This week at CGS (June 17-23, 2024)

by California Genealogical Society (6/16/2024)

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

Tips & Talk: CGS volunteers and others lead discussion groups throughout the month. This week, two talks on Wed., June 19: “Portugal/Azores, Madeira” with Ralph Severson at 11 AM and “French Canadian Genealogy” with Jane Lindsay at 1 PM. For the entire summer schedule, click HERE.

Friday, June 21, 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.

Irish Ancestry SIG has been postponed till September 28.

It’s a good time to sign up for one or more of our upcoming special presentations!

Rainbow image with "LGBTQ Genealogy" Head shot of bearded man

Sat., June 29: LGBTQ Genealogy” with Stewart Traiman.

Sat., July 13: California History and Genealogical Series: “Spanish Patriots’ Eligibility for Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).”

Sat., July 27:Mapping Ireland’s Records” with John Grenham.

Library hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM-2PM

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The Spring 2024 Nugget is here!

by California Genealogical Society (6/12/2024)

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We hope that by now all members have received your Spring 2024 issue of The California Nugget, whether you opt for a paper or electronic copy (now available to members on our website). The current issue includes two detailed accounts of genealogists using DNA matches to help identify a previously unknown ancestor. There is also an entertaining article in which 96-year-old Oakland native Jean Pawek recounts the story of her ancestors, French immigrants from the Pyrénées who settled in the Bay Area. Tamsen Munger has a fond remembrance of her Danish uncle, Max Petersen, while Ron Madson shares the story of his father’s coin collection. Lisa Gorrell’s column has tips on extracting maximum information from any document.

Table of Contents

  • “Finding the Mystery Father of Ernest Piatt with Autosomal DNA Matches” by Stewart Blandón Traiman, M.D.
  • “From Sweden to California: Carolina Erickson Olander and her Brother Peter Aaron Erickson” by Carolyn Nash and Robina Laney
  • “My French Ancestors and Their Journey to California,” by Jean Pawek
  • “Max J. ‘Pete’ Petersen: Sketch of a Happy Life” by Tamsen Nichols Munger
  • “Coin Collecting and Life Lessons” by Ron Madson
  • “Advance Your Genealogy Research: Look for the Clues” by Lisa Hork Gorrell
Answer the Jukebox Genealogy survey!

by California Genealogical Society (6/11/2024)

All CGS members should have received the debut issue of Jukebox Genealogy earlier this month. If you’ve mislaid the email, it’s available for members on our website. We are hoping to hear from more of you – please take a minute to take the quick survey; it asks what old family letters you may possess. You are also invited to submit written responses or photos to be included in the next issue. The survey will be closed on June 15th, so please help us out!