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28 December 2020

Start off the new year with our "Introduction to Genealogy!"

Our "Intro to Genealogy" teachers
Our "First Saturdays Free" series kicks off the new year on Saturday, January 2. The new year means a restart of our popular monthly "Introduction to Genealogy" series, which begins with a "Genealogy Basics" overview and cycles through more in-depth classes on the census, vital records, and how to organize your research. This is one of our most enduring and popular series, suitable for beginners or for those wanting to refresh their genealogical skills. Our rotating team of talented instructors includes experienced CGS genealogists Jennifer Dix, Lisa Gorrell, Ron Madson, Pam Miller, Dick Rees, and Lavinia Schwarz.

The classes can be taken at any time and in any order, but why not start the new year off right with the first in the series? Since moving the presentations online during the pandemic, we've seen a great increase in participation, with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion.

"Genealogy Basics" begins at 10:15 a.m. this coming Saturday, January 2. To reserve your spot in this FREE course, visit our EventBrite listing. Hope to see you on Saturday!


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26 December 2020

Online genealogy, week of December 28-January 3


A sampling of online genealogy events for the coming week: 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.

Our Events

Jan. 2: First Saturday FREE "Introduction to Genealogy." This month: Genealogy Basics.

Other Events:

JewishGen
Dec. 30
:
"Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death
" by
David G. Marwell

Legacy Family Tree
Dec. 30:
"Ten Databases You Need to Know About" by Shannon Combs-Bennett
 

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of classes (too many to list) from beginning to advanced, hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check the calendar frequently.

Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

Dec. 28 - Feb. 1: "Evernote Webinar Series" (Connecticut Society of Genealogists) with Lisa Louise Cooke
 
Jan. 2: "Norwegian Genealogy - The scanned sources in the Digital Archives of Norway, a How-to Guide" (Study Genealogy) by Liv Marit Haakenstad

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!

Copyright © 2020 by California Genealogical Society

18 December 2020

Online genealogy, week of December 21-27


It's a quieter week as we move into Christmas, but there are still some fascinating online genealogy events happening. Most are free. For more details or to register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

JewishGen
Dec. 22
:
"Introducing the JewishGen Crypto Jewish Collection" - Genie Milgrom discusses the data she has spent more than 15 years compiling on "Crypto Jews," Spanish and Portuguese Jews forced by the Inquisition to convert to Christianity during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of classes (too many to list) from beginning to advanced, hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check the calendar frequently.

Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

Dec. 21:

"Visit Norway genealogically" (ELA IL Area Public Library)

Youth Family History Discovery Workshop (Indian River FL Genealogical Society)

Dec. 22:

"New Jersey Probate Records" with Melissa A. Johnson (New Jersey Family History Institute)

“Do They Know it’s Christmas?: A Look at the Realities & Fantasies of Civil War Christmases" (Allen County IL Public Library)

Dec. 27:

"Choosing a Genealogy Software – A Comparison" (Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Philadelphia) 

 

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 December 2020

Online genealogy, week of December 14-20


 

Our Events

Dec. 19: "Finding Your Civil War Ancestors" by Jeff Vaillant

Other 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.

American Ancestors
Dec. 16
: "Bonnie" - author Christina Schwarz converses with Sandra Tsing Loh about her novel based on the life of Bonnie Parker

Dec. 17: "Tips for Interviewing Relatives" by Stephanie Call 

 

JewishGen
Dec. 16: "Roots of Jews from Ottoman Empire: Names and History" by Alexander Beider

Legacy Family Tree
Dec. 15 & 16:
"
From the 18th to the 21st: The Records of Prohibition" by Judy G. Russell

Dec. 16: "Ten Best Sources for Determining Your Immigrant Ancestor's Town of Origin" by Lisa Alzo


Southern California Genealogical Society

Dec. 16: "Bounty Land: It's Complicated" by Annette Burke Lyttle

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of classes (too many to list) from beginning to advanced, hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check the calendar frequently.
Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

Dec. 14
"Expanding Your Family Circle on MyHeritage" by Thomas MacEntee
Dec. 15:

"Exploring Manufacturers (Non-Population) Schedules" (Allen County Public Library)

"Researching Displaced People" by Julie Goucher (Wisconsin State Genealogical Society)

Dec. 16:

"The History and Heritage of German/Germanic Christmas Carols" (San Diego Genealogical Society)

"Ukrainian Jewish Genealogy 101" by Lara Diamond (Ukrainian History & Education Center)

"Finding Her Voice: 3 Steps for Researching Female Ancestors" by Gena Philibert-Ortega

"Researching Your World War II Veteran" (Midwest Genealogy Center)

Dec. 17:  

"Is My Great-Grandmother Really Native American? An Intro to Native American Genealogical Research" by Janice Lovelace (Utah Genealogical Society )


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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07 December 2020

Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941: an eyewitness account

Lavinia Cresap in 1941

Today, December 7, is the 79th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It killed more than 2,400 Americans, wounded more than 1,000 and drew the United States into the Second World War. Lavinia Cresap, mother of CGS member Lavinia Schwarz, was at the time working as an office secretary in Hawaii. She witnessed the attack first hand and wrote about it in her diary, leaving a vivid account of what it was like to be on the ground in those days of terror and uncertainly. Vinnie has graciously shared these excerpts from her mother's December 1941 diary, along with a photo and news clipping. 

From her diary: Honolulu, T.H. - Dec. 7th, 1941

“It couldn’t happen here!” - did we say that? Yet it has and we have come through a day and night that none of us dreamed about. Right now I am writing in the darkness of a schoolroom - sitting beside the window watching the occasional trucks go by and listening to the restlessness inside. It is a very long night and everything is in complete darkness; not a light of any sort inside or out. The trucks that go by are just moving masses on the road. And it is storming, windy and raining, but the moon is full and occasionally comes from behind the clouds and makes things very clear. Here in the room we are sleeping under desks and tables of every description with a blanket beneath us and just coats and sweaters over us. It is about four o’clock and all the children are finally sleeping but most of the women are awake and talking and joking. At last all the crying has stopped. I think that has been the most trying thing this night – and yet you just can’t spank them at a time like this, and for the most part the children have been very good. It is still hard to believe what has happened and realize that this is only the beginning. I find it so hard to comprehend. Such a complete surprise! This morning we were awakened by planes flying over the houses, very low, and guns popping and bombs falling. It was eight o’clock and all were still in bed taking advantage of Sunday morning. Everyone thought it was a practice of some sort.

A news article mentions
Lavinia Cresap's quick action
on December 7
We rushed out of the house in robes to watch the proceedings, watch the bombs falling. I kept saying to Carl - “I didn’t know there was a practice bombing field on the other side of Wheeler!” Then the planes flying over our houses started machine gunning the houses and the bullets dug into the ground and walls around us. Only Col. McNair rushed out of his house across the street completely outfitted shouting, “It’s the Japanese – can’t you see the rising suns on the planes!” And we thought “Oh, it couldn’t be!”

Carl dressed immediately and dashed up to the headquarters. Two minutes later he dashed back, “It is the real thing! Guess I won’t be back for lunch.” He packed a few things and was off again. No sooner had he left, when around came the messengers telling us to take a warm coat and a blanket and go immediately to the Saliport of the 21st.

 

 ... To read more of Lavinia's diary, click HERE.

 

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05 December 2020

Online genealogy, week of December 7-13


 

Conferences and Seminars:

Dec. 12: "Researching American Revolutionary War Patriots" (American Ancestors)

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.

American Ancestors
Dec. 7
: The Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Nicholas Basbanes

Dec. 10: "Finding the Living: Doing Descendancy Research"by  Hallie Borstel

Dec. 11: "Winter and Christmas at Castle Howard" by Christopher Ridgway

BYU Family History Library
Dec. 9
:
“English Church Records: Understanding the Basics” with Kathryn Grant

JewishGen
Dec. 9
:
"
Roots of Jews from Eastern Europe: Names, Language, and History" by Alexander Beider

Legacy Family Tree
Dec. 8:
"Find a Boatload of Passenger Lists on MyHeritage" by Sharon Monson 

Dec. 9: "The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories" by Cari Taplin

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of classes (too many to list) from beginning to advanced, hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check the calendar frequently.
Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

Dec. 7:

“Using Danish Family Search” (National Danish-American Genealogical Society)

“Federal Land Records” (Spartanburg County Public Library)

Dec. 8:

“Introduction to African American Genealogy” (New York Public Library)

“Using Discovery” (National Archives UK)

"Warrants & Patents & Deeds, Oh My!: Genealogy Land Records"(Schaumburg IL Township District Library)

Dec. 9:

“Government Records as Genealogical Resources” (Boston Public Library)

Dec. 10:

“How to Research the Courthouse” (Tennessee Genealogical Society)

“German Advent, Christmas and New Year's Traditions and Superstitions” (Germanic Genealogy Society)

Dec. 12:

“Funeral Home Collections” (Kentucky Genealogical Society)

“Getting Started in Italian Genealogy” (Appleton Public Library)

“Beginning German Genealogy: How to Get Started” (Sacramento 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!

Copyright © 2020 by California Genealogical Society

28 November 2020

Online genealogy, week of November 30-December 6


 

Our Events

Dec. 5: First Saturday Free Intro to Genealogy. This month: "Organizing Your Family History."

Conferences and Seminars:
Dec. 4
: "Researching American Revolutionary War Patriots" (American Ancestors)
Dec. 5 & 6
: New Jersey Family History Research

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.

Dec. 1: "Jewish and African American Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed"

Dec. 3: "Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times" with David S. Reynolds


Dec. 2: "Genealogy is a life and death matter: Moving beyond the obvious records” with James Tanner
 
Family History Library
Nov. 30
:  "Scottish Research Day" (4 classes)

JewishGen
Dec. 2
:
"The Genetic Origins of the Jewish People - Hanukkah 2020 Edition" by Adam Brown

Dec. 1 & 2: "Once upon a time: It’s all about the story" by Carol Baxter

Dec. 2: “Four ways DNA Painter can help with your family history research” by Jonny Perl

Dec. 4: “Your DNA questions answered live” with Diahan Southard

Dec. 1: Day of Giving Back - 4 free lectures

"Release Your Inner Sherlock! Exploring genealogy for the first time" by Jennifer Baldwin

"'Deemed a Runaway'—Black Laws of the North" by Judy G. Russell

"The What’s New in DNA Update" by Blaine T. Bettinger

"Strengthen Your Analysis: Transcribing and Abstracting" by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson


Southern California Genealogical Society 
Dec. 5: "Faith of Our Fathers; United States Church Records, Part 2" by Peggy Lauritzen  
 
Conference Keeper has a large calendar of classes (too many to list) from beginning to advanced, hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check the calendar frequently.
Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

Dec. 1: "Family Stories" (Allen County Public Library) 

Dec. 1: "Don’t Work for Free: How to Efficiently Manage Client Projects" by Cara Jones (Utah Genealogical Association)

Dec. 3: "Which DNA Test Should I Order?" (Allen County Public Library)

Dec. 4: Medical Genealogy: Defining Obscure Medical Terms Used by Our Ancestors" (Houston Public Library)

Dec. 5"Finding Maiden Names - Let Me Count The Ways" (Bucks County Genealogical Society)


 

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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