Announcing a change in library hours

by California Genealogical Society (4/4/2024)

Beginning April 6 and continuing through June, the CGS library will close at 2 p.m. on Saturdays rather than at 4 p.m. Library hours will now be Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This decision was made after observing that few visitors come on Saturday afternoon. We will re-evaluate later this summer.

We are aware this may be disappointing for our Saturday patrons. You may arrange to stay later by sending an email a week in advance to: [email protected]

Thank you for your support.

April at CGS!

by California Genealogical Society (3/31/2024)

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

Happy April! This month we have a variety of exciting classes and workshops coming up. A quick rundown:

Sat., Apr. 6, 10 AM: Intro to Genealogy. A series of 4 rotating classes covering the basics of genealogical research. This month: “Organizing Your Research.” Free. Via Zoom.

Weekly (Tuesdays & Wednesdays): “Tips & Talk” at the Oakland FamilySearch Center. picture of building with palm trees

Weekly talks by experts on a variety of topics. This month’s presentations include a 3-part series on DNA, discussions of UK research, of using FamilySearch, MyHeritage, and more. Clink the link and scroll down for details of each class and speaker.


Sat., Apr. 27, 10 AM-2 PM: Workshop: Digitize Your Family Photos & Stories

Smiling manJoin Rick Voight, CEO of Vivid-Pix, to discover the many uses of our new overhead scanner. He will show how easy it is for you to record your description of each photo and couple your photos together to create a family story in this hands-on workshop. Please bring your family photos with you. Bring your family photos, memories and stories.
For members, in person at California Genealogical Society.


Sat., Apr. 27, 11 AM-12:30 PM: Excel for Genealogists

Stewart Blandón Traiman demonstrates how Excel spreadsheets can keep your genealogy research organized. You can use Excel’s tools to keep track of newspaper clippings, a vital records catalog, track your ancestors’ addresses over time, and track whole families over many censuses.
Live online via Zoom. Members can view recording for 30 days on the CGS website.


Tues., Apr 30, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Member Connections Workshop

click to sign upMember Connections is a tool that helps CGS members connect and share information with people who share your genealogy interests. Stewart Traiman leads this workshop showing how to use this special feature.
Live online via Zoom.



Special Interest Groups for members meet monthly. They include:

  • Members’ Roundtable Discussion
  • DNA Skills
  • Family Tree Maker Users
  • RootsMagic Users
  • Mayflower Descendants
  • San Francisco SIG
    Click the link above for more details.

Library hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 AM – 2 PM

Helpful Links:
Special Interest Groups:
Calendar: Google calendar

This week at CGS (March 25-31, 2024)

by California Genealogical Society (3/24/2024)

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

Thomas MacEntee’s class on Sat., March 30 is sold out. 

Also happening this last week of March:

Tips & Talk at the Oakland FamilySearch Center, March 26 and March 27. Events may be attended in person or via Zoom. Free. Please preregister.

Head shot of man in dark shirt and tieTues., March 26, 11:00 am: “How-to Series: Simple Photo Enhancements for Novices” with Robert Leitao. We all likely have old photos that have been creased, torn, or damaged in some way and it would be great to restore them to a better condition. This “how-to” session will guide you through some basic ways to improve the appearance of your scanned photos. Aimed at novices, the class focuses on techniques which, while they might not get your photos looking perfect, will get them pretty close. Please bring scanned photos on a memory stick that you can practice with during this class. (If you need help getting them scanned, feel free to come to the Oakland FamilySearch Center earlier in the day, or a few days before so that you can scan your photos on our Center’s digitizing equipment.) Robert Leitao is an Oakland native, whose roots are from the former Portuguese colony of Macau. His seven-year ongoing project has resulted in a tree of over 85,000 names and over 55,000 images. In accumulating this vast trove and being a regular patron at the Oakland FamilySearch Center, he has become the go-to person to help people digitize and improve their photos with the equipment and software available in the Library.

Wed., March 27, 6:30 pm: “German Research Part 3” with Robert Jackson. Robert concludes his three-part series on finding your German ancestors.



The following Special Interest Groups meet this week:

Mon. March 25, 7 PM: Advanced DNA SIG. Mark McLaren leads this group where members can further develop their understanding of DNA techniques, review new developments in DNA testing and tools, and discuss members’ research problems and case studies.

Wed., March 27, 6:30 pm: RootsMagic SIG. Keith Montgomery leads a discussion of helpful hints for users of this popular genealogy platform. Via Zoom.

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

Helpful Links
Special Interest Groups:
Calendar: Google calendar