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Researching Family Stories for 50 Years

Upcoming Events

    • 18 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Attend via Zoom or in person at the NVGS Library, 1701 Menlo Ave, Napa

    Why They Left, Where They Went, and What Their Journeys Can Reveal

    Presented by Pam Vestal

    Why did our ancestors leave their homes? Why did they settle where they did? Using unexpected records, social history, the law, and more we'll discover the secrets our ancestors’ migrations can reveal as we track them from place to place, across the ocean, across the country, even across town!

    Pam Vestal is a professional genealogist and speaker who turned her focus to her longtime love of genealogy after a 20-year writing career. Her articles have appeared in the National Genealogical Society Magazine, the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and her lectures take her from coast to coast. Pam specializes in conducting genealogical research and then transforming that information into illustrated stories that even non-genealogists can enjoy.

    • 1 May 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • on Zoom, hosted in partnership with Napa County Library

    Creating a Digital Legacy

    A special event celebrating Preservation Week

    Presented by Kathy Nielsen

    Please register 
    on the Napa County Library's website


    What is a digital legacy? How do we create one? Kathy Nielsen will offer tips on curating your story and your family's story, preserving those treasures, and sharing them with your family. Kathy will present the process and the tools she is using to create her family's digital legacy. She will introduce the features some companies offer and suggest what equipment we might need to begin this project.

    Kathy Nielsen is a reference librarian and an educator. She has hosted a virtual series, All Things Relative, at the Monterey Public Library and has taught classes at the popular OLLI program at Cal State Monterey Bay. Kathy is a co-founder of the Monterey County Genealogy Society’s special interest writing group, Off the Charts. She incorporates her skills as a historian, storyteller, and librarian in the search for her family’s history.

    Hosted in partnership with

    • 6 May 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • On Zoom

    Military Records

    Host: Sue Ziemski

    MEMBERS: In honor of Memorial Day, let's share stories about our ancestors who were in the military and the types of records we've used to learn about their service.

    • 16 May 2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Attend via Zoom or in person at the NVGS Library, 1701 Menlo Ave, Napa

    Diseases, Disasters, Distress: Bad for Your Ancestors, Good for Genealogy!

    Presented by Lisa Alzo

    Wouldn’t it be nice if all the branches on our family trees were filled with bright shiny leaves that reflected only good kin and happy times? The truth is, most of our pasts are dotted with blemishes, and bad things did happen, often to good people. History is blanketed with disheartening tales of devastation and loss. Certainly, it may be difficult for us today to comprehend the everyday adversity that befell our ancestors, or the lasting hardships they endured as a result. This session will discuss how diseases, disasters, and distress may have impacted your family’s history.

    Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Eastern European research and writing your family history. She is the author of eleven books and hundreds of magazine articles. Lisa works as an online educator and writing coach and developed the Eastern European Research Certificate Program for the International Institute of Genealogical Studies. Visit lisaalzo.com for more information.

    • 3 Jun 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • On Zoom

    Genealogy Travels: Past or Future

    Host: Sally Perkins

    MEMBERS: This month, join us as we share our experiences and ideas for genealogy-themed travel! 

    • 29 Jun 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • NVGS Library, 1701 Menlo Ave, Napa, CA 94558

    It's our
    50th Anniversary
    this summer!

    Food  -  Drinks  -  Music  -  Raffle  -  FUN

    Members and friends: Help us celebrate 50 years of NVGS! That's half a century of genealogical research, family stories, exciting discoveries, and building friendships here in the beautiful Napa Valley.

    Save the date: June 29, 2024, 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Where: Courtyard, NVGS Library @ 1701 Menlo Ave, Napa, CA

    Members having fun at a recent event

    • 1 Jul 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • On Zoom

    Summer Events & Traditions

    Host: TBD

    Members: Join us at our monthly round tables! Each month we pick a theme, then gather on Zoom and have a great time sharing stories about our ancestors.

    • 5 Aug 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • On Zoom

    Photographs As Genealogical Clues

    Host: TBD

    Members: Join us at our monthly round tables! Each month we pick a theme, then gather on Zoom and have a great time sharing stories about our ancestors.

Past Events

1 Apr 2024 April Round Table Conversation: Unusual Characters
21 Mar 2024 25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors
4 Mar 2024 March Round Table Conversation: Amazing Female Ancestors
15 Feb 2024 Local History & Genealogy Research at the Library of Congress
12 Feb 2024 February Round Table Conversation: Patriots & Public Servants
18 Jan 2024 Annual Meeting: Accomplishments, Goals, & Installation of Officers
8 Jan 2024 January Round Table Conversation: Bring Your Brick Wall
6 Dec 2023 Holiday Reception at the NVGS Library
16 Nov 2023 What Can You Learn From Lineage Societies... without Becoming a Member!
6 Nov 2023 November Round Table Conversation: Family Recipes & Heritage Foods
19 Oct 2023 Cemetery Research
12 Oct 2023 City of Immigrants, An American Story
2 Oct 2023 October Round Table Conversation: Family Cars
21 Sep 2023 Discovering Your Scandinavian Family
4 Sep 2023 September Round Table Conversation: Interesting Occupations
17 Aug 2023 Maps & Trails: Common Migration Paths 17th-19th Centuries
7 Aug 2023 August Round Table Conversation: School Memories
20 Jul 2023 What to Do with Your DNA Test Results
3 Jul 2023 July Round Table Conversation: Military Families
15 Jun 2023 Shakin' Out the Smiths: Researching Common Names
5 Jun 2023 June Round Table Conversation: Wedding Memories
18 May 2023 Genealogy-On-The-Go
1 May 2023 May Round Table Conversation: How Does Your Garden Grow?
25 Apr 2023 Making Memories Last: Preserving Family History
20 Apr 2023 Creating a Family History Book
3 Apr 2023 April Round Table Conversation: US Ports of Entry
16 Mar 2023 Finding What You Need and Using What You Find
6 Mar 2023 March Round Table Conversation: Writing Your Family History
16 Feb 2023 The 1890 Census: A Tale of Bureaucratic Obfuscation and Skullduggery
6 Feb 2023 February Round Table Conversation: Love Stories from the Past
19 Jan 2023 Annual Membership Meeting
2 Jan 2023 January Round Table Conversation: Aspirations of Our Ancestors


Napa Valley Genealogical Society

Library & Mailing Address:

1701 Menlo Ave

Napa, CA 94558

Corner of Menlo Ave and California Blvd


(707) 252-2252

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