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July 2012, Vol. 6, No. 7
Extended Summer Hours Every Thursday Until 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 is offering extended summer hours designed especially for our working members and patrons. Library hours are 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday through August. If you live in the Bay Area and have never been to the library, this is a great time for a first visit!

Participants of all levels of research experience are welcome to come to our informal discussions on Thursday evenings. Network and join the conversation from 6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Everyone welcome! Learn more at the blog.



More than Three-Fifths: Myths and Truths About Slavery & African-American Identity
Membership Meeting - Saturday, July 14, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Nicka SmithThe history of the "peculiar institution" of slavery in the United States is complex. Join CGS director Nicka Smith and learn about the myths, truths, and in-betweens that existed during a major part of U.S. history and how the use of DNA is creating a new family history for multitudes of Americans.

Learn more at the blog.


Register 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
There are only a few spaces left in 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.



Register Now! Deposits Due by July 15, 2012
CGS Boston, Massachusetts Research Tour to NEHGH
September 23-30, 2012

Join Jane Lindsey, former CGS president and past NEHGS Trustee, on a CGS Research Tour to Boston and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Explore the genealogical treasures at one of the nation's leading family history research libraries, including their extensive Irish collection of more than 1500 resources.

To ensure the minimum number of participants will be met, a deposit is required by July 15, 2012. For full information, download the registration flierRegister online. Questions? Email Jane Lindsey.



Can You Help?
A Call for Volunteers
by Linda Okazaki
The California Genealogical Society runs like a well-oiled machine thanks to our dedicated volunteers. We have more than 100 individuals who participate in some capacity, large and small, in the library or at a distance, alone or in groups.

If you would like to join our team, please email Linda Okazaki


In Memoriam
Barbara O. Silveira
The society learned of the death of Barbara Silveira of Oakland. Barbara joined the California Genealogical Society in 1966 and was our longest continuous member. There was no published obituary.



Save the Date!
NEHGS Comes West 2012: A Visit from the New England Historic Genealogical Society
Friday - Saturday, October 26-27, 2012

Mark Your Calendar It's been three years since our last visit from NEHGS. Plans for firming up for a seminar in late  October with two tracks focusing on New England and New York. David Lambert, Rhonda McClure, and Brenton Simons will be here. Consultation will be available.

Look for the event flier on our website later this month. And save the date!




Editor's Picks: Suggested Links From the Blogosphere

  Comparing Search Engines by James Tanner   


  A French Family's Old Documents by Anne Morddel    


Death Has a Preference for Birthdays by Taneya Koonce  


Stockton Newspaper Obituary Index Now Online by Karen


Thanks for One Government "Boondoggle" by Judy G. Russell


Pennsylvania Probate Records on FamilySearch! by Randy Seaver



California Ancestors: They Came from Everywhere

Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month we honor Thomas Lee Rader and Louise Douglas Mackintosh, maternal great-grandparents of  California Genealogical Society President Jeffrey Vaillant.  

Thomas Lee Rader and Louise Douglas Mackintosh
Thomas Lee Rader and Louise Douglas Mackintosh


Thomas Lee Rader was born 16 February 1883 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He died in 3 September 1951, in Chicago, Illinois.

Louise Douglas Mackintosh was born 18 May 1887 in Des Moines, Iowa. She died 28 April 1962, in San Leandro, California.

Thomas and Louise were married 3 March 1909. It was her first marriage and his fourth. Thomas experienced far more than his share of tragedy. By the time of his marriage to Louise, at the age of 27, he had been widowed twice, divorced, and had also buried three children and his father.

Thomas' career was with the telephone company in various capacities over the years.

-Jeffrey Vaillant 

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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