“Italian Genealogy” series now available on Vimeo for limited time (10/27/2021) by California Genealogical Society
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“Tracing Your Italian Immigrants” is available online through December 21.

“Tons of information!”

“His enthusiasm is infectious and his handouts are incredibly useful.”

This was just some of the feedback on Alec Ferretti’s two-part series, Italian Genealogy: Tracing Your Immigrants in the U.S. and in Italy, held October 23. Did you miss it? Good news! It is now available to view on Vimeo until December 22 (register by December 20).

Each session is just $15 ($10 for CGS members); a real bargain. Register at EventBrite.

Three New Donations to the CGS Library (10/16/2021) by Chris Pattillo

A few of the books donated to CGS by Marya Myers

CGS has recently received three more donations to our library. The first, and largest, is from Marya Myers of Marin County. Her donation includes about 400 books plus a number of periodicals that will fill out our collections. Among the books are general reference books, books on Colonial America, the United Kingdom, New England particularly Rhode Island and New York, and many more.

Marya C. Myers was a Certified Genealogist and the author of numerous articles published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and The American Genealogist, among other journals.

The Library Committee has just started processing the donation. Volunteers first will identify any books that we do not already hold and add those to our library. We will also retain volumes that are more current editions and those in better condition. Duplicates will be sold either on eBay or made available to our members in exchange for a donation to the library.

Andover, MA map donated by Mary Lou Grunigen

Another recent donation, by Mary Lou Grunigen, is a wonderful historic map of Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts in 1692, the year of the infamous witch trials. A reprint of a 300th-anniversary map compiled by the Historical Societies of Andover and North Andover in 1992, this beautifully hand-drawn map shows individual houses labeled by owner name, such as Wid. Allen, T. Abbot, and W. Lovejoy. It also shows the local burying ground and garrison house, gives the names of creeks and bridges, and indicates which houses were associated with witchcraft at the time. Library Committee member Phillip Hoehn has agreed to catalog the map for our growing collection.

Last week, CGS Board Member Rich Kehoe met me at the library to help schlep about 130 historic phone books and directories into our library. These were donated by Scott Keller, who acquired them several years ago from a man who had used them to track down heirs of unclaimed estates. Scott had intended to continue the work as a way of making extra cash but his full time firefighting job in San Francisco did not allow time to pursue the project. Most of the directories are for San Francisco and other Bay Area cities but some come from other states.

We appreciate the generosity of all of our donors.

The CGS Members’ Roundtable is under way! (10/15/2021) by California Genealogical Society
Participants on Zoom

The first CGS Members’ Roundtable

Our first CGS Members Roundtable was held on Wednesday evening, October 13. We had seven members join for an evening of sharing and discussion about genealogy. Topics discussed this week were: how we got started in genealogy, DNA and yDNA, and uploading to a genealogy website. We also answered any questions posed to the group. Jacqueline Henderson and Lisa Gorrell led the discussion.

We welcome any CGS member to the Roundtable discussion. They are held the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm Pacific time. For a link, contact the leaders at:

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