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31 January 2012

Volunteers Needed for Youth Genealogy Program – Ancestral Project 2012

Pat Gallagher and Nicka Smith, two of the newest CGS board members, have put out a call for volunteers for Ancestral Project 2012 – the East Bay genealogy youth program that will run from February to June 2012.  Nicka is the Ancestral Project manager and she is inviting California Genealogical Society members to participate.

I wrote last year about the program created by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson that helps youth learn the value of knowing one’s family history and the skills needed to discover it. The program began in 2011 and included three sites where more than fifty youth were assisted, mentored, and supported by Supervisor Carson’s staff and volunteers from the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) and the Oakland California Family History Center. 2011’s program was primarily focused on African-American genealogy research.

The Ancestral Project 2012 will expand to include youth from the Asian-American and Jewish-American communities, as well as youth in the Weekend Training Academy, a program of Alameda County’s Youth Probation Department. The California Genealogical Society is requesting that its members volunteer to be part of the 2012 project. Volunteering can be done in the following ways:

  • Assist with teaching classes to youth;
  • Attend one of the weekly workshops as support; or
  • Attend one of the research trips to the Oakland Family History Center
Volunteers typically spend two hours per week, once or twice a month. It is preferable that volunteers are able to make a commitment for the full four months. One-time opportunities are also available. Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend an orientation session in early February to learn more about the goals of the project and expected outcomes.

The session dates are (choose one):
Monday, February 13, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. or Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.at the Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, California

If you have any questions regarding volunteering or about the program, please email Ancestral Project Manager Nicka Smith or call 650-906-1145.

For more about Ancestral Project 2012, please visit the AAGSNC website for blog posts, photos, and news coverage.


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

30 January 2012

Organizing Workshop with Lorel Kapke Saturday, March 10, 2012

 

Saturday, March 10, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Genealogy enthusiasts know that organizing and de-cluttering the vast amounts of documents, photos, certificates and records required to create a picture of a family’s history can be intimidating and time-consuming.

Lorel Kapke has created a tool to organize genealogy documents, research, and photos in one place to make it easy to recognize what you are missing. Join Lorel and learn how Sort Your Story software can help you:
  • Organize and de-clutter your family’s important documents and photos
  • Store valuable and irreplaceable data in one place in case of emergency or loss
  • Easily run reports to spot trends, similarities, missing data and more in order to build a complete picture of your family’s history
  • Compile data for submission to ancestry sites or self-publishers
  • Simply and cost-effectively manage the vast amounts of data required to create a family history
Register online.

This workshop 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 workshop.

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

Lorel Kapke is the founder and creator of Sort Your Story, an organizational software tool that stores genealogy records simply and conveniently on your Mac or PC computer. Kapke is currently 1st vice-president of programs at the Sonoma County Genealogy Society where she has served in a variety of capacities, including one year as president.


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

29 January 2012

San Francisco History Expo – March 3 and 4, 2012 at the Old Mint


The Second Annual San Francisco History Expo will take place at the Old Mint, 88 Fifth Street at Mission, on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 2012. The Expo will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, and admission is free (donations are welcome).


This year the California Genealogical Society will have a presence thanks to the generosity of  SFgenealogy.org and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogy Society who are sharing their space. 

Dozens of neighborhood-based and other historical associations representing the diversity of San Francisco will present mini-museums displaying artifacts and sharing information about their organizations.

In addition, there will be an exhibit entitled “Elegant Pit Stops,” images of historic garages from around the city. Artist Alan Zimmerman will display his large-scale oil-on-wood paintings of Gold Rush San Francisco.

Historic figures will mingle with the crowd and there will be historic films presented on the vault level and several special presentations during the weekend.

You can find the latest information on the Expo at SFHistoryExpo.org.


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

28 January 2012

Three Directors at SLIG 2012

Three happy California Genealogical Society board members just finished a week of intensive learning at the 2012 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, sponsored by the Utah Genealogical Association. President Jeff Vaillant and Recording Secretary Lisa Gorrell were here with me although we rarely saw each other since we were taking different courses.

Kathryn Doyle, Jeff Vaillant and Lisa Gorrell at SLIG 2012.

We were able to sit together at last night's banquet and compare notes about our courses, instructors, and what we learned. Bottom line: we all need to catch up on sleep but we had a fantastic time and learned so much.

Read Jeff's reports on previous SLIG years at Jeff Valliant's Reports.

Thanks to Kim von Aspern-Parker for acting as our photographer.

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

25 January 2012

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: February 2012 Published

February 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 February calendar has more than fifty 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 © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

23 January 2012

What You Missed: 2012 Annual Meeting

The Annual Business Meeting of the California Genealogical Society was held on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at the library. President Stephen Harris welcomed members and introduced the board of directors. He announced the book sale in the Media Room and thanked the library committee members who organized it: Barbara Hill, Arlene Miles, Diana Wild and Henry Snyder.




Recording Secretary Lisa Gorrell read the minutes from the 2011 meeting which were approved. Treasurer Laura Lee Karp gave reports on the reading of the society’s books and on the financial health of the society before presenting the 2012 budget which was approved.




Nominating Committee representative Linda Okazaki presented the slate of nominees for seats on the board of directors. Kim Cotton, Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, Pat Gallagher, Karen Lemelin, and Nicka Smith were elected by acclamation. Strategic Planning Committee chair Tom Gesner summarized the proposed changes to the bylaws which were emailed to members in December. The motion to accept the bylaws changes was approved.

Committee reports were delivered by Diana Wild (Library), Publications/Marketing (Shannon Reese), Sandy Fryer (Membership), Lavinia Schwarz (Research), Kathy Watson (Technology), Tim Cox (Events), Jeffrey Vaillant (Facilities), Tom Gesner (Strategic Planning) and Chris Pattillo (Investment).



Diana Wild presented Steve with a card and cymbidium orchid in appreciation of his service as society president.

The business meeting was adjourned at 2:15 p.m. The board of directors met briefly to elect officers for 2012. The new officers are:

President: Jeffrey Vaillant
Vice-president: Diana Wild
Treasurer: Laura Lee Karp
Recording secretary: Lisa Gorrell
Corresponding secretary: Karen Tracy Lemelin

2012 Board of Directors

Photographs courtesy of Shannon Reese and Tom Gesner, 1/21/2012, Oakland, California.


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

21 January 2012

Using Online Historical Black Newspapers for Genealogical Research


Saturday, February 25, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

Many historical black and abolitionist newspapers are available online, with more being added. Most are on subscription sites, and some are free. This class will give an overview of the role of black newspapers, tell what is online and where to find it. Instructor Janice Sellers will suggest access strategies and show sample search results.

Register online.

The class 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 workshop.

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.

Janice M. Sellers is a professional genealogist specializing in newspaper and Jewish research. She is the editor of two genealogy journals and is publicity director for the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Janice is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, California Genealogical Society, California State Genealogical Alliance, and Gesher Galicia. She has been on the staff of the Oakland California Family History Center for eleven years.


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

16 January 2012

How To Go Home: 1000 Memories Scanning Event

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Session one: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session two: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

1000memories, creator of the popular ShoeBox iPhone app that lets you scan and share old paper photos, will host a free scanning event including two sessions of photo and document scanning and a short class on uncovering family stories hidden in your shoeboxes and closets.

There is no limit on the number of photos or documents you may bring to the workshop. 1000Memories will furnish iPhones to participants to use in the workshop. Registrants who own an iPhone or iPad2 are encouraged to download the ShoeBox App for use during the event.

Register online.

Space is limited. Each session is open to all CGS members but is limited to fifteen participants. Preregistration is required and walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first fifteen who register for each session. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

About 1000 Memories
Founded in 2010 in San Francisco, California, 1000memories helps users bring albums, scrapbooks, and photo-filled shoeboxes out of closets and into an online, shareable space where they can be remembered and celebrated. For more information, visit 1000memories.com.


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

11 January 2012

Wordless Wednesday

 Book Repair Committee Luncheon
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
 Bill O'Neil, Lorna Wallace, Marianne Frey, Judy Bodycote and Dick Rees






Photographs courtesy of Lorna Wallace and Dick Rees, 12/13/11, Oakland, California.

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

09 January 2012

Ancestral Homelands: A Spotlight Series for Beginners

The California Genealogical Society and the Oakland California Family History Center have collaborated on a new series of classes designed to help you find where your immigrant ancestor came from and to teach you the kinds of resources available for that part of the world. Each month will focus on a different country or region.

Classes will be held monthly on the fourth Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Oakland California Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland. The fee is $10 per class.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012: Beginning Research in Sweden with Wade Olofson
—An introduction to Swedish genealogical research and online resources and materials at the Oakland California Family History Center, including Swedish death records through 2009, Swedish census 1880 - 1900, vital and church records. Register online.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012: Beginning Research in England with Jeremy Frankel 
An introduction to British genealogical research and online resources and materials at the Oakland California Family History Center, including resources for English/Welsh vital records through the twentieth century, census records for 1841-1911, church and probate records. Register online.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012: Beginning Research in Norway with Gloria Hanson
—An introduction to Norwegian genealogical research and online resources and materials at the Oakland California Family History Center, including naming practices, censuses, church records (births, marriages, deaths, immigration) and information on Norwegian settlements in the U.S. Register online.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Beginning Research in Louisiana with Sue Severson

—An introduction to Louisiana family history through its diverse history, peoples and cultures. An overview of many record sources available, beginning with the colonial period, including civil, church, land and military records. Also a preliminary look at the some sources specific to African American and Native American family history. Register online.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012: Beginning Research in Germany with Robert Jackson

—An introduction to the great wave of German immigration from 1840 to 1900. This class will outline the resources available to narrow the search for your ancestors' place of origin and will touch
on the special challenges posed by the spelling of German surnames and place names and by the movable feast of German geography in the 19th century. Also a glance ahead to the main issues involved in accessing archives and records in Germany. Register online.


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

06 January 2012

Announcing the 12th Annual Salt Lake City Research Tour April 22-29, 2012

Join CGS for a week of intensive research and lots of fun!

Past-president Jane Lindsey is leading the twelfth annual California Genealogical Society Salt Lake City Tour to the Family History Library from Sunday to Sunday, April 22—29, 2012. Research Director Nancy Peterson returns to help lead this very popular trip.


Nancy Peterson and Betty Walker at the Family History Library in 2011.

Accommodations will be at the Shilo Inn, located three blocks from the Family History Library. The Shilo provides free high-speed internet access in every room.

The trip cost is $750 (airfare not included.) A deposit of $200 holds one space.

The Tour Package includes:
  • Hotel room – 7 nights, double occupancy
  • Shuttle service to and from airport
  • Three group dinners (Sun., Wed., and Sat.)
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Orientation and lectures
  • Computer assistance using the online catalog at FamilySearch.org and other websites
  • Optional consultation prior to the trip
Download the tour flier for restrictions and full information.

Register online and reserve your space now!


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

05 January 2012

eNews January 2012, volume 6 number 1

The January 2012 eNews, volume 6, number 1,  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.

Member Grace Frontin contributed this month's photograph of her great-grandfather, Patrick J. White, and his family, of San Francisco.

[Left to right] Patrick Joseph White, with James, on his lap; [standing] William V. (my grandfather),
Mary, Harry; Mary Jane Kelly White, with David Augustus on her lap;
[seated in front] Joseph and Grace; [center] fraternal twins, John and Katharine.
The infant seated at right on the lap of Mary Jane (Kelly) White was the future police chief of San Francisco, David Augustus White, who died in 1920 while in office.

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

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

Photograph courtesy of Grace Frontin.


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