California History and Genealogy Series launched to great success

by California Genealogical Society (5/15/2024)

Four people standing in front of large Zoom screen.

Rose Marie Beebe (center) and Robert Senkewicz talked about the influential Vallejo family, in the first of a series on Alta California

Last Saturday, the CGS library hosted the first in a monthly series of presentations on genealogical research in Alta California, the Spanish province incorporating northern California and part of Nevada, during the Hispanic colonization period from 1769 to 1848. This joint effort of CGS and Los Californianos features expert speakers on the history of Spanish and Mexican colonization of Alta (“Upper”) California.

On May 11, Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz spoke on “A Californio Family in Transition: Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo and Francisca Benicia Carrillo de Vallejo, 1846-1888.” They captivated the hybrid audience (attending both online and in person) with the story of this powerful and influential family and their role in the transition of California from the Republic of Mexico to U.S. statehood. CGS President Chris Pattillo commented, “I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of today’s program. The tag-team speakers were two of the best ever… and their enthusiasm for the subject matter was infectious.”

The next talk in the series will be on June 8, when Kent Long, president of the nonprofit Friends of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe, speaks on “Jose Joaquin Moraga Family & the Rancho Laguna De Los Palos Colorados Grant.” To learn more about the series and to register for the presentations, visit our Eventbrite site.


CGS Volunteers: Meet Adelle Treakle and Keith Montgomery

by California Genealogical Society (5/15/2024)

CGS now offers up to twelve events a month for our members and the larger genealogy community to learn and share their experience, knowledge and get help.  How does this happen in a society that is strictly run and managed by volunteers?

We leverage the skill and generosity of a wonderful group of people willing to draw on their former or current occupations and innate abilities to, as the British say, “Stay Calm and Carry On.”

Meet two of the super heroes that make it possible and learn about their roles and how you can get involved.

Adelle Treakle is the guru and queen of our Eventbrite registration system and our calendar. This beast (the software) is not an easy one to tame, but Adelle has figured out how to make it work for a variety of scenarios and needs of the organization.  She gathers multiple pieces of information gathered by other volunteers and creates pages that anyone can navigate to find speakers, times, costs, and directions.  She makes sure the notices go out on time, including two reminders. On top of that Adelle creates access to the handouts and the recordings. Adelle draws on her experience in the programming and technical world.

Photo of Keith MontgomeryKeith Montgomery is a stalwart proponent and supporter of hybrid meetings (where you can attend online or in-person) and of the Special Interest Groups.  He has technical skills like no other. He juggles microphones, cameras, laptops, and display monitors like a member of Cirque du Soleil.  Keith volunteers as the host that gets meetings started, monitors chat and works with those having trouble with access, sound and video. In addition, Keith serves on the Technical Committee, making sure the library computers are up to speed.

Interested in learning more about the roles that support Keith and Adelle?  Check out the volunteer opportunities on our web page and see if there is a match for you. We know you would enjoy working with us.

This week at CGS (May 13-19, 2024)

by California Genealogical Society (5/12/2024)

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

We have threeTips & Talk presentations this week at the Oakland FamilySearch Library. All are held in person 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.

Head shot of smiling womanTues., May 14, 11 am: “How-to Series: Using Linkpendium” with Denise Plaskett. What is Linkpendium? Per their website: “Linkpendium is a 10,000,000+ resource directory to everything on the Web about families worldwide and genealogically-relevant information about U.S. states and counties.” This hands-on presentation will have you navigating Linkpendium with ease, tracking down those records and valuable information you need to find your ancestors and their stories. Denise currently serves as an Associate Director at the Oakland FamilySearch Center and lives in Fairfield.

Wednesday, May 15, 11:00 am: “Expand Your Family Tree: Hands on Help from OFSC Volunteers in the Computer Lab” with Jane Lindsey and others. Come with questions and plan to stay to get assistance finding information to expand your tree with tips for more productive searches and finding new records to use. Jane has been researching her family for forty years and has done client research and enjoys helping friends and visitors to the Center advance their research.

Smiling womanWednesday, May 15, 6:30 pm: “Sharing Family History with Children” with Marisa Louie Lee. Inspire an interest in family history with the children in your family! We’ll discuss the importance of rituals and storytelling to children and explore some practical family history activities for busy families. Marisa Louie Lee is a freelance researcher and workshop speaker who specializes in federal government records and Asian American history and genealogy. She previously worked for the National Archives at San Francisco and the Chinese Historical Society of America. Marisa is a proud alumna of the “Friends of Roots” program and enjoys sharing family history with her daughters, ages 5 and 8.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) meeting this week:

Friday, May 17, 10:30 am: Mayflower Descendants SIG. Led by Robert Trapp. Focus on Mayflower ancestry and how to join The Society of California Mayflower Descendants. Discussion of ongoing research.

Saturday, May 18, 10 am: San Francisco SIG. Sandra Huber leads this group for those interested in finding San Francisco ancestors, with discussion of where to look for records both pre and post the 1906 earthquake. Held via Zoom.

Saturday, May 18, 1 pm: Family Tree Maker SIG. Presentation, discussion, and troubleshooting for users of the popular genealogy software.Led by Ron Madson and Karen Halfon. Hybrid (held in person and on Zoom).

Library hours: Thursday through Saturday 10 am-2 pm.

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Calendar: Google calendar