Raymond Burr
Raymond Burr
Raymond William Stacey Burr (1917 - 1993), the famous actor who portrayed "Perry Mason" and "Ironsides" on television, moved to Vallejo with his mother from his native British Columbia in 1923 when he was six years old. Raymond continued to live in Vallejo until he moved to Hollywood to begin his acting career. Photo courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
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Journey to the West of the West: Genealogical Treasures at Sutro Library
Thursday, February 3
Journey to the West of the West: Genealogical Treasures at Sutro Library  (Training)
1:30 pm
Virtual via zoom
Sutro Library, the California State Library branch located in San Francisco, has one of the largest genealogy collections west of the west (i.e. Salt Lake City). Sutro Library is not just a physical hub for the genealogy community, it is also a virtual hub. Come learn about the highlights of the genealogy collection, how to search online, and how to access once on-site.  Dvorah Lewis joined the California State Library in June of 2017 as the Genealogy & Local History Librarian at the Sutro Library. She earned her Master's in Library & Information Science at UCLA. Her passion for archives and genealogy was inspired by an interview with her great Aunt Essie, the then eldest member of her family. She is excited to help researchers learn how to navigate the State Library’s extraordinary collections and resources. Dvorah feels that by preserving the past we can understand the present and bring positive change to the future. 
If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to President@gsvb.org to request a Zoom invitation.



Institutions - Part 2
Thursday, March 3
Institutions - Part 2  (Training)
1:30 pm
Virtual via zoom
Institutions - Part 2 - Poor houses, Poor Farms, Orphanages, and Correctional Institutions
March will feature a talk by Madeline Yanov on finding missing ancestors in institutional records ... specifically poor houses, poor farms, orphanages, and correctional institutions.When you were younger, did your father ever claim you were sending him to the "poorhouse"? Do you have ancestors who seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth and were later found in a poorhouse? What about orphanages? Did you know a child could be put in an orphanage even though the parents were still alive? Did you know of anyone who rode the "orphan train"? Were any of your ancestors in the "big house" or had the "jail house blues"? You will find the answers to these questions and many more in this presentation. Madeline will give you tips on what records exist, what is found in them and where to find them. Your ancestors are waiting for you to find them! Don’t let them down.
 Madeline Yanov has over 30 years experience researching family histories. Her specialty is American genealogy. However, she will trace client's ancestors back to Europe and elsewhere. Madeline, the former co-founder of MY Genealogy Services, now operates Time Travel Genealogy, a full-service genealogy company emphasizing reasonable, affordable family history research along with document retrieval. She is also available to give genealogy related talks to groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Please contact us at President@gsvb.org if you are interested in attending our ZOOM meeting.



Genealogy and Family History Research From Home
Thursday, April 7
Genealogy and Family History Research From Home  (Training)
1:30 pm
Virtual via zoom
A J Aiséirithe (ash EYE ree) is a reference librarian in the Researcher and Reference Services Division at the Library of Congress. She holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Chicago. She joined the History and Genealogy Section of the Library of Congress in 2018.  Previously she served in a contractor role in the Manuscript Division, on a project to digitize the Lincoln papers.  She grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley, and is a distant relative of the Quaker abolitionist Joseph Carpenter, who hosted Frederick Douglass at his Westchester, New York, farm in the 1840s. The presentation is a step-by-step introduction to how one might research one’s family history and genealogy from one’s home computer using Library of Congress online resources. It illustrates particular collections and how to search them across Library reading rooms and formats including Prints & Photographs, Maps, Manuscripts, books, and more.  If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to President@gsvb.org to request a Zoom invitation.



Cousin Baiting & Cousin Stalking with Christine Cohen
Thursday, May 5
Cousin Baiting & Cousin Stalking with Christine Cohen  (Training)
1:30 pm
Virtual via zoom
Cousin Baiting & Cousin Stalking
We will discuss the many ways to reach out to distant living cousins to help you expand your pedigree chart forward in time. You may find family treasures, photos, DNA test takers and information that will break down a brick wall. We will explore online trees, lineage societies, cemetery indexes, obituaries in newspapers, living people finder websites and social media.
Christine Cohen is a long time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and has served in many capacities, including President. In addition to WAGS, she is also a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames and the Association of Professional Genealogists. 
Christine's interest in genealogy began in 1977 with the airing of the TV mini-series “Roots” and was piqued when she found a typed pedigree chart of her Dutch heritage from the New Netherlands in the 1660’s. She is a native Californian, a graduate of UCLA in Political Science and has worked for Vitol Aviation Company since 1993. 
If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to President@gsvb.org to request a Zoom invitation.