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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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 6, 2014 “Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don’t Get Worms” Reading for Historical Context - Warren Bittner, CG.

Complex Evidence: What it is, How it Works, Why it Matters - Warren Bittner, CG.


October 4, 2014 Mining Family Tradition: Interviewing Friends and Family - Cafi Cohen.

Identifying Photographs: from Daguerreotypes to Polaroids - Eva Ulz, Curator of the San Luis Obispo History Center.


November 1, 2014 Non-English Genealogy - Karen Leverich.

Planning Effective Research - Cafi Cohen.


January 3, 2015 Has Your Genealogy Been Done? Accessing and evaluating prior work on your family tree - Cafi Cohen.

What We Learned in Salt Lake City - SLOCGS members.


February 7, 2015 What's in a Name? Trouble! - Ron Arons.


March 7, 2015 Beyond BMD: Bringing Life to Your Ancestor’s Life Story - Sharon Hoyt.

Brick Wall Strategies: Finding George Porter’s Parents - Sharon Hoyt.


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.


Details below:



No General Meeting in July or August, 2014



September 6, 2014
General Meeting

“Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don’t Get Worms” Reading for Historical Context by Warren Bittner, CG.
Complex Evidence: What it is, How it Works, Why it Matters by Warren Bittner, CG.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: “Beat the Children with a Fresh Birch Stick So the Animals Don’t Get Worms” Reading for Historical Context by Warren Bittner, CG.

Read to understand your ancestors in their own world on their own terms. How to find books about the cultural, political, social, and occupational lives of your ancestors. See examples from some fascinating books.
1:15 PM
Business Meeting
1:25 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
2:00 PM
Main Program: Complex Evidence: What it is, How it Works, Why it Matters by Warren Bittner, CG.

Genealogists’ goal is to establish identity and prove relationships; complex evidence is the ONLY way to do this. Follow a case study of clues from multiple sources to solve a problem.
Warren Bittner image
Warren Bittner is a popular speaker at national, state, and local family history societies. He brings twenty years of in-depth European and American archival research experience to the lecture audience. Warren frequently lectures at venues across the country. Please visit his Genealogical Speakers Guild webpage Genealogical Speaker’s Guild to see more about Warren.


October 4, 2014
General Meeting

Mining Family Tradition: Interviewing Friends and Family by Cafi Cohen.
Identifying Photographs: from Daguerreotypes to Polaroids
by Eva Ulz, Curator of the San Luis Obispo History Center.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: Mining Family Tradition: Interviewing Friends and Family by Cafi Cohen.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: Identifying Photographs: from Daguerreotypes to Polaroids 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.
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



November 1, 2014
General Meeting

Non-English Genealogy by Karen Leverich.
Planning Effective Research by Cafi Cohen.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: Non-English Genealogy by Karen Leverich.

Learn how to approach records in any foreign language, with examples from Sweden, Prussia (Germany), Mexico, and more. It's not as difficult as you may think!
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: Planning Effective Research by Cafi Cohen.

Writing a research plan is the first step for attacking any brick wall problem. This session will describe the elements of effective research plans and demonstrate those elements with two case studies. If you would like to submit one of your brick walls for demonstration, please send a 2-3 paragraph description of your case plus an accompanying pedigree chart and family group sheet to cafi.cohen@gmail.com at least two weeks prior to the presentation.



No General Meeting in December, 2014



January 3, 2015
General Meeting

Has Your Genealogy Been Done? Accessing and evaluating prior work on your family tree
by Cafi Cohen.
What We Learned in Salt Lake City by SLOCGS members.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: Has Your Genealogy Been Done? Accessing and evaluating prior work on your family tree by Cafi Cohen.

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.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: What We Learned in Salt Lake City by SLOCGS members.

In September, members of the SLOCGS are traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah, to spend a week researching at the Family History Library. What brick walls will they break down? Will they discover any new family members or resolve a family genealogical mystery? Want to know what methods they use? Find out the answers and more at this meeting.



February 7, 2015
General Meeting

TBA
What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: TBA

1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons.

For years Ron Arons researched the life of his great-grandfather, who served time in Sing Sing Prison. Through the years, Ron came across records for other people with the same first and last names, born in the same time frame, who lived in the same places as his relative, and who by some stroke of luck also found trouble, either in business or with women. In this talk you will see how the Genealogical Proof Standard was used to merge and separate many identities to determine exactly how many distinct individuals these documents represented. You will also learn about names, name changes, and the reasons behind those changes. You will also learn about mind maps, a powerful technology and methodology for clearer thinking, data logging, and, most importantly, efficient and extraordinary data correlation. Specifically, many examples of mind maps created with FreeMind will be presented. This entertaining excursion into the world of trouble makers offers methodologies for truly advanced research for very challenging problems.

Ron Arons has given 250+ presentations internationally, including two to our society. He has authored three books, The Jews of Sing Sing, Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records, and, most recently, Mind Maps for Genealogy. In 2006 he appeared on the PBS special “The Jewish Americans.” In 2008 he won a Hackman Research Grant from the New York State Archives to continue his research on historical Jewish criminals in New York. Ron earned a B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University and an MBS from the University of Chicago.



March 7, 2015
General Meeting

Beyond BMD: Bringing Life to Your Ancestor’s Life Story by Sharon Hoyt
Brick Wall Strategies: Finding George Porter’s Parents by Sharon Hoyt
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Research Class: Beyond BMD: Bringing Life to Your Ancestor’s Life Story by Sharon Hoyt.

Our ancestors lived rich and eventful lives, and to tell their stories well, we need to move beyond the basic facts and immerse ourselves in their world. Learn about the resources that can help you set the scene and help you create an engaging story.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Main Program: Brick Wall Strategies: Finding George Porter’s Parents by Sharon Hoyt.

Subtle clues left by the daughters he abandoned led to indirect evidence that solved the mystery of a man’s parentage. Learn how to overcome problems like common surnames, name changes, misstated relationships, and incorrect vital records to solve genealogical problems.
Sharon Hoyt image Sharon Hoyt, CG, is a genealogy researcher from California’s Silicon Valley.  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.  In addition to her client research, Sharon serves as a consultant to Ancestry.com.



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
Research Class: 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
Main Program: 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