• Groups That Meet Monthly Before the General Meeting
Early California and Hispanic Group meets at 9:30 AM before the monthly general meeting. All are welcome. This group focuses on genealogical research into California history and settlement by Native Americans, immigrants, explorers, soldiers, pioneers, miners, and entrepreneurs many of whom with ancestral roots in the populations arriving from Spain, South and Central America and Mexico. Please contact Molly Gleason if you are interested in being the group leader.
Writing Support Group meets at 9:30 AM before the monthly general meeting. All are welcome - experienced writers, writers with major writing blocks, and beginners. Please email Alicia Watt for more information.
Italian Ancestry Group this group meets at 9:30 a.m. before the general meeting. Anyone with Italian ancestry or an interest in Italian genealogy is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Rosa Avolio.
Genealogy Tips and Discussion meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:30 a.m. before the general meeting. We discuss the various computer genealogy programs, surfing the Internet, scanning devices, building your own home page, and information available on CD-ROM's. Mission statement: using today's technology to solve yesterday's genealogy. This meeting is open to all. For more information, call Merna McClenathen at (805) 964-3005.
German Ancestry Group meets on the 3rd Saturday at 9:30 a.m. before the general meeting. Call Cari Thomas (805) 964-5523 for further details.
JewishGen Special Interest Group meets at 9:30 AM on the 3rd Saturday. Please contact Jane Honikman if you have questions (967-9757).
French-Canadian Special Interest Group meets at 9:30 on the 3rd Saturday before the General Meeting. Leader: Charmien Carrier
New Member and Beginning Genealogy Special Interest Group meets at 9:30 on the 3rd Saturday before the General Meeting. Leaders: Norma Johnson and Jean Foster
Scandinavian Roots Genealogy Special Interest Group meets at 9:30 on the 3rd Saturday before the General Meeting. Leader: Larrie Wanberg
DNA Group meets at 9:30 on the 3rd Saturday before the General Meeting. Leader: Paul Cochet
Civil War SIG meets at 9:30 AM on the 3rd Saturday under the leadership of Alex Grzywacki. This group is for women or men researching the Civil War and/or wanting to join one of the lineage socities associated with the Civil War.
• SIG Groups That Meet Monthly at the Sahyun Library
Lunch & Learn meets from Noon to 1:30pm on the Second Tuesday of the Month. Bring genealogy problems and other genealogy topics. Leaders: Rosa Avolio and Kathie Morgan
DNA Lunch & Learn meets from Noon to 1:30 PM on the 3rd Friday of each month at the Sahyun Genealogical Library. Bring your lunch and DNA questions. For more information, email George LaPlante.
One-on-One DNA Assistance - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Fridays or Saturdays, except holidays, is by appointment only; please email Paul Cochet or call 687-7403.
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society DNA Project. To order kits and/or to join our project you may order for any friend or relative using this page: Santa Barbara County DNA Project. Participants number 137 and are growing!
• Genealogy Software User Group Meetings
Reunion for Macs. Members meet to discuss questions and learn about Reunion's features and all the ways it helps you to document, store and display information about your family. The group meets under the leadership of Rosa Avolio.
Family Tree Maker is the #1 selling genealogy software program for Macs and PCs to discover and share family stories. This User Group meets under the leadership of Robin McCarthy to answer questions and help you learn about the software features in the latest version that make it easier than ever to explore your roots.
Legacy Family Tree for Windows is a robust FamilySearch-certified genealogy software program that can integrate with online databases and genealogy services and assists family historians in tracking, organizing, printing, and sharing family history. This User Group meets under the leadership of Robin McCarthy to answer questions and help you explore the software features in the latest version to help make your family tree come alive.
RootsMagic for Macs and PCs is called "the best genealogy program we've seen" by Smart Computing Magazine. It is the genealogy software used by most professional genealogists. The program provides hints from FamilySearch, Ancestry, and MyHeritage for the people in your family tree. It can sync your software tree with your Ancestry tree. This User Group meets under the leadership of Elizabeth O'Neal, a professional genealogist, to answer questions and help you explore the software features in the latest version.