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Monday, March 9, 2015

This Wed: 3/11: Spectacle, Identity & Citizenship at the PPIE- SF History Center, SF Public Library

China Day at PPIE. Courtesy SF History Center
News of a great event on the Panama-Pacific International Exposition from our friends at the San Francisco Public Library this week! Spectacle, Identity & Citizenship: Bay Area Ethnic and Racial Communities at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. 

Abigail Markwyn, historian and author of several books on Worlds Fairs, will be speaking Wednesday March 11 2015 at 6PM in the Latino/ Hispanic Community Meeting Room, Lower Level of the Main Library in San Francisco. She will discuss the ways in which local groups, including Irish, German, African American, Chinese Americans and Catholics each participated in shaping the spectacle of the fair. 

The event is Free- follow the link above or call 415.557.4277 for more information. 

Copyright © 2014 by Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, California Genealogical Society and Library.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lisa Gorrell on the upcoming 15th Annual FHL Research Tour to SLC!

Are you considering attending the CGS trip to Salt Lake City? We’re pleased to present a brief interview with Lisa Gorrell, currently CGS' Recording Secretary, on this upcoming adventure.  The FHL is an incredible archive, with 2.4 million reels of microfilm, 727,000 microfiche, 346,000 books, 4,500 periodicals and over 3700 electronic resources. Embark on your family history research and explore new sources while accompanied by other CGS members!

The 15th Annual Family History Library Research Tour to Salt Lake City will happen April 26-May 3 2015. Lisa Gorrell is one of the leaders for this year’s visit, together with Jim Sorenson, Board Member & Chair of the CGS Research Committee. 
Lisa S. Gorrell
Why did you agree to become one of the leaders for this year’s trip? How do you see your role? 
This is Jane Lindsey's last year to lead the group and she asked me if I would like to lead to group in the future. This year I am learning the "ropes" by completing all of the behind the scenes duties. I will also be available during the trip for research help. 

Lisa, can you tell us what each level of genealogy researcher (beginner, intermediate, advanced) can gain from going to Salt Lake with CGS?:
Researchers of all levels will benefit from accompanying us on the trip. We will have expert researchers to assist individuals with research problems before and during the trip. Anyone can sign up for a pre-consultation meeting before the trip and there will be times to have consultations at the library. Also, the library has resources for all levels of researchers: books, microfilms, microfiche, computers, and classes taught during the week. The British floor and International floor have research assistants who can help translate foreign language records.

What’s the most fun you’ve had on a trip to SLC?
I always have fun on a trip to Salt Lake City. The thrill of finding new information about my ancestors, the conversations with fellow participants, and the walks through Temple Square with the lovely flowers blooming are all highlights of past trips I have made. 

If you’re interested in attending our SLC trip, you can learn more & register online:

Call CGS at (510) 663-1358 or email Lisa:

Copyright © 2014 by Ellen Fernandez-Sacco California Genealogical Society and Library.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Scots-Irish Seminar: Early Bird Rate extended to 2/5!

Are you among the 33.3 million people claiming Irish descent in the US? This number is seven times greater than the population of Ireland (4.6m) itself. Between 1830 to 1914, almost 5 million persons left Ireland for the US alone. 

California has 2.5 million people of Irish descent, which is the highest of any state, with a concentration of 13.3 percent in Moraga in Northern California. 

 Would you like to learn more about how to trace your Scots-Irish ancestry? Fintan Mullen & Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, Northern Ireland will be here with a full day event featuring training and tips on how to find your Scots-Irish ancestry. Established in 1956, the foundation helps people discover their Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. 

CGS' Scots-Irish Seminar will be held on Sunday March 29, and we wanted to give you an opportunity to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate, which is extended to February 5

Copyright © 2014 by Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, California Genealogical Society and Library.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

New for 2015!

Copyright © 2014 by Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, California Genealogical Society and Library.