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31 July 2020

Online Genealogy, Week of August 3-9


Here is a list of online genealogy events for the coming week. Most are free. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to archived classes available at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

Our "Writing Your Family History" Series begins Tuesday, August 4
This eight-part series walks through the steps needed to produce a well-researched and handsome family history book, from the basics of storytelling to the finished product. Sign up for one, several, or all sessions!

Conferences:
August 8: August Genealogical Society Symposium: "Honoring Our Female Ancestors"
August 7 & 8: Texas State Genealogical Society Virtual Conference

To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

American Ancestors
August 6-8: "Summer Research Stay-at-Home" a 3-day workshop (fee)

August 5: "Raising Family Historians: How to Capture the Hearts of Future Genealogists" by Breanne Ballard

August 3: "Using the FamilySearch Catalog"
August 4: "Attaching Sources to Family Tree"

August 4 & 5: “Tracing Australian and New Zealand World War One Ancestors” by Helen V. Smith
August 5
: “Using DNA to Solve Adoption and Unknown Parentage Mysteries” by Michelle Leonard

August 6
: “Preparing a Portfolio: Applying to Become a Certified Genealogist” by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, Angela Packer McGhie, and Richard Sayre


Densho.org
continues its "Finding Your Nikkei Roots" series.
August 6
: "Preserving Your Family Archives"

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:
August 3: "Researching Institutional Records" with Lisa Louise Cooke
August 4: "If You Build It, They Will Come: Creating a Website for Your Genealogy Business" by Elizabeth O’Neal
August 5: “How’d You Find That?!? Tips for Locating Obscure or Hidden Records” by Cari Taplin
August 7
: "Research in East & West Prussia" by Ute Brandenburg
August 7
: “African American Genealogy Virtual Workshop. Reconstructing Family: Post-Emancipation Records at the Library of Virginia” by Cara Griggs
August 7
: "Land Documents for Genealogy" by Josh Goodman
August 8
: "Using Newspapers for Genealogy" by Marcie Crocker


Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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29 July 2020

New Resources On The CGS Website

Chris Pattillo is a CGS Board member and oversaw the development of the CGS Strategic Plan.

New resources have been added to the CGS website! During the interviews for the CGS Strategic Plan one oft-made suggestion was the need to add more resources to the website. Well, we heard you and are happy to announce that Part One has been accomplished and is ready for you to explore.


The Website Content Committee started by identifying resources held in our library that will be of interest to our members. We then ranked those suggestions and dove in. Committee member Stewart Traiman scanned two volumes of lineage charts that were created by CGS members between 1955 and 1957. Then our volunteer coordinator, Kathleen Beitiks, mobilized a team of volunteers to index the names that appear on those charts.

The team has finished indexing all of the 65 charts in volume 3.1.

two red book spines
These two volumes of lineage charts were
created between 1955-1957

handwritten pedigree
All 135 lineage charts have been scanned and 
over half have been indexed so far.


Committee member Theresa Murphy checked each chart for completeness and accuracy, and committee member John Ralls added links to each tree and has put the material on our website. You will find a link to these new records on the home page. You need to first Log-In as a member. The SEARCH button will take you to our Databases page where you should select the link labeled "Lineage Chart Images".



We invite members to use this new database and welcome feedback. You can use the SUGGESTIONS tab on the bottom left side of the website to submit comments or suggestions.




Much More To Come


Volunteers are working on indexing 70 additional lineage charts in Volume 3.2. As soon as that work is complete, we will add it to our website. We have also made excellent progress on two volumes of Pedigree Charts that were created in the early 1900s, which Ron Madson is photographing. We are looking into adding the Ahnentafel Charts that were done by CGS members in 1921 and 1944.



Other projects that are being considered include:



·       A set of birth records from the San Francisco Archdiocese that was compiled by CGS member Anne Robinson



·       Thirty biographies of signers of the original California Constitution that were researched and written by CGS member Wayne Sheppard



·       Records from our manuscripts collection



We are also looking to add more culturally diverse records to our collection.


If you would like to get involved with any of these projects please contact me at cpattillo@californiaancestors.org or Kathleen Beitiks at kbeitiks@californiaancestors.org

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24 July 2020

Online genealogy, week of July 27-August 2


Here is a list of online genealogy events for the coming week. Most are free. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to archived classes available at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

August 1: Be sure to check out the CGS workshop "Rules for Entering Family History Data" with Russ Worthington (fee)

Registration opens July 31 for this series of prerecorded webinars and live chats

To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

American Ancestors
July 28: "Jewish Women in the Labor Movement" by Judith Rosenbaum

July 29: FamilySearch Q&A with Kathryn Grant

July 28: "Where There's a Will, There's a Probate: U.S. Probate Records"

July 28: "Fabulous Photo Discoveries at MyHeritage" by Lisa Louise Cooke
July 29: "Researching a Loyalist Soldier" by Craig R. Scott

Densho.org continues its series on "Finding Your Nikkei Roots"
July 29: "Family History Records in Japan"

August 1: "Cousin Baiting and Cousin Stalking" by Christine Cohen

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:
July 28: "Resources on AmericanAncestors.org" by Christine Cohen
July 28: "Jewish History and Genealogy" (panel discussion)
July 30: "African and Jamaican Roots: Who Do You Think You Are?" by Paul Crooks
July 31: "Tracing Black Ancestry: Secrets of the 1817 Slave Registers" by Paul Crooks
August 1: "The Psychology of Searching" and "Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy" by Penny Walters
August 2: "Mixing DNA with a Paper Trail" by Penny Walters

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!

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22 July 2020

Quarantine Quests: The joy of indexing!

Two volumes of pedigree charts
created in the 1890s
This Quarantine Quests story is from Jean Alderson and the other CGS volunteers who are indexing four volumes of Pedigree and Lineage charts for our website.

CGS has a fabulous team of volunteers who have responded to an invitation to help index the names of individuals listed in four volumes of Pedigree and Lineage Charts. The Lineage Charts were prepared in the 1950s and the Pedigree Charts are much older, having been done shortly after the society was founded in 1896. So far, eight CGS members have indexed all the lineage charts in volume 3.1. They, plus seven additional volunteers, have also gotten involved indexing the pedigree charts.

Jean Alderson was the first to volunteer and she is our star indexer. Of the 63 lineage charts, Jean has indexed 37–more than half the total. Now Jean has taken on the pedigree charts and has already completed six of the 35 sets of cards that have been assigned.
Before the quarantine began Jean had been training to become a Desk Volunteer. Now that our library is closed she eagerly agreed to try on the indexing work. Jean taught computer applications during her teaching career so she has the right skill set for the task. She also likes the flexibility of being able to work on the project whenever it suits her and not having to commit to being in the library on a particular day and time.
One of the lineage charts
made by CGS members in the 1950s

Typically, Jean works on her charts after a morning cup of coffee. She leaves her computer open to these files and goes back to it throughout her day working 20-30 minutes at a time. She thinks it is a perfect project to cure boredom and sometimes a good alternative to watching the nightly news.
Of the two projects, Jean much prefers working on the lineage charts which involve extracting names directly from family trees. She enjoys seeing an entire family and learning a little about their lives from the biographical information that is included. Work on the pedigree charts involves typing names and dates from sets of 3x5 cards, which offers its own intrigue. For example, as names are repeated on multiple trees Jean has deduced multiple marriages for individuals. She has been loosely tracking naming traditions finding many Abigails and Hannahs but no Lindas, Karens or Sharons. For males, Ezekial, Ignatious and Zephemiah were popular when the pedigree charts were created. And, then there are oddball names like Deliverance and Experience.

When I asked if she would recommend these projects to others she said yes and noted that she has benefited from similar work that others have done. Now Jean is giving back and hopes that her efforts will help others.

Names from these old index cards will be
transcribed and added to our website.
One of our other volunteers, Barbara Valdriz, has indexed five lineage charts. Barbara enjoys the work and says, “I found myself being drawn in and a bit distracted by wanting to learn more about these families.” Kathleen Beitiks, our Volunteer Coordinator, was thrilled when we started this project because many CGS volunteers want to work from home and this is proving to be the perfect project–particularly now, during the pandemic.
CGS volunteer Ron Madson has been photographing the pedigree charts,
some of which include photos, news clips and other memorabilia.
If you are interested in joining the team to work on these or other remote projects, please contact kbeitiks@californiaancestors.org or cpattillo@californiaancestors.org
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18 July 2020

Online genealogy: week of July 20-26


Here is a list of online genealogy events happening this week. Most are free. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to archived webinars at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more. 

Also: note that The National Genealogical Society's 2020 Family History Conference sessions are now available online in packages priced from $150 to $430.

To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.


The California Genealogical Society hosts an introductory course on DNA:
July 25:
"Overview of DNA Tests and Applications in Genealogical Research" with Mark McLaren

July 24-26: Family Tree Magazine and FamilySearch present a free Weekend Conference

Association for Professional Genealogists  
July 20: "How DNA Can Help Your Work as a Professional Genealogist" by Maurice Gleeson

American Ancestors 
July 23: "Searching the Register on AmericanAncestors.org" by Don LeClair and Rachel Adams
July 23: Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy by Larry Tye

BYU Family History Library
July 22: "2020 Update: Basics of MyHeritage" by James Tanner

Legacy Family Tree
July 21 & 22: "Elusive Immigrant: The Search for Dora Lühr" by Warren Bittner
July 22: "Fifty More Websites Every Genealogist Should Know" by Gena Philibert-Ortega

Densho.org continues its series "Finding Your Nikkei Roots."
July 23: "Military Records"

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) by genealogical associations around the country. New events may be added at the last minute, so check back frequently. Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:

July 20: "The 1950 US Federal Census - Are You Ready?" by Thomas MacEntee
July 23: "Finding What you Need at the National Archives Part 1: Navigating the NARA website" by Paul Prell
July 25: "DNA from A-Z: Unlocking Your Genetic Code," a daylong seminar with Blaine Bettinger and other experts
July 25: English Research Seminar with David Allen Lambert




Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!
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16 July 2020

CGS to serve as local host for NGS Family History Conference in 2022



The National Genealogical Society has announced that its Family History Conference will return to the West Coast in 2022. The conference will be held 25-28 May 2022 in Sacramento, California. The California Genealogical Society is proud to serve as the local host society in 2022. “CGS is looking forward to working with the genealogical communities in Sacramento and throughout the West Coast to make the 2022 conference a fun and educational experience for family historians of all backgrounds," says CGS President Jim Sorenson.

An announcement brochure will be available at the NGS 2021 Family History Conference in Richmond, Virginia, 19-22 May 2021.

The California Genealogical Society is located in Oakland, California. The goal of the California Genealogical Society is to connect people to their family heritage in an inclusive and welcoming environment for our members and patrons. CGS does not tolerate discrimination in any form.

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10 July 2020

Online genealogy, week of July 13-19


Here is a list of online genealogy events happening this week. Most are free. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to archived webinars at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

To register for one of the classes below, click on the name of the host organization.

The Southern California Genealogical Society hosts its monthly webinar.
July 15: "Julian to Gregorian: When and How our Calendar Changed" by Seema Kenne

American Ancestors offers the following:
July 18: "La Mia Famiglia: Researching Italian Ancestors" by Rhonda McClure (fee)

The BYU Family History Library offers a webinar:
July 15: "Demystifying the FamilySearch catalog" with Rachel Derenthal

Legacy Family Tree hosts two webinars:
July 14: "Connecting the Dots–Introduction to Auto Clusters at MyHeritage DNA" by Paul Woodbury
July 15: "On the Record Trail of My LDS Immigrant Ancestor" by Sunny Morton
 
Densho.org continues its series on "Finding Your Nikkei Roots"
July 16: "Incarceration Records"

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) by genealogical associations around the country. New events may be added at the last minute, so check frequently. Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:
July 13: “FamilySearch.org Scavenger Hunt,” (fee) a two-week course led by Tamara Hallo
July 13:  "Tracing Living Persons" by Bob Bryan
July 14: “Family History Resources at the Library of Congress” by Tina Beaird
July 14: “Preserving Personal Genealogical Information and Family Memorabilia: Lessons Learned from Recent Wildfire and Flood Disasters” by John Putnam
July 14: “SummerQuest Online for Teens: Who Do You Think You Are?”
July 16: “America’s New Deal: The WPA’s Federal Project Number One” with Ann Staley
July 16: “Digging for Roots in the Garden State” with Michelle Chubenko
July 18: “Genealogy Boot Camp” with Amy Johnson Crow (reservations required)

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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04 July 2020

Online genealogy events, week of July 6-12


Here is a list of online genealogy events happening this week. Most are free. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to archived webinars at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

NOTE: Registration for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) closes Monday, July 6. The virtual institute is held July 26-31.

To register for one of the classes below, click on the name of the host organization.

American Ancestors offers the following webinars:

July 7: "Women in 19th Century American Bookbinderies" by Todd Pattison and Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe

July 9: "What's New at AmericanAncestors.org" by Molly Rogers
July 10: The Adams Family: The Scottish Architects Who Changed the World" by Curt DiCamillo

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City offers classes every week, including beginner classes in several different languages (check website for details). This week:


July 6: "Using the FamilySearch Catalog"
July 7: "Tips and Tricks for Finding Elusive Records in FamilySearch"
July 8: "Germans from Russia: Locating Church Records"

The BYU Family History Library offers presentations every Wednesday. This Wednesday:
July 8: “Family Resilience” with Rachael Rifkin

Legacy Family Tree hosts a free presentation every week.
July 8 & 9: "Turning dry facts into exciting narrative" by Carol Baxter

Densho.org continues its digital series "Finding Your Nikkei Roots." July 9: "Immigration Records"

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) by genealogical associations around the country. New events may be added at the last minute, so check back frequently. Here are a few of the coming week's highlights:


July 7: "Becoming a Certified Genealogist: A Personal Journey" by Jill Morelli,
July 7: Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors, a free zoom webinar from the Genealogy Center at ACPL
July 9: "My Ancestor is From … but I Don’t Speak or Read the Language. Help!"
July 12: "If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now! Doing Genealogy the Right Way" by Daniel Horowitz
July 12: SecondLife Virtual Genealogical Society meeting


Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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02 July 2020

Online genealogy, week of June 29-July 5


The post for June 29-July 5 was accidentally deleted. See below for links to various online events this week.


American Ancestors 

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City

The BYU Family History Library

Legacy Family Tree

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) by genealogical associations around the country. New events may be added at the last minute, so check back frequently.

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


Copyright © 2020 by California Genealogical Society