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27 June 2011

New Shelves in the Library!

There's been lots of activity in the library this month as the contents of close to 600 shelves of books were moved over a period of just two weeks. This was the culmination of a space review and "remodel" that included the purchase of ten new shelving units paid by an anonymous donor.

Once the new shelves were installed the process of "shifting" books began. Many responded to a call for volunteers, including members of the Library, Look-ups and Desk Committees.




Special thanks to our librarians Laura Spurrier and Diana Wild for overseeing the project and to our member volunteers who worked tirelessly: Judy Bodycote, Nancy Fike, Steve Harris, Jane Lindsey, Arlene Miles, Shannon Reese, Lavinia Schwarz, Pat Smith, Roland Smith, Jim Sorenson and Judy Zelver.




Temporary signs have been put up to help patrons locate books until our exhausted librarians have time to create new permanent ones.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone!


Photographs by Kathryn Doyle, 5/28/2011, Oakland, California.


Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

24 June 2011

Encore Presentation! Celtic Roots Online with Cath Madden Trindle

Friday, August 5, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

Back by popular demand. If you missed Cath's presentation in March, you won't want to miss this one!

Contrary to popular belief, the records of Scotland begin long before the advent of statutory registration in 1855. In some cases it is possible to trace families back to the sixteenth century using easily available records. Scottish research and retrieval of the records of Scotland is completely intertwined with the use of the Internet. We will look at some of the basic records – statutory registers, census, old parish records, and testaments – and navigate the Scotland government web sites to retrieve them. Even if you have no research in Scotland, the government web sites of Scotland provide a model for any government body or society to use when putting their documentation on the Internet.

Ireland government web sites are not quite as complete, but the selection of records available online is growing. We will again look at some of the basic records available both online and off and discuss the records hiding in repositories that might help you further your research.

Cath will also explore other interesting genealogical and informational online sites for both countries and also touch of some genealogical resources online for those with Welsh ancestry.

This class is limited to forty participants and is one of the free benefits for members. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the day of the workshop. Preregistration is required.

Registration confirmations will be sent to the first forty participants who register. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Register online.

Cath Madden Trindle is a certified genealogist in the San Francisco Bay area, and a national conference speaker. She earned a Certificate of European Research from BYU, and a Certificate in Genealogical Studies - Libraianship (NIGS.) Cath owned a bookkeeping consultation business for thirty years and is currently Treasurer of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She writes regular copyright and society strategy solumns for the CSGA newsletter. As Publication Chair for SMCGS, she has edited the San Mateo County Naturalization Index Series, the Schellens indexing project, and coauthored the SMCGS Tree Climbing Guides.

Cath is a first generation Californian and has limited her client research to Northern California. Personal research and national speaking engagements focus on the records of Ireland and Scotland, Canada, Minnesota, and Michigan, and on storytelling.


Photograph by Kathryn M. Doyle, Drumcliff, Co. Sligo, Ireland, 2008.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

22 June 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Planning Meeting for the Salt Lake City Research Tour
Nancy Peterson and Jane Lindsey
Tuesday, April 19, 2011








Photographs courtesy of Arlene Miles, Oakland, California.


Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

21 June 2011

The California Nugget, Spring 2011, Volume III, Issue 1

Yesterday, Harold Henderson of Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, published State and Regional Genealogy Journals: The List. "The List" is a downloadable pdf file of genealogical periodicals published by genealogy organizations throughout the United States, compiled by Henderson and Michael Hait. They make the point that state journals "often contain high-quality genealogies of local families, utilizing a wide variety of local, state, and federal records."

The article was timely since the newest issue of The California Nugget has been printed and mailed to members. As always, the Spring 2011 Nugget includes exactly the kind of local genealogies Hait and Henderson describe.




I'm sure editor Jane Huff won't mind if I share her page one letter:
Dear Readers:
Do you feel like you are still just getting started in genealogy? Chris Pattillo had begun her family history research but felt like she still didn’t know what she was doing. The story of her headlong dive into genealogy when she unexpectedly had a month off from work and her emergence four weeks later with a treasure trove of new skills, resources and information is inspirational.
Finding the Laughran Sisters Part III wraps up, for now, the story of how the discovery of one online newspaper article revealed the names and relationships of an entire pioneer California family. Resources such as Newspaperarchive.com are truly goldmines of information. Be sure you are using the many online newspapers to further your research.
In our California Ancestors section, Virginia Turner and Georgia Lupinsky bring to life a treasure from the CGS manuscript collection, telling the story of the Covell family who settled near San Jose. Then Bill O’Neil shares the struggles of his Union soldier ancestors in the Civil War, a conflict that took a formidable toll on many families.
We have news for our members: now is the time to sign up for the August research trip to the Allen County Public library! Information is on the flier. Also, be sure to save November 5 for a spectacular day with Ancestry.com and the California Genealogical Society in San Francisco.
Capturing the story of any migration should be a focus of individual family histories as well as the work of genealogical societies. Now and then a best-seller, in this case Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, reviewed in the book section, turns out to be a real addition to the literature of genealogy and family history research. Whether or not you are descended from the black southerners who made the journey north, this book speaks to every family that has ever set out for someplace better.
Jane Hufft, Editor

TABLE of CONTENTS
Twenty-First Century Genealogy
Finding the Laughran Sisters Part III by Jane Hufft
Thirty Days of Total Immersion in Genealogy by Chris Pattillo

California Ancestors
Frank Covell: California Pioneer and Family Historian by Georgia Lupinsky and Virginia Turner
Hill and Drinkwine: Civil War Ancestors by Bill O'Neil  
1883 Pensioners

For Our Readers
Save the Date! Ancestry and CGS Team Up!

News from the Society
Allen County Public Library Research Trip
Book Reviews
Recent Acquisitions from the Library
New Members
Index

The California Nugget, the magazine of the California Genealogical Society, is published twice a year. Its purpose is to share the unique genealogical material in the CGS library, add to the body of family history information about Californians, offer guidance and timely information to family researchers, and to provide a forum for members to share their expertise and findings. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the society. The magazine is distributed free to members and is available to non- members for $5.00 an issue, plus postage.


Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

17 June 2011

Chinese Genealogy Research for Beginners with Douglas Joe

Saturday, July 30, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

This class is for beginners without Chinese language skills to learn how to start researching their Chinese ancestry. The first half of the class is designed for the computer challenged and will emphasize the basics of Chinese genealogy, including nuances and taboos and how to overcome these obstacles.

In the second portion, Doug will discuss the internet and computer resources.

Learn how to:

  • use digital resources and free programs to overcome Chinese language illiteracy
  • how to archive and reference your findings
  • what to expect in the future as China opens new online genealogy resources
For those uncomfortable with computers, Doug recommends bringing a tech savvy friend or family member.

This class is limited to forty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied toward membership only on the day of the class.

Preregistration is required. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first forty participants who register. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

Register online.

Douglas Joe is a second generation Chinese American “baby boomer” who has been able to trace and document several hundred years of his heritage without Chinese language skills. He is a moderator for the Chinese Genealogy Forum and enjoys helping others worldwide in their search for their Chinese roots. Joe lives and works in Modesto, California and can be reached via email.


Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

15 June 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Blogging 201 Workshop with Craig Siulinski
Saturday, April 16, 2011





Photographs courtesy of Kim Cotton, Oakland, California.


Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

13 June 2011

July Membership Meeting: All About the CGS Library

Saturday, July 9, 2011
1:00 p.m.

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

Join CGS librarians Laura Spurrier and Barbara Hill for So Many Books, So Little Time! Demystifying the California Genealogical Society Library – a discussion of the vast resources at the society's library.

Have you ever wondered...

  • Why are there a lot of books on some geographical areas and only a few or none on others?
  • What's in the Dorman Room?
  • If there's an easy way to find books when browsing the aisles?
  • Are there any tips or tricks for using the online catalog?
  • If you can still use the old card catalog?
  • How to donate genealogy books to CGS?
    Laura and Barbara will answer these questions, and will take questions from the audience.

    Laura Spurrier retired from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory after serving as a reference librarian and the head of cataloging. Among her M.A. degrees, she has an M.L.S. from U.C. Berkeley. Her interest in genealogy dates from her teenage years, with Quaker genealogy being a specialty. Laura has been a member of CGS since 1996 and is currently volunteers as the chair of Library Services.

    Barbara Hill retired after thirty-three years of library work, with experience in a public library, a school library, a small scientific research library, and an academic library. Her last position, at UC Berkeley Library, involved ordering books from all over the world. She ascribes her interest in genealogy to "prenatal influence," as her mother was researching the family tree at the Library of Congress before Barbara was born. Although she did not begin active pursuit of her ancestors until after her marriage, she has been at it ever since, and has been a member of CGS since 1985.


    Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

    11 June 2011

    Quick Report from Jamboree 2011


    The California Genealogical Society and Library is well-represented this year at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree.

    Our far-flung member Thomas MacEntee is presenting several talks and moderating two blogger panels. Amy Coffin, Elyse Doerflinger and I are participating in the Blogger Summits I and II.  Other member speakers include Cath Trindle and Ron Arons.


    Ron Arons at his table in the exhibit hall

    CGSL has a table in "Society Row" on Saturday. The table is just outside the exhibit hall and was offered free of charge by organizers. Thank you, SCGS!

    Two blogger buddies and CGSL members at our table: Sheri Fenley and Elizabeth O'Neal.

    Thanks to Kim Cotton, Sheri Fenley, Lisa Gorell, Laura Lee Karp, Virginia Kysh, Mary Mettler, Elizabeth O'Neal, Carolyn Sakkis, Jim Sorenson and Geri Willinger for staffing the table!


    Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

    10 June 2011

    Finding Your Ancestors Through Latino/Hispanic Genealogy, A Two-Part Series

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

    July 23, 2011 and August 6, 2011
    Both sessions 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Join professional genealogist Sheila Lee Prader and Dr. Ellen Fernandez-Sacco for two Saturday workshop sessions on finding your Latino/Hispanic ancestors.

    Session I – Beginning Research in Spanish Records: An Introduction
    Saturday, July 23, 2011, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Getting Started:
    • Family and original sources: ecclesiastic, civil, immigration records

    Getting Organized
    • Handwriting, commonly used words and phrases, interchangeable letters
    • Forms and extracts: family group sheets, parish records, civil records

    Parish Records
    • Determining location
    • Overview of content
    • Hands-on exercise: Sample extract. Try it yourself
    Bring your questions, family group sheets and a document if applicable. Specific areas will be addressed based on registrant feedback and the time available.


    Session II – Digging Deeper: Record Types and Specific Locations of Origin
    Saturday, August 6, 2011, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Focus On Record Types
    • Baptism/birth, death/burial, marriage, dispensas
    • Other types of documentation
    Focus on Records for Specific Locations
    • California
    • Mexico
    • Caribbean & Latin America
    • Spain
    • Hands-on exercise
    • Guided assistance in group setting
    Bring your questions, your family group sheets and a document, if applicable. Specific areas will be addressed based on registrant feedback and the time available.

    The workshop is limited to twenty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 for each session (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the day of the workshop.

    Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first twenty participants to register. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

    Register online.

    Sheila Lee Prader began researching her own early California and Mexican genealogy in 1983. She has conducted considerable research in the records of Spain, the Azores, Mexico and early California, and continues to research Hispanic ancestry for herself and for clients. She maintains a great interest in the local history of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and southern Santa Clara counties in California. She has the Certified Local designation from Professor/Historian Sandy Lydon.

    Ellen Fernandez-Sacco’s involvement with genealogy started in 1999, when she began researching the oral history of her family in Moca, Puerto Rico. She has traced her background to Mallorca and Galicia, Spain and is also of Taino Amerindian descent. She has a Ph.D. in Art History and is a co-founder and chair of Sociedad Ancestros Mocanos, a Yahoo! Group, whose focus is the genealogy and oral history of Northwest Puerto Rico.  Dr. Fernandez-Sacco will provide support and assistance during the workshop.


    Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

    08 June 2011

    Wordless Wednesday

    In the Library
    Saturday, April 2, 2011




    Photograph courtesy of Tim Cox, Oakland, California.

    Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

    06 June 2011

    Mapping Madness with Ron Arons – Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Saturday, July 16, 2011
    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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


    Member and author Ron Arons will discuss numerous websites where one can find historical maps and he will review two Goliaths of online mapping: Microsoft and Google as well as other interesting online, map-oriented tools including Microsoft's MapCruncher.

    Hands-on learning: Ron will provide instructions/excercises for using a number of the online tools discussed during the lecture.

    This class is limited to forty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the day of the class.

    Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first forty participants to register. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

    Register online.

    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 Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records: Sources and Research Methodology.


    Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

    03 June 2011

    Jeffrey Vaillant's Top Ten Reasons to Go to the Allen County Public Library

    Here are Jeff's ten reasons you should sign up for the CGSL tour to the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    1. Six days of uninterrupted research!
    2. A leader to help you with your research problems (Jeffrey Vaillant).
    3. Talk non-stop genealogy to other participants to help solve problems.
    4. Fantastic resources for the Midwest and other parts of the country. Search the Genealogy Center catalog at: http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?skin=genealogy.
    5. Open stacks – the new library opened in February 2007.
    6. A lecture by Curt Witcher, Manager, Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library.
    7. ACPL is the creator of PERSI – the Periodical Source Index. You can do all your periodical research and all periodicals are there to use. (You can search PERSI at CGS or on HeritageQuest).
    8. Unique resources due to their book binding service.
    9. Great accommodations at the Courtyard Marriott, one and one-half blocks from library.
    10. You chose this one:
    • Get away from the kids
    • Don’t have to cook
    • Pick your own schedule
    • See the TinCaps minor league baseball team
    • Visit an auto museum
    • Learn the tune to "Back Home in Indiana."
      Download the registration flier or register online.


      Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

      02 June 2011

      eNews June 2011, volume 5, number 6

      The June 2011 eNews, volume 5, number 6,  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: California Ancestors.

      This month we pay tribute to Lois Elling's family enjoying a gathering at the Robinson family home in 1916 Los Angeles.


      Past issues of the eNews are available at the eNews archive.

      The July 2011 issue will be emailed on June 30, 2011. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

      Photograph by William Robinson, Jr., courtesy of Lois Elling.


      Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library