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Auburn, California

Placer County Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 7385
Auburn, California 95604


Tracing Your Family Tree, How to Begin Flyer

Genetic Genealogy Workshop Flyer


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Evening General Meetings

Beecher Room
Auburn-Placer County Library
350 Nevada Street, Auburn
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Fourth Thursday)

Doors will open at 6:30 pm.
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September Evening Meeting
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Opening Pandora's Box: When DNA Finds Unexpected, Improper Ancestors
James M. Baker, PhD, CG

Mr. Baker has been an active genealogist for the past 15 years. In 2011, he completed the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) requirements to become a Board-Certified Genealogist, with a specialty in German genealogy research. He also specializes in Midwest US, early American research, and DNA.

He was an officer of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) and has contributed numerous articles to its quarterly publication, Der Blumenbaum. He also has written articles for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Magazine and the NGS Quarterly. He is a member of NGS, BCG, SGGS, and the Southern California Genealogical Society.

For the past ten years, he has volunteered at the Sacramento Regional Family History Library. He has presented webinars for Legacy Family Tree, for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and BCG communities, and for the Sacramento Family Search Center. He has given over 200 presentations to over 40 genealogy societies during the past five years at local, regional, and national genealogy events.

Mr. Baker earned a PhD in sociology and social psychology from the University of Utah. He is retired from an aerospace and business management career. In his work career, he consulted for many large companies, including Boeing, General Electric, Lockheed-Martin, and Raytheon. He has been an adjunct professor of sociology at UCLA and USC. His most fun job was being the "piano-man" at Shakey's Pizza Parlor.

Opening Pandora's Box: When DNA Finds Unexpected, Improper Ancestors This class offers strategies to show how DNA results can be used to identify adoptions and Non-Paternity Events. These events may cause surprises and disruptions in our family trees.


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Day Study Group Meetings

Beecher Room
Auburn-Placer County Library
350 Nevada Street, Auburn
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
(Second Monday)

The Day Study Group is a 2-hour workshop in which we will discuss a specific topic, with hands-on exercises, and discussion. After the discussion, we can provide one-on-one mentoring should you have a "brick wall" situation in which you need help. 

Barbara Leak leads the study group. Visitors are welcome.

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October Day Study Group Meeting Monday, October 9, 2017


Military pension application files contain original documents that give first-hand accounts of a veteran's military service, as well as personal and family information. We will explore who was eligible for pensions, what's in their files, and the various finding aids that exist.

U.S. Military Pension Records
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Family Tree Maker User's Group

LDS Church
1255 Bell Road, Auburn
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
(Second Thursday)

Bring any questions you have concerning the program

Special in-depth topics can be scheduled. Please e-mail our group leader Jerry Unruh  with any requests.

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October FTM Meeting
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Family Tree Maker 2017

The FTM User Group meeting will be able to look at Family Tree Maker 2017 which was released July 2017. We will also take time for questions and answers on any version of the program. Special in-depth topics can be scheduled. Please e-mail our group leader Jerry Unruh with any requests.

Special in-depth topics can be scheduled. Please e-mail our group leader with any requests.

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September Placer Trails Newsletter

September Placer Trails Newsletter (Large)


Member highlight page: This month we feature pictures from John Knox.
Members:
Email addresses, Web Sites, and Names and Locations being Researched.


PCGS Has Voice Mail (866) 894-2076

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Don Cortez of Three Ring Service have graciously donated a voicemail phone number for Placer County Genealogical Society. We will be listing this number in our publicity notices in the newspapers and other publications. The society will then have a permanent number regardless of the annual change of board members. The answering message will announce basic information and the upcoming PCGS meetings. Callers can leave messages for the board members, chair persons and the research committee. Thank You, Don Cortez

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New Member Packet:Information for new members of Placer County Genealogical Society (Also useful information for current members.)

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2017 Dues

Annual dues are $20.00 which entitles members to electronically receive the Placer Trails Newsletter as well as any meeting notices. Beginning in 2017, U.S.mailing of the newsletter has been discontinued.

Your 2017 membership payment is due on January 1 and must be received by April 1 to avoid being dropped from our membership list. If you are uncertain if you have paid or not, check with our Registrar.

You are encouraged to register as a family membership. The cost is the same; $20.00 per year. A family membership is defined as two or more persons residing at a single mailing address. Family memberships are entitled to one vote per family member in attendance at meetings, not to exceed two votes per family.


Membership Form in Adobe PDF format

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Mailing List: CA-PCGS

We have a mailing list at RootsWeb for PCGS. Announcements of meetings and other information of interest to PCGS members will be made available through this mailing list. It is also a place to gloat about your recent finds and general discussion among our members. If you have trouble subscribing please e-mail at the address below.

CA-PCGS. A mailing list for the members of the Placer County (California)Genealogical Society (PCGS) to discuss the activities of the Society. If you are a member of the Society you can subscribe by sending "subscribe" to ca-pcgs-l-request@rootsweb.com (mail mode) or ca-pcgs-d-request@rootsweb.com(digest mode).To switch from one mode to the other, you should unsubscribe from one and then subscribe to the other. There is no "no mail" mode -- if you want messages to stop, you should simply unsubscribe. You may also search or browse the archives or subscribe at CA-PCGS.  If you have trouble subscribing or un-subscribing please e-mail maillist@pcgs.pcgenes.com


PCGS Databases

INDEX TO BIRTHS 1852-1885 From the Placer Herald Newspaper,Auburn, California
INDEX TO MARRIAGES 1852-1885 From the Placer Herald Newspaper,Auburn, California
INDEX TO MARRIAGES 1851-1905 from three films at the LDS Family History Library on Bell
INDEX TO DEATHS 1852-1885 From the Placer Herald Newspaper,Auburn, California
NAMES OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN PLACER COUNTY IN 1890 From the Placer County Great Registers
WORLD WAR I SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN OF PLACER COUNTYFrom the History of Placer and Nevada Counties, California
NEW AUBURN CEMETERY RECORDS - Placer County Genealogical Society Cemetery Project
OLD AUBURN CEMETERY RECORDS - Placer County Genealogical Society Cemetery Project
Placer Trails Newsletter Archives

Placer County Archives Holdings

INDEX TO PLACER HERALD NEWSPAPER 1852-1887 from the Placer County Archives
Indexed by Placer County Volunteers including PCGS Members. (Currently 12206 records)
INDEX TO PLACER COUNTY BIOGRAPHIES from the Placer County Archives.
Placer County Archives has files of biographies, genealogical information and newspaper articles of people who lived in Placer County at one time in their lives. PCGS members Joyce House, Carmel Barry-Schweyer, Anne Thompson, Beverly Russell and Jacqui Marcella have been indexing these files which will be updated periodically. (Currently 23,727 Records.)
INDEX TO MILITARY DISCHARGE RECORDS from the Placer County Archives. (Currently 7971 Records.)
INDEX TO BILL OF SALE RECORDS from the Placer County Archives. (Currently 1666 Records.)

Additional Placer County research is available by PCGS. Please see our Research Policy.


OFFICERS

CHAIRPERSONS


General Information about PCGS
PCGS Research Policy


Links

PCGS FHC Favorites
Several PCGS members volunteer at the Auburn FHC and use these research links.

Local Genealogical Society Links

Genealogical and Historical Council of the Sacramento Valley
Genealogical and Historical Council of the Sacramento Valley Events Calendar
Grass Roots Genealogy Group
Nevada County Genealogical Society
Genealogical Association of Sacramento (G.A.S.)
San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogy Society
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Roseville Genealogical Society
Sacramento German Genealogy Society
Sloughhouse Area Genealogical Society (SAGS)
Solano County Genealogical Society
Sacramento California Family History Center
Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS) 
Sun City Roseville Computer Club's Genealogy
Sun City Lincoln Hills Genealogy Group
Mission Oaks Genealogy Club
Roots & Gold Dust Genealogical Society


Other Links including Genealogical Links

Placer County GenWeb Site
Placer County Pre-1905 Death Index
AHSGR - American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
RootsWeb
Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
The Genealogy Home Page
RAND Genealogy Club Home Page
National Genealogical Society - Home Page
Everton's Guide to Genealogy on the World Wide Web  
Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records


FOR SALE FROM PCGS

How to Begin Book - revised Fall 2013 edition available

PCGSs handbook, Tracing Your Family Tree: How to Begin, contains chapters on genealogical forms, setting up a filing system, original record sources, the Internet, research by mail, using the Auburn Family History Center and the Auburn-Placer County Library, and evaluating your evidence. Also included are lists of local area genealogical organizations and research facilities.