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June 2013, Vol. 7, No. 6
Special Offer! Individual Evening Intermediate Classes Available
Library Open 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Thursdays 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.The library will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. every Thursday through August.

The Thursday evening Intermediate Genealogy course is in session but there are a few seats left. Download the series flier for descriptions of upcoming classes. Email Jane Lindsey if you would like to attend a specific class. The per-class fee is $10.00.


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 on Saturday after the morning sessions. If you will be attending please email Kathryn Doyle.



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. Learn more.



For Members Only!  Field Trip to San Francisco Main
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

San Francisco Public Library Join Past-president Jane Lindsey for a tour of the areas of genealogical interest at the San Francisco Main Public Library. Attendees will gather at 11:00 a.m. outside The San Francisco History Center on the sixth floor and split into two groups for a tour led by San Francisco City Archivist Susan Goldstein and library staff.

Learn more. Register online.

July Membership Meeting: Extra! Extra! Read All About it!
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Members are invited to bring a bag lunch to the Sherman Room, at noon, Saturday, July 13, 2013, for a social hour and chance to catch up with friends and get to know new members.

Library chair Henry L. Snyder will present "Chronicling America: The History of the United States Newspaper Project...and Its Offspring." Dr. Snyder is the former director of The Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside, where he led the California Newspaper Project from 1990 through 2009. You won't want to miss Henry's wit and warmth and learn why he thinks, "The newspaper is the most important printed source for local history and especially so for genealogists."


Book Event - Meet Authors Jean Wilcox Hibben and Gena Philibert Ortega
Monday, July 22, 2013, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

July books Ortega Hibben
The California Genealogical Society is pleased to welcome genealogists and authors Jean Wilcox Hibben, CG and Gena Philibert Ortega. The book event is free and open to public but seating is limited so preregistration is requested. Please arrive early.

Chinese-American Family History Workshop: Getting Started
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Paper Son Leong Wing Ding
Join researchers Christine DeVillier, Kay Speaks and Doug Joe for an encore Chinese-American family history workshop. The class is geared towards those  beginning their research with emphasis on techniques and setting goals. No Chinese language skills required. Priority will be given to first time attendees. If you attended one of our previous Chinese-American workshops, you may be wait-listed.
Register online.


Will You Join Us in Fort Wayne, Indiana?
August 11-18, 2013
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center Research Tour

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 11-18, 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.


Coming in August
Save These Dates!
Mark Your Calendar
   8/3:   First Saturday Free; Intro to Genealogy, Lisa Gorrell

   8/10: Comparing Genealogy Software
   8/13: Book Repair Committee

   8/15: On the Road - Practical Tips for Research Trips, Pam Brett
                                 8/17: San Francisco Special Interest Group

                                 8/17: One-Step Webpages - Genealogical Research Tools, Steve Morse

                                 8/20: RootsMagic Special Interest Group

                                 8/22: Evening Intro to Genealogy, Lavinia Schwarz

                                 8/24: Using Snagit to Capture Items for Your Genealogy Research, Tim Cox

                                 8/29: Breaking Down Brick Walls, Research Committee
Visit our website,, for up-to-date event information on classes and events.                           


Three Special Events at Three Great Venues = One Fantastic Fall
How Will You Celebrate October Family History Month?
Mark your calendars!

   Angel Island Family History Day - Oct. 5, 2013
   Their Roots Are Showing! 3 Bay Area Celebrities Discover Their Family History       Oct. 26, 2013
   Ancestry Day San Francisco - Nov. 9, 2013

Download our save-the-dates flier for more information.
The Volunteer Corner
Member Volunteers Inspire!
by Linda Harms Okazaki
California Genealogical Society volunteers continue to inspire me. Our members donate hundreds of hours each month in order to keep our society running smoothly.

Numerous positions are available and your help is always welcome. There is a task for everyone: small jobs or big - weekly, monthly or just one-time. Like to travel now that you are retired? Busy with children and a full time job? Come find a task that fits your schedule and lifestyle. Please email Linda Okazaki if you'd like to join our team. Learn more about specific job openings

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Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month we honor James Beatty, fourth great-grandfather and favorite ancestor of volunteer and former director, Sandra Jones Fryer.


James Beatty
James Beatty b. abt. 1800, County Tyrone, Ireland, d. 19 May 1883, Brooklyn, New York


James Beatty is one of my favorite ancestors, in part because I am lucky enough to have his image. His granddaughter, my great-great grandmother Francis Mudge Elliott, kept a "Photograph Family Record" that was passed down to me. In addition to many other family pictures and specific notes on family births, marriage, and deaths, the album holds this 2.25 by 3.5 inch photograph in brown sepia mounted on a mat.  "Grandfather Beatty" was handwritten on the back where there is a photographer's nameplate, "Jordan & Co. (late Bogardus), 229 Greenwich Street, Established 1846."

James was married in New York City in 1821 and made his initial naturalization filing as an innkeeper in 1822. In later census records I learned he was in the wholesale grocery business and fairly affluent. I suspect he came to New York with some savings and was not a completely self-made man. Ironically, there was another James Beatty living in New York about the same time who was also in the grocery business. The second James Beatty was born in the U.S. so their birth locations have helped me separate their identities.

-Sandy Fryer

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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