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December 2011, Vol. 5, No. 12
Holiday Break
Library Closed for Two Weeks
Seasons GreetingsThe California Genealogical Society Library will be closed Thursday, December 22, 2011 through Wednesday, January 4, 2012. The library will reopen on Thursday, January 5, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.

Have a joyous holiday season. See you next year!


Ancestry Day - a Resounding Success!
900 Attendees + 50 Volunteers + 100 New Members = Success!
The Ancestry Day planning committee (Jane Lindsey, Tim Cox, Linda Okazaki and Kathryn Doyle) thanks all the volunteers who made our event a huge success! The professionalism of our speakers, consultants, and hard-working staff volunteers was truly appreciated. We received many compliments from attendees and from the staff. The whole day was a great experience. Thank you!

Insider's Guide to California Genealogy Research
Our Newest Publication Available by Mail Order
Insider's Guide to California GenealogyThe Research Committee has created the Insider's Guide to California Genealogy. The four-page (8.5 x 11) laminated reference card of essential Golden State resouces is designed to help family historians researching ancestors who lived in California.

The guide sells for $7.00, including tax, shipping and handling. 


Learn more at the blog.  



Footnotes 101 with Jane Hufft
Saturday, December 17, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 
Jane Wolf HufftFootnotes made easy! Citing your sources is an important part of family history researching. Let California Nugget Editor Jane Hufft help take the mystery out of constructing footnotes. She will explain why you need to cite your sources and show you how to do it.

Register online.



Annual Business Meeting - Please Note New Date
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA
The Annual Meeting of the California Genealogical Society will be held on the third Saturday of the new year. The meeting has been pushed back one week, away from the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, to Saturday, January 21. Please join President Stephen Harris for this important session. The agenda includes approval of the society budget and the nomination and election of new board members.

The board has recently completed a review and update of the bylaws. According to Article X, "the bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of present and voting members in good standing at any membership meeting, provided that the amendment has been sent to each member at least thirty (30) days before the meeting." A special Supplemental eNews containing the revised bylaws will be sent to members on December 20, 2011.

Coming in 2012: Two New Series of Classes
Online Registration Opens December 15, 2011    
Mark Your Calendar
Homelands of Our Ancestors - monthly series for beginners starts Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

Genealogy's Best Websites: Tips & Tricks - weekly series starts Thursday,
January 26, 2012.

12th Annual Salt Lake City Research Tour - April 22-29, 2012.

NEHGS Comes West - October 26-27, 2012.

In Memoriam

The society learned of the deaths of two members. Condolences to the families.

Mary Ellen
Martin (1926-2011)
Mary Ellen Martin died Tuesday, October 25, 2011. She had been a member of the California Genealogical Socity since 2006.  

Joseph A. Donohoe V. (1921-2011)
Joseph DonohoeJoseph A. Donohoe V. died April 7, 2011. A seventh generation Californian, Donohoe was a lifelong genealogist and had been a member of CGS since 1991. His obituary was published in San Francisco Chronicle on April 14, 2011. 





Editor's Picks: Suggested Links From the Blogosphere


  Members Meeting at CGS by Kim Cotton

Don't Cry About the SSDI by Craig Manson


Berkeley Bancroft Library by Kathleen Brandt is Essential To Your Research by Carolyn L. Barkley


Even More Things I'm Thankful for on My Genealogical Quest by Donna Pointkouski


NARA Picks to Provide Online Access to 1940 Census by Diane Haddad


"Survey Says" Top 3 answers to "Why Should I Be Actively Involved In a Gen Society?" by Chris Staats


British Library Digitizes 300 Years Worth of Newspaper Archives, Brings 65 Million Articles Online by Amar Toor



Apologies for Error in November eNews
by Lorna Wallace
Thorvald and Ragna Rodlie familyThe November ancestor photograph of the Thorvald and Ragna Rodley family of Lookinglass, Oregon was submitted by Paul and LoisMarie Mayer. The article incorrectly stated Mrs. Mayer's first name. I regret the error.






California Ancestors: From Here, There, and Everywhere!

Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month we pay tribute to Agnes Rasmine Isacksen Nygard, grandmother of member Louise Randolph.  

Isacksen Sisters
The Isacksen sisters.


This is one of my favorite photos of my grandmother, Agnes, and her sisters. It was probably taken about 1901. She was born in 1891 just outside Durango, Colorado, to Rasmus Isacksen and Johanne Marie Rasmussen Isacksen. They immigrated from Svendborg, Denmark, in 1884. Rasmus was a weaver and wound up in the southeast corner of Colorado with a cattle ranch, a hotel and the post office. It was all lost when he died of appendicitis.

Johanne remarried and moved the family to Des Moines, Iowa. The sisters must have had a wonderful time in Colorado - ask them to "tell a story" and it was always of Colorado. They were always close to each other. They are [left to right]: Sophie Louise Isacksen Hansen (1884-1978), Agnes Rasmine Isacksen Nygard (1891-1971), Lily Isacksen Monks (1888-1980), and Mary Dorothy Isacksen Hansen (1880-1952). Sophie and Mary were born in Denmark; Lily and Agnes in Colorado.  


-Louise Randolph



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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News from the 2011 Nominating Committee

What You Missed: Ancestry Day - San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: December 2011 Published
Porraits of Our Patriots: Stories of  Revolutionary War Ancestors


Kathryn Doyle, eNews Editor
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