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March 2012, Vol. 6, No. 3
Library Closed Saturday, March 31, 2012
Building Maintenance
The Breuner Building and CGS Library will be closed all day Saturday, March 31, 2012, in order to perform required maintenance on the building's electrical systems.


Getting Ready for the 1940 Census: Searching without a Name
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California

When the 1940 census debuts in April it will not have a name index and researchers will be forced to locate family using Enumeration Districts (EDs). Stephen Morse's One-Step website contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. His talk will present these strategies and show how each can be used. Afterwards, Steve Harris will facilitate an open forum on using U.S. Census Records. This class is sold out and there is a waiting list. To be added, register online.



Ancestral Homelands: A Monthly Spotlight Series for Beginners
Classes on Fourth Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland,
The California Genealogical Society and the Oakland California Family History Center have launched 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 features a different country or region. See the blog for for more information. Classes are $10 each.   

Tuesday, March 27, 2012: Beginning Research in Norway, Gloria Hanson. Register online.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012:  Beginning Research in Louisiana, Sue Severson. Register online.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012:  Beginning Research in Germany, Robert Jackson. Register online.


Come and Celebrate the 1940 Census!
Monday, April 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA

Come and celebrate the release of the 1940 U.S. Census by searching for your ancestors with other researchers! The California Genealogical Society, the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California and the Oakland Family History Center are co-sponsoring this event.

Register online.



April Membership Meeting - Brick Wall Problems and Possible Solutions
Saturday, April 14, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California 
Do you have a research problem you've been working on but can't seem to solve? Join us for Research Problems and Possible Solutions. Bring your problem and let the group discuss options and offer suggestions to help you over your brick walls. Our work session will begin after a short membership meeting which starts promptly at 1:00 p.m.


Hard Drive Organization with Tim Cox
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, California

Tim CoxAfter 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.



Last Chance! 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

SLCPast-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!


Special June Event: Photo Seminar with Photo Detective Maureen Taylor
Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Veteran's Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diable Blvd., Lafayette, California

Maureen Taylor Save the date!

Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, is coming back for a full-day seminar in June when she will present four lectures. Private consultations will be available.

Online registration for the seminar and for consultations will begin on Monday, March 19, 2012. Check the website or blog for the announcement.


In Memoriam
Roberta Nelson Thomson (1909 - 2012)
San Francisco native Roberta Nelson Thomson died In Dana Point, California on February 12, 2012. She was a past regent, speaker, author, and historian of the Sequoia Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of numerous historical, heritage and genealogical organizations. Thomson was a member of the California Genealogical Society since 1973. Her obituary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 19, 2012.


Editor's Picks: Suggested Links From the Blogosphere


America's First POW Camps by Judy G. Russell


Sutro Library Has A New Home! by Sheri Fenley


Using E-Books for Your Irish Genealogy Research by Deborah Large Fox


Epidemiology of Disaster: The Donner Party, 1846-47 by Michael Dolgushkin


National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) by Michael J. Leclerc


Tuesday's Tip - Pennsylvania Death Index, 1906 to 1961 Now Online by Randy Seaver


Follow Friday: National Library of Medicine and Your Ancestor by Denise Hibsch Richmond



California Ancestors: They Came from Everywhere

Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month, we pay tribute to Maureen Hanlon's ancestors, who were active participants in San Francisco's St. Patrick's Day festivities of the late 1800's.  


Hanlon Family of San Francisco
Do you have a Cliff House photo?


I love this undated, studio photograph of my grandmother, native San Franciscan Katherine Sheldon Hanlon, behind the wheel but driving nowhere. Her mother, Agnes Welch Sheldon, and her father, Daniel Martin Hanlon, the tallest gentleman in the very back, are posing with friends in front of an obviously fake background of the Cliff House in San Francisco.

This picture dates from about 1910 - 1915, based on other dated photos of Katherine. One of the couples may be Charles and Anna Stanton, who were good friends and resemble people identified with those names in another photo.

-Maureen Hanlon


Editor's note: Some studio photographs with the same or similar background image can be found on the Cliff House Project page.



Call For Submissions  - Are you a 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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Black History Month: Honoring Genealogist Electra Kimble Price

San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar: March 2012 Published


Kathryn Doyle, eNews Editor
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