Library New Additions

by Chris Pattillo (12/2/2022)

Two racks were given to CGS after the NGS conference that we are using to display new additions to the library

Two racks were given to CGS after the NGS conference that we are using to display new additions to the library

In the past someone from the library committee would provide the publications committee with a list of the newly acquired books twice a year and they published the list in The Nugget. But, as you know, all the “normal” procedures went haywire during the pandemic. During this time, I took over as chair of the library committee and it took me some time to get up to speed. As a result, no one has shared the specifics about the new books the library for a long time.

Information about the many book donations our members have generously given have been mentioned in this blog and I pointed out our recently acquired “New Book” racks in the video tour of the library. Now, with the help of Theresa Murphy, we have published lists of the books that have been added to our stacks in 2020, 2021 and so far in 2022. The list is eighteen pages.

In 2020 a total of 319 books were added. There were 95 additions in 2021 and so far in 2022 we’ve added 121. That’s 535 reasons for you to schedule a visit to the library!

All of the new entries for 2020 are maps and all but a couple include links to the actual map viewable from the Library of Congress website. These include city and county maps for California – most are Sanborn Map Company fire Insurance maps so they provide a wealth of information of value to genealogists. You can find these maps by using WorldCat. After entering a title or keyword the site will provide a list of entries. If you scroll down you can select “maps” from the menu on the left side.

New additions for 2021 are more diverse. That was the year the library committee was processing the very large donation made by the estate of Laura Spurrier, a past CGS library committee chair. Laura gave us books about Quakers, Spurriers in America, and many other books that she knew we didn’t have.

The titles added so far this year are equally diverse. Here’s one that sounds provocative: Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, MA 1692-1745. Our Irish SIG members may be happy to know that we now have a copy of A Guide to Irish Roots: Including Celts, Vikings, Normans, Kings, Queens & Commoners. Let us know if you discover royalty in your family.

You can find the complete list of new acquisitions linked at our website under “What’s In the Library.”

CGS Committees – Investments & Finance Committees

by Chris Pattillo (11/30/2022)

The investment and finance committees are ones that require very little time so if you are looking for a way to support the society but don’t have much time, one of these may be the perfect committee for you. All each requires is an interest in and knowledge of investing/finance.

PurposeThe investment committee monitors the society’s investments and makes recommendations for adjustments as needed.
MeetsTypically, twice a year and at least one in-person meeting each year. Email communication between meetings.
Time CommitmentVery little. This is an easy job if you are comfortable doing your own investing.
Helpful SkillsInterest in investing. Knowledge of prudent investment practices. Ability to do online trading. Ability to attend board meetings in May and October to report to the board.
Work LocationFrom home

When I was still working, I chaired our Investment Committee for ten years. I took over from Ken Haughton. Ken started the investment committee and set up good systems. He researched and distributed our funds among a diverse number of mutual funds that include large and small cap stock funds, international funds, bond funds and some cash.

The investment committee includes the chair plus at least two other members. One member must be a member of the board.

The investment committee chair coordinates with the treasurer and transfers funds from the Sherman-Haughton fund as needed. The committee reports to the board quarterly, develops and makes recommendations for changes to the portfolio and executes online trades.


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee oversees all aspects of the society’s finances and makes sure that fiscal obligations are met.

PurposeThe purpose of the Finance Committee is to work with the Treasurer and Investment Officer to oversee all aspects of the finances of CGS
ChairMatt Berry, Treasurer
MeetsAs needed
Time CommitmentAbout 2 hours per month.
Helpful SkillsA background in finance, investing or accounting.
Work LocationAt home.

The Finance committee is headed by the Treasurer. Members include the Investment Committee chair and/or officer and at least one other current board member. Current members include Matt, Rich Kehoe, Keith Montgomery, Jim Sorenson and Chris Pattillo.

The finance committee reviews and oversees reports that are generated by the investment committee and the auditor. They gather input from other committee chairs to put together an annual budget. They oversee the treasurer and others to make sure our bills are paid, and our insurance and business license are kept current. The committee coordinates with others to have an annual audit completed, makes sure our taxes are paid and attends to whatever other financial matters are needed to maintain the library.

The finance committee coordinates with other committees and board members to identify financial needs of the society and prepares monthly reports for the board, and an annual report for the membership.

If either of these committees interests you, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].

December events (and more)

by California Genealogical Society (11/25/2022)

December is one of our quieter months, but the library is still open and multiple groups will hold their regular meetings. And you can still see some of our most popular presentations in recordings, available for a limited time!

Monthly meetings:

Saturday, Dec. 3: First Saturday FREE Intro to Genealogy. This month: “Organizing Your Family History Work.”

Saturday, Dec. 10: Monthly Board Meeting. Online. All welcome; please preregister.

Wednesday, Dec. 13: Members’ Roundtable. A chance to chat with other CGS members, share your research, and ask questions of fellow genealogists. Meets online 2nd Wednesday every month. See Special Interest Groups to register.

Wednesday, Dec. 28RootsMagic 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. We will be closed the last two weeks of December; reopening Jan. 4.

The following presentations may be viewed online for a limited time:

Voting Records: Genealogy’s Best Kept Secret – through Dec. 1.
U.S. Military Pension Records: Revolution to Civil War – through Dec. 7
Social Media for Genealogy – 3 videos, available through Dec. 31.
Using Photoshop Elements for Genealogy – available through Dec. 31.

We have more events coming up in the new year, including our annual Members Meeting. Stay tuned for events celebrating our 125th anniversary!

All our events can be found at EventBrite
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