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California Genealogical Society 


Thursdays 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                   April 18
                   April 25
                   May 2
                   May 9
                   May 16


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

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Advanced Genealogy Series

                                                                         This series is sold out. 
                            If you'd like to be placed on the waiting list, click on the registration button.

The California Genealogical Society presents our first series designed for experienced researchers. This course will give you an opportunity to advance your skills in research methodology and practice the Genealogical Proof Standard.

The five-week course includes homework assignments! Each student will be expected to write a research report and a 2-generation family history in an approved style.
Prerequisite: Students must be familiar with the basic record groups and have experience using these record types:

  • census
  • military
  • vital
  • probate
  • land

Interested students can also attend half-hour pre-class sessions to discuss the previous week’s assignments. These discussion sessions will be held from 6:00-6:30 p.m. beginning with the second week. 

April 18 - Context - The Key to Thorough Analysis
April 25 - Transcribe, Abstract, Think, and Plan
May 2 -  The Research Report and Proof Argument
May 9 -  Writing an Interesting Family History
May 16 -  Genealogy and the Law

*Please note: if you have not already accumulated a body of research, you may not be able to complete all the assignments in this course. If you would like more information about the course, or if you're uncertain you're ready to take it, you may contact the instructor before registering. Email Susan Goss Johnston at

 This course is limited to fifteen participants and pre-registration is required. 

Walk-ins will not be admitted.

Course fees are non-refundable.