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Friday, April 17, 2015

Scots Irish Seminar with Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt

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All photography courtesy of Ronald Madson

Vice President and Membership Director Diana Edwards
President Linda Harms Okazaki and Marketing Director Shannon Reese

Event Director Tim Cox, Speaker Fintan Mullan
President Linda Okazaki, Speaker Gillian Hunt

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Graphic Image Classes by the Photography Guy, Ronald Madson

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Some of you know him as the “Photography Guy." Ronald Madson has been photographing CGS events for several years. He is also passionate about family history, his own and anyone else’s. 

Come hear Ron Madson present a series of graphic image classes this spring and summer. Sign up for one, some, or all. Learn the skills to label and clean up digitized family history photos, documents, and images. Then, learn the skills necessary to create basic Graphical Family History Charts. There are a number of image-editing software programs that allow you to do this work; Ron will teach you about three different systems, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Irfanview. 

Introduction to Photoshop™ for Family History will be taught April 25, 2015. A laptop with Photoshop installed would be helpful but is not required.

Using Photoshop Elements™ for Family History will be held May 9 and Creating Graphic Family Trees with Photoshop Elements™ will be on June 6. These sessions are similar to the classes above but using Photoshop Elements software.

Irfanview™ Basics and Creating Graphic Family Trees with Irfanview™will be taught as a single class on June 27. 

Using Family Tree Maker™ will be held on July 25. 

Please see the California Genealogical Society Events Calendar for a full list of educational offerings. Visit our Eventbrite page to register for classes and events. 

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.