Report from the 2023 Annual Membership Meeting

by California Genealogical Society (1/22/2023)

CGS members enjoyed refreshments at the 2023 Annual Membership Meeting

The Annual Membership Meeting was held January 14 in hybrid form (both online and in person at the CGS Library). It was great to see one another, and those who showed up in real life got to enjoy a delicious cake provided by Vice President Joanna Shear.

Highlights: Chris Pattillo is the new CGS President. She had a special message of thanks for outgoing President Jim Sorenson, who took up his post in summer 2019, little knowing what awaited the world in early 2020. Jim has ably led the society for the past two and a half years through the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges. We owe him a debt of gratitude.

Chris Pattillo holding plaque

Incoming President Chris Pattillo presented a plaque recognizing outgoing President Jim Sorenson for his service

Theresa Murphy presented the 2022 Annual Report (viewable online to members) and we had brief presentations from officers covering our proposed annual budget and other business. Members voted to approve the budget and confirmed the slate of board directors, including new board member Keith Montgomery. A look back at some of our major accomplishments in 2022 included serving as host society for the NGS Conference in Sacramento. Stewart Traiman discussed our new Member Connections feature, and Ron Madson described the Digital Historian Committee’s ongoing digitization of decades of records.

VP Joanna Shear pointing to screen

Vice President Joanna Shear spoke at the 2023 annual meeting

We are planning another research trip to Salt Lake City! Stewart Traiman and Evan Wilson will lead this outing during the second week of October.

And last but certainly not least: 2023 is the 125th anniversary year of the founding of the California Genealogical Society! We have special events planned throughout the year, culminating in a party to be held at the beautiful Temescal Beach House in Oakland.

Screenshot of Temescal Boathouse

Therese Hart-Pignotti spoke about plans for our 125th anniversary celebration

It was great to meet in person again and those of us who joined via Zoom sensed the joy of gathering. Special thanks to Joanna Shear, Keith Montgomery, Ron Madson, John Ralls, Adelle Treakle, and Karen Halfon, whose hard work helped everything go smoothly. Happy new year to all!

Mayflower Descendants SIG

by Jacqueline Henderson (1/16/2023)

Mayflower Descendants SIG

Lead: Robert Trapp

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The Mayflower Descendants SIG has been on hiatus due to the pandemic but is ready to set sail again.

The SIG focuses initially on Mayflower ancestry and how to join The Society of California Mayflower Descendants. The group discusses research in New England, parts of Canada, and the upper Atlantic seaboard states. They also explore the material and books available at the Mayflower library and on research websites. Each month will feature different topics, followed by a Q&A session.

If you are a CGS member interested in joining this group, please email Robert Trapp with your interest and any questions.

CGS Committees: Publications

by California Genealogical Society (1/16/2023)

One in a series of blog posts about CGS committees and their work.
*This committee currently has openings for a few volunteers. If interested, email [email protected].

front pages of Nugget, blog, other publications

The Publications Committee produces The California Nugget and manages social media


The Publications Committee oversees publications produced by the society. Currently, these include our twice-yearly magazine The California Nugget; the monthly eNews; the CGS blog; and posting on Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms. In the past, the Publications Committee has also produced several genealogy books. Those are available for download on our website (see Publications tab) or for sale in our shop.

Jennifer Dix is the current Publications Committee chair. She is also the blog editor and an editor for the Nugget, along with Barbara Kridl, Evan Wilson, and Marie Treleaven. Lois Elling does the Nugget layout and design. Carly Morgan manages the monthly eNews and Instagram. Facebook administrators include Jennifer Dix, Jacqueline Henderson, and Jeffrey Vaillant.

Publications works in concert with the Marketing Committee. If you have experience with or an interest in learning about social media, we welcome your help! We also regularly seek contributors to The California Nugget (click here for submission guidelines) and to the CGS blog. If you are interested in assisting with any aspect of publications, please email us at [email protected].

PurposeOversees publication of The California Nugget, the eNews, the blog, and social media platforms
ChairJennifer Dix
MeetsUsually 3 or 4 times a year, either in person or virtually; email communications as needed.
Time CommitmentA little as 1 hour a week, up to 10 hours a week at our busiest times.
Helpful SkillsGood writing and editing skills, a flair for communications or marketing. For social media/marketing, the ability to craft a message using words and images. For The California Nugget, familiarity with genealogical standards and citations.
Work LocationUsually remote.