June Events at CGS

by California Genealogical Society (5/29/2022)

“June is bustin’ out all over” – with classes and discussion groups on many specialized topics. Here’s what’s coming this month:

Saturday, June 4: 1st Saturday FREE Intro to Genealogy. This month: “Using the Census” with Dick Rees.

Wednesday, June 8: 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, June 11: Monthly Board Meeting. All welcome.

Saturday, June 11: Eastern European Special Interest Group

Saturday, June 18: Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group. This month: “FTM Power Filtering.”

Wednesday, June 22: Roots Magic Special Interest Group

NOTE: The DNA Skills Special Interest Group facilitated by Mark McLaren is open for new members. If you’d like to join please contact Mark at [email protected]

Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel!

Hot Off the Press: The California Nugget Spring 2022 issue

by California Genealogical Society (5/18/2022)

Nugget magazine cover

The California Nugget is out! This issue contains two feature articles about a couple of colorful California characters; information about a little-known San Francisco repository; and tips for organizing your own work.

Barbara Kridl’s article “Man Shoots Wife Five Times” is the dramatic story of Josephine Carantan, a strong-minded French woman who came to northern California in the 1890s. She amassed considerable wealth and property and had several volatile marriages before meeting her untimely end.

In “Barney Sandstrom: Gold Miner, Justice of the Peace, Farmer, and Much More,” Sharon Harris shares her research into one her husband’s ancestors, who ran the Sandstrom Boat Company at the Alameda harbor from the 1920s through the 1940s. His adventurous life included a youth spent at sea, gold mining in Alaska and the Yukon, and playing assorted roles from judge to farmer to inventor to boat builder.

Marcus Flansburg’s article, “The San Francisco Mortuary Records of Valente, Marini, Perata & Co. (1888-2017),” offers a look at a little-known repository for San Francisco records, with step-by-step instructions for accessing them. And our columnist Lisa Gorrell writes about “Creating a Personal Genealogy Education Plan” to organize and further your genealogical pursuits.

Members can access the magazine via our website. If you have opted to receive a hard copy, it should be in your mailbox soon if it hasn’t arrived already.

Table of Contents

California History
“Man Shoots Wife Five Times”: The 1908 Murder of Josephine Carantan – Barbara E. Kridl

Our Ancestors
Barney Sandstrom: Gold Miner, Justice of the Peace, Farmer, and Much More  – Sharon Corey Harris

21st Century Genealogy
The San Francisco Mortuary Records of Valente, Marini, Perata & Co. (1888-2017) – Marcus Flansburg

Creating a Personal Genealogy Education Plan – Lisa S. Gorrell

At the Society

In Memoriam: Russ Worthington

by California Genealogical Society (5/15/2022)

Picture of bearded man in "Cousin Russ" cap

Russ Worthington

The genealogy community was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Russ Worthington on May 11. An affable, generous man known to many as “Cousin Russ” from his collaborations with his cousin, “Dear Myrtle” blogger Pat Richley-Erickson, Russ was widely beloved and renowned for his expertise with the Family Tree Maker software. He was well known to the members of the CGS Family Tree Maker special interest group, at which he was a regular presence via Zoom. He was scheduled to be the speaker at the June 2022 meeting and will be sadly missed.

“He has been a good friend to CGS and to the Family Tree Maker SIG,” said Ron Madson, who co-facilitates the FTM-SIG with Karen Halfon. “From a genealogical point of view I consider him almost a Bodhisattva. He was always selflessly helping others.” Russ’s generous nature was widely noted as friends mourned his passing last week. “When I think of Russ I think of kindness, helpfulness, humility, caring, and inspiration,” wrote Geoff Rasmussen at the Legacy Family Tree Webinars blog. “Whether he was co-hosting “Mondays with Myrt,” teaching classes at a genealogy conference, or speaking to our webinar audience, he couldn’t help but find innovative ways to teach others. To help others. To care for others.”

The sentiments were echoed again and again as friends and colleagues took to social media to pay tribute to Russ. “He was the one of the kindest and most giving people I’ve ever known. He helped 1000s of genealogists over the years, in big ways and small,” wrote Blaine Bettinger on Facebook. “I am absolutely heartbroken,” wrote Judy G. Russell on Twitter. “What a loss to [his family], to his friends, to the entire genealogical community.” Thomas MacEntee called Russ “a kind, giving friend to all in the genealogy world.”

H. Russell Worthington III was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to Henry and Louise Worthington. He briefly attended the College of New Jersey and worked for several years as a radioman for the U.S. Coast Guard before taking up a thirty-year career as a technician, supervisor, and manager at AT&T. Some years ago, his youngest daughter gave him a copy of the Family Tree Maker program because “she thought I needed something to do,” as he would often say. He soon began “collecting cousins” and embarked upon his next chapter as a genealogist. Always unpretentious in spite of his knowledge and expertise, Russ gave generously of his time, whether teaching, creating short informative YouTube videos, sharing information on one of his several blogs, or manning the MacKiev booth at numerous conferences. He helped countless genealogists expand their skills and many considered him a friend. May his memory be a blessing.