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24 January 2014

Introducing the New 2014 Directors

The California Genealogical Society is pleased to introduce five members who have consented to serve and have been elected to the Board of Directors in 2014. They are Felicia Addison, Tim Cox, Edi Daly, Glenn Koch, and Marcelle White.

Felicia Addison became fascinated by an older sister’s school project and decided at age twelve that she would one day pursue family research. Twenty-seven years later a television commercial for Ancestry.com was the final bug that bit her with an incredible passion for genealogy. By profession, Felicia has been a Customs House Broker for more than twenty years. This profession assisted her in research during traveling for work with being stuck in hotels all over the country with a laptop, internet and awesome room service, which is perfect for the hobby of genealogy! Felicia has been a member of The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) for five years where she’s served on the Outreach and Program committees and is currently the Treasurer.


Tim Cox has been a family historian and genealogist for more than 25 years. He is a member of numerous genealogical societies across the country. His volunteer duties at California Genealogical Society (CGS) in Oakland, CA have included being the Education and Events coordinator 2010-2012 and advisor for 2013; co- planner of Ancestry Day 2011 & 2013; Registration Coordinator for Ancestry Day 2011 & 2013; organizer and co-facilitator of Writing Your Family History; and facilitator of the monthly RootsMagic special interest group since 2011. He has been an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) since 2009; and has attended local, regional, and national conferences for Family History Expo; Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS); National Genealogical Society (NGS); Genealogy Jamboree; APG Professional Management Conference; and RootsTech. His genealogical education includes courses with National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR); National Institute for Genealogical Studies (NIGS); and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Tim has given multiple presentations at CGS, and other local genealogical societies, and more recently, at Their Roots Are Showing and Ancestry Day 2013.


Edie Daly has served as Interim Treasurer since August 20, 2013. She is currently employed as a senior accountant for MBS Accountancy Corporation and is completing a B.A. in Accounting and will be pursing her C.P.A. shortly. She is a certified QuickBooks pro-advisor. Edi recent works with non-profits of various sizes will assist with current and future needs of CGS. She has extensive accounting and management experience and is also one of the Chief Financial Officers for California Health Collaborative, a large non- profit.


Glenn Koch started genealogy in the eighth grade when his English teacher assigned him a research project. Originally from Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Glenn is the ninth generation of his family in the same county. Glen is also a collector of antique postcards, specializing in cards of San Francisco. He also collects San Francisco related vintage photography. Glen is the author of two books, San Francisco Golden Age Postcards and Picturing Long Beach Island, New Jersey. He also co-authored a 250-year history of the church congregation where he grew up.

For ten years he served on the Board of Directors of the Lehigh County (PA) Historical Society, filling various positions. He is the founder of the Allentown (Pa) Preservation League, a citywide historic preservation organization. He was also one of the founders, and lead proponents, of the Beach Haven historic district on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. He is currently the moderator of the Berks County (Pa) Genealogy group on Facebook. He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, in Allentown, Pa. with a B.A. in Human Resources Administration. Glenn is a Senior Underwriting Consultant for Aetna, Inc. of Hartford, CT.


Marcelle White has been fascinated by family history ever since junior high, when she received a copy of a distant family member’s genealogical study and reels of old audio recordings with great aunts and uncles. She has been actively investigating her family lines for the past fifteen years, and especially enjoys related projects, such as transcribing collections of family letters from the late 1800s through the 1930s. “It’s been wonderful to work with these materials and to find ways to make them available to a wider audience. They really make history come to life.”

Marcelle has been involved in the nonprofit world for more than 20 years – as a volunteer and as an employee. For the past 12+ years, she’s created free Web-based information resources for family of children with learning disabilities. Through this work she’s come to appreciate the ever-expanding ways information can be shared and new audiences reached. Marcelle has been a member of the California Genealogical Society since 2009. Since early 2013, she’s been helping the Library Committee raise funds through eBay sales, and she looks forward to finding ways to increase the awareness of CGS and to expand its membership. She has a B.A. degree in English and American Literature from UC San Diego.


Copyright © 2014 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

22 January 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)
Monday, January 17, 2014
Radisson Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah


Julia Redmond, Eva Goodwin, Tim Cox,  Linda Okazaki, Patricia Healy, Jeffrey Vaillant. Not shown: Corey Oieson

Photograph courtesy of Heather Choplin, North Carolina Genealogical Society.


Copyright © 2014 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

17 January 2014

Saturday Field Trip to the San Francisco Public Library


Saturday, February 1, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

San Francisco Main Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, 94102

For members only!

Join Past-president Jane Lindsey for an encore tour of the areas of genealogical interest at the San Francisco Main Public Library. Attendees will gather at 11:00 a.m. outside The San Francisco History Center on the sixth floor and split into two groups for a tour led by San Francisco City Archivist Susan Goldstein and library staff.




BART will be the transportation of choice. Travel to the Civic Center Station and walk towards the large blue medallion painted on the wall, then up the stairs or escalator. The library is across the street.

After the tour, members will gather to learn about the online catalog and the many San Francisco records the library has recently digitized through Archive.org and FamilySearch.org and how to access them.

Eventbrite - Field Trip to San Francisco Public Library




If you don't already have a San Francisco library card this will be a great opportunity to get one. Residents of California with identification may obtain one for free. Applications are available at the Main and must be submitted in person. Detailed information is available at the library website.

Attendees may want have lunch together. The Mint Café is located on the lower level of the library. Café Asia at the Asian Art Museum is close by.




This field trip is organized for members of the California Genealogical Society. Non-members interested in participating are encouraged to become members. The maximum group size is forty members.

Eventbrite - Field Trip to San Francisco Public Library


Photographs of the San Francisco Main Public Library by Sameer Vasta, October 24, 2006, Creative Commons License.


Copyright © 2014 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

10 January 2014

Research Inspiration at the the San Francisco Special Interest Group

Saturday, January 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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

The San Francisco Special Interest Group (SIG) will start the new year with a question: "What inspires your genealogy?"

Come and share what inspires you to do family history research.

Member Cathy Paris will talk about the how she has translated her research data into creative videos kid-friendly books. Cathy uses her blog Is Meets Was to share photos and stories and connect with family around the world.

Cathy Paris is an independent writing and editing professional. Cathy joined the California Genealogical Society in 2008. She has served as a member of the society's board of directors and as chair of the Publications and Marketing Committee. Cathy oversees the publication of the society's books using Lulu.com.

The California Genealogical Society sponsors Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for members to pursue the study of a particular geographical research area or genealogy discipline. The San Francisco SIG meets on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Copyright © 2014 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

08 January 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
Saturday, December 14, 2013







Photographs courtesy of Arlene Miles and Jane Lindsey, 12/14/2013.

Copyright © 2014 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

02 January 2014

eNews January 2014, volume 8, number 1

The January 2014 eNews, volume 8, number 1, has been published and emailed to members and friends.

The new year brings a new editor to the eNews. Marcelle White has been involved in the nonprofit world for more than twenty years and has extensive experience writing and editing newsletters. She has been a member of the California Genealogical Society since 2009 and has been serving as a volunteer on the Library Committee. Welcome, Marcelle!

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 we honor Jim Sorenson's great-great-great-grand uncle, Henry Clark Wright. By researching his ancestor's brother Jim found the information needed to break through a genealogical brick wall and and bring insight into his ancestors' lives in upstate New York.



Henry Clark Wright, 1797-1870

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

A mid-month issue of the eNews will be emailed on January 15, 2014. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

California ancestor photograph courtesy of Jim Sorenson.

Copyright © 2014 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.