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12 August 2013

Field Trip to the Oakland FamilySearch Library - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Oakland FamilySearch Library
(formerly Oakland Regional Family History Center)
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, California 94602

For members only!

Join Jane Lindsey for an in-depth view of the Oakland FamilySearch Library and learn about the hidden resources often overlooked even by frequent visitors to the center. Our tour guide will be the center's director, Ralph Severson. Bring your lunch and enjoy the breathtaking views from this Oakland landmark, followed by an afternoon of research on your own.

The tour will include an introduction to the following resources:
  • card index of 35,000 Alameda County obituaries
  • online subscriptions, including and
  • map case
  • periodical reading room 
  • expert consultations, including database management
  • future changes at FamilySearch Family Tree and the Research Wiki
  • special days for African-American, Azorian, Jewish, and Swedish research
Register online.

This field trip is organized for members of the California Genealogical Society. Non-members interested in participating are encouraged to become members prior to August 31, 2013. The maximum group size is thirty members.

There is no fee for the field trip but preregistration is required. 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.

The Oakland FamilySearch Library is one of the largest and most accessible centers for genealogical research in California, with more than 9,000 volumes of books, periodicals, family histories, city and county histories, city directories, plus over 37,000 reels of microfilm and 9,000 microfiche containing millions of local vital records and historical census data from all over the world.

The library is open:
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed on Sunday and Monday
Their online catalog includes the holdings of all fifteen Bay Area centers. When you find a resource of interest, be sure to click on the "Show Copies"  tab to see which location has the book, film. microfiche or CD you are interested in.

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