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30 April 2013

What You Missed: April 2013 Membership Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony

Members gathered on Saturday, April 13, 2013, for a special celebration of volunteerism and creativity. Volunteer Coordinator Linda Okazaki and Membership Coordinator Diana Edwards unveiled a new meeting format and started a new tradition to honor long-standing volunteers. It was a success by every measure.


Linda Okazaki and Diana Edwards added festive touches.

Most of the members in attendance arrived early at 12:00 p.m. with lunch in hand to share company and lively conversation in the Sherman Room. Beverages were provided by the board of directors.


Members shared lunch and lively conversation.

After the celebratory cake was cut and dessert finished, the festivities moved to the classroom for the program and a few words of welcome by President Jeff Vaillant. Director Tom Gesner updated members on several changes in the library, including new computers, shelving, and display racks. Tom also announced three special events planned for the fall.


Pat Bonderud accepting her "Certificate of Recognition" from President Jeff Vaillant.

Next up was the volunteer recognition part of the program. Linda Okazaki gave some statistics, "Of our more than 1000 members, 170 have contributed their time in some way to the society. Ninety-three current members are scheduled to work in 2013 and fourteen new volunteers have joined our team since January."


Honorees Marston Watson (representing his wife, Kathy), Gloria Hanson, Pat Bonderud, Barbara Hill, and Dick Rees. Honorees not in attendance: Lois Elling, Ken Haughton, Lorna Jones.

Eight individuals who have held membership for more than two decades and who continue to serve the California Genealogical Society as active volunteers were presented with certificates of recognition.

  • Kathy Watson, a member for twenty years since 1993, has held a variety of roles and currently serves as chair of both the Computer and Technology Committees. Kathy was unable to attend so her husband Marston, a past board member, accepted on her behalf.
  • Lois Elling, also a member for twenty years since 1993, creates every layout of the California Nugget and has designed the society's bookmarks, business cards, and branding graphics.
  • Gloria Hanson, a member for twenty-one years since 1992, has held a variety of positions including Desk Duty. Gloria is well known in the society for her extensive knowledge of Norwegian genealogy. She currently volunteers in the library as a copy cataloger.
  • Pat Bonderud, a member for twenty-three years since 1989, helped with the architectural design of the media room and layout of the library. Pat partners with Linda Darby as Special Projects Co-chair. The two have organized the manuscript collection and vertical files.
  • Lorna Jones, a member for twenty-nine years since 1984, has worked in a variety of positions in the library. For several years she led the French-Canadian Special Interest Group.
  • Barbara Hill, a member for thirty-two years since 1981, volunteers on the Library Committee and handles library acquisitions. Barbara performs monthly desk duty on Saturdays.
  • Dick Rees, a member for thirty-three years since 1980, has worn many hats for the society. These days he does special project work, teaches some introductory genealogy classes, and serves on the Book Repair Committee. 
  • Kenneth Haughton, a member for thirty-five years since 1978, is our member of longest standing who continues to actively serve the society. Ken served on the board of directors and was CFO for many years. He is currently an advisor to the Investment Committee.





Diana Edwards introduced the last part of the program: Preserving Your Genealogical Work Through Publishing. Displayed around the room were charts, books, articles, and other materials created by members – wonderful family treasures that will be cherished by family members for years to come.



Tim Cox served as master of ceremonies and guide as he went around the room and introduced each item on display. Tim introduced the authors/creators and described their work.

After the program members were able to browse and examine the displayed items more closely. Past-president Steve Harris gave tours of his city directory library.

Linda Okazaki proclaimed the day "a smashing success."


Photographs courtesy of Ron Madson. More of Ron's photos from the day are posted at Wordless Wednesday.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.



28 April 2013

Summer Intermediate Genealogy Series Begins Thursday, May 30, 2013


May 30, 2013 – August 8, 2013
Ten Thursday Sessions
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

Registration is now open for a summer session of ten Intermediate Genealogy classes at the California Genealogical Society Library. This series is designed for the researcher who wants to go beyond the basics.

Ten classes will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., beginning May 30, 2013 through August 9, 2013. (Class will not be held on Thursday, July 4, 2013.)

SCHEDULE:
05/30  Probate and Guardianship Records – Susan Goss Johnston 
06/06  Reading and Transcribing Old Handwriting – Janice Sellers
06/13  Cemetery Records – Jane Knowles Lindsey 
06/20  Church Records – Jane Knowles Lindsey
06/27  Newspaper Research – Janice Sellers
07/04  Holiday 
07/11  Finding Country Cousins in Land and Property Records – Susan Goss Johnston 
07/18  Seeking City Slickers in Lesser-Known Records – Susan Goss Johnston 
07/25  Military Records – Susan Goss Johnston 
08/01  Immigration and Naturalization – Jane Knowles Lindsey
08/08  Solving Your Toughest Genealogy Problems – Johnston and Lindsey 

Download the series flier for full class descriptions.


PLEASE NOTE:
  • Class size is limited to thirty participants. No walk-ins.
  • Fee is $60 for ten classes, including syllabus. Non-members $80.
  • Pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to utilize information received in the beginning classes BEFORE enrolling in the intermediate series.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

25 April 2013

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: May 2013 Published

May 2013 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 May calendar lists sixty classes and events at various venues around the Bay Area, sponsored by thirty-five societies, archives, and libraries.

If you would like to add your group's events to the calendar, please email the information by the 15th of each month for publication on or before the 25th. (Please include "SFBA Calendar" in the subject line.)


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

24 April 2013

Wordless Wednesday

13th Annual California Genealogical Society
Salt Lake City Research Tour
April 14-21, 2013














Photographs courtesy of Jane Knowles Lindsey.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

19 April 2013

Using Online Library Catalogs - Saturday, June 8, 2013

Saturday June 8, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

Browsing is fun. We've all whiled away the hours scanning the shelves of our favorite bookstores. But libraries aren't bookstores and browsing a library is not research!

A recent survey of 600 genealogical society members revealed that more than half were not using online library catalogs. If you are a part of that majority, you are missing out on a valuable research tool.

Join California Genealogical Society librarians Barbara Hill and Laura Spurrier for an informative class on using online public access catalogs (OPACs) and how they can aid your genealogy research. Libraries large and small (including our own) have these databases you can access from home. Barbara and Laura will share their expertise so you can search effectively and utilize these powerful tools.

Register online.

This class is limited to thirty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-member 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 thirty registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

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 the U.C. 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. Barbara has been a member of the California Genealogical Society since 1985 and currently serves on the Library Committee.

Laura Spurrier retired from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory after serving as a reference librarian, head of cataloging, and technical information specialist. Among her M.A. degrees, she has an M.L.S. from U.C. Berkeley. Genealogy was the family hobby in the Spurrier household so Laura caught the bug as a teenager. She is a specialist in Quaker research and has lectured on the topic to the society. Laura has been a member of the society since 1996 and currently serves on the Library Committee.


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

17 April 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Membership Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony 
Saturday, April 13, 2013










Photographs courtesy of Ron Madson, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

15 April 2013

Obscure Records of U.S. Citizenship and Nationality – a Free Lecture by Marian Smith

Bay Area genealogists who are unable to attend this year's National Genealogical Society Annual Conference in Las Vegas and will miss Opening Session will still have the opportunity to hear Marian L. Smith, chief of the historical research branch of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Member Margery Bell sent this notice:

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society and the Oakland FamilySearch Library are pleased to present a free lecture by Marian L. Smith, Senior Historian of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Monday, May 6, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Ave. LL
Oakland, CA 95602

This presentation will focus on lesser-known federal records of derived citizenship, repatriation, and correspondence covering a variety of citizenship-related problems and topics. While the records discussed were created after 1906, some involve events that occurred years or decades before. In addition to case studies and examples, the presentation will provide guidance for researching the records at either USCIS or the National Archives.

The doors will open at 12:20 p.m. for those pre-registered with tickets. Space permitting, walk-ins will be allowed at 12:50 p.m.

To pre-register, Email the Oakland FamilySearch Library with "REGISTER" in the subject line.

Marian L. Smith is the Senior Historian of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly INS). Her research focus primarily involves official immigration agency records held in the National Archives in downtown Washington, DC, and her articles appear in the National Archives journal Prologue, the FGS Forum, and other publications. Her depth and range of knowledge never fail to impress her audiences.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

12 April 2013

FamilySearch: What Is There for You - Thursday, May 23, 2013

 

Thursday, May 23, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

Have you used FamilySearch.org lately? If not, you will be amazed!

FamilySearch continues to add record sets from locations all over the world. In addition to its vast collection of historical documents, the site has many other resources for genealogists, including:
Join Jane Knowles Lindsey for an overview of the site with a focus on historical records, the online catalog and the Wiki.

Register online.

This class is limited to twenty-five participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-member fee is $10.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the evening of the class.

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

Jane Knowles Lindsey is past-president of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and currently serves as chair of the Events Committee. She has just returned from leading the thirteenth annual CGS Research Tour to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Jane organizes and team teaches the Beginning and Intermediate level courses for the society.


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

11 April 2013

Summer Evening Hours in the Library Start Thursday, May 23, 2013

The California Genealogical Society and Library is pleased to offer summer extended research hours, designed especially for members and patrons who work during the day.

This year summer is coming early! Starting May 23, 2013 and continuing every Thursday through August, the library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Library hours on the two other open days each week will remain the same: Friday (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

If you have never visited, please join us and take advantage of the many resources in the library. The library is a free benefit for members but non-members are welcome too. The library charges a nominal $5.00 users fee for non-members. We hope that once you explore our resources, you will want to join.

If you plan to drive, the lot in the rear of the building has a reduced rate after 3:00 p.m., and the metered spaces in Oakland are free after 6:00 p.m. (NOTE: they fill up fast!) Traveling by BART is easier – get off at the 19th Street station. The library is in the lower level of the Breuner Building at 2201 Broadway – entrance on 22nd Street.

To kick off Summer Extended Hours, Jane Lindsey will be presenting a class – FamilySearch: What There Is for You.


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

10 April 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Book Repair Committee
California Genealogical Society Library





Photograph by Kathryn Doyle, Oakland, California, 8/14/2012.


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

08 April 2013

Encore Presentation! Hard Drive Organization: Making Use of Your Computer File Folders

Saturday, May 25, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

After collecting digital images from online sources and manually scanning paper documents and photos for over twenty years, Tim Cox found a management method that works for his digital files. Tim  is back with an encore of this popular class. He will demonstrate how to name files for easy identification, how to organize folders that make it easy to find them, and how to properly identify scanned photographs.


The class is limited to thirty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-member 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 thirty registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Tim Cox has been a family historian and genealogist for more than twenty years. He is a member of numerous genealogical societies across the country, and has served as the Education and Events coordinator for the California Genealogical Society and Library for the past three years.


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

05 April 2013

Encore Presentation! Platting and Locating Lands from Metes and Bounds Deeds



Saturday, May 25, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Using deeds and other land records to assist with researching family history can help us gain a better understanding of the family, the land, and the community. Unfortunately, land records are often overlooked by beginners and by more experienced researchers.

Pam Miller is back with an encore of this popular workshop. Pam knows how the art of surveying land has changed over time and she can help you navigate this rich record set. She will simplify the "metes and bounds" terminology seen in early deeds.

This hands-on workshop will help you:
  • understand the terminology of metes and bounds deeds
  • extract the critical information for platting and locating
  • create a hand-drawn plat of actual properties
  • use some of the online land platting tools
  • locate old properties on current maps
Supplies:

Please bring a calculator and pencils with erasers. Pam will furnish graph paper, rulers, and protractors. Laptops are strongly encouraged, but not required.

If you have an old deed, please bring it for the hands-on exercise.

Register online.

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

Pam Miller, a native of Dallas, Texas, attended Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Spanish. She was employed as an educator in the Bay Area for twenty-eight years, teaching Spanish and computer science. Pam grew up "walking the family lands" with her parents, inheriting her family's love of maps and developing a severe case of what she calls "Tara Syndrome." She has been a member of CGS since 2005.


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

03 April 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Research Committee
California Genealogical Society and Library





Photograph by Kathryn Doyle, Oakland, California, 8/14/2013.


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

02 April 2013

eNews April 2013, volume 7, number 4

The April 2013 eNews, volume 7, number 5, 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.

As we commemorate the 107th anniversary of the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire on April 18, 2013, we pay tribute to member Jean White's parents: Grace Alice Penaluna and Clinton Hollis Stanbridge.


Grace Alice Penaluna, Clinton Hollis Stanbridge, and Mary Hitchcock among the ruins in April 1906,

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

The June 2013 issue will be emailed on May 31, 2013. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Photograph courtesy of Jean L. White.


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

01 April 2013

Appreciating Our Volunteers

This year National Volunteer Week will be celebrated April 21-27, 2013. We think one week just isn't enough time to honor the volunteers at the California Genealogical Society and Library so we will be celebrating throughout the month of April.

2013 Board of Directors: Lisa Gorrell and Laura Lee Karp [holding sign]; Tom Gesner, Nicka Smith, Kim Cotton, Shannon Reese, Karen Lemelin, Henry Snyder, Jim Sorenson, Steve Harris, President Jeff Vaillant. Not shown: Diana Edwards and Ellen Fernandez-Sacco.
Here's a message from our president:
Every facet of our society depends on our member volunteers – they run the library, maintain our computers, and process mail, book sales, research requests and membership renewals. Volunteers also work from home: writing, editing, proofing and formatting our many publications; coordinating member programs and events; managing our Web presence, and so much more. 
Our volunteers come from many walks of life and their experience brings an added dimension to our society. Members with financial know-how keep our books and safeguard our investments. Librarians maintain the highest professional standards in our facility and online catalog. And everyday volunteers stretch to learn new skills to expand our reach using social media, video, electronic publishing, and other online registration, sales, and communication tools. 
Volunteers are working across committees to find new ways to raise funds to keep our library open. 
We will be honoring our volunteers throughout the year. If there is someone special you would like to recognize, please let me know
Thank you for all you do, 
Jeffrey Vaillant 
President, 2013

Here at the blog we will be running a monthly "Committee Spotlight" article to tell you more about the work our volunteers do and to mention them specifically by name. Look for an article about our Events Committee next week.

And please be sure to come to the membership meeting on Saturday, April 13, 2013, and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism within our society. We will be honoring our longest serving volunteers. 


Photograph courtesy of Arthur Karp.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.