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30 April 2010

Salt Lake City Successes: 2010 Edition

Lamb's Grill was the site of the traditional wrap-up dinner of the Tenth Annual Salt Lake City Research Tour. Most of the thirty three attendees at this year's trip joined in the celebration of a successful week at the Family History Library. Here are a few of the accomplishments reported.




Laura Lee Johnson Karp went back two more generation with her German GANSERT and VETER lines.

Jim Sorenson had nothing but praise for the library's collection and had success with Swedish church records.
Gary Willcuts reported he is on the "right track" tracing his MIDDLETON line from Los Angeles back to Scotland.



Bill O'Neil located a photograph of ancestor Jacob Frederick and learned of the work of a cousin, Arlene Gable, at Frederick Family Tree.

Pamela Wardall Lewis was tickled to find her own immigration record (and that of her mother and brother) on Find My Past.




Alison Kern Shedd found SEIGLE estate records in Porter County, Indiana.

Cynthia Peterson Gorman located an lithographic image of Nathanial Templeton being burned at the stake after capture by Indians at the Battle of Sandusky Plains.

Gabrielle Kojder put all the pieces of the puzzle together and located her Slovenian village.


Cathy Paris made progress with research of her ancestors in Scotland, particularly with Henry  WEBSTER.

This was Carol Levison Glesser's first trip to Salt Lake and she had considerable beginner's luck going back five generations with her LEVISON, MAXWELL and MASON families.

Thanks, Jane and Nancy, for another great week in Salt Lake City!


Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

28 April 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Tenth Annual Salt Lake City Tour
April 21 – 28, 2010
Jane Knowles Lindsey and Nancy Simons Peterson
























Photographs by Kathryn M. Doyle, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

26 April 2010

Jacob Workman Gesner of New Brunswick and Massachusetts

Inevitably, no matter the geographical region or ethnicity of interest, every genealogist comes to the same fork-in-the-road dilemma: keep researching or publish? When is the right time to stop the hunt and just start writing?

For Tom Gesner, the decision was helped along by some of his colleagues at the California Genealogical Society. Tom attended Hints On Publishing Your Family History, presented almost two years ago by Shirley Thomson, Jane Lindsey and Matt Berry. Tom concluded then that writing a book was something he could "really do."

The tangible result is Jacob Workman Gesner of New Brunswick and Massachusetts: His Ancestry and Descendants Through Three Generations. Jacob (1835-1920) was Tom's great-great grandfather. Tom estimates Jacob has hundreds of descendants.

A donated copy of the book sits on the shelves of the library and in it Tom has written, "In appreciation of the many helpful suggestions by CGS members, Tom Gesner, 15 Oct 2009." Tom told me that he  also found Matt Berry's Microsoft Word Skills for Genealogists workshops extremely useful and he acknowledges Verne Deubler's support and helpful information.

The CGS Library holds one other GESNER title: The Gesner Family of New York and Nova Scotia: Together with Some Notes Concerning the Families of Bogardus, Brower, Ferdon, and Pineo by Anthon Temple Gesner. Written in 1912, Tom notes that the book details the story of the "progenitor of the North American Gesners" Johann Heinrich Gesner, who arrived at New Amsterdam in 1710.  Tom's book is a continuation of one branch of the family.

Jacob Workman Gesner of New Brunswick and Massachusetts: His Ancestry and Descendants Through Three Generations, Thomas G. Gesner, Emeryville, California : Brookside Publishing, 2009.
ix, 112 p. : ill., ports., maps ; 23 cm. An account of the migration of Jacob Gesner and his children from New Brunswick to Fall River, Mass. $25. Available from Tom Gesner, P.O. Box 99281, Emeryville, CA 94662.


Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

23 April 2010

Field Trip to Sutro California State Library

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132

The California State Library, San Francisco, known as the Sutro Library, bills itself as one of the largest genealogical collections west of Salt Lake City – and it is. With over 150,000 books and resources for all fifty states, it is a must-visit place for Bay Area genealogists.

Jack Leibman has written a fascinating history of Adolph Sutro's library: The Saga of Sutro Library which includes this description:
Today the Sutro is a major resource for genealogy research. It continues to gather a remarkable list of historical and genealogical publications from the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. The surviving original collections of Sutro include a wide variety of pre-1900 British scientific papers, a unique collection of Mexican works, and many rare ancient Hebrew texts. A treasure trove of Sutro's voluminous correspondence is expected to provide some fascinating new insights into the history of this brilliant, inventive, and bold avatar of San Francisco.
Ron and Pam Filion of sfgenealogy.com have posted a comprehensive review of Bay Area research facilities, including Sutro.

Dick Rees will lead a group to Sutro on public transportation using BART and Muni leaving from the 19th Street Station in Oakland. Members may also car pool and meet at the library. Library staff will give us a tour. The library's hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Bag lunch recommended.

Register online.


Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

21 April 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Ethnic Genealogy Series: Chinese Ancestry Workshop I
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Christine DeVillier , Marisa Louie,  Jeanie Low and Kay Speaks















Photographs by Tim Cox and Kathryn Doyle, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

16 April 2010

Nancy Peterson at The Society of Mayflower Descendants in California San Francisco Peninsula Colony Luncheon

Saturday, May 15, 2010
The Society of Mayflower Descendants in California

San Francisco Peninsula Colony Luncheon
Delancey Street Restaurant
The Embarcadero at Brannan Street
San Francisco, California

Nancy Simons Peterson will be the guest speaker at The Society of Mayflower Descendants in California San Francisco Peninsula Colony luncheon on Saturday, May 15, 2010.

Nancy is Research Director of the California Genealogical Society and the author of Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research, published by the society in 2006 to coincide with the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Nancy and the entire research team have been burning the midnight oil to complete The Judge Project – which will result in another publication by the society later this year.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants was formed in Boston in 1896. The California Society, chartered October 17, 1907, was established in San Francisco as the first Western State society by pioneers drawn to the new land of opportunity created by the California Gold Rush. The San Francisco Penisula Colony meets five times a year to remember heritage, for social time, lunch and a program related to personalities, events or items of Pilgrim or California historical interest. They hold joint meetings with other colonies within the Bay Area, including their important Compact Day each November.

Any person able to document their descent from one of the Mayflower Pilgrims is eligible to apply for membership.

14 April 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Frankie Rhodes, Dick Rees and Arlene Miles
March 10, 2010



Photograph by Kathryn Doyle, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

13 April 2010

Featured on RootsTelevision!


We're so honored and pleased that our YouTube video has been added to RootsTelevision and has been selected as one of this week's New Roots Tuesday picks.

Pub/Mark Committee chair Cathy Paris created Who Do You Think We Are? from blog photos and added captions to describe all aspects of the society and our members. RootsTelevision thinks it's "a great example of how a society can showcase themselves online." We agree! And we thank Roots Television for helping us to spread our message.




Roots Television offers free genealogy and family history videos. Topics include Conferences, How-to, DNA, African Roots, British research, Irish family history, Hispanic roots, Libraries, Archives, Reunions, Photo Restoration and more.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

12 April 2010

Some Nice Press From A Surprising Source



I mentioned last month that advertising our First Saturdays Free "Intro to Genealogy" classes on internet events sites like Yelp, Yahoo Upcoming and Facebook seems to be reaching a new and younger audience. This month's April 3 class, taught by Mary Beth Frederick, included a student who found us on Yelp and who was interested in more than just learning some genealogy.

Brianna Headsten let us know in advance that she was coming and that she would be writing an article about the class for her school newspaper. A communications student at California State University East Bay, Brianna is on the staff of The Pioneer. I was thrilled to receive a copy of her article, All Branches Have Common Roots, published on April 8, 2010, and assurances that she will be back to do more research on her family history.

Thanks so much, Brianna!


Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

09 April 2010

Hard Drive Organization - Making Use of Your Computer File Folders

Saturday, May 15, 2010
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, California 94612

After collecting digital images from online sources and manually scanning paper documents and photos for over twenty years, Tim Cox found a management method that works for his digital files. He will demonstrate how to name files for easy identification, how to organize folders that make it easy to find them, and how to properly identify scanned photographs.


This class is a free benefit for members only. Class size is limited to twenty participants. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

Register online.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

07 April 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Intermediate Genealogy: Immigration
Jane Knowles Lindsey


Photograph by Kathryn M. Doyle, 2/16/2010, Oakland, California



Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

05 April 2010

May Membership Meeting (and a Bonus!) with Jo Ann Rowley-Minhoto

Saturday, May 8, 2010
California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California

Member Jo Ann Rowley-Minhoto will present two talks on our second Saturday May Membership Meeting day. Please plan to come in the morning for her first presentation, break for a brown bag lunch (or pick something up nearby), attend a short membership meeting at 1:00 p.m., then hear Jo Ann's second talk.

Rootsweb Overview
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
RootsWeb is one of the free and diverse collections of information that's been available for quite some time and is still valuable. Mailing lists and message boards, online education, surname connections, other data and more, on a world-wide scope. Join us to learn more.

Membership Meeting
1:00 p.m.

Social Networking: What's Available at RootsWeb
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
After a brief overview of some "Social Networking" terms and examples, we'll focus on what's available at RootsWeb. Mailing Lists, message boards, and blogs at RootsWeb are there to help us interact with others while researching our families and interests.

After a career as system analyst of computer business applications, Jo Ann Rowley-Minhoto turned her attention to genealogy in 1996 and parlayed both into her business, Computer Ancestors. She loves giving presentations, hoping to give someone value in their research. Jo Ann completed the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) "American Genealogy: A Basic Course" in 2004, received a certificate from Dallas Genealogical Society's (DGS) Land Institute in 1999, is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and takes clients, both for computer related assistance and assistance in researching one's family history.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

02 April 2010

Mapping Madness with Ron Arons - Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010
1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 12:30 p.m.)

Oakland Regional Family History Center
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland 94602

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society Lecture and Meeting: Mapping Madness with Ron Arons

Member and author Ron Arons will be the featured speaker at an upcoming SFBAJGS meeting. Ron will discuss numerous websites where one can find historical maps and he will review the online mapping facilities provided by the two Goliaths in the field: Microsoft and Google. He will also introduce the audience to several other online mapping facilities, including: Microsoft’s MapCruncher, IBM’s Many Eyes, and Muckety.com

Born and raised in New York, Ron Arons has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, the Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. In researching his book, The Jews of Sing Sing, Ron took a genealogical approach, collecting a variety of original source documents. The book includes biographies of more than a dozen famous gangsters and lesser-known criminals and paints a broad canvas of Jewish criminality in New York City. Ron's newest book is the recently released Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records: Sources and Research Methodology.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

01 April 2010

eNews April 2010, volume 4, number 4

The April 2010 issue of the eNews, volume 4, number 4, has been published and emailed to members and friends. As always, the eNews features timely information about the California Genealogical Society and our upcoming events. Each edition also includes Suggested Links From the Blogosphere and a photo feature: CGS Ancestors.

This month we have a mystery man. Can you help member Susan Smith-Bromiley and her cousin, Vicky Whitney Landau, discover what happened to their great-uncle, Joseph B. Mendizábal?


Joseph B. Mendizábal

All past issues of the eNews are available for viewing at the eNews ARCHIVE. The May 2010 issue will be emailed on April 30, 2010. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.