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31 December 2012

A Message from President Jeff

California Genealogical Society President Jeffrey Vaillant sent these words of appreciation.

Members and Friends: 
There is a great deal to be thankful for as 2012 winds to a close. We are appreciative of our loyal members, numbering almost 1150, and for the many volunteers who devote time, energy, and talent to the California Genealogical Society.

Volunteers serve the society through program committees including:
  • Book Repair
  • Desk and Patron Services
  • Education and In-house Programs
  • Events
  • Finance
  • Investments
  • Library Services
  • Manuscript collections
  • Membership, 
  • Outreach
  • Publications and Marketing
  • Research & Look-ups
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technology
  • Website
This long lists translates to more than 100 volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours per year. 
The highlights from the year are a long list and at the risk of overlooking some people here are a few: The Library had its great migration with the addition of shelving and hundreds of books while removing non genealogical materials. The blog celebrated its fifth year of publications. New videos were produced and posted at the website. Successful field trips were held both locally and out of state. Our relationship with the Family History Center flourished. Many hundreds of people attended classes at the Library. Books were repaired on a regular basis. Desk duty responsibilities were covered allowing the Library to be open to members and visitors.

So THANK YOU for being a member and interested person in the California Genealogical Society. We hope you have a wonderful finish to 2012 and look forward as we do to 2013!!

Sincerely,
Jeffrey Vaillant, President

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

28 December 2012

Black History Month Panel Discussion – Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

The California Genealogical Society (CGS) is partnering with the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) to present a Black History Month panel discussion. Felicia Addison, Annette Madden, Vernester Sheeler, Nicka Smith, and Jackie Stewart are members of both societies. They will be discussing genealogy research in their respective home states: South Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi. The panel will share some of the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them, including the use of DNA. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a strategy session.

The panel session is limited to thirty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the day of the of the event.

Register online.

Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first thirty registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

27 December 2012

Genealogy Writing Series Begins Saturday, February 16, 2013

The California Genealogical Society will present an encore of our popular series Writing Your Family History: Start Now. By the end of the course, you will be ready to start writing, or will be already writing, a family history with confidence and style!

Who Should Take this Course?
This course is for genealogists and family historians who are ready to transform their research into a quality family history.

Course Details
This course will meet for a five-hour session one Saturday a month at the library in the Learning Center. Class size is limited to twelve participants. All sessions are on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with one hour break for lunch.

The course will provide participants with all the information and assistance needed to get started on writing a family history. The course includes
  • a copy of the class text Producing a Quality Family History 
  • helpful course materials organized in a binder 
  • step-by-step instruction in organizing and writing your history 
  • a variety of lecturers on topics to expand on reading assignments 
  • experienced instructors 
  • editing and writing help 
Session dates:
  • Saturday, February 16, 2013
  • Saturday, March 16, 2013
  • Saturday, April 20, 2013
  • Saturday, May 18, 2013
  • Saturday, June 15, 2013
The course has been created by a team of dedicated volunteers – Matt Berry, Tim Cox, Lisa Gorrell and Jane Hufft – who have different and complementary skills.

Fee $100*
Non-members $125

Registration Requirements
  1. Attendance is required at all five sessions.
  2. There is no registration for individual sessions.
  3. Participants must be willing to commit a reasonable amount of time to the homework assignments, which consist of reading assigned chapters in the provided text and working on individual writing projects.
Last year's course filled very quickly, so please register now!

*All course fees are non-refundable.



Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

24 December 2012

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: January 2013 Published

Genealogical societies throughout the Bay Area are gearing up for a new year of meetings and events.

January 2013 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 lists sixty events at various venues around the Bay Area, sponsored by thirty societies, libraries and archives.

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


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

21 December 2012

115th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon with Dr. Andy Anderson

Saturday, February 9, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Nile Hall
Preservation Park
668 Thirteenth Street
Oakland, CA 94612


The California Genealogical Society and Library will celebrate the 115th anniversary of our founding at a special luncheon event. Dr. Andy Anderson, Chief Historian of Wells Fargo Bank, will present The Healing Power of Genealogy. Dr. Anderson has given keynote addresses at both the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Society annual conferences. He is an inspirational speaker and we are honored to have him at our event.

The festivities will include a social hour, used book sale and luncheon buffet. Several of the society's committees will have displays tables. Complimentary parking at City Center West Garage.

Schedule:

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Social hour
                               Mingle and browse book sale and committee displays
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Welcome by President Jeff Vaillant
                               Light buffet lunch (soup, salad, sandwiches)
  1:00 – 1:30 p.m.   A Short History of CGS
                                Introduction of Dr. Andy Anderson, Jeff Vaillant
  1:30 – 3:00 p.m.   "The Healing Power of Genealogy," Dr. Andy Anderson

Seating is limited. Be one of 115 members and friends who will gather to celebrate our 115th anniversary! Tickets are $40, including lunch and parking.

Register online.

If you would like to give a birthday gift to the California Genealogical Society, please round up the ticket price to include a donation to help support our library.
  • $115 – One dollar for every year!  ($75 tax-deductible donation)
  • $100  ($60 donation)
  • $75  ($35 donation)
  • $50  ($10 donation)
If you cannot attend but would like to give a birthday gift, please donate online or send a birthday check to The California Genealogical Society, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612.


Dr. Andy Anderson
Andy Anderson is executive vice president and chief historian of Wells Fargo & Company. Over the past thirty-four years, he has built the Wells Fargo archives, several history museums and a modern fleet of stagecoaches. He also has managed Wells Fargo’s corporate marketing, advertising, and brand management programs, and the initial development of wellsfargo.com in 1994. He is the author of Stagecoach: Wells Fargo and the Rise of the American Financial Services Industry (Simon & Schuster, February 2002).

Dr. Anderson’s interest in history led him most recently to create the Wells Fargo Family & Business History Center to help families and businesses discover their own history and cultural roots. He believes a family can better manage its legacy into future generations by understanding its past.

Dr. Anderson’s most recent publication is an interactive CD and Internet guide titled: "How to Find Your Family History & Cultural Roots." Copies of this CD are available gratis by contacting any Wells Fargo Wealth Management representative. His favorite quote is the advice Henry Wells offered to a young person who asked, in 1864, what it takes to succeed in business: "There is one very powerful business rule. It is summed up in the word — Courtesy."

Dr. Anderson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Villanova University, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University. He has taught history at Ohio State, Arizona State, and Stanford universities. He received his archival training at the Hoover Institution and the Archives Institute of the National Archives of the United States.

For more about Dr. Anderson's work, please read this 2007 article from the Wall Street Journal: A Bank's Historian Shakes Money From Family Trees


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

20 December 2012

Winter Intermediate Genealogy Series Starts January 29, 2013



For the fifth consecutive year, the California Genealogical Society (CGS) is pleased to present a winter series of genealogy classes. The 2013 Intermediate Genealogy Series is designed for the researcher who wants to go beyond the basics.

Be resolute! Class size is limited and expected to fill quickly so reserve your space now.

Ten classes will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Oakland FamilySearch Library, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, California. Classes begin on January 29, 2013 and run through April 2, 2013.

SCHEDULE:

01/29 Probate and Guardianship Records – Susan Goss Johnston 
02/05 Cemetery Records – Jane Knowles Lindsey
02/12 Church Records – Lindsey
02/19 Newspaper Research – Janice Sellers
02/26 Military Records – Johnston
03/05 Finding Country Cousins in Land and Property Records – Johnston
03/12 Seeking City Slickers in Lesser-Known Records – Johnston
03/19 Reading and Transcribing Old Handwriting – Lindsey
03/26 Immigration and Naturalization – Lindsey
04/02 Solving Your Toughest Genealogy Problems – Johnston and Lindsey


PLEASE NOTE:
  • Class size is limited to thirty participants. No walk-ins.
  • Fee is $50 for ten classes, including syllabus.
  • Pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to utilize information received in the beginning classes BEFORE enrolling in the intermediate series.
  • Free parking at the Oakland FamilySearch Library
Download the series flier for full class descriptions.



Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

17 December 2012

The California Nugget, Fall 2012, Volume IV, Issue 2



The Fall 2012 edition of The California Nugget has been sent to the printer and will soon begin arriving in members' mailboxes. Editor Jane Hufft and Production Editor Lois Elling have created another information-packed issue for your reading pleasure.

Here is Jane Hufft's letter from the editor:
Dear Readers:

Too much family history piled up in the garage? Denise Levenick will make you feel better about all of it. Still looking for that elusive female ancestor’s family? Alison Shedd shares her strategies in “Finding Carrie Seigle.” Ever wonder what good a genealogy society does? Read Virginia Turner’s “The International Congress of Genealogy, 1915, San Francisco.” To this day stories and excerpts from that significant, founding event are discussed and archived on the internet. Need new places to look for information? This issue of the California Nugget has a mini-theme of specialty libraries: The Maritime Museum in San Francisco, described by Gina Bardi, is a local treasure; in Boston, the New England Historic Genealogy Society’s library and the Archdiocese Archives of Boston, more commonly called the Catholic Archives, both maintain unique collections, as does the Leo Baeck Library in New York City. Oh, and don’t miss the list of family surname newsletters we have at the library. Is your surname there?

New research opportunities continue to come to light. In their article on the Alien Case Files, Jeanie Low and Jennie Lew describe an amazingly rich and valuable resource at the National Archives, only recently made available to the public. More newspapers appear online; see “Historical Portuguese Newspapers of California Digitized.” Society-sponsored research trips always yield fresh discoveries, as you will read in “Researching the McKinley Family in Boston.” This fall the CGS library acquired a wealth of new books, an event documented by Henry Snyder in “Generous Gifts Enrich the Library.”

No matter how quickly you read through the following pages, don’t miss the wonderful family photograph shared by Cynthia Gorman, a treasure from by-gone era.

—Jane Hufft, Editor

TABLE of CONTENTS

Twenty-First Century Genealogy

I’m Rich! I’ve Inherited My Grandmother’s Stuff! by Denise May Levenick
The Maritime Museum Library in San Francisco by Gina Bardi, Reference Librarian
The Alien Case Files at the National Archives in San Bruno by Jennie Lew and Jeanie Low
The Story of SONA, “Save Our National Archives” by Jeanie Low
Researching the McKinley Family in Boston by Alison Kern Shedd

California Ancestors

Cynthia Louisa Capron by Cynthia Gorman
Finding Carrie Seigle’s Family: Tracing a Female Ancestor by Alison Kern Shedd
The International Congress of Genealogy, 1915, San Francisco by Virginia Turner
1883 Pensioners List: Isaacs, Alf. S through Miller, Isaac Compiled by Jane Hufft

For Our Readers

Historical Portuguese Newspapers of California Digitized by Henry Snyder
Jewish Archives Now Online 

At the Society

Generous Gifts Enrich the Library by Henry Snyder
Family Surname Newsletters at the Library Compiled by library staff
Research Trips With the Society 

The California Nugget, the magazine of the California Genealogical Society, is published twice a year. Its purpose is to share the unique genealogical material in the CGS library, add to the body of family history information about Californians, offer guidance and timely information to family researchers, and to provide a forum for members to share their expertise and findings. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the society. The magazine is distributed free to members and is available to non-members for $5.00 an issue, plus postage.



Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

14 December 2012

Member Blog Roll: No Longer a Lonely Place

CGS Member Blogs are listed at the bottom of the right sidebar. From the time the blog started in November 2007, this space was reserved for links to blogs authored by members of the California Genealogical Society. For the first couple of years genealogy blogging was in its infancy and the member blog roll was a very lonely place. Five years later we are proud to feature fifty member blogs!

As I recall, blogs by Jennifer Regan and Lois Elling were some of the earliest listed.

Three of our members, Lavinia SchwarzChris Pattillo, and Craig Siulinski, started their blogs after attending a "how-to" workshop by Thomas MacEntee and Craig Manson in October 2009. In early 2011 Craig Siulinski taught his own blogging workshop and several more members started blogs.

Many of the first to be added weren't new blogs, they were well-established by well-known genealogy bloggers who became CGS members. Thanks to my blogging buddies for your membership in the California Genealogical Society: Amy Coffin, Sheri Fenley, Denise LevenickThomas MacEntee, Craig Manson, Elizabeth O'Neal, Cheryl Palmer and Kim von Aspern-Parker.

Three of our directors have blogs listed in the roll.

I know of two blogs started by members in 2012.

Quesnell & Poole Families in South Africa is about the research Mary Beth Frederick has done on her husband's family. Blogging is a way for her share information with family without writing a formal printed family history which she feels is "too daunting – and it's bound to be full of mistakes that can't be corrected until the next edition."

Quesnell Poole Families


Linda Harms Okazaki blogs about her family, genealogy, and gardening in Linda's Orchard. I've really been enjoying her recent entries about her husband's Japanese ancestry and their trip to Japan.




Please take the time to explore the blog roll and enjoy reading the genealogical discoveries of your fellow society members.

Have I missed anyone? I'm sure there are more members of the California Genealogical Society who are blogging. If you are a member and your blog isn't listed, please leave a comment and the url so I can add your blog to the list.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

10 December 2012

Coming in February: A New Special Interest Group – Genealogy Writing

The California Genealogical Society sponsors Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for members to pursue the study of a particular geographical research area or genealogy discipline. These groups are a benefit of society membership. SIGs meet on specific days every month. A new writer's group will be starting in February. SIG meeting days and times are as follows:

  • RootsMagic SIG
    • Meets third Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Next meeting January 15, 2013.
  • San Francisco SIG
    • Meets third Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Next meeting January 19, 2013.
  • Writing SIG
    • Will meet second Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. First meeting February 13, 2013.
The new Genealogy Writing Special Interest Group will provide a venue for members to share their experiences with writing their family history. Each meeting will be facilitated by a member of the group. Discussions will include topics common to family history writing: managing organization, developing content, adding context, and addressing common grammatical questions. There may be guest speakers invited to speak to the group. The Writing SIG will be coordinated by Tim Cox, Lisa Gorrell, and Jane Hufft.

The first meeting will be open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend the inaugural session on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the library classroom.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

07 December 2012

eNews December 2012, volume 6, number 12

The December 2012 eNews, volume 6, 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 honor Joseph Dory, Jr. (1786-1864) and his wife, Charlotte Hellenbolt (1801-1887), ancestors of California Genealogical Society member Lynne A. Dory.


Joseph Dory, Jr. and Charlotte Hellenbolt


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

The January 2013 issue will be emailed on December 30, 2012. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Photograph courtesy of Lynne A. Dory.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

03 December 2012

First Saturday Intro Classes – 2013 Schedule

February 2012 First Saturday Free class 

The California Genealogical Society offers a free introductory class on the first Saturday of every month, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the library at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California, in the historic Breuner Building.

The class – Genealogy: An Introduction – is part of our monthly First Saturdays Free event when we welcome non-members and the general public. We open the library and share our resources with anyone interested in learning more about their family history. The library is a benefit of membership and is available to non-members for a $5.00 day fee during the rest of the month.

Volunteers take turns teaching the class which focuses on basic research methods and terminology. The class covers common (and uncommon) family history records and the resources available, both online and in libraries, repositories, and archives. The two-hour session also includes a tour of the library and an overview of our extensive holdings.

And don't think you have to be a beginner to benefit from the class! Our instructors do a great job of tailoring each session to the experience and needs of the participants so everyone comes away with new knowledge.

The 2013 schedule, with instructors, is as follows:

January 5, 2013 – Lisa Gorrell
February 2, 2013 – Kim Cotton
March 2, 2013 – Dick Rees
April 6, 2013 – Muriel Sonne
May 4, 2013 – Pam Miller
Jun. 1, 2013 – Lavinia Schwarz
Jul. 6,  2013– Muriel Sonne
Aug. 3, 2013 – Lisa Gorrell
Sep. 7, 2013 – Kim Cotton
Oct. 5, 2013 – Pam Miller
Nov. 2 – Dick Rees
Dec. 7 – Lavinia Schwarz

Register online for the January 5, 2013 class.


Photograph courtesy of Linda Okazaki, 2/4/2012, Oakland, California.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

01 December 2012

A Trifecta of Honors from Family Tree Magazine


For the third year in a row, the California Genealogical Society website, CaliforniaAncestors.org, has been honored by Family Tree Magazine.

"A Fine State" by Contributing Editor Rick Crume (pages 20-27) is the cover article in the December issue which lists the magazine's 2012 picks for the seventy-five best U.S. state-focused websites for genealogical research.
In selecting this year's best state websites, we looked especially for databases (at least one per state) where you can search for your ancestors' names.
We're very proud of our California Names Index, a surname-based index to more than 350,000 records in these databases:
  • San Francisco voters registered 1890
  • San Francisco IOOF Crematory and Cemetery records
  • Biographies of individuals prominent in early 20th century California
  • Records from the First and Third Congregational Churches of San Francisco
  • Deaths in San Francisco 1865-1873, 1882-1889, 1894-1896, and 1901-1904
  • Probate Records: Registers of Actions 1906-1942
Thank you, Family Tree Magazine, we're honored to be one of three Golden State selections!

Also chosen, for the second time, is the California Digital Newspaper Collection, founded by our director and Library Committee Chair, Dr. Henry Snyder.
This site puts more than 5 million articles in California Newspapers (1846–2011) at your fingertips.
This year the magazine added a third California website, SFgenealogy.com, founded by our members Ron and Pam Filion.
In addition to extensive resources for the Bay area, this site has statewide indexes to birth (1905–1995) and deaths (1940–1997).
Congratulations to Henry, Pam, and Ron, and a special "thank you" to Kathy Watson and Larry Youngman and the Website Committee for their continuing work for the society.





You can read the online version of the article at the magazine's website: Top 75 State Websites of 2012.

Family Tree Magazine is America's largest-circulation genealogy magazine, helping readers discover, preserve and celebrate their family history. In addition to their bimonthly print magazine, they publish how-to genealogy CDs, books, free monthly podcasts and weekly e-mail newsletters and the Genealogy Insider blog.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

30 November 2012

Bad Indians: a Tribal Memoir – Book Event with Deborah Miranda

Saturday, January 26, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

The California Genealogical Society is pleased to welcome author Deborah A. Miranda who will read from her new book, Bad Indians: a Tribal Memoir.

The book integrates California Mission Indian tribal history, family and oral histories and also features a genealogy based on her mother's work that traces her Ohlone/Costanoan-Essalen ancestors A powerful account of loss and survival, Miranda reassembles the shards of her people's past in this groundbreaking book.

Seating is limited. Please arrive early.

Bad Indians: a Tribal Memoir
2013 by Deborah A. Miranda
Paperback, 6 x 9, 240 pagesISBN: 978-1-59714-201-4
$18.95

Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation of California, and is also of Chumash and Jewish ancestry. The author of two poetry collections – Indian Cartography, which won the Diane Decorah Award for First Book from the Native Writer's Circle of the Americas, and The Zen of La Llorona, nominated for the Lambda Literary Award – she also has a collection of essays, The Hidden Stories of Isabel Meadows and Other California Indian Lacunae, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press. Miranda is an associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University and says reading lists for her students include as many books by 'bad Indians' as possible.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

29 November 2012

Gather at the Table Book Signing Event

Sunday, January 20, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Two people, one journey, from slavery to healing.

Gather at the Table, The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade is the chronicle of Tom DeWolf and Sharon Morgan’s shared journey toward racial reconciliation. Over a three year period, the pair traveled thousands of miles—visiting ancestral towns, courthouses, cemeteries, plantations, antebellum mansions, and historic sites both overseas and in twenty-seven states—and engaged in deep conversations about how the lingering trauma of slavery shaped their lives.

DeWolf and Morgan will share the story of their journey and lead attendees through an interactive exercise.

Museum admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors (65 and over) and full-time students with ID. FREE for children 12 and under. Seating is limited to the first eighty people. Please arrive early.

Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf
photo credit: Kristin Little
This event is sponsored by the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC), Museum of the African Diaspora, and the California Genealogical Society and Library.

Update: Authors Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf were interviewed on Christmas Day by Celeste Headlee on "Tell Me More" on NPR. You can read the transcript or listen to the program stream Descendants of Slaves, Slave Traders, Come Together.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

28 November 2012

Fifth Blogiversary Thanks



The California Genealogical Society has been publishing this blog for five years! The blog was created for and about the members of the society. I offer my annual "thank-you" to the members who have contributed photographs, articles, and their stories.

In addition, this year I would like to highlight some special friends who I first "met" virtually but who have become great "real-life" friends as well. They have all since become members and supporters of the California Genealogical Society. Thank you, Craig, Sheri, Cheryl, Thomas, Amy, Elizabeth, Kim, and Denise!


Links to all of their blogs can also be found in the right sidebar of this blog under "CGS Member Blogs" with those of other blogs written by members of the society. For a long time this blog roll was a lonely place, but as you can see, many members are blogging. Thank you all, for the time and effort you expend to share your genealogy. If I have missed your blog and you are a CGS member, please leave a comment so I can add yours to the list.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

27 November 2012

Using Excel and Word to Analyze and Present Your Genealogy Research

Saturday, January 26, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

A new year heralds good organizational intentions so be sure to sign up for the first "Tech Saturday" in 2013. Tim Cox has created a new workshop featuring some of his favorite tips and techniques. Learn how using Excel™ and Word™, along with your genealogy database, can help keep you organized. Creating timelines, lists, logs, or reports may show you some obvious answers in information that you've already collected or identify holes where more information is needed.

This workshop is for beginners using Microsoft Excel and Word 2010. Tim will look at some of the differences in versions 2007 vs. 2010. Earlier versions will not be discussed. Laptops are strongly encouraged.

Some of the things on the workshop agenda:

Excel
  • Review the basic features in the ribbon
  • Set preferences to customize Excel
  • Create a timeline
  • Create a research journal

Word
  • Review the basic features in the ribbon
  • Set preferences to customize Word
  • Create a document using these features:
    • Headers and footers
    • Page breaks
    • Section breaks
    • Footnotes and endnotes
    • Inserting a table
    • Adding an image
    • Create a family tree image
    • Inserting symbols and special characters
    • Table of contents
    • Indexing
Register online.

The workshop is limited to twelve participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the day of the workshop.

Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first twelve registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Tim Cox has been a family historian and genealogist for more than twenty years. He is a member of numerous genealogical societies across the country, and has served as the Education and Events coordinator for the California Genealogical Society and Library for the past three years.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

26 November 2012

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: December 2012 Published

December 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.

Because of the holidays, the December calendar is light with only twenty-five events listed at various venues around the Bay Area.

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

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

23 November 2012

Field Trip to the New Sutro Library – Wednesday, January 23, 2013



Wednesday, January 23, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Orientation at 10:30 a.m.

California State Library – Sutro
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, California 94132

The California State Library – Sutro branch re-opened at its new location in August of this year. Genealogists, historians, and other researchers can discover the Sutro’s rich collections and resources housed in a spacious, well-lit reading room designed specifically for their patrons. 

California Genealogical Society members will have an opportunity to visit the new library on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Join CGS Outreach Coordinator Pat Gallagher for a fun day of research. 

Itinerary for the Day

  • 10:00 a.m. – Sutro Library opens
  • 10:30 a.m. – Private orientation for the group
  • 11:00 a.m to 4:45 p.m. – free time to do research
  • 5:00 p.m. – Sutro closes

There is a cafe on the main floor of the library that has coffee and snacks. Visitors are allowed to bring a bag lunch or go out to one of the many eateries around the campus.

This field trip is organized for CGS members only. Non-members interested in participating in the visit are encouraged to become members prior to January 15, 2013. Pre-registration is required.

Register online.


On the online registration form, attendees need to specify if they are interested in a carpool or BART.

Information links from the San Francisco State University website:

Directions using BART

Parking

Shuttle service


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

21 November 2012

Wordless Wednesday

A Visit to the J. Paul Leonard - Sutro Library
San Francisco State University Campus
Wednesday, October 10, 2012






 








A glimpse into the 6th Floor Archives.
Librarian Diane Kohnke holds the Hokusai Sketchbook – part of the Adoph Sutro Manuscript Collection.

Photographs by Kathryn M. Doyle, San Francisco, California.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

16 November 2012

Annual Business Meeting – Saturday, January 12, 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013
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."

President Jeff Vaillant will preside over the meeting. Agenda items will include:
  • treasurer's report and presentation of results of the review of the investment portfolio and financial records by Laura Lee Karp
  • presentation of and approval of the society budget
  • report from the nominating committee by Karen Lemelin
  • 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.

The annual meeting is always well-attended so please arrive early to get a seat


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

12 November 2012

Tour You Missed: 2012 Research Trip to Boston and NEHGS

A week's vacation spent in libraries is not everyone's "cup of tea" but for a genealogist it is a dream come true. This year's California Genealogical Society Tour to Boston – home to the Boston Public Library and the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library – was a successful adventure for  ten members.

Bates Hall Reading Room, Boston Central Library at Copley Square

Tour leader Jane Lindsey has provided several photographs of the week and several of the attendees have provided feedback.


Jane Wolf Hufft at the Boston Public Library.

Jane Hufft spent the week pursuing her Cook genealogy.



This was Lynne Dory's first research tour. She found a branch of her mother's Canadian family she had never seen before. "Sarah Kast was a Palatine and British Loyalist who sacrificed a great deal for her loyalties, then ended up in Western Canada where she now has a present-day following of descendants who erected a stone in her memory."

Lynne had nothing but good things to report. "Jane Lindsey was so patient, so knowledgeable, and she even seemed as interested in my tree as I am. I was thrilled with the trip to Boston and all that I learned and gained in my family tree! I'm now looking forward to making a trip to Salt Lake City, if Jane plans to lead one in the spring."

Researching at the Boston Public Library.

Diana Morris Wild resolved several stubborn problems on two lines, confirmed many facts, and discovered she has a Mayflower ancestor.


Sisters Carolyn Lachenmayr and Judy Jones with Gary Boyd Roberts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library.

Judy Zelver was really pleased with the help she received from Irish Specialist Marie Daly at NEHGS. Marie was able to help Judy pinpoint the exact location where her family resided in the mid-1800s, and using an overlay with a current map in Google, Judy could virtually travel down the road where her family lived. Judy also extended her Feake family lines by several generations – back into the early 1500s in England.


Kathleen Merlino received assistance from Gary Boyd Roberts at the NEHGS Library.

Kath Frail Merilo traveled to Salem the weekend before the Boston tour. During her research week she was surprised to discover one of her ancestors was a witch:

"Gary Boyd Roberts causally mentioned that there was information about the Pease family in Massachusetts. Upon researching the name I learned that an ancestor was accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch trails in 1692. A warrant was issued for her arrest and she was arrested and jailed for a period of time. Fortunately she was not hung. I have known that I had an ancestor, Samuel Frail, who had signed a petition in defense of Jonathan Proctor, who was hung as witch, so I wanted to visit Salem and the memorial. After the trail, both the Pease and Frail families left Salem and headed West. The grandchildren of Mary Pease and Samuel Frail married around 1730."


Sandy Jones Fryer at the NEHGS Library.

Sandy Fryer reports: "Gary Boyd Roberts gave me some tremendous leads when I was at NEHGS two years ago. I thought that meant that there was not much more for this visit. I could not have been more mistaken! Gary was very generous with is time. His knowledge of early New England families is amazing. He helped me extend Peck, Kimball and Parke lines in my husband's family, and my Mainwaring, Tallman and Fuller lines, with good secondary sources. It will take me months to organize all the information I gathered and verify the data with primary sources."


Favorite signs: rest rooms at the NEHGS Library.


Be sure to read Alison Kern Shedd's account of her success at the Boston Catholic Archives, "Researching the McKinley Family in Boston," in the upcoming issue of The California Nugget.



Around the table starting left: Jane Lindsey, Diana Wild, Kathy Merilo, Carolyn Lachenmayr, Judy Jones, Lynne Dory, Pat Smith, Sandy Fryer, Alison Shedd and Judy Zelver. (Not shown: Jane Hufft.)

Photographs courtesy of Judy Jones and Jane Knowles Lindsey, Boston, Massachusetts.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

09 November 2012

FGS Bylaws Review and Workbook

Is your genealogical society a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies? If so, have you taken advantage of their bylaws review?

The California Genealogical Society is a member society and we had our review earlier this year. We received some great feedback and suggestions for improvement.

And there was unexpected bonus!

Roberta "Bobbi" King, Chair of the FGS Bylaws Review Committee, asked for permission to use parts of the California Genealogical Society bylaws as "good examples" in an upcoming revision of the FGS Bylaws Workbook. King wanted to use real examples of real bylaws in the workbook.


Permission was granted and I am thrilled to report that several snippets of our bylaws appear in Bylaws Workbook: A Handbook for New and Established SocietiesSecond Edition.



Bylaws Workbook Cover


The workbook is designed to help societies create successful bylaws that prevent confusion, dissension, and disagreement. Whether large or small, new or established, societies can use this guide in planning, drafting, and implementing bylaws that guarantee a smooth-running organization. Whether a society realizes it or not, the most important document for its members is the bylaws. It is the only document that tells the members how the society is supposed to function.

Bylaws Workbook is available for purchase directly from Amazon.com ($4.99 + shipping/handling)

About the Authors

Marcia S. Lindley, an active member of the Arizona State Genealogical Society, has served a variety of positions including president, vice president, director and member of the Editorial Board. She was responsible for leading a group of society members in an extensive review of their bylaws. She is a staff attorney with the Court of Appeals of the State of Arizona and holds degrees in history and law.

Roberta "Bobbi" King was for several years a member of the FGS board of directors as well as serving as Vice-President of Administration and parliamentarian. King is a member of the bylaws committee and the bylaws review committee, for which she has reviewed dozens of society bylaws. She is associated with several Colorado genealogical societies, as well as a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She was recipient of the APGQ Award of Excellence in 2008.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

05 November 2012

News from the 2012 Nominating Committee

The 2012 Nominating Committee – Linda Okazaki, Jane Lindsey, and Chair Karen Lemelin – announce the nominations for the 2013-2014 board of directors for the California Genealogical Society. Nominations will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, January 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

The nominated members for board of director positions are:
  • Diana Edwards
  • Shannon Reese
Kim Cotton, Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, Pat Gallagher, Karin Lemelin, and Nicka Smith are continuing their first terms (1-2014). Sandy Fryer’s first term ends in January; she will not be serving a second term. Lisa Gorrell, Laura Lee Karp, Henry Snyder, and Jim Sorenson are nominated for their second terms (2-2015). Tom Gesner and Jeff Vaillant are continuing their second terms (2-2014). Diana Wild’s second term ends in January; she will not be serving a third term. Kathryn Doyle has completed her third term and is not eligible for another term. Steve Harris serves as past-president.

About the new nominees:

Diana Edwards inherited her grandmother’s interest in family history along with her grandmother’s collected genealogy notes, family photos, and ephemera of several generations. Diana studied for a Ph.D. in Education Policy and History at U.C. Berkeley, and worked as a researcher for many years. She has used these skills, as well as her love of libraries, to trace her family history and the historical context of their lives. While not complete, most lines lead to the early 1700s in America, with few known immigrants. She is now working on her sons’ paternal family, which will lead to African American and French genealogy. Diana joined the California Genealogical Society in 2001, but has not been an active member until her retirement last year from public school teaching. Diana’s previous governing board experience was on the Albany City Parks and Recreation Commission, where she served as a commissioner, and then as chair for two years.

Shannon Reese successfully sold residential real estate for eight years after a six-year career in corporate sales and management in the office furniture manufacturing industry. Reese holds a B.A. in Radio, Television & Film from Auburn University. With the birth of his daughter in 2009, Shannon became an Alameda stay-at-home dad. In 2011 he began volunteering with the California Genealogical Society on the research committee, then found his place with Publications & Marketing.

Shannon states “I feel that telling the stories of the society and its members is the key to getting others excited about genealogy. Publications & Marketing is embracing this idea by using social media, video, and publications to let the world know what we have to offer." As the committee’s current chair, he thinks these ideas differentiate CGS from other genealogical societies. Only by changing and adapting (with a clear understanding of our past) will CGS remain relevant to the needs of both today’s and tomorrow’s future family history enthusiasts.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

01 November 2012

eNews November 2012, volume 6, number 11

The November 2012 eNews, volume 6, number 11,  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 Thad Tracy, great-grandfather of California Genealogical Society board member and corresponding secretary, Karen Lemelin.



Thad Tracy (1865-1902)

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

The December 2012 issue will be emailed on November 30, 2012. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Photograph courtesy of Karen Lemelin.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

31 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday

NEHGS Comes West
Friday, October 26, 2012
Hs Lordships, Berkeley, California













Photographs by Kathryn Doyle.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

30 October 2012

An Idea You Should Steal: "My Favorite Ancestor" Presentations at Your Genealogical Society Meetings

California Genealogical Society President Jeffrey Vaillant had a great idea I think you should steal.

When the incoming board of directors had their first meeting this past February, Jeff added a new item to the agenda: "My Favorite Ancestor." After "old business" and before we move on to new agenda items, one director gives a short, two-three minute presentation about an ancestor. Jeff makes the next assignment so the presenter will have a month to prepare.

So far each presentation has included a a photo or two to pass around. Some have recited a short life synopsis, some have focused on a good story, and some have talked about some aspect of the research itself.

It has been such a successful idea it is spreading to other committee meetings at our society. Last month our Publications/Marketing chair, Shannon Reese, brought along some photos and the obituary he wrote for his grandmother, who died this past year.

One added benefit is that the photos are also being used in the "California Ancestors" feature in our monthly eNews. You can take a look at the photos on our California Ancestors photo board on Pinterest.

It goes without saying that genealogists love to share their family history. This has been a good way to put some of the focus back on our research.

If you think this is an idea worth stealing, or you are already doing something similar, please let me know by leaving a comment.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

29 October 2012

Workshop: Platting and Locating Lands from Metes and Bounds Deeds


Saturday, December 8, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

Using deeds and other land records to assist with researching family history can help us gain a better understanding of the family, the land, and the community. Unfortunately, land records are often overlooked by beginners and by more experienced researchers.

Pam Miller is coming to the rescue! Pam knows how the art of surveying land has changed over time and she is back with a new workshop to help you navigate this rich record set. She will simplify the "metes and bounds" terminology seen in early deeds.

This hands-on workshop will help you:
  • understand the terminology written in deeds prior to the mid-1900s
  • decipher old deeds and extract the critical information
  • create a hand-drawn map of an actual property
  • use some of the online land platting tools
  • locate old properties on current maps
Supplies:
Please bring a calculator and pencils with erasers. Pam will furnish graph paper, rulers, and protractors. Laptops are encouraged, but not required.

If you have an old deed, please bring it for the hands-on exercise.


Register online.

The class is limited to twelve participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the day of the workshop. 

Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first twelve registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. 


Pam Miller, a native of Dallas, Texas, attended Stanford University where she earned a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Spanish. She was employed as an educator in the Bay Area for twenty-eight years, teaching Spanish and computer science. Pam grew up "walking the family lands" with her parents, inheriting her family's love of maps and developing a severe case of what she calls "Tara Syndrome." She has been a member of CGS since 2005.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

26 October 2012

November Membership Meeting: Fun Tools for Genealogists to Help You Work Smarter

Tim Cox
Saturday, November 10, 2012
1:00 p.m.

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

Genealogists are always looking for ways to be more productive while researching, especially when digitally storing the information collected. But with technology constantly changing, how do we keep up with the new software, websites, tools and devices?

Join Tim Cox for a discussion about  using smart phones, tablets, and other tools to help you work smarter, be more productive, and allow you to easily share your information with others. Tim's talk will begin after a short membership meeting which starts promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Tim Cox has been a family historian and genealogist for more than twenty years. He is a member of numerous genealogical societies across the country, and is currently the Education and Events coordinator for the California Genealogical Society and Library.


Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

25 October 2012

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: November 2012 Published

November 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 November calendar lists forty-eight events at various venues around the Bay Area, sponsored by thirty societies, libraries and archives.

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

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

24 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday

New Shelves in the Library
October 17, 2012







Photographs by Kathryn Doyle, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library