December Events at CGS (11/26/2021) by California Genealogical Society


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Online through Dec. 22: “Italian Genealogy: Tracing Your Immigrants in the U.S. and in Italy.” Alec Ferretti’s two-part seminar is available to view on Vimeo until December 22 (register by December 20).

Saturday, Dec. 4: Don’t miss our monthly FREE “Intro to Genealogy” class! This month: “Organizing Your Family History Work” with Ron Madson.

Tuesday, Dec. 7: “Research in Salt Lake City: What’s New? What’s Not?” Pam Brett discusses her recent trip to the Family History Library in Utah. During the COVID shutdown, the FHL underwent renovations and updates to its databases. Come learn about it from a veteran researcher who’s visited this repository 35 times over the years.

Saturday, Dec. 11: Monthly Board Meeting. All welcome (please pre-register).

You can find these and all our upcoming events listed on our website. Classes often fill quickly, so make your reservations now! Stay tuned for more exciting classes in the new year, including the first in a series of “California Research” presentations aimed at preparing for the 2022 National Genealogical Society Conference held in Sacramento in May.

For more virtual genealogical happenings in the Bay Area and beyond, check out the Bay Area Genealogy Calendar and Conference Keeper.


Research in Salt Lake City: What’s New? What’s Not? (11/19/2021) by California Genealogical Society
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The world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

During the long months of closures brought about by the pandemic, many genealogists have yearned to get back to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, one of the world’s largest genealogical repositories. While closed, the FHL underwent extensive remodeling and it reopened last July with newly organized research materials, upgraded technology, better lighting, new desktop book scanners, expanded room for interactive experiences, and more. Just last month CGS member and popular instructor Pam Brett made the trip (her 35th) to the library. On December 7, Pam leads an informal conversation about what she found, and how to plan your own successful research trip to Salt Lake. The event is free to members ($10 for nonmembers; fee may be applied toward a new membership). Mark your calendars for this fun discussion!

Tuesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. Register through EventBrite.

It takes a village . . . to write a blog! (11/9/2021) by California Genealogical Society

This is our irregular reminder that we welcome guest posts on any topic of interest to genealogists. Have an ancestor story you’d like to share? Perhaps you’ve visited an interesting archive or similar collection? Did you attend a class or seminar that gave you new insights? We are happy to consider these or other similar submissions for publication. Send us a message at [email protected]. Sharing is caring!