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Onomastics – Using Naming Patterns in Genealogy

Martha Wallace
Join Us at our January General Meeting Saturday, January 28th 2017,  10:30 AM - 12 Noon 
Topic: Onomastics – Using Naming Patterns in Genealogy
Speaker:  Martha Wallace

Onomastics or onomatology is the study of proper names of all kinds and the origins of names. Names were originally used to identify characteristics of a person. However, over time, some of those original meanings have been lost. Additionally, many cultures developed patterns to further identify a person and to carry on names within families. In genealogy, knowing the naming patterns of a cultural or regional group can lead to breaking down brick walls. 

We will explore patronymics and matronymics in many languages and look at the naming patterns practiced by four different socio-religious groups in four areas of early American settlement.

DNA Interest Group

The DNA interest group meets regularly on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2:15 to 3.45 pm in the Cañada College Library.

In January 2017 this group will start working through the book Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne.  More information about the book can be found on the National Genealogical Society's website.

If you have question about the group or the book study please contact Chris Green at pastpres@smcgs.org.

The purpose of this group is to ask questions and get help interpreting your DNA results and deciding on next steps. The format is similar to that of all of our Special Interest Groups – there will be no charge to attend but membership in SMCGS is a requirement to join.

New - Irish Interest Group to start in January 2017

NEW!! Irish Interest Group

Join us on January 24th! Our latest group is an Irish interest group to meet immediately after the British group on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Meetings are at 11am in the 1st floor meeting room at Redwood City Main Library*. There is no charge for the group, but you must be a member of SMCGS.  Come and bring your knowledge and questions to share with other researchers. For more information contact news@smcgs.org.

Not Your Usual Records with Amy Johnson Crow - Spring 2017 Seminar

Registration is open!

Join us Saturday May 6 2017, 9 am - 3 pm to hear Amy Johnson Crow speak on using unusual records in your research. 

Topics include:

• Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records
• After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Vets
• Finding Ancestors Before 1850
• Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Females

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