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CANCELLED Wednesdays, March 18 - April 8, 6-8:30pm (four sessions)

Building Skills for Successful Family History Research with Pamela Brett

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS) at the following address:
The Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602**

Are you interested in family history but not sure how to get started? Or have you been researching for some time, but want to go farther?

Wondering if this course is for you?

Take this short quiz at Research Quiz

This series is for family historians, both beginners and intermediates, who want to build a strong foundation of research skills to avoid wasted time and unreliable family trees.

The course will be held at the Oakland Family Search Library in four Wednesday evening classes.

March 18, 2020 6:00pm to 8:30pm
March 25, 2020 6:00pm to 8:30pm
April 1, 2020 6:00pm to 8:30pm
April 8, 2020 6:00pm to 8:30pm

It is strongly recommended that participants plan on attending all four classes as the skills are presented in a sequential pattern.

Six key research skills will be included:

1. Determining which kinds of records to look for
2. Identifying where to find these records
3. Documenting the sources of your information
4. Assessing the reliability of the records you found
5. Analyzing the results of your research
6. Making a solid case for your research conclusions

In-class group exercises and optional homework assignments will provide participants practice skills with a wide variety of genealogical records found in a many different places including online websites.

Class handouts will include basic strategies and cautions, as well as useful websites to use in your research.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
• CGS members cost is $100.00.
• Non-member class fee is $140.00. The fee for non-members includes a one-year CGS membership.
• If you are not be able to attend after registration, please let us know at: gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve

PAYMENT OPTIONS
• Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite
• Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/uhuqzgd
• *Class fee is non-refundable.


CANCELLED March 21, 2020 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

The Naughty and Notorious Tour of Mountain View Cemetery
PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
This is a Members only Docent-led tour of Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611

Docent Michael Colbruno will lead the CGS group on his most popular tour (formerly known as Headline Makers), including stories about the suicide of a Hall of Fame baseball player, a famous San Francisco madam, a corrupt judge, a scam artist who fascinated Mark Twain, a buried heart, a Hollywood director accused of bigamy and others who pushed the boundaries of acceptable behavior.

Mountain View Cemetery was designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (whose other credits include New York's Central Park), Mountain View Cemetery's acreage offers spectacular vistas of the San Francisco Bay's surrounding areas. The cemetery is an impressive repository of local and state history.

Please meet in front of the administrative office and wear comfortable walking shoes.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted.
• This is a CGS members only event, enjoy free admission.
• Register early to confirm your place.
• If you are not be able to attend after registration, please let us know at: gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
• Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite
• Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/rrf9bef
• *Class fee is non-refundable.


Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Presented by The Sonoma County Genealogical Society**
Finley Center
Cypress Room
2060 West College Ave.
Santa Rosa 95401

Reclaim the Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy

With abundance of caution and due to the uncertainties of the COVIS-19 virus,
the Sonoma County Genealogical Society has decided to cancel this event
-

Brooke Schreier Ganz founder of Reclaim the Records, a not-for-profit activist group of
more than 6,400 genealogists, researchers, historians, and journalists, will present how they use
Freedom of Information laws – and sometimes even lawsuits – to obtain copies of
previously inaccessible archival record sets, which they then put online for free public
use. They have won the first-ever public and online access to more than twenty-eight million
archival records, including the New York City marriage license index (1908-2017), the
New York State death index (1880-1956), the New Jersey marriage index (1901-2016),
and they have an ongoing lawsuit for the Missouri birth and death index (1910-present).
This presentation will explain how they accomplished this, as well as the history and legal
basics of FOI laws, and will teach researchers how to file requests for any records that
may help their own family tree research

more info; *https://scgsonline.org/**


CANCELLED Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

West Coast Immigration to the United States in the 20th Century
Presented by Linda Okazaki

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS) at the following:
Oakland FamilySearch Library
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602

20th Century immigrants to the west coast arrived by ship through Washington, Oregon, and California. Some immigrants arrived overland through Canada and Mexico. Vast numbers of these immigrants were Asian. This lecture will examine the ports of entry, the records generated, and the laws which impacted who and how the immigrants arrived. Many examples from the Angel Island Quarantine Station and Immigration Station will be used.

Class will be a 75-minute presentation following by Q & A.

Linda Harms Okazaki is a fourth-generation Californian, active in the genealogy and Japanese American communities in California and beyond. She is passionate about teaching Nikkei to research, document, and share their personal family histories. Her other areas of research include upstate New York, England, and Australia, as well 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 research consultant for Ancestry.com’s Progenealogists, she is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Her column, Finding Your Nikkei Roots, is published bimonthly. She is a member of numerous Japanese American organizations, as well as the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speaker’s Guild, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Linda currently serves as the past president of the California Genealogical Society and as a board member of the Nichi Bei Foundation.

Ms. Okazaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and a Master of Arts degree in Education.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Group size is limited. Please register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be permitted.
• CGS Members and Non-Members enjoy free admission.
• If you are not be able to attend after registration, please let us know at: gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve
• Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/ufwj8vf


CANCELLED Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Family Tree Maker, Special Interest Group (SIG)

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612
We invite you to enjoy drinks and snacks with us! Please bring your FTM and Genealogy questions and concerns.
Ron and Karen will be available at CGS for help with any FTM issues 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon, the morning of the FTM-SIG meeting. Please just drop in, no appointment needed.

This Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group is perfect for new FTM users, people who are just FTM curious, and experienced FTM veterans. All Welcome!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early to confirm your seat.
• Special Interest Group (SIG) are free for CGS Members.
• Non-members are welcome to attend two meetings at no charge; thereafter, you may join CGS and attend for free or pay $10* for each meeting attended.
• If you are not able to attend after registration, please let us know at: gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
• Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite
• Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/su3b6yv
• *Class fee is non-refundable.


CANCELLED Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Blogging to Share Your Family History for Writers and Non-Writers

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

This will be an introductory class for people who are considering starting a blog or for those who know they want to do so. Chris will begin by talking about the pros and cons of blogging vs publishing books, or never getting around to doing anything with all your wonderful research.

Then we will jump right in and create a blog using Blogger, which is free and very easy to use. Chris will show attendees how to choose a theme and background, review page layout options, add gadgets, add text, photos and captions, how to edit after posting, and more.

Chris attended a blogging workshop at CGS in 2009. She then immediately created her first blog that is about cultural landscapes. Next came Pattillo-Thornally Ancestors, her family history blog. Chris also has a blog that she wrote and published while on her two-month genealogy journey through the southern United States. So, yes, blogs can be used in myriad ways

Attendees may bring laptops and work along with Chris to create their own blog, or just come and listen. Whatever you do in the workshop can be changed – except for the name of the blog …. So, think about that in advance.

Disclaimer: Chris does not consider herself all-knowing about blogs or terribly sophisticated with the technical stuff. She knows and uses only the Blogger platform which is owned and hosted by Google.

Chris Pattillo joined CGS in 2004. She was chair of the investment committee for ten years and is currently a board member, chair of the Website Committee and the Development and Member Services Committee. She was part of the Capital Campaign with Jane Lindsey and Sandy Fryer and co-chaired the Strategic Planning Committee in 2017-2018.

Here are links to Chris's blogs:
Pattillo Thornally Ancestors
Historic American Landscapes Survey
Chris's Genealogy Journey
REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early to confirm your seat. Walk-ins will not be admitted
• CGS members enjoy reduced admission, $10.00*
• Non-member admission fee is $30.00* and can be applied towards a new one-year CGS membership the day of the class
• If you are not be able to attend after registration, please let us know at: gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve

PAYMENT OPTIONS
• Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite
• Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/sxt26mv
• *Class fee is non-refundable.


Saturday, April 4, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

PRESENTED BY Palm Springs Genealogical Society
Palm Springs Public Library
300 S. Sunrise Way
Learning Center
Palm Springs, CA 92262

April 4, Linda Serna, "Building Your Family Story"


Saturday, April 18, 2020

9am – 4pm

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society Presents its 28th Annual Spring Seminar with

Judy G. Russell – The Legal Genealogist

With abundance of caution and due to the uncertainties of the COVIS-19 virus,
the Sonoma County Genealogical Society has decided to cancel our Spring Seminar

Back by popular demand, Judy is an internationally known genealogist with a law degree.
She helps folks understand the arcane legal concepts and terminology that are so very important to genealogists.

Scheduled Lectures:
Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans
NARA Myth-Busters: Your Family IS in the Archives
Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War
After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History through DNA

Pre-Registration: $40 for Sonoma County Genealogical Society Members; $50 for Non-Members
Admission at the door: $60

Finley Center
Person Auditorium
2060 West College Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

More information at: *https://scgsonline.org/2020-Spring-Seminar**


Saturday, April 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 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: U.S. Census as a Genealogy Tool

Experienced researcher Charlotte Bocage of the Southern California Genealogical Society will help show you the genealogical benefits of the U.S. Census and how to decipher the information on this valuable document!

More info here: www.lapl.org

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 2, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

PRESENTED BY Palm Springs Genealogical Society
Palm Springs Public Library
300 S. Sunrise Way
Learning Center
Palm Springs, CA 92262

May 2, Barbara Randall, "Decoding the National Archives Online"


Saturday, May 30, 2020 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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

Eastern European Special Interest Group 2020 Quarterly Meetings

Join us for the Eastern European Special Interest Group (SIG) discussion, focused on Eastern European Genealogy. Our group is open to all. We meet quarterly in 2020 on February 29, May 30 and August 29.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Group size is limited. Please register early to confirm your seat.
• Special Interest Groups are a free benefit to CGS members.
• Non-members are welcome to attend for $10* and can be applied towards a one-year CGS membership the day of the class.
• If you are not be able to attend after registration, please let us know at: gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve
Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/uva7hpu


Saturday, August 29, 2020 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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

Eastern European Special Interest Group 2020 Quarterly Meetings

Join us for the Eastern European Special Interest Group (SIG) discussion, focused on Eastern European Genealogy. Our group is open to all. We meet quarterly in 2020 on February 29, May 30 and August 29.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Group size is limited. Please register early to confirm your seat.
• Special Interest Groups are a free benefit to CGS members.
• Non-members are welcome to attend for $10* and can be applied towards a one-year CGS membership the day of the class.
• If you are not be able to attend after registration, please let us know at: gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve
Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/uva7hpu



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