Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ancestry Day by the Bay

Ancestry Day by the and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation are hosting a full day of classes on Saturday, 18 June 2016 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Registration for “Ancestry Day by the Bay” is $50 and proceeds will benefit the Foundation. A light breakfast is included. Classes include

  • Ancestry 101: New & Review
  • Getting the Most from
  • Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research
  • Sharing Your Family Story.

Ancestry is arranging for representatives to attend from several area libraries and societies. The list tentatively includes the African American Genealogical Society, the California Genealogical Society, the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, the San Francisco Public Library, the San Mateo County Genealogical Society, the Sutro Library at SF State U., and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Ancestry is offering a $38 optional luncheon featuring retired NBC Universal executive Paula Williams Madison, Jamaican-Chinese-African American author and filmmaker of Finding Samuel Lowe ( I met her and listened to her present at RootsTech 2016. It is an amazing story, with real genealogical research. (Watch Paula’s RootsTech presentation for free on the RootsTech website.)

Ancestry has organized a pre-conference outing to Angel Island on Friday. The $60 admission covers the ferry from San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, shuttle to the Immigration Station, a box lunch, Immigration Station admission, lectures, and a tote bag. Lectures about immigration and other government records will be presented by Zack Wilske, historian with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Marisa Louie Lee, former archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration. More information about the Angel Island outing can be found at

The California Genealogical Society has organized a free open house Friday, 10:00 am to 6 pm, at their library in Oakland. There is normally a $5 fee for non-members. Experts will be available for consultations. Sign up before hand and submit your questions at the event webpage. Light refreshments will be served at 4.

The deadline is 11 June 2016 for some options, and space is limited. For more information, see the event webpage.

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