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January 4, 2012
Upcoming genealogy classes at the Sacramento Public Library

Genealogy Pub Lib.JPGThe Sacramento Public Library hosts another year of free genealogy classes intended to help amateur family historians improve their research skills. Here's a summary of upcoming sessions in January and February:

Jan 8: Common Surname Search Strategies with Lisa Louise Cooke. 1:30 - 3 p.m. West Meeting Room. Registration not required.

Jan. 15: Getting Ready for the 1940 Census with Stephen Morse. 1:30 - 3 p.m. West Meeting Room. Registration not required.

Jan. 22: Naturalization: Rules & Records with Barbara Leak. 1:30 - 3 p.m. West Meeting Room. Registration not required.

Feb. 4: Beginning Genealogy - Using Records to Tell Your Ancestors' Stories with Karen Burney. 1 - 2:30 p.m. West Meeting Room. Registration required.

Feb. 18: Introduction to Online Genealogy (Computer Class). 10:15 -11:45 a.m. 3rd floor Technology Lab. Registration required

Feb. 26: Beginning Genealogy with Janice Sellers. 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. West Meeting Room. Registration required.

For more information on the classes call 264-2920 or see the website.

Incidentally, the "Book a Genealogist" service at the Public Library has a new schedule starting this month. Genealogy volunteers will be available Tuesdays (1, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.) and Thursdays (1, 2 and 3 p.m.). Call 264-2920 to arrange a 45-minute session with a volunteer.

PHOTO CREDIT: Library volunteer Bernard Marks, right, shares genealogy researching advice with Blair Leatherwood, center, and his wife Judy Emick-Leatherwood at the Sacramento Public Library. 2010 Sacramento Bee photograph by Autumn Cruz

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California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at

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Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at

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Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at

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