CGS Annual Membership Meeting – 1/12/2008

by Kathryn Doyle (12/28/2007)

The Annual Membership Meeting of the California Genealogical Society will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2008, at 1:30 p.m., at the CGS Library (2201 Broadway at 22nd, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA). Please join CGS President, Jane Lindsey, for a quick review of the society’s accomplishments in 2007 and a look forward to what’s in store for 2008, our 110th year of helping people find their roots.

This important session will include Colleen Huntley’s power point presentation on the history of the society, an update on our Web site and blog, brief committee reports, approval of the society budget and election of new board members. There will be time for questions and answers.

The annual meeting is always well attended so arrive early to get a front seat, see old friends and meet some new ones. Light refreshments will be available before the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Some free advice from Maureen

by Kathryn Doyle (12/27/2007)

I’m just back from a holiday vacation and while catching up with the various genealogy blogs, I found some great advice in a recent post to 24-7 Family History Circle. Maureen A. Taylor, the Photo Detective, wrote Saving Your Family Treasures: Four Destructive Habits.

Maureen, who will be our special guest lecturer at the California Genealogical Society and Library 110th Celebration, on February 9, 2008, tells how mishandling, poor storage, laminating and mislabeling practices can harm our family photographs.

Maureen has also submitted a sneak preview of her detective skills to Roots Television. In her 4 1/2 minute slide show Solved by the Photo Detective!, Taylor guides us through three examples as she describes in her own voice the clues she used to analyze photos of a building facade, an immigrant woman and her own grandmother.

CGS Celebrates 110 years with The Photo Detective

by Kathryn Doyle (12/14/2007)

The California Genealogical Society and Library will celebrate 110 years of helping people find their roots at a day-long program with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective at the Concord Hilton on Saturday, February 9, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Maureen will present four seminars exploring ways to identify and preserve photographs to enhance our family history:

Tales from The Photo Detective
Identifying and Dating Family Photos
Preserving Family Photographs
Reading Immigrant Clues in Photos

$45.00 includes all seminars, lunch and a silent auction. Private photo consultations with Maureen are available. Contact CGS in advance to arrange.

Maureen Taylor is a nationally recognized photo identification and family history expert. She is the author of a number of research articles and books, including Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs and Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Your Precious Family Images. Maureen was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.

For further information about this event, visit the CGS Web site or download the event flyer and reservation form.

For additional information about Maureen visit her website or Photo Detective blog.