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Castro Valley Library Genealogy Study Group

Our two October classes will be held on Oct. 4th and 18th, 2018, from 10:30 am - 12:30pm. Don't miss them! Links for Oct. 4 are here,

There were 15 budding genealogists on Sept. 20th. We covered DNA Differences Between Sisters, Census Enumerators, Historical County Boundaries, Deciphering Old Handwriting and much more. All links are documented in our class notes (above) which include both Sept. 6 and Sept. 20, 2018. See you in October.

On January 4, 2018, 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 Logo A Facebook Page was created 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.

Location: CASTRO VALLEY BRANCH
3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Most recently updated October 13, 2018 .

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