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15 November 2013

News from the 2013 Nominating Committee

The 2013 Nominating Committee – Diana Edwards, Jane Lindsey, and Chair Karen Lemelin – announce the nominations for the 2014-2015 board of directors for the California Genealogical Society. Nominations will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m

The nominated members for board of director positions are:
  • Felicia Addison
  • Tim Cox
  • Edie Daly
  • Glenn Koch
  • Marcelle White
The five nominees will be nominated for their first two-year board term ending in 2016 (1-2016). Please note that Edie Daly completed the interim board position vacated by Laura Lee Karp and is now nominated for her first full term.

Diana Edwards and Shannon Reese are continuing their first terms (1-2015). Kim Cotton, Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, Karen Lemelin, and Nicka Smith are nominated for their second terms (2-2016). Lisa Gorrell, Henry Snyder, and Jim Sorenson are continuing their second terms (2-2015). Stephen Harris has completed his term as past-president and will not be serving another term. Jeff Vaillant will serve as past-president.


The California Genealogical Society's bylaws outline the requirements for Directors in Article V, Section 1:
  1. The number of directors shall be not less than five (5) nor more than twenty (20). 
  2. The last active past president, he or she consenting, shall serve as a Member of the Board of Directors until replaced by a new past president willing to serve on the Board of Directors.
  3. Immediate family members of Directors are ineligible for candidacy during the period of the sitting Director's term.
  4. The term of each Director shall be two (2) years from the date of election.
  5. Any vacancy in the Board during an unexpired term may but is not required to be filled by the Board. Such Director shall serve until a successor Director is elected.
  6. Directors shall be limited to a maximum of three successive two-year terms, or a total of six (6) consecutive years. 
Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.

13 November 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Their Roots Are Showing!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Del Valle Theater, Walnut Creek, California










Photographs courtesy of Ron Madson and Jason W. Madson, The Adelaide Gallery, LLP.

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

08 November 2013

Annual Business Meeting and Buffet Lunch – Saturday, January 11, 2014

President Jeffrey Vaillant
Saturday, January 11, 2014
12:00 p.m. - Potluck buffet and social hour
1:00 p.m. - Annual Business Meeting

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

The bylaws of the California Genealogical Society specify that the regular January membership meeting shall be the Annual Business Meeting "at which time the annual budget shall be adopted and all appropriate business presented."

Last year Diana Edwards and Linda Okazaki shook things up and organized a potluck buffet lunch and social hour before the meeting. It was so successful that members lunch together and socialize for an hour before every quarterly membership meeting.

The January potluck buffet is being planned by Diana Edwards, Kathie Heller, and Diana Wild. Members are invited to join the festivities and bring a dish to share. Beverages will be provided. The reception will start at 12:00 p.m. in the Education Center.

The Annual Business Meeting will start promptly at 1:00 p.m. President Jeff Vaillant will preside.

Agenda items include:
  • treasurer's report and presentation of results of the review of the investment portfolio and financial records by Edie
  • presentation and approval of the society budget
  • consideration of the change to the bylaws
  • report from the nominating committee by Karen Lemelin
  • election of new board members
  • brief committee reports
  • remarks from the president
The Annual Business Meeting is always well-attended. See you there!


Photograph by Kathryn Doyle, Oakland, California, 1/12/2013.

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

04 November 2013

Encore Presentation! On the Road Again: Practical Tips for Successful On-Site Research


Saturday, December 7, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

A research trip to one's ancestral home can be extremely rewarding, but also may present many challenges. Join Pam Brett for an encore presentation of her class on successful on-site research. Pam will share practical tips on how to plan an on-site research trip to achieve your research goals and to bring home a new understanding of the lives of your ancestors.

Register online.

This class is limited to thirty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members 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.

Pam Brett has been interested in genealogy for nearly forty years since she began filling in the family tree of her first-born child’s baby book. Raising two daughters and working as a public health social worker left little free time until 1999 when she began her family research in earnest.

Brett's ancestors were mobile which led to research in thirty-one states and the District of Columbia. She loves doing on-site research in the States "where there are many challenges but the rewards are priceless."

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

01 November 2013

eNews November 2013, volume 7, number 11

The November 2013 eNews, volume 7, number 11, 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 the Swedish ggg-grandparents of member Carolyn Mattos Sakkis.


John Knutson Leave and Clara Gustava Swenson

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


The December 2013 issue will be emailed on November 30, 2013. To receive a copy, please join our mailing list.

California ancestor photograph courtesy of Carolyn Sakkis.

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