Thursday, August 26, 2010


It is a pleasure to introduce the Sacramento German Genealogical Society as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1983. It promotes the search for family histories of those who have a German heritage, provides educational resources for those seeking to learn how to research their German ancestry, and seeks to increase the public's understanding of the cultural history of life in the German-speaking areas of Europe and United States.

SGGS holds week-day monthly lectures featuring local and out-of-town German genealogy experts. At those meetings attendees can purchase German genealogy research books, maps and tools. Attendees can also browse member pedigree charts, use the books in the SGGS library, discuss research problems with volunteers at the help desk and engage in a question/answer discussion with local experts or the featured speaker. Establishing additional monthly meetings on Saturday is currently under consideration.

SGGS also runs a monthly workshop, weekly mentor sessions, an annual seminar and occasional special events. The monthly workshop is a small-group meeting where you can discuss your research problems with the experts leading the meeting and the other attendees. The mentor sessions occur every Thursday afternoon at the Sacramento Regional Family History Center where volunteer mentors will provide personal assistance in the use that research facility. The annual seminar is an all-day Saturday event with lectures from one or two out-of-the-area speakers. SGGS occasionally hosts special events such as its 25th anniversary which local featured German folk dancers and singers. The monthly meetings are free and open to the pubic. The annual seminar and special events are fee-based.

In addition to meetings, SGGS also provides a number of services such as an informational website, a list of approved German translators (charge a fee), surname queries and customized handshake packets. SGGS volunteers create useful publications that are subsequently sold to meeting attendees. These include a reference catalog to the German resources available at the Sacramento Regional Family History Center and a comprehensive index for all of the Der Blumenbaum journals (since 1984).

You are invited to join us. Guests are always welcome at our meetings. Joining the organization entitles you to receive the award-winning quarterly journal Der Blumenbaum, annual seminar and special event registration discounts, e-mailed notifications and the right to submit your pedigree charts and surname queries. Since SGGS is a public charity, a portion of your dues is tax-deductible.

We are excited about being at Family History Day and look forward to talking to you at our exhibit about your German ancestry research.

Sacramento German Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 660061
Sacramento, CA 95866-0061
(1) 361-2956

MISSION OAKS GENEALOGY CLUB, Exhibitor at Family History Day

It is a pleasure to introduce the Mission Oaks Genealogy Club as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Mission Oaks Genealogy Club (MOGC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1984. It provides education and training for its members and the general public on the techniques, methods, resources and facilities used in the pursuit of genealogical research; to promote the collection and preservation of genealogical historical materials; and to cultivate public awareness of the educational and historical value of genealogical research.

We invite your attendance and membership. Daytime meetings (lectures) are held year-round for learning, sharing, fun and fellowship. Visitors and new members are welcome at our meeting every third Thursday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mission Oaks Senior/Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael, California. We freely admit that we have been bitten by the gene-bug and are looking for new people to infect - to come in contact with us may be the end of life as we know it. There is no known cure once infection has occurred!

We are excited about being at Family History Day and look forward to talking to you at our exhibit.

Mission Oaks Genealogy Club
P.O. Box 216
Carmichael, CA 95609-0216
(1) 721-7471 or (916) 361-2956

TAFFY GOULD COUTS, Speaker at Family History Day

It is a pleasure to introduce Taffy Gould Couts as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

An Arizona native, Mrs. Couts started working in genealogy 36 years ago. In 2006, she attended the Genealogical Institute at the National Archives.  She completed the Certificate Program in Genealogy at Boston University in July 2009.

Mrs. Couts has taught Native American Genealogical Research for the past 13 years. She has taken classes at the University of California, Davis in the Native American Studies Major. Research has been conducted at California State Library, Sutro Branch, and Sacramento Branches. She has done major research at the National Archives in San Bruno, Laguna Nigel, Fort Worth and the Washington, D.C. and College Park branches. She also has attended classes at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. She has in the past volunteered at the Auburn, California Family History Center.

For the past four years, she has donated time and research for Native Americans being disenfranchised from their tribes. Among the most treasured research she undertook and completed was to research her great-great grandmother and the Supreme Court Appeal to the Dawes Roll. She has lectured throughout Arizona and California for various genealogical societies.

Mrs. Couts has Native American ancestry from Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes. One of her grandfathers was listed on the Henderson Roll, another supplied meat at the Chickasaw Constitutional Convention. She has recently completed testimony for some southern California documented Indians against the tribes that have tried to unenroll them as members. Those cases now go before the U. S. Supreme Court .

Mrs. Couts will be presenting Five Civilized Tribes - Southeastern Tribes Relocated to Oklahoma.  Learn about the history and social fabric of the tribes, the agencies involved and the types of records held in them.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


It is a pleasure to introduce the Fresno County Genealogical Society as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Fresno County Genealogical Society was established in 1965 to foster and support genealogical and historical interest in Fresno and the surrounding communities. The Society collects and preserves genealogical and historical data, and aids society members and the public in compiling genealogies and genealogical research.

The California History and Genealogy Room was created in 1993 as a cooperative effort of the Fresno County Public Library and the Fresno County Genealogical Society. The Room is stocked with approximately 30,000 books and pamphlets, 5,000 microforms, 300 CD-ROMs; an extensive obituary file; computer access to Ancestry Library Edition, the Newspaper Archive, and other databases; and trained volunteers to assist. Click on the link above to read detailed descriptions of the Room's holdings.

The Fresno County Genealogical Society presents monthly educational talks by speakers with expertise in the many areas of genealogical research. The meetings are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to attend. Additional learning opportunities offered by the Society include “how-to” classes and interest groups.

Fresno County Genealogical Society
California State Genealogical Alliance
Two-Day October 2010 Event

The California State Genealogical Alliance will join the Fresno County Genealogical Society in Fresno for a two-day event in October 2010. On Friday, October 15th, the Alliance will hold its open Board meeting at 10 a.m. in the Sarah McCardle Room, on the second floor of the Fresno County Central Library. Following the meeting, attendees will mingle and research together for the rest of the day in the California History and Genealogy Room from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Saturday, October 16th, the Fresno County Genealogical Society will hold its 7th Annual Genealogy Seminar at Woodward Park Regional Library at 944 East Perrin Avenue, Fresno, CA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The California State Genealogical Alliance board members will be the speakers. For more information on the Seminar, visit the Society’s website.

Please come by and visit our exhibit on Family History Day. We look forward to seeing you!

Fresno County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1429
Fresno, CA 93716-1429

Research: California History & Genealogy Room
Fresno County Public Library
2420 Mariposa Street
Fresno, CA 93721-2285
(559) 488-6720 or 488-3195 press 3, then press 5.