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30 November 2011

News from the 2011 Nominating Committee

The 2011 Nominating Committee – Kim Cotton, Linda Okazaki, Patricia Smith, and Chair Jane Lindsey – has announced the nominations for the 2012-2013 board of directors for the California Genealogical Society. Nominations will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 1:00 p.m.

The nominated members are:

  • Kim Cotton
  • Ellen Fernandez-Sacco
  • Pat Gallagher
  • Karin Lemelin
  • Nicka Smith
Lisa Gorrell and Henry Snyder were appointed to fill vacated positions in 2011 and are nominated to continue their first terms (1-2013). Sandy Fryer, Laura Lee Karp and Jim Sorenson are also continuing their first terms (1-2013). The terms of Nancy Fike and Craig Manson end in January; they will not be serving a second term. Tom Gesner and Jeff Vaillant are nominated for their second term (2-2014). Steve Harris and Diana Wild are continuing their second terms (2-2013). Kathryn Doyle is in the midst of her third term (3-2013). Jane Lindsey serves as Past-president.

28 November 2011

Happy Fourth Blogiversary!



Four years ago the California Genealogical Society board of directors approved creation of this blog. It has been an honor and pleasure to bring you updates about our events and activities at the library, as well as reports from and about our talented members.


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

25 November 2011

What You Missed: Ancestry Day - San Francisco


By any measure, Ancestry Day – San Francisco was a huge success! More than 900 family historians attended the full-day conference at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The event, co-sponsored by the California Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com, featured four tracks of four classes each, consultations, an Ancestry.com computer area with experts to answer questions, and California Genealogical Society tables with books and membership displays.

The sixteen classes were presented by fifteen speakers, half of whom were CGS members. A special “thank you” to: 
  • Ron Arons 
  • Susan Goss Johnston 
  • Melinda Kashuba, Ph.D
  • Lisa B. Lee, PLCGS
  • Craig Manson
  • Lavinia Schwarz 
  • Janice Sellers
  • Cath Madden Trindle, CG 


        Ancestry.com set up video cameras and "live-streamed" four of their lectures. Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings reported on the Videos from Ancestry Day at San Francisco 2011 which were also posted by Nick Cifuentes on the Ancestry.com Blog in Ancestry Day in San Francisco 2011.

        Here are the links to the four talks now available on YouTube:

        Five Quick Tips for Digging UP Answers at Ancestry.com with Jeanie Croasmun

        How to Find Civil War Roots on Ancestry.com with Anne Mitchell “Ancestry Anne”

        Emigration & Immigration Records Online with Crista Cowan “Barefoot Genealogist”

        Find them Fast: Secrets to Searching Your Family History on Ancestry.com with Laura Dansbury


        Raking the Ashes author Nancy Peterson was on hand to sign and sell books. We sold out of sixty copies in just two hours! Ancestry Day was also the launch of the society's newest publication – Insider's Guide to California Genealogy.


        First sale of our new Insider's Guide to California Genealogy.

        More than 300 attendees signed up for 15-minute consultations. Linda Okazaki did an outstanding job of matching questions to member volunteers with the right expertise. She and her staff kept things running smoothly and efficiently.

        Thirty-eight genealogists provided more than 300 consultations.

        CGS member and blogger, Jennifer Regan of the Rainy Day Genealogy Readings blog, spent the entire day providing consultations. She reflects on the experience in Defining Research, Part Two: The Internet vs. Research Skill.

        Several members of the African-American Genealogical Society of Northern California who are also CGS members served as volunteer consultants. Nicka Smith reported on both Black Family History Day and Ancestry Day and included some great photos in her article, AAGSNC Teams Up With Local Societies for Fall Genealogy Events

        One of our member speakers, Janice M. Sellers, blogs at Ancestral Discoveries. She wore several hats at Ancestry Day San Francisco.


        Denise Richmond and Sandra Gardner Benward are CGS members and officers at the Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society where they are both contributors to their blog. Sandi wrote Ancestry Day Comes to San Francisco.

        Ruth Hinman of Genealogy is Ruthless without Me blog wrote three reports!

        San Francisco Ancestry Day November 5, 2011

        Ancestry Day in San Francisco Blog 2 Gordon Atkinson

        Another Reason to Attend Genealogy Conferences and Seminars...SWAG and Prizes





        Thank you to Karen Ober and the Ancestry.com staff – it was a pleasure co-sponsoring the event with you.

        The Ancestry Day planning committee (Jane Lindsey, Tim Cox, Linda Okazaki and Kathryn Doyle) thanks all the volunteers who made our event a huge success. The professionalism of our speakers, consultants, and hard-working staff volunteers was truly appreciated. 


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

        11 November 2011

        Footnotes 101 with Jane Hufft

        Saturday, December 17, 2011
        1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

        Footnotes made easy! Citing your sources is an important part of family history researching. Footnoting is easier than it looks.

        This presentation will take the mystery out of constructing footnotes, explain why you need to cite your sources and show you how to do it. There will be clear explanations, examples and handouts so that you can cite your sources correctly and confidently.

        Register online.

        The class is limited to thirty 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 thirty registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

        Jane Hufft, current editor of the CGS periodical The California Nugget and former CGS board member, has written several articles for genealogy journals and continues to work on her own family history research. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband Ron.



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

        02 November 2011

        Wordless Wednesday

        California Genealogical Society Table 
        Family History Day at the State Archives
        Sacramento, California
        Saturday, October 15, 2011


        Directors Craig Manson, Diana Wild and President Stephen Harris

        To view many photos from the event, see Last Book of Photo Memories at the Family History Day at the State Archives blog.

        Photograph courtesy of Steve Harris.

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

        01 November 2011

        eNews November 2011, volume 5, number 11

        The November 2011 eNews, volume 5, number 11,  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 Paul Mayer pays tribute to his wife LoisMarie's ancestors - Thorvald and Ragna Rodley, of Lookingglass, Oregon.


        The Rodley family, left to right: Irene, Arnold (my wife's father), John, Ragna, Irene, Ruth, Oscar, Thorvald and Ralph. Not shown are two daughters: Lucile and Betty Louise.

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

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

        Photograph courtesy of Paul Mayer.


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