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September 2013, Vol. 7, No. 9
Jump Start Your Family History Research
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 pm.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

It's back-to-school time at the California Genealogical Society! Join Lavinia Schwarz for a free introductory class on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. The class is part of our monthly First Saturdays Free open house policy when we welcome non-members and the general public. You've never visited our library? Come and explore our fantastic resources.  Learn moreRegister online.  



Mad about Maps Seminar with Melinda Kashuba
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Melinda Kashuba
Maps assist genealogists in not only locating physical addresses but also by providing context for the lives of their family. Join us for this special in-house seminar. Dr. Melinda Kashuba will present three talks to teach you how maps and online map tools can help you flesh out an ancestor's life. Learn more

Register online.

Build a Book and Learn Book Repair Techniques
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Book Repair book 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 eight participants. Learn more.

Register online.

Field Trip to Oakland FamilySearch Library
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 pm.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

For members only! Join Jane Lindsey for an in-depth view of the Oakland FamilySearch Library and learn about the hidden resources often overlooked by even frequent visitors to the center. Our tour guide will be the center's director, Ralph Severson. Bring your lunch and enjoy the breathtaking views from this Oakland landmark followed by an afternoon of research on your own. Learn more. Register online.


Finding Your Japanese Roots in the U.S. and Japan
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Mochida_Japanese_class Join Linda Harms Okazaki for our newest ethnic research offering - an overview of Japanese culture, history and language as it pertains to genealogy. The seminar is suitable for researchers of all levels of experience. Topics will include: immigration, A-files, internment camp records, and documenting ancestors in Japan.  Learn moreDownload the event flierRegister online.


Angel Island Family History Day: Tour the Ellis Island of the West
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Angel Island Immigration Station, Angel Island, San Francisco Bay

Angel Island bellThe California Genealogical Society is partnering with the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society to present Angel Island Family History Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the restored Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park. The event will feature lectures, genealogy resource tables, and free viewing of the Immigration Barracks.
Learn more.    

October Membership Meeting: Remembering World War I
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Do you have family stories, photos, or memorabilia from World War I? The October membership meeting will be a look forward to the 2014 centennial of the start of The Great War. Members are invited to bring their ancestors' WWI photographs, stories, and ephemera. You will not be required to give a presentation. Please email Diana Edwards if you have something to share. 

Come early and bring a bag lunch to the Sherman Room, at noon, Saturday, October 12, 2013, for a chance to catch up with friends and meet new members before the meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. Bring a dessert or beverage to share and enjoy the camaraderie of others who love genealogy!


Create Your Own Document Box Workshop
Friday, October 18, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Bill O'Neil is back with an encore presentation of this hands-on workshop. Create a custom-sized and beautifully decorated box for a book or personal item(s). Materials fee must be pre-paid. The workshop is limited to ten participants. Register online.

Their Roots Are Showing! Three Bay Area Celebrities Discover Their Family History
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Their Roots Are Showing!Join us for a special night of surprise and discovery for three Bay Area celebrity guests: Billy BeaneVice President and General Manager of the Oakland Athletics; Natalie Coughlinwinner of twelve Olympic medals and most-decorated female medalist of all time, and Tim "Herb" Alexander, drummer for the Grammy-nominated rock band Primus.

Learn more. Download the event flier. Tickets now on sale at the Del Val Theatre website. Proceeds benefit the California Genealogical Society Library.


Where In the World Are Your Roots?
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

Ancestry Day SFDiscover a bridge to your past! and California Genealogical Society are offering a full day of classes to help with your family history research. Bring a friend, relative, neighbor, or colleague to Ancestry Day San Francisco, a seminar designed to introduce you to the fascinating world of genealogy!

Registration is now open. The early-bird price of $38 ends October 9, 2013. The price will increase to $48 on October 10, 2013. Private consultations are available for an additional $20.

Register now!


Coming in November
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Mark Your Calendar
   11/2:   First Saturday Free, Intro to Genealogy, Dick Rees

   11/9:   Ancestry Day - San Francisco
   11/12:  Book Repair Committee

   11/16: San Francisco Special Interest Group

                                 11/19: RootsMagic Special Interest Group 

                                 11/20: Field Trip to Oakland Main Public Library                        

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Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month we honor Isaac "Ike" Rogers, ancestor of director Nicka Smith.


Isaac Rogers - Grandpa Ike
Outlaw Crawford "Cherokee Bill" Goldsby (center) and United States Deputy Marshals whose hats are numbered

This is an 1895 photograph of outlaw Crawford Goldsby, known as Cherokee Bill, [center with left hand in his pocket], posing with U.S. Deputy Marshals after he was arrested for murder and brought to Fort Smith, Arkansas, to face "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker.

the lawmen is my great-great grandfather Isaac "Ike" Rogers
[inset and marked with #1 on his hat, next to #3.] The story of the capture of the outlaw Goldsby can be read on the National Parks Service site The Capture of Cherokee Bill. Goldsby was eventually hanged for his crimes. 

Isaac "Ike" Rogers was born about 1850 in the Indian territory, now northeast Oklahoma, a mixture of Indian, Negro and white blood. He was a former slave, a Cherokee Freedman, and a pensioned veteran of the Civil War who eventually became a U.S. Deputy Marshal. Later he was a farmer and father of eight who came out of retirement to help capture Cherokee Bill.


Isaac Rogers was killed by Clarence Goldsby, brother of Cherokee Bill, on the depot platform at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, 21 April 1897.

-Nicka Smith 

Editor's note: Nicka has more about her ancestor at her blog: Finding Isaac Rogers.

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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