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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 [email protected] or Kathleen Beitiks at [email protected]

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