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27 July 2016

Find Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and in Japan: September 10, 2016

Are you a Nikkei who is ready to document your family history? Do you want to find those WRA camp files, Enemy Alien files or other records from WWII? Do you wonder if Obāchan was a picture bride? Or if Ojīchan was arrested and sent to a Department of Justice camp? Are you a genealogist who wants to know about different record groups? Or are you helping a Japanese American friend with their genealogy? Come learn how to find your Japanese roots.

Please join California Genealogical Society president, Linda Harms Okazaki, as she presents: 

Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and in Japan

Saturday, September 10, 2016
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m

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

$30 for non-members (non-refundable)
Free for CGS members

Register on Eventbrite

Part I of the three-hour seminar will be a brief overview of Japanese culture, history and language as it pertains to family history. Records available through the National Archives, USCIS,, and will be covered. 

Topics will include: 
  • the early political climate in the U.S. and laws of the time
  • internment camps
  • post WWII experiences, repatriation, resettlement, and redress
The second half of the seminar will focus on documenting your ancestors in Japan, from using the information in the American records to finding your koseki, understanding ohaka and kakocho, plus visiting relatives, cemeteries and temples.

This seminar is suitable for all levels of research experience.

Limited to thirty participants; the fee may be applied towards membership on the day of the class.

Please visit our Eventbrite page to register for this seminar. Preregistration is required. Confirmations and a parking permit will be sent to the first thirty registrants.

Participants are invited to come early and meet others who share an interest in Japanese research. Use our computers, browse in our library, or bring a bagged lunch and meet at the library before the session. The library is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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13 July 2016

Wordless Wednesday: OpenSFHistory

Did you miss San Francisco history expert Woody LaBounty's class on the San Francisco Western Neighborhoods Project this past Saturday at the library?  

Here are a few pics of historical San Francisco from the seminar.  

Want to know more?  Go to OpenSFHistory.

Photos courtesy of Maureen Hanlon

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12 July 2016

Registration for the CGS Research Trip to Washington DC is now open!

Join the California Genealogical Society's president Linda Harms Okazaki on a research trip to the National Archives in Washington DC and College Park MD, plus the library at the Daughters of the American Revolution.  An additional day is planned for research at the Library of Congress.  Attendees may register for an optional lecture at USCIS (United States Immigration and Citizenship Services). 

Trip details
  • Guests will stay eight nights at the Holiday Inn, Rosslyn
  • Two group dinners are planned, taking place on November 13 and 20. 
  • Guests will provide their own transportation to the DC area, as well as their own transportation within the city (metro, taxi), plus meals excluding the group dinners.
  • Transportation to College Park, MD will be provided. 
  • Orientation sessions will be offered in August and September to help attendees prepare for the trip.
  • The trip will be co-led by professional genealogist Victoria Kinnear (Sunday through Thursday). 
  • Certified genealogist, Darcie Hind Posz, will offer one-hour consultations on Sunday and will assist researchers Monday through Wednesday.
  • This trip is suitable for intermediate researchers, and above.
Victoria Kinnear
Victoria Kinnear, owner of My Ancestors Lived Here, is a professional genealogist with deep Maryland roots. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Maryland Genealogical Society. She is also President of the North Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and Registrar for the Mary Young Pickersgill Chapter of the Daughters of 1812. 

Victoria has researched for television shows including Henry Lewis Gates’ Finding Your Roots and Genealogy Roadshow for the past two seasons. Victoria completed the Boston University Certificate course in Genealogy and GENFED.

Darcie Hind Posz

Darcie Hind Posz, CG, is a genealogist, author and researcher. Recipient of the ASG Scholar Award, she has authored articles that have been published in The Nugget, The GenealogistNational Genealogical Society Quarterly, and The American Genealogist. 

What's the cost?
  • $1895 for a single room
  • $1275 for a double room
*Please add $40 if you are not a member of The California Genealogical Society 

Payment in full is required and refunds cannot be issued after October 1. Trip insurance is always recommended.  

Please indicate your roommate choice, if you are traveling with a researching companion. If you would like to share a room, we will do our best to assign a roommate. **If a roommate is not available, there is a chance you will be assigned to a single room at the single rate.

What else might I do in D.C.?
Some guests might want to visit the Smithsonian’s new African American Museum slated to open in September or the Japanese American Exhibit at the National Museum of American History.

Ready to join us?  Great, sign-up today and be a part of this amazing trip---we hope to see you there!

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