Sacramento German Genealogy Society
Tuesday February 26, 2019
11 am - 12:15 pm
12:15 to 1 pm 
1 pm – 2:45 pm
Study Group meeting and other activities
Main program presented by Marilyn Simleness
The California Great Register
and Other Poll Books
by Marilyn Simleness
As we strive to understand the lives of our ancestors, we search record after record trying to fill in as many blanks in the timeline of their lives as we can. Common sources such as family records, censuses, vital and parish records, land and court records, military records, newspapers, and the like, are sought out, analyzed, then accepted or rejected. Filling in gaps left by these records requires us to seek out lesser-used sources. This presentation will focus on one such source—voting registers, particularly the California Great Register, their genealogical use and availability. 
About the speaker: Marilyn Simleness is the current SGGS Membership Director, the SGGS Blog editor/writer, and serves on the Publicity and Registration teams for the upcoming 2019 IGGP Conference. As time allows, she posts to her own blog, SHOW YOUR TALE, and takes on client work. Marilyn retired from a 37-year career as a public school teacher, grades K-12, in February 2013. Since then, she has dedicated her time to family needs, caregiving, and pursuing her life-ling passion for family history research. She has attended many online genealogy courses and projects, as well as institutes and national conferences. She is “on the clock” working toward her goal of becoming a certified genealogist. 
Special benefit for SGGS members only. Presenters at SGGS regular meetings grant SGGS permission to post their handouts and a video of their presentations for a 30 day period afterwards. These are only available to members who login to the members-only section of our website. This is a major benefit for SGGS members! Not a member? You can join SGGS online or by mail.
At 11 am: The Study Group workshop begins. Bring to it your questions, problems, brickwalls, discoveries, successes and failures to discuss with the group and local experts. Often, the featured speaker will also be present to participate.
You can also do the following (assuming sufficient volunteers are present):
• purchase merchandise (cash, check, credit/debit cards accepted)
• browse the SGGS library books
• browse the freebies table
• use member services (address membershp issues, discuss volunteer opportunities,
   register for the seminar)
Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch to eat prior to the 1 p.m. lecture.
At 1 pm: The main program begins and all other activities end. After the meeting adjourns and if the speaker's travel departure time permits, you may be talk to the speaker or speakers in person by coming to the front of the room.
If there is sufficient time and volunteers available, merchandise sales will reopen until 3 pm.
Both meetings take place in MacMurdo Hall at St. Mark's United Methodist Church on Lusk Drive at St. Marks Way, east of the Country Club Plaza Shopping Center (2391 Saint Marks Way, Sacramento). MacMurdo Hall is on the basement level. An elevator is available. Parking is free. Park in either the church's lot or along the street. 
St. Mark's United Methodist Church
2391 St. Marks Way 
Sacramento, CA 95864 
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Guests are welcome and admission is free.
We look forward to seeing you!