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July 2013, Vol. 7, No. 7
Holiday Hours
Library Closed for Fourth of July
The California Genealogical Society Library will be closed Thursday, July 4, 2013 and Friday, July 5, 2013, for the Independence Day holiday weekend. The library will reopen Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Bring a friend and join us for First Saturday Free on July 6, 2013 when the library will be open to the public, 10-4. Register online for the free Intro Class from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. taught by Muriel Sonne.


The Volunteer Corner - Can You Help?
Desk Volunteers Needed
by Linda Harms Okazaki

Do you like helping others? Have you considered learning more about CGS and perhaps sharing your interest in genealogy with library visitors? We are looking for a few new people to staff the front desk. Come shadow some of our seasoned veterans this summer and learn from the best. Shifts are monthly, during library hours, and vacancies will be available this Fall.   


Please email Lorna Wallace if you can help! 

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 Summer extended research hours, designed especially for our working members and patrons, continue through August, except for July 4th when the library will be closed.

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.


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.

Please note: The field trip will be cancelled if the BART strike has not been settled.

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 Newspaper Preservation and Digital Access in the Americas and in Europe. 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." Learn more.


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.
Learn moreRegister online.

On the Road Again: Practical Tips for Successful On-Site Research
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612
A research trip to one's ancestral home can be extremely rewarding, but also has many challenges. Join Pam Brett for an evening class to prepare for successful on-site research. Pam will share practical tips to make your trip more enjoyable.



One Step Webpages: Genealogy Search Tools with Steve Morse
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612
Stephen Morse Perennial favorite Steve Morse will return in August with updates on his amazing One-Step Webpages. The first half of the presentation will describe the range of One-Step tools available and will give highlights of each one. The second half of the lecture will cover several lesser-known but extremely useful One-Step tools.

Learn more. Register online.

Evening "Introduction to Genealogy" Class
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612
The California Genealogical Society offers a free introductory genealogy class to the public the first Saturday of every month. Lavinia Schwarz will teach a special evening Intro to Genealogy class Thursday, August 22, 2013. Come early for a tour of the library at 6:00 p.m. 


Using Snagit
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612
Tim Cox will offer a demonstration class on Snagit - a screenshot program that allows you to capture anything you can see on your computer screen - images, video, and even audio - on PC and Mac.


Register online.



Stump the Panel Live! Brick Wall Help from the CGS Research Team
Thursday, August 29, 2013, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 pm.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Brick Wall Can you use some help with a research problem? The California Genealogical Society Research Team will share their expertise with six lucky members at the library.

Register now.

Coming in September
Save These Dates!

Mark Your Calendar
   9/7:   First Saturday Free, Intro to Genealogy, Kim Cotton
   9/10: Book Repair Committee

   9/14: Workshop: Mad About Maps, Melinda Kashuba

   9/17: RootsMagic Special Interest Group
                                 9/21: Book Repair Workshop, Bill O'Neil
                                 9/25: Field Trip to the Oakland FamilySearch Library, Geri Willinger

                                 9/28: Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and Japan, Linda Okazaki

Visit 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. Tickets now on sale at the Del Val Theater, Walnut Creek.

   Ancestry Day San Francisco - Nov. 9, 2013

Download our save-the-dates flier for more information.
Editor's Picks: Suggested Links from the Blogosphere
July Authors Are All Members of the California Genealogical Society! 


SCGS Jamboree 2013 by Kim Cotton


Getting a Jump on the 1950 U.S. Census by Janice Sellers


Max Baerecke: Lady Elgin Shipwreck Survivor by Amy Coffin


My Family's Racist Past . . . We All Have One by Thomas MacEntee


Skill Sets - Are You The Sharpest Knife In The Drawer?  by Sheri Fenley


Revised De Villiers/Pama Code: H. N. MINNAAR (1855 - 1903) by Mary Beth Frederick


Remembering Summer and Making Time to Learn "One New Thing" by Denise Levenick


Not So Wordless Wednesday: GGG Grandparents, Claus Schlichtmann and Anna Sophia von der Lieth by Wendy Brittain



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California Ancestors: They Lived Here, There, and Everywhere!

Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month we honor the Stover and Mishler families of member volunteer Anna Junglas.


Cecelia Stover and Benjamin Janes [seated], Alice Stover and William Mishler [standing]

This is a photograph of my great-grandparents, William and Alice Stover Mishler (standing), and my great-grand uncle and aunt, Benjamin and Cecilia Stover Janes (seated). Alice and Cecilia were the daughters of Wesley Stover and Marie Elisabeth Langevin of Kent County, Michigan. Both couples married within months of each other in Grand Rapids - my great-grandparents in November 1913; Benjamin and Cecelia in March 1914. The sisters shared a special relationship.


My family has many pictures of William and Alice Mishler and their three children - at the beach, the river, posing on front porches and along side cars. William was co-owner of Mishler and Parsons, a downtown Grand Rapids barber shop. He was always known as a barber in our family, but he also worked as an assembler and stenciler from about 1917 to 1922, in the prolific Grand Rapids furniture industry.


His unexpected death in 1930 is the first thing my family talks about when William is discussed. Many years ago my grandmother, his daughter, told me he cut his finger while shoveling coal to heat the house and died from an infection. I recently met some of William's nieces and nephews who thought the cut was received from his work as a barber. William died in February 1930 just three months after the Black Tuesday crash that started the Great Depression.

-Anna Junglas

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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