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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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24 October 2020

Online genealogy, week of October 26-November 1


Conferences and Seminars:

October 26-20: German Handwriting Seminar (Family History Library)
October 31: Fall Genealogy Conference: DNA with Blaine Bettinger 
(North Hills Genealogists)

October 31: Passports to the Past: Discover Your Family Stories (Topeka Genealogical Society)
October 31-November 3
: "What Scares You in Genealogy?" Annual Family History Day Seminar (Connecticut 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.
 
October 21: "Building Your Genealogical Tool Kit” with James Tanner

Family History Library
October 26: "Mournful Exodus": Finding your Irish Ancestor’s Home
 
October 27: "Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries" by James Tanner
October 28: "In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World" by Gena Philibert-Ortega 
 
Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently.
Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:
 
October 27
"Making Sense of Your Jewish DNA Results" (Utah Genealogical Society)

"Family Tree Maker 2019 Refresher: Fixing Errors And Beginning A Book" (Heritage Library)

"DNA Methodology for Unknown Parentage Research" (Louisville Genealogical Society)

"Relatives in Print! Researching Newspaper Databases" (New York Public Library)

"Online Resources of the Tennessee State Library & Archives" (Allen County Public Library)

"Genealogy Research of Mysterious Relatives" (Dallas Public Library)

"Where Were You? History Captured in Quilts" (Rogue Valley OR Genealogical Society)

"Exploring Ireland’s History Through Maps" (St. Louis Genealogical Society)

"Quaker Records and Migration" with Craig R. Scott (Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia)

October 30

"Medical Genealogy: Defining Obscure Medical Terms Used by Our Ancestors" (Houston Public Library)

"Researching Black History in the UK" (National Archives UK)

October 31

"Researching Our English Ancestors" with Paul Milner (Allen County IN Genealogical Society)

November 1

"Trace Your Patrilineal Ancestry and Knock Down Brick walls Using Y-DNA" (Genealogical Society of Broward County FL)


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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19 October 2020

Hale Collection Now Available on Our Website

John Ellis Hale, ca. 1927
 
Super scanner Stewart Traiman has completed digitizing the documents contained in the John Ellis Hale files from our Manuscripts Collection. John E. Hale served as CGS President from 1979 to 1982. He was a dedicated family historian/researcher who spent forty years collecting, documenting and writing about his family and ancestors.

John was the son of Peter Morrell Hale and Katherine McRae. He married Ethel McRae Bemis. The collection includes these surnames along with thirty-nine additional surnames. The collection was donated to CGS in 2012 and was first indexed by Georgia Lupinsky. Georgia created a finding aid to the materials included in the ten archival boxes. Stewart has scanned the collection and expanded the index, which can be accessed from our website. To see the digitized images, click on the hyperlink found in the online finding aid.

John's wife Ethel Bemis

Until now the only way that researchers could view these records was by visiting the library. Now, the digitized documents are accessible to all members on our website. Note: The collection includes additional material for persons still living that may only be viewed in person at the library. There is a total of 741 items in this collection, of which 432 can be viewed online. Many items are multi-page so there is a total of 1,973 viewable images.

The collection is organized by surname and includes family trees, fan charts, pedigree charts, biographies, newspaper articles, DAR documents, diplomas, certificates, and lots of photographs of individuals and of family homes. There is a 20-page personal account of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire San Francisco written by Marion Baldwin Hale in 1975. The collection includes a few personal letters and documents for Thomas McRae, who served as Governor of Arkansas in the 1920s.

Images in the collection are well labeled

This project is one of several efforts undertaken by the CGS Website Content Committee in an effort to expand the society’s offerings of unique resources as a benefit to our members. 

 

 

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