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Saturday, May 18, 2019

San Mateo County Genealogical Society Presents:

** Finding Mayflower Families **
10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.

Presenter: Bob Trapp
Is it possible that you are descended from a family who came to America on the ship Mayflower in 1620? Follow the story of discovering Bob’s Mayflower family roots, plus learn what is needed to join the Mayflower Society. Bob Trapp is the Deputy Governor of the Mayflower California Alameda County Colony, works at the California Society of Mayflower Descendants library, has been on the staff of the Oakland Family History Library since 1990, and speaks regularly in the Bay Area.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 PM

Los Angeles Public Library
(in the Rare Books Room—meet by the Information Desk on Level 1)
630 W. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Genealogy Garage: Genealogy in LAPL’s Rare Books Department

A very special Genealogy Garage! This month, we will meet in the Rare Books Department to see all kinds of goodies that are normally available “by-appointment-only.” Meet by the Information Desk on the 1st Floor and you'll be escorted to our magical room, where Senior Librarian Xochitl Oliva and Genealogy Librarian Julie Huffman will show you some genealogical treasures.

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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, May 18, 2019

presents a
Free Family History Presentation at the
Camarillo Library Community Room
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

Have you ever wondered what immigrants arriving at Ellis Island went through? Join us as 9 volunteers will demonstrate the actual records of 9 immigrants who came through Ellis Island. A slide show illustrating the various documents of the immigration process will accompany the simulation. Attendees are invited to arrive early, as there will be seven tables of Ellis Island/immigration memorabilia including a piece of Ellis Island! (Members should get there early or they will miss these exhibits.) Members should be prepared to be stamped and chalked, just like ancestral immigrants were. They can even take an Ellis Island IQ test if they want (but we won’t be using our buttonhook on them!).

Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Biology Professor at California State University, Fullerton and has won awards for his science teaching. He became interested in genealogy about 15 years ago and volunteered for 9 years at the National Archives and Records Administration in southern California. Joel has expertise in Federal Census information, and published articles on the U.S. census, the name change belief at Ellis Island, searching records in NYC, and a biographical revision of biologist AL Heermann.

Presented by Joel Weintraub
Joel will continue his presentation by discussing how to locate difficult passenger manifests and the assumptions of nine search strategies that help us accomplish that. He will use a real person’s 1907 voyage, and explain why some search approaches cannot find his record, and why others have no difficulty. This talk is very much about genealogical research and the pitfalls of making assumptions about databases, even if your ancestors came before Ellis Island’s heyday (1892-1924).

Please join us for a presentation titled “Ancestry DNA Tips & Tricks.” Ancestry DNA has more autosomal testers than any of the other companies, so chances are good that you have at least one test kit there. Don Worth and Carley Worth will present their best tips for maximizing your matches at Ancestry DNA.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Jewish Records Collections on
Crista Cowan will talk about the Jewish records collections on Ancestry, as well as some search tips and tricks during this presentation.

Speaker Crista Cowan has been involved in family history research for more than 25 years and has been a professional genealogist since 2002. She specializes in descendancy research, Jewish immigration, and sharing family history with the genealogically challenged. She has been employed at since 2004 and is known as the Barefoot Genealogist. She uploads a new episode of her show to the Ancestry YouTube channel (almost) every Tuesday morning. You can watch past episodes at

This meeting is free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information, visit

May 25, 2019 10:30PM - 12:00 PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Eastern European Special Interest Group Quarterly Meetings Facilitated by Craig Siulinski

Come, to this Special Interest Group (SIG) discussion, focused on Eastern European Genealogy.  We are still refining how the group will meet, where, when, and more. Join us, on May 25, 2019 and you can help us mature this group, together!

Our group is open to all. We will meet Quarterly in 2019 on the 4th Saturday in February, May and August.   

Craig Siulinski is a teacher and writer as well as an avid genealogist. He holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Cal State University East Bay, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Maine. Craig teaches K-12 education and is currently a Learning Specialist at Stanbridge Academy in San Mateo. Documenting family stories and researching genealogy have been Craig’s passions since 2007. His first blog called August Legacy, was dedicated to his maternal grandfather, Auguste "Gus" Albert. He has led classes and workshops to encourage others to use blogs for sharing their own family histories. In 2014, Craig created Sharing Legacies to help others tell and preserve their family stories for generations to come.
• Class size is limited. 
• Special Interest Groups are a free benefit to CGS members.
• Non-members are welcome to attend for $10*.
Register early to confirm your seat. 
If your plans have changed and you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible at gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve .

This Parking Permit for free parking is required to be placed in your car if you park in the parking lot directly behind the 2201 Broadway building.
Please see Eventbrite for registration. .
*The fee for this meeting is non-refundable.

May, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019

FIVE Wednesday Nights from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)
Offered by California Genealogical Society at the Oakland Family History Center
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94025

Intermediate Records Series - Land, Church, Court and Immigration for Genealogy

Are You Ready for the Next Level?
• Do you want to take your genealogy research beyond vital records and census records?
• Do you want to understand probate, church, immigration, and land records that appear on sites like Ancestry and FamilySearch?
• Are you stuck and feel you need to perhaps find records in local repositories?
This intermediate class will focus on four specific record groups and demonstrate how to find these record types both on and off line.
• Court Records: Probate, Guardianship, Wills, Other
• Church Records: Sacramental, Membership, Business
• Emigration, Immigration, & Naturalization
• Land & Property Records: Federal, State, & Local land records, & Tax Records
• Off-line Research: Using Online Sources to Find Off-line Records

The course will consist of both lecture and group hands-on 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.

Course Instructor - Lisa Gorrell has been seriously researching her family for more than twenty years.  A yearly trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City keeps her going. Besides U.S. Southern and Mid-western states, she researches German, Irish, English, and Swedish families.She is a former board member of the California Genealogical Society, a board member and volunteer with the Contra Costa Historical Society and a past-president of the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society. She enjoys giving genealogy presentations and writing about her family on two blogs: “Mam-ma’s Southern Family” and “My Trails into the Past”.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early. 
CGS members fee: $80.00*. THIS COURSE IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY.  Your cost of a new basic one year membership can be applied to the cost of this course.
Register early to confirm your seat.  Walk-ins will not be admitted.

Payments will be processed by Eventbrite
*Course fee is non-refundable.
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June 8, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00 PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Looking for Your Mishpocha In All the Right Places: How to Dig Up Your Jewish Family Roots
With Vivian Kahn

This talk will offer an introduction to Jewish family research highlighting the increasingly vast resources available online and on the ground both in the US and overseas. This subject will be of interest to all researchers with Eastern European Roots. Our speaker will be discussing resources that concern civil records and understanding the importance of border changes and resources that can be used to track them.

 Vivian will discuss some of the issues that are unique to researching Jewish families as well as techniques for addressing them. 
Vivian is a senior volunteer with JewishGen <>, the largest on-line resource for Jewish family research with millions of Jewish records.  She leads JewishGen’s Hungarian research group and is also the primary liaison to the organization’s regional research groups.  Since 1992, when she began investigating her Hungarian roots, Vivian has traced her own family back to the early 17th century and located cousins living throughout the US and abroad including Canada, Hungary, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, and Austria. She has presented workshops on Jewish genealogy and, especially, Hungarian Jewish family research, at l conferences, for Jewish groups and adult education programs, and in 2015 in Sighetu, Romania, at a gathering of Sighet descendants. She has also written several articles for Avotaynu, the International Review for Jewish Genealogy. Since she began researching her own family from pre-Trianon Hungary, she has identified and used a wide range of archival, print, and on-line resources and has also visited Hungary,  Slovakia, Romania, and Israel to research her family and help clients searching for their own Hungarian roots..  When she isn't engrossed in family research, Vivian is an Oakland-based land use planning and development consultant and teaches land use planning for University of California extension programs at Berkeley, Davis, and Los Angeles.  She was previously Deputy Director and Planning Manager for the City of Berkeley. Vivian is a native of New York City and a graduate of the City College of New York.  She also studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Pratt Institute School of Architecture's Department of City and Regional Planning.
Pre-registration is required. 
CGS members enjoy reduced admission fee $10.00*.
Non-member admission fee is $20.00* 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.
If something comes up and you will not be able to attend please let us know at: Cancel My Attendance

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Saturday, June 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

presents a
Free Family History Presentation
at the
Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA 93010

1:00 P.M. “Deception, Divorce, Desertion, and DNA; Finding a Grandfather for Dave”
Presented by Cheryl Storton, CG
This presentation will explore a case study which begins with a flawed birth certificate. The researcher is then taken on a merry chase through eight states and a multitude of diverse records – many involving chicanery and artifice. The presentation then will look at DNA as a tool to search out a biological grandfather.

Cheryl Storton has been researching her family since the 1980s. For over twenty years she served the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society as President, Seminar Chair, and Program Chair. She became a certified genealogist in 2016 after submitting an extensive portfolio. Cheryl now teaches genealogy classes in Arroyo Grande. Her main goal is linking the generations with proof statements, summaries, or detailed proof arguments.

Presented by Kay Engel
Kay will provide information on what digital resources are available at the Camarillo Library for genealogical research, and how to use them.

Panel Discussion Members of VCGS who also attended the recent Genealogy Jamboree “Genetic Genealogy Thursday” in Burbank have agreed to participate in a panel discussion about what they learned. They will provide a few highlights of the day, and bring us up-to-date on some of the latest techniques for use with your DNA results.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 PM

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

Genealogy Garage: Patents & Genealogy

Was your ancestor an inventor who patented his or her inventions? Join LAPL Patent/Trademark Specialist Librarian Stella Mittelbach as she gives us a little history of the patent office, shows us what kinds of documents are available to research, and how the information could help fill in some of the blanks about your ancestor’s life.

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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, Sunday, Monday June 15-17, 2019

International German Genealogy Partnership Conference

Hyatt Regency Hotel
1209 L Street
Sacramento, California 95814
It’s rare that any genealogy conference is able to pull together speakers from around the world, but our roll call of 47 genealogy experts from five continents will descend upon Sacramento, California in June 2019 for the
International German Genealogy Conference – “STRIKE IT RICH! with CONNECTIONS 2 DISCOVERIES”. 

This conference will feature three full days of German-centric presentations in multiple tracks – Geographic, Technology, Advancing Your Research, and more. Our all-star cast of presenters will share their expertise in German genealogical research techniques, tools, and more. 

Conference sessions will focus on all aspects of German genealogy through multiple educational tracks. An all-star cast of presenters from the United States, Germany, Austria, Australia, Israel and Brazil will share their expertise in German genealogical research techniques, tools and more.
Deadline for Early Bird Registration is Tuesday, January 15, 2019

To register for the conference or learn more about IGGP, please visit

Saturday, June 22, 2019

San Mateo County Genealogical Society presents:

Sharing Stories: Readings and Potluck Lunch
10:30 am–12:30 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.

Host: Cath Madden Trindle
Join us for the SMCGS June meeting where we celebrate family history and San Mateo County stories written by our genealogy community. Story readings, a drawing for prizes for stories submitted, a special small gift for each person who submitted stories and is present at the meeting, plus a social hour at the end with a potluck lunch.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Congregation Etz Chayim
4161 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Bring Your Own Brick Wall: One on One Help with Your Family Tree
Bring your problems, questions, and documents (copies, please, no originals), and a panel of experienced SFBAJGS researchers will brainstorm to provide information and suggestions that will show your next steps and may help you solve some of your family mysteries.

This meeting is free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 30, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

Preserving Family History: Transforming Your Research into Inspiring Stories
You've done the research, gathered facts and photos, and created a family tree. This session will explore how to bring these fragments together through the creation of compelling narratives. These narratives can take various forms, including profiles of particular ancestors, accounts of your family's life before they came to America, remembrances of family members who died in the Holocaust, stories you heard about the lives of the first generation to settle in America, and success stories documenting your path to solving family mysteries and discovering your roots.

Since 2009, speaker Nancy Siegel has edited the JewishGen Success! Stories publication, part of JewishGen's educational outreach. These stories showcase the many resources of JewishGen and inspire as well as inform those who read them. Nancy also prepares the Research Notes and Hints at the end of every story to highlight the resources used by the authors in achieving their success as well as to list other avenues of research that could be helpful to readers.

This meeting is free and everyone interested is welcome to attend. For information about parking and more, visit

Sunday, July 14, 2019

San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

Jewish Records Indexing Day
Pay it forward, fellow genealogists! Indexing is the result of volunteers reading images of old records and typing the information into a searchable format. SFBAJGS has taken on the task of creating an index for Jewish records from the San Francisco Bay area. So we need REAL PEOPLE to read the records and type the information into Excel spreadsheets.

We will provide extra special refreshments, computers, and instruction on this valuable and essential service. Mac and PC people are both welcome! If you can't stay for the whole afternoon, we will be happy to have you for as long as you can help, for an hour or more. Don't miss this opportunity to make more records accessible to genealogists around the world and meet others with similar interests! We would like to have an idea of how many people will be coming (so we can buy the right amount of food!), so please RSVP via email to gro.sgjabfs|snoitpircsnart#gro.sgjabfs|snoitpircsnart.

This event is free and everyone interested is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. For more information, visit

Saturday, Aug 3, 2019

GSNOCC Annual Seminar featuring Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Imperial Room,
Yorba Linda Community Center
4501 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92886

This is a one-day conference featuring four presentations by Dr. Thomas W. Jones that promise to help you make progress on your biggest mystery ancestors.

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, is a nationally known genealogical methodology and problem-solving expert. This will be his first appearance in Southern California in several years. He is the author of the best-selling NGS textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation and was co-editor of the prestigious National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ) from 2002 to 2018.

Presented by: Genealogical Society of North Orange County, California
To register or for more information: visit or call (714) 319-5994
Pre-registration must be postmarked by July 27th, 2019.

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