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30 December 2011

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: January 2012 Published

January 2012 events have been published on the San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar – a collection of local genealogical society classes, workshops and meetings within a 75 mile radius of San Francisco.

The January calendar has forty-five classes and events at various venues around the Bay Area, sponsored by twenty different societies and genealogy libraries.

If you would like to add your group's events to the calendar, please email the information by the 15th of each month for publication on or before the 25th. (Please put "SFBA Calendar" in the subject line.)

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

29 December 2011

31st Annual Ancestor Roundup Seminar on January 28, 2012

CGS member Kitty Nevin is Regent of the Commodore Sloat Chapter, NSDAR. She sent this announcement:

The 31st Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar will be held Saturday, January 28,  2012, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in Seaside, California, at the LDS Church, 1024 Noche Buena (at Plumas).

Claire V. Brisson-Banks, nationally known genealogist, researcher and teacher, will be the keynote speaker. She will teach four classes: New England Research, Scotland Research Strategies, Preserving your Records and Attacking those Brick Walls.

Brisson-Banks has worked at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City since 2003. She is a member of The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.

$30.00 pre-registration by January 21, 2012 guarantees syllabus and lunch.

Download the registration flier. (Page two is the full schedule of classes.)

The event is co-sponsored by the Commodore Sloat Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

For more information email Serita Sue Woodburn.

The National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution granted a charter to the Pacific Grove Chapter on September 29, 1922. In 1934, the chapter name was changed to Commodore Sloat Chapter to commemorate the historical significance of Commodore John Drake Sloat in California history. In 2011, to reflect the historical importance of Commodore Sloat's landing in Monterey, the chapter location was changed to Monterey, California.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

28 December 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Holiday Tea at Jane Lindsey's 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Photographs courtesy of Arlene Miles.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

23 December 2011

New Winter Series Starts January 26, 2012: Best Genealogy Websites

Continuing a four-year tradition, the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and the Oakland California Family History Center (OCFHC) are teaming up to present a winter series of genealogy classes: Best Genealogy Websites – Tips & Tricks.

Eight weekly 90-minute sessions will give you the skills you need to navigate your way to better and more efficient search results on the best sites for family history research.

Classes will be held on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Oakland California Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland. The series begins on January 26, 2012 and runs through March 15, 2012. The fee is $40 for eight sessions, including course materials.

Reserve your space now!

02/09 I
02/16 II
02/23  Search Engines Fundamentals and the World of Google
03/01  Using Advanced Search Techniques to Narrow Your Results
03/08, USGenWeb and WorldGenWeb Projects
03/15 and

  • Class size limited to the first forty who register. Walk-ins will NOT be permitted. 
  • Free parking at the Oakland California Family History Center. 
  • $10.00 off a CGS membership if you join by March 1, 2012. 
  • No refunds once the series begins.
Download the series flier.

Register online.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

21 December 2011

Two New Blogs from the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA)

There are two new blogs in the right sidebar list of member blogs. Both are products of the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA) and some of the blog authors are members of the California Genealogical Society.

First is the CSGA Blog, providing information that impacts California genealogy. Among the team of bloggers are CGS members Sheri Fenley, Cat Nielsen and Cath Trindle.

The CSGA Blog will cover the following types of topics:
  • Legislative issues affecting California genealogists
  • California projects including the CSGA–FamilySearch partnership, the California Online Research Aid, the California Wiki on FamilySearch, and many individual society projects throughout the state
  • California societies, websites, repositories, online materials and events
Other members of the CSGA blog team are: Gena Philbert-Ortega and newcomers Junel Davidsen, CGSM.

The second blog,  Copyright Issues for the 21st Century Genealogical Community (CSGAcopyright), is authored by Cath Madden Trindle and is part of a continuing effort by the Alliance to help gen societies understand copyright issues. The CSGAcopyright blog discusses copyright law, provides links and feeds to other copyright web sites, and will highlight blog postings on other sites.

The California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA) was founded in 1982 and links genealogical societies and individuals throughout California who are interested in coordination and communication between societies as well as preservation of California’s rich genealogical history. The California Genealogical Society is a member of the Alliance.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

19 December 2011

Annual Business Meeting Postponed One Week

Saturday, January 21, 2012
1:00 p.m.

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

The bylaws of the California Genealogical Society specify that the regular January membership meeting shall be the Annual Business Meeting "at which time the annual budget shall be adopted and all appropriate business presented."

This year's meeting will be postponed one week to avoid the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The Annual Business Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 1:00 p.m.

President Steve Harris will preside over the meeting. Agenda items will include:

  • treasurer's report from Laura Lee Karp and approval of the society budget
  • report from the nominating committee by Linda Okazaki, nominations and election of new board members
  • brief committee reports
  • remarks from the president
Following the meeting there will be a member reception and refreshments in the Sherman Room.

In addition, the library will hold a used book sale from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Library Committee volunteer Arlene Miles reports some great bargains among the wide variety of used genealogy books and periodicals set aside for the sale. Donated books continue to be a welcome source of materials in the library and the society is selling those which are duplicates of items already on our shelves and some which do not meet the strict collection policy. Proceeds are used to purchase more books.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

16 December 2011

Annual Giving Drives

Carly Perez, Operations Manager of Cushman & Wakefield of California, Inc., the management company of 2201 Broadway, sent this reminder about the annual Breuner Building holiday drives:

This holiday season 2201 Broadway is supporting two wonderful ways to give back in our community.

The cold weather is here! Please consider donating a warm winter coat to our coat drive. Coats and jackets should be clean and gently used. The goal of One Warm Coat is to provide any person in need with a warm coat, free of charge. Carly has a collection box in her office, Suite M-3, or feel free to leave them with security. Coats will be collected until February 1, 2012.

The Alameda County Food Bank donation barrel is in the main lobby.

This is a list of most needed non-perishable foods:
  • Canned Fruit & Vegetables
  • Canned Meats and Fish
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pasta
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Canned Soup
  • Dry Cereal and Oatmeal
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Powdered Milk
The food bin will be located in the main lobby through the first week of January.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

09 December 2011

Digging Into Your Past: Library Program with Jane Lindsey on YouTube

Past-president Jane Knowles Lindsey participated in a free event on December 1, 2011 at the Walnut Creek Library. She was one of four panelists discussing a myriad of resources for tracking down family history including online databases, where to search for vital records, and genealogy libraries. The programDigging into Your Past: Tips and Clues on How to Pursue Your Ancestry – also featured Bill Slocum, former Director of the Oakland Regional Family History Center, Martha Whittaker, former Senior Librarian at the Sutro Library, and author Diane DeGolia. The entire ninety-minute program is viewable on YouTube.

Jane's portion on breaking down brick walls starts about 1:03:50.


Live! From The Library is the Walnut Creek Library Foundation’s speaker series, which features public lectures and other cultural and literary events which are held at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek, California.

07 December 2011

eNews December 2011, volume 5, number 12

The December 2011 eNews, volume 5, number 12,  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 pay tribute to Agnes Rasmine Isacksen Nygard, grandmother of member Louise Randolph.

Isacksen Sisters
The Isacksen sisters (l. to r.)  Sophie Louise Isacksen Hansen (1884-1978), Agnes Rasmine Isacksen Nygard (1891-1971), Lily Isacksen Monks (1888-1980), and Mary Dorothy Isacksen Hansen (1880-1952).

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

The January 2012 issue will be emailed on December 31, 2011. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Photograph courtesy of Louise Randolph.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

03 December 2011

Insider's Guide to California Genealogy

The California Genealogical Society (CGS) announces publication of the Insider’s Guide to California Genealogy – a laminated reference card of essential resources designed to help family historians researching their Golden State ancestors.

Modeled on a similar guide by the Illinois State Genealogical Society, the CGS product reflects the unique resources available and particular problems encountered with California research.

The Insider’s Guide To California Genealogy contains:
  • An overview of California history in a timeline format
  • Lists of general California research websites and resources
  • Research strategies for the Golden State
  • More than 130 different links to essential websites
  • 22 subject sections including Census and Vital Records, Land and Maps, Newspapers and more.
While done under the guidance of the Publications/Marketing Committee, the Insider’s Guide to California Genealogy was created by the CGS Research Committee. Jim Sorenson was the project manager. Special thanks to the committee for their many hours of work on the project: Judy Bodycote, Kim Cotton, Nancy Peterson, Lavinia Schwarz, Pat Smith, Henry Snyder, Jim Sorenson and Laura Spurrier.

CGS is the second large genealogy society to publish a state research guide in this format. We gratefully acknowledge our "far-flung" member, Thomas MacEntee, for gifting the project to CGS. I'm looking forward to thanking Thomas "in person" later this morning on the Blog Talk Radio show My Society presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies, when we will discuss Insider's Guides to Genealogy.

Listen to internet radio with mysociety on Blog Talk Radio.

Insider's Guide to California Genealogy
Pub. 2011 by California Genealogical Society
Laminated card, 8.5” x 11" format, 4pp.
Price: $7.00, includes shipping and handling.

Order online.

To place an order by mail, send a check for $7.00 to "Insider's Guide" California Genealogical Society, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612. Please include your mailing address. Orders are processed weekly and sent by first class mail.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.