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October 2011, Vol. 5, No. 10
October is Family History Month!
Dozens of Bay Area Genealogy Offerings Scheduled
Family History Month bar 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 welcome everyone to use the library's extensive family history resources.

A full list of October 2011 genealogy events in the Bay Area has been published on the San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar - a collection of local genealogical society classes, workshops and meetings within a 75 mile radius of San Francisco. Learn more at the blog.


Book Repair Workshop Returns!
Saturday, October 8, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California 94612

Thrift book presses Book 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. Walk-ins not permitted. Register online.


Family History Day at the State Archives
Saturday, October 15, 2011, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
California State Archives, 1020 'O' Street, 4th Floor, Sacramento, CA

President Steve Harris will be heading up a delegation representing CGS at the 13th annual Family History Day. Learn more.


What Happens to Your Research After You're Gone? with Patricia Burrows
Saturday, October 15, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California 94612 
Legacy Planning usually refers to your will, trusts and medical directives. Have you thought about what is going to happen to your family history research?  Patricia Burrow will share some of the things you can do to ensure your family history research is preserved for future generations.


Identifying and Following up on Clues Your German Ancestor Left Behind
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California 94612

After rave reviews following her January presentation, Shirley Riemer is returning to CGS. This time Shirley will describe her two-step process for German ancestral research. Limited to forty participants.



Have You Registered? Early-bird Price Ends October 5, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

Ancestry Day SF Have you registered yet for Ancestry Day in San Francisco? The "early bird" price ($42) ends October 5, 2011. Register now so you don't forget! A fifteen minute consultation is just $5 more, but act fast. There are a limited number and they are almost sold out. Visit our event page.

There are only a few hotel rooms left at the special event rate. There are two reservation options. By phone, call 888-421-1442 and mention "SF Hyatt Regency Embarcadero and Ancestry Day." Online: Ancestry Day - San Francisco special rate.

November Membership Meeting: Members Talk, CGS Listens
Saturday, November 12, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA

Plans are underway for a special feedback session at the library. Tell us how we're doing and share your ideas for programs, classes and projects.  Come and let your voice be heard!



In Memoriam
Anna Mabel Scott (1921 - 2011)

Anna Mabel Scott, resident of Belmont, died March 3, 2011. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, she was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, a Navy veteran, librarian  and former CGS memberHer obituary was published in San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Chronicle. 

Can You Help?
We Need Your Photo (and Story) for the CGS eNews   
NOW is the time to share one of your favorite old family photos. We have some on hand, but we're planning now for 2012 and we would love to see one from YOUR collection. If you are a member who would like to pay tribute to an interesting ancestor in a future edition of the eNews, please email Lorna Wallace and attach your image with a brief narrative. 

Coming in December
Save the Dates!  
Mark Your Calendar
12/10  Focus on CGS Library, Laura Spurrier and Barbara Hill

12/17  Working with Footnotes, Jane Hufft

12/20  RootsMagic Special Interest Group meeting

Editor's Picks: Suggested Links From the Blogosphere

A First Look at the New Facebook Profile by Carole Riley


Learn from My Mistake and Save Some Gas Money Too by Marian Pierre-Louis 


Alzheimers Action Day - Our Family's Journey to Remembering by Thomas MacEntee


How I Found My Swiss Ancestors - My First Journey into Family History by Sharn White


Trace Indian Ancestry -- Guidance from the Department of the Interior by Diane L Richard


And Never the Twain Shall Meet - Using Divorce Records in Your Research by Carolyn L. Barkley



California Ancestors: From Here, There, and Everywhere!

Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month member Pat Gallagher honors the Gallagher family of San Francisco. 


Gallaghers of San Francisco
L to R, seated: Alice, William J., Jr (my father), Mary Maloney (my grandmother), William J. Gallagher (my grandfather); rear, standing: Madeline and Theresa





























This is the Gallagher family of 824 Grove Street, San Francisco, circa 1915. My grandfather, William J. Gallagher, shown here holding a cigar, was a stable owner with his father, Patrick J Gallagher. As the automobile replaced the horse, he opened his own garage and livery service in San Francisco, the William J. Gallagher Company. Stocked with thirty-two Pierce Arrow limousines available for hire, the company provided hearses and chauffeurs for funerals, and grew to a thriving business. Aunt Madeline, who learned to drive by following the family hearse to Holy Cross Cemetery, told me, "They only went 6 miles an hour!" After the 1906 earthquake and fire, grandfather made available his newly-built garage for use as a soup kitchen and leased a horse to the San Francisco Fire Department for help in the recovery effort. He moved the family to Grove Street where, in 1907, my father William was born. And where, according to an announcement on the front page of the June 14, 1929 San Francisco Chronicle, " of the best known garagemen in the city expired in the dining room...."   


-Pat Gallagher   


Call For Submissions  - Are you member with a great family photo to share? 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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