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21 February 2013

Advanced Genealogy Series with Susan Goss Johnston

April 18, 2013 – May 16, 2013
Five Thursday Sessions
6:30-8:00 p.m.

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

Serious about your family history?

Is this you? You’ve searched census records, military records, and every probate and land record you can find, but still can’t seem to solve that frustrating research problem. If so, you’re ready to enter genealogy’s case-building research phase. This series will give you an opportunity to advance your skills in research methodology and practice the Genealogical Proof Standard.

The five-week course includes homework assignments! Each student will be expected to write a research report and a 1½-generation family history in an approved style.

Instructor: Susan Goss Johnston

  • April 18: Context – The Key to Thorough Analysis
    • Examine all records in context: historical context, inherent context, logical context, and life context.
  • April 25: Transcribe, Abstract, Think, and Plan
    • Learn transcription techniques, abstract purpose, identify inferences, and plan your research from every document.
  • May 2: The Research Report and Proof Summary
    • Begin with a plan, document each step, and write the results in an appropriate research report format.
  • May 9: Writing an Interesting Family History
    • Study different formats and practice writing: a formal research report, a proof summary, and a 1½-generation family history.
  • May 16: Genealogy and the Law
    • Legal acts may be record sources and they affect your interpretation of the records. Learn more about the importance of law in your research.
Prerequisites: The student must be familiar with the basic record groups: census, military, vital, probate, and land records - and must have used them all.

Fee: Course is $80 for CGS members; $100 for non-members ($20 will be applied to CGS membership fee, if desired).

Class size is limited to fifteen participants. No walk-ins.
No refunds after classes begin on April 18, 2013.
Pre-registration is required.

Download the series flier for full class descriptions.

Register online.

Students may bring dinner to eat in the library before the class begins. Interested students can also attend half-hour pre-class sessions to discuss the previous week’s assignments. These discussion sessions will be held from 6:00-6:30 p.m. beginning the second week, April 25. After each session, participants will walk together to BART or to their car.

Please note: If you would like more information about the course, or if you're uncertain you're ready to take it, you may contact the instructor before registering. Email Susan Goss Johnston with your questions.

Susan Goss Johnston was a member of Yale University's first undergraduate class of women, earning a B.A. in physics. After graduation, she began working in medical research while studying voice at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. The natural outgrowth of this experience, mixed with two children, led to genealogy, research that didn't require grant writing! She is a frequent speaker in the Bay Area and has been involved in teaching and researching for more than thirty years. Sue is a ProGen Study Group alumna, completing the program in 2011, and she is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research and the "Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis" at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. Her personal research focuses on families in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region, and she specializes in military records and federal land records.

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

20 February 2013

Wordless Wednesday

115th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Nile Hall, Preservation Park, Oakland, California

Photographs by Kathryn Doyle and Linda Okazaki.

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

19 February 2013

New Pinterest Board: Books by Our Members

Membership Coordinator Diana Edwards and Volunteer Coordinator Linda Okazaki are busy making plans for the April membership meeting. The theme will be: Preserving Your Genealogical Work through Publishing.

Members who have published genealogical books, articles, and other materials are invited to bring them to the meeting on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Please email Diana Edwards if you have a work to share. You will not be required to give a presentation.

In anticipation the meeting, we've added the new Books by CGS Members board to Pinterest.

We'll have more about the April meeting as the date approaches.

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

18 February 2013

Root Cellar Spring Seminar with Thomas MacEntee – Saturday, March 16, 2013

CGS member and RootCellar Publicity Chair Denise Richmond sent this announcement:

Have you purchased your tickets yet for the RootCellar 2013 Spring Seminar with Thomas MacEntee? More than half the seats have already been reserved so don't delay!

Saturday, March 16, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Doors open 8:15 am)

Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church
11427 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Seminar Topics:
  • Building a Research Toolbox 
    • Learn some of the most important online resources for genealogical research. Learn how to organize your bookmarks and lists into an easy-to-access, portable virtual toolbox.
  • Internet Archive, A Gold Mine for Genealogists
    • Learn how to navigate this website and leverage the best strategies to download its resources.
  • Social Networking, New Horizons for Genealogists
    • Social networking programs will be de-mystified. Learn how each program is currently being used by genealogists and family historians of all ages.
  • You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools
    • Learn what’s hot in the world of apps and websites and how you can start using them. This talk includes a review of a group of familiar apps and websites being used in creative ways by the genealogy community.

Root Cellar Member – $25;  Non-member – $30;  After March 1st – $35.
Optional Lunch by TOGO’S - $7.00 each.
Gift Baskets – Raffle Ticket Sales start at 8:15 am

Download the registration form and flier.

NOTE: Due to the high interest in this seminar, early registration is highly encouraged. No registrations will be sold at the door. Confirmations will be mailed and no refunds once you have registered. Your check will be returned if it is after received after the event is sold out.

About Thomas MacEntee
When he’s not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 2,800+ members of Geneabloggers, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not easy, but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a twenty-five-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and he loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.

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

15 February 2013

San Francisco History Expo 2013

Saturday, March 2, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Old Mint
88 Fifth Street at Mission
San Francisco, CA 94103

The California Genealogical Society will have a booth at the Third Annual San Francisco History Expo the first weekend in March. Admission is free (donations are welcome).

The San Francisco History Expo brings local and neighborhood history groups together under one roof. This is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about—and participate in—San Francisco history though presentations, photographs, artifacts, children’s activities, and historical reenactments.

More than forty organizations will be represented at the two-day event, displaying their connection to San Francisco's history and sharing information about their group. The CGS will be sharing a room with and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogy Society.

This year we will be promoting our new San Francisco Special Interest Group and, of course, Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research

Judy Bodycote helped with last year's CGS table and sent this review:
The exhibits are all very interesting, covering many aspect of SF's past and present. Last year, the Maritime Museum exhibit was particularly noteworthy with a whole room full of items including a model ship with working rigging, and the parts labelled. It is also one of the few times when the mint is open to the public.
Judy Bodycote and Nancy Servin are overseeing our presence this year. They are coordinating schedules for volunteers to staff our booth. If you can help, please email Nancy.

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