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October 2012, Vol. 6, No. 10
October is Family History Month
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Family History Month barThe California Genealogical Society opens its doors to the public every year during the month of October in celebration of Family History Month. We waive the library usage fee for non-members and welcome everyone to use the library's extensive family history resources.

This year the society is offering a membership discount for visitors to the library during the month of October. If you haven't visited our library in Oakland, make time for some research in October! Learn more at the blog.



Build a Book and Learn Book Repair Techniques
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Thrift book presses The California Genealogical Society is taking reservations for the popular Book Repair Workshop, taught by Book Repair Committee Chairman Bill O'Neil. Learn book repair techniques by building your own book. The workshop is limited to ten enrollees. Learn more at the blog. Register online.



Free Class: Secrets from the Grave
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612 
Cemeteries can be a rich source of information for the family historian. Join Bill O'Neil for an illuminating overview of graveyards and markers, and an exploration of a variety of death-related documents. Learn more at the blog.



Family History Day at the California State Archives
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
California State Archives, 1020 "O" Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

The California Genealogical Society is pleased to be an exhibitor at the 14th Annual Family History Day at the California State Archives. President Jeffrey Vaillant will be leading our delegation. Please join us in Sacramento for this free event. Learn more.


New Workshop Offering! Create Your Own Document Box
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Book BoxBook Repair Committee Chairman Bill O'Neil has a new workshop presentation. Learn how to create your own book box or document box. Workshop attendees will make a custom-sized box for a personal item or items. The workshop is limited to ten participants. Learn more at the blog

Register online.


San Francisco Special Interest Group
Next Meeting on Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Do you have San Francisco ancestors? The California Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the formation of the San Francisco Special Interest Group. This new SIG is open to all who have an interest in San Francisco research, pre- and post-1906. Our core research guide will be Nancy Peterson's book, Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research. RSVP via email to Sandra Britt-Huber.



Legacy Planning: What Happens to Your Research After You're Gone?
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library. 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Legacy Planning usually refers to your will, trusts and medical directives. Have you thought about what is going to happen to your family history research? Patricia Burrow is back for an encore presentation of her talk. She'll share some of the things we can do to ensure our family history research is preserved for future generations.

Register online.


NEHGS Comes West 2012
Full Day Seminar and Lunch, Friday October 26, 2012, 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Hs Lordships Restaurant at the Marina, 199 Seawall Drive, Berkeley, CA 94710 

Don't miss a weekend of top-notch genealogy when the New England Historic Genealogical Society comes to town in October. This year we are offering two lecture tracks. You choose the talks you want to attend. Topics include vital records, immigration, online searching, New York state, and, of course, New England. Stay for an optional dinner Friday evening. A limited number of private consultations will be available at the CGS Library on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Download the information flier for full schedule of events. Register online.


French-Canadian Special Interest Group
Saturday, November 3, 2013, 10:30 a.m.  
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA

An organizing meeting will be held on the first Saturday in November to determine if there is interest in resurrecting the French-Canadian Special Interest Group. Noted French-Canadian researcher Dick Boucher will be attending the session. RSVP by email to Jane Lindsey.



November Membership Meeting: Fun Tools for Your Genealogy Research
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA

What kind of technology are you using to help you capture the information as you find it? Join Tim Cox for a discussion of what is new on the market and what works well for genealogists. Tim's talk will begin after a short membership meeting which starts promptly at 1:00 p.m.


Coming in December
Save These Dates!
Mark Your Calendar
12/1:  First Saturday Free; Intro Class with Dick Rees

12/8:  Platting and Locating Lands from Metes and Bounds Deeds, Pam Miller




The Volunteer Corner
Welcome Our Newest Volunteers!
by Linda Harms Okazaki
California Genealogical Society volunteers work in a variety of roles. Whether they input data electronically from home, help with special events, or work in the library every week, volunteers keep our society running. Thank you to all who help!

Already a volunteer for several months, Natalie Levinson is now being trained to manage the master calendar. The calendar link can be found in the blue sidebar on left side of the website. It includes all of the society's events and meetings.

Erin Kelleher-Wees is a new volunteer who will be working closely with Tim Cox and Geri Willinger. Erin will be trained in the technological aspects of CGS Events, from registration to data entry to managing statistics and everything in between.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to both Natalie and Erin as they undertake their new positions.

If you would like to join our volunteer team, in a large role or small, we would love to have you. Please email Linda Okazaki at  for further information.. 


Can You Help with the Great Book Shift of 2012?
New Books in the Library!
Books2012 has been "A Stellar Year" for book donations to the California Genealogical Society Library. New shelves are being installed which will necessitate a book shift to adjust our collection and move items into their new locations. We will need plenty of help so let us know if you can volunteer. The tentative schedule is: October 15, 16 and 17, and then again October 22, 23 and 24.

Please email Linda Okazaki at if you can help!

Editor's Picks: Suggested Links from the Blogosphere

Road Orders by Carolyn L. Barkley

Copyright and the Obit by Judy G. Russell

An Amazing British Resource: GENUKI by Michael J. Leclerc

The Importance of Knowing Your Family's Medical History by Kris Williams

My Childhood Room - Pink, Pink - My Share a Memory Post by M. Diane Rogers

Massachusetts Town Clerk, Vital, and Town 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 "Little Jim," nanny or nurse, to the great-granduncle of California Genealogical Society board member, Henry Snyder.


Little Jim
This photograph, taken at "Woods' Photographic Art Gallery, Odd Fellows' Building, Marysville, California," was found in the basement of the home built by my great-granduncle, Gay Allender Rosenberg. On the back is written: "Little Jim - 1869 Marysville Calif. This was taken for & presented to Al, it is his nurse."  

Uncle Al was born in Marysville in 1869. Nothing more is known of Little Jim.

-Henry Snyder

Editor's note: Information about the history of the Chinese-American community in Marysville can be found at the
Chinese American Museum of Northern California. The blog Tattered and Lost has published an article about Woods Art Gallery. A 2009 dissertation by Andrew Theodore Urban provides interesting historical context: An Intimate World: Race, Migration, and Chinese and Irish Domestic Servants in the United States, 1850-1920. [The editors gratefully acknowledge research by Ellen Fernandez-Sacco.]

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   

2012 Nominating Committee

2012 Book Donations - "A Stellar Year"

African-American Research Workshops Resume

San Francisco Bay Area Calendar: October 2012 Published   

What You Missed: Genealogy 101 at the Society of California Pioneers
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CouponSpecial Offer for October Family History Month

Visit the California Genealogical Society Library during the month of October 2012 and receive $5 off the membership fee. Offer is valid in-person only and payment must be in the form of cash or a personal check at the time of the visit to the library.
Offer Expires: October 31, 2012