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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

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