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June 2012, Vol. 6, No. 6
Mountain View Cemetery Tour
Sunday, June 3, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
This Sunday, CGS member and cemetery docent Gaye Lenahan will lead a special tour of an Oakland gem - Mountain View Cemetery. The tour will have a genealogy focus. Learn more at the blog.


Last Two Days to Register!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549

Maureen Taylor Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, is bringing her blend of photo curation, genealogy, and history back to the Bay Area. She will present four new lectures at
A Day with the Photo Detective.

Visit our event site for full information and registration.


Join Us at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree!
June 8-10, 2012, Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA
SCGS JamboreeThe California Genealogical Society will have a table in Society Row again this year on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at SCGS Jamboree. We will be selling Raking the Ashes and the Insider's Guide to California Genealogy so we're looking for member volunteers to help us staff the table.

If you are attending and can volunteer us an hour or two of your time, please email Kathryn Doyle.



Open House & Dessert Bar - June 14, 2012, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Library Open Thursday Evenings through August
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Summer Extended HoursFor the third year in a row, the California Genealogical Society will offer summer extended research hours, designed especially for our working members and patrons. Beginning June 14, 2012, and continuing every Thursday through August, the library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Join us for a celebratory open house on June 14, 2012.

Informal discussions will be scheduled every Thursday evening. Participants of all levels of research experience are welcome to network and join the conversation from 6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome! Learn more at the blog.



On the Street Where We Live
Saturday, June 16, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612 

Michael Nolan, Julie Legarde, and Marty Combs are neighbors in the Bernal Heights district of San Francisco. They used recently released 1940 census data to look back in time at the street where they live. Join us for this fascinating comparison of then and now.


Register online.


Writing Your Family History: Start Now!
Course Begins Saturday, July 7, 2012, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Writing Your Family HistoryThe California Genealogical Society is offering an intense writing course to help you begin writing your family history. The course will meet for a five-hour session one Saturday a month through October. Class size is limited so enroll now!



Summer 2012 Best Genealogy Website Series
Course Begins Thursday, July 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Best Genealogy Websites
The California Genealogical Society is offering our first summer series of evening classes: Best Genealogy Websites - Tips & Tricks. Seven weekly 90-minute sessions will give you the skills you need to navigate your way to better and more efficient search results on the best sites for family history research. Download the course flier.



CGS Boston, Massachusetts Research Tour - September 23-30, 2012
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
Join Jane Lindsey, former CGS president and past NEHGS Trustee, on a CGS Research Tour to Boston and NEHGS. Whether you have visited before or this is your first time, you will enjoy your week at one of the nation's leading research centers for genealogists. For full information, download the registration flier.

Register online.



In Memorium 
Charles J. Freeman (1909 - 2012)
Charles J. Freeman

San Francisco native Charles J. Freeman, 82, died at his home in Novato, California, on May 6, 2012. He held a Master's in Library Science from USC and was the librarian at San Rafael High School for many years, until his retirement in 1990. Charles was a longtime member of the California Genealogical Society. He joined CGS in 1992 and for a time was a frequent visitor to the library who participated in the New York research group. His obituary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on May 14, 2012.




Editor's Picks: Suggested Links From the Blogosphere

The Census Day by Bill Dollarhide


Cemetery Bag Lady by Midge Frazel


Golden Gate Bridge(-less) by Charles Riggs


Homesteading a Cash Sale by Judy G. Russell


Happy 75th Birthday, Golden Gate Bridge! by L.W. (the Page)


What Is the Genealogical Community? by Marian Pierre-Louis


Samples of Essential Reports for Genealogists by Randy Seaver


Nicknames: Past and Present, 5th Edition Expanded by Andy Pomeroy


NGS Announces Plans for 2013 Family History Conference in Las Vegas by Diane L Richard



California Ancestors: They Came from Everywhere

Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month, CGS member Virginia Kysh, honors her husband's great-grandmother Hannah Marie (Job) Avery. 


Hannah Marie Job
Hannah Marie Job Avery - aka "Fannie H. Avery"


Hannah Marie Job was born in San Francisco, 7 August 1860. She was the daughter of Pierre Marie Julien Job, a respected French chef, baker and San Francisco restaurant owner, and Christiana Fraser. At the age of eighteen she married George H. Avery, a native of Melrose, Massachusetts, who came to San Francisco before he was two years old.  


Little was known of Hannah until I found her biography on Google Books in Ella Sterling Cummins' The Story of the Files: A Review of Californian Writers and Literature,1893.


I learned Avery was a writer and poet who wrote for the San Francisco Evening Post and San Francisco Newsletter.   


"She was a talented and pretty little brown-eyed woman, spoke French fluently and sang Scotch ballads with taste and expression, was modest and unassuming. She attempted to support herself and children, and succumbed at the age of 27, December, 1887."  

-Virginia Kysh

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.


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

Wordless Wednesday: 12th Annual Salt Lake City Tour

San Francisco Bay Area Calendar: June 2012 Published

Wordless Wednesday: Aging and Disability Technology Summit

Time Sensitive Offer: Family History Enthusiasts of All Levels Wanted

Congratulations California! 1940 Census Indexing - May 2012 Update

A-Files Opening Ceremony and Dedication of the Tom Lantos Research Center

Jeffrey Vaillant's Reports from NGS 2012 Family History Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio

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