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California Genealogical Society 


Saturday - July 7, 2012 
Saturday - August 25, 2012 
Saturday - September 15, 2012
Saturday - October 13, 2012

All sessions are from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM PDT 



California Genealogical Society Library 
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

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Writing Your Family History: Start Now!

This  course is full.

To be added to the waiting list, send email to

CGS is offering an intense writing course to help you begin writing your family history.   By the end of the course, you will be ready to start writing, or will be already writing, a family history with confidence and style!

Who Should Take this Course?

This course is for genealogists and family historians who are ready to transform their research into a quality family history.

Course Details

This course will meet for a five-hour session one Saturday a month at CGS in the Learning Center. Class size is limited to 15 participants.  All sessions are on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an hour for lunch. 

The course will provide participants with all the information and assistance needed to get started on writing a family history.

The course includes:

  • a copy of the class text Producing a Quality Family History
  • helpful course materials organized in a binder
  • step-by-step instruction in organizing and writing your history
  • a variety of lecturers on topics to expand on reading assignments
  • experienced instructors
  • editing and writing help 

NOTE:  This course will NOT focus on research techniques or evidence procedures.

Session dates:

July 7
August 25
September 15
October 13

  Course Fee*

CGS Members: $50
Non-CGS Members: $75

Registration Requirements

  • Attendance is required at all four sessions.
  • There is no registration for individual sessions.
  • Participants must be willing to commit a reasonable amount of time to the homework assignments, which consist of reading assigned chapters in the provided text and working on individual writing projects.

This course is expected to fill up very quickly, so register now!

 Pre-registration is required. 

Registration confirmations will be sent to the first 15  participants who register. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Walk-ins will not be admitted.

*All course fees are non-refundable