This week at CGS (February 11-17, 2024)

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Two fascinating topics are covered in this week’s free Tips & Talk series at the Oakland FamilySearch Center. Please preregister.

Tuesday, February 13, 11:00 am: “How-to Series: Ancestry Card Catalog and RecordSeek.” In-person and via Zoom. Speaker Annie Dearden, a native of Alabama currently serving as a missionary at the OFSC, shows how to use AncestryInstitution, the library version of (available free at OFSC and at the CGS Library) to search the extensive historical record collections for free that are usually only available to paid Ancestry subscribers. She also gives a quick tutorial on the RecordSeek app, which allows you to quickly save Ancestry record information to the FamilySearch website, and vice versa.

Linda Okazaki

Wednesday, February 14, 11:00 am: “Introduction to A-Files and C-Files” with Linda Okazaki. (Note: this class is in-person only.) What are A-files? Does your 20th-century immigrant have one? Why or why not? If so, where is it located? If he or she doesn’t have an A-file, is there a C-file? This class will introduce you to A-files and C-files, as well as other records held in the genealogy program at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or the National Archives. Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation Californian who is passionate about teaching people of all ages to research, document, and share their family histories. Her areas of interest include the western U.S., upstate New York, England, Australia, Japanese Americans, and the use of DNA in genealogy. Linda has been researching her husband’s ancestry since 2012, documenting his family in the internment camps and in Japan. A charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society, and a consultant for Ancestry’s Progenealogists and Densho, she is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei News. Her column, “Finding Your Nikkei Roots,” is published bimonthly. Her guide to “Finding Your Japanese Roots” was updated in 2023. Ms. Okazaki is the author of numerous articles, including the National Genealogical Society Magazine‘s “Paper Sons and Picture Brides,” which was co-authored by Grant Din, and “Japanese American Research,” published in the New York Researcher. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Linda is a past president of the California Genealogical Society, a former board member of the Nichi Bei Foundation, and the current president of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

The following Special Interest Groups are meeting this week:

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 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.

Friday, Feb. 16, 10:30 AM: Mayflower Descendants SIG. Led by Robert Trapp. Focus on Mayflower ancestry and how to join The Society of California Mayflower Descendants. Discussion of ongoing research.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 AM: San Francisco SIG. Sandra Huber leads this group for those interested in finding San Francisco ancestors, with discussion of where to look for records both pre and post the 1906 earthquake.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 PM: Family Tree Maker SIG. Presentation, discussion, and troubleshooting for users of the popular genealogy software. Today’s meeting features a talk by Mark Olsen of MacKiev. Led by Ron Madson and Karen Halfon. Hybrid (held in person and via Zoom).

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

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