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Friday, September 21, 2018, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

New England Ancestor Consultations
CGS will offer a limited number of personal consultations at our library on New England related topics with Mayflower Historians and CGS members with expertise in New England research.

Consultations are $50 for 50 minutes. You will be contacted to schedule your consultation.

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Pre-registration is required. Register at
CGS members and Non-member fee: $50.00*
Register early to confirm your slot. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
Payments will be processed by Eventbrite
*Consultation fee is non-refundable.

Saturday, September 22, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

NEHGS is Coming to Oakland!
Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel

** The Great Migration: Researching 17th-Century New England**

Spend the day with NEHGS in Oakland, California and hear from two renowned experts on early New England research: Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project and Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press and Editor of The Mayflower Descendant.
Learn about the genealogical and ideological connections among the Puritans who settled New England, understand the settlement and migrations within early New England, gain valuable research strategies for breaking down genealogical brick walls, and learn about ongoing scholarly contributions to the field of study.

Registration for the Saturday Sept 22, 2018 seminar at the Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel is being handled by NEHGS. For information, registration, and to purchase an event ticket, please go to the NEHGS site.

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:30 - 12:00 PM

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
at: Grace Lutheran Church,
2825 Alameda de las Pulgas,
San Mateo, CA 94403

"Researching Your Civil War Ancestors"
Speaker: Mary Boyle
Cookies & Coffee 10-10:30 am

This presentation will cover resources for Civil War research with examples from the Union and Confederate sides. Mary Boyle has been a librarian at the Santa Clara City Library since 2004.

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 LIncoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

A Family Web Site: Doing It My Way, by Barbara Toby Stack

This will not be a do-it-yourself guide to making your own Web site but testimony to the insights I garnered by tackling it myself. There is a great deal of freedom and satisfaction to be gained from doing battle with technology and sharing your research in the best ways you can imagine. My imagination is made up, in part, of HTML, and I believe it to be an ideal medium to tell the many stories that genealogical exploration turns up. At the same time, my skills are pretty basic, and my challenge is how to present my research to the widest possible audience with the simplest of tools.

Barbara Stack has been researching her family roots in Poland and Ukraine since the late 1980's, when she saw an enormous handwritten family tree made by her mother’s cousin and bought her first computer. Many busy years passed. In late 2009, a mutual friend introduced Barbara to Jeremy Frankel, who pointed her to the LDS FamilySearch Library in Oakland and to the SFBAJGS. A Web site soon became necessary to organize and share the mounting piles of research. In her professional life Barbara has been a systems analyst, a fiddler, a youth orchestra ED, and most recently an archivist, editor, and writing coach.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information visit

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612
Perspectives on DNA and Adoption
DNA Testing is transforming genealogical research and is having a huge impact on families with adoptions. Our Five panelists' perspectives reflect adoptees, parents of adopted children, and consultants, including a ProGenealogist from They will share their experiences with different research methods and from different cultures. Learn about using this advancement for genealogy, as well as guidelines and personal insights for dealing with the emotional and ethical issues that arise. The panel will be facilitated by Linda Harms Okazaki.
Laura Ashizawa was raised knowing she and her brother were adopted. When a family tree homework project stalled with their grandparents, Laura began learning about the family’s genealogy. Sifting through genealogical records online, Laura found her birth mother and then located her birth father through DNA and a connection with two paternal relatives.
Laura studied at Sacramento State and California State University, Northridge and was a special education teacher before moving to Pleasanton and now is an Independent Special Education Consultant.
Eva Goodwin grew up in Upstate New York and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She has had a life-long fascination with genealogy and began documenting her own family’s genealogy as a teenager. She lived in Munich, Germany, for two years and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost a decade.
Working professionally since 2012, Eva specializes in breaking down ancestral “brick walls” and investigating long-held family mysteries. Since joining AncestryProGenealogists in January 2015, Eva has also done a significant amount of genetic genealogy research, including adoptions, and she has contributed to research for the Who Do You Think You Are? TV series.
Therese Hart-Pignotti is a fourth generation Walnut Creek-er and the adopted only daughter of a Marine Corps Colonel.
Therese has a BA’s in Communications from JFK University and Business Mathematics from the University of South Australia. Therese has worked as a paralegal for over 20 years. There she develops family pedigrees for her firm’s attorney who serves as an expert witness. on division of property without a known heir.
Sarah Liron was adopted at birth through a closed adoption at a Jewish adoption agency in New York City. Through contacts in adoption circles she was able to identify and locate her birthmother and then embarked on a search for her birth father. After traditional search methods yielded no results, she employed DNA testing. Since then she has identified hundreds of people in her paternal family tree and connected with scores of cousins.
Sarah began her career as a CPA and later became a genetic counselor after obtaining her MS in genetic counseling from UC Berkeley.
Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation San Franciscan with a background in education. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. Linda currently serves as past President of the California Genealogical Society.
Her column, Finding Your Nikkei Roots, is published bi-monthly in the Nichi Bei Weekly. She is a contract researcher at AncestryProgenealogists, and in 2015, she and her husband founded the genealogy research company, Linda’s Orchard. An active member of the genealogical community, she is passionate about teaching people of all ages to research, document, and share their personal family histories.
Joanna Shear began researching her family history in 2008 and was soon hooked on genealogy. Traditional research uncovered living family members thought lost in the Holocaust, while DNA testing led to ancestral villages for immigrant great grandparents. She has experienced the powerful influence that knowing details of family history can make on sense of identity for herself and through work for others. She is an adoptive mother in open adoption.
Joanna is a member of APG, NGS, and CGS. She is a graduate of Boston University's CPE Genealogical Research Certificate Program. She holes a B.S. in physics and a M.S. in operations research.

Pre-registration is required. Visit for registration information.
Class size is limited so register early.
CGS members enjoy free admission.
Non-member admission fee is $45.00* and can be applied towards a new one-year CGS membership the day of the class.
*Registration fee is non-refundable.

October 3, 10,17, 24, 31, 2018, Wednesday Evenings, 6:00PM – 8:30PM

Offered by ++California Genealogical Society at the:
Oakland Family History Center
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, California 94025
Intermediate Records Series Part II: Taxes, Newspapers, Military, Cemeteries and More, presented by Lisa Gorrell

Are You Ready for the Next Level?
• Do you want to decode tax records?
• Learn what you may find in newspapers and pre and post-civil war military records?
• Explore Cemetery sources on Halloween?
• Get grounded in the principles of research reporting and writing?

Join genealogist Lisa Gorrell for a continuing exploration of resources that go beyond vital records and censuses.
The course will consist of both lecture and activities. There will be immediate practice using these newly taught skills. There will also be optional homework, so practice can continue at home.

Prerequisite: Completion of Building Skills Series or equivalent genealogical experience, use of genealogical family tree software, familiarity with Ancestry and FamilySearch sites.

Helpful: Should have a Laptop computer with a commercial genealogy software package. There are free starter genealogy software packages from several vendors.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early.
CGS members fee: $80.00*. Non-member fee: $100.00*.
Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
Payments will be processed by Eventbrite
*Course fee is non-refundable.
Click here for registration info:

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Contra Costa County Genealogical Society presents their
2018 Fall Seminar

Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


  • How Do I Know What I Don't Know? Fast-Track Your Genealogy Education
  • Successful Cluster Searching: How "Shirttail" Cousins Can Help You Break Down Brick Walls
  • Genealogy Do-OverTM: A Year of Learning From Mistakes
  • Searching for Living Persons: Why It's Important

Door Prize Drawings and Used Book Sales
Complementary coffee, tea, water and cookies all day
Lunches available for purchase until Sept. 29

For more information and to register for the seminar and order lunches online, visit

Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 PM

Los Angeles Public Library
(in the Singleton Adult Literacy Center—"ERTC" room, on Level 1)
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Genealogy Garage: Introduction to Mexican Research

Celebrate National Hispanic Month with John Schmal, an expert on researching in Mexico. John is an historian, genealogist, and lecturer. He has degrees in History (Loyola-Marymount University) and Geography (St. Cloud State University) and is a board member of the Society of Hispanic Historical Ancestral Research (SHHAR). If you have Mexican ancestry, this is a “must attend!”

More info here:

Genealogy Garage is co-sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-SoCal Chapter. It takes place the third Saturday of each month (except for December) at the Los Angeles Public Library.

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Ventura County Genealogical Society presents its
2018 Annual Seminar

A One-Day Event Featuring:
Luana Darby, AG

Camarillo Public Library Community Room
4101 E. Las Posas Rd., Cmarillo CA 93010

Seminar Topics:
• Beyond Ancestry: Overlooked and Underused Subscription Sites
• The Librarian Knows Where It’s At: Using State Archives and Local Libraries Resources Online
• Surveying the Community: Finding Clues Hidden Among the Neighbors
• Thinking Outside the Box: Using Unusual Records and Resources to Break Through Brick Walls

Silent Auction * Genealogical Sales Table * Door Prize Drawings * Used Book Sales

Register online at
Member and members of local area genealogical societies discount available before October 1st.

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Home Grown Preservation: Tips for Preserving Your Historical Documents, by Susan Goldstein

In this presentation, we'll explore some of the ways to prolong the life of your historical documents. We'll touch on archival housing and supplies, as well as temperature, humidity control, and storage. We'll also have a quick overview of useful resources for genealogical research at the San Francisco Public Library, from books to databases.

Susan Goldstein has served as the City Archivist of San Francisco for 22 years, documenting the city’s history in the San Francisco History Center, on the 6th floor of the San Francisco Public Library. The History Center is responsible for collecting and preserving the archives of the City and County of San Francisco, including mayoral and departmental historical materials, as well as maintaining a local history collection, extensive photograph collection, and public reading room. Previously, Goldstein worked as the archivist to Senator Alan Cranston for three years, serving on his staff in California and Washington, D.C. She also worked at the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University, collecting labor union history.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information visit

Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:30–9:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Caring for Your Documents and Photos: Better Now than Never, by Karen Zukor

This presentation will show how to take care of important papers and what to avoid. Conservation is based on the study of what makes artifacts of all kinds age and deteriorate. Paper conservation relies on understanding paper chemistry and the media used to produce art and artifacts. By understanding the physical and chemical attributes of a wide range of papers, conservators can repair damaged items and extend the lives of those artifacts for future generations.

Karen Zukor has been a paper conservator in private practice for 38 years. Her work encompasses a full range of paper, from the 15th century to contemporary pieces. She has been responsible for many collections, including fine art, archival material, maps, historic currency, and rare books, in both private hands and institutions. Her studio is involved in both conservation and preservation; she and her staff not only repair damaged items but provide information on extending the life of an object. Karen has also trained conservation interns for more than twenty years. Zukor Art Conservation is in Oakland, California.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information visit

Saturday, October 27, 2018  9:00AM - 1:00PM

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Book Repair Workshop, presented by Bill O'Neil
Workshop participants will learn book repair techniques by creating a book for themselves. Pages are provided, and the pupils create the binding. The finished product will be a copy of a "how to" pamphlet written by the late Dick Thrift, founder of the CGS Book Repair Committee. Everyone goes home with a self-made instruction book and souvenir of the day.
The Workshop will be conducted in the Sherman Room, California Genealogical Society Library.

Pre-registration is required.The workshop is limited to ten (10) participants. The fee is $25* for members and $35* for non-members. Fee includes all materials and supplies.
Registration fee is non-refundable
For more information and to register, please visit

Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

California Genealogical Society at:

2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Find Your Ancestral Home in America with Karen Black

Now that you have found your ancestors and where they settled in America, have you ever wondered if the family house or farm still exists? Many of you have family homes you don't know about - but they are out there waiting to be found. In this class we will review the tools that will help you use your already-honed sleuthing skills to find where your ancestors lived and worked.

Class size is limited to 25 attendees
CGS members enjoy free admission
Non-member admission fee is $30.00 and can be applied towards a new one-year CGS membership the day of the class
Register early to confirm your seat
*The fee for this meeting is non-refundable
Payments will be processed by Eventbrite
Click here for registration info:

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Doors open 8 am

San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Seminar location: Menlo Park LDS Hall
1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

Exploring DNA & Genetic Genealogy with CeCe Moore

CeCe Moore is an independent professional genetic genealogist and media consultant who is considered an innovator in the use of DNA for genealogy and unknown parentage research. She has been the genetic genealogy expert and scriptwriter for the PBS Television documentary series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. since 2013. She is the founder of The DNA Detectives, the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and, as a leading educator in her field, she is an instructor for a number of courses and conferences throughout North America.
CeCe collaborates regularly with ABC’s 20/20, showcasing her cutting-edge work reuniting individuals of unknown parentage with biological relatives through genetic genealogy. She has also appeared as a genetic genealogy expert on CBS This Morning, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Sunday Today with Willie Geist, The Doctors and Finding Your Roots. 

Seminar Talks: I have My Results, Now What?, Creating & Utilizing Genetic Networks in Your Research, Breaking Through Brick Walls with DNA, and DNA Stories from “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louise Gates, Jr.

Registration opens Aug 15, 2018. For more information, go to

PLEASE READ DATE CHANGE TO SATURDAY DECEMBER 8, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM FROM Saturday, November 10, 2018  1:00PM - 4:00PM

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Excel for Genealogists, presented by Stewart Blandón Traiman
Stewart loves spreadsheets! He uses spreadsheets at work every day as an IT Manager. He is an expert in Microsoft Excel using it in genealogy quite frequently. Laying out all the data in Excel can help researchers see gaps in knowledge or correlations between data points. Breakthroughs can easily happen by visualizing data in spreadsheets.  Stewart shows many examples of his use of spreadsheets to track newspaper clippings, a vital records catalog, tracking ancestor addresses over time, and tracking whole families over many censuses. Stewart will teach how to use Excel filter, sorting, color coding, calculations and many other functions.
This is a hands-on class. Please bring a laptop with Excel loaded. We will only cover Microsoft Excel in this class. No other spreadsheet programs will be taught during this class.
Spreadsheets are fun!
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 
CGS members enjoy free admission.
Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one year CGS membership the day of the class.
Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

  • Registration fee is non-refundable.

For more information and to register, please visit

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

California Genealogical Society
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Microsoft Word Skills for Genealogists Presented by Matt Berry
A well written family history or genealogy article adheres to certain styles with regard to formatting, citations and indexing. This course will show how to use Microsoft Word’s features to 1) format your genealogy in “Register Style", 2) create footnotes or end notes, and 3) create a useful index. Participants are encourage to bring their own laptop computer and follow along with the examples in class. Examples in class will be shown using MS Word 2016 on a PC, but these features haven’t changed much since Word 2007 and are also available on the Mac versions of MS Word.
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 
CGS members enjoy free admission.
Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one year CGS membership the day of the class.
Register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.

  • Registration fee is non-refundable.

For more information and to register, please visit

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 LIncoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Using Cluster Research to Understand Your Ancestors: When a Tree Isn't Enough, by Anne Gillespie Mitchell

Everyone has brick walls in their genealogy research: people who appear to have been dropped out of the sky; women whose maiden names seem unknowable. Cluster research will give you new avenues to break down those brick walls by researching their family members, their neighbors, and anyone and everyone they were associated with. Explore methods that will help you uncover new information about your family.

Anne Gillespie Mitchell has been chasing her ancestors up and down the Great Wagon road through Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina for many years. She currently works for Ancestry on a variety of products including search, Ancestry Library Edition, AncestryK12, and now RootsWeb. She has completed the Boston University Online Genealogy Certificate course as well as multiple sessions at SLIG and IGHR. She has also taught genealogy courses at many national conferences, including NGS, FGS, and RootsTech and at SLIG. Before Ancestry she worked in the Internet industry in software development and has been a product manager for several companies. She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, where she also taught computer science for eight years.

This event is free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.

For more information visit

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Whittier Area Genealogical Society
7604 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602

WAGS is pleased to announce our 36th Annual All-Day Seminar featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. He is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.

1. Our National Archives: The Astounding Institution and How to Use It
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) encompasses many buildings across the country. It holds millions of records that document American families from 1776 through the enormous century. This lecture takes the fear and mystery out of using such an enormous repository. It explains how NARA is organized and how archival research differs from library research. It describes the finding aids that help researchers access what they need in NARA's universe of historical materials. Three research cases demonstrate how w military, legislative and judicial records are accessed at Archives I in Washington, D.C., and NARA's regional archives.

2. Using Original and Derivative Sources: How to Evaluate Evidence
Finding the sources to reconstruct the lives of our ancestors is only half the challenge; the other half is understanding what those sources say. This lecture defines and discusses original and derivative sources, and explores their importance, challenges and relative reliability. One case study drawn from Only a Few Bones, a True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and its Aftermath, together with two other examples, demonstrate how to derive the full informational content from a source; the importance of knowing the origin and purpose of the source; how to analyze and correlate the information in order to resolve conflicts; the difference between information and evidence; and how to test hypotheses to learn the true facts for each ancestor. It culminates in an understanding of the "Genealogical Proof Standard."

3. Discovering You Ancestors' World Through Maps and Gazetteers
The facts you discover about your ancestors did not occur in outer space. They represent real-life events that took place in a physical place at a particular time. Cartographic collections - maps, atlases, and gazetteers - are essential tools for grounding all your genealogical discoveries in the real world. This lecture describes different kinds of maps, current and historical, U.S. and foreign, and illustrates the broad range of information they provide. It explains how to use Internet sites to locate cartographic collections in libraries, archives, courthouses, historical societies, as well as those available online in digitized format. Specific examples illustrate how maps form an integral part of thorough genealogical investigations.

4. Hacks and Hookers and Putting Up Pickles: Snares of Yesteryears' English
Our ancestors used a vocabulary based on where they lived, when they lived there, and what they did. Their words reflect a world of skills, tools, apparel and customs that no longer exists. So, the written records of any particular place and time and family contain lots of words that are unfamiliar to 21st-century researchers. Deciphering the informational content of old records poses a challenge. Misinterpreting small words can lead to big mistakes. This entertaining lecture explores ways to arrive at an accurate understanding of what the old records really say.

Registration is available by US Mail or online. Visit

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