December events (and more)

by California Genealogical Society (11/25/2022)

December is one of our quieter months, but the library is still open and multiple groups will hold their regular meetings. And you can still see some of our most popular presentations in recordings, available for a limited time!

Monthly meetings:

Saturday, Dec. 3: First Saturday FREE Intro to Genealogy. This month: “Organizing Your Family History Work.”

Saturday, Dec. 10: Monthly Board Meeting. Online. All welcome; please preregister.

Wednesday, Dec. 13: Members’ Roundtable. A chance to chat with other CGS members, share your research, and ask questions of fellow genealogists. Meets online 2nd Wednesday every month. See Special Interest Groups to register.

Wednesday, Dec. 28RootsMagic Special Interest Group.

The library is currently open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sign up here to arrange your visit. We will be closed the last two weeks of December; reopening Jan. 4.

The following presentations may be viewed online for a limited time:

Voting Records: Genealogy’s Best Kept Secret – through Dec. 1.
U.S. Military Pension Records: Revolution to Civil War – through Dec. 7
Social Media for Genealogy – 3 videos, available through Dec. 31.
Using Photoshop Elements for Genealogy – available through Dec. 31.

We have more events coming up in the new year, including our annual Members Meeting. Stay tuned for events celebrating our 125th anniversary!

All our events can be found at EventBrite
And on our Facebook page
We’re also on Instagram and Twitter

Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel!

“Social Media for Genealogy” and “Photoshop Elements” available through December 31

by California Genealogical Society (11/22/2022)

We’ve had so many wonderful speakers at CGS this year. We’re pleased that we can offer the chance to see some of our past presentations in recorded form for a limited time. A previous post announced access to three lectures; two of them are still available for a few days.

We’ve recently made available recordings of two more presentations. These can be viewed through December 31.

Carly Morgan

Carly Morgan’s “Social Media for Genealogy” series walks you through various social media platforms. She offers advice on saving stories and photos and talks about using social media for genealogy research or to grow your genealogy business.





Ron Madson

Ron Madson’s presentation “Using Photoshop Elements for Genealogy” was presented November 19 at the Oakland FamilySearch Library. This class is designed for all levels of genealogists. Working primarily with digital images of genealogy records, documents and old family photos, Ron will guide you through the basic tools of Adobe Photoshop’s little brother, Photoshop Elements™.

We hope you take advantage of the opportunity to see these recorded presentations.


CGS Committees: Education and Events

by Chris Pattillo (11/21/2022)

One in a series of blog posts about CGS committees and their work
*This committee currently has openings for volunteers

The Education and Events Committee is unusual in that it is really a group of committees that work together as one big committee. It’s good that they do because this committee involves a lot. Breaking it into multiple pieces makes it possible to accomplish all they do.

PurposeThe purpose of the Education and Events committee is to plan the various talks, seminars, field trips, research trips and some of the social events hosted by the society.
ChairJacqueline Henderson
MeetsTypically, once a week or every other week as needed. Jacqueline wants to add bimonthly (every other) meetings with the SIG leaders.
Time CommitmentAbout 10 hours a week depending on your role
Helpful SkillsBeing organized and some computer skills, i.e., knowing how to maintain a spreadsheet. The ability to interact professionally with speakers.
Work LocationSince the pandemic meetings have all been via Zoom or telephone but Jacqueline would like to start having occasional in-person meetings because it is nice to get together.

Currently the other committee members include Adelle Treakle, who handles communications. She deals with EventBrite to schedule events and is assisted by Keith Montgomery. Jacqueline coordinates with the chairs of our Special Interest Groups when they are planning their meetings. She is also talking with a couple of members about leading a research trip in 2023, and possibly having an event with speakers on Irish Research in 2024.

The committee is looking for at least two additional members. It would be helpful to have one person to help with promotion. They have good systems in place for doing this so it’s not a difficult task. They could also use help with sending out the post-event surveys, analyzing the responses, and preparing a summary report.

The committee’s goal is to have one speaker each month except in December. Jacqueline solicits input from others about the best speakers and topics for the coming months. Members make suggestions for speakers and Jacqueline checks our past surveys to identify which speakers received good reviews. She checks the speaker’s website to see what topics they offer to decide on a particular topic. She always makes a point to book speakers who will talk about current trends and topics in the field. She then contacts the speaker regarding their interest and availability and does all of the follow-up tasks to book and promote each talk.