This week at CGS (September 18-24)

by California Genealogical Society (9/17/2023)

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6 PM: “A Project That Took on a Life of Its Own: Talking Story-Immigrant Arrivals at Hawai’i Sugar Plantations, 1876-1946.” Cindy Kim Thomson talks about how a simple search for her Korean ancestors grew into a vast project encompassing over 15 ethnic groups and looking at their impact on Hawaiian history and culture. The free presentation is offered in person at the Oakland FamilySearch Center. For more on the “Tips & Talk” series, see Events.

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Almost here: Jill Morelli’s presentation, Be A Super Sleuth: Accessing and Using Image Records” is on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. She will discuss the rapidly growing collections of digitized records on FamilySearch and how to use them. Jill is a favorite speaker and teacher. She’s a writer, lecturer, and cofounder of the Applied Genealogy Institute.

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Coming October 8: Get your tickets now for the gala 125th Anniversary Celebration at the Lake Temescal Beach House! Delicious food, live music, door prizes, games, and more. Best of all, a chance to see friends in person! Outside seating available.


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Jill Morelli to speak Saturday, September 30

by California Genealogical Society (9/12/2023)

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We are very excited that Seattle-based genealogist Jill Morelli, CG, CGL, will give a Zoom presentation for CGS on Saturday, September 30! In her talk, “Be A Super Sleuth! Accessing and Using Image Records,” Jill will share her insights about accessing the information found only in images on the FamilySearch website.

Jill is a well-known speaker, writer, and teacher. Since becoming a certified genealogist more than 20 years ago, she has published articles in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and many other genealogical journals. She loves teaching and speaks on a wide variety of topics, always finding new aspects of genealogy to share. She is the founder of the Certification Discussion Group and co-founder of the Applied Genealogy Institute which launched in 2021.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an engaging and informative speaker! To learn more or register for the class, click HERE.


This Week at CGS (September 11-17)

by California Genealogical Society (9/11/2023)

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To register or for more information, click the link for each event. All times are Pacific Time.

The following Special Interest Groups are meeting this week:

Tuesday, September 12, 11 AM: “Tips & Talk at the Oakland FamilySearch Center. This week: “FamilySearch Skills 1.” OFSC volunteer Denise Plaskett guides the group through the “Show Me Slides” available on the Family History Guide website. These slides start with the basics and build your skills and your confidence. This course will be given in the computer classroom and is limited to 14 hands-on students, so drop-ins are welcome but registration via Eventbrite is encouraged. Topics will be covered at the pace of the attendees. Free; held in person at the Oakland FamilySearch Center.

Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 PM: Members’ Roundtable. A forum for asking questions about one another’s genealogical research, learn from others, share research successes, and enjoy a collegial group of individuals interested in learning together. Particularly for new and remote members, this will be an opportunity to meet and feel part of the CGS community. Led by Lisa Gorrell and Jacqueline Henderson.

Friday, September 15, 10:30 AM: Mayflower Descendants SIG. Led by Robert Trapp. Focus on Mayflower ancestry and how to join The Society of California Mayflower Descendants. Discussion of ongoing research.

Saturday, September 16, 10 AM: San Francisco SIG. Sandra Huber leads this group for those interested in finding San Francisco ancestors, with discussion of where to look for records both pre and post the 1906 earthquake.

Saturday, September 16, 1 PM: Family Tree Maker SIG. Presentation, discussion, and troubleshooting for users of the popular genealogy software.Today’s meeting includes a look at the newest FTM update. Led by Ron Madson and Karen Halfon. Hybrid (held in person and on Zoom).

And don’t forget–

Get your tickets now for our gala 125th Anniversary Celebration, held Sunday, October 8 at Lake Temescal! Features a delicious buffet, California wines, live music, door prizes, and a gift basket raffle! Tickets are going fast, so don’t wait!

Click HERE to buy tickets.


Library hours: Thursday and Friday 10 AM – 2 PM and Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM

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