General Meeting (on Zoom)
Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 10:00 a.m.

Candice Buchannan

"Genealogy and Family History Research From Home
Using the LOC Online Resources"

The talk includes some information about the Library itself; a very brief and basic introduction to doing genealogy research in case any beginners attend; and then largely focuses on our online tools, resources, and collections. All of these are accessible from anywhere via our website.

Candice Buchanan is a Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress, specializing in Local History and Genealogy. As a teenager in search of a haunted mausoleum, she discovered her ancestors’ tombstones and life has never been the same. Candice works with patrons to develop research strategies; locate records; and get the most out of every detail in order to tell ancestors’ stories. For the Library, Candice has developed guides and presentations that address state-specific research; family photographs; and finding female ancestors. She is also working on a series about heirship schemes and fabricated histories that lead researchers astray. Prior to joining the Library, Candice worked as a genealogist and archivist for Memory Medallion,, and the Orphans’ Court at the Greene County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.

The handout from the January 17, 2023 Alice Hoyt Veen, CG presentation on ""It Goes with the Territory! Find Your Ancestors in Pre-statehood Records"  is available by logging in to the member section of our web site. It will be available for one month.


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 previous issues.

Special Interest Groups

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SIG Meetings Will Be Online: ALERT - We are working through guidelines due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and on site meetings where people physically attend, have ceased. Most SIG groups are using Zoom to meet on-line. SIG Leaders will email call-in instructions to SIG members. To be safe, check with your SIG leader before attending any SIG meetings. Review the latest 5 events (on right side of this web page), or click right below on "View Full Listing" to see all events.
SRVGS has had a number of Special Interest Groups over the years in addition to the five 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 when we resume meeting in person. In the meantime, our SIG Zoom sessions are the perfect place to meet.

Danville Family History Center Is Now Open

Chris Eberts-Engstrom, Director of the Danville Family History Center reports that the Danville Family History Center has re-opened as of Jan 3, 2022.

Hours of operation are limited to 3 shifts a week:
  • Monday 10am -1 pm
  • Tuesday  7-9 pm
  • Wednesday 1-4 pm
  • Other days & hours by appointment only
  • 2022 Holiday Closure Schedule
    Closed Nov 21, 22, 23
    Closed December 19th thru January 2, 2023
    Reopens on Monday, January 3, 2023
The Family History Center’s Portal provides free access to the following Premium websites: 
19th Century British Library Newspapers, Alexander Street Press - The American Civil War, American Ancestors, Institution, Arkiv Digital Online (Swedish),, FamNet, Findmypast Institution, Fold 3, Geneanet, MyHeritage Library Edition,, Paper Trail, Puzzilla.
Appointments are required and may be scheduled by calling either 925-360-9232 or 926-837-7010.  There is plenty of availability but the center wants to ensure that proper distancing is maintained. All staff & patrons must wear fitted face masks. Patrons will be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

About the San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society

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.

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. 

BOD Meetings

We have a Monthly Board of Directors meeting, currently via Zoom, where any member of our Society is welcome to attend. To receive a meeting invitation, please email our president at before the meeting. The BOD meetings begin on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m. and last between 1-2 hours. The BOD does not meet in August or December. Also, please see our About page for more info about our officers.

Upcoming Events
February 8
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Irish and Scottish Research SIG via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.  

February 13
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
FamilySearch SIG Online via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

February 16
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Publishing SIG via Google Meet
Google Meet meeting details will be communicated to Publishing SIG members before the meeting. Contact Kathy Javdani at for info on how to join the meeting. ...

February 20
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
DNA SIG Online via Zoom
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.

February 21
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Candice Buchanan - "Genealogy and Family History Research From Home Using the LOC Online Resources"
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to members before the meeting.