Grace Logan Patterson
Grace Logan Patterson
Grace Lavinia (Logan) Patterson (1909-1990), a native of Esparto, Yolo County, was hired as Vallejo’s first African-American school teacher. She taught for 25 years. An elementary school was named in her honor in 1989. Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Submitted by Member Laurel Carlson Knapp:
Submitted by Member Laurel Carlson Knapp:
This photo is of my maternal grandparents, Lionel Weir and Lillian Mead Weir. It was taken in mid-1945 in El Sobrante, California. They lived in this small residence with my mother, brother, and me. The dwelling was set back from La Paloma Road. The "Ice" sign in the window alerted the iceman that we needed ice (or he wouldn't have stopped). There was also a Gold Star flag in the window, as their son (my uncle) Wayne had been killed in action in WWII. Grandpa Weir is waving his ever-present hat and likely being a bit of a smart-aleck, while Grandma Weir is taking it all in with a grain of salt. Having spent many years enduring winters in Minnesota and Alberta, Canada, they appreciated the California sunshine. Grandma loved the abundant colorful geraniums.

Welcome

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A warm welcome to the Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia (GSVB)! 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 level 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 of 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, or our meetings are held online via the Zoom platform. 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 have 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 interest 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. Beginning Saturday, January 7th, 2023, the Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia Reference Library will be open additional days and hours. 
The new days and hours are:
Every Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
1st and 3rd Saturdays: Noon - 3:30 pm
2nd Thursday of the month: Noon - 3:30 pm
Our library is located on the 2nd floor of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum at 734 Marin Street in Vallejo, California.  Our librarian will be there to help with your research.  In addition to numerous genealogical publications, Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, and Fold3 are available for your use.
We invite you to join with us to search, discover and preserve your family history.
NEW: Some of our meetings are in person and some are on Zoom.  Please check listings carefully to determine which is the case for each meeting.  In-person meetings will not be zoomed or recorded.  All times given for events are Pacific Time (either daylight or standard, depending on the time of year).
 

Welcome from the Web-Managers!

Welcome to 2024! It's difficult to believe that the COVID pandemic started 4 years ago. We are all trying to figure out what works best for us in a changed world. For genealogy societies, we are struggling with how to engage our current members and attract new ones. We are here to help you in your genealogical journey. How can we best do this? Do you prefer meetings in person or on Zoom? What subjects would interest you most? Do you need one-on-one help or do you prefer a more collaborative approach? Are there places of historical or genealogical interest that you would like to visit on a field trip? Maybe serving on the board would spur you into devoting more time to your family tree. We have several positions available. Contact our President at president@gsvb.org for more information. Resolve to make 2024 the year you get more involved in genealogy and let us help you keep that resolution!


July 11
What Do I Do with All Our Collected Photographs, Family Memorabilia & Genealogy?
The Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia's July 11th meeting featured speaker is Margaret (Peg) Kapustiak. She will discuss" What Do I Do with All Our Collected ...