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25 February 2018

Hot Off the Press!

The Winter issue of The California Nugget is out, with an array of goodies to explore.

In “The Many Names of Hew Din,” Grant Din traces the journey of his Chinese immigrant ancestor, illustrating along the way resources and techniques for those researching Chinese Americans.

Also, certified genealogist Rondina Wallace outlines a “backdoor” entry to NARA microfilms which can help researchers glean more information from this vast collection.

Sheila Benedict’s “California Historic Missions” gives background on the missions and the records they kept, and explains how to access the information they contain.

We also have the next installments to three stories begun in the Fall 2017 Nugget: “Joel Burlingame: A 19th-century Life” by Barry Hinman; “A Tribute to May (Teruko) Ishimoto” by Norm Ishimoto; and Lavinia Schwarz continues the saga of untangling her family lines in New Orleans, Cuba, and Haiti with “Reading Records Right.”

Thanks as always to editor Janice Sellers and the many volunteers who produce the Nugget. And remember, we are always looking for more interesting articles on genealogy and history. If you have an idea to submit, please contact

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21 February 2018

Passing the Baton

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 by Shannon Reese & Jennifer Dix

We want to let you know about a few changes coming up at The California Genealogical Society (CGS). Shannon Reese is stepping down as Blog Editor, after almost 2.5 years of heralding our society's story.  He will continue to focus on bringing relevant stories on genealogy and history to our Facebook and Twitter channels.

Shannon Reese, genealogy, Adolph Sutro
Shannon having fun with Adolph Sutro,
San Francisco History Days
Shannon joined CGS in January 2011 and has held many volunteer positions, from the research committee to chair of the previous PubMark (Publications & Marketing) committee.  He was also on the Board of Directors for many years. 

He’s been poking around in his family tree since 1996 and has learned countless stories about his diverse ancestors. Shannon’s also a firm believer in the power of DNA genealogy research. His mysterious Virginia ancestor, Sally Reese, has recently been accepted by the Leftwich family after years of trying to prove a connection.

Shannon is redirecting most of his energy towards new ventures at Chartwell Content, a marketing and writing firm, but plans to be a blog contributor from time to time as well.  We thank him for his service!
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Jennifer Dix,
 New Blog Editor

Our new blog editor, Jennifer Dix, has lived in the Bay Area since 2000, and became a member of CGS several years ago. 

She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 20 years before turning her focus to genealogy. Her own ancestry includes early New England settlers and Mormon pioneers (among others), but her interests are wide-ranging. 

She enjoys exploring California’s incredibly rich history and looks forward to learning and sharing more with you all.

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19 February 2018

Capital Campaign Successful

The 2016-18 capital campaign is now officially over as of February 18, 2018 – the actual date of the Society’s 120th anniversary. As chair of the campaign I want to thank everyone who made a donation and helped us raise over $402,000. This money is invested in our Sherman-Haughton Fund and will continue to help augment the society’s financial needs for the next 100 years.

I, and committee members Jane Lindsey and Sandy Fryer, also want to thank everyone who helped us during the campaign. Lois Elling who designed special graphics for the campaign, Shannon Reese who helped with writing and editing blog posts, and Stewart Blandon who promoted the campaign in our eNews. Kathie Jones kept us up to date with monthly financial reports. Linda Okazaki was a tremendously helpful sounding board, and the Board of Directors who reviewed and acted on our ideas.


Chris Pattillo, CGS Capital Campaign Chair

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