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Monthly meeting
Saturday, January 21
Monthly meeting  (Monthly Meetings)
9:30 am
First Presbyterian Church, State and Constance
General Meeting and Program: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Guest Speaker: Dr. Melville Sahyun, Jr.
SBCGS member, Dr. Melville Sahyun, Jr., will delve into his family name with a very interesting and informative talk about the life of his father, Dr. Melville Sahyun and the Sahyun Laboratories whose facility is now home to the Sahyun Genealogical Library. The talk will emphasize how world events can impact family history.
Mel is the son of Melville and Geraldine Sahyun in whose honor the Sahyun Library is dedicated. He is a native Santa Barbaran but has lived for a number of years in Minnesota where he was associated with 3M Co. Since returning to Santa Barbara (at least part time), he has been interested in unraveling the genealogy of his mother's Valde (Norwegian) family.  
SBCGS welcomes members and the community to the General Meeting on Saturday, January 21, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church, State and Constance. Special Interest Groups meet at 9:30 a.m. The short monthly meeting starts at 10:30 and the featured speakers begin their talks at 11 a.m. You do not need to be a member to come!

Tuesday, January 24
Adoption Lunch and Learn  (Special Interest Groups)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Sahyun Library
Share stories and ask questions. Learn from fellow genealogists about search strategies that will help discover those missing members of our families. Julie Moore and Laurie hannah, Co-Hosts

Thursday, January 26
Webinar   (Webinar)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Online - Free
Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls
Our ancestors were each surrounded by family, associates, and neighbors. By researching them, we discover additional records pointing to our own ancestors.
Drew Smith has been a librarian in the Academic Services department at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa Library since 2007.  Between 1994 and 2007, he was an instructor for the USF School of Library and Information Science (now the School of Information), where he taught undergraduate-level courses in library/Internet research skills and website design, and graduate-level courses in genealogical librarianship and indexing/abstracting.  Prior to 1994, Drew worked for academic computing departments at USF and at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Friday, January 27 through Friday, October 27
DNA Lunch and Learn  (Special Interest Groups)
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Sahyun Library, Community Room

DNA Lunch and Learn – 4th Friday of Each Month  

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Sahyun Library, Community Room 

(bring your lunch)



Need more resolutions for 2016? Consider adding these DNA related “goals” for the New Year, courtesy The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell:


Free one-on-one help available for SBCGS members.  Contact Mary E Hall at or Paul Cochet at


Visit SBCGS webpage for DNA handouts:

Researching Your Hispanic Ancestors
Saturday, January 28
Researching Your Hispanic Ancestors  (SBCGS Events)
9:30 am
Maravilla Senior Resource Center on Calle Real, Goleta
DATE: Saturday, January 28, 2017
SPEAKER: Letty Rodella
LOCATION: Maravilla Senior Resource Center, 5486 Calle Real, SB 93111
Enjoy a gratis coffee and pastry.
LUNCH: Optional lunch at Monarch Grille restaurant on Maravilla campus. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Pay at Monarch Grille.  Cost: $13 per person. Please RSVP at
Parking in front and along side of facility. Please park only in unnumbered parking spaces. Handicapped spaces available.

Tuesday, February 14
Tuesday Lunch and Learn  (Tuesday Lunch and Learn)
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Sahyun Library, Community Room
Bring your lunch and questions and let's talk genealogy.

2017 Salt Lake City Research Trip
Wednesday, April 5 through Wednesday, April 12
2017 Salt Lake City Research Trip   (SBCGS Events)
Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
2017 Salt Lake City Research Trip
April 5 - 12, 2017

Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11
Southern California Genealogy Jamboree  (Other Genealogical Events)
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Burbank, California
48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
Hunting Your Heritage
Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017
5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference
Diving Into DNA
Thursday, June 8, 2017