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Thursday January 23 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
in Partnership with the Oakland Public Library & Oakland History Room

Field Trip to Oakland Public Library & Oakland History Room

FOR CGS MEMBERS ONLY (a perk of membership)

Join Jane Lindsey for a tour of the Oakland Main Library. Dorothy Lazard, Principal Librarian in the Oakland History Room, will discuss the resources available at the Oakland Public Library to assist you with your family research.

The Oakland History Room is an important center for the study of the history and current development of the East Bay. Its collection contains a wide variety of materials relating to the history of Oakland and the larger Bay Area, including books, magazines, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, sheet music, trade catalogs, and scrapbooks. Following the ninety-minute tour, you are encouraged to stay and do research on your own. The library is open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

Metered street parking is available in the area and there are several public parking lots nearby, including at the Oakland Museum. The library is 5 blocks north east of the Lake Merritt BART station.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
• Pre-registration is required
• This is a CGS members only event, perk for CGS members
• Register early to confirm your place
• Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/y549g3c4
• If something comes up and you will not be able to attend please let us know at: gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|stneve


Thursday, January 23, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 PM

San Francisco Public Library
Noe Valley Branch
451 Jersey St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

Genealogy 101

Learn how to get started researching your family tree and what physical and online resources are available at the library, including the Ancestry Library Edition database. We will also look at FamilySearch.org, which has the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world.


Saturday, January 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: The Basics of Heraldry

Coats of Arms and the language used to describe them can be complicated to grasp, but it is a very early and interesting form of family history. Genealogy Librarian Julie Huffman will go over some basics, history, and rules of inheritance. In other words: don’t get that lion-rampant tattoo your ancestor was granted until you get all the facts!

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 March and December) at the Los Angeles Public Library.


Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

San Mateo County Genealogical Society Presents:

Researching Off-line: Using Archives, Libraries, and Courthouses
10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.

Presenter: Lisa Gorrell
There is so much genealogical information that is not yet digitized and can only be found in physical locations of archives, libraries, and courthouses. But, how to find where to look? Learn how to use online sources to find the off-line resources to help your family research.

Lisa Gorrell is a Certified Genealogist, a graduate of the ProGen program, and has taken numerous courses through genealogical institutes. She leads tours to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City through the California Genealogical Society.

Visit our website at: www.smcgs.org


Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Whittier Area Genealogical Society
7604 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602

WAGS 37th ANNUAL SEMINAR

We are fortunate to have an outstanding speaker, Pat Richley-Erickson, also known as DearMYRTLE.

DearMYRTLE is the nom de plume of Pat Richley-Erickson, author of the award-winning DearMYRTLE Genealogy Blog and the new Myrt’s Musings where the focus is beginning genealogy topics. DearMYRTLE hosts several weekly webinars including Mondays with Myrt and Wacky Wednesday. She and Cousin Russ moderate intensive study groups including Beginning Genealogy, Gen-Doc Mastering Genealogical Documentation, and others. DearMYRTLE’s YouTube Channel has over 1,000 archived webinars.

DearMYRTLE is a co-founder of the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook, and founder of GeneaWebinars, a centralized calendar and blog for all known genealogy webinar hosts and virtual presenters. She serves as co-admin for the 32,000 member The Organized Genealogist Facebook Group together with her hangout co-host, her real-life Cousin Russ Worthington.

Myrt is a speaker at regional and national conferences including several livestreamed from RootsTech. She has served as an official RootsTech blogger and ambassador (2011-2018). Myrt serves the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy’s virtual courses as SLIG Virtual Tech. She is on the board for THE Genealogy Show to be held at the NEC in Birmingham, England, June 2019.

Online since 1985 in membership development with Q-Link's Your Family Tree and later with the leadership team of AOL's Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, Pat is a retired post-secondary and corporate software instructor. She and her husband live in Salt Lake City, Utah, just a stone's throw from the Family History Library.

The Seminar Committee has selected four diverse topics for our 2020 seminar:

1. Technology for 21st Century Genealogists - DearMYRTLE's top 15 suggestions for getting the job done using mainstream computer and internet resources in addition to genealogy-specific tools. In this session we discuss the pros and cons of web hinting and the necessity of certain cloud services.

2. Family Search: 6 Ways to Jumpstart Your 2020 Research - What do researchers do when they understand only 11% of Family Search digital records sets are indexed? This session covers an important work-around, and "Browse" doesn't begin to cut it.

3. The Clothesline Approach to Family History Research - All documents are not created equal. This session provides insights for weighing the reliability of individual info items in a document, the motivation of the informant, the age of the document, whether the information is first or second hand, and if the evidence directly or indirectly answers the research question. We refer to Elizabeth Shown Mills' Evidence Analysis Process Map.

4. Proven Strategies for Staying on Track - More than keeping a research log, organized genealogists need to keep track of ideas that occur when working on another segment of their research. This session details 5 essential tips and tricks.

For Information and Registration visit https://wagswhittier.org


Saturday, January 25, 2020 1:00 PM – 03:30 PM

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

Excel for Genealogists

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. See how fun spreadsheets can be!

We are located in the historic Breuner Building at 22nd Street & Broadway, one block north of the Paramount Theater, in Uptown Oakland. We are just three blocks from the 19th Street BART Station. Parking is free on Saturday in the lot behind our building. A parking permit is included with your registration confirmation.

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.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
• Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
• Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/yxb4vowv
• *Event fee is non-refundable.


Saturday, February 8, 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

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

On the Road Again: Practical Tips for Successful On-Site Research

A research trip to one's ancestral home can be extremely rewarding, but also presents many challenges. Over the last 20 years Pam has visited 18 states and the District of Columbia to conduct research on her family that “came early and moved often.” Well-planned on-site research will increase your chances of answering your most perplexing research questions and enhance understanding of the lives of your ancestors. Although focused on the United States, you will learn practical tips on how to plan your trip wherever you choose to travel.

We are located in the historic Breuner Building at 22nd Street & Broadway, one block north of the Paramount Theater, in Uptown Oakland. We are just three blocks from the 19th Street BART Station. Parking is free on Saturday in the lot behind our building. A parking permit is included with your registration confirmation.

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/y3vmh3sd
• *Class fee is non-refundable.


Thursday, February 13, 2020, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

San Mateo County Genealogical Society Presents:

WORKSHOP US Land Records in Public Land States
2:30–4:00 pm. Cañada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo.
SMCGS Members $5, Non-members $10. Free for Cañada College students, faculty, and staff.

Presenter: Martha Wallace
Have you found land records with Township, Range, and Section in your family documents? As the United States grew beyond the original 13 states, the new lands were distributed, beginning with the Public Land Survey System in 1785 down to the Homestead Act of 1862. Join us to learn about Public Land States: • how the land was surveyed and sold
• where the records can be found • how to plot and find the land today.
Bring an example from your records or the name of an ancestor who may have received land.

Visit our website at: www.smcgs.org


Saturday, February 15, 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: Finding Your Enslaved Ancestors

Experienced researcher Charlotte Bocage of the Southern California Genealogical Society will help you unravel the mysteries behind your slave ancestors. This session goes beyond basic ancestry research and digs deeply into the challenges of African American research.
Also, prepare to meet a very special guest!

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 March and December) at the Los Angeles Public Library.


February 19, 2020 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (First Session of 5)

Intermediate Records Series: Land, Church, Court and Immigration for Genealogy Presented by Lisa Gorrell

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

This course will be held at the Oakland FamilySearch Library in five (5) Wednesday mornings. These sessions will run:

February 19, 2020 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
February 26, 2020 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
March 4, 2020 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
March 11, 2020 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
March 18, 2020 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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 offline.
• 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: either “Building Skills for Successful Research” or ability to build families using vital, census, and other records found in own homes; an understanding of citing sources; and creating research plans.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early to confirm your seat. This is a repeat of last year's popular and sold out series.
• These classes, held at the Oakland FamilySearch Library, are available to CGS Members at the cost of $100.00*. Cost for non-member is $140.00*, and if joining CGS, this fee will cover the cost of one year's 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/yytxqyk8
• *Class fee is non-refundable


Saturday, February 22, 2020 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

San Mateo County Genealogical Society Presents:

Titanic Connections: Exploring the Legend & Genealogy
10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.

Presenter: Sheryl Rinkol
Come aboard and discover the history of the Titanic from design through on-board life to disaster. The genealogy of Titanic descendants, both victims and survivors, will be highlighted including the modern-day genealogy center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Titanic collectibles will be displayed.

Sheryl Rinkol is a 35-year Titanic enthusiast, both a researcher and lecturer on the topic. She is the author of the book Titanic Today which will be available at the meeting.

Visit our website at: www.smcgs.org


February 22 , 2020 10:30 AM-12:30 PM (DATE AND TIME CHANGE)

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, 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, February 22, 2020 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

Photo Scanning Workshop

This workshop is a hands-on photo scanning class using a PC or MAC to assist members who wish to scan documents to use with their genealogical projects. This is one of the classes that will complement the WRITING SERIES classes that begins in April.

All participants must bring their own laptops and a scanner (assistance will be available to help you to decide what to purchase.)

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/vxsox9q
• *Workshop fee is non-refundable


Tuesday February 25 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)

Field Trip to California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Take the BART to Montgomery Street Station and make the short walk to the colorful California Historical Society for a special CGS-only session with Reference and Outreach Librarian, Frances Kaplan. Frances will describe the holdings and share selected materials for our perusal. We’ll have time to learn about the catalogued, indexed and other treasures in this special collection of California material. Categories that may pique your interest and possibly have information about your prospector or early settler include:
• Death records and various registers
• Logbooks and sailors’ registers
• Family papers
• Early women’s organizations
• Business records
• Japanese American resources
• Chinese resources
• Ephemera

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Pre-registration is required.
• 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
Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/y6tux6ht


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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