Online genealogy, week of June 14-20 (6/12/2021)


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 15: “Using the National Archives Websites (Plural)” by Claire Kluskens

June 19: Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group


June 19: “Finding Your Roots: African Americans and Genealogy” (City of Greenboro NC)

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

June 15: “Bringing History to Life” with Chelsea Johnson

June 17: Virtual Tour of the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

June 19: “Researching and Understanding the Push and Pull of African American Migrations, 1864-1950” by Timothy N. Pinnick

June 20: “Veterans, Comrades, and Leaders: African American Civil War Veterans in Northeastern North Carolina” by Hilary Greene

American Ancestors

June 15: American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption by Gabriel Glaser

June 16, 23, & 30: “Rodziną!: Researching Your Polish Ancestors” by James Heffernan

June 18: “The Country Houses of Shropshire” by Gareth Williams

BYU Family History Library

June 16: “Discovering Your Ancestors in Wales” with James Tanner

BYU Sunday Classes

June 20: “Discovering Your Ancestors in Sweden” with James Tanner

June 20: “Picture This! Tips and Tricks for Converting Family Memorabilia and Photos to Digital with a Smartphone”

FamilySearch Family History Library

June 15: Attaching Sources to FamilySearch Family Tree

June 11: 寻根問祖帮助系列-如何閲讀和理解中文家譜 (一) Asia research for beginners

June 17: “The Knowles Collection: What Is It and How Do I Use It?”

Legacy Family Tree

June 15 & 16: “They Had Names: Identifying Children Represented by Tick Marks in Pre-1850 Censuses” by Denise E. Cross

June 16: “New England’s ‘Seventh State’: Life Along the Coast” by B.J. Jamieson

June 18: “Online Sources for Scottish Genealogy Research” by Christine Woodcock


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 14: “Making the most of FamilySearch Resources” by Ralph Severson (Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society)

June 15: Canadian Genealogical Research by Stephanie West (San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society)

June 15: “Walking Amongst the Dead: Becoming a Cemetery Expert” by Gena Philibert-Ortega (Santa Clara County Historical & Genealogical Society)

June 17: “An Image Is Worth a Thousand Words: Using ‘My Maps’ On Google Maps” by Kelly Wheaton (Napa Valley Genealogical Society)

June 17: DNA Group (Marin County Genealogical Society)

June 19: “2021 Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology” by Lisa Louise Cooke (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 a sampling of the coming week’s offerings:

June 14: “BIPOC Genealogy 101” (Madison WI Public Library)

June 15: “Stories from the Asylum” Scottish Research series by Lorna Steele (Scottish Special Interest Group, Ontario Ancestors)

June 16: “Proving Parentage Through Indirect Evidence: The Importance of Sibling Records” (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society)

June 19: “Juneteenth: Tragedy–Trauma–Triumph” (Pinellas FL 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!

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More on the library reopening plans (6/10/2021)


Re-Opening Soon Sign

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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