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September 2010, Vol. 4, No. 9
Holiday Hours
Library Closed For Labor Day Weekend
The California Genealogical Society Library will be closed on Saturday, September 4, 2010, for the Labor Day weekend. The next First Saturday Free will be October 2, 2010.
September Membership Meeting: All About the Census
Saturday, September 11, 2010, 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California

Joel Weintraub
Joel Weintraub will present The U.S. Census: Questions, Confidentiality, and the 72 Year Rule.

Many genealogists think the 72 year confidentiality rule for the United States Census is based on life expectancy, or that the number of years is specified directly in some law. That is not the case, but the history of the 72 year rule, and the debate about opening any census record to the public should be part of every genealogists information base.  Learn more.

Please note: The morning census talk by Dick Rees has been rescheduled for Friday, October 15, 2010.

Workshop: Working with Footnotes and Indexing
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California

Join Jane Hufft and Matt Berry for this two-part workshop to help you cite your research sources and create an index for your family history. The workshop is FREE for CGS members but is limited to twenty people. Non-members fee is $20.00

Register online.
Fall 2010 Beginning Genealogy Series Begins September 28, 2010
Tuesday Evening Classes 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Regional Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland

Oakland Regional FHC artIn celebration of October Family History Month, the Oakland Regional Family History Center (ORFHC) and the California Genealogical Society (CGS) are offering an encore Beginning Genealogy Research Series to run September 28 - November 9, 2010.

The course has been completely overhauled since last year's series and includes new material, more sessions and a field trip to the CGS Library.
Download the registration flier for the full schedule and class descriptions.
October is Family History Month!
Check Our Complete Menu of Offerings
The California Genealogical Society and Library opens its doors to the public every year during the month of October in celebration of Family History Month. We waive the library usage fee for non-members and host a number of free workshops and classes. October member consultations have been so popular that we are pleased to offer them again.

Download the flier.
Using Microsoft Outlook 2007 for Your Email for Genealogical Correspondence 
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California
Outlook 2007 is an improved integrated solution for managing your time and information. Let Kathy Watson show you how in this workshop designed for beginners to intermediate users.

Register online.

California Family History Expo
Friday and Saturday, October 8-9, 2010
Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton, California

Family History ExpoThe California Genealogical Society and Library will be a local sponsor of the upcoming California Family History Expo at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday, October 8-9, 2010.

Volunteers are needed to help staff registration, classrooms and other areas at the venue. Holly Hansen is offering workers one free day of classes in exchange for one day of your help. There are a limited number needed so please register your availability online.


Can You Help? Items Needed for October Silent Auction

The silent auctions held at past California Genealogical Society sponsored events have been very successful fund-raisers and they've been fun, too! Members donate things that appeal to others who bid on them. The auctions are a place to browse between lectures and they are 100% profit for the society.

Items are needed for the October seminar. Can you help? Learn how.

Book Repair Workshop Returns
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California

Thrift book pressesBook Repair Committee Chairman Bill O'Neil is back with this popular class. Learn
repair techniques by building your own book.

The workshop is limited to ten enrollees. The fee is $25.00 for materials. Reservations are required.
Register online.
Google All the Way with Lisa Louise Cooke
Saturday, October 30, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cathedral of Christ the Light Conference Center, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland

Join us for this special program! Host of the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast Lisa Louise Cooke presents four talks to teach you how Google can help with your genealogy research. The full day seminar includes a boxed lunch and silent auction. Advanced reservation required. Register today to get the early bird special price!
Coming in November
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11/6:  Using Microsoft Excel 2007 for Tracking Your Genealogy Research, Tim Cox

11/13: Membership Meeting: Guidelines for Writing Your Family History, Don Edwards

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The Identity Wars: A Series by Anne Morddel

19th Amendment and My Family Tree by Leah

The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft

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Easy, Free Way to Share and Backup Genealogy Files

California Ancestors: From Here, There and Everywhere!
Photo Tributes to the CGS Family
Edited by Lorna Wallace

This month's photograph comes from Past-president Jane Knowles Lindsey

Violet (Eberle) Hayes brooch

When I was a young girl, my mother kept a special metal box in her dresser drawer. I loved to rummage through her treasures and try on the pieces of jewelry. There was one star-shaped pin with red stones, which I now know was the oldest piece. All my mother could tell me was that her father gave it to her. My mother's mother died when she was only six years old.

In 1985, just a few years after I became interested in genealogy, I traveled to Cincinnati with my mother to visit the hometown of my grandmother, Violet Eberle Hayes. My newly discovered cousins presented me with several family photographs including this one of my great-great grandmother, Magdalena Gerth Eberle (1841-1913). I placed them on my family photo wall.

In 1987, my husband and I and our children lived in France for a year. We traveled to Germany several times and I began to notice brooches like the mysterious red pin. Similar jewelry was sold in stores and antique shops all over the country so I realized the brooch must have come down through the German side of the family.

After we returned home, I was dusting the family photos one day and I looked more closely at the one of Magdalena. I was amazed to see the brooch in the photo! My mother gave it to me in the early 1990s. Although it is not worth much, it is a family heirloom that I will always cherish.

- Jane Knowles Lindsey

Call For Submissions  - Are you member with 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 Lorna Wallace and send your image with a brief narrative.

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Kathryn Doyle, eNews Editor
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