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31 August 2012

New Workshop! Create Your Own Document Box



The California Genealogical Society's Book Repair Committee stays busy making minor and major repairs to the books in our library. But occasionally a book is in such poor condition it cannot be rebound. In those cases, the committee creates a book box so the item can continue to be shelved.

Book Repair Committee chair Bill O'Neil has agreed to share this skill in a new workshop as part of our October Family History Month offerings.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

Join Bill O'Neil and learn how to create your own book box or document box. Workshop participants will make a custom-sized box for a personal item or items. When registering, let us know the dimensions of your treasure: height, width and depth, so we may prepare your personal materials. Size should be no larger than 8 1/2" by 11" by 2".

PLEASE NOTE:
• Workshop is limited to ten.
• $35 charge for materials must be pre-paid.
• Walk-ins will not be admitted.


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 courtesy of Bill O'Neil.



Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

29 August 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Summer Best Genealogy Websites Series
Week 4: Ancestry.com
Jane Knowles Lindsey






Photographs courtesy of Therese Hart-Pignotti, Oakland, California.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

27 August 2012

October Workshop: Build a Book and Learn Book Repair Techniques

Saturday, October 6, 2012
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, taught by Book Repair Committee Chairman Bill O'Neil.

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.


Preregistration is required. 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.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

25 August 2012

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: September 2012 Published

September 2012 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.

Bay Area societies are in full-swing now that summer is over. The September calendar lists fifty-three events at various venues around the Bay Area, sponsored by thirty societies, libraries and archives.

If you would like to add your group's events to the calendar, please email the information by the 15th of each month. (Please include "SFBA Calendar" in the subject line.)

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

20 August 2012

Silent Auction Items Needed for October Seminar with NEHGS

The silent auctions held at past California Genealogical Society events have been very successful fund-raisers. Members donate things that appeal to others who bid on them. The auctions are a place to browse between lectures and they are 100% profit for the society.

Items are needed for our October seminar. Can you help?

Look around your home. Do you have something that might be a sought-after auction item? Use your imagination! Here are a few examples:

Decorative – nice glass or crystal pieces, sculptures, a set of dishes, a set of popular books, handmade items such as quilts or afghans. One member donated a leather briefcase for a past NEHGS event.

Special Opportunities - a cruise on the Bay, a tour of something not readily available to the public, or tickets to a special event. A behind-the-scenes tour of BART was a well-received item at one of our events.

Services - genealogical research, software tutoring, entering genealogy into a database, etc.

Small items for Theme Baskets
  • Baskets
  • Coffee, mugs, scone or muffin mix for a "Coffee-break basket"
  • Wine, glasses, appetizers, napkins  for a "Happy-hour basket"
  • Scented soaps, oils, lufa for a "Spa basket"
  • Picnic basket
All suggestions welcome! 

Please email Cynthia Gorman or call her at 510-465-4122 if you have any questions or possible silent auction items.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

17 August 2012

Announcing the San Francisco Special Interest Group

Join the Conversation! 

The California Genealogical Society is pleased to announce formation of the San Francisco Special Interest Group (SFSIG).

The San Francisco SIG welcomes all who have an interest in San Francisco genealogy research. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of level of research experience. The group is forming to help so bring your questions as well as your expertise. We may not have all of the answers, but we will pool our resources and learn together.

The group will focus on both pre-1906 and post-1906 San Francisco city and county.

On occasion there will be speaker presentations from professional researchers, librarians and archivists. Nancy Peterson’s book, Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research will be the core research guide. Nancy had this to say about the new SIG:
The California Genealogical Society is the logical home for a San Francisco interest group since it holds a San Francisco based genealogical collection second only to the archives in the bowels of San Francisco Public Library. Not only can one access with experienced guidance the material available online, but almost all necessary and relevant Family History Library films are present onsite, as well as electronic databases and indexes that are not available elsewhere.
The first organizing meeting will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the California Genealogical Society Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland.

Going forward, the San Francisco SIG will meet on the third Saturday of the month. Meeting dates for the rest of the year will be:
  • Saturday, October 20, 2012
  • Saturday, November 17, 2012
  • Saturday, December 15, 2012
Are you planning to attend? Please RSVP via email. Email reminders will be sent a few days prior.

Please note: the CGS Library is a benefit of membership but initial SIG meetings are open to the public. The library usage fee will be waived for the meeting but if non-member attendees want to stay to do some research after the SIG meeting, they will be charged the $5 fee.

Download the SF-SIG information flier.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

10 August 2012

NEHGS Comes West: Friday, October 26, 2012

The wait is over! It's been three years since our last event with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. This year NEHGS President and CEO D. Brentan Simons will be here with Rhonda McClure and David Allen Lambert who will present two tracks of lectures at our full day Friday seminar. You choose the talks you want to attend. Topics will include vital records, immigration, online searching, New York state, and, of course, New England.

Choose the seminar, the dinner, or both!

Friday, October 26, 2012, 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Full Day Seminar, Continental Breakfast and Lunch
Hs Lordships Restaurant at the Berkeley Marina, 199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, California
Rhonda McClure and David Allen Lambert will present eight lectures in two tracks.

Session 1
Option A: Beyond the Grave: Looking Past Your Ancestor’s Death Record (David)
Option B: Unique Resources in NY State Research (Rhonda)

Session 2
Option A: New Resources on AmericanAncestors.org for New England Research (David)
Option B: Researching New York City Ancestors (Rhonda)

Lunch, NEHGS and CGS updates, book sales, auction results

Session 3
Option A: Getting the Most out of New England Vital Records Online, in Print and on Film (David)
Option B: The Golden Door Has Locks – Tracing Immigrant Ancestors (Rhonda)

Session 4
Option A: Researching New England Military Records (David)
Option B: I Can’t Find It – Understanding Online Search Limitations (Rhonda)

Friday, October 26, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Optional Dinner and No-host Cocktails
Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto, 1919 4th Street Berkeley, California

After dinner, a presentation by Brenton: Red Alert! Save Your Family History... NOW!
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Private Consultations by appointment only
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California

A limited number of 20-minute consultations will be available for $25. Consultations must be paid in advance by September 24, 2012. Scheduling preference will be given to seminar attendees. Please email Leah Walczak or call 617-226-1226 or 888-286-3447.

Register by September 23, 2012 for our special "early bird" prices!

  • Seminar- $60.00
  • Dinner- $50.00

Starting September 24, 2012, the $15 discounts end, and prices will be $75 for the seminar and $65 for the dinner.

Download the registration flier.

Register online.


Rhonda R. McClure, NEHGS Senior Researcher, is a nationally recognized professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in New England and celebrity research as well as computerized genealogy.

David Allen Lambert, NEHGS Online Genealogist, has been with NEHGS since 1993. His specialties include New England, Atlantic Canadian, British, and military research. He is a national speaker and author.



Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

08 August 2012

Wordless Wednesday

"Genealogy is Not Just for Genealogists"
Presentation by Jane Knowles Lindsey
Wednesday, August 8, 2012











Photographs courtesy of Pat Gallagher and Jane Lindsey, St. Francis Senior Center, San Francisco, CA, 8/8/2012.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

06 August 2012

eNews August 2012, volume 6, number 8

The August 2012 eNews, volume 6, 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, CGS board member Ellen Fernandez-Sacco honors her step-grandmother and great-aunt Josefa Babilonia Lopez, daughter of Alicides Ambrosio Talavera (1860-1921) and his wife Maria de la Concepcion Lopez Ramirez (1863-1925).


Josefa Babilonia Lopez (1893-1963) and Maria del Rosario Ines 'Sarito' Babilonia Estrella (1888-1978)

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

The September 2012 issue will be emailed on August 31, 2012. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Photograph courtesy of Ellen Fernandez-Sacco.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library