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29 July 2013

We Need Your Books!


Henry Snyder at a California Genealogical Society used book sale.

The donation of books accounts significantly for the growth in holdings of the California Genealogical Society Library over the past century. Duplicate books and donated items that do not meet the library's retention guidelines are sold and the proceeds support the library.

Library Committee Chair Henry Snyder sent this plea for books:
The Library of the California Genealogical Society needs your books! Our library is built by gifts from members and friends. We are looking for books on family history, genealogies and local history. We accept one book or a whole library of books as long as they are within scope.

Books that are duplicate or out of scope are sold in the library or on ebay. The receipts are used for acquisitions and library needs.

In addition to our online and in-house sales we plan to have books on exhibit and for sale at our upcoming Ancestry Day in San Francisco on November 9, 2013. So we welcome duplicates as well as items new to our library. We will need time to ready the duplicates for sale so if you have books to donate we would appreciate receiving them this summer. 
Please call the library at 510-663-1358 and leave a message. A member of the library staff will return your call. We can make pickups in the East Bay and San Francisco in some cases. 
—Henry Snyder, Chair Library Committee

Photograph by Kathryn Doyle, 1/11/2011, Oakland, California.

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

26 July 2013

Swedish Genealogy Day at the Oakland FamilySearch Library


I'm pleased to share this announcement from member Marge Bell.

Saturday, October 12, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Oakland FamilySearch Library
(formerly Oakland Regional Family History Center)
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, California 94602

Have you hit a brick wall in your Swedish research or do you want to know where to begin? The Oakland FamilySearch Library will be hosting a day of Swedish research classes and individual consultations.

The one-day seminar will feature:
  • Anna-Lena Hultman, expert on emigration research who helped develop the Emibas CD
  • Anneli Andersson from the Mellerud Museum and Genealogy Archive
  • Charlotte Börjesson, board member with the Computer Genealogy Society of Sweden (DIS)
  • Kathy Meade - North American representative for ArkivDigital
There is no fee for the seminar but tickets are required. Email the library with your request and use the subject line: SwedGen. Space permitting, walk-ins may be allowed after 9:20 a.m.

There are a limited number of one-on-one, thirty minute consultations available by appointment only. Fill out the online research query form before September 1, 2013. Be sure to indicate that you will be attending at the Oakland, CA site.

Schedule:
9:00 a.m.     Doors open, registration, tickets for door prizes
9:30 a.m.     Opening remarks and Introductions
10:00 a.m.   Using ArkivDigital - online Swedish church records, Kathy Meade
11:00 a.m.   Swedish online resources and CDs, Anneli Andersson

12:00 p.m.   Lunch (bring your own) Drinks and snacks available for purchase. Library computers and wifi available during lunch break

1:15 p.m.   Door Prizes (must be present to win)
1:30 p.m.   DISBYT (Swedish Family Tree Database) and EmiWeb, Charlotte Börjesson
2:30 p.m.   Leaving for America: Swedish culture with emigration history, Anna‐Lena Hultman
3:30 p.m.   Question and answer session

Download the information flier.

The Oakland FamilySearch Library, formerly known as the Oakland Regional Family History Center, is one of the largest and most accessible centers for genealogical research in California, with more than 9,000 volumes of books, periodicals, family histories, city and county histories, city directories, plus over 37,000 reels of microfilm and 9,000 microfiche containing millions of local vital records and historical census data from all over the world.


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

24 July 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Volunteers at Work
California Genealogical Society Library



Photograph by Kathryn Doyle, Oakland, California, 6/11/2013.


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

22 July 2013

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: August 2013 Published

August 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.

Most Bay Area societies take a break in August so the calendar is light with only thirty 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.

19 July 2013

Call for Articles: The California Nugget Seeks WWI Accounts for 2014 Centennial of the Start of The Great War



Do you have an ancestor story about World War I?

Was there a WWI soldier, sailor, marine, nurse, journalist or ambulance driver in your family? Did an ancestor contribute to the war effort from home?




The California Genealogical Society is looking for accounts and ancestor stories about the Great War, including letters, photos, service records, and military records for the "California Ancestors" portion of The California Nugget in 2014, as the anniversary of the start of the war is commemorated. A descendancy chart for the ancestor would be a welcome addition. 






The California Nugget, the journal of the California Genealogical Society (CGS), 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.


Images from the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, WWI Posters Collection, LC-USZC4-7313 (Do Your Duty), LC-USZC4-9940 (Farm to Win), LC-USZC4-10783 (Doing Her Part).


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

17 July 2013

Wordless Wednesday

July Membership Meeting with Henry Snyder
Newspaper Preservation and Digital Access in The Americas and Europe
Saturday, July 13, 2013








Photographs courtesy of Ron Madson, Oakland, California, 7/13/13.
Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

15 July 2013

Stump the Panel – A Chance to Tear Down Your Brick Walls Live with the CGS Research Team



Thursday, August 29, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

Can you use some help with a research problem? The California Genealogical Society Research Team will share their expertise with six lucky members at the library. Let our team of experts put their problem-solving experience to the test to help you break down your genealogical brick walls.

When you register, submit the question you're planning to ask at the discussion and be sure to bring your research documentation to the work session.

This session is limited to six participants. The fee for members is $10.00. Non-members fee $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership that evening.

Register now.

Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first six registrants.



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

12 July 2013

Using Snagit to Capture Items for Your Genealogy Research

Saturday August 24, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

Whatever you can see on your screen, Snagit easily captures it for your immediate use. Snagit is a screenshot program that captures images, video, and even audio. Snagit works on PC and Mac.

You can capture specific regions, windows, a full screen, scrolling windows, menus, entire Web pages, and create video recordings with less than three clicks! The images and video recordings can be edited and shared with others or be included in your research project and genealogy database.

This class will show how easy it is to use the tool to do these things:
  • Capture a screen shot of what is on your monitor
  • Enhance these digital images with text and other effects
  • Tag the images for easy retrieval later
  • Record a video
  • Organize the images with easy auto-storing
  • Share images and videos via email and social media sites
  • Insert images into reports and other projects
This class is a demonstration on Snagit and is not an actual class with instructions. Laptops are not required.

Register online.

The class is limited to thirty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-member 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.


Tim Cox has been a family historian and genealogist for more than twenty-five years. He is a member of numerous genealogical societies across the country and is pursuing his path to certification. Tim has served as the Education and Events coordinator for the California Genealogical Society and Library where he is an active member volunteer and speaks frequently on technology and organization.


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

10 July 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Field Trip to the San Francisco Public Library and
Tour by City Archivist Susan Goldstein and Staff
Wednesday, July 10, 2013












Photographs by Kathryn M. Doyle.

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

05 July 2013

On the Road Again: Practical Tips for Successful On-Site Research



Thursday, August 15, 2013
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

A research trip to one's ancestral home can be extremely rewarding, but also may present many challenges. Join Pam Brett for an evening class on successful on-site research. Pam will share practical tips on how to plan an on-site research trip, to achieve your research goals and to bring home new understanding of the lives of your ancestors.

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.

Pam Brett has been interested in genealogy for nearly forty years since she began filling in the family tree of her first-born child’s baby book. Raising two daughters and working as a public health social worker left little free time until 1999 when she began her family research in earnest.

Brett's ancestors were mobile which led to research in thirty-one states and the District of Columbia. She loves doing on-site research in the States "where there are many challenges but the rewards are priceless."


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

02 July 2013

eNews July 2013, volume 7, number 7

The July 2013 eNews, volume 7, number 6, 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 Stover and Mishler families of member volunteer Anna Junglas.
Cecelia Stover and Benjamin James [seated], Alice Stover and William Mishler [standing] 

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

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

California ancestor photograph courtesy of Anna Junglas.


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