Rachel B. Lain
Rachel B. Lain
Vallejo's first woman doctor was Rachel Brown Lain, M.D., who practiced medicine in Vallejo from 1891 until her death in 1918. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1863. She maintained hospital beds in her home at the southwest corner of Marin and Carolina streets. Dr. Lain also owned the first automobile seen in Vallejo, a 1904 Maxwell. Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
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DVD: Assembling an Account of Your Discoveries
Thursday, August 1
DVD: Assembling an Account of Your Discoveries  (Training)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Heritage Chamber, Vallejo Naval History Museum
You have learned how to build context and write an engaging narrative.  Now examine the best ways to organize your material and assemble a lasting account of your unique heritage.  What are the fundamental questions you will need to answer before writing?  What are the five elements essential to any multigenerational account?  This is Lecture #14 from the John Philip Colletta DVD "Discovering Your Roots: an Introduction to Genealogy". Discussion will follow.



Speaker: Sharon McGriff-Payne on How to Search African-American History
Thursday, September 5
Speaker: Sharon McGriff-Payne on How to Search African-American History  (Training)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Hall of History, Vallejo Naval History Museum, 734 Marin Street
Sharon McGriff-Payne, a lifelong Vallejo resident, book author, newspaper reporter, and independent historian, will give a talk on how to search for African-American history.



Extending Your Family Tree - DVD
Thursday, October 3
Extending Your Family Tree - DVD  (Training)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Heritage Chamber, Vallejo Naval History Museum, 734 Marin St
We conclude the course with a peek at how to research records outside the United States. Focusing on his experiences in Europe, Dr. Colleta reveals what essential facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestors, and how to overcome six major challenges to accessing and using historical materials in foreign countries, 



Y-DNA
Thursday, November 7
Y-DNA  (Training)
1:00 pm
Heritage Chamber, Vallejo Naval History Museum, 734 Marin St
Dr. Paull has authored numerous pioneering autosomal and Y-DNA studies of rabbinical lineages. His book, A Noble Heritage: The History and Legacy of the Polonsky and Paull Family in America, traces his family’s ancestry over a millennium of history, to the famed biblical commentator, Rashi (1050-1105).



Pot Luck
Thursday, December 5
Pot Luck  (Training)
12:00 pm
Hall of History, Vallejo Naval History Museum, 734 Marin St
 It's time for our annual winter holiday pot luck.  Please bring (and label if it contains meat, fish, peanuts, etc.) a food for 6-8 people to contribute to our feast.  Drinks and dishes are provided.  We will also have a silent auction, and conduct our election of officers for 2020. Guests are welcome!