William Stanford
William Stanford
William Townsend Stanford (1867-1964) was named Vallejo's first Chief of Police on April 4th, 1900. He was a Mare Island Naval Shipyard mechanic with no prior law enforcement experience. He continued to serve as Chief of Police until his retirement in 1936. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
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Runnin' Down Grandma
Thursday, March 2
Runnin' Down Grandma  (General Meeting)
1:30 pm
Virtual via zoom
Nancy Calhoun has been doing genealogy for 45 years and worked as a genealogy librarian for 15 years. Has attended many national conferences, received scholarships, and won writing awards. Presented for societies in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Received her BA, BS, MS. Member of several societies, DAR, 1812, Mayflower, UDC, Oklahoma Genealogical Society Board, and First Families of the Twin Territories.  Runnin’ Down Granny:
Researching Female Family Members
At least half of our family trees consist of female ancestors. Yet these are often clouded or completely lost in the mist of the past. At times, we’re lucky to even have a given name. This presentation presents information on finding these illusive women and even on how to “live with them” and in spite of them.
Non-Members: If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to GSVBzoom@gmail.com to request a Zoom invitation.  Members will automatically receive a Zoom invitation.  Zoom invitations will be sent out a couple of days before the meeting. Meeting time is 1:30 PM PST

Building the Benicia-Martinez Bridge
Thursday, April 6
Building the Benicia-Martinez Bridge  (General Meeting)
1:30 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
John V. Robinson (born 1960) is an American writer and photojournalist who specializes in photographing heavy construction work with a focus on bridge construction and the men and women who do the work. Robinson goes onto construction sites and does detailed photo essays of the iron workers, pile drivers, carpenters, laborers, and crane operators who do this demanding and dangerous work. He frequently collects oral histories of the workers.  Robinson also does freelance photography work and his construction shots are frequently published in San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, used in calendars, and used in advertising campaigns of construction and engineering firms. John Robinson's photo-essays on bridge construction and history have been published in nine books and his articles and photographs regularly appear in professional and trade journals like The Ironworker[5] and Engineering News Record.
The summer of 2007 marks the opening of the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge between Solano and Contra Costa Counties in California. Building the Benicia-Martinez Bridgetraces the transportation history of the area from the old railroad ferry service, through the construction of the existing bridges, and documents the construction of the new bridge.
This meeting will NOT be on Zoom. The event location is at Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum at 734 Marin Street in Vallejo California. Masks are encouraged but not required. The meeting starts at 1:30 pm PST.

GSVB Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, May 4
GSVB Anniversary Celebration  (Annual Potluck)
12:00 pm
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Martinez Cemetery Field Trip
Sunday, May 7
Martinez Cemetery Field Trip  (Training)
Martinez Cemetery