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31 August 2011

A Genealogy Society First: It's A Girl!

This blog is all about the news and members of the California Genealogical Society, but in four years this is a first. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing this type of announcement in any genealogical society publication. Ladies and gentleman: "It's A Girl!"




When member Gabby Kojder sent photos of her latest project we just couldn't resist introducing the newest little member of the CGS family.




Eliza Jane Kojder arrived Wednesday, August 10, 2011.

Welcome to the world, Eliza, and congratulations to your family!


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

27 August 2011

Book Repair Workshop Returns!

Saturday, October 8, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

The California Genealogical Society is taking reservations for the popular Book Repair Workshop to be held Saturday morning, October 8, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Taught by Book Repair Committee Chairman, Bill O'Neil, the workshop is limited to ten enrollees.


Workshop participants learn book repair techniques by creating a book for themselves. Pages are provided and the pupils create the binding. The finished product will be a copy of a "how to" pamphlet written by the late Dick Thrift, founder of the CGS Book Repair Committee. Everyone goes home with a self-made instruction book and souvenir of the day.

PLEASE NOTE:
• Workshop is limited to ten.
• $25 charge for materials must be pre-paid.
• Walk-ins will not be admitted.

Register online.

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

Photograph by Kathryn M. Doyle, Oakland, California, 10/25/2008.


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

25 August 2011

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: September 2011 Published

September 2011 events have been published on the San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar – a collection of local genealogical society classes, workshops and meetings within a 75 mile radius of San Francisco.

The September calendar has more than fifty events at various venues around the Bay Area, sponsored by twenty different societies and genealogy libraries.

If you would like to add your group's events to the calendar, please email the information by the 20th of each month for publication on the 25th. (Please put "SFBA Calendar" in the subject line.)

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

15 August 2011

Creating Genealogy Timelines with Lavinia Schwarz

Saturday, September 24, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

Timelines are a terrific tool for family research. A personal timeline keeps chronological track of the data we find while placing our ancestor in historical and social context. Come learn some simple tools that put flesh on your ancestral bones. You’ll gain perspective and witness the personal pushes and pulls of your family’s history as you chart their migrations and life choices.

The 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 workshop.

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

Register online.

A genealogist since 1999, Lavinia Grace Gilbert Schwarz has served on the California Genealogical Society's board of directors for five years while coordinating the CGS Research and Lookups service. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in English Literature, then earned a masters at Tufts in education. Schwarz completed the National Institute on Genealogical Research (N.I.G.R.) program in 2008 at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and College Park, Maryland. Using timelines, she has traced her ancestors to France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Cuba and San Domingue (now Haiti).


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

12 August 2011

Chasing Your Civil War Ancestor with Jeffrey Vaillant

Saturday, September 17, 2011
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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

How does one find that Civil War ancestor? What are the steps to be taken? Where is the information? What does the information include? Come and find out the answers to these questions and bring your own questions for discussion.

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.

Jeffrey L. Vaillant is working towards his professional genealogical certification. His educational background includes a B.A. in History with English minor from the University of Redlands; Graduate studies in American Studies (History, Literature, Art History) at the University of Delaware (3 years); Graduate study in Business at the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia; Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Utah Genealogical Association) Course I on American Records & Research Focusing on Families, Course on certification (January 2010) and Advanced Genealogical Methodology (January 2011). He completed the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (2010) and has blogged about his experiences for the California Genealogical Society where he serves as Vice President.
Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

10 August 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Jeff Vaillant, aka Mr. Fix-it



 



Photographs by Kathryn Doyle, Oakland, California, April 20, 2011.



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

08 August 2011

Ancestry Day in San Francisco - Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA

Ancestry.com and the California Genealogical Society (CGS) are partnering to present Ancestry Day in San Francisco 2011 on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, located on the waterfront near the historic Ferry Building.

This full-day event will help you start or hone your genealogical skills. Explore the world of genealogy, listen to engaging lectures, meet with expert staff and learn about the incredible resources available at Ancestry.com and at the California Genealogical Society Library.


The day will include:

  • More than a dozen family history lectures 
  • Ancestry.com experts on-hand to answer your questions
  • One-on-one consultations with genealogists 
  • Beginner’s classes where your family and friends can learn the basics
The “early bird” price (through October 5, 2011) is $42 for the all-day event. To learn more about the classes and consultation offerings, visit our event page Ancestry Day in San Francisco.

Register online.

About Ancestry.com
With more than five billion historical records and in excess of 20 million family trees, Ancestry.com is the world's largest genealogical database. Have you explored what Ancestry.com has to offer? Visit Ancestry.com.

About CGS: The California Genealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, gathers and preserves vital records, offers research services and online databases, and maintains a library in Oakland. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website: CaliforniaAncestors.org.


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

05 August 2011

eNews August 2011, volume 5, number 8

The August 2011 eNews, volume 5, number 8,  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 member Dick Rees pays tribute to his grandfather, R. George Rees, with an interesting photograph.




Dick notes, "Dating an old photo can be difficult. Not so with this one where everything was included except the year!"

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

The September 2011 issue will be emailed on August 31, 2011. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Photograph courtesy of Dick Rees.




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