The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society will hold its monthly general meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance St.

This month’s meeting will feature a Society favorite — the Members Share segment. Three members will share stories of interest found in their research.

Jim Wilson will present “Aha! – Uh-oh,” which deals with the times when the thrill of an aha! moment may not turn out to be quite what is expected. Bruce McIver will share a fascinating story of one of his ancestors in “Agnes McIver: The Story of a Quarrier’s Orphan” and Robert Lynn will give a history of Castle Garden, the precursor of Ellis Island. He will also give tips on how to research the Castle Garden website.

Special interest groups will meet at 9:30 a.m. for Beginning Genealogy, German Ancestry and Computer Genealogy and 9 a.m. for JewishGen. The featured program will start at 10:30 a.m.

Come join us. Guests are welcome. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this wonderful presentation.

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— Glenn Avolio is the public relations chair for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society.