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12 February 2013

Honoring Our Past Presidents


Congratulations, members and volunteers!

One hundred fifteen years ago today, on Saturday, February 12, 1898, at 2:00 p.m., the California Genealogical Society was founded in San Francisco.
A half dozen or so San Franciscans interested in genealogy gathered at Dr. Edward Stephen Clark's office at 16 Geary. They pooled their knowledge of family history research and shared the materials they'd separately gathered. In fact, they held the first meeting of what would become the California Genealogical Society, the state's first organization of family history researchers.
Dr. Edward Stephen Clark was elected the society's first president. Today President Jeffrey Valliant is the thirty-sixth to hold the office. Today we honor those who came before.

Past Presidents of the California Genealogical Society
Dr. Edward Stevens Clark     1898–1900
Col. Adolphus S. Hubbard  1900
Mr. Herbert Folger  1901–1903
Mr. Zoeth A. Eldridge  1904
Mr. Herbert Folger  1905–1907
Mr. Orville Dwight Baldwin     1908–1909
Mr. Henry Byron Phillips  1912–1920
Mr. Delmar Leon Thornbury     1921
Mr. George Henry Andruss  1922
Dr. Charles Francis Griffin 1923–1931
Mr. George Arthur Merrill 1932
Mr. Charles Hancock         1933–1941
Mr. Robert T. C. Head  1942–1944
Miss Margaret Griffith     1945–1948
Mrs. Heward Armstrong 1948–1962
Mr. H. Lewis Mathewson 1963–1964
Mrs. Scott Rountree          1965–1970
Mrs. John Peirce  1971–1973
Dr. Albert Shumate     1974
Mr. J. Roger Jobson  1975–1976
Mrs. Charles C. Bowen  1977–1978
Mr. John Hale  1979–1982
Mrs. Constant Vaughn  1983
Mr. David Adams     1983–1977
Mrs. Jane Steiner     1987–1988
Mr. James Schuyler 1989
Mr. David Mason Adams  1990
Mrs. Mary Sweetman  1991
Mrs. Mary Lou Grossberg     1992–1993
Dr. Frederick S. Sherman  1994–1997
Mr. David Wilma  1998
Mr. Vernon A. Deubler  1998–2001
Mr. Glen S. Schimelpfenig  2001–2004
Mrs. Jane Knowles Lindsey     2004–2010
Dr. Stephen Harris  2010–2012

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

08 February 2013

French-Canadian Seminar and Panel Discussion

Dr. Robert Jackson

Saturday, March 23, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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

Dr. Robert Jackson, a retired Harvard history professor and businessman, will give participants an overview of the history of Quebec, providing historical perspective to French Canadian research. Come hear him discuss major French Canadian resources and online resources for your genealogy research. He will also offer suggestions for U.S. research to trace your ancestor back to Quebec.

The last hour of the seminar will be devoted to a panel discussion with time for questions from the audience. Mary Beth Frederick and Tom Gesner will assist.

Seminar Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Brief History of Quebec and how it affected the Canadian population, including the King’s daughters (Filles du Marier), the Carignan Regiment, and the Acadians.

11:15 a.m.

-12:15 p.m. Discussion of Important Record Sets for French Canadian research, including notarial records, the Drouin Collection, the PRDH, Jette’s genealogy dictionary the Tanguay Collection, the Census and other resources. The use of “dit” names (alternate surnames) and online resources will also be covered.

12:15 -

1:00 p.m. Lunch: Bring your own lunch and network with other French Canadian researchers.

1-2 p.m. Beginning your French Canadian research in the U.S Ideas for identifying the French name will be discussed, as well as using churches with a large French Canadian population as a resource. We will look at migration patterns of French Canadians to the U.S. Marriages in VT, NH, and NY are often hard to find.2:15-
3:15 p.m. Q & A and Panel Discussion

Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first thirty registrants. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Register online.

The class is limited to thirty participants. The cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members, with the option to apply $20 to a membership that day to allow one discounts for other classes.

Registrants are encouraged to give as much information beforehand on their French Canadian ancestors as possible, including at a minimum the name and birthdate of their most recent French-Canadian ancestor as well as the names of his/her parents and their marriage date/location. Registrants should email this information at time of registration to events@california ancestors.org, with the email subject of FRENCH CANADIAN FAMILY INFORMATION.

Robert Jackson holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. After several years' teaching at the college level, he pursued a professional career in banking and finance. Since retiring he has assisted a variety of not-for-profit and community organizations and has enjoyed his hobbies of genealogy and tennis. He lives in Berkeley, is devoted to his wife, and is very proud of his daughter, now in her junior year at Bennington College in Vermont.


The writing assistance of Carol Corville Horn is gratefully acknowledged.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

06 February 2013

APG Professional Management Conference


Member Corey Oiesen sent this announcement:

Register now for Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) Professional Management Conference 2013. The deadline for registration discounts is this Friday, February 15, 2013. A $25 late registration fee applies afterwards.

Attendance at is open to members and non-members. Attendees may choose to attend the full conference or a single day.

Association of Professional Genealogists
Professional Management Conference
March 19-20, 2013
Radisson Hotel Downtown
Salt Lake City, Utah

The APG conference precedes RootsTech.

This year’s theme is, "Building a Successful Business." Speakers will be:

Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Workshop: Overcoming Research Barriers---An Interactive Case Study
  • Variables in Professional Genealogists' Approaches to Research
  • Client Reports: Dos, Don’t, and Maybes

Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG
  • Order in the Court: Hands-on with Court Records
  • More Than the Begats: Using the Law to Spice up a Research Report

Thomas MacEntee
  • Launching an Effective Marketing Campaign

Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Video Marketing: Killer YouTube Strategies

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL
  • The Best Educational Plan for You: The Workshop

Jean Wilcox Hibben, Ph.D., M.A, CG
  • Organization for Genealogy Speakers

APG will also hold at reception and roundtable from 6:30–8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, which is open to members and non-members.


Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library

04 February 2013

Field Trip to the California Historical Society March 20, 2013


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94105

For members only!

Join Henry Snyder, chair of the library committee, for a field trip to the California Historical Society. A talk and tour by the CHS staff will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. After the tour the library is open until 4:00 for research. Bring lunch or try one of the nearby restaurants.

Register online.

The CHS Collection comprises a diverse body of materials documenting the history of California, including:
  • 50,000 volumes of books and pamphlets
  • 4,000 manuscript collections
  • 500,000 photographs
  • Printed ephemera, periodicals, posters, broadsides, maps, and newspapers
  • The Kemble Collection on Western Printing and Publishing
  • 5,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings, and lithographs
  • Artifacts and costumes

There is a also a gallery with changing exhibitions. At the time of our visit, “See Beauty in this Life: A Photographer Looks at 100 Years of Rural California” with a retrospective by Lisa M. Hamilton, will be playing through  March 24, 2013.

The CHS website includes a research page which highlights the strengths of their collection and is a gateway to their online catalog and the Online Catalog of California (OAC). The OAC is an online archive of collection guides and digitized primary sources contributed by libraries and other cultural heritage institutions throughout the state, maintained by the University of California.

The California Historical Society, founded in 1871, is a membership-based, non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.


The writing assistance of Carol Corville Horn is gratefully acknowledged.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

01 February 2013

eNews February 2013, volume 7, number 2

The February 2013 eNews, volume 7, number 2, 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 we honor Thelma Nordengen Armstrong Flaten, grandmother of California Genealogical Society board member Shannon Reese.


Thelma Nordengen Armstrong Flaten

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

The March 2013 issue will be emailed on February 28, 2013. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

Photographs courtesy of Shannon Reese.



Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library