This week at CGS (August 28-September 3)

by California Genealogical Society (8/27/2023)

CGS logo with 125th anniversary dates

For more information or to register, click the hyperlinks for any event. All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

Can you believe it’s almost September? We’re busy this week with the DNA Special Interest Group, “Tips & Talk” at the FamilySearch Center, the monthly Intro to Genealogy class, and more. Coming up in September: Jill Morelli talks about how to search the not-yet indexed records on Family Search in “Be a Super Sleuth; “Accessing and Using Image Records Online.” Reserve your spot now!

Ongoing classes and events

Monday, August 28, 1-5 PM. Digital Archiving Committee. Volunteers needed to help digitize CGS’s unique collections so they can be made available online. Snacks and fun included! Free. To join us, email Ron Madson: [email protected]

Monday, August 28, 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, August 30, 11 AM. Tips & Talk at the Oakland FamilySearch Center.
This week: “Beyond Online Resources: Other Places to Look for Your Family.” Jane Lindsey talks about the many “offline” resources for genealogy. She encourages people to walk away from the computer and discover places that hold a wealth of information that can grow your family tree. Free.

Saturday, September 2, 10 AM: “Intro to Genealogy,” our free monthly class for beginners and those who want a refresher. The rotating four-part series begins with an overview and continues with classes delving into vital records, the census, and organization. This month: Genealogy Basics.

Don’t forget!

  • The CGS 125th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 8, at the beautiful Lake Temescal Beach House. Food, festivities, a raffle, souvenir wine glass, and more. Make your reservations now!

Library hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See website for details.

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

 

An update on the CGS Member Survey results

by California Genealogical Society (8/21/2023)

CGS logo with dates, 1898-2023

Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent member survey! We had a 32% response rate, which is high for this type of survey and reflects the broad support our members have for CGS. The thoughtful responses show care for our community and dedication to our success. We’d like to send a special appreciation to those who said they want to be more involved – volunteering is the lifeblood of our organization, and there are many ways, both big and small, to help out.

1. CGS is already working on issues that our members care about:

  • Increase library hours, eliminate need for advance notice to visit the library – The library is now open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with no advance notice required.
  • More in-person classes and social events – Check our calendar for more events over the next few months.
  • Upgrades to technology and online experience – We recently upgraded our network and internet access, purchased a large screen monitor for the classroom, have a great scanner available to our members, and are working hard on making more of our collection available online.
  • Parking access – On Saturdays, parking is free in the lot behind the building (ask for an email of the permit before you come), and street parking is available close by during the week.

2. CGS will prioritize other top issues raised in the survey:

  • Cost of classes and seminars
  • Beginning genealogist support
  • Personal assistance in the library
  • Easier access to our resources

3. CGS will incorporate members’ concerns in our long-term planning:

  • Location and security – We have a lease that keeps us in our current location for several more years. We will take the very understandable concerns on security and access to heart as we consider our future direction.

For a deeper dive into the results of the survey, click here for the full report.

We’ll communicate additional actions as they are rolled out through eNews and in our Blog, available on our website at https://www.californiaancestors.org/blog/ and in your in-box by subscription.

Although the survey is now closed, we welcome input from our members at any time. If you have suggestions, please email [email protected].

This week at CGS (August 21-27)

by California Genealogical Society (8/20/2023)

This week’s events include a discussion of German Genealogy and members’ special interest groups on RootsMagic and Eastern European genealogy. For more information or to register, click the hyperlinks for any event. All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

Monday, August 21, 1-5 PM. Digital Archiving Committee. Volunteers needed to help digitize CGS’s unique collections so they can be made available online. Snacks and fun included! Free. To join us, email Ron Madson: [email protected]

Wednesday, August 23, 11 AM. Tips & Talk at the Oakland FamilySearch Center.
This week: “Beginning Your German Genealogy” with Robert Jackson. All are welcome to discuss German genealogy, including how to discover the villages of origin of your German ancestors and then using those discoveries to access centuries of records in German archives, now increasingly online. Bring your questions and specific challenges. Free.

Wednesday, August 23, 6:30 PM. RootsMagic Special Interest Group.

Saturday, August 26, 1-3 PM. Eastern European Special Interest Group. Our quarterly meeting today will be a hybrid one–join us in person if you can for socializing and snacks!

Library hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See website for details.

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