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29 March 2013

Steve Morse's One-Step Webpages - Saturday, August 17, 2013

Please note:
Due to a scheduling conflict with a special Oakland event, parking will not be available on May 11, 2013. Dr. Morse will present his lecture on:

Saturday August 17, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

Genealogists who work smart use Steve Morse's One-Step Website. The site started as aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Shortly afterward it was expanded to help with searching the 1930 census. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 200 web-based tools divided into sixteen separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on eBay.

The California Genealogical Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Morse back for an update. The first half of the presentation will describe the range of One-Step tools available and will give highlights of each one. The second half of the lecture will cover several lesser-known but extremely useful One-Step tools.

Register online.

This 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 class.

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. 

Stephen Morse is the creator of the One-Step Website for which he has received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies.

In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution thirty years ago.

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

25 March 2013

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: April 2013 Published

April 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 April calendar lists more than fifty classes and events at various venues around the Bay Area, sponsored by thirty-five societies, archives, and 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 include "SFBA Calendar" in the subject line.)

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

23 March 2013

Members at RootsTech 2013

Several members of the California Genealogical Society attended the third annual RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City. Amy Coffin nailed it when she tweeted "So far, the theme for #rootstech 2013 seems to be 'bigger than last year' in every aspect." With more than 6,700 attendees, it was the largest ever gathering of genealogists in the United States.

The best thing about genealogy conferences (in my opinion) is the face-to-face. I spend a lot of time in a virtual genealogy world so connecting "in person" with gen-friends and distant members is a real treat. We successfully gathered nine members together for a "CGS photo."

Linda Darby, Patricia Burrow, Sandra Benward, Nancy Schlegel, Amy Coffin, Virginia Kysh, Kathryn Doyle, Tim Cox, and Kim Cotton. 

Missing were Bill George, Gloria Hanson, Paul Hawthorne, Lisa B. Lee, Thomas MacEntee, and Gene Pennington.

Next year's RootsTech Conference will be held February 6-8, 2014, in Salt Lake City.

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

22 March 2013

Field Trip to Sacramento – California State Library and State Archives - Wednesday, May 8, 2013

California State Library

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m..

California State Library
900 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

For members only!

Join us for a day of research in the California History Room at the State Library in Sacramento, and for a tour of the California State Archives, a few blocks away.

Members are responsible for handling their own commute arrangements but are invited to travel together, by train, on the Amtrak Capitol Corridor, train No. 524. Members who live in the greater Sacramento area may meet us at the library but are asked to please register in advance. Participants may buy lunch at one of the cafes in the Capitol area, or bring lunch to eat in the building lunchroom – or in the gardens around the Capitol.

We will start with a library orientation at 10:15 a.m. and then we will be set loose in the California History Room! What will you find there? Manuscripts, diaries, letters (these items may have to be retrieved from the storage “vault”), books and on microfilm, a large selection of California newspapers, many not yet digitized.

Register online.

Explore some of the library's holdings at the Main Catalog using the Basic Search or Advanced Search.  Download the Selected Guide to the Sources for Genealogy in the California History Room.

After lunch, we will walk over to the California State Archives and tour of some of its vast and varied holdings. A collections page summarizes the materials located here.

Among the things that might be of special interest to genealogists are certain county records (e.g., older probate files from certain counties, and inmate registers of some prisons), and the Root Cellar Library of the Sacramento Genealogical Society. Please study the online catalog (Minerva) for topics if you plan to do a bit of searching. We may not have time to do much research, but we can prepare you for your next visit. (Please send a question to the trip leader if you think you would prefer to spend more of your day researching at the Archives than the Library.)

Our return train trip will leave on Sacramento Amtrak No. 543 at 3:35 p.m. The walk to the Amtrak station takes about fifteen minutes. Those who would prefer may take a taxi.

This field trip is organized for members of the California Genealogical Society. Non-members interested in participating are encouraged to become members prior to March 15, 2013. The maximum group size is twenty members. Please reserve your place by Thursday, April 25, 2013.

Photograph courtesy of the California State Library, Sacramento, California.

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

20 March 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday Lunch Bunch at the Library

Photograph courtesy of Linda Okazaki, Oakland, California, 2/12/2013.

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

16 March 2013

April Membership Meeting: Preserving Your Genealogical Work Through Publishing

Saturday, April 13, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month so please join us for a celebration of volunteerism at next month's membership meeting.

Volunteer Coordinator Linda Okazaki and Membership Coordinator Diana Edwards are launching a new membership meeting format that starts with lunch and a social hour. Members are invited to bring a bag lunch to the Sherman Room at noon for a chance to catch up with friends and get to know new members. Beverages and desserts will be provided. Come and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism within our society.

The business meeting will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. with a brief ceremony to honor our longest serving volunteers. This will be followed by this month's focus: Preserving Your Genealogical Work Through PublishingMembers who have published genealogical books, articles, and other materials are invited to bring them to the meeting. You will not be required to give a presentation. Come and get inspired to publish your research by browsing through the examples created by our members. Please email Diana Edwards if you have a work to share.

We look forward to a vibrant and fun event!

And take a look at our new Books by CGS Members board on Pinterest!

Future membership meetings for the year will be held:
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • Saturday, October 12, 2013
Please save the dates!

Photograph courtesy of Jane Knowles Lindsey.

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

15 March 2013

Race, Religion, and Reading Records Right: A Talk at the Society of California Pioneers

April 6, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Lavinia Grace Schwarz, Research Director of the California Genealogical Society and Library, will present a basic genealogy lesson using a fascinating story from her own family research. Her spell-binding talk will help you look at your own research with new openness, strategies and historical insight. The lecture is appropriate for beginning and intermediate genealogists.

The California Genealogical Society is pleased to offer this lecture in collaboration with the Society of California Pioneers at their beautiful facility in San Francisco.

The talk is free and open to members of both the California Genealogical Society and the Society of California Pioneers. Preregistration is required. Registration confirmations will be emailed to registrants.

Lavinia Gilbert Schwarz was born and raised in the East Bay. She is a third generation northern Californian (and third generation Cal grad) who has traced her roots to France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Cuba, and San Domingue (now Haiti). She has been a member of the California Genealogical Society for twelve years, and spent five years on the Board. She presently coordinates the CGS Research and Lookups service. A genealogist since 1999, she completed the National Institute on Genealogical Research (N.I.G.R.) program in 2008 at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and College Park, Maryland. To hone her skills she has attended numerous National Genealogical Society conferences including those in Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, VA; Sacramento, CA; Durham, NC; Salt Lake City, UT, and Cincinnati, OH as well as visiting courthouses and genealogically significant sites in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Louisiana, and California.

It's Story Time at this Week's San Francisco Special Interest Group Meeting

Sandra Britt-Huber and Nancy Hart Servin, co-facilitators of the San Francisco Special Interest Group (SIG), sent this reminder about tomorrow's meeting.

Saturday, March 16, 2013
10:00 a.m.

California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, California 94612
The March SF-SIG meeting will be a group discussion – it's story time! 
Please come and be prepared to bring a slice-of-life story about your San Francisco heritage family or research interest to share at our meeting this Saturday. Compliment your story by bringing pictures or records to enhance your story-telling experience with others. 
It’s all about sharing what we know about San Francisco to broaden and build our knowledge. If your story has a puzzling piece that you can’t quite fit together, the group
may be able to help you find the missing connection.  
Please bring your copy of Nancy Peterson's Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research for reference.  
We'll also be sharing our experience at the recent San Francisco History Expo. Lot's of people stopped by the California Genealogical Society table and there was considerable interest in our SF-SIG.  
We are looking forward to seeing you this Saturday!
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 and meet on specific days every month. SIG meeting days and times are as

  • 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.
    Please note: the Genealogy Writing SIG is on hiatus.

    Download the San Francisco SIG information flier.

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

    13 March 2013

    Wordless Wednesday

    San Francisco History Expo
    Old San Francisco Mint
    March 2-3, 2013

    Photographs by Kathryn Doyle, San Francisco, CA, 3/3/2013.

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

    11 March 2013

    Using DNA to Solve Your Genealogical Mysteries

    Saturday, April 27, 2013
    9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Nile Hall
    Preservation Park
    668 Thirteenth Street
    Oakland, CA 94612

    Do you have more questions than answers about how DNA can help with your genealogy research Are you eager to let DNA help you overcome a brick-wall?

    Join the California Genealogical Society for a day of DNA and learn how to connect with living cousins around the world.

    9:00 a.m. Registration, coffee /tea

    9:30 – 10:30 Crash Course in DNA, Katherine Borges
    Katherine will describe the types of tests and what they reveal, where to get them, what to do with the results.

    10:45 - 11:45 Hoskins Y-DNA Case Study, Tony Hoskins
    Tony will talk about what happens when your DNA does not match while sharing the twists and turns his DNA research has taken.

    11:45 - 1:15 
    Network during lunch. Visit a local restaurant or order a boxed lunch when you register.

    1:15 - 2:45 How Are CGS Members Using DNA?
    Ken Haughton
     will discuss mutations found in his research and how he is using them to break down some of his brick walls. Pam Miller will show how DNA has provided the final irrefutable evidence in proving lineage.

    3:00 - 3:30 Panel discussion – questions from the audience.

    Register online.

    Download the seminar flier.

    Katherine Borges
    Katherine Hope Borges is co-founder and director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), which promotes and educates about genetic genealogy. ISOGG has grown to over 8,000 members in 70 countries. Through ISOGG, Katherine has increased professional standards in the practice, research, and discussion of relevant issues in DNA testing, interpretation, and ethics. She organized a speakers bureau and has given many presentations on genetic genealogy to groups across the United States and in the United Kingdom. She administers several surname, regional, and haplogroup DNA projects. 

    Tony Hoskins
    Tony Hoskins manages and heads the Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library. A frequent lecturer in the Bay Area, he is also the Sonoma County Archivist managing the Sonoma County Archives at Los Guilicos that houses many of the county's original land, probate, tax, naturalization, vital, and court records. Tony’s interest in genetic genealogy began three years ago when he compared his DNA to that of a fifth cousin and found they did not match. He discovered it was his line that was the problem.

    Photograph of Katherine Borges used with permission of Dick Eastman.

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

    09 March 2013

    Celebrating 115 Years with our Updated Bookmark!

    Ancestor photographs courtesy of our members.
    Graphics and design by Lois Elling.

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

    01 March 2013

    eNews March 2013, volume 7, number 3

    The March 2013 eNews, volume 7, number 2, 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.

    In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we pay tribute to Irish-born Jennie McCormick Fitzgerald, great-grandmother of member Cathy Paris.

    Jennie McCormick Firzgerald (1861–1935)

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

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

    Photograph courtesy of Cathy Paris.

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