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30 August 2016

Ready for the Board?

by Karen Lemelin

The Nomination Committee is seeking candidates for the California Genealogical Society (CGS) Board of Director nominations for 2017-2018.

Corresponding Secretary Karen Lemelin will chair the 2016 committee with general members Chris Pattillo and Nancy Cork.

The committee seeks nominees for several openings on the board of directors.  Chairperson Lemelin said, “ We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic candidates with a passion for genealogy to assist CGS as we approach our 120th anniversary to continue to strengthen and build our organization.”

Nominees must be CGS members. 

If you are interested or know someone who might be a good candidate, please email Karen Lemelin or call at 510-333-8116. 

The California Genealogical Society's bylaws specify the annual creation of a Nominating Committee in Article VII, Section 1: Nominations and Elections.


Section 1. The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members to be named not less that ninety (90) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The President shall appoint the Nominating Committee. The chairperson of the committee shall be from the Board of Directors and additional committee members from the general membership. 
Section 2. The Nominating Committee shall submit its report to the Board of Directors and the Board shall give timely notice of nominations to the general membership prior to the Annual Business Meeting. 
Section 3. Following the Nominating Committee’s report to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting, the floor shall be open to additional nominations, provided nominees have given consent to serve if elected. 
Section 4. Nominees shall be members in good standing in the Society. 
Section 5. Members in good standing who are present at the Annual Business Meeting shall elect the Directors. A plurality vote shall elect. 
Section 6. If there is only one candidate for an opening, the ballot may be dispensed with by general consent and the election held by voice vote.

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29 August 2016

Genealogical Treasures Revealed September 10th: Come see what you’ve been missing!

by Linda Darby

Come to the Library to check out our Vertical Files Grand Opening hosted by Pat Bonderud and Linda Darby, September 10th, from 12pm to 12:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Our 2,000 files include newspaper clippings, newsletters, correspondence, reproduced records, compiled family charts, research notes and other interesting items. You never know what you'll find in this eclectic collection.

Photos by Maureen Hanlon
Both members and non-members have contributed the contents of these files over our 100-year history. 

To make your search easier, we have an online Vertical File database index that includes: a title (usually a surname), brief description of the contents, time frame, and geographic location for each file. A few examples include:

    1856 Ogle County, Illinois marriage certificate for Philo Wood and Almira McKinnery.
    1925 Iowa Adjutant General's Certificate regarding James Strain's (of Crawfordville, Iowa) military service in the Civil War.
    1911 statement by Mrs. E. J. Grady of New Jersey regarding Alexander Desnoyers, her grandfather, who had resided in Quebec.
    O’Bryant surname:  Research material including marriage and death certificates, charts and photographs from Kenneth G. Felton of Castro Valley, Calif. in his quest to find M. A. Bruer who married James Ira Nelson in Dec. 1891.
    Mesa surname: Death certificate and obituary for Frank Mesa (1835-1910); photo of daughter, Lucy M. Mesa (1875-1944) with vital information; Lucy Mesa’s death certificate and wedding announcement; and death certificate for Harry Durand Wilkinson (1876-1946)
    Miller surname:  Marriage records of the Miller family, 7 pages. Includes the Miller family Bible records, plus marriage certificates for Clement H. Miller & Alice W. Davis, and Samuel Miller born 1801.
    The History of the Bibber Family at Harpswell, Maine by Rev. Chas. N. Sinnett, Fayette, Iowa [1913].

Please Register for this FREE Event. We hope to see you there!

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24 August 2016

Are you Ready for a "Lifetime" commitment?

 by Sandy Fryer, Chris Pattillo, & Jane Lindsey  

Did you know that the California Genealogical Society (CGS) 
will be 120 years old in February 2018?

With a nod to our fast approaching 120th anniversary, beginning in 2017 we are planning special event classes and special fundraising activities for our members to celebrate this milestone.

Become a life member! Life Memberships are currently $1000. Effective in January of 2017, our Life Memberships will increase to $1200.  

We hope you will consider a Life Membership!  We encourage you to think of this as a donation with benefits. 100% of the Life Membership fee is invested in mutual funds and provides long-term support for CGS, helping assure that the Society will remain viable in the years to come.

THANK YOU TO ALL MEMBERS WHO SUPPORT CGS especially all of our Life Members. We appreciate that you have supported the Society by choosing this level of membership.  We have 45 Life Members, 37 from within California and 8 from outside the state. 

Our first 120th special event will be a tea to honor our Life Members.  If you are a Life Member or plan to become one, then Save the Date! Sunday January 8, 2017 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm in Lafayette.  Invitations will be coming out this fall. 

If you have questions, Chris Pattillo or Jane Lindsey would love to hear from you. 

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22 August 2016

Got German Ancestors? August 25th Members-Only Event ends our Summer Evenings Series

Please join us this Thursday, August 25th, from 6pm until 8pm for a special, members-only evening with Robert Jackson at our genealogy library An added bonus is that metered parking is free after 6pm and much easier to find!

There will be informal discussion around early German records (he'll help demystify), plus the latest news from Robert about newly available German Genealogy resources.  

If time allows, he will walk you through some early marriage and baptism entries, along with how to deal with them.  No registration needed. 

About the instructor
Robert Jackson holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. After several years’ teaching at the college level, he pursued a professional career in banking and finance. Since retiring, he has assisted a variety of not-for-profit and community organizations.  He has also been enjoying his hobbies of genealogy and tennis. 

Robert lives in Berkeley, is devoted to his wife, and is very proud of his daughter, who recently graduated from Bennington College in Vermont.

Join Robert this Thursday for this special, members-only event and learn how to decipher your German roots!

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