Getting to Know Me and the CGSL Blog

by Kathryn Doyle (9/26/2008)

In the weird, wonderful world of genealogy blogging, members of the community sponsor carnivals, throw out challenges and tag one another with memes – all in an effort to encourage their fellow genea-bloggers.

Terry Thornton of Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi issued the Getting to Know You challenge:

The number of new blogs is increasing so rapidly that many of us are having trouble keeping up with reading and visiting. There never seems enough time to get to know new blogs much less to interact with their authors. To help out in that regard, I’m issuing a challenge to all Bloggers to help us get to know each other.

I hope that Terry doesn’t mind if I stray slightly from his very specific format.

As I state in About Me, my name is Kathryn Doyle and I am a CGS board member and chair of the Marketing Committee. I started this blog ten short months ago as an experiment and I’m happy to report that so far it is a successful one. I blog exclusively for the members of the California Genealogical Society and Library. I try to use my voice and keep the rest of me out of the blog, as much as possible. (This post is obviously an exception!)

The blog’s purpose is to promote the society, to advertise events and meetings, to take readers “behind the scenes” and introduce member volunteers to each other and to the world and perhaps to serve as a “how to” guide for other societies.

Here are three examples of the types of articles I blog for the society:

Roberts: What We Found
This is the second installment of a five-part series on Corporal Harold Roberts which exemplifies the team spirit behind the research done at CGS.

A Tribute to Anne Robinson
This article was written for a National Women’s History Month carnival which gave me the opportunity to honor a truly dedicated volunteer. This kind of post has evolved into an on-going “Member Spotlight” series.

Digital vs. Print – Where Do You Stand?
I’ll be writing more about the administrative side of the society in the future. Do inquiring minds really want to know?

I am also very fortunate to have many partners who have been willing to contribute photographs, story ideas, background information, articles and entire series (thank you Mary Mettler!) to the cause. It is an honor and a pleasure to write for so many dedicated volunteers.

Dick Rees and me – in the pink.

Photograph courtesy of Judy Bodycote.

Book Repair Workshop Returns October 25, 2008.

by Kathryn Doyle (9/25/2008)

The California Genealogical Society is now taking reservations for the fall Book Repair Workshop to be held on Saturday morning, October 25, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, the workshop is part of the October Family History Month menu of classes and other offerings.

The perennial favorite, taught by Book Repair Committee Chairman, Bill O’Neil, is limited to ten enrollees. Workshop participants learn book repair techniques by actually creating a book for themselves. Pages are provided and the pupils create the binding. The finished product will be a copy of a “how to” pamphlet written by the late Dick Thrift, founder of the CGS Book Repair Committee. Everyone goes home with a self-made instruction book and souvenir of the day.

The fee is $15.00 for materials. Reservations are required and can be made by email or by calling CGS at 510-663-1358. There is a also a sign-up sheet at the reception desk. A copy of the full schedule of classess offered during October Family History Month can be downloaded from the CGS Website.

Photograph of the Dick Thrift book presses by Kathryn Doyle, 9/22/2008.

Wordless Wednesday

by Kathryn Doyle (9/24/2008)

California Genealogical Society
Brainstorming Breakfast Bonanza!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008







Special thanks to Marianne Frey, Cynthia Gorman, Steve Harris, Jane Lindsey, Paul Mayer, Chris Pattillo, Dick Rees, Lavinia Schwarz, Nancy Servin, Pat Smith, Carolyn Steinberg, Judy Bodycote and Lorna Wallace who attended this early morning meeting and came up with so many amazing ideas!

Photographs courtesy of Jane Lindsey.