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"To support the study of family genealogy by Oakmont residents"

Welcome to the Oakmont Genealogy Club 

Description of the Club

The Oakmont Genealogy Club is designed for any Oakmont resident who is interested in exploring family genealogy - whether you have years of experience or just want to get started.  Our meetings are held monthly, and will include both a general presentation of interest and breakout sessions so participants can focus on an area of greatest interest.  Most meetings include a discussion group for new researchers.

We meet the fourth Monday of each month at 1:00 in the West Recreation Center.  

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Our Next Meeting is MONDAY, March 27 in the

WEST Recreation Center at 1 PM

German-American Heritage

German-Americans are the largest ethnic group in America.  They dominated early immigration in many geographic areas of the country – particularly the upper Midwest.  Robert Reis will focus us on both the genealogy and the heritage of German-Americans.

After Robert gets done with his discussion and Q&A, we’ll have time for a quick summary of existing on-line and computer programs to store your genealogy information.

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Our next meeting will be Monday, April 24 in the West Rec Center and will feature Steve Harris, an invited lecturer on the topic of New York City Genealogy Research, who is sponsored by the Oakmont Community Foundation.  Steve’s program will come in two parts – a lecture and Q&A, followed by a hands on program for those who want to stay an extra hour.

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A reminder that there will be two genealogy classes offered at the Oakmont Technology Learning Center this Spring.  On April 1 there will be an all-day class on Introduction to Genealogy for those who are relatively new to building their family history and on April 8 there will be an all-day class on Intermediate Genealogy Research.  There is a $10 facility fee for each class.  Oakmont residents can sign up by calling 538-1485.  If you are not an Oakmont resident, please email me at georgemck@aol.com.

I need an assistant for the Intermediate Class.  If you’d be willing to do that, please email me at georgemck@aol.com.

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We have two of our special Spring classes left.  These meet at 1 PM in the West Rec upstairs.

March 13 – Organizing your Research for Beginners – Jeffrey Vaillant

One of the hardest challenges for beginning genealogists is how to organize their information.  Most of us started with a “box full of stuff” and just getting that into shape can be quite a job!  Jeffrey will lead a discussion on how we can do it better.

April 10 – Finding out everything about one family group – for Beginners – George McKinney

The core of genealogical research is the family group – Mom, Dad, their children, their spouses, and basic facts about them.  We’ll focus on how to get more information on a family group and expand our knowledge about them.

These seminars lead to the Sonoma County Genealogical Society meeting on May 20 which will focus on Breaking Brick Walls.  We’re all invited (Finlay Center, bag lunch at 12, discussions at 1). 

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Krystine Boehme, who has recently moved to Virginia (but still has her home in Oakmont!), has offered to do look-ups at the Library of Virginia, the Library at the College of William and Mary, and at the Virginia State Archives.  If you have a burning Virginia question, email oakgenclub@gmail.com and we’ll forward it to her.  (She’s getting to enjoy Spring in Virginia – maybe even the cherry blossoms in Washington!)