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30 June 2010

Book Donation Policy

The California Genealogical Society Library appreciates donations of books and periodicals that have genealogical content. The generosity of many people has greatly enriched the CGS Library collections in the past. Donations will be gratefully received by the CGS Library Committee and will be reviewed by Committee members, who will make decisions regarding retention.

Desired donations include: family genealogies or family histories; county histories and local histories with biographical sketches of residents; indexes to, or abstracts of, vital records or newspapers; and genealogical periodicals. Works on CD-ROM or microfilm will be accepted if not available in other formats. 

Due to limited shelf space, NOT ALL donated items can be added to the Library collection. Examples include: encyclopedias lacking genealogical content, most biographies or autobiographies of famous persons, general histories, Who’s Who-type publications, works of fiction, photocopied books still under copyright, yearbooks, and many media materials. If received, CGS may give such items to other libraries, exchange them for more desirable works, or sell them in periodic book sales, the proceeds of which help to support Library operations.

Duplicate copies of items already owned by CGS may be retained if they are in better condition than copies currently in use. Small printed items that cannot be catalogued for the book collection may be added to the Surname File.

Donors (when known) will be identified with bookplates inside front covers noting items as gifts. Letters of thanks will be sent to donors, or to their heirs if gifts are from estates. CGS is not allowed by law to appraise or value any donation, but donors are welcome to fill out and sign the Instrument of Gift form for their uses.

Decisions regarding donations of unpublished works, such as scrapbooks, original documents, pedigree charts, correspondence, personal diaries, photographs and photo albums, will be the responsibility of the CGS Archives Committee rather than the Library Committee, or may be made jointly by both committees in special instances.

Donated items become the property of the California Genealogical Society and Library, to be used in whatever way is most beneficial to the Library. CGS reserves the right to withdraw donations from the Library collection if they become obsolete or can be replaced by newer editions. CGS does attempt to extend the useful life of withdrawn materials, whether by exchange, sale, or donation to other collections.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

29 June 2010

Five Ways To Kill Your Genealogy Society

In all of the excitement of Jamboree I neglected to acknowledge the publication of an article that should be a must-read for every genealogical society. Amy Coffin's piece, Five Ways To Kill Your Genealogy Society, is the lead article in the May-June 2010 California State Genealogical Alliance Newsletter.

Amy is the "rock star" author of the highly acclaimed We Tree blog and has a master's degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. She's a new member of the California Genealogical Society and Library and serves on our Publications and Marketing Committee.

I hope Amy doesn't mind me telling that the concept (and title) came from Jane Hufft, Editor of The California Nugget. Amy ran with the idea and wrote it in record time. CSGA Newsletter Editor Peggy Rossi thought it was great and worth sharing with genealogical societies across the state of California. I think it's worth sharing with societies across the planet and if you hurry you can download and read the article and the entire issue. (The Alliance puts the current issue up on their website as a sample so you may get another issue if you read this too far in the future.)

If your society would like permission to reprint Amy's article, email her at

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

28 June 2010

Thursdays in July and August: An Experiment with Evening Hours!

Events coordinators Tim Cox and Jane Lindsey are excited to announce summer extended research hours at the library designed especially for working members and patrons.

Starting July 8, 2010 and continuing every Thursday through August, the California Genealogical Society Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Hours on the two other open days will remain the same: Friday (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ) and Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

In addition, informal evening discussions are planned from 6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Participants of all levels of research experience are welcome to network and join the conversation. Topics are as follows:

July 8, 2010 – New Tools on 
Discuss and learn about the site improvements including Record Search Pilot, Indexing, the Wiki, online tutorials and more.

July 15, 2010 – Blogging
Share your favorite gen blogs and discuss how and why blogging can help genealogists. If you have a secret desire to be a blogger, come and ask questions. You’ll get a better understanding of how to get started and how to maintain your blog.

July 22, 2010 – French-Canadian Research
Have documents you can’t translate? Members of the society’s French-Canadian Special Interest Group will share their tips and expertise. Facilitator: Mary Beth Frederick.

July 29, 2010 – Using 
Helpful tips will be shared to more effectively use this subscription site. Facilitator: Tom Gesner.
for Using

August 5, 2010 – Whippersnappers 2.0
Born in the 70s or 80s? This session is for you! This is an invitation to our younger members and friends to get together and share ideas on how the society can be more helpful to your research. Hint: if you remember disco you're too old for this meeting. Facilitators: Jennifer Jones Regan and Gabrielle Kojder.
RSVP for Whippersnappers 2.0.

August 12, 2010 – Hispanic/Latino Research
Share ideas for effective research in Spanish-speaking countries. Discuss the Spanish record extraction process. Bring your questions and your favorite resources. Facilitator: Ellen Fernandez-Sacco.
RSVP for Hispanic/Latino Research.

August 19, 2010 – German Research
Have you been putting off your German research? Join a discussion about resources, which sites are best and how to find towns in Germany. Experienced researchers will help you gain the confidence you need to get started. Facilitator: Jane Knowles Lindsey.
RSVP for German Research.

August 26, 2010 – Using Roots Magic
Bring your questions and ask the group for advice on how to perform tasks, run reports, create charts, or overcome obstacles you are experiencing with RootsMagic4. Power users will be there to help solve your dilemmas. Facilitator: Tim Cox.
RSVP for Using Roots Magic.

Details are still being worked out and facilitators are being identified for each discussion session.

BYO dinner or buy something nearby. If you plan to drive, metered spaces in Oakland are free after 6:00 p.m. but they fill up fast. Traveling in by BART is easier – get off at the 19th Street station. Group discussions will end by 8:15 p.m. to allow for everyone to walk to BART together before dark.

We would love your feedback. Do any of these topics appeal to you? Will extended summer hours entice you to spend some time with us?

 Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

26 June 2010

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: July 2010 Published

July 2010 meetings and events have been posted to the San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar. The calendar is a collection of local genealogical society events – seminars, classes, workshops and meetings – within a 75 mile radius of San Francisco.

More than thirty genealogy programs will be offered during the month of July.

If you would like your group's events added to the calendar, please email the information by the 20th of each month for publication on the 25th. (Put "SFBA Calendar" in the subject line.)

 Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

25 June 2010

The California Nugget, Volume II, Issue 1

Writing, editing, formatting and printing of the Spring 2010 edition of The California Nugget is complete and copies should be arriving at members' homes any day. Kudos to Editor Jane Hufft and Production Editor Lois Elling for another outstanding issue!

You'll notice right away that the cover color has changed – the plan is to use a different one for each year. The Editor's message from Jane explains:
For 2010 both issues will have green covers, signaling freshness, renewal, and growth in the articles and information we present for our readers. May this inspire your research to bloom!
The cover article is an informative and entertaining piece by Thomas MacEntee: The Day Grandma Fran Got On Facebook: Why the World Didn't End and Why It Was a Good Thing. Thomas is a "far-flung" member of the California Genealogical Society who lives in Chicago.

Twenty-First Century Genealogy 
The Day Grandma Fran Got On Facebook by Thomas MacEntee
California Ancestors: Our New Look by Kathryn Doyle
Finding the Laughran Sisters - Part II by Jane Hufft

California Ancestors 
Alonzo Marston and Eliza Jackson: Struggles and Survival of a California Family by Ronald Cannon
Louis Schwoerer and Sophia Henrietta Schlechtweg: Pioneers of Murphys, Calaveras County by Barry F. Schwoerer and Lori Schwoerer

For Our Readers
The CGS Calendar
Recent Acquisitions in the Library
News from the Society 
New Members
Research Trip to Salt Lake City 

The California Nugget is a benefit of membership in the California Genealogical Society. It is published twice a year.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

23 June 2010

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

Saturday, July 31, 2010
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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

Join Tim Cox for an encore presentation of this popular workshop!

After collecting digital images from online sources and manually scanning paper documents and photos for over twenty years, Tim found a management method that works for his digital files. 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.

This workshop is limited to twenty participants and is a free benefit for society members. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

The fee for non-members is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership only on the day of the workshop.

Register online.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

21 June 2010

Internet Genealogical Research with Nancy Peterson and Ron Filion

Saturday, July 17, 2010
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

Join Ron Filion and Nancy Peterson for some hands-on internet genealogical research. Participants will work in groups and will be given a case study to research and solve during the class using the internet as their primary resource. This will be a great way to hone your internet research skills.

The class is limited to the first fifteen registrants. Free for members; $20.00 for non-members. (The non-refundable fee can be applied to a membership on the day of the class.) Walk-ins will not be admitted.

Bring a lunch, laptop and your enthusiasm!

Register online.

Nancy Peterson is a certified genealogist, research director for the society and author of numerous articles. Her search for her maternal San Francisco ancestors led ultimately to the publication of Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research, published in 2006.

Ron Filion, co-founder of SFgenealogy, is a local speaker and historian with expertise in internet genealogical resources and San Francisco history. He has been a consultant for various historical books, and has appeared in documentary films and television.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

18 June 2010

Member Spotlight: Cath Madden Trindle

One of the high points of the February 27, 2010 meeting of the California State Genealogical Alliance held at the CGS Library was the presentation of The President's Citation award to Cath Trindle by Alliance President Sue Roe.

Cath Madden Trindle, CG, is a first generation Californian who owned a bookkeeping consultation business for thirty years. She earned a Certificate of European Research from BYU and a Certificate in Genealogical Studies - Librarianship from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies.

In addition to being a national conference speaker, Cath is an active administrator for three genealogical societies. She is currently Treasurer of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. She heads up Special Projects for the California State Genealogical Alliance and is a regular contributor to their newsletter. As Publication Chair for the San Mateo Coutny Genealogical Society, she has edited the San Mateo County Naturalization Index Series, the Schellens indexing project, and coauthored their Tree Climbing Guides.

She has been a member of the California Genealogical Society since 2006.

Cath will be making three presentations at the upcoming FGS Conference "Rediscovering America's First Frontier" August 18-21, 2010, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The conference is co-sponsored with the East Tennessee Historical Society and Kentucky Historical Society.

Cath's award states:
President's Citation Award to Cath Madden Trindle for her many contributions to CSGA, the genealogical community as CSGA Treasurer, Special Projects Chair, Speaker and as a positive example of CSGA Member dedication. Presented by the California State Genealogical Alliance, Susan M. Roe, President, 27 February 2010.
Congratulations, Cath!

Photographs by Kathryn M. Doyle, Oakland, California, 2/27/2010.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

16 June 2010

Wordless Wednesday

California Genealogical Society Table
SCGS Jamboree Exhibit Hall
June 11-13, 2010

Photographs courtesy of Tim Cox and Kathryn Doyle, Burbank, California.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

12 June 2010

Jamboree Panel: Blogger Summit 2

I'm on the panel Blogger Summit 2 at the Jamboree. Here's the view from the stage.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

11 June 2010

Well-Represented at the SCGS Jamboree

The 41st Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree begins today (through Sunday, June 13, 2010) in Burbank and many California Genealogical Society members have traveled south for the annual event.

Events Coordinator Tim Cox unfurled the new banner at Table 114 in the Exhibit Hall. Be sure to stop by and see us.

Several members' names appear on the list of speakers.

Ron Arons presents Researching Criminal Relatives, Saturday 5:00 p.m. Ron can be found at Table 105 in the Exhibit Hall

Elyse Doerflinger leads a Mini-course Workshop: Using Your Computer, Video Camera and YouTube Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Elyse will also be a panelist on Blogger Summit Part 1: From Novice to Reader to Blogger in Sixty Minutes.

Lisa Lee is presenting two talks: Search & Reward Notices: Hidden Information About Former Slaves, Saturday 3:30 p.m. and City Directories – Full of Hidden Information, Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Thomas MacEntee is going non-stop this weekend. He's leading three mini-course workshops, moderating two blogging summits and presenting a talk.

His schedule: Google Docs for Beginners, Friday 4:00 p.m.; Blogger Summit Part 1: From Novice to Reader to Blogger in Sixty Minutes, Saturday 10 a.m. followed by Blogger Summit Part 2: Now that You're a Genealogy Blogger, Saturday 11:30 a.m.; Twitter – It's Not Just "What I Had For Breakfast" Anymore, Saturday, 5:00 p.m.; Blogger for Beginners, Saturday 2:00 p.m. and WordPress For Beginners, Saturday, 3:00 p.m. Whew!

Craig Manson and Kathryn Doyle are also panelists on Blogger Summit Part 2: Now That You're a Genealogy Blogger, Satuday 11:30 p.m.

Cath Trindle is presenting three talks: How Much Proof is Enough?, Saturday 2:00 p.m.; Women of the West, Saturday 5:00 p.m. and California Sources Online and Off, Sunday, 2:00 p.m.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

09 June 2010

Wordless Wednesday

California State Genealogical Society Meeting
Sue Roe, President
Saturday, February 26, 2010

Photographs by Kathryn M. Doyle, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

04 June 2010

July Membership Meeting with Dr. Henry Snyder

Saturday, July 10, 2010
1:00 p.m.
California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, California

Inventorying, Preserving, Filming and Digitizing California Newspapers: The California Newspaper Project and its Digital Successor

CGS member Dr. Henry Snyder is our July membership meeting speaker and he will share the fascinating history of the California Newspaper Project and the California Digital Newspaper Collection.
The California Digital Newspaper Collection offers over 200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-191l: the Alta California, 1849-1891; the San Francisco Call, 1893-1910; the Amador Ledger, 1900-1911; the Imperial Valley Press, 1901-1911; the Sacramento Record-Union, 1859-1890; and the Los Angeles Herald, 1905-1907. Additional years are forthcoming, as are other early California newspapers: the Californian; the California Star; the California Star and Californian; the Sacramento Transcript; the Placer Times; and the Pacific Rural Press.

A specialist in British history, Snyder earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. He has been a professor and dean at the University of Kansas, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, and the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Snyder was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2007.

The short membership meeting starts promptly at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Snyder's presentation follows immediately after. Seating is limited so please arrive early. Meetings are open to everyone but non-members pay a $5.00 users fee to enter the library. (Or come and become a member!)

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

02 June 2010

Wordless Wednesday

May Membership Meeting
Jo Ann Rowley-Minhoto

Photos courtesy of Tim Cox, 5/8/2010, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

01 June 2010

eNews June 2010, volume 4, number 6

The June 2010 issue of the eNews, volume 4, number 6, 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.

This month we honor the the paternal grandmother of member volunteer, Jeanie W. Chooey Low – Grandma Fung – who graces the cover of her book, China Connection: Finding Ancestral Roots For Chinese in America.

Grandma Fung

All past issues of the eNews are available for viewing at the eNews ARCHIVE. The July 2010 issue will be emailed on June 30, 2010. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library