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31 January 2013

A San Francisco Public Library Talk by Jane Lindsey: Using for Your Genealogy Research

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

San Francisco Main Public Library
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room A
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Jane Knowles Lindsey will present a lecture at the  San Francisco Main Library on using This free website provides a collection of records, resources, and services to help people with their genealogical research. Records on the site come from the United States and from countries around the world. It is one of the most heavily used genealogy sites on the Internet.

This talk will focus primarily on learning to search the records, finding information in the card catalog and the exploring the Learn tab which includes the Familysearch Wiki.

Come discover what you can find about your family on this incredible website!

Jane Knowles Lindsey is past-president of the California Genealogical Society. She continues to serves on its events committee. Jane's specialty is events planning and she has arranged genealogical research cruises to Alaska, Canada and the Carribbean. In addition, she leads annual group research tours to major genealogical libraries in Salt Lake City and Boston.

Lindsey, a native of Massachusettes, received her R.N. degree from Boston University and practiced nursing until 1983. She did extensive volunteer fundraising for Children’s Hospital, Oakland, until 1998. Jane is also a past Trustee and Council member for the New England Historical and Genealogical Society. She travels to Salt Lake City at least twice a year to do her own family research and for private clients.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

30 January 2013

Wordless Wednesday

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

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

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

28 January 2013

Members Gathered after a Week of Teaching and Learning at SLIG 2013

Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Gorrell, Cath Trindle, Linda Okazaki, Tim Cox, Eva Goodwin,
Virginia Kysh and Julia Redford at SLIG 2013. (Not shown: Diana Powell)

The California Genealogical Society was well-represented at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) this year. They took the time to pose for a group photo and to send me some of their observations.

Our "far-flung" member from Chicago, Thomas MacEntee, coordinated a new offering this year – Course 6 – A Genealogists' Guide to the Internet Galaxy. He described the course as a "boot camp for genealogists who feel overwhelmed by technology and also have a fear of falling behind in terms of their 'tech quotient.'"

Cath Madden Trindle, CG, was an instructor for Course 1 – American Research and Records: Focus on Localities, coordinated by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS. Cath has recently retired so this was her last teaching "gig."

Lisa Gorrell attended Course 4 – Germany: Advanced Tools and Methods coordinated by F. Warren Bittner, CG.
I had a great time at my second SLIG, meeting lots of people who do German research. Our class had several certified genealogists which added to the knowledge. We learned about German history and how important it is to know the history of your area. I was able to spend a couple of afternoons at the Family History Library and found an 1807 marriage record for my husband's Wollenweber line in Kusel and went back another generation!
Tim Cox was enrolled in Course 9: Advanced Genealogical Methods coordinated by Thomas Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL.

Linda Okazaki and Diana Powell attended Course 5: Researching in Washington DC without Leaving Home, coordinated by Pamela Boyer Sayer, CG, CGL, and Richard Sayer, CG. This was Linda's first SLIG:
I was a little intimidated going in, but on Sunday night there was a get-together and I was chatting with a lovely woman only to discover she was my co-instructor! The rest of the week was a whirlwind of information. A high point for me was the reception and banquet on the last night. I spoke with Valerie Elkins who has been helping me with my Japanese research. She introduced me to Eric Stroschien, a professional genealogist with expertise in Japanese-American internment camp records. The timing couldn't have been better. I am eager to put into use all that I learned from the Sayres, then consult with Eric before heading to Washington, D.C. in February.
The Utah Genealogical Association's Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy offers a full week of instruction by national experts. Students receive at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction. The 2014 lineup of courses has been published. It's not too early to start planning for next year!

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

25 January 2013

Talking Maritime Records at the San Francisco Special Interest Group

Sandra Britt-Huber sent this report from the Saturday, Jan 19, 2013, meeting of the San Francisco Special Interest Group. Thanks, Sandra!

We had a great meeting, with twenty-three members in attendance. Ted Miles, reference librarian at the San Francisco Maritime Library and husband of volunteer extraordinaire Arlene Miles) presented a talk about San Francisco maritime records and history, focusing on the Pacific Maritime 1840 - 1900.

Ted Miles and Lloyd's Register

Ted brought a volume of Lloyd's Register. Interest was high and Ted fielded lots of questions.

Lloyd's Register

Ron Filion and Pam Storm did a presentation about shipping and maritime records at They also updated SIG members on what's new on their site: Holy Cross and Calvary Cemetary records are digitalized and the removals from Calvary to Holy Cross.

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, as follows:
  • Writing SIG
    • Meets second Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. First meeting February 13, 2013.
  • San Francisco SIG
    • Meets third Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Next meeting February 16, 2013.
  • RootsMagic SIG 
    • Meets third Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Next meeting February 19, 2013.

Photographs courtesy of Judy Bodycote, 1/19/2013, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

21 January 2013

Lavinia's Visit with the Chula Vista Genealogical Society

Lavinia Schwarz spent some time in San Diego this month and took the opportunity to visit with a local genealogical group. She attended Randy Seaver's regular second Wednesday meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society.

It was terrific. Fifteen folks attended. I think their format would work well for some of our membership meetings at CGS.
Chula Vista Genealogical Society meeting of January 9, 2013.

Randy had internet access and his computer was hooked up to a projector. 
He started with a topic — this month a question: "What did you get for Christmas?" —and he went around the group for anyone who wanted to answer. Many passed. One brought a flip cam and did a quick demonstration; a few mentioned brilliant breakthroughs they'd had (one on Christmas Day after a phone call from a Rootsweb message board correspondent); and one who talked about finding his line back to Adam, which led to Randy's article My Purported Line Back to Adam and Eve – 140 Generations from Adam to Randy. This round robin took about forty minutes. 
Next, Randy presented in detail what he had recently put on his blog about a few essential websites and some mapping. It was brilliant. I have in depth notes on that to share. 
Last was another round robin. This time it was "Do you have a pesky problem? Let's ask the group for help." Among other things we found someone there who had not been able to find himself on the 1940 census. We failed at finding another one, but it was a terrific demonstration of wildcarding and trying various routes to circumvent poor indexing or spelling. 
All in all, it was just great. The meetings are free for Chula Vista Society Members. As we said our goodbyes, Randy good-naturedly told me that facilitating the two hour sessions can be "like herding cats."

You can read Randy’s meeting report CVGS Research Group Summary - 9 January 2013 Meeting at the Chula Vista group’s blog.

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society is a non-profit corporation founded in 1987 and affiliated with the library system of Chula Vista, California. The society draws members from the city of Chula Vista and the surrounding communities of southern San Diego County. They meet regularly at library facilities so all meetings and programs are open to the public. They encourage membership so as to gain access to the wealth of knowledge and experience of its members.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

19 January 2013

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: February 2013 Published

February 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 February calendar lists fifty-seven 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 the month. (Please include "SFBA Calendar" in the subject line.)

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

18 January 2013

Just for Fun: Can You Guess?

Arlene Miles sent this photo and question for our first blog contest!

Can you name the person who purple clogged our Annual Meeting?

Arlene will send a prize to the first person who gives the correct answer in the comments below.

(I had no idea but I spotted the clogs at the Field Trip to Sutro Library last week. They get around!)

Photograph courtesy of Arlene Miles, 1/12/2013, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

What You Missed: 2013 Annual Meeting

The Annual Business Meeting of the California Genealogical Society was held on Saturday, January 12, 2013. A total of fifty-three members attended the festivities starting at 12:00 p.m. with a social hour in the Education Room organized by Diana Edwards and Linda Okazaki.

Several members responded to the call for "appetizers to share" so everyone enjoyed good food and a chance to meet members and renew acquaintances with old friends.

One nice feature was the wall banner that stretched across the room listing the names of all 1050 of our current members and the year they joined.

President Jeffrey Vaillant welcomed members and gaveled the business meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. Minutes of the 2012 meeting, the 2013 calendar year budget, and committee reports were distributed to all. Secretary Lisa Gorrell presented the minutes from last year's 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 2013 budget, which was approved. President Vaillant stressed the point that income from membership dues doesn't cover "opening the doors of the library" in terms of rent. Income from research, publications sales, events, classes, tours and other fundraisers still leaves a shortfall which is filled by member donations and income from the society's endowment.

Nominating Committee Chair Karen Lemelin introduced the nominees for seats on the board of directors. Diana Edwards and Shannon Reese were elected by acclamation.

Committee reports were delivered by Diana Wild and Henry Snyder (Library), Sandy Fryer (Membership), Chris Pattillo (Investment), Shannon Reese (Publications/Marketing), Kim Cotton (Research), Jim Sorenson (Technology), Ellen Fernandez-Sacco (Strategic Planning) and Jane Lindsey (Events).

Just before the meeting ended, new board member, Diana Edwards, brought the centerpieces from the reception to present to two lucky members. Kyrha Dahan and June Lindquist each took phalaenopsis orchids home for being our "newest" and "longest" members. Kyrha joined the society in 2012. June has been a member for thirty-eight years – since 1974! Congratulations, ladies!

The business meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m. The board of directors met briefly to elect officers for 2013:

  • President – Jeffrey Vaillant 
  • Vice-president – Ellen Fernandez-Sacco
  • Treasurer – Laura Lee Karp 
  • Recording secretary – Lisa Gorrell 
  • Corresponding secretary – Karen Tracy Lemelin

  • Before closing, I want to acknowledge Patricia Smith, our second Saturday Desk volunteer. She does yeoman's work during all of our membership meetings. Thank you, Pat!

    Photographs courtesy of Kathryn Doyle, Jane Lindsey, Arlene Miles, and Linda Okazaki.

    Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

    16 January 2013

    Wordless Wednesday

    Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
    Monday, January 14, 2013
    Radisson Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Clockwise from left: Linda Okazaki, Eva Goodwin, Lisa Gorrell, Tim Cox
    (not shown: Virginia Kysh and Thomas MacEntee)

    Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

    14 January 2013

    32nd Annual Ancestor Roundup Seminar January 28, 2013

    Kitty Nevin, CGS member and Volunteer Chair of Ancestor Roundup 2013 sent this announcement:

    The 32nd Annual Ancestor Roundup Genealogical Seminar will be held Saturday, January 26,  2013, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the LDS Church, 1024 Noche Buena at Plumas Avenue, Seaside California.

    Nationally known genealogist, author and college instructor Karen Clifford, AG, is keynote speaker and one of over a dozen instructors at the all-day genealogy conference.

    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 © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

    11 January 2013

    The National Archives and

    Marisa Louie
    Saturday, March 9, 2013
    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

    Archivist Marisa Louie of the National Archives at San Francisco will speak about resources of genealogical interest found at our local National Archives facility in San Bruno and at locations nationwide. Learn how to get in touch with archivists, how to navigate the website, and what is – and what isn't – in the holdings of the National Archives.

    Ms. Louie was one of the presenters at our Chinese Ancestry Workshop in 2010. She is a fantastic speaker and we are thrilled to have her back.

    Marisa encourages attendees to include any questions you might have about the National Archives when you register for the class. You can also leave your questions here in the comments and I will forward them to her.

    Register online.

    The class is limited to thirty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable).

    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.

    Marisa Louie has been on staff at The National Archives at San Francisco (located in San Bruno, California) as an archivist since September 2009. She primarily works with Asian American genealogists and family historians interested in case files created by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85). She is also the project archivist for the Alien Files ("A-Files") transferred to her facility. Marisa holds a B.A. in American Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is a past participant in the "In Search of Roots" program.

    Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

    04 January 2013

    Announcing the 13th Annual Salt Lake City Research Tour April 14-21, 2013

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

    Past-president Jane Lindsey is leading the thirteenth annual California Genealogical Society Salt Lake City Tour to the Family History Library from Sunday to Sunday, April 14–21, 2013. Research Director Nancy Peterson will return to help lead this very popular trip.

    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 $762 per person, double occupancy OR $1074 for a single room (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 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!

    And be sure to watch A Trip Worth Taking about last year's tour!

    Video created by Kathleen Jones and Shannon Reese.

    Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

    01 January 2013

    eNews January 2013, volume 7, number 1

    The January 2013 eNews, volume 7, 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. This month we honor the Dartt Brothers of Mendocino, family of CGS member Nyla Urch-Dartt.

    The Dartt Brothers: 

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

    The February 2013 issue will be emailed on January 31, 2013. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

    Photograph courtesy of Nyla Urch-Dartt.

    Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.