2016 Spring Seminar Hosted by FCGS and CSGA

50-logoThe Fresno County Genealogical Society will host the March board meeting of the California State Genealogical Alliance. The meeting is open, and will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 3?30 p.m. All are invited to attend.

When: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Woodward Park Library, River Room, 944 E. Perrin Ave., Fresno

In addition to the board meeting, a seminar featuring two popular CSGA speakers – Janice Sellers and Mary Anne Vincent – will offer a full day of presentations for anyone with an interest in family history. Topics include:

  • “Grandma, Who Are You? Finding Maiden Names in the Family Tree”
  • “Mapping Our Ancestors: Where They Went and Why?” 
  • “Vital Records and the Calendar Change of 1752”

This event is free, but seating is limited. Please register here. For more information, download the flyer, or visit the FCGS website.

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Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogical Research

SFBAGS_logo_colorSunday, March 13, 2016
1:30-3:00 p.m.


Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street
San Francisco 94115

(parking information available at http://www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs/calendar.html)

Tired of being told by state archives or libraries that the records you want are inaccessible?  Reclaim the Records is a new not-for-profit group filing Freedom of Information requests to get “off limits” genealogy records released back to the public and put online for free.  Learn about a successfull challenge to the New York City Municipal Archives in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and our upcoming plans.

About the speaker:  Brooke Schreier Ganz is a genealogist, computer programmer, and open-data activist.  She works on making archival records more accessible to the general public through technological solutions and legal remedies.  She is a former Vice President of Gesher Galicia, and designed and built the Gesher Galicia Web site, including its innovative and free All Galicia Database.  Brooke won second place in the 2012 RootsTech Developer Challenge for the underlying search engine codebase, named LeafSeek.

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, preservation, and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and material, and the sharing of techniques and tools with others who may be researching their Jewish roots.  Meetings are free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend. Coffee and tea will be served.

For more information, visit our Web site or contact gro.s1467210483gjabf1467210483s@yti1467210483cilbu1467210483p1467210483.

 

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Port of Los Angeles Archives in Danger

PortOfLosAngelesArchivesThe Port of Los Angeles created an archives program in 2010 to preserve its historic documents.  About 25,000 linear feet of archival materials have been identified, including photographs, ledgers, maps, blueprints, promotional material, and ephemera.  In early 2015, the Port closed its archives without notice and moved the historic materials to a facility that is not climate-controlled and is not appropriate for storage of important documents.

Please read more details about this situation and sign the online petition calling on the Port and the Los Angeles Harbor Commission to preserve the archives.

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San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society Presents San Francisco’s Own Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico

Norton-AmsterSunday, November 15, 2015
1:30–3:00 p.m.

Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(parking information available at http://www.jewishgen.org/sfbajgs/calendar.html)

A Jewish businessman originally from England and South Africa, Joshua Abraham Norton arrived in San Francisco in 1849 with $40,000, which after some shrewd investing increased to $250,000 (about $3 million today). After losing his fortune to a bad rice investment, Norton disappeared, returning to San Francisco in 1859 and declaring himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. In any other city, he would have been dismissed as a madman, but the people of San Francisco embraced his reign. He ate for free in restaurants, had the best seats in the theater, the police saluted him, and he even printed his own money, which was accepted as legal tender throughout the city. He issued numerous proclamations, calling for a bridge to be built across San Francisco Bay—in the exact spot where the Bay Bridge stands today. Other proclamations called for the founding of a league of nations to promote world peace, and the United Nations were founded in San Francisco in 1945; the erection of a Christmas tree in Union Square, where one has stood ever since he called for it; and banning use of the word “Frisco”, punishable by a $25 fine. When he died on January 8, 1880, he was given the biggest funeral the city has seen to this day.

About the speaker:  Joseph Amster, a displaced journalist with an acting background, wanted to create a walking tour with a twist, offering his patrons a unique experience. “I decided early on that I wanted to do my tour in character and researched the historical figures from San Francisco’s past,” says Amster. “The more I read about Emperor Norton, the more fascinated I became with him.” After completing his research, Amster took on the character of Emperor Norton, complete with uniform, beard, and plumed top hat.

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, preservation, and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and material, and the sharing of techniques and tools with others who may be researching their Jewish roots.  Meetings are free, and everyone interested is welcome to attend. Coffee and tea will be served.

For more information, visit our Web site or contact gro.s1467210483gjabf1467210483s@yti1467210483cilbu1467210483p1467210483.

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How to Virtually Attend Saturday’s CSGA Board Meeting

meeting virtually

If you can’t make it to Santa Cruz for the GSSCC Genealogical Seminar 2015 on Saturday, you can still attend the CSGA Board Meeting from wherever you are!

Just log into the meeting via GoToMeeting on your computer, tablet, smart device, or telephone:

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2:30 – 3:30 PM PDT
(The meeting space will open at 2:15 PM)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/930528525

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States +1 (657) 220-3412
Access Code: 930-528-525

We hope to (virtually) see you there! 🙂

Please note this service is limited to the first 25 attendees.

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