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October 2013, Vol. 7, No. 10
Celebrate Family History Month!
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 pm.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612

Family History Month
The California Genealogical Society and Library opens its doors to the public every year during the month of October in celebration of Family History Month. We waive the library usage fee for non-members and welcome everyone to use the library's extensive family history resources.

Want to jump start your research? Join Pam Miller for a free introductory class on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Register online


Angel Island Family History Day: Tour the Ellis Island of the West
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 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, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 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.

Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
CGS Library, 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612
Ron Arons Genealogy is more than building family trees with names, dates, and places. By looking at families at a "systems" level, you can learn how generations have an impact on one another. Join Ron Arons for Understanding Our Families, Understanding Ourselves: Genealogy Meets Family Systems Theory - a fascinating new way to look at family history. Ron will discuss a different kind of family trees - genograms - diagrams to map behavioral traits through multiple generations. Learn more. Register online.

Their Roots Are Showing! Three Bay Area Celebrities Discover Their Family History
Saturday, October 26, 2013, Silent Auction at 7:00 p.m., Curtain up at 8:00 p.m.
Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA 94595

Their Roots Are Showing!After a year of preparation, hundreds of hours of research, and the Herculean efforts of the leadership team, Their Roots Are Showing! is almost here. Don't miss this special night of surprise and discovery for our 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 on sale at the Del Valle Theatre website. Proceeds benefit the California Genealogical Society Library. Please support the society and library and buy your tickets today!


Have You Registered? Early-bird Price Ends October 9, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111

Ancestry Day SFDiscover a bridge to your past!
Tickets are selling fast to
Ancestry Day San Francisco, a seminar designed to introduce you to the fascinating world of genealogy.

The early-bird price of $38 ends October 9, 2013. The price will increase to $48 on October 10, 2013. Private consultations are sold out.

Register now!


We Need Your Books!
Book Donations Build the Library
Book stack The donation of books accounts significantly for the growth in holdings of the California Genealogical Society Library. Duplicate books and those that do not meet the library's retention guidelines are sold and the proceeds support the library.

In addition to our eBay and in-house sales, the library committee is planning to have books on exhibit and for sale at our upcoming Ancestry Day in San Francisco on November 9, 2013. Please email the library committee if you have books to donate. Learn more.


San Francisco Special Interest Group Field Trip
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.    

Haas-Lilienthal House, 

2007 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 

by Sandra Britt-Huber

Haas_Lilienthal House For members only! 
The November meeting of the San Francisco Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held at the Haas-Lilienthal Victorian in San Francisco. Join the members of the SF-SIG for a tour of this historic landmark.


If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email to Sandra Britt-Huber at Include the number in your party and use "Haas-Lilienthal" in the subject line.

Field Trip to the Oakland Public Library
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 pm.
Oakland Main, 125 Fourteenth Street, Oakland, CA

For members only! Jane Lindsey is leading a tour of the Oakland Main Library. Senior Librarian Kathleen DiGiovianni and Dorothy Lazard, Principal Librarian in the Oakland History Room, will provide an overview of resources available at the OPL to assist you with your family research. After the ninety minute tour, you are encouraged to stay and do research on your own. Register online.


Coming in December
Save These Dates!

Mark Your Calendar
   12/7:   First Saturday Free, Intro to Genealogy, Diana Wild

   12/7:   On the Road Again: Practical Tips for On-Site Research, Pam Brett

   12/10: Book Repair Committtee

   12/17: RootsMagic Special Interest Group 

                                 12/21: San Francisco Special Interest Group   
Visit for up-to-date event information on classes and events.                           


Volunteer Corner
Welcome Our Newest Volunteer
by Linda Okazaki
Volunteer Sign Up

Please give a warm welcome to our newest volunteer, Ann Duncan. Ann has recently joined the Manuscripts Committee where she will help create summaries of some of our vertical files. We are glad to have you on board, Ann.  


Coming soon! Be sure to look for a new Volunteer Page on our website where available volunteer positions will be posted.  


If you would like to volunteer but aren't sure where, please email Linda Okazaki and include "Volunteer Position" in the subject line.


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California Ancestors: They Came from Everywhere!

Photo Tributes to the CGS Family

Edited by Lorna Wallace  


This month's submission comes from The California Nugget Production Editor, Lois Elling.

Robinson children 1918
Herman and Alice Robinson and the family car.
This is a 1918 photograph of my father, Herman Robinson, and his sister Alice, in front of the family car. Herman and Alice were the children of William and Caroline Persson Robinson who settled in Los Angeles where the photo was taken.

My grandfather William was a mechanic and he loved cars. This automobile - a Partin-Palmer - had a windshield that could fold down. I have a similar photograph taken the year before that shows it that way. Note the "Third Liberty Loan Subscriber" sign in the window. That helped date the picture to 1918, when Herman was about six years old and Alice was about three.

-Lois Elling

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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