This week at CGS (May 6-12, 2024)

by California Genealogical Society (5/5/2024)

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

Special presentation

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Rose Marie Beebe

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Robert Senkewicz

Sat., May 11, 1-3 PM: California History and Genealogy Series. Part 1 of 2 (next class is June 8). A joint presentation of CGS and Los Californianos, the series looks at soldiers and settlers in Alta California from 1769 to California statehood in 1850. Attendees will learn about resources and strategies to research early California settlers. Today: Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz present “A Californio Family in Transition: Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo and Francisca Benicia Carrillo de Vallejo, 1846-1888.” Reception follows.

Other events:

smiling woman headshotWed., May 8, 6:30 PM: Tips & Talk series: “Contacting Cousins: How? Why? (DNA, Photos, Family History and more)” with Jane Lindsey. We all begin our research by finding our ancestors . But cousins, close or distant, may have family information that provides clues to enhancing your research. A longtime CGS member, Jane also volunteers at the OFSC. She loves helping patrons and hopes to get more CGS members to come to OFSC for a visit in 2024!

Held in person and via Zoom. Free; please preregister. To reserve your space, go to the Tips & Talk Event event page. At the top of the page, select the date and time of the presentation you’re interested in.

Wed., May 8, 6:30 PM: CGS Members Roundtable. A forum where CGS members will be able to ask questions of the group about their genealogical research, learn from others, share their research successes, and enjoy a collegial group of individuals interested in learning together. Particularly for new and remote members, this will be an opportunity to meet and feel part of the CGS community.

Sat., May 11, 10 AM: CGS Monthly Board Meeting. All welcome. Held in person and via Zoom.

Library hours: Thursday through Saturday 10 AM-2PM

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Coming soon: Jukebox Genealogy!

by California Genealogical Society (5/3/2024)

sketch of tree with rootsWe’re delighted to announce that a new CGS members-only newsletter, Jukebox Genealogy, will debut May 15th. This entertaining, interactive newsletter will feature a genealogical survey, a song, and stories of our fellow members’ successes, serendipities, and epiphanies!  Be sure to look for CGS’s Jukebox Genealogy in your email soon.
Tips & Talk this Wednesday!

by California Genealogical Society (4/29/2024)

Don’t forget about the two FREE presentations offered this Wednesday, May 1, at the Oakland FamilySearch Center. You can attend in person or via Zoom. Please preregister so we know you’re coming!

At 11 AM (Pacific): “Exploring Hawaiian Records for Genealogical Research” by Cindy Thomson. Cindy will discuss the records available for Hawaiian research and where to find them both online and in Hawaii. Born in Hawaii, Cindy makes frequent trips there and also enjoys assisting others to help advance their family history. She is a retired government economist who specializes in multi-ethnic immigration to Hawaii and early Korean immigration to the U.S., including the historical impact of government policies toward Asians. Her study of her own family history led to a vast project spanning years and encompassing 15 different ethnic groups in Hawaii.

Headshot of smiling manAt 6:30 PM (Pacific): “Using” by Matt Berry. The New England Historic Genealogical Society began with a focus on New England ancestors, but it has vastly expanded. The website contains extensive educational material and databases covering all fifty states and many countries. Matthew Blaine Berry, CG, is on the board of the California Genealogical Society and a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. His passions are genealogy and the Camino de Santiago.

To register for either class (and to learn about future talks), visit the “Tips & Talk” event page. At the top of the page, select the date and time of the presentation you’re interested in.