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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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:
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 Nifty & Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis & Documentation - Ron Arons.

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.


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 Step Up Your Genealogy Through Social Media - Mary Adler Hansen


Details below:


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
Session 1: 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
Session 2: What We Learned in Salt Lake City by SLOCGS members.

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



February 7, 2015
General Meeting

Nifty & Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis & Documentation by Ron Arons.
What's in a Name? Trouble! by Ron Arons.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: Nifty & Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis & Documentation by Ron Arons.

Ron will demonstrate VERY cool tools for genealogical analysis and documentation, including language translation tools, timelines, time lines with maps, genograms, mindmaps, and video capture tools.
1:00 PM
Business Meeting
1:15 PM
Social time; book & drawing sales, snacks, coffee & tea.
1:45 PM
Session 2: 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
Session 1: 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
Session 2: 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
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

To Be Announced.
Step Up Your Genealogy Through Social Media by Mary Adler Hansen.
11:00 AM
Board Meeting
12:15 PM
Session 1: To Be Announced.

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!

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