NGS 2024 Call for Proposals: deadline August 18

by California Genealogical Society (7/26/2023)



The National Genealogical Society is seeking lecture proposals for its 2024 Virtual Family History Conference, “Expanding Possibilities,” and for the pre-conference FOCUS sessions. Proposals are due by 18 August. Speakers can submit up to four proposals. For more information and the online submission form, visit

Where were your ancestors in 1898?

by California Genealogical Society (7/23/2023)

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A reminder that the editors of The California Nugget are inviting CGS members to share an anecdote about what your ancestors were doing in (or around) 1898, the year the California Genealogical Society was founded. Thanks to all who have contributed stories so far for this special anniversary issue!

How to participate? Just tell us what your ancestors were doing in 1898 (or thereabouts). It can be as short as a sentence or two; longer anecdotes are also welcome. Our members have a great diversity of backgrounds–this is an opportunity to show some of that heritage. If the story you want to tell happened a little before or after the year 1898, you can introduce it with: “In just a few years, she would be …” or “He had just come through …”

To consider:

Where was my ancestor in (or about) 1898?

What were they doing? (in their personal or professional lives)

What was the context in your family history? – i.e., an ancestor was born, married, or died; was running a family business; had recently immigrated or was getting ready to move; had recently lived through a big event, or would soon face a turn of events that would influence their lives.

To share a story, or for more information, email [email protected]. We’d like to have your story by August 1st for inclusion in the Nugget.

Did you know …? Some events that occurred in 1898 were:

This week at CGS (July 24-30)

by California Genealogical Society (7/22/2023)

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For more information or to register, click the hyperlinks for any event.
All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

Last chance! Recording available through July 24:
Tax Records: More Exciting Than You Might Think. Annette Burke Lyttle discusses how tax records can provide a rich record of our ancestors’ lives and their sometimes-changing fortunes.

Monday, July 24, 1-5 p.m. Digital Archiving Committee. Volunteers needed to help digitize CGS’s unique collections so they can be made available online. Snacks and fun included! To join us, email Ron Madson: [email protected]

Wednesday, July 26, 11 a.m.Tips & Talk” at the Oakland FamilySearch Center. This week, “African American Research.” Patricia Smith Jenkins will discuss some historical challenges when researching African Americans in the United States and a few strategies found to break through brick walls. Pat facilitates monthly research and discussion groups for the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California and Oakland California FamilySearch Library. In person at the Oakland FamilySearch Center. Free. Preregistration appreciated: Click here to register.

Special Interest Groups

Monday, July 24, 7 p.m. DNA Skills SIG. A study group for those interested in genetic genealogy. Completion of CGS DNA Series or equivalent DNA class/experience. Must have uploaded DNA test results at one of the common DNA websites.

Don’t forget: Registration is open for our Salt Lake City Research Trip, October 9-14!  Visit the event page for complete details. You can also watch the video of our virtual meetup and info session, and download a handout with more information.

Library hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See website for details.

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Calendar: Google calendar