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January 2012, Vol. 6, No. 1
Annual Business Meeting, Used Book Sale and Volunteer Reception
Saturday, January 21, 2011, 1:00 p.m. (Book Sale 12-4)
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, 2011, at 1:00 p.m.

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 Library Committee will hold a used book sale from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Learn more at the blog.


Ancestral Homelands: A Monthly Spotlight Series for Beginners
Classes on Fourth Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Oakland California Family History Center, 4755 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA

The California Genealogical Society and the Oakland California Family History Center are developing a new series of classes designed to help you find where your immigrant ancestor came from and the kinds of resources available for that part of the world. Each month will focus on a different country or region. Details for future sessions are still being finalized. Watch the blog and website for the final schedule and series flier. Classes are $10 each.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012: Beginning Research in Sweden, Wade Olofson. Register online.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012: Beginning Research in England, Jeremy Frankel. Register online.


New Winter Series - Best Genealogy Websites: Tips & Tricks
Classes Begin Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Oakland California Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA

Best Genealogy Websites Continuing a four-year tradition, the California Genealogical Society is teaming up with the Oakland California Family History Center (OCFHC) to present a winter series of genealogy classes. This year's offering is Best Genealogy Websites: Tips & Tricks - eight classes on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the OCFHC.

Download the series flier for schedule and information. Register online to reserve your space now!

How to Go Home: Scanning Photos with 1000 Memories
Saturday, February 11, 2011, Two Sessions: Choose Morning or Afternoon
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA

Shoebox small graphicThe California Genealogical Society is pleased to be partnering with 1000 Memories to present two free scanning workshops for members. Bring your photos, documents, and videos for unlimited scanning and for a short class on uncovering the family stories hidden in your shoeboxes and closets.  



Coming in March
Save the Date!
Mark Your Calendar

3/24 Getting Ready for the 1940 Census: Searching without a Name Index, Steve Morse

3/28  Ancestral Homelands: Beginning Research in Norway, Gloria Hansen


Announcing the 2012 CGS Salt Lake City Tour to the Family History Library
Sunday to Sunday, April 22-29, 2012
Accommodations at the Shilo Inn, 206 West Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Past-president Jane Lindsey is leading her twelfth California Genealogical Society Salt Lake City Tour to the Family History Library April 22-29, 2011. Research Director Nancy Peterson returns to help lead this very popular trip.

Download the tour flier for full information.

Register online and reserve your space now!


Editor's Picks: Suggested Links From the Blogosphere


  75th Anniversary of the Bay Bridge by Charles Riggs

UC Press e-Books Viewable on the Web by Pete Basofin


Not All Wikipedia Pages Are Created Equally by Leah Allen 


Getting Local Before You Make the Trip by Marian Pierre-Louis


Free Webinar: Introduction to the 1940 Federal Census by GeneaWebinars


A Genealogy Guide to 130+ Google Search Engines by GenealogyinTime Magazine


A Note from the Editor: Preparing for the Opening of the 1940 Census by Lynn Betlock


Three Genealogy Powerhouses Join Forces to Publish 1940 US Census by Geneapress




California Ancestors: From Here, There, and Everywhere!

Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


Member Grace Frontin contributed this month's photograph of her great-grandfather, Patrick J. White, and his family, of San Francisco. 


Patrick J. White and family
[Left to right] Patrick Joseph White, with James, on his lap; [standing] William V. (my grandfather),
Mary, Harry; Mary Jane Kelly White, with David Augustus on her lap;
[seated in front] Joseph and Grace; [center] fraternal twins, John and Katharine.


This photograph of my great-grandfather, Patrick Joseph (P.J.) White, and his family, was taken circa 1875-1876. Patrick was born in Utica, New York, raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and came west for the Gold Rush. He served as sheriff of Sierra County, 1860-61, and sheriff of San Francisco for one term. His wife, Mary Jane Kelly, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

Two of the children shown died young. First born, Mary, died 29 Sept. 1878, of meningitis, at age 16. Little Grace died 13 Jan 1877 of diphtheria. The family continued to grow with five more children born after the photo was taken, three boys and two girls.


Twins John and Katharine both entered religious life. John became a Dominican friar and was ordained a deacon. He died at age 22 after an accident playing baseball. Katharine became a nun and died at age 86.  

The infant in the photo, David Augustus, served as San Francisco Police Chief for nine years. He died in office in 1920 and had a grand funeral at St. Mary's Cathedral.  


-Grace Frontin 



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.



Did you miss these posts in the California Genealogical Society & Library blog?
Annual Giving Drives

CGSL blog 063011 Wordless Wednesday - Holiday Tea

31st Annual Ancestor Roundup Seminar on January 28, 2012

Digging into Your Past: Library Program with Jane Lindsey on YouTube

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: January 2012 Published


Kathryn Doyle, eNews Editor
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