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09 September 2010

Chinese American Family History Conference

Sunday, October 10, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)

Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street
Oakland Chinatown

Learn about how to research your Chinese family ancestry and history at this informative and interactive all day conference. Speakers will include staff from the In the Search of Roots program, National Archives San Francisco and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Three CGS members are part of the planning committee for the event: Christine DeVillier, Douglas Joe and Kay Speaks. Christine and Kay are two of the scheduled speakers.

Workshop Topics include:
  • Why work on learning about family history?
  • How do I start my family history project? An introduction to Chinese surnames.
  • Why did our ancestors migrate within and beyond China?
  • How do I research family documents from the National Archives?
  • What are some good research techniques to use to learn about my family and roots?
  • Fascinating case studies showing use of many different research methods and technology.
  • Journeys to the Motherland: What can I expect if I go to China? Who can help me get there?

Registration is $25 online and includes a box lunch. There is a reduced fee of $15 for students with current ID.

For more infomation, email or call (510) 637-0463.

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) was founded in 1984 by a coalition of volunteers who recognized the need for a strong artistic and cultural force in the Chinatown area. Since opening its own facility in 1996 in the heart of Oakland's Chinatown district, the OACC has presented countless high quality cultural programs including performances, workshops, festivals, school tours, classes, and exhibitions.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

08 September 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Volunteers in the Library
Dick Rees and Pam Miller

 Photograph courtesy of Arlene Miles, Oakland, California, 4/6/2010.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

03 September 2010

Book Repair Workshop Returns Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, California 94612

The California Genealogical Society is taking reservations for the popular Book Repair Workshop to be held on Saturday morning, October 16, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Taught by Book Repair Committee Chairman, Bill O'Neil, the workshop is limited to ten enrollees.

Workshop participants learn book repair techniques by creating a book for themselves. Pages are provided and the pupils create the binding. The finished product will be a copy of a "how to" pamphlet written by the late Dick Thrift, founder of the CGS Book Repair Committee. Everyone goes home with a self-made instruction book and souvenir of the day.

• Workshop is limited to ten.
• $25 charge for materials must be pre-paid.
• Walk-ins will not be admitted.

Register online.

Payment instructions will be emailed with registration confirmation. A registration confirmation will be sent to the first ten who register. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

The full schedule of classes offered during October Family History Month is available for download.

Photograph by Kathryn M. Doyle, Oakland, California, 10/25/2008.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

02 September 2010

eNews September 2010, volume 4, number 9

The September 2010 issue of the eNews, volume 4, number 9,  has been published and emailed to members and friends. As always, the eNews features timely information about the California Genealogical Society and our upcoming events. Each edition also includes Suggested Links From the Blogosphere and a photo feature: California Ancestors.

This month's photo tribute was contributed by past-president Jane Knowles Lindsey who told the story of her mother's special brooch and how she learned it had once belonged to her great-great-grandmother, Magdalena Gerth Eberle.

Past issues of the eNews are available at the eNewsARCHIVE.

The October 2010 issue will be emailed on September 30, 2010. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

01 September 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday Evening Discussion Group
German Research
August, 19, 2010

Photograph courtesy of Jane Knowles Lindsey, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library