October events at CGS

by California Genealogical Society (9/26/2022)

We have a number of special events coming this month, along with our regular meetings and monthly study groups. Our featured presentations include using social media in genealogy; finding the treasures in military pension records; and using genealogy timelines to uncover some personal and family secrets. Why not take a few minutes now and plan ahead? Browse the list of upcoming events and make your reservations!

October 4, 11, 18: “Social Media for Genealogy” series with Carly Morgan. Carly will address the uses of social media for genealogists: how to save and archive social media for documentation; using social media for research; and using social media to promote your business or genealogical society. Don’t miss this informative series!

October 8: “U.S. Military Pension Records: Revolution to Civil War.” Well-known genealogist Rebecca Whitman Koford is our guest speaker, discussing the wealth of genealogical information available in U.S. military pension records, and how to access those records both online and offline.

October 22:  “Ancestral Time Travels: Timelines.” Speaker Jennifer Holick offers a new way of looking at genealogical timelines in which you may identify family beliefs, behaviors, and patterns that will give you new insight. Holick is a spiritual coach who specializes in inherited and war trauma. She has written numerous books on genealogy and World War II.

Monthly meetings:

Saturday, October 1: 1st Saturday FREE Intro to Genealogy. This month: “Using the Census.”

Wednesday, October 12: Members’ Roundtable. A chance to chat with other CGS members, share your research, and ask questions of fellow genealogists. Meets 2nd Wednesday every month. See Special Interest Groups to register.

Saturday, October 8: Monthly Board Meeting. All welcome.

Saturday, October 15: Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group.

Wednesday, October 26: Roots Magic Special Interest Group.

The library is currently open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up here to arrange your visit.

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Book repair volunteers wanted

by California Genealogical Society (9/21/2022)

Past participants in one of our book repair workshops. Come join our volunteers!

Interested in learning the art of book repair and donating your time and talent to CGS? If so, consider joining the CGS Book Repair Committee! One of the great things about the CGS Library is its rich assortment of “vintage” books. However, since “vintage” is a nice word for “old,” it goes without saying that some books need a bit of an upgrade after a while. Training will be provided for new volunteers.

The Book Repair Committee meets in the CGS Library on the second Tuesday of the month. As long as masks are required in the Library, committee members meet in the afternoon, from about 1 p.m. to 3 or 3:30 p.m. Once things get back to “normal” (post-pandemic), the committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with a lunch break!). Questions? Need more information? Send an email to Kathleen Beitiks.

“Organize Like An Archivist,” Tuesday, Sept. 13

by California Genealogical Society (9/10/2022)

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Archivist Nancy Loe

We are excited to have a special speaker, archivist Nancy Loe, presenting “Organize Like An Archivist: Taming Genealogy Records and Research,” via Zoom this coming Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m.

Many of us struggle with organization when it comes to staying on top of our genealogical facts and materials. Loe, who runs the blog sassyjanegenealogy.com, has been featured on the PBS series American Experience, and is known for her presentations at genealogy conferences worldwide. She will focus on simple and effective strategies to organize and link your digital files and paper records, using the same principles as professional archivists.

Cost is $15, or $10 for CGS members. Please pre-register for the class at EventBrite.