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February 2013, Vol. 7, No. 2
115th Celebration - Last Chance for Tickets!
Saturday, February 9, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Nile Hall, Preservation Park, 668 Thirteenth Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Andy Anderson Join us for a special birthday event as the California Genealogical Society celebrates 115 years! The festivities will include a social hour, used book sale, and luncheon salad and sandwich buffet. Our special guest speaker will be Dr. Andy Anderson, Chief Historian of Wells Fargo Bank, who will present The Healing Power of Genealogy. 

Seating is limited. Be one of 115 members and friends to attend. Ticket sales end on February 5, 2013. Learn moreRegister online.


CGS Memberships Donated to KQED 2013 Pledge Drive
Listen to KQED Radio FM 88.5 on Monday, February 4, 2013, at 7:50 a.m.
KQED The California Genealogical Society has been part of the KQED Perks Member Benefits program for many years. KQED members can receive a $5 discount on new memberships to CGS.

This year the society is donating twenty CGS memberships to KQED Radio for their 2013 pledge drive. Listen Monday morning, February 4, 2013, at 7:50 a.m., for the on-air mention of our society and library and the description of our gift.


Black History Month Panel Discussion - Only a Few Seats Left!
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

The California Genealogical Society is partnering with the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California to present a Black History Month panel discussion. Felicia Addison, Annette Madden, Vernester Sheeler, Nicka Smith, and Jackie Stewart will be discussing genealogy research in their respective home states: South Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi. The panel will share some of the challenges they have faced and how they overcame them, including the use of DNA. Learn more. Register online.


The National Archives and
Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Marisa Louis Archivist Marisa Louie of the National Archives at San Francisco will speak about resources of genealogical interest found at our local facility in San Bruno and at locations nationwide. Learn how to get in touch with archivists, how to navigate the website, and what is - and what isn't - in the holdings of the National Archives.  Learn moreRegister online.


Field Trip to The California Historical Society
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Join Library Services Committee Chair Henry Snyder for a talk, a tour, and a day of research at the California Historical Society. This field trip is for members only and is limited to the first twenty-five to register. Register online.

Are You Going to RootsTech?
RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference, March 21-23, 2013 
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
RootsTechThe California Genealogical Society has received an offer from the Southern California Genealogical Society to share a booth at this year's RootsTech Conference. We're still working out the details but we would love to know which of our members will be attending. Please email Kathryn Doyle if you are going. And be sure to register early - the early-bird

price expires February 15, 2013.  


French-Canadian Seminar and Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2,

Join Dr. Robert Jackson for an overview of French-Canadian history and a discussion of major French Canadian resources and online resources for your research. Bring your lunch and network with others who share your research interest.


Register online.


Have Your Registered for the 2013 Salt Lake City Tour?
Sunday to Sunday, April 14-21, 2013
Accommodations at the Shilo Inn, 206 West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT

SLCPast-president Jane Lindsey is leading the 13th annual California Genealogical Society Salt Lake City Tour to the Family History Library April 14-21, 2013. Research Director Nancy Peterson returns to help lead this very popular trip.
Download the tour flier for full information.

Register online to reserve your space now!



Coming in April
Save These Dates!
Mark Your Calendar   4/6:  First Saturday Free; Intro Class, Muriel Sonne

   4/9:  Book Repair Committee

  4/10:  Genealogy Writing Special Interest Group

  4/13:  Membership Meeting, Publications by Our Members

                                 4/16:  RootsMagic Special Interest Group

                                 4/18:  Advanced Genealogy Series begins (5 sessions), Susan Goss Johnston

                                 4/20:  San Francisco Special Interest Group

                                 4/27:  DNA Seminar, Preservation Park, 9-3:30 p.m.


Check our website,, for the most up-to-date information on classes and events.



The Volunteer Corner
Help Wanted in the Library
by Linda Harms Okazaki
2013 began with a flurry of volunteerism. Arlene Miles orchestrated the library shelf read and completed the task in just three days, thanks to the tremendous efforts of Barbara Close, Pam Coville, Linda Darby, Gary Darnsteadt, Eva Goodwin, Lisa Gorrel, Gloria Hanson, Shirely Hoye, Kath Merilo, Bill O'Neil, Cheryl Schmidt, Nancy Servin, and Pat Smith.

It's a pleasure to introduce several members who are new volunteers. Lynne Dory, Debbie Mascot and Terri Taylor have joined the Events Committee, co-chaired by Jane Lindsey and Sandy Fryer; Kathie Heller is on the Membership Committee under Diana Edwards; Carol Horn is working with Kathryn Doyle on the eNews. Welcome all of you. We appreciate your enthusiasm!

The library still needs some additional help:
  • volunteers with legible printing are needed to replace spine labels that are fading or falling off
  • volunteers are needed to follow up on some catalog discrepancies discovered during the shelf read 
  • volunteers are needed to process our ebay sales of used books
  • trainees are needed for Desk Duty   
There are plenty of other opportunities to volunteer. Let us know how you would like to help. Weekly? Monthly? Just for special events? Or do you have an idea or special skill that you want to share. Send an email to Linda Okazaki.

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Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month, we honor Thelma Nordengen Armstrong Flaten, grandmother of California Genealogical Society board member Shannon Reese.   


Thelma Nordengen Armstrong Flaten
Thelma Nordengen Armstrong Flaten

Thelma Nordengen was born August 12, 1925, on the family farm in Pine Creek, Minnesota, just a mile from the Canadian border. She was the youngest daughter of Norwegian immigrants - Anton and Anna (Wick) Nordengen - who were the parents of six. After graduating from high school, Thelma worked as a sandwich girl in a Boeing aircraft factory in Seattle during WWII. She married Ray Jack Armstrong and they had three children. Thelma worked at the Social Security Administration in Birmingham, Alabama, for twenty-five years. In later life, she married Gilmore Flaten and they split their time between Alabama and Minnesota.

In her youth Thelma dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. Instead, she was a self-taught, amateur artist. She loved to paint landscapes, as well as to sew and make clothes for friends and family. Her other love was traveling. She made frequent trips to California to visit family. Always proud of her roots, Granny Thel would pepper her speech with simple Norwegian phrases. She delighted in teaching the grandchildren about our heritage.

Thelma left the earth on June 15, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was a wonderful, loving grandmother and I will deeply miss her.

-Shannon Reese

Call for Submissions  - Are you a member with a great family photo to share? Please email Lorna Wallace and send your image with a brief narrative.


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What You Missed: 2013 Annual Meeting

Lavinia's Visit with the Chula Vista Genealogical Society

Talking Maritime Records at the San Francisco Special Interest Group

Members Gathered after a Week of Teaching and Learning at SLIG 2013

A San Francisco Public Library Talk by Jane Lindsey: Using

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