|April 2010, Vol. 4, No. 4
|Finding the Living: How to Hone Your Genealogy Researching Skills
| Saturday, April 10, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
CGS Library, 2210 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland
You may have heard about how Thomas MacEntee used technology and helped save the day at our Black History Month program in February. This time Thomas is back to help us Find the Living with a virtual presentation of his own from his office in Chicago.
In this session you'll learn not only why it is important to locate the living, but also how to leverage the power of Internet to make certain you have the correct contact information.
The workshop is offered free to members only and is limited to twenty participants. Preregistration is required. Learn more on the blog. Register online.
|Overview: Microsoft Office 2007 with Tim Cox
|Saturday, May 1, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite
|Join Tim Cox as he gives a high level overview of the Microsoft Office 2007 Suite of applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You may bring your laptop but it's not required. This free session is for members only. Class size is limited to twenty participants. Register online.
|Who Do You Think We Are?
| YouTube Video by Cathy Paris
Publications and Marketing Committee Chair Cathy Paris created a
fantastic video slide show all about the California Genealogical Society and Library. It is a collection of photographs from the blog with explanatory titles and is a great introduction to the society.
It's already been featured in Ancestry's Learning Center: Riding the Who Do You Think You Are? Wave by Juliana Smith. View it on the blog.
|Ethnic Research Series: Chinese Ancestry Two-Session Workshop
| Saturday, April 17, 2010, CGS
Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite
May 8, 2010, NARA, Pacific Region, 1000 Commodore Drive, San
|The California Genealogical Society and Library is partnering with the National Archives
and Records Administration - Pacific Region to present a two-day workshop series - one day at each location.
Both workshops are full but a waiting list is being created for a future encore presentation. See the blog for more information.
|Discover Your Swedish Roots with Genline
| Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.|
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite
|Learn how to research Swedish Church records to trace your Swedish ancestry. Peter Wallenskog, CEO of Genline AB and Kathy Meade, Genline's North American representative, will give a presentation on Swedish genealogy and demonstrate how to trace one's roots using Genline, an online service that contains digital images of the original Swedish Church Books archive from the 16th century to the 20th century.
Learn more on the blog. Register online for this free program.
|May Membership Meeting and a Bonus - Save the date!
|Saturday, May 8, 2010, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland
Member Jo Ann Rowley-Minhoto will be our featured speaker in May and she has graciously consented to present two talks:
Rootsweb Overview - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
A short membership meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Social Networking: Using
Mailing Lists, Forums, and more! - Approximately 1:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
|Hard Drive Organization - Making Use
Your Computer File Folders
| May 15, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite
|After collecting digital images from
online sources and manually scanning paper documents and photos for over
twenty years, Tim Cox
found a management method that works for his digital files. He will
demonstrate how to name files for easy identification, how to organize
folders that make it easy to find them, and how to properly identify
scanned photographs. Learn more and register online.
|Field Trip to Sutro Library with Dick Rees and Jane Lindsey
| Wednesday, May 26, 2010, Library hours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
480 Winston Drive, San Francisco, CA 94132
|Dick Rees will lead a group to Sutro on public transportation using BART and Muni leaving
from the 19th Street Station in Oakland. Members may also car pool and meet at Sutro. Bag lunch recommended.
Register online and let us know how you plan to go.
|Coming in June
| Save These Dates!
|June 5: Microsoft Word 2007 Workshop, Tim Cox
June 11-13: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
June 17: On The Road to the Fremont Library
June 19: How to Look for Your Latino
Ancestors, Ellen Fernandez-Sacco
June 27: New York City Research, Part I, Steve Harris
| James William Uren (1912 - 2009)
The Membership Committee learned of the death of member and San
Francisco native Jim Uren at his home in Oakland on October 2, 2009, at
age 97. He was the founder of the Uren Harrison and Kennedy Insurance Agency in
Oakland. Mr. Uren joined the California Genealogical Society in 1992. His obituary
was published in the San Francisco Chronicle
on November 1, 2009.
Cynthiana Finley Elliott (1926 - 2010)
Cynthiana "Pinky" Finley Elliott died at her home
in Walnut Creek on Friday, March 19, 2010. She joined the
California Genealogical Society in 1990 and was a member of the DAR.
Cynthia served as a desk duty volunteer when the society was housed at
1611 Telegraph Avenue. She was also once a participant at the society's
tour to Salt Lake City. Her obituary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 28, 2010.
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|California Ancestors: Diverse Heritage, Shared History
| Photo Tributes to the CGS Family
Edited by Cathy H. Paris
month's photograph and story were submitted by Susan Smith-Bromiley and
her cousin, Vicky Whitney Landau. Susan and Vicky have spent
thirty research-years looking for their great uncle. Now they're asking for your help.
Do You Know Him?
This photograph was taken at the Godeus Art Studio on Sixth
Street, San Francisco. Handwritten on the
back is the phrase: "Joe Mendizábal or Perry."
Born in San Francisco in 1871, Joseph
B. Mendizábal was the
second son of José
I. Mendizábal Cantera of Mexico City and Zacatecas, Mexico, and Merced
Sanches-Castellanos Sanches-Sevillanos of Bolanos, Jalisco, Mexico and
San Francisco, California. [Note: Sanches also may be spelled Sanchez.]
his elder brother Ismael attended the Spring Valley
School in San Francisco where they lived with their mother, Merced, and
stepfather, Joseph Politta, a dairy man and grocer.
In the 1880s Joseph held employment
as a messenger for the American District Telegraph Company and later as a carriage painter. He lived in San Jose and later in
Alameda. In July 1891, Joseph was the
at his brother's wedding in San Francisco.
1902, Ismael was living in Alameda, and their sister, Isabel Mendizábal
Schmitz Blasi, was living in Berkeley but there is no sign of Joseph.
We cannot find him in the 1900 U.S. Census. The last known mention of Joseph Mendizábal is in his mother's 1904 obituary in which
he is listed as one of her children.
According to family
legend, Joseph ran away because of employment issues and
changed his name,
possibly to Perry. What
really happened to Joseph? Did he change his name to Joe Perry or
assume some other name? Does anyone know the man in this photo?
Smith-Bromiley and Vicky Whitney Landau.
If you can help please email Susan.
Call For Submissions - Do you have a great family photo that is scanned and ready to be shared? Do you have a wonderful family story and a photo to go with it? If you would like to pay tribute to your ancestor in a future edition of the eNews, please email Cathy Paris and send your image with a brief narrative.
|Kathryn Doyle, eNews Editor