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The purpose of this blog is to promote the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society by announcing upcoming events and reporting on past events. In doing so, I hope it will encourage all who are interested to attend any of our events and meetings, and share in our enthusiasm of genealogical research.

June 20, 2011

General Meeting -- Jun 9, 2011 -- Richard Finn on Tri-Valley Civil War Veterans

23 members in were in attendance to hear Richarad Finn speak about Civil War Veterans who lived in the greater Tri-Valley area (from Alamo down to Sunol and from Dublin/Pleasanton to Altamont).  He is very active with genealogical and historical societies in the Tri-Valley area.  One fact he mentioned was that Danville was a hotbed of the Confederacy. He recommended using “Footnote.com”. Other sites recommended were “Find a Grave”, “Interment.net”, ”CA Pre-1905 Records at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cabf1905/, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War at  http://suvcw.org/,  National Park Service website on the Civil War at http://witd.nps.gov/cwss/index.html, Alexander Street Press at http://alexanderstreet.com/, and Cyndi's List http://www.cyndislist.com/.

This was also our first meeting with a new time and format.  We began the general meeting promply at 7 PM with some announcements:
  • The society is soliciting old family photos (copies) to be used for display purposes, including the PH Library display case.
  • FHC wants to start the Christmas party at 6:00 or 6:30, as they feel eating at 7:30 is too late. Feedback was not too positive. Members were asked to think about this suggestion for later decision.
  • The Fall FGS Conference will be Septermber 10-11 in Springfield, Illinois. Brochures are available.
  • Tech-Talk, a previous newsletter column, has been superseded by Tech-Tips, appearing on Family Search. Susan Swindell emailed information on this from Eastman’s newsletter.
  • A clipboard was passed seeking information about members areas of expertise. An attempt is being made to gather a resource/area of interest pool of information to help new members and outsiders with questions. Three members responded.
  • Jackie Hein, FHC Liason, announced a FHC Concord Open House in October, but at the Denkinger location.
  • 5) Research Trips - Lynne Gould announced a trip to CGS, Oakland, 18th June, car pool PH Library. $5 for non members
Following the announcements was the new "Teaching Moment."  
  • An example was shown of the improper way to take a photo of your document at a library by not including the book cover and frontispiece. Also the difficulty which would arise locating a name whose obituary mentioned that the individual’s name had been changed entirely.
  • Susan Swindell requested assistance with Arizona records. 
  • Discussed was where to find information on the seemingly never ending French/Indian Wars.
  • Sven-Ove shared printouts showing how Google Books could be used for the earliest naturalized citizen’s papers.
Refreshments served - general genealogy chat ensued, followed by the speaker.

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