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21 November 2020

Online genealogy, week of November 23-29


 

Many genealogical organizations (including CGS) are taking off Thanksgiving week, but there are still lots of online events and webinars coming up. For a look at the offerings, check out Conference Keeper, the largest online calendar of genealogical events. In the coming week there are multiple classes on DNA, on family quilts and how to date family photos, an introduction to tracing your lineage back to the Mayflower, and so much more.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!

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19 November 2020

An update on reopening the CGS Library from President James Sorenson


I’m sure all of us are eager to see the CGS library reopen for use by the genealogical community. In May and June, the CGS Board discussed various issues and challenges related to reopening our library. Effective October 9, Alameda County said that libraries could reopen at 25% capacity with certain protocols. For CGS that meant: contacting our front desk volunteers about their willingness to come in; incorporating the County protocols with the ones we had already addressed; and developing a training program for our volunteers. We also contacted various area libraries about their reopening plans and learned that for various reasons, none of them had a definite date for reopening; and like us, most were looking at a reservation system for library use. 

 

We thought we might be able to open in November. However, we contacted the County health folks for some clarifications and were told that CGS would have to meet not only library protocols but also those for offices (which have not been allowed to reopen in Alameda County), as well as the ventilation requirements for movie theaters (since we are windowless). After reviewing the above input, the Board has decided that we should not plan to reopen the library until next year, possibly by March 2021 but nothing definite. Since that decision, the County has officially closed the window on our reopening due to a resurgence of COVID cases. I’m also disappointed to say that I do not expect us to schedule any classes at our library before June 2021. 

 

Another impact of the closure is that our annual meeting on 9 January 2021 will be held by video conference and although it is free, attendees will have to register ahead of time. We will all miss the opportunity to see each other in person and share our experiences of the past 8 months.


James Sorenson, CGS President

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18 November 2020

1944 Genealogies Added to Website

Cover page for the 1944 Genealogies

One more set of family history records has been digitized and added to our website. To see these records go to the CGS Home Page, click on the Research Menu tab and select “Online Resources.” From there, scroll down to the Members-Only section where you will find a list of “Resources Developed by CGS Members.” Click on the link labeled 1944 Genealogies

This set of records is presented in an ahnentafel style format. There are twenty-three family histories that include at least thirty-three surnames.Each family history lists names, birth, death, and marriage dates, plus the names of children. Most also include a narrative. For example, the Briscoe family history includes notes about the Civil and Military Records, with references for William Briscoe followed by a sketch of his life. It includes a transcription of the text on his tombstone and a short poem. 

Man is a glass – Life is a water, 
That’s weakly walled about, 
Sin Brings in death, and breaks the glass, 
So runs the water out.

These records are one-of-a-kind. They are filled with family anecdotes that are fun to read even if not proven. The Pendergrass file, for example, includes a note about a son named Nathan "stolen by Indians," with another line, later crossed out, that reads "His descendants later found in Maryland." Most pages are  typed, which makes them easy to read, and the hand-written notations on the pages are not likely to be in any copies that may exist elsewhere. As such they are unique treasures that, thanks to many current CGS members, are now broadly available to a much larger audience.

An example of a short biographical sketch found among these records


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13 November 2020

Online genealogy, week of November 16-22


 

Our Events

Nov. 21: "The Company They Kept: Enrich Your Family History Through Cluster Studies" by Annie Brenneis

Nov. 21: Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group

Conferences and Seminars:
Nov. 18: Discussing DNA: Finding Unexpected Results (American Ancestors)
Nov. 19
: "Traveling the US Marine Highway" with Judy G. Russell and Patricia Walls Stamm (Florida State Genealogical Society)

Nov. 21
: 20th-Century Immigration to America (American Ancestors)

Nov 21: Photo Detective Roadshow with Maureen Taylor (Clayton Library Friends Annual Meeting)
Nov. 21: Annual Genealogical Seminar with Elizabeth Shown Mills, David Dowell, Zachary Keith, Chuch and Sherrill (Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society)

Classes:
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

Nov. 17: "Jewish Immigrants in the American Antiques Trade" by Briann Greenfield and Erica Lome
Nov. 19: "Navigating the Digital Library & Archives at AmericanAncestors.org" by Sally Benny
Nov. 20: "The Great Houses of Yorkshire" by Curt DiCamilo 
 
Nov. 18: "Finding and Using Cemetery Records Like a Pro" by James Tanner

Family History Library
Nov. 16
: "Skimming the Surface: A Look Into Quebec Notarial Records"

Nov. 17: "Registros Migratorios: Migratory Records" (in Spanish)
Nov. 20: "Pre-1867 Emigration for Norway"

Nov. 17: "Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men" by Shannon Green

Nov. 18:  "Surname Projects and DNA Projects" by Mags Gaulden

Nov. 17:  “Voyages of New Netherland”

Nov. 18: "Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records"
 
Southern California Genealogical Society 
Nov. 17: "From Chernorudka to Chicago: Learnings From One Family's Immigration Path" by Jane Neff Rollins 
 
Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) from beginning to advanced, hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check the calendar frequently.
Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

Nov. 15: 

“No Language Barrier: Immigrant Clues in Photographs” (Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society)

Nov. 16:

"Beginning Genealogy: Tracing Your Family Tree" (Chicago Public Library)

"Reclaiming Ancestral Citizenship: Responsibilities, Value, and Understanding the Law" by Melanie D. Holtz (Association of Professional Genealogists)

Nov. 17:

"How Research Plans Prevent Distractions" (Wisconsin State Genealogical Society free webinar) 

Nov. 18:

"French-Canadian Genealogy: Getting Started" (Boston Public Library)

Nov. 19:

"Beyond Names and Dates: Filling in the Stories of Our Female Ancestors" (Utah Genealogical Society)

Nov. 20:

"Keeping Cemeteries Alive! Preserving Headstones and Monuments" (Historical Society of Michigan)

Nov. 21:

"Genealogy Pit Stop: Researching in 15 Minute Increments" with Thomas MacEntee (South King County WA Genealogical Society)

 

See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more. Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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09 November 2020

"This Land is Their Land": Virtual Author Talk, Tuesday, November 17


The Sutro Library's final event of the year is a talk by historian David Silverman, author of This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving.  This presentation coincides with the 400th anniversary of the ship Mayflower, which arrived at Cape Cod on November 19, 1620. Silverman discusses the troubled history behind the national Thanksgiving holiday, which some modern Native people observe as a Day of Mourning. The virtual event takes place November 17 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. For more information and to register, visit the EventBrite listing.

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07 November 2020

Online genealogy, week of November 9-15


 

Our Events

November 7: "Intro to Genealogy" our FREE popular monthly basics class. This month: Vital Records (Birth, Marriage & Death)


Conferences and Seminars:

November 9: "Back to Your Past: For Students 8-12" (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society)
 

November 12-14: Fall Research Stay-at-Home Conference (American Ancestors) 

 

November 13-15: "Remembering Your Heritage" (Texas State Genealogical Society)

November 14: Virtual Seminar Featuring Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective (Genealogical Society of Bergen County) 

November 14: FHF Virtual Really Useful Family History Show (Family History Federation)

November 14: DNA Explorers: Presentations on Genetic Genealogy (Kokomo-Howard County Public Library)

 

November 14: "Identifying and Preserving Family Photographs from the 1800s" (Ohio History Connection Webinar)

Classes:
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.
 
November 12: "Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War" by Nathaniel Philbrick 
 
November 11: "Finding Your Ancestors and Relatives with Military Records” with James Tanner
 
Family History Library
November 9-15: Latin Handwriting Seminar

November 10: "Why I Love-And How to Use-The Newspaper Collections at MyHeritage" by Sunny Morton
November 11: "Deeds Not Words: Finding Your Merchant Marine Ancestors" by Michael L. Strauss
 
Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check the calendar frequently. 

Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

November 10: 

Beginning Genealogy Webinar with Hal Horrocks (Orange County CA Genealogical Society)

"Locating Ancestors on the Dawes Rolls" by Kathy Huber (Dallas Public Library)

"Was Grandma a Gun Moll?" (Louisville KY Genealogical Society)

"The California State Archives" by Marianne Meth (North San Diego County Genealogical Society)

November 11

"Lincoln and Thanksgiving" (Fountaindale IL Public Library)

November 12

"Pathways to Spicy Stories: An Overview of Court Records" (Fox Valley Genealogical Society)

November 14

"Researching with Heirlooms" by Claire McKarns (San Diego Genealogical Society)

November 15

“No Language Barrier: Immigrant Clues in Photographs” Maureen Taylor (Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society)

"Crossing the Plains: Researching Your Overland Trail Ancestor" (Omaha Public Library by Kassie Nelson)

 

See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more. Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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04 November 2020

Our Annual Appeal


To our members:

Every year about this time, CGS kicks off an appeal for donations. Letters have already been sent to all CGS members. We appreciate your support. 

If you can’t find your letter, or if a non-member wishes to make a donation, it can be done using our website. Go to CaliforniaAncestors.org, click on “members” on the tool bar, and from the dropdown menu, click on “Support CGS/Donate.” At the bottom of that page is a form to be filled out for making a donation. You can print the form and mail it to us with a check, or you can use Paypal.

Thank you,

James Sorenson, President

 

 

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01 November 2020

Online genealogy, week of November 2-8


 

Our Events

November 7: "Intro to Genealogy" our FREE popular monthly basics class. This month: Vital Records (Birth, Marriage & Death)

 

Conferences and Seminars:
November 7: "The Bookends of Liberty: 300 Years of the Growth of Freedom in North America" featuring David Allen Lambert and Gena Philibert-Ortega (Bucks County Ancestry Fair)

Classes:
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.
 
November 5: "Stories from the Archives: Objects of Mourning" by Judy Lucey
 
November 4: "'Extra! Extra! Read All About It’: Finding Your Family History in Newspapers” with Kathryn Grant
November 5: The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X with author Tamara Payne
 
Family History Library
November 2: "Using the Family Search Catalog"
November 3: "Using the Family Search Mobile Apps"
November 5: "Swedish Genealogy Files: Mystery of the Unknown Father in 1800"

November 3 & 4: "Australian Census Substitutes" by Helen V. Smith
November 4: "How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society" by Kate Eakman
 
November 7: "Researching Your French Canadian Ancestors" by Johanne Gervais
 
Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list; visit the website for hidden gems) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently.
Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

November 3

"From Webinar to Degree: Exploring Genealogy Education Options for You" (Utah Genealogical Association)

"Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye" (Manatee Genealogical Society)

"The Forgotten and the Maligned: Using Government Documents for Genealogical Research" (Allen County Public Library)

November 5

"Genealogy for Misers" (Omaha Public Library)

"Past is Present: Using Digital Resources to Find Your Family's First World War History" (Quebec Family History Society)

November 7

"Finding Your Mexican Ancestors: An Introduction to Mexican Genealogy" (Santa Rosa Junior College)

"Advanced Polish Research" (Northwest Suburban Genealogy Society)

"Native American Family Research" (Tennessee Genealogical Society)

"Digging Deeper: Researching Women's History" (Seattle Genealogical Society)

"Researching Military History and Records and the Making of We Are American Soldiers” (Chinese Family History Group of Southern California)


See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.
Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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