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29 November 2016

Lifetime of Genealogy

Did you know that anyone who donates $1000 or more to the California Genealogical Society (CGS) is entitled to a Life Membership? If you’ve been considering a life membership, now is a good time to make the commitment because in January 2017 the cost will increase to $1200.  
Life membership is being promoted to help build our endowment and will sustain the society long-term. Currently, CGS has 49 Life Members – fourteen of whom joined this year. Two of those new Life Members are Chris Pattillo and Diana Wild.
Here’s why they felt now was the right time to finally make the leap and become Life Members:
Jim Robinson, Laura Spurrier, Gloria Hanson & Chris Pattillo
I’ve thought about becoming a life member many times but never gotten around to it. This seemed like the right time. CGS is important to me – I value the resources the library has to offer and all that I learn attending programs, but most importantly I value the friendships and sense of camaraderie here.  After all, where else can I carry on about my family history and know my listener is actually interested?”     

Chris Pattillo

Jane Lindsey, Diana Wild & Alice Kane (NEHGS)
"CGS was a major reason why I got so involved in genealogy.  It was an incubator of sorts - a starting point for my research, a place where I learned new skills, and sustained my enthusiasm. I not only gained knowledge, but also friends, and enjoy sharing what I have learned with newcomers. I have belonged for many years and plan on supporting it for years to come, so becoming a life member just made good sense."   Diana Wild

All life members – new and old will be included in a special tea to be held in January 2017– so please consider upgrading to a Life Membership.

Thank you for helping create a more secure California Genealogical Society now and for the future!

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27 November 2016

Our Members Make Us Possible

Happy Holidays!  Now that the holiday season has begun, I hope you’ll take a minute to think about some of our genealogy accomplishments this year and why you should be proud to continue supporting the California Genealogical Society through our Annual Appeal.

What were “firsts” for us this year?
  • We held our sold-out and well-received fall seminar with Cyndi Ingle, founder of Cyndi’s List.
  • We participated in our first ever East Bay Gives community day of online giving and raised $3,000.
  • We conducted in-house consultations in conjunction with Ancestry Day by the Bay.
  • We created a genealogy “summer camp” that was held on Thursday evenings in July and August.
  • We began a Young Genealogists group, an Irish Genealogy-focused Facebook page, and a Roots Magic Special Interest Group.

Our Library
We’re incredibly lucky to have an educational space for classes and events that brings us closer together as a genealogical community.  Isn’t it fun to meet people who have the same passion for genealogy as you?

In all seriousness, our library is the cornerstone of our organization, housing a collection of thousands of books, maps, periodicals, pedigree charts, manuscripts, vertical files, and other resources.

Have you been to the library lately?  If not, come to the library and access the numerous online subscriptions available including American Ancestors,, Find My Past, Fold3, and HistoryGeo

Our History 
In just over a year, the California Genealogical Society will reach a milestone, our 120th Anniversary. As we get closer to this achievement, the goal is to ensure that our society remains a leader in the field of genealogy. Your donation will help us to do that, and more. 

Give to an organization that cherishes the past
At this time of year, we know that other charities and organizations are all competing for your time and resources. We also know that you are the reason that the California Genealogical Society continues to thrive nearly 120 years after our 1898 establishment.
Donate today and help us make the annual appeal a success.  Thank you.

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22 November 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving 
from the California Genealogical Society. 

Our library will reopen for research on
 Thursday, December 1. 

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21 November 2016

Our Volunteer Holiday Open House is Dec 4th!

Ready for some fun?
All current, past, and future volunteers 
of the California Genealogical Society 
are invited to attend our holiday pot luck. 

Come join your friends and have some fun 
meeting other volunteers at our holiday brunch!
Sunday, December 4th
11:00 a.m. ~ 2:00 p.m.
 Lafayette, CA 

Hosted by:
 Linda Okazaki, Therese Hart-Pignotti 
Diana Edwards and Kathleen Beitiks 

Please bring a dish to share
We hope you'll bring either fruit, an appetizer, bread, 
dessert, and/or your favorite beverages.

Have questions or need more information?
RSVP to Linda Okazaki for the address of the party, 
and any other details you may need.

    We hope to see you there!

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