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bold text++ 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.


CANCELED 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"


Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (PDT)

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
ONLINE - Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files: A Treasure Trove of Original Documents

Hosted by Trish Hackett Nicola
ONLINE CLASS VIA ZOOM

The purpose of the Chinese Exclusion Act was to limit the number of Chinese entering the United States, exclude laborers, and prevent the Chinese already here from becoming naturalized citizens. This presentation will include background information about what was happening in China and the U.S. leading up to passage of the Act, and give you examples of the types of documents that were created for Chinese individuals over the sixty-one years the Act was in existence. Any time the Chinese, even those born in the U.S., wanted to leave the country, whether to Canada or China, they needed to obtain proper documentation to assure their re-entry into the country. The National Archives-Seattle has over 50,000 case files. Most files contain photos and biographical information on the applicant who was frequently questioned in great detail about his family, home and village in China. See examples of documents and photos from the files and find out how and where to find the files. NOTE: Many of the Seattle files are for Chinese who had a connection to California.

The meeting will take place VIA ZOOM on Thursday, May 28, at 1 pm. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you instructions the night before which will give you access.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

If you have any problems ahead of time or when you're logging on, send an email to gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
CGS Members and Non-Members enjoy free access
Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/yawakhlz


Saturday May 30, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (PDT)

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
ONLINE - 20th Century Immigration and Naturalization Records

Hosted by Marisa Louie Lee
ONLINE CLASS VIA ZOOM

The National Archives maintains a wealth of records relating to immigration and naturalization in the 20th century. This includes more than one million Alien Case Files, or "A-Files", which relate to noncitizen alien residents of the United States and are a potential wealth of genealogical information. Marisa Louie Lee will discuss more about what and who is in the A-Files, how to find them at the National Archives, and how to access records that remain with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She will share some personal stories from the Asian Pacific American community to illuminate what you might find in these records. Finally, we'll look at additional resources on FamilySearch and Ancestry, and understand how those point to original immigration-related records in archival holdings.
The meeting will take place via Zoom on Saturday, May 30, at 2 pm. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you instructions the night before which will give you access.

The meeting will take place VIA ZOOM on Saturday, May 30, at 2 pm. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you instructions the night before which will give you access.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

If you have any problems ahead of time or when you're logging on, send an email to gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
CGS Members and Non-Members enjoy free access
Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/y78u3dbo


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

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 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


Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Part 1) and Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 8:30 PM (Part 2) (PDT)

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)

ONLINE - Excel for Genealogists
The is a two-session class online via Zoom
June 16, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
June 17, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hosted by Stewart Blandón Traiman
ONLINE CLASS VIA ZOOM

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.
Spreadsheets are fun!

The meeting will take place VIA ZOOM on June 16 and 17 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you instructions the night before which will give you access.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

If you have any problems ahead of time or when you're logging on, send an email to gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
CGS Members and Non-Members enjoy free access
Click here for registration info - https://tinyurl.com/ybp8dbsx


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

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 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, June 20, 2020 12:30 - 2:30 PM (PDT)

Sonoma County Genealogical Society
virtual meeting via Zoom
We will have a short cat and then join Judy Lucey
For the video Researching Women in Archives
To register go to *https://scgsonline.org/event-3830405**
This is a free event open to everyone


Saturday, June 20, 2020 1:00-3:00 PM (PDT)

PRESENTED BY California Genealogical Society & Library (CGS)
** ONLINE - Family Tree Maker™ Special Interest Group **

Hosted by Ron Madson and Karen Halfon

ONLINE CLASS VIA ZOOM

What We Are Doing At The June 20th Meeting?
1. Introductions.
2. FTM 2019 Question and Discussion – What have you done that has surprised you during this SIP? Your Questions/Comments?
3. Follow-up on last month's TreeVault and Antenna Tree discussion, and its role in your Backup Strategy.
4. FTM2019 Topic - Family History Fact and Event Management tools.
5. FTM tips and tid-bits.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

Problems connecting? Questions? Contact Ron Madson
gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|nosdamr#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|nosdamr - (650) 576-4495

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!

PAYMENT OPTIONS
Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
CGS Members and Non-Members enjoy free access
Click here for registration info – https://tinyurl.com/ycwrwbkq


++Saturday, July 18, 2020 noon to 2:30 (PDT)

The Sonoma County Genealogical Society
Presents their virtual July meeting
Gina Philibert-Ortega

Genealogical Lessons from the Suffrage Movement

Taking a cue from the suffrage movement we will explore 5 themes and discuss how they impacted our female ancestors and the results in the records that are available.
Gina Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher and instructor. She holds two Master degrees. Her current research includes women’s repatriation and citizenship in the 20th century, foodways and community, and women’s material culture.
Register for this meeting at scgsonline.org. After registering you will get a link to the Zoom meeting.


CANCELLED Saturday July 25, 2020 10:00AM - 11:30AM PDT

Presented by California Genealogical Society

Overview of DNA Tests & Applications in Genealogical Research Online Class
Hosted by Mark McLaren
The event is an online class via Zoom

This presentation will provide a general overview of the 3 types of DNA tests (Autosomal, Mitochondrial, and Y chromosome). It will cover their basic properties and glossary of terms, as well as a discussion of the inheritance patterns for each one. Their strategic use and limitations in genealogical research will also be explored. Finally, there will be an online tour of how each test is displayed on Family Tree DNA, which is the only DNA company which offers all 3 tests.
The event will take place via Zoom. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you instructions the night before, and a reminder shortly before the event, which will give you access. Please note all times are Pacific Daylight Time.
You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT INFORMATION:
• *Class fee is non-refundable
• Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited
• Click here for registration information: https://tinyurl.com/ybqdobet
• If you have any problems ahead of time or when you're logging on, send an email to gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer


Saturday AUGUST 1, 2020 1:00PM – 3:00PM PDT

Presented by California Genealogical Society

Rules for Entering Family History Data Workshop WITH RUSS WORTHINGTON or Better Known as “Cousin Russ”

The event is an online class via Zoom

"Cousin Russ" will share his philosophy, his rules for entering facts, data, and events into his genealogy software program, Family Tree Maker. This session will be beneficial to most researchers (not just FTM), as we can all learn best practices for personal fact-recording procedures. This workshop will assist you with fact entry consistency into your family history software.
The event will take place via Zoom. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you instructions the night before, and a reminder shortly before the event, which will give you access. Please note all times are Pacific Daylight Time.
You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT INFORMATION:
• *Class fee is non-refundable
• Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited
• Click here for Eventbrite registration information: https://tinyurl.com/ycjr7rme
• If you have any problems ahead of time or when you're logging on, send an email to gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer


Tuesdays August 4 & 11 (two parts), August 18, August 25,

September 1, September 8, September 15, September 22
7 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

Presented by the California Genealogical Society
Virtual Sessions
Writing Your Family History Series
Eight Sessions on Tuesday Evenings

The California Genealogical Society will present an encore of our popular series Writing Your Family History online via Zoom. By the end of the course, you will be ready to start writing, or will be already writing, a family history with confidence and style!

Who Should Take This Course?
This course series is for genealogists and family historians who are ready to transform their research into a quality family history.

The course will be led by a team of dedicated volunteers – Matthew B. Berry, CG, Jennifer Dix, Lois Elling, Lisa Gorrell, CG, and Stewart Traiman – who have different and complementary skills.

The sessions will take place via Zoom. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you instructions the night before, and a reminder shortly before the event, which will give you access. Please note all times are Pacific Daylight Time.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

If you have any problems ahead of time or when you're logging on, send email to gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer

See you online!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Register through Eventbrite - https://tinyurl.com/y8s7dz6g
• Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early to confirm your spot.
• CGS members enjoy reduced admission, $10.00*.
• Non-member admission fee is $30.00*.
• You can purchase a $45 one-year CGS Basic membership when you check out. To sign up for other membership options go to our web page: CGS Membership application
PAYMENT OPTIONS:
• Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
• *Event fee is non-refundable.


Thursday August 13, 2020 from 4 - 5 pm PDT

Presented by the California Genealogical Society and Grant Din
Virtual Session
Genealogical Resources for Angel Island

Immigrants from Eighty Countries who passed through Angel Island and the Genealogical Resources They Left Behind

While people who have heard about Angel Island might know about the Chinese poetry carved on its walls, what is less known is that over half a million immigrants from eighty countries were processed by officials on the island, and genealogical resources are still available to researchers. Learn from examples of case studies of Chinese, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Russian, and South Asian immigrants, as well as the island's use to house "enemy aliens" from Hawaii and the West Coast during World War II, and find out about the National Archives and other resources that might be available for your own research.

Topics that will be covered:

History of the immigration station and why it was built.
Examples of stories of Angel Island immigrants from several different countries.
Resources for Angel Island and West Coast immigrant research, including online and at the National Archives in San Bruno.
The event will take place via Zoom. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you instructions the night before, and a reminder shortly before the event, which will give you access. Please note all times are Pacific Daylight Time.

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.

If you have any problems ahead of time or when you're logging on, send email to gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
• Register through Eventbrite - https://tinyurl.com/y6bljsah
• You can purchase a $45 one-year CGS Basic membership when you check out. To sign up for other membership options go to our web page: CGS Membership application


Saturday, August 15, 1:00-3:00 PM (PST)

FAMILY TREE MAKER SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG)
Presented by California Genealogical Society

What We Are Doing At The August 15th Meeting?
1. Introductions.
2. FTM 2019 Question and Discussion – How has FTM 2019 been for you? Let us know. Your Questions/Comments?
3. New "Units" Topics
4.How, in FTM do you handle Stories, Bios, Books, and other Narrative information on your ancestors and relatives? How about your own writings? Do you share this information with relatives? Are you working this information into a book, blog, or other publication?
5. FTM tips and tidbits: To be determined. These will be current topics of interest or new issues with FTM. Let us know topics you would like to have discussed.

Join the meeting early to be ready to go when the meeting kicks off at 1:00 pm.
Join the meeting between 12:30-1:00 and "say hi". We'll be there earily to chat and answer your questions.
This FTM-SIG meeting, #50 Power Point and Handout will be in the FTM-SIG Dropbox folder at: http://tinyurl.com/zr7sdpd on Thursday, August 13th. You will be able to download them and print them out if you like before the meeting.

Problems connecting? Questions? Contact:
Karen Halfon: 415-922-2255 moc.oohay|noflahnerak#moc.oohay|noflahnerak or
Ron Madson: gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|nosdamr#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|nosdamr (650) 576-4495
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:
CLICK HERE FOR INFO: https://tinyurl.com/y4ch4xrg

• Special Interest Groups are free to 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.
PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
*The fee for this meeting is non-refundable.


Saturday September 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5 10:15AM to 12:15PM (PST)

INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY SERIES
Monthly on First Saturdays, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm PDT
Presented by California Genealogical Society

The event is presented online via Zoom
Not sure how to get started with your family research? Interested in refreshing your skills? Join us for a FREE Introduction to Genealogy class the FIRST SATURDAY of every month from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
This is a four-session "Intro to Genealogy" class series. The first class offers an overview of genealogy research. Each of the next three sessions offers a more in-depth focus on the following topics: Census, Vital Records, and Organization. The classes may be taken in any order, and participation in one class is not required to attend others in the series. See below for dates and topics:
 Sep 5 Genealogy Basics Overview
 Oct 3 Using the Census
 Nov 7 Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, and Death)
 Dec 5 Organizing Your Family History Work
The event will take place via Zoom. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program. We will send you instructions the night before, and a reminder shortly before the event, which will give you access. Please note all times are Pacific Daylight Time.
You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting.
If you have any problems ahead of time or when you're logging on, send email to gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer#gro.srotsecnaainrofilac|mocmer
See you online!

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
CLICK HERE FOR INFO: https://tinyurl.com/y52aaqde
CGS Members and Non-Members enjoy free access.
You can purchase a $45 one-year CGS Basic membership when you check out. To sign up for other membership options go to our web page: CGS Membership application
Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
*The fee for this meeting is non-refundable.


TUESDAY EVENINGS STARTING SEPT 29 TO NOV 3, 7:00PM - 8:30PM (PST)

Presented by the California Genealogical Society
Virtual Session
Introduction to DNA and Genetic Genealogy with Mark McLaren

The class is designed to be an introduction to DNA as an exciting new tool for genealogists. It is intended for individuals who either are new to DNA or looking to improve their ability to use it in their research. The objective of the class is to provide a basic understanding of all DNA tests and concepts. It will examine the available tools and strategies to more effectively manage DNA matches. It will also create a solid foundation for those interested in taking classes in more advanced skills.

Specifically, the class will cover:

DNA ethics and its role in the genealogical proof standard
Understanding the various test types and their purposes
Overview of each testing company and their tools
DNA Testing strategies and uses in genealogical research
An overview of 3rd party sites
Logistics

The class will meet in 1 1/2 hour sessions over 6 consecutive weeks. The sessions will cover both chapters from the text as well as on line demonstrations for each testing company. Additionally, there will be topic specific homework exercises and optional supplemental readings.

Requirements

The class text book is “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” Second Edition by Blaine Bettinger. The book is available at many bookstores, the Family Tree magazine website and Amazon. Doing a DNA test with one of the 4 major companies prior to the class is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Please contact Mark McLaren at ten.knilhtrae|tocstaerg#ten.knilhtrae|tocstaerg with any questions.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so register early to confirm your spot.
CGS members enjoy reduced admission, $100.00*.
Non-member admission fee is $140.00*.
You can purchase a $45 one-year CGS Basic membership when you check out. To sign up for other membership options go to our web page: CGS Membership application
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER VIA EVENTBRITE - https://tinyurl.com/y67zoqfg

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Credit card payments will be processed by Eventbrite.
*Event fee is non-refundable.


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