June at CGS

by California Genealogical Society (5/27/2024)

To register or for more information, click the link for any event. All times are Pacific Time.

Saturday, June 1, 10 AM: Intro to Genealogy (NEW! Now a hybrid class: both online and in person at the CGS library). One in a four-part series on the foundations of genealogical research, for beginners or those wanting to brush up on their skills. Today: “Using the Census.” Free. Please preregister.

Saturday, June 1, 10-11:30 AM: CGS Monthly Board Meeting Hybrid; held in person and via Zoom.

old map imageSaturday, June 8, 1-3 PM: California History and Genealogy Series. Part 2 of 2. A joint presentation of CGS and Los Californianos, the series looks at Californios, soldiers and settlers in Alta California from 1769 to California statehood in 1850. Attendees will learn about resources and strategies available to research early California settlers. Today: Kent Long presents “Jose Joaquin Moraga Family & the Rancho Laguna De Los Palos Colorados Grant.”

 

Saturday, June 8, 9 AM-4:30 PM: American Ancestors Comes to California! CGS is the local host for this daylong seminar on “Tracing Your Westward-Bound Ancestors” presented by well-known speakers David Lambert and Melanie McComb. They will discuss the history of westward migration in the U.S., with tips for finding your ancestors. The all-day event at Oakland’s Preservation Park includes breakfast, lunch, and door prizes. (Also held tomorrow in San Marino; see link for details.)

Rainbow image with "LGBTQ Genealogy"Saturday, June 29, 11-12:30 AM: LGBTQ Genealogy. Stewart Traiman gives a presentation on finding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer persons in all our family trees. Includes discussion of LGBTQ history and finding clues to an ancestor’s sexual identity in the census, newspapers, obituaries, military records, photographs, phone books and archives.

NOTE: The weekly “Tips & Talk” series at Oakland FamilySearch Center is taking a summer hiatus, but stay tuned for details about informal discussions at the OFSC this month.

Special Interest Groups (SIGS) for Members:

June 1: Eastern European SIG Quarterly Meeting.

June 12: CGS Member Roundtable.

June 15: San Francisco SIG.

June 15: Family Tree Maker SIG.

June 21: Mayflower SIG.

June 22: Irish Ancestry SIG.

June 24: DNA Skills SIG.

June 26: Roots Magic SIG.

Library hours: Thursday through Saturday 10 AM-2PM

Helpful Links
Events: https://www.californiaancestors.org/events-and-education/
Special Interest Groups: https://www.californiaancestors.org/special-interest-groups-for-members/
Calendar: Google calendar

This week at CGS (May 27-June 2, 2024)

by California Genealogical Society (5/26/2024)

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To register or for more information, click the link for any event. All times are Pacific Time.

Saturday, June 1, 10 AM: Intro to Genealogy. NOW hybrid; held both in person at the CGS library and via Zoom. A series of 4 rotating classes covering the basics of genealogical research. This month: “The Census.” Free. Please pre-register.

Saturday, June 1, 1-3 PM: Eastern European SIG. Quarterly meeting of this group of enthusiastic researchers and genealogists who meet to support and learn from each other’s contributions and expertise in the areas of Central and Eastern Europe.

Library hours: Thursday through Saturday 10 AM-2PM

Helpful Links
Events: https://www.californiaancestors.org/events-and-education/
Special Interest Groups: https://www.californiaancestors.org/special-interest-groups-for-members/
Calendar: Google calendar

This week at CGS (May 20-26, 2024)

by California Genealogical Society (5/19/2024)

To register or for more information, click the link for any event. All times are Pacific Time.

Smiling manTuesday, May 21, 11:00 AM: “How to Series: Indexing and Other FamilySearch Projects” with Bruce Dearden. We are all very appreciative of the ability to put an ancestor’s name into a search field and discover historical records that define that ancestor’s life. This type of searching is available because the records have been indexed. On FamilySearch this indexing has largely been done by volunteers and is an activity that you can do as well. This session will show you how to do this. Besides indexing, there are other activities like “Name Review” in which you can get involved. These activities are a way to give back and improve the user experience on FamilySearch. Bruce Dearden serves as a full-time missionary at the Oakland FamilySearch Center. He and his wife Annie are from Huntsville, Alabama. Having lost his father at a young age, he has always been interested in discovering and connecting with family and researching his roots. Bruce has been indexing for the past ten years with a focus on 19th century Flemish birth, marriage, and death records. He recently participated in the 1950 U.S. Census project. Held in person at the Oakland FamilySearch Center and via Zoom. Free; please preregister. To reserve your space, go to the Tips & Talk event page. At the top of the page, select the date and time of the presentation you’re interested in.

The following Special Interest Groups meet this week:

Monday, May 20, 7 PM: Advanced DNA SIG. Mark McLaren leads this group where members can further develop their understanding of DNA techniques, review new developments in DNA testing and tools, and discuss members’ research problems and case studies.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 PM: RootsMagic SIG. Keith Montgomery leads a discussion of helpful hints for users of this popular genealogy platform. Via Zoom.

Library hours: Thursday through Saturday 10 AM-2PM

Helpful Links
Events: https://www.californiaancestors.org/events-and-education/
Special Interest Groups: https://www.californiaancestors.org/special-interest-groups-for-members/
Calendar: Google calendar