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05 October 2020

Annual Genie Awards - Saturday, October 10

Tune in for the presentation of the golden
Genie Awards to our outstanding volunteers

All members are cordially invited to attend our virtual Board Meeting this Saturday, October 10, where we will present the annual "Genie Awards" to several volunteers who have gone "above and beyond" with their time and talents to keep our organization thriving. We normally honor all volunteers in the month of April (National Volunteers Month), but as we all know, nothing is normal in 2020. Since the pandemic forced the closing of the CGS Library in March this year's Genie Awards were postponed. However, in the spirit of "we can do it!" we have decided to have a short online presentation during the October CGS Board Meeting. 

 

Home page of our new website

This year we recognize several volunteers who have been instrumental in revamping the CGS website to bring it into the modern era. It's been a monumental task and involved many hours of discussion, research, preparation and content. We now have a fabulous, robust website that offers a wealth of information to our members and the public. Congratulations and a "tip of the hat" go to: Stewart Blandon, Rich Kehoe, Arlene Miles, Theresa Murphy, Chris Pattillo, John Ralls and Shannon Reese. The event takes place Saturday, October 10, at 10 a.m. To attend, simply register on Eventbrite.

 

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03 October 2020

Online genealogy, week of October 5-11


Our Events:

October 10
: Monthly Board Meeting and Genie Awards: all welcome.

Conferences:

October 8-10
: North Star Genealogy Conference (Minnesota Genealogical Society)

October 9 & 10: "GENEALOGY 2020: Research - Retool - Reconnect" (The Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago)
October 10: Scottish Indexes Conference VI (free)
October 10: Virtual Fall Conference (Greater Omaha Genealogical Society)

Classes:
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

October 8: "What's New at American Ancestors?" with Don LeClair
October 8: "Eleanor" author David Michaelis discusses his biography of Eleanor Roosevelt
 
October 7: "Going Further with Scottish Genealogy" by Hannah Bell

October 5: "Using the FamilySearch Catalog"
October 6: "Preserving Family Memories in Family Tree"

Legacy Family Tree
October 6 & 7
:
"Advanced DNA Techniques: Deductive Chromosome Mapping" by Blaine Bettinger
October 7: "Wringing Every Drop out of Y DNA" by Roberta Estes 
October 8: Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series:
  • "From Generation to Generation: An Updated Look at Kinship Determination" by Judy Russell 
  • "Geo-Genealogy as a Problem-Solving Tool: The Case of a 19th-Century Female Teenage Immigrant" by J. H. (Jay) Fonkert
  • "Spanning 150 Years of Record Loss: A Methodological Approach to Identifying Parents in Sweden" by Jill Morelli, CG

Southern California Genealogical Society
October 6-27: "Beginning Genealogy Class" by Beverly Truesdale
October 10: "From Babel to Benefit-Translation Tips for Foreign-Language Documents" by Jane Neff Rollins
 
Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently.
Here are some of the coming week's highlights:

October 5: "House History 101" (Chicago Public Library)
October 6: "Genealogy Workshop Series: Intro to Ancestry" (Chicago Public Library)
October 10: "What's Your American Story? Part 1" by D. Joshua Taylor (Contra Costa Genealogical Society)
October 11: "The Lost Family: How DNA is Upending Who We Are" by Libby Taylor (Omaha Public Library)

See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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27 September 2020

Online genealogy, September 28-October 4


Our Events:

September 29
: "Introduction to DNA and Genetic Genealogy" a 6-week course on DNA basics taught by Mark McLaren.

October 1: Susan Skilton talks about pre-1850 California land grants in "Researching Mexican Land Grants in Alta California."

October 3: "First Saturday Free Intro to Genealogy: Using the Census" with Pam Miller

Conferences:

  • October 2 & 3: Iowa Genealogical Society Fall Conference
  •  October 3: "DNA Day with Blaine Bettinger" (Orange County CA Genealogical Society)
  • October 3: "A Day of Genealogy Learning with Tom Jones" (Santa Barbara Genealogical Society)
Classes:
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

October 1: Author David Hill discusses his book The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice.
 
September 23: "Hopping the Pond: First Steps to Finding Your English Ancestors" with Rachel Derenthal

Legacy Family Tree
September 30: "5 Ways to Find Your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections" by J. David Lowe

Southern California Genealogical Society
October 3
: "Manifest Destiny: Researching Your Mexican War Ancestors" by Michael Strauss
October 6-27
: "Beginning Genealogy Class" by Beverly Truesdale

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently. Here are some of the coming week's highlights:

September 28: "Early Families of Hilton Head Island" (Heritage Library)
September 28: "Virtual Adoption Searches Past and Present" (Plainfield IL Public Library)
September 29: "Exploring GenealogyBank" (Allen County IL Public Library)
September 30 "Not About the Stuff: Stories Revealed at the Intersection of Genealogy and Archaeology" (Boston Public Library)
October 1: "Pre-1869 Ontario Birth, Marriage and Death Records" (Ontario Ancestors)
October 1: "Identification and Care of Photographs" (Thomas Balch Library - VA) 
October 1: "Finding Your Ancestors in Mexico" (Dallas Public Library)
October 1: "Finding Treasure in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI)" (Omaha Public Library)
October 3: "Researching at the Newberry Library" (Northwest Suburban IL Genealogy Society)
October 3: "Ukrainian Summer Kitchens" (Ukrainian History and Education Center)



Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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21 September 2020

New Online Resources: 100-year Old Pedigree Charts

Pedigree Charts Volunteer Team:
John Ralls, Ron Madson, Theresa Murphy, Stewart Traiman, Linda Edwards, Jean Alderson, and Kathleen Beitiks

 The Website Update Committee is very pleased to announce that the CGS Pedigree Charts created by CGS members more than one hundred years ago are now available on our website. This is the second major project that has been added to our website this year. 

 

This has been a multi-phase team effort. Some time ago (we are not sure when) CGS volunteers looked through every chart and typed each name that appeared onto a 3x5 card, along with the name of the chart and the page it appears on. Next, Stewart Traiman scanned these 8,622 cards and grouped them into 46 batches. Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Beitiks distributed the batches of cards to eleven volunteers who entered the data into spreadsheets. Top indexers were Linda Edwards, Jean Alderson, Theresa Murphy and Kristi Wessenberg. Together these four dynamos processed thirty-four of the forty-six sets of cards. Other Pedigree Chart volunteers were Nancy Cork, Caron Whitacre, Misti Layne, Justine Wong, Liz Summerhayes, Cindy Thomson, and Mary Thomas. 

 

The data from 8,622 index cards were entered into spreadsheets

Next, Theresa Murphy patiently reviewed each spreadsheet checking for and correcting data entry errors.

 

Ron Madson photographed each of the 135 family trees, which required 180 images to capture everything contained on those charts. Finally, tech wizard John Ralls combined all the names into one spreadsheet, and added links to Ron’s photographs. Now our members can, with a few clicks, view these beautiful trees and all the data they contain. 


Ron Madson scanned 135 family trees to create digital images

 

To view these family trees, go to our website and log in as a member. Scroll down to the box labeled “Online Resources,” click the gold SEARCH button, and look for New Online Resources/Pedigree Charts. Whether you find a familiar family name or not, you will probably enjoy seeing the beautiful handwritten (in ink) charts. In addition to names, birth, marriage and death dates and places, a few charts include photographs, obituaries and hand-written notes.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who worked on this valuable project and made it happen.

 

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19 September 2020

Online genealogy, week of September 21-26


Our Events:


September 14
: Our "Writing Your Family History" Series concludes this Tuesday at 7 p.m. This week: Matt Berry talks about "Creating An Effective Index to your Family History Book."

September 26: Colleen Robledo Green leads "An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors."

Conferences: [fee]

Classes:
 
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

September 26: "Caribbean Ancestors: Surfing Anglican Records Online" (fee)
 
September 23: "Are You Related to a Famous Ancestor?" with James Tanner

September 21:

"Where There's a Will, There's a Probate: U.S. Probate Records"

"Perches and Rods: Introducing U.S. Land Record"

"They're Better Than You Think: U.S. Census Records, 1790-1840"

September 22: 

"The Tired the Poor, and the Huddled Masses: U.S. Immigration"

"Becoming American: U.S. Naturalization"

"Migration Routes Across America"

September 23:

"Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 1: Introduction to Church Records and Anabaptists" 

"Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 2: Roman Catholic, Lutheran/Reformed, Episcopal/Anglican, Presbyterian"

"Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 3: Congregationalists, Quakers, Baptists, Methodists"
September 24:

"African American Strategies and Records Part 1"

"African American Strategies and Records Part 2"

"Beginning Jewish Research in the U.S."

September 25:

"Are You Your Own Brick Wall? Common Genealogical Mistakes and Their Solutions"

"When the Pandemic's Over: How to Do On-Site Research"


Legacy Family Tree
September 22: "Finding new cousins and building your family tree with DNA” by Anne Young
September 23: "Introduction to VPNs" by Thomas MacEntee

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently. Here are some of the coming week's highlights:

September 23: "Looking for My Babies: Freedmen Search For Families" (Fountaindale IL Public Library)
September 24: "Prussian Place Name Research" with Nancy Loe (Germanic Genealogy Society)
September 24: "Vivid-Pix: Latest Updates" (Allen County Public Library)
September 28: "Introduction to Genealogy" and "Intermediate Genealogy" (Acalanes Adult Education series: fee)

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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