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    Genealogy Research Tips and
    Sahyun Library Updates

    Welcome to the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society’s official blog – a digital space where we embark on a journey to unravel the fascinating tapestry of our shared ancestry. We are thrilled to introduce not only our society but also a treasure trove of knowledge – the Sahyun Genealogical Library.

    African American Family History Research

    In honor of Black History Month I’d like to suggest two sites to start your research: The Research Wiki of Family Search   The Digital Library on American Slavery Also our February Monthly meeting:  Exploring Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau: What’s In It For Me?  

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    How I Wrote About 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

    Do you feel a need to jumpstart your genealogy? I had that very feeling at the end of 2021. I had done research for many years and compiled oodles of records and documents. I wrote up in some detail the lives of those ancestors who interested me and shared their stories with family members. I

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    Monthly Meeting

    Have you made your New Year’s resolutions for genealogy, is one resolution or goal to organize your research, files and records? Well, you’re in luck because this month’s program is on just that, getting organized. Our monthly meeting is a hybrid, held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at First Presbyterian Church at State

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    Mining Old Issues of Ancestors West

    Before the days of the internet and genealogical databases, the volunteers of many genealogical societies worked hard to transcribe books, cemetery inscriptions, tax lists, court records, and many other groupings of names, dates, and places. Their contributions were enormous, and you can see these early efforts in any local genealogical newsletter from the 1990s going

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    Did You Know?

    Ancestors West……. Has been published quarterly by SBCGS continuously since 1974 Articles are written by SBCGS members Contains articles on a variety of subjects and is not limited to California. All issues are available online and all are text-searchable.    

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    Obituaries Added to Database

    SBCGS has been preserving historical records of genealogical interest for many years. We now have a sophisticated database for searching these indexed records. Currently, there are 190,000 names, and records are continuously being added. The most recent set of names is associated with Santa Barbara Obituaries. Newspaper obituaries and death notices from various local newspapers

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    Ancestry Family Tree – post written by SBCGS member Judy Thompson When sharing your genealogy research online, such as at, it is crucial to consider access and security. allows you to invite others to view your family tree, offering three roles: Guest, Contributor, or Editor, each with different permissions and editorial rights. They

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    Stacks at the Sahyun Genealogical Library

    Welcome to Our Blog

    Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society: Connecting Generations, Building Legacies Founded on the principle that every family has a story worth preserving, the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society (SBCGS) has been a beacon for genealogists and family historians since its establishment. Our mission is simple yet profound: to foster a community of individuals passionate about tracing

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    Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Receives Proclamations

    The proclamation from the city of Santa Barbara – honoring our 50th Anniversary and National Family Stories Month – was presented by Mayor Randy Rowse to our President, Art Sylvester, on November 15th at City Hall. Watch the presentation here. Holly Snyder, Karen Ramsdell, Art Sylvester, Marie Sue Parsons, Mary Hall The Santa Barbara County

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