Report from the Annual Meeting

by California Genealogical Society (2/6/2024)

Members gathered both in person and via Zoom on January 13 for our Annual Meeting at the CGS Library. Business included approval of the budget, election of board members and officers, and brief presentations on upcoming events, Focus 2025 (planning for the future of CGS), and the 10 Million Names Project. Following the business meeting, members enjoyed a potluck and open house featuring the CGS Library.

Current officers are Chris Pattillo, president; Roger Prince, vice president; Matt Berry, treasurer; Evan Wilson, recording secretary; and Cindy Kim Thomson, corresponding secretary. Other board members are Grant Din, Jennifer Dix, Ron Madson, Keith Montgomery, Carly Morgan, Bob Trapp, and Adelle Treakle.

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President Chris Pattillo addresses the meeting

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Roger Prince discusses Focus 2025













Evan Wilson introduces the 10 Million Names Project

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Members enjoy refreshments and socializing

This month at CGS: February 2024

by California Genealogical Society (2/5/2024)


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

head shot lisa gorrellSat., Feb. 24, 11 AM: Our featured presentation this month is an online class by Lisa Gorrell, CG: “How to Leave Your Genealogy: Don’t Let It Get Thrown Away!”  Lisa has put a lot of thought and energy into preserving her more than 30 years’ worth of genealogy research for future generations. In this class, she will discuss organization and other tips to maintain your research and make it easy for your heirs to deal with.


Our free “Tips & Talk” series at the Oakland FamilySearch Center is now available both in person and via Zoom! Please pre-register. We have a great lineup of speakers this month; please visit this link for more details about each talk.

Wed., Feb. 7, 11:00 am: “Beginning French Canadian Research” with Jane Lindsey.

Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm: “Finding People of Color in Census Records and Antebellum Records” with Craig Manson.

Tuesday, February 13, 11:00 am: “How-to Series: Ancestry Card Catalog and RecordSeek” with Annie Dearden.

Wednesday, February 14, 11:00 am: “Introduction to A-Files and C-Files” with Linda Okazaki. NOTE: This presentation is in-person only and will not be recorded.

Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 pm: “Hidden Ancestors in the Shadow of One Drop and Jim Crow” with Lavinia Schwarz.

Wednesday, February 21, 11:00 am: “Using Mexican Records on FamilySearch and” with Robert and Portia NeVille.

Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 pm: “Improbable Family Ties: Connections Recovered from Antebellum Nelson and Fluvanna Counties of Virginia, 1815-1862” with Pat Jenkins and Marty Jessup.

Tuesday, February 27, 11:00 am: “How to Series: The FamilyHistory Guide (” with Janet and Cliff Ross.

The following Special Interest Groups meet this month:

  • Sat., Feb. 17,10 am: San Francisco SIG
  • Sat., Feb. 17, 1 pm: Family Tree Maker SIG
  • Sat., Feb. 24, 10 am: Eastern European SIG
  • Mon., Feb. 26, 7 pm: DNA Skills SIG
  • Wed., Feb. 28, 6:30 pm: Roots Magic SIG

Library hours: Thursday and Friday 10 AM-2 PM and Saturday 10 AM-4 PM

Helpful Links
All events:
Special Interest Groups:
Calendar: Google calendar

This week at CGS (Jan. 8-14, 2024)

by California Genealogical Society (1/7/2024)

Lisa Gorell and Jeff Vaillant at a pre-COVID Annual Meeting. No genealogists were harmed in the taking of this photo.

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

Saturday, Jan. 13, 10 AM-noon: Annual Membership Meeting and Library Open House. We hope you will join us, either in person or via Zoom, for this annual get-together! A short business meeting includes presentation of the Annual Report and voting on nominees to the CGS Board. Then we’ll have a potluck (please bring food to share), socializing, and the Open House with tours of the library, demonstrations of the new hi-res scanner, Special Interest Group (SIG) representatives and much more. Please register to let us know you’ll be there, whether in person or virtually!

Roger Prince

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 11 AM: “How-to Series: Scotland’s People (“Tips & Talk at the Oakland FamilySearch Center). Roger Prince gives an introduction to Scotland’s People, the official government website for all public Scottish people-related records. While the original records can only be accessed for a fee, this site has excellent indexes with a lot of useful information. Roger will cover strategies for getting the most information you can from the indexes and for minimizing the risk that you will pay for the wrong record. Includes a live demo and a handout. Pre-register to attend in person or via Zoom.

The following Special Interest Group meets this week:

Wed., Jan. 10, 6:30 PM: Members’ Roundtable. A forum for asking questions about one another’s genealogical research, to learn from others, share research successes, and enjoy a collegial group of individuals interested in learning together. Particularly for new and remote members, this is an opportunity to meet and feel part of the CGS community. Led by Lisa Gorrell and Jacqueline Henderson.

Library hours: Thursday and Friday 10 AM-2 PM and Saturday 10 AM-4 PM

Helpful Links
Special Interest Groups:
Calendar: Google calendar