William T. Stanford
William T. Stanford
William Stanford 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 & Historical Museum.
Submitted by Member Mary MacDonald:
Submitted by Member Mary MacDonald:
My beloved maternal grandfather, Stephen Joseph Boylan, (1891-1953). I lived with him and my grandmother Florence Jane MacDonald Boylan (1896-1996) in Charlottetown, capital of Prince Edward Island, Canada. He had a barbershop in downtown Charlottetown. I remember him as a very sweet man who was always smartly dressed! He would take me on factory tours, i.e. the Coca-Cola plant and a bread making plant.

Welcome

Build your family tree, research ancestral history, learn search skills, share ideas and tips with like-minded Northern California enthusiasts…
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. 

 

December 6
Potluck, Silent Auction & Fellowship
Join us for an exciting silent auction and potluck! Bring a dish for 10-12 people with a recipe if desired. Please mark if dish contains ...
January 3
How to Write Biography
We continue our Professor John Philip Colletta DVD series with "How to Write a Biography".  Starting with a timeline, Professor Colletta will show how to ...