. From the inception of ExpertConnect, in 2009, by Ancestry.com, Ms. Lee was one of the original Experts, and conducted professional research for clients in the U.S. and Europe, until the demise of ExpertConnect in Early 2011. Ms. Lee publishes a monthly newsletter, the Got Genealogy Gazette, which is chock full of ways you can make the most of your online family history research. Ms. Lee speaks and conducts workshops at genealogical societies and conferences in the U.S. and Canada where her infinite knowledge of everything internet, wit and perverted humor ensure that attendees will not only learn a lot but will have fun doing so. Ms. Lee is the former President of the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA), former Board Chair and Journal Editor of the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC), former board member of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and a current member of dozens of genealogical, historical and family societies/organizations in the U.S. and Canada. She invites you to check out her Web site, GotGenealogy.com, and join her on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/got.genealogy She may be contacted at Lisa@GotGenealogy.com




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