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30 September 2013

How Will You Celebrate Family History Month?



For more than a decade, October has been celebrated as Family History Month among genealogy enthusiasts. As always, the society library will open its doors to the public during the month of October. We waive the library usage fee for non-members and invite everyone to come and explore the library's resources.

Member volunteers have been busy gearing up for a month of special events and exciting classes. Celebrate Family History Month at one of our October events:

The California Genealogical Society is a co-sponsor of Angel Island Family History Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Pam Miller will be teaching our First Saturday Intro to Genealogy class on October 5, 2013, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Book Repair Committee will hold its monthly work session on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The October Membership Lunch and Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. This month's theme is: Our Ancestors and World War I.

The RootsMagic Special Interest Group will meet Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Book Repair Chairman Bill O'Neil is teaching an encore of the Create Your Own Document Box workshop on Friday, October 18, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.,

Ron Arons will present a new lecture Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves: Genealogy Meets Family Systems Theory on Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The San Francisco Special Interest Group just celebrated its first anniversary. They will meet on Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Support the library and attend our special fundraiser – Their Roots Are Showing! – Saturday, October 26, 2013, Del Valle Theater, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94602. The silent auction of celebrity memorabilia starts at 7:00 p.m.; curtain up at 8:00 p.m. sharp.

For a full listing of all Bay Area genealogy events in October, check the San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar. Plan to spend some time with your family history!


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

27 September 2013

Their Roots Are Showing Flier


Event flier by Therese Hart-Pignotti.

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

25 September 2013

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: October 2013 Published


October 2013 events have been published on the San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar – a collection of local genealogical society classes, workshops and meetings within a 75 mile radius of San Francisco.

Genealogical societies traditionally celebrate Family History Month in October and most groups sponsor additional classes and events. This month's calendar lists fifty events at various venues around the Bay Area, sponsored by thirty societies, libraries and archives.

Be sure to cross-check the information at the website of the sponsoring group for updates and changes.

If you would like to add your group's events to the calendar, please email the information by the 15th of each month. (Please include "SFBA Calendar" in the subject line.)

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

23 September 2013

Ancestry Day - San Francisco 2013

Discover a Bridge to Your Past

Saturday, November 9, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA

The California Genealogical Society (CGS) and Ancestry.com are partnering again to present Ancestry Day – San Francisco, Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center. Join us for a full day of family history classes designed to help you with your research. Explore the world of genealogy, listen to engaging lectures, meet with expert staff and learn about the incredible resources available at Ancestry.com and at the California Genealogical Society Library.

The day will include:
  • Tips & Tricks on Ancestry.com 
  • One-on-one consultations with genealogists 
  • An opportunity to personally speak with Ancestry.com experts 
  • Classes for beginners new to ancestor searching 
  • Guidelines for locating ancestors and discovering their stories
Experienced researchers will also have the opportunity to learn about new features available on Ancestry.com such as: a mobile phone app for easy family tree access; the ability to sync one Family Tree Maker tree and one online Ancestry tree using Tree Sync; new organizational tools in Family Tree Maker 2012.

Download the class schedule.

The “early bird” price (through October 9) is $38 for the all-day event. The price will increase to $48 on October 10, 2013.

Register online.






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

18 September 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Mad about Maps Genealogy Seminar with Melinda Kashuba
Saturday, Sept 14, 2013




Photograph by Kathryn M. Doyle, Oakland, California, 9/14/2013.

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