Welcome to the New SRVGS Website

The San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society (SRVGS) was organized in 1985 with the idea of providing resources, assistance and educational opportunities in a social environment that would allow its members to successfully research their ancestry. To fulfill these goals the society offers monthly meetings with speakers presenting topics covering various aspects of genealogical research. It publishes a monthly newsletter to keep our membership informed of the latest happenings. It offers several Special Interest Groups (SIGs), where members with common interests can meet and discuss their specific areas of research.  It provides resources ranging from a large selection of reference books, conveniently kept at the Danville Public Library, to information on local genealogical libraries. It also offers classes for the beginning researcher and those interested in genetic DNA. All this is done within a community of like-minded individuals ready to encourage and assist others and to share their experience.


At Our Next General Meeting

 March 17, 2020

Sharon Hoyt
Our speaker for March17th, speaking on the topic of “Brick Wall Busters” is Sharon Hoyt, a Certified Genealogist (CG) from the south bay area.‚Äč
She became interested in genealogy after her husband’s research on his Mayflower ancestors made her curious about her own family origins. What began as a hobby quickly became a passion, and in 2002, she traded a career as an information architect managing internet content and search tools for large technology companies to focus on genealogy research.
As a native Californian whose family has lived in the state since the 1880s, she enjoys helping clients trace their ancestors’ paths to the Golden State. Her areas of interest include New England, New York, and the Midwest, with a particular focus on Civil War research. In addition to her client research, she serves as a consultant to Ancestry.com. She is a member of APG, NGS, NEHGS, and the Southern California Genealogical Society.
Brick Wall Busters:  Techniques for Genealogical Success
We’ve all experienced the dreaded genealogical brick wall…that place where your research seems to stop.  No one method can address each and every brick wall problem, so we’ll cover several techniques to help you get unstuck and move your research forward.  


(See our scheduled line-up of speakers and other event's at our Events page ).


Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups Image of 5 silhouettes of peopleSRVGS has had a number of Special Interest Groups over the years in addition to the half dozen that now meet monthly. We encourage members to start their own SIG meetings on topics they are interested in, as a way of learning by teaching. The SIGs come and go, over the years but we promote them and they are a vital part of our Society. There have been SIGs on Macintosh, Azores Research, Using Computers and the Internet, RootsMagic and more. If you are interested in a topic, not currently covered please volunteer to lead the group and we will publicize and arrange for a place to meet.



Our newsletter is published monthly, except for August and December.  In it you will find information on our next speaker, a summary of the  last speaker's presentation, the date and location of the current month’s Special Interest Groups, educational opportunities available in the local area and on-line, a list of webinars you can access from your home computer and other timely notices of genealogical interest. You can look through this month's newsletter or browse the newsletter archive.


Facebook Page

Facebook LogoWe have a public Facebook Page where comments from club officers and visitors are made. Usually the posts are helpful genealogy tips that can be acknowledged and commented on. Join us in educating our genealogy community. 

Upcoming Events
March 3
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Board Meeting

March 9
1:15 pm to 3:00 pm
FamilySearch SIG

March 11
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Irish Scottish Research

March 16
1:15 pm to 3:00 pm

March 17
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sharon Hoyt - Brick Wall Busters