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30 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday

California Genealogical Society Members 
At the 2015 British Institute in Salt Lake City 

Virginia Kysh, Jan Brandt, Kathryn Doyle
Photo by Kathleen Ackerman, British Institute Director

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24 September 2015

Second Annual Genie Awards

A Celebration of Volunteers Who Make Magic Happen!

2014 Genie Awards

All members of the California Genealogical Society are cordially invited to attend the Second Annual Genie Awards on Saturday October 10 at noon in the second floor conference room.

Please join your CGS friends as we say "Thank You" to some of our beloved volunteers who truly make magic happen. It's sure to be a fun-filled event. You may RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

The Genie Awards are not only an opportunity to thank our generous volunteers, but also for new and returning members to learn about ways (big and little) to help keep CGS alive and thriving - as it has been since 1898!

BYO lunch. Dessert and sparkling beverages will be provided.
Tiara's Optional

Please contact Kathleen Beitiks for more details.

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23 September 2015

Angel Island

Site Visit At Angel Island Immigration Station
Smithsonian Representatives, Magdalena Mieri and Lauren Safranek
NPS Representative, Ray Murray 
AIISF Community Relations Director, Grant Din
California Genealogical Society President, Linda Okazaki
Photos by Ted Okazaki

21 September 2015

Back to School at the California Genealogical Society!

It's Back-to-School time at the California Genealogical Society!

Join us for a free introductory class on Saturday, October 1, 2015, from 1:00 until 3:00. You may register for this class on our Eventbrite page.

The class – Genealogy: An Introduction – is part of our monthly "First Saturdays Free" open house 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 located in the historic Breuner Building at 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, in Oakland

The will focus of this class will be on basic research methods and terminology. Learn about 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. But 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 that everyone comes away with new knowledge.

If you have already taken this class or are ready for the next step, consider enrolling in the Beginning Series. There are two sessions offered in October, one on Wednesday afternoons and one on Saturday mornings. You can read more about these in our blog. For more details and to see a list of other upcoming classes, please visit our Eventbrite page. 

For more information about the California Genealogical Society, please visit our website or take a look at our most recent edition of the eNews.  

Our library is a benefit of membership and is available to non-members for a $5.00 day fee. However, the fee is always waived on the first Saturday of the month, as well as during October's Family History Month!

Fall 2015  introductory classes are as follows:
October 3: Pam Miller
November 7: Dick Rees
December 5: Diana Wild

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17 September 2015

Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group

Please Join Us!

 by Ron Madson

Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group
First Meeting
October 17, 2015
1:00-3:00 PM   
Last July, the California Genealogical Society hosted a class on “Using Family Tree Maker Software.” There was quite a bit of enthusiasm generated regarding the establishment of a Special Interest Group for FTM.

To carry this gusto forward, the first meeting of the Special Interest Group (FTM SIG) will be at CGS on Oct 17th, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Attendance is open to all; anyone interested is encouraged to attend. At this embryonic meeting, we will design the direction and orientation of the group.  The mission of this group is to help us all improve our use of this software. Possible directions could involve the Family Tree vendor helping us.  We could share shortcuts and usage hints, how to easily get the most out of the FTM Modules.  We hope that the membership will bring its issues and concerns to be discussed at future meetings.

At the first meeting, we will discuss the schedule, group facilitation, and direction. Linda Okazaki will guide the initial discussion and present FTM basics. Ron Madson will discuss handling FTM hints from the web using PC, MAC, iPads. Karen Halfon will help facilitate this group in future meetings.

As a group we have much to share that can help us all use this software with greater productivity and creativity.  Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page. We look forward to seeing you at our first meeting.

Special Interest Groups are a membership perk at CGS. They are free and open to all members. Non-members may attend one session. 

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14 September 2015

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: What’s Buried in Cemetery Records

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: What’s Buried in Cemetery Records

Do you ever wonder exactly where your ancestors are buried? Do you want to know if there is more to a cemetery than just gravestones? No genealogy research is complete without an exhaustive search of cemetery records.

Please join Janice Sellers as she presents "Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: What's Buried in Cemetery Records" on September 26 at the California Genealogical Society, from 1:00-3:00. You will learn how to identify the cemeteries in which your family members are buried. After that, Janice will teach you how to obtain and evaluate the cemetery records to further your research.

Janice is a professional genealogist and owner of Ancestral Discoveries.  She specializes in forensic, Jewish, and newspaper research. Janice offers translation services in Spanish, Russian and French, as well as indexing and editing services.

Please visit our Eventbrite page to register for this class.

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09 September 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Mechanics Institute Field trip to the California Genealogical Society
Photos by Jerry McGovern 

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07 September 2015

Beginning Genealogy Series

Are you ready to plant your family tree? 

by Maureen Hanlon

Ready to begin your family history research?  You’re in luck!  

October 2015 marks the return of our Beginning Genealogy Series at two locations, the California Genealogical Society and Library on Saturday afternoons, and the Oakland FamilySearch Library on Wednesday mornings.  Whether you are looking to build your genealogy research foundation or gain more in-depth knowledge, this set of four classes will help take you to the next level.

Lavinia Schwarz, a popular teacher and member of our Research Team, will lead off the series with an Overview Class.

The second session follows with experienced leader, Jeff Vaillant, who will delve into Vital Records.

Maureen Hanlon will cover census records with an emphasis on searching strategies for the US Federal Census.

Jane Lindsey will share the rich world of Secondary Sources at the final session. 

Whether you’re working or retired, we’ve got a class that we think will suit your schedule.  There will be two separate sets of on-going classes that will be taught at two different locations.  When you register, you have two options to consider:

The weekend option:
Where: California Genealogical Society Library
When: 10:30 to noon beginning on Saturday, October 24th and ending on November 14th.  It will be held on successive Saturdays.  Please register for this session here.
Cost: $50

The weekday option:

Where: Oakland Family Search Library
When: 1:00 to 2:30 beginning on Wednesday, October 21st and ending on November 11th.  It will be offered on successive Wednesdays.  Please register for this session here.
Cost: $50

We hope to see you soon at one of the classes!

For more details and to see a list of other upcoming classes, please visit our Eventbrite page.

For more information about the California Genealogical Society, please visit our website or take a look at our most recent edition of the eNews.    

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