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More on the library reopening plans

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CGS President Jim Sorenson writes:
To many of us, the library at CGS is a major part of our identity. The closing of this resource to our members and the genealogical community was a serious move which was not done lightly but was required in consideration of the health crisis we were facing. While we would love to have a grand reopening party at the library, it would not be appropriate in the current circumstances. Our ad hoc reopening committee under the leadership of Vice President Maureen Hanlon has spent considerable time reviewing government guidelines and protocols as well as communicating with other libraries in the area relative to their plans and best practices. Training of our desk duty personnel has already started. It has not been an easy task, especially with changing and sometimes contradictory guidance – I thank all of the committee members for their hard work and persistence.

While the library has been shut down, we have made some updates and changes. Our Facilities Director, Rich Kehoe, has handled many tasks during our absence. In addition to continued interface with the building management, he has overseen:

  • Repainting of some of the walls with an accent color added around the front desk.
  • Professional cleaning of the carpets.
  • Installation of plastic screens around the front desk.
  • Professional cleaning of all touch surfaces before we reopen, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Installation of a new copier which has the capability of writing output to a thumb-drive.

We are using a reservation system to control the number of people in the library in accordance with Alameda County guidelines. However, the reservations are also required by the building’s management for security purposes and as such will continue after the pandemic restrictions are lifted. The building has also placed a current restriction of no more than two people at a time per elevator compartment.

We know that some of our CGS members choose to not renew their membership in the past year due to our shutdown or other impacts of the pandemic on their life situation. If you are part of that group, we understand and look forward to welcoming you back if you wish to renew your membership.

If you have any questions about the library, please email [email protected]

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Meet the new blog, (almost) same as the old blog

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Dear readers,

You may have noticed some changes to the appearance of our blog, either as it appears in your inboxes or online at our website. We’ve recently integrated it into the redesigned website using WordPress. We welcome your feedback, and thank you for your patience as we iron out any small glitches due to the transition.

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Online genealogy, week of June 7-13

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Our weekly roundup of upcoming genealogy events. Numerous associations offer online genealogy classes every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

CGS Events:

June 8: “Getting the Most Out of Fold3” with Anne Gillespie Mitchell

June 12: “More Family Tree Maker” by Ron Madson

Conferences & Workshops:

June 11-13: Genealogy Jamboree (Southern California Genealogical Society)

American Ancestors

June 9: “The True Cost of Colonization: American History from an Indigenous Perspective” by Paula Peters

June 10: “Researching the Deep South” by Anne Lawthers

BYU Family History Library

June 9: “5 Minutes or 5 Hours? Stopping Mistakes Before They Start (Family Tree)” with Kathryn Grant

BYU Sunday Classes

June 12: “Discovering Your Ancestors in Mexico” by James Tanner

FamilySearch Family History Library

June 7: “Using the FamilySearch Catalogue“

June 8: “Tips and Tricks for Finding Elusive Records in FamilySearch”

Legacy Family Tree

June 8: “New Breakthroughs in MyHeritage’s Photo Tools” by Tal Erlichman

June 9: “Samoan genealogy (Gafa) retold” by Andrew Reuben Peteru

Other Listings

Sutro Library’s Bay Area Genealogy Calendar
lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits, including regular genealogical group meetings. This week’s highlights:

June 9: “Genealogy 911- Preparing for Evacuations” (Solano County Genealogical Society)

June 9: San Francisco Genealogy Group

June 12: Irish Genealogy Club

June 12: “Swimming to Freedom” by Kent and Freddie Wong (Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Abrams Books)

June 12: “Prohibition, 1919 – 1933″ by John Freeman (Sonoma Valley Historical Society)

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of classes (too many to list) hosted by genealogical organizations around the country and abroad. Lots to explore, and new events are added often, so be sure to browse the entire calendar. Here’s a sampling of the coming week’s offerings:

June 7: “If the Walls Could Talk: Using Oral Histories” Oklahoma Genealogical Society

June 8: “Civil War Union Noncombatant Personnel: Teamsters, Laundresses, Nurses, Sutlers, and More” (National Archives)

June 9: “The 1862 Homestead Act: History and Records” (Pinellas FL Genealogy Society)

June 10: “40+ Sources for Finding Maiden Names” (McHenry County IL Genealogical Society)

June 11: “African American Migration” (Library of Virginia)

June 12: “LGBTQ Genealogy: Inclusion of All our Ancestors” (Wilmette IL Public Library)

June 13: “Privacy, DNA, and Genealogy: Handling the Double-Edged Sword” by Thomas MacEntee (Genealogical Society of Broward County FL)

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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CGS Library to reopen end of June

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We are delighted to announce that the CGS library will be reopening on June 30!

We will share more details in the coming weeks, but here are the basics: On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays there will be two daily sessions for research, morning and afternoon. The first session will be from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and the second from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Sessions are limited to five patrons each and advance reservations are required. Reservations will open up one week ahead, so the first day you can reserve a session will be June 23.

At this point, a patron may reserve no more than one session per week. Non-CGS members will be charged $5 per session. We will for now require masking and social distancing at the library due to our demographic risk, even if Alameda County drops such restrictions.

Registration will open on our website by June 23.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Thank you for your support throughout these difficult months!

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Online genealogy, week of May 31-June 6

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Wishing you all a good Memorial Day weekend. Here is our weekly roundup of upcoming genealogy events. Numerous associations offer online genealogy classes every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization. 

 

Conferences and Workshops 

June 4-12Jamboree 2021 (Genealogy Jamboree)

June 5:  Getting the Lay of the Land: Using American Land Deeds in Your Family History Research ” (American Ancestors)

June 5: 2021 eConference (Pastfinders Genealogical Society)

June 5: Genealogy Research Virtual Conference (Family History Fanatics)

 

CGS Events

June 2: “Strategic Searching on FindMyPast” by Jen Baldwin. (First in a weekly series about how to use some of the biggest genealogy websites.)

June 5: “First Saturdays Free Intro to Genealogy.” This month: “Using the Census.”

June 5: Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group

American Ancestors
June 3: “Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them” by Joseph Bagley

 

 

 

 

BYU Family History Library

 

 

 

June 2: “The 50 Things You Need to Know About DNA” with James Baker

June 6: “Discovering Your Ancestors in Mexico” by James Tanner

 

Family Search Family History Library

 

June 1: “The Research Process, Research Help, and Searching Records on FamilySearch”

 

June 3: “Forgotten Wives, Mothers, and Old Maids: Tracing Women in U.S. Research”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legacy Family Tree
June 1 & 2
: “Ngā aho tāne o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa: Revitalising Connections across the Pacific with Big Y” by Elena Fowler
June 2
: “Solving Family Mysteries with mtDNA Projects” by Mags Gaulden

 

June 4: “African Americans in the U.S. Revolutionary War” by Janice Lovelace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Listings

Sutro Library’s Bay Area Genealogy Calendar
lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits, including regular genealogical group meetings. This week’s highlights:

 

June 1: “A Journey of Discovery: Researching the History of Your House, 1408 Broadway: A Case Study” by Joe Michalak (Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County)

 

June 4: “Free First Fridays” for kids and adults (San Mateo County History Museum)

 

June 5: “DNA Genealogy: A Personal Narrative” with (San Francisco African American and Cultural Society)

 

June 5: “Women’s Suffrage Warriors: Women Win the Vote in 1920” by Beverly Lane (Solano County Genealogical Society)

 

 

Conference Keeper  has a large calendar of classes (too many to list) hosted by genealogical organizations around the country and abroad. Lots to explore, and new events are added often, so be sure to browse the entire calendar. Here’s just a sampling of the coming week’s offerings:

 

 

May 31: “Family Records of The Great War 1914–1918” by James Tanner (My Heritage)

 

June 1: “From Here to There: Researching Office of Indian Affairs Employees” (National Archives)

 

June 2: “Bounty Lands” (Pinellas FL Genealogy Society)

 

June 3: “City Directories: No Town Too Small, No Clue Too Little “(Castle Rock Colorado Genealogical Society)

 

June 4: “Publishing Your Genealogy for Amateurs” (New Jersey State Library)

 

June 5: “Digging into Cemeteries: Disease, Death, and Obituaries” (Westminster CO Public Library)

 

June 6: “A Taste of Jewish Genealogy as a Gateway to the Civilization of Polish Jewry” (Santa Cruz Jewish Genealogy Society)

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Copyright © 2021 by California Genealogical Society 

 

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“Strategic Searching” series in June

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You may know about FamilySearch, NARA, and other online repositories, but do you know how to find your way once you’re on the website? A new series of classes in June will give you an in-depth look at four different research websites, each one invaluable to genealogists. The first class is held Wednesday, June 2, after which classes are held on Tuesdays as follows: 

 

Wed, June 2FindMyPast

Jen Baldwin of FindMyPast discusses best practices, different ways to search, and utilizing the site to your greatest advantage.

 

Tue, June 8Fold3

Anne Gillespie Mitchell of Ancestry.com offers tips on how to effectively search for the veterans in your tree using Fold3.com. She will also cover some of the lesser-known collections, including photos and FBI files.

Tue, June 15 National Archives

Claire Kluskens of the National Archives and Records Administration offers a guide to navigating this vast collection of U.S. documents with holdings dating back to the American Revolution.

 

Tue, June 22FamilySearch

Oakland FamilySearch Library director Ralph Severson talks about the growth of digitized images, a lesser known feature and hidden treasure of this amazing and popular genealogy resource.

 

You can register for any or all of the classes through EventBrite.

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Openings in the Advanced DNA Special Interest Group!

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Good news! If you’ve been wishing you’d signed up for our Advanced DNA SIG led by Mark McLaren, a few new spaces have opened up. Participants must have completed the CGS DNA Series or equivalent DNA class/experience, and must have uploaded DNA test results at one of the common DNA websites.

The Advanced DNA Skills Special Interest Group will continue to develop their understanding of DNA techniques, review new developments in DNA testing and tools, and discuss member’s research problems and case studies.

Meetings are held online via Zoom, on the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

If interested, please contact Mark McLaren.

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Online genealogy, week of May 24-30

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Our weekly roundup of upcoming genealogy events. Numerous associations offer online genealogy classes every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization. 


Special Event, May 25: In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a panel of filmmakers and researchers for the PBS documentary “Far East Deep South” will speak Tuesday, May 25, on “Exploring Your Family History.” CGS members Grant Din and Marisa Louie Lee are among the panelists at this free virtual event.

American Ancestors

May 25: “Whaling Captains of Color: America’s First Meritocracy” with Skip Finley

May 27: “Using the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Archives for Family History Research” by Lindsay Murphy

  

BYU Family History Library

May 26: “Getting Individualized Help Through FamilySearch” with Jacqueline Kanyuck

May 30: “Discovering Your Ancestors in Central America” by James Tanner

May 30: “Lighting a Fire: Getting Started with Family History” by Michelle Karren

Legacy Family Tree

May 25: “Advanced DNA Features on MyHeritage” by Ofer Karp

May 26: “How Testing Multiple Relatives Can Turbocharge Your DNA Research” by Michelle Leonard

Other Listings

Sutro Library’s Bay Area Genealogy Calendar
lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits, including regular genealogical group meetings. This week’s highlights:

May 25: “Radio Memories of San Francisco” by Jack French (San Francisco Historical Society)

May 27: “The Scottish Conundrum” by Sierra Pope (Marin Genealogical Society) 


Conference Keeperhas a large calendar of classes (too many to list) hosted by genealogical organizations around the country and abroad. Lots to explore, and new events are added often, so be sure to browse the entire calendar. Here’s just a sampling of the coming week’s offerings:


May 24: “Artificial Intelligence and Genealogy” by Scott Lee (Heritage Seekers Genealogy Club)

May 25: “Genetic Genealogy: Learning Through a Case Study” by Elyse Ross (Central Jersey Genealogical Club)

May 26: “Genealogy Do-Over: A Year of Learning from Mistakes” by Thomas MacEntee (The Villages Genealogical Society)

May 27: “Probate Records: Wills and a Whole Lot More” with Annette Burke Lyttle (Florida State Genealogical Society)

May 28: “Locating Texas Documents” (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)

May 29: “The Old Uses of Your House Forgotten” by Dan Hartman (Polk County FL History Center)

 

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!

 

Copyright © 2021 by California Genealogical Society 

 

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Online genealogy, May 17-23

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Our weekly roundup of upcoming genealogy events. Numerous associations offer online genealogy classes every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

Conferences & Workshops 

May 17-19: Virtual 2021 Family History Conference: National Genealogical Society


May 19: “Enhancing Your Genealogy with Historic Environment Scotland” Scottish Special Interest Group, Ontario Ancestors


May 21: “Voices of Resistance”: Sons & Daughters of the United States Middle Passage Conference 2021 

 

May 22: 10th Annual Scottish Indexes Conference 

 

American Ancestors

May 20: “The Beggars’ Songbook: Music of the Dutch Revolt” by Anne Legêne and Karen Burciaga

May 21: “Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England” by Nancy Carlisle and Peter Trippi

 

FamilySearch Family History Library

 

20 May: “The United States Colored Troops and Buffalo Soldiers: History, Records, and Strategies”

Legacy Family Tree

May 18 & 19: “The Paternal Ten: Searching for Missing Heirs” by Claire Ammon

May 19: “Notionfor Genealogists” by Lisa Alzo

May 21: “Researching Canadian Nurses, Pilots and Sailors in the First World War” by Kathryn Lake Hogan

 

Southern California GenealogicalSociety

 

May 19: “Using GEDmatch Basic Tools” by Andrew Lee


Other Listings

Sutro Library’s Bay Area Genealogy Calendar
lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits, including regular genealogical group meetings. This week’s highlights:

May 18: “400th Anniversary of Mayflower” by Bob Trapp

May 18: “Researching Historic LGBT Relatives” by Janice M. Sellers (Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society)

May 20: “What’s in Your Closet? Home Sources for the Genealogist” by Mary (Napa Valley Genealogical Society)

May 20: MCGS DNA Group (Marin County Genealogical Society)

 

Conference Keeperhas a large calendar of classes (too many to list) hosted by genealogical organizations around the country and abroad. Lots to explore, and new events are added often, so be sure to browse the entire calendar. Here’s just a sampling of the coming week’s offerings:


May 17: “Developing Skills in Identifying 19th Century Photographs” by the Bolger Heritage Center

May 18: Are There “Black Sheep” in Your Family? (Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center)

May 19: “Tips and Tools for Engaging Family with Your Research Finds” (National Archives and Records Administration)

May 20: “Researching Your Civil War Ancestors” (Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center)

May 21: “Finding the Trail: Using and Making Maps in Genealogy Research” (Mississippi State University Libraries)

May 22: “The Importance of On-Location Research in a Digital World” (San Mateo County Genealogical Society)

May 23: “Oy vey! Curing the ‘I can’t find my shtetl’ Syndrome: Examples and Techniques” (Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society)


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!

 

Copyright © 2021 by California Genealogical Society 

 

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Your feedback is needed by May 19!

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From time to time the CGS blog likes to inform our readers and friends about campaigns to improve access to genealogical records. A group of activists recently succeeded in forestalling a huge increase in the fees to access A-files and other immigration records. Now they are lobbying USCIS to transfer these records to the National Archives. Public comments are due by MAY 19.

Head to www.recordsnotrevenue.com for comment starters and to see a breakdown of the important issues open for discussion.

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