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The Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group (SVCGG), formed in the fall of 1989, adopted the current name in 2004. The group initially was called the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group; PAF is the acronym for the free PAF software.  SVCGG meetings and seminars feature classes popular family history software programs, provides opportunities for participating in projects.

The group meets monthly in Santa Clara, California, except in December.  Membership entitles you to a subscription to our monthly PastFinder newsletter which has been published since 1990 and in 2012 and 2013 won an awards at the National Genealogy Society annual conferences.

SVCGG is a nonprofit organization bringing together those interested in using computers for conducting family history research. With some 600 members worldwide, SVCGG is based in the San Francisco-San Jose area of California, the area known as Silicon Valley, the center of major developments in technology.

Since its beginning in 1989, the SVCGG users group has been dedicated to improving the standards for family history research with our classes, publications, and research tools.  We believe that genealogy work is too important to do carelessly and inaccurately. We want your efforts in family history to be useful for generations to come.