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Castro Valley Library Genealogy Study Group

Meetings in August, 2018 will be held at the Castro Valley Library on Thursday the 2nd and 16th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. See out Aug. 2nd Class Notes.

Published recently are Notes from the July 5th and 19th, 2018 meetings which covered many things, including Soundex, a DNA feel-good story, City Directories and DPLA.

On January 4, 2018, our Wayne Ainsworth supplied a new version of his Genealogy Toolbox with an updated genealogy blog section.

Some links in our class notes may not work, since they point to the Rootsweb.com web site (now owned by Ancestry.com) that has been taken down since December, 2017.

Facebook LogoJust added a Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/cacvgg/. If you "Like" the page your Facebook feed will be notified with updates. We created it during a class to show how easy it is to create your own Facebook page.

If you are looking for help with your family history research or just the companionship of others with the genealogy bug, please come join us! It's FREE! Check our Class Notes for handouts from some past meetings. Pat from the class, suggested a web site for occupation abbreviations. This and more were added to our Class Notes page

Each meeting will feature a presentation by our experienced docents or a guest speaker. There will also be time for research and Q &A using the Windows 10 laptops we provide.

  • Beginning or experienced genealogists welcome.
  • Use a library Windows 10 laptop or bring your own.
  • Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday monthly from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. (except when the schedule changes are requred by holidays and other events).

There are a couple of favorite web pages... A DNA Centimorgan Chart to help determine closeness of DNA matces and a 2nd Cousins Chart to make cousin relationships understandable.

When visiting the library, please visit http://guides.aclibrary.org/genealogy/ and utilize the following web sites for free.

Commercial research sites:

  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • MyHeritage
  • World Vital Records

Free sites:

  • Cyndi's List
  • California Death Records
  • HeritageQuest
  • Rootsweb
  • Social Security Death Index
  • WorldGenWeb Project
  • Library editions of Ancestry.com vs Personal edition of Ancestry.com

Contact: Castro Valley Library (510) 667-7900. Registration for the class is suggested.

3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Most recently updated August 2, 2018 .

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