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Upcoming events

    • March 28, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • LDS Church, 220 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael

    Meeting of the Writing Group

    The Writing Group will meet on Wednesday, Mar 28th, 2018 at the LDS Church, starting at 10:30 am.

    Come to the Family History Center and bring something you have written - share and get feedback from other members! 

    Some people come early to work on their genealogy at the Family History Center.

    You don't have to stop researching your genealogy to join the Writers Group.  You can be the spouse (or friend) of the researcher in your family.  You don't have to come to every meeting....come when you can.  If you don't write down the stories you have heard or been told in your family.....who will? Not sure how you want to write your story?  We will discuss different possibilities.  You do it your way with as much help as you want.  We will have some pros join us with their ideas.  Come with your ideas.....but COME.

    Please contact Shirley Hudson or
    Susan Trumbull for more details

    • April 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Star Restaurant, 1700 Novato Boulevard, Novato.

    Saturday Breakfast:
    Join MCGS members for breakfast at 9:00 on the first Saturday each month at Star Restaurant, 1700 Novato Boulevard, Novato.
    A good chance for beginners and new members to learn about us!

    • April 19, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • LDS Church, 220 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael
    The next meeting will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7 pm at the LDS Church.

    In the first part of the meeting we will again have an open forum where members will be able to ask questions and share their stories of successes or difficulties that they have encountered while pursuing Genetic Genealogy. Come prepared to participate.

    We have members with a range of experience levels and we want to accommodate everyone, so come and ask your questions or share your experiences no matter what level you are at.

    If you have something that you would like explained, do not be afraid to ask. We encourage everyone to speak out, no matter what level of experience they have. Those with more experience love the opportunity to discuss these issues, and we all learn something.

    In the second half of the meeting Nancy Evans will present an Introduction to Using MyHeritageDNA.
    If you have already taken a DNA test with another vendor, you can upload your raw DNA data to MyHeritage for free. MyHeritage has recently made some big improvements in the features that they offer and Nancy will explain what you can now do once you have uploaded your DNA or taken their test.

    Useful links are MyHeritage DNA updates announced at RootsTech
    and MyHeritage Rolls Out Chromosome Browser and Other Features.

    Please contact Vernon Smith to suggest a topic for a future meeting.

    We meet each month (mostly) to discuss all aspects of Genetic Genealogy, and to provide a forum for discussion as well as time for answering any related questions.

    • April 26, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Marin Family History Center, 220 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael

    General Meeting:
    "Discovering your German Roots"
    "Part 2 "
    Presented by Robert Jackson, Ph.D.

    German-Americans are America's largest single ethnic group. Even today,
    after waves of later immigration, more than twenty percent of all Americans
    claim primarily German descent, and many more have at least one German
    In this, the second of two presentations, we'll explore techniques for accessing
    and using original German documents to build your family tree and to prepare a truly engaging family history.

    Robert Jackson holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. After several years’ teaching at the college level, he pursued a professional career in international and corporate finance. Since retiring he has assisted a variety of not-for-profit and community organizations. He lives in Berkeley and lectures frequently on genealogical subjects .

    The share and tell segment of the meeting will focus on German ancestors.