James J. Hogan
James J. Hogan
Dr. James J. Hogan was born in Vallejo in 1872. He received a medical degree from Cooper Medical College in San Francisco and established a physician practice in Vallejo in 1892. He opened Vallejo's first hospital in 1912 at the corner of Virginia Street and Sonoma Boulevard. He died in Vallejo in 1942. Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Submitted by Member Mary MacDonald:
Submitted by Member Mary MacDonald:
This photo was taken at the gravesite of my maternal great-grandparents. The woman on the left is my maternal grandmother, Florence Jane MacDonald Boylan (1896 - 1996) who was born and died on Prince Edward Island in Canada. The woman on the right is her sister, Louise Homer MacDonald Regan (1903 - 1985). Louise was also born on Prince Edward Island, but died in West Newton, Massachusetts. The grave marker has 4 sides and there are two family members listed on each side: my great-grandfather Ronald MacDonald (1865 - 1955), his wife Hannah Jane Gay (1877 -1924) and 6 of their children, some of whom died in infancy. This cemetery is located in Lower Montague, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Welcome

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A warm welcome to the Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia! We invite you to be part of our congenial group while we all learn and work together to build our family trees and to remember, research and document our ancestors. 
Just as a genealogy research project often starts with a question, so did GSVB start as an organization when the question “Would you teach a genealogy class?” was asked on behalf of the Senior Center in Vallejo.  Betty Heryford answered “yes” and began her class in March 1993.  From the very beginning, Betty and her 17 students wanted three things.  They wanted to have a quiet, set-aside place to meet, to grow into a group that would embrace all levels of experience, ages and family backgrounds, and to start a library to support their research goals.
Their dreams became the foundation of the Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia. 
We now hold our monthly meetings in the comfortable, quiet Heritage Chamber at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum which is welcoming and comfortable for General Meetings, Guest Speaker presentations, and teaching lessons using Power Point and Video.   The Museum also provides GSVB members with a central meeting place to carpool for visits and tours of other museums, libraries and historical sites of interest to genealogists.
The original group’s informal meetings at the Senior Center has expanded into a 501c Society which brings together people of diverse family backgrounds, ages, and experience levels interested in researching family history, not only in the United States but throughout the world.  Because of the wide ranging interests of our membership, we continue to learn about new search opportunities and techniques, how to use on-line resources and new software packages, and how to benefit from the new world of DNA testing.
The few books collected by the original group has grown to a dedicated Genealogy Library of 2000 publications located in the Museum—and a very helpful Genealogy Library Staffer to help with research.  The library collection includes general publications on building family trees and on how to research and document family histories.  It also contains a wide-range of individual publications, arranged by state, to help researchers to discover more about their ancestors’ histories and “home place”.  In addition to GSVB’s library, the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum maintains a library of California, Solano County, Vallejo, and Benicia military and general histories.  Both libraries are very valuable to the family researcher.
we invite you to join with us to search, discover and preserve your family history. 

Welcome from the Mistresses of the Web!

We would like to welcome you to the new website of the Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia (GSVB).  We are a genealogy society serving the genealogical needs of those who live or are researching in the Vallejo and Benicia areas of Solano County, California.
Like many other genealogy societies, we formerly had a website hosted by rootsweb.com which we lost when rootsweb took down all the websites.  Our board members made the decision to start from scratch and build a new website.  After looking around at other societies and speaking with board members from the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society (CCCGS.net) which is located nearby, we determined that easynetsites.com was our best option as their websites are designed specifically for genealogical, historical, and family societies. Several GSVB mEasyNetSites Logoembers spent the month of August 2018 in 
training to learn how to create and manage a website for the benefit of our members and the public.  In our eagerness to get a website up and running again, we realize that our website is neither perfect nor complete.  We ask for your patience as we roll out more features over time.  Please do not hesitate to contact us in regards to information that we have not put online yet, but can still obtain for you in the "old-fashioned" way. 

 

April 4
Field Trip
We will be venturing to Oakland to visit the Oakland Family History Center to take a tour of the library.  Also we will have an ...
May 2
Searching In Your Ancestor's Backyard
"At some point during your detective work, you’ll have to actually visit where your ancestors lived. In this helpful lecture, discover how to use key ...
June 6
Potluck
The topic for discussion will be WWWWW - What We've Done With What We've learned. A few themes we have been working on are writing ...
July 4
July Meeting
THERE WILL BE NO MEETING IN JULY DUE TO THE MEETING DATE LANDING ON OUR NATIONAL HOLIDAY!  See you in August.