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May 2013, Vol. 7, No. 5
Summer Evening Hours Begin May 23, 2013
Library Open 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Thursday Evenings through August
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Summer Extended Hours The California Genealogical Society offers summer extended research hours designed especially for our working members and patrons. Beginning May 23, 2013, and continuing every Thursday through August, the library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Learn more.


FamilySearch: What Is There for You - An Evening Class for Members
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612 continues to add record sets from locations all over the world. In addition to its vast collection of historical documents, the site has many other resources for genealogists. Join Jane Knowles Lindsey for an overview of the site with a focus on historical records, the online catalog and the Wiki. Learn more. Register online.


Visit Our Used Book Store on eBay
All Proceeds Benefit the California Genealogical Society

Are you interested in some great deals on used genealogical books? Members of the Library Committee have set up a virtual store on eBay. Because we are a non-profit registered with eBay Giving Works, 100% of the sale price supports CGS. We have more than 100 titles currently for sale. Buy a book and support the California Genealogical Society! Browse our titles at CGSbooks4Sale



Encore! Two Popular Workshops Return
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Both workshops will be held at the same time in different rooms in the library - choose only one. Don't delay! These are popular offerings with limited seating.

Tim Cox
Hard Drive Organization: Making Use of Your Computer File Folders
After collecting digital images from online sources and manually scanning paper documents and photos for more than twenty years, Tim Cox found a management method that works for his digital files. Tim is back with this popular workshop to demonstrate his system. Register online.

Plat Workshop

Platting and Locating Lands from Metes and Bounds Deeds
Using deeds and other land records to assist with researching family history can help us gain a better understanding of the family, the land, and the community. Pam Miller is back to help you navigate this rich record set. She will simplify the "metes and bounds" terminology seen in early deeds. Register online.



Summer Intermediate Series
Classes Begin Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Intermediate Genealogy Registration is now open for an encore summer session of our popular Intermediate Genealogy Series, designed for the researcher who wants to go beyond the basics. Ten classes will be held Thursday evenings beginning May 30, 2013 through August 8, 2013. Download the series flier for full class descriptions.

Register online.


Join Us at the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree!
June 6-9, 2013, Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA
SCGS Jamboree The California Genealogical Society will be exhibiting at a Saturday Society Row table at this year's Jamboree. We're looking for members to help us staff the table on  June 8, 2013. We will also gather to take our traditional member conference photo so if you will be attending please email Kathryn Doyle. Let me know if you can volunteer an hour to help us staff the table.


Using Online Library Catalogs
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Using Online Catalogs Join California Genealogical Society librarians Barbara Hill and Laura Spurrier for an informative class on using online public access catalogs (OPACs) and how they can aid your genealogy research. Libraries large and small (including our own) have these databases you can access from home. Barbara and Laura will share their expertise so you can search effectively and utilize these powerful tools. Learn more. Register online.



Demystifying Lineage Society Applications
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Linda Longley Are you eligible to join a lineage society? Does the process overwhelm you? Linda Longley's informative workshop will give you the tools to get started, help streamline the process, and answer your questions.



Coming in July
Save These Dates!
Mark Your Calendar
   7/6:   First Saturday Free; Intro Class, Muriel Sonne
   7/9:   Book Repair Committee

   7/10: Field Trip to San Francisco Public Library

   7/13: Membership Meeting

                                 7/16: RootsMagic Special Interest Group
                                 7/20: San Francisco Special Interest Group

                                 7/22: Book Signing Event with Gena Ortega and Jean Wilcox Hibben

                                 7/27: Chinese Research Workshop

Visit our website,, for up-to-date event information on classes and events.                           


Announcing the Fort Wayne, Indiana Research Tour
August 11-18, 2013
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

Join President Jeff Vaillant for the sixth California Genealogical Society Research Tour to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 21-28, 2013. Whether you have visited before or this is your first time, you will enjoy your week at the best public genealogy library in the United States. Download the tour flier.  Register online.


In Memoriam
Jane Annette Billings Steiner (1925-2013) 
Jane Steiner

Jane Steiner died April 19, 2013, in Oakland, California. A member of the California Genealogical Society since 1981, Jane held many leadership positions including program chair, recording secretary and treasurer. Jane served as president of the society 1987-1988, co-editor of the CGS News 1988-1989, and spearheaded the years-long project to record and publish the 1890 Great Registers data which culminated in the 2002 publication of San Francisco, California: 1890 Great Register of Voters, edited by Jane Billings Steiner. Before retirement Jane was a high school business education teacher. There will be no public memorial service and no published obituary. Gifts to honor her memory may be sent to the Salem Lutheran Home.


The Volunteer Corner
Members Step Up to Volunteer
by Linda Harms Okazaki
Of our more than 1,000 members, 170 individuals have at one time or another volunteered their time at the California Genealogical Society. Ninety-three members have signed up to volunteer in 2013 and eight of those have been members for twenty years or longer.

We are always looking for additional people to join our team. If you have a special skill to share or just want to meet some new people, come volunteer with us! All committees have positions available but we are in particular need of Desk Duty trainees. Please email Linda Okazaki if you can help

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Express Your Gratitude to Genealogical Repository Staff by Michael J. Leclerc  



Finding Ancestors in Fort Wayne: The Genealogist's Unofficial One-Stop Guide to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center by Harold Henderson


Keeping the Lights On: Are Genealogical Publishing Houses in Jeopardy? What about Societies and the Books They've Historically Published? by Diane L Richard




California Ancestors: They Came from Everywhere

Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


In May, as we celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, we honor the paternal Chinese-American family of member Pamela Coville.  


LEE Sack Sam Family
The LEE Sack Sam Family [standing] Oscar, age 16, Henry, 14, and May, 12; [seated] George, 22, LEE Sack Sam, 54, with Edward, 6, on his lap and CHAN Shee, 39, holding Paul, 2.

This photograph dates from the latter part of 1913, between September and December. My grandfather, LEE Sack Sam, wanted the family to sit for a formal portrait before he took his four young sons to China for their education. George, the eldest, had just returned to Fresno, California, from China. He had traveled there hoping to get a job with the new Nationalist Government of Sun Yat-Sen, but he came home disappointed.


On November 15, 1913, the family - LEE Sack Sam, his second wife, CHAN Shee, Oscar, Henry, my father Edward, and Paul - applied for a "Return Certificate" at the Fresno Immigration Service Office. However, because of the civil war occurring in China, the family cancelled their travel plans. This is the only known photograph of the whole nuclear family.

-Pamela Coville

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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