Lewis Brown
Lewis Brown
Lewis F. Brown (1929-2019) was elected as Vallejo’s first African-American city councilman in 1965. He also served as Vallejo’s Vice Mayor from 1967 to 1969. He was born in Mississippi. He received his law degree in 1964. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
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Irish Ancestry
Thursday, March 7
Irish Ancestry  (General Meeting)
1:30 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum (not on Zoom)
Our March 7th featured speaker is Brendan Riley who will present his Irish Ancestry.
Mr. Riley was raised in Vallejo and had a 39-year career as a writer and editor with The Associated Press.
In retirement, he returned to his hometown and has produced two books focusing on the history of Vallejo, Mare Island and other areas of Solano County.
He writes a "Solano Chronicles" history column for the Vallejo Times-Herald and has served on the boards of the Vallejo and Mare Island museums.
Brendan also has spent many years researching his own family history.
This meeting will NOT be on Zoom.
The event location is at Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum at 734 Marin Street in Vallejo California.
The meeting starts at 1:30 pm Pacific Time.  Masks are encouraged but not required.
The event is FREE.    All are welcome.

Navigating Unexpected Genealogical Finds
Thursday, April 4
Navigating Unexpected Genealogical Finds  (General Meeting)
1:30 pm
Via Zoom
Genealogy is a popular topic, and more people than ever want to find their roots. However, many do not think about the emotional fallout from learning or exposing family history. Explore resources you can use to deal with what happens when you discover unexpected information about ancestors. This session goes beyond how to discover who your ancestors are and focuses on the aftermath of finding your roots.
Our speakers from the Library of Congress are  Candice Buchanan and Sheree BudgeThey will share examples of the secrets that family history research sometimes reveals (e.g., unknown associations, adoptions, slaveholding ancestors, inherited medical conditions). We use a few examples as case studies and provide resources that family history researchers can use to cope with the consequences of discovering surprising information about ancestors. 
Candice Buchanan, who is a Reference Librarian, History and Genealogy Section,  with the Library of Congress who specializes in local history and genealogy. She works with patrons to develop research strategies, locate records, and get the most out of these records to tell their ancestors’ stories. Buchanan has developed guides and presentations for the Library that address state-specific research, women’s history, and family photographs, as well as a series about heirship schemes and fabricated histories that lead researchers astray,
Sheree Budge ia also is a Library of Congress Reference Librarian,History and Genealogy Section. She  Introduces, teaches and coaches individuals and classes in genealogy, family history, and indexing including use of new technologies, tools and documentation.
GSVB Members will automatically receive a Zoom invitation that will be sent out a couple of days before the meeting. 
Non-Members: If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to GSVBzoom@gmail.com to request a Zoom invitation. 
The Zoom meeting time is at 1:30 pm Pacific Time. The event is FREE.  All are welcome.

June Pot Luck
Thursday, June 6
June Pot Luck  (Annual Potluck)
12:00 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum *12 NOON*
This is the Genalogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia's Annual Summer POTLUCK Meeting.
Bring a labeled dish to share for our potluck.  Drinks will be provided. 
Please note the 12 NOON Start Time at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Everyone can share what we have been working on.
We can talk about what we have found, what we are stuck on, and anything else that comes to mind. You might like to share a picture or artifact related to your search.
Please contact us at 707-334-0675 or president@gsvb.org if you have any questions.