Recent Posts

13 September 2013

2013 Nominating Committee

President Jeffrey Vaillant has announced the reappointment of last year's Nominating Committee. Director and Corresponding Secretary Karen Lemelin will continue to chair the 2013 committee with general members Linda Okazaki and Jane Lindsey.

The committee is seeking nominees for several anticipated openings on the board of directors. Chairperson Lemelin stated, "We are looking for candidates who have the passion and commitment to participate in the future direction of the California Genealogical Society."

Nominees must be members of the society. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity or can suggest someone who may be a good candidate, please email Karen Lemelin.

The California Genealogical Society's bylaws specify the annual creation of a Nominating Committee in Article VII, Section 1: Nominations and Elections.

Section 1. The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members to be named not less that ninety (90) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The President shall appoint the Nominating Committee. The chairperson of the committee shall be from the Board of Directors and additional committee members from the general membership. 
Section 2. The Nominating Committee shall submit its report to the Board of Directors and the Board shall give timely notice of nominations to the general membership prior to the Annual Business Meeting. 
Section 3. Following the Nominating Committee’s report to the membership at the Annual Business Meeting, the floor shall be open to additional nominations, provided nominees have given consent to serve if elected. 
Section 4. Nominees shall be members in good standing in the Society. 
Section 5. Members in good standing who are present at the Annual Business Meeting shall elect the Directors. A plurality vote shall elect. 
Section 6. If there is only one candidate for an opening, the ballot may be dispensed with by general consent and the election held by voice vote.

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

07 September 2013

Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves: Genealogy Meets Family Systems Theory

Saturday, October 19, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

Genealogy is more than building family trees with names, dates, and places. By looking at families at a "systems" level, you can learn how generations have an impact on one another. Join Ron Arons for a fascinating look at ancestry through the lens of Family Systems Theory. Ron will discuss a different kind of family trees – genograms – diagrams to map behavioral traits through multiple generations.

Register online.

The class is limited to thirty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-member fee is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the day of the class.

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.

Over the past twelve years, Ron Arons has given more than 200 talks internationally. While his specialty is researching criminals, his lectures cover a wide variety of genealogical topics. He has published two books: The Jews of Sing Sing and Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records: Sources and Research Methodology. In 2006, Arons won a New York State Archives grant to continue research about Jewish New York City criminals. In 2008, he appeared on the PBS television special "The Jewish Americans." Ron is working on a third book which will cover the topics of genealogy and family systems theory. Ron earned his degrees from Princeton and the University of Chicago.

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

06 September 2013

Encore Workshop! Create Your Own Document Box - Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday , October 18, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

Bill O'Neil is back with an encore presentation of Create Your Own Document Box.

Learn how to create a custom-sized and beautifully decorated box for a book or personal item(s). When registering, let us know the dimensions of your treasure: height, width and depth, so Bill may prepare your materials. Size should be no larger than 8 1/2" x 11" x 2". Bill will provide all the tools you will need: pencils, rulers, glue, and exacto knives. 

The workshop is limited to ten participants. The materials fee is $35 for members and $55 for non-members. ($20 of the non-members fee may be applied towards society membership on the day of the workshop.)

Register online.

Registration confirmations will be sent to the first ten who register and pay the materials fee. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

  • Workshop is limited to ten.
  • Materials fee must be pre-paid.
  • Walk-ins will not be admitted.
Linda Okazaki at the 2012 workshop.
Linda Okazaki sent this review of the 2012 workshop:
The box workshop was active and interactive with a lively group. Where else can you learn to create an archival box that is beautiful and functional, and have fun in the process? It was also nice to meet some new people, both members and non members. Thanks, Bill!

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

02 September 2013

eNews September 2013, volume 7, number 9

The September 2013 eNews, volume 7, 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 we honor former slave, Cherokee Freedman, pensioned veteran of the Civil War, and U.S. Deputy Marshal Isaac "Ike" Rogers, great-great grandfather of director Nicka Smith.

Captured outlaw Crawford "Cherokee Bill" Goldsby (center) and United States Deputy Marshals, including Ike Rogers.

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

The October 2013 issue will be emailed on October 1, 2013. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

California ancestor photograph courtesy of Nicka Smith.

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

31 August 2013

Their Roots Are Showing! Three Bay Area Celebs Find Out Who They Are

Saturday, October 26, 2013
7:00 p.m. Silent Auction of celebrity-signed memorabilia
8:00 p.m. Curtain Up!

Del Valle Theatre
1963 Tice Valley Blvd.
Walnut Creek, California 94595

Join us for an evening of excitement and surprise as we uncover the family histories of three Bay Area celebrities. Billy Beane, Vice President and General Manager of the Oakland Athletics; Natalie Coughlin, winner of twelve Olympic medals and the most decorated female medalist of all time; and Tim “Herb” Alexander, drummer for Grammy-nominated rock band Primus, will journey up their family trees before a live local audience.

Inspired by the television series, Who Do You Think You Are?Their Roots are Showing promises to be an entertaining look at the ancestors’ lives of our three special guests. Whether you’re a genealogy novice, expert or have no interest in it at all, you won't want to miss Billy Beane, Natalie Coughlin and Tim Alexander on their special night of discovery as they learn more about their family’s past.

Hosting the event will be Gianna Franco-Sutter, producer and television and radio reporter for CBS-5, 95.7 FM, and KCBS 740. Gianna will guide us through our celebrity's family history stories.

Download the event flier.

Buy tickets now!

William "Billy" Beane is Vice President and General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. Prior to his front office career, he played major league baseball as an outfielder. He joined the A's front office as a scout in 1990, and was named General Manager after the 1997 season. Beane is the subject of Michael Lewis' 2003 best-selling book on baseball economics, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which was made into a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt as Beane.

Natalie Anne Coughlin Hall is an American competition swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. In 2008 Coughlin became the first U.S. female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympiad, and the first woman ever to win a 100-meter backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics. She has won a total of forty-eight medals in major international competition, including twenty-one gold, seventeen silver, and ten bronze medals spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships.

Timothy W. "Herb" Alexander is an American musician, best known as the former drummer for the Grammy-nominated rock band Primus. He’s also ranked No. 16 in Rolling Stone’s "Top 100 Drummers of All Time." Following his departure from Primus, he went on to form his own group, Laundry. Currently, he’s designing and making Steam Punk style lamps and functional art made from found objects and scrap metals for his business Forging Designs. He’s also still involved with his first love of drumming, working as an instructor both online and in-person.

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