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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Genealogical Resources for Angel Island - CGS Online

Genealogical Resources for Angel Island


Aug 13 4 - 5 pm PDT

Presented by Grant Din

Immigrants from Eighty Countries who passed through Angel Island and the Genealogical Resources They Left Behind
While people who have heard about Angel Island might know about the Chinese poetry carved on its walls, what is less known is that over half a million immigrants from eighty countries were processed by officials on the island, and genealogical resources are still available to researchers. Learn from examples of case studies of Chinese, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Russian, and South Asian immigrants, as well as the island's use to house "enemy aliens" from Hawaii and the West Coast during World War II, and find out about the National Archives and other resources that might be available for your own research.
Topics that will be covered:
  • History of the immigration station and why it was built.
  • Examples of stories of Angel Island immigrants from several different countries.
  • Resources for Angel Island and West Coast immigrant research, including online and at the National Archives in San Bruno.
The event will take place via Zoom. If you join, please sign in early to make sure you are able to see the program.  We will send you instructions the night before, and a reminder shortly before the event, which will give you access. Please note all times are Pacific Daylight Time
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Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Children Left Behind In World War II
Born Ute Schaab in Friedberg, Germany, shortly after World War II, Judy was the daughter of a white German woman and a black American soldier, whose mixed race led to her becoming one of many unwanted “Brown Babies” abandoned by their mother. Her powerful and riveting memoir describes the transformation she experienced in her quest to find both birth parents. From childhood in Germany shortly after the war to adulthood in America, her published work Too Brown to Keep: A Search for Love, Forgiveness, and Healing recounts the inspirational odyssey, as the search for her birth parents leads to discovery of the good, the bad, and the ugly family secrets that she had struggled to unearth for decades. Her journey of self-discovery results in a thought-provoking chapter on forgiveness and healing and concludes with a guide to researching your own ancestry or finding a family member or friend who has been missing from your life. 
To join our meeting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, July 21st:
  • The meeting will be conducted via Zoom Meeting.
  • A link to the meeting will be sent to all members via email.
  • Simply click the link to join the meeting. It may ask for your name. On a phone you may have to install the Zoom app.
  • To request the link, please email President

Monday, July 13, 2020

Another quiz from the Virtual Genealogist

There IS an answer to this puzzle.  Can you figure it out?  There's one fact here which doesn't seem to fit. Take a look at that.  You will need to go onto Ancestry to do a bit of research.  Just one record and you'll have it.

John Mathias and his two sons were a prosperous, well-educated family. They were all born in Glamorgan and lived in Cumberland, UK.  None of them ever lived in Devon.  We don’t know too much about Henry, but here’s some information on William.  
Can you tell us where Mrs. Dorsey’s mother keeps her pub?

Send answers to  
The winner will have their answer posted on the smcgs blog