02 March 2014

APRIL  MEETING
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:00 a.m.

WHAT DO ALIEN ABDUCTION, SLAVERY AND A PLAGUE HAVE TO DO WITH EARLY NEW ENGLAND?
Speaker:  Roger Howland

We are fortunate to have such a gifted speaker at our podium.  Roger has a BA from U. C. Berkeley and an MS from S. F. State.  He recently retired from the faculty of U. C. San Francisco

Roger is a volunteer historian/researcher at the Society of Mayflower Descendants Library and presently the President of Lakeside Speakeasy, a local Toastmasters Club.

This is going to be a most interesting and exciting program, unveiling fascinating little know facts about living conditions and the inhabitants of early New England.

Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA

Guests are always welcome!
MARCH MEETING
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:00 a.m.

THE WITCHES OF SALEM, MA
Speaker:  Gay Scott

Gay is a member of the Mt. Diablo Chapter DAR, Bradstreet Chapter Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, and Associated Daughters of Early American Witches.

She will discuss the witchcraft crises of 1692.  We have received several phone calls from non-members asking about this program.  It certainly has created a lot of interest and we are anxiously looking forward to Gay's presentation.

Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA

Guests are always welcome!
FEBRUARY MEETING
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 10:00 a.m.

SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS LIBRARY
Speaker:   Myrtle Savage

Myrtle Savage, an experienced researcher for the Mayflower Society, will give us an overview of what we might find on the library's shelves.  Your ancestors may not have been on the Mayflower, but if they were early immigrants in New England and the colonies, they may very well be found among the collection at the Mayflower Library.  The library has reference volumes you will not find anywhere else in the greater Bay Area.

Born in rural Minnesota, Myrtle is a graduate of The Swedish School of Nursing and the University of Minnesota.  She remembers as a child writing notes as her grandmother talked about the early times and family members.  Her father knew his genealogy, but in the 1980s Myrtle set out to document his work.  She has been actively pursuing genealogy ever since and a researcher at the Mayflower Society Library for over 13 years.

 Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Center, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA.

Guests are always welcome!
 JANUARY MEETING
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 10:00 a.m.
Oakland Family History Library Meeting Room

USING MAPS IN GENEALOGY RESEARCH
Speaker:  Teresa Costa Fraser

Historical maps are fascinating to use in learning about places that existed in the past.  They can be used to find the exact place your ancestors lived and to learn about the neighborhood or surrounding areas.  Using historical maps with other sources such as vital records, censuses, city directories, tax lists, and land records can help you see your family's history from a different perspective.

Historical researcher and lecturer, Teresa Costa Fraser, will provide an overview of historical maps that can be used in genealogy research and discuss how to find them in libraries, archives, and on the internet.  She will share examples of how she found historical maps of where her ancestors lived in the Azores, Virginia, Illinois, Mississippi and California,

Teresa holds an MBA and BS in Business and Marketing from the University of Phoenix.  She was employed for many years as a market research analyst and at one time owned her own business, a marketing and business start-up consultancy.  She presently owns and operates Retracing the Past, a genealogical research services firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She belongs to the National Genealogy Society and several other societies.  She is Editor of the Roots Tracer Journal for the Amador-Livermore Genealogical Society.

Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Center Library located 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA.

Guests are always welcome!

11 November 2013

DECEMBER MEETING:  Wednesday, December 11, 2013  - 10 A.M.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIE PARTY

Ho! Ho! Ho!  Time to dust off the cookie sheet, rummage through that recipe book and mix up a batch of your favorite cookies to share with members at our annual Cookie Exchange.  This is always a fun and enjoyable holiday event.

We are also asking that you bring an artifact or a photograph relating to your family tree and tell us about it.  It is always fun and inspiring to share family stories.

Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Library, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland.

Visitors and guests are always welcome!
NOVEMBER MEETING:   Wednesday, November 13, 2013  10 A.M.

EXPLORING GENEALOGY UNCOVERS SURPRISES
Speaker:  Joan Morris

Joan Morris is a journalist on staff at the Bay Area Newspaper Group.  A newspaper article about the dedication of a statue in Boonville, MO, sent to her by an uncle, turned up many surprises.

Joan has been most generous to accept our invitation to visit us and tell us about her trip to Missouri, a family reunion, and some amazing information she has been able to uncover in her family tree.

Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Library, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA

Visitors and guests are always welcome!

28 August 2013

OCTOBER MEETING:  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 10 AM

SEARCHING BEYOND THE CENSUS
Speaker:  Patrick Lofft

Patrick will inspire us to be a little more creative in our research and try some new strategies to attack those difficult research problems.  He has been our speaker in the past and has always presented a very interesting and informative program.  We are looking forward to having him at our podium once again.

Meetings are held at the Oakland Family History Library, 4766 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA

Visitors and guests are always welcome!