Our special interest groups give members opportunities to explore specific areas of genealogy in a small, collegial setting. New groups form periodically, depending on interest.
Explore the options below and contact us if you are interested. You must be an NVGS member to participate in these groups.
The Round Table Discussion group (for members only) meets online the first Monday of every month at 11:00 am.
Round Tables enable society members to share stories, ask questions, and connect, without the logistical constraints of in-person gatherings. The goal, in contrast to our monthly education programs, is to provide opportunity for social interaction.
The host starts the discussion with a brief statement on the pre-arranged topic. He or she usually shares a relevant example from personal experience.
Next the host invites members to join the conversation. While the discussion begins on a topic of focused inquiry, conversations may expand to other areas of interest. Efforts are made to acknowledge each contribution and to encourage participation by all members who wish to share.
To prevent monopolization of the discussion, the host provides reminders of the meeting’s limited duration and the need to give each person an opportunity to speak.
The host ends the meeting by affirming everyone’s participation and contribution. To promote continued learning and sharing, the host may make reference to upcoming society programs or events.
The writing group meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. at the Napa Valley Genealogical Library.
We each bring a story we have written about an ancestor, an incident in our own history, or whatever we feel like writing. Then each of us reads the story to the group. We do not critique the stories but we do comment on what we like about them.
Our dedicated library workers meet at the library on most Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
The team can always use help, so volunteers can choose one Wednesday or several to work on interesting projects! Call the library phone (707) 252-2252 if you are interested in being a volunteer on workdays!