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19 October 2020

Hale Collection Now Available on Our Website

John Ellis Hale, ca. 1927
 
Super scanner Stewart Traiman has completed digitizing the documents contained in the John Ellis Hale files from our Manuscripts Collection. John E. Hale served as CGS President from 1979 to 1982. He was a dedicated family historian/researcher who spent forty years collecting, documenting and writing about his family and ancestors.

John was the son of Peter Morrell Hale and Katherine McRae. He married Ethel McRae Bemis. The collection includes these surnames along with thirty-nine additional surnames. The collection was donated to CGS in 2012 and was first indexed by Georgia Lupinsky. Georgia created a finding aid to the materials included in the ten archival boxes. Stewart has scanned the collection and expanded the index, which can be accessed from our website. To see the digitized images, click on the hyperlink found in the online finding aid.

John's wife Ethel Bemis

Until now the only way that researchers could view these records was by visiting the library. Now, the digitized documents are accessible to all members on our website. Note: The collection includes additional material for persons still living that may only be viewed in person at the library. There is a total of 741 items in this collection, of which 432 can be viewed online. Many items are multi-page so there is a total of 1,973 viewable images.

The collection is organized by surname and includes family trees, fan charts, pedigree charts, biographies, newspaper articles, DAR documents, diplomas, certificates, and lots of photographs of individuals and of family homes. There is a 20-page personal account of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire San Francisco written by Marion Baldwin Hale in 1975. The collection includes a few personal letters and documents for Thomas McRae, who served as Governor of Arkansas in the 1920s.

Images in the collection are well labeled

This project is one of several efforts undertaken by the CGS Website Content Committee in an effort to expand the society’s offerings of unique resources as a benefit to our members. 

 

 

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17 October 2020

Online genealogy, week of October 19-25


Our Events:

October 24
: The Naughty and Notorious of Mountain View Cemetery

Conferences:

October 24: Germany Seminar Day (Family History Library)

October 23
: A Day with Judy Russell (Tennessee Genealogical Society)
October 23 & 24
: Family Roots Family History Conference
October 24
2020 Virtual Symposium and Annual Meeting (Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International)

October 24:
"Seeking the Past, Envisioning the Future" (Illinois State Genealogical Society)
October 24: Annual Seminar featuring J. Mark Lowe (San Antonio Genealogical & Historical Society)

Classes:
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

October 24: "Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write" with Claire Messud
 
October 21: "Research Walk-Through: Best Practices for Adding a Family from England to Family Tree” with Kathryn Grant

Legacy Family Tree
October 20 & 21
:
"
Using DNA Test Results to Confirm a Pedigree" by Angela Packer McGhie
October 20: "Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2020: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage" by Sunny Morton
October 23: "How Old Did He Have To Be...?" by Judy G. Russell
October 21: "Researching California Mission Indians Using a Case Study" by Jean Wilcox Hibben
 
Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently.
Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

October 19:
"Researching Your Quaker Ancestors" (Heritage Library History & Ancestry Research Center)

October 20:
"Researching African Americans in the Mid-Hudson Valley" (New York Genealogical & Biographical Society)
"Mayflower Research" Allen County Public Library 

"Public Records, Public Trust: Records Management in Government" (Library of Virginia)

"Native American Genealogy Research" (Oklahoma Genealogical Society)


October 21

"Remembering Zion: How a Black Cemetery was Erased and Then Rediscovered" (Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative)


October 22

"Reclaim the Records" with Brooke Schreier Ganz (Marin County Genealogical Society)

"17th-Century Maps of Virginia, Maryland & the Southeast, 1590–1720" (Library of Virginia)


October 23

"Sources and Methods for Researching Native American Ancestors" (Houston Public Library)

"The History of Your House" (Allen County Public Library)


See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more. 


Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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13 October 2020

2020 Genie Awards

Usually we have a cake and celebration, but this past Saturday we had to present the Genie Awards via Zoom. (See our previous post for details on this year's honorees.) Here's a screenshot showing our All-Stars: Arlene Miles, Rich Kehoe, John Ralls, Chris Pattillo, Theresa Murphy, Stewart Traiman, and Shannon Reese! We appreciate you! Your genie lamps are in the mail!

Zoom screen shot

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11 October 2020

Online genealogy, October 12-18


Our Events:

October 10
: Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group

Conferences: 

October 12-14: Virtual British Institute
October 14: "The Kitchen: Culinary Inspirations from the Past" New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Fall Benefit 
October 14-17
: Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference
October 17
: 15th Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar
October 17: Virtual Conference with Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist
(Mid Atlantic German Society)

October 17: Fall Seminar with Fritz Juengling  (North San Diego County Genealogical Seminar)

October 17: Virtual Fall DNA Seminar with Blaine Bettinger (Seattle Genealogical Society)

 

Classes:
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.
 

October 13: "Using Railroad Records" by Kim Harrison

October 14: "Finding Unknown Fathers or Grandfathers by DNA" by Sara Allen
October 15: "Death Business: Searching Funeral Home Collections" by Melissa Tennant
 
October 13, 20, 27: "An Explosion of Beauty: The Art, Architecture, and Collections of British Country Houses, Part I" course with Curt DiCamillo
October 14, 21, 28: "Adoption Research" course 
October 14:  "The First American Jewish Woman Novelist: Uncovering the Story of Cora Wilburn and her Spiritualist Novel, Cosella Wayne" by Jonathan D. Sarna
October 15: "Using Bank Records in Family History Research" by Eileen Pronti
 
October 14: "Improving Your Genealogy Research Skills" by James Tanner

Legacy Family Tree
October 13
:
"
Use MyHeritage Records to Quickly Discover and Write the Story of Your Ancestors " by Devon Noel Lee
October 14 & 15: "Dealing with Endogamy" by Paul Woodbury

Southern California Genealogical Society
October 13: "Beginning Genealogy: Census and Naturalization Records" by Beverly Truesdale
 
Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently.
Here are some of the coming week's highlights:

October 12
"Cemetery Art for Genealogy" (Midwest Genealogy Center) 

"Reconstruction On Hilton Head Island & Beaufort County (1862-1877)" (Heritage Library History & Ancestry Research Center)

October 13

“Researching Your Chicago Ancestors” (Schaumburg IL Township District Library)

"Intro to African American Genealogy" (New York Public Library) 

"Identifying Unknown Ancestors with DNA" (Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia)

October 14

"German Naming Conventions and Other Oddities" (Doña Ana County NM Genealogical Society)

"Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Using Maps to Understand Our Ancestors’ Journeys" (Rogue Valley OR Genealogical Society)

October 15

"A Thousand Thirsty Beaches: Smuggling Alcohol from Cuba to the South during Prohibition" (Alabama Department of Archives)

"The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors" (Florida State Genealogical Society)

"Dethorning Interviews, Cold Calls, and First Contact" (Utah Genealogical Society)

October 16:
"Don't Leave Any Stones Unturned! Finding Collections Anywhere and Everywhere" (Wisconsin State Genealogical Society)

"Fantastic Canal Records and Where to Find Them: NY Repositories" (New York Genealogical & Biographical Society)

"Using DNA to Identify Enslaved Ancestors" (Houston Public Library)

October 17:

"German Genealogy" (New York Chapter of Palatines to America German Genealogy Society)

"Tracing Your Irish Ancestors"(Irish Genealogical Society International)

October 18:

"Past the Cemetery Gate with the Gravestone Girls" (Portsmouth NH Public Library)



See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more. 

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!

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09 October 2020

Weigh In By October 23 On Proposed NYC Public Records Fee Hikes

Marriage record pictured on the DORIS website

Another fight is brewing between New York City repositories and the genealogists and others who depend on their records for research. As explained by "The Legal Genealogist" Judy Russell, the New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) wants to impose a licensing fee for the use of tons and tons of genealogically-relevant materials. The public comment period closes October 23, so time is limited. 

 

It may seem like there's little we can do as individuals, but the more people who speak out against obstacles to public records access, the more likely we are be heard. Late last year, we wrote about USCIS plans to raise their fees by "astronomical" amounts. Despite thousands of comments lodged in protest, and concern raised by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, the Department of Homeland Security vowed to go ahead with the fee hikes, scheduled to begin on October 2. However, they were halted by a preliminary court injunction just days before the deadline.

 

The public can send comments by email, sign a petition by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, or virtually attend the hearing on October 23. For more details on the proposed DORIS rules, and a guide to actions you can take, visit Judy Russell's blog:

https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2020/10/07/heads-up-on-nyc-records-access/ 

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06 October 2020

Profiles of the Signers of the 1849 California Constitution

Chris Pattillo writes: 
Book cover
Cover design: Lois Elling

We are excited to announce the publication of a new resource for California history research: Profiles of the Signers of the 1849 California Constitution. This new work, available on our website, includes biographical sketches of the forty-eight men who signed the California Constitution, plus five other convention participants. While we know that some of the information contained in the 500-page document is outdated, we also know that these profiles include much useful information never before published. Each profile includes a family history, a photograph of the individual, and in most cases his signature. 

The newly completed book is based on research done by George R. Dorman (1901-1983), who was a member of CGS for 47 years. Sometime probably in the late 1990s, CGS member Wayne Shepard used Dorman’s research to compile and edit the book, which includes a 16-page bibliography and a 63-page index. CGS originally had planned to publish the book in hard copy for sale but for various reasons the project was abandoned in 2002. The individual profiles were originally published in our newsletter and later in The California Nugget.
 
Henry Halleck, delegate from the Monterey District

This spring, the manuscript was revived by the Website Content Committee. After some consideration, the Publication Committee decided to move forward with the project. CGS Member Barbara Kridl, who has a professional background in publishing, took the lead and has done an outstanding job of preparing the book for publication on our website. Barbara cleaned up the formatting of the entire book and reworked the format of the bibliography.  She added a preface that explains the origins of the project and worked with member Evan R. Wilson to write a history of the 1849 California Constitution Convention. Other Publication Committee members who assisted with the review and editing are Lois Elling, Stacy Hoover Haines, Arlene Miles, Chris Pattillo, Marie Treleaven and Jennifer Dix. Lois Elling also designed the book cover.

This is a wonderful resource that we are excited to make available to researchers. Over the years CGS members have undertaken several monumental projects – the Judge and Sherman books come to mind. This is the first time I have been personally involved with an effort of this type. It was a wonder and pleasure to see everyone offer to take on pieces of the project and complete them at a high standard. Our members are superheroes and a pleasure to work with. Please say thanks next time you see one of them in a Zoom meeting, and enjoy the book! 

To start exploring, click HERE.

 

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05 October 2020

Annual Genie Awards - Saturday, October 10

Tune in for the presentation of the golden
Genie Awards to our outstanding volunteers

All members are cordially invited to attend our virtual Board Meeting this Saturday, October 10, where we will present the annual "Genie Awards" to several volunteers who have gone "above and beyond" with their time and talents to keep our organization thriving. We normally honor all volunteers in the month of April (National Volunteers Month), but as we all know, nothing is normal in 2020. Since the pandemic forced the closing of the CGS Library in March this year's Genie Awards were postponed. However, in the spirit of "we can do it!" we have decided to have a short online presentation during the October CGS Board Meeting. 

 

Home page of our new website

This year we recognize several volunteers who have been instrumental in revamping the CGS website to bring it into the modern era. It's been a monumental task and involved many hours of discussion, research, preparation and content. We now have a fabulous, robust website that offers a wealth of information to our members and the public. Congratulations and a "tip of the hat" go to: Stewart Blandon, Rich Kehoe, Arlene Miles, Theresa Murphy, Chris Pattillo, John Ralls and Shannon Reese. The event takes place Saturday, October 10, at 10 a.m. To attend, simply register on Eventbrite.

 

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03 October 2020

Online genealogy, week of October 5-11


Our Events:

October 10
: Monthly Board Meeting and Genie Awards: all welcome.

Conferences:

October 8-10
: North Star Genealogy Conference (Minnesota Genealogical Society)

October 9 & 10: "GENEALOGY 2020: Research - Retool - Reconnect" (The Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago)
October 10: Scottish Indexes Conference VI (free)
October 10: Virtual Fall Conference (Greater Omaha Genealogical Society)

Classes:
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

October 8: "What's New at American Ancestors?" with Don LeClair
October 8: "Eleanor" author David Michaelis discusses his biography of Eleanor Roosevelt
 
October 7: "Going Further with Scottish Genealogy" by Hannah Bell

October 5: "Using the FamilySearch Catalog"
October 6: "Preserving Family Memories in Family Tree"

Legacy Family Tree
October 6 & 7
:
"Advanced DNA Techniques: Deductive Chromosome Mapping" by Blaine Bettinger
October 7: "Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA" by Roberta Estes 
October 8: Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series:
  • "From Generation to Generation: An Updated Look at Kinship Determination" by Judy Russell 
  • "Geo-Genealogy as a Problem-Solving Tool: The Case of a 19th-Century Female Teenage Immigrant" by J. H. (Jay) Fonkert
  • "Spanning 150 Years of Record Loss: A Methodological Approach to Identifying Parents in Sweden" by Jill Morelli, CG

Southern California Genealogical Society
October 6-27: "Beginning Genealogy Class" by Beverly Truesdale
October 10: "From Babel to Benefit-Translation Tips for Foreign-Language Documents" by Jane Neff Rollins
 
Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently.
Here are some of the coming week's highlights:

October 5: "House History 101" (Chicago Public Library)
October 6: "Genealogy Workshop Series: Intro to Ancestry" (Chicago Public Library)
October 10: "What's Your American Story? Part 1" by D. Joshua Taylor (Contra Costa Genealogical Society)
October 11: "The Lost Family: How DNA is Upending Who We Are" by Libby Taylor (Omaha Public Library)

See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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