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16 January 2012

How To Go Home: 1000 Memories Scanning Event

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Session one: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session two: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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

1000memories, creator of the popular ShoeBox iPhone app that lets you scan and share old paper photos, will host a free scanning event including two sessions of photo and document scanning and a short class on uncovering family stories hidden in your shoeboxes and closets.

There is no limit on the number of photos or documents you may bring to the workshop. 1000Memories will furnish iPhones to participants to use in the workshop. Registrants who own an iPhone or iPad2 are encouraged to download the ShoeBox App for use during the event.

Register online.

Space is limited. Each session is open to all CGS members but is limited to fifteen participants. Preregistration is required and walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first fifteen who register for each session. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

About 1000 Memories
Founded in 2010 in San Francisco, California, 1000memories helps users bring albums, scrapbooks, and photo-filled shoeboxes out of closets and into an online, shareable space where they can be remembered and celebrated. For more information, visit

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

11 January 2012

Wordless Wednesday

 Book Repair Committee Luncheon
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
 Bill O'Neil, Lorna Wallace, Marianne Frey, Judy Bodycote and Dick Rees

Photographs courtesy of Lorna Wallace and Dick Rees, 12/13/11, Oakland, California.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

09 January 2012

Ancestral Homelands: A Spotlight Series for Beginners

The California Genealogical Society and the Oakland California Family History Center have collaborated on a new series of classes designed to help you find where your immigrant ancestor came from and to teach you the kinds of resources available for that part of the world. Each month will focus on a different country or region.

Classes will be held monthly on the fourth Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Oakland California Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland. The fee is $10 per class.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012: Beginning Research in Sweden with Wade Olofson
—An introduction to Swedish genealogical research and online resources and materials at the Oakland California Family History Center, including Swedish death records through 2009, Swedish census 1880 - 1900, vital and church records. Register online.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012: Beginning Research in England with Jeremy Frankel 
An introduction to British genealogical research and online resources and materials at the Oakland California Family History Center, including resources for English/Welsh vital records through the twentieth century, census records for 1841-1911, church and probate records. Register online.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012: Beginning Research in Norway with Gloria Hanson
—An introduction to Norwegian genealogical research and online resources and materials at the Oakland California Family History Center, including naming practices, censuses, church records (births, marriages, deaths, immigration) and information on Norwegian settlements in the U.S. Register online.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Beginning Research in Louisiana with Sue Severson

—An introduction to Louisiana family history through its diverse history, peoples and cultures. An overview of many record sources available, beginning with the colonial period, including civil, church, land and military records. Also a preliminary look at the some sources specific to African American and Native American family history. Register online.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012: Beginning Research in Germany with Robert Jackson

—An introduction to the great wave of German immigration from 1840 to 1900. This class will outline the resources available to narrow the search for your ancestors' place of origin and will touch
on the special challenges posed by the spelling of German surnames and place names and by the movable feast of German geography in the 19th century. Also a glance ahead to the main issues involved in accessing archives and records in Germany. Register online.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

06 January 2012

Announcing the 12th Annual Salt Lake City Research Tour April 22-29, 2012

Join CGS for a week of intensive research and lots of fun!

Past-president Jane Lindsey is leading the twelfth annual California Genealogical Society Salt Lake City Tour to the Family History Library from Sunday to Sunday, April 22—29, 2012. Research Director Nancy Peterson returns to help lead this very popular trip.

Nancy Peterson and Betty Walker at the Family History Library in 2011.

Accommodations will be at the Shilo Inn, located three blocks from the Family History Library. The Shilo provides free high-speed internet access in every room.

The trip cost is $750 (airfare not included.) A deposit of $200 holds one space.

The Tour Package includes:
  • Hotel room – 7 nights, double occupancy
  • Shuttle service to and from airport
  • Three group dinners (Sun., Wed., and Sat.)
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Orientation and lectures
  • Computer assistance using the online catalog at and other websites
  • Optional consultation prior to the trip
Download the tour flier for restrictions and full information.

Register online and reserve your space now!

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

05 January 2012

eNews January 2012, volume 6 number 1

The January 2012 eNews, volume 6, number 1,  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.

Member Grace Frontin contributed this month's photograph of her great-grandfather, Patrick J. White, and his family, of San Francisco.

[Left to right] Patrick Joseph White, with James, on his lap; [standing] William V. (my grandfather),
Mary, Harry; Mary Jane Kelly White, with David Augustus on her lap;
[seated in front] Joseph and Grace; [center] fraternal twins, John and Katharine.
The infant seated at right on the lap of Mary Jane (Kelly) White was the future police chief of San Francisco, David Augustus White, who died in 1920 while in office.

Past issues of the eNews are available at the eNews archive.

The February 2012 issue will be emailed on January 31, 2012. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Photograph courtesy of Grace Frontin.

Copyright © 2012 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library