This informative and interesting presentation was originally written by longtime member, Art Murray who has moved away, but graciously shared his information and findings with our local DNA researcher, Barbara Long. Join us at 1pm at the Beale Library, Tejon Room on the 2nd Floor.
* Programs are normally held in the Tejon Room at Beale Memorial Library, unless otherwise designated.
* Workshops and special programs will be added through the year. Check back for updates.
Join us as we recognize and celebrate all of our wonderful KCGS Volunteers! It is National Volunteer Week and what a better way to celebrate than to honor the many volunteers of our organization. We will recognize our friends, eat cake and tell about our Family Treasures! Members and guests are invited to bring an ancestor's object and tell the story about it. Your item could be a letter, photograph, glassware, a book, an award or some sort of item that reminds us of our family's history. Bring your Family Treasure to share with your fellow genealogists!
"Historic Union Cemetery Daughters of the Union Veterans Civil War Project, Veterans' Marker Project 2017" will be presented by Lynda Fynch, a member of the DUVCW, Ida Saxton McKinley, Tent 93. The goal of the project adopted by the DUVCW was to provide markers for those soldiers who did not have one. Lynda will take you on the investigative study that was conducted to identify unmarked plots and learn about these Civil War veterans. The month of May is an appropriate month for Lynda, a DUVCW member, to share Tent 93's project as Memorial Day developed from the Civil War.
Join KCGS Members and Tour Guide, Lori Wear of the KC Museum, on Tuesday, February 20th about 1pm. If the weather is nice, bring a sack lunch and join other members on the museum grounds for lunch before the tour.
The first program of 2018 will focus on “Kern County’s Rosie the Riveters”. It will be presented by Lori Wear, Kern County Museum Curator of Collections. Lori is also a Kern County Historian and third generation Kern County family.
Rosie the Riveter was a World War II icon, representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards, many of whom produced munitions and war supplies. These women sometimes took entirely new jobs replacing the male workers who joined the military. Rosie the Riveter is used as a symbol of feminism and women's economic power. Images of women workers were widespread in the media as government posters, and commercial advertising was heavily used by the government to encourage women to volunteer for wartime service in factories.
Beale Memorial Library, Tejon Room, Second Floor. Refreshments will be served.
Program presented by Marti Richardson.
Program presented by Victoria Shields.
Program presented by Lori Wear.
Join us for Christmas luncheon in the Beale Library Auditorium at noon, lunch served at 12:30pm. Turkey provided by KCGS, ladies please bring a side dish to share and gentlemen please bring a dessert to share. Drawing for gifts will take place after the Program.
Winter Program presented by Sandra Dauer. Sandra will share her pictures and experiences on a genealogical trip to the Azores after lunch.
KCGS members Kathy Walker & Linda Wong will share their favorite tips and techniques in managing and organizing the many documents accumulated in the ongoing quest to find our ancestors. Beale Memorial Library 1pm to 3pm. Call 868-0773 for more information.
150th Year Celebration series continued. Presented by Chris Brewer; noted historian and author. Time is to be determined, please check back for updated information.
KCGS members Kathy Walker & Linda Wong will present the 2nd of a 2 part workshop for beginning genealogists. Topics to include: Getting started, establishing base practices; research steps, types of research & citing sources; maintaining files, and building your research network. Workshop from 11:30am-2:30pm, Aug 25 & Sep 8. Space limited to 15 participants. Call 868-0773 for information or to reserve your space.
KCGS members Kathy Walker & Linda Wong will present a 2 part workshop for beginning genealogists.
Topics to include: Getting started, establishing base practices; research steps, types of research & citing sources; maintaining files, and building your research network. Workshop from 11:30am-2:30pm, Aug 25 & Sep 8. Space limited to 15 participants. Call 868-0773 for information or to reserve your space.
Kern County Mexican Settlement 150 Year Celebration by Rachel Arias. Rachel is a long time member of KCGS. She also belonged to Paph years earlier. She has researched her ancestry for years. Her knowledge of local history in regards to her Mexican heritage is of the highest level. So much so that in 2015 she was instrumental in organizing a major project for KCGS. It is the “Sonoran Project”. Three programs were presented by her and others she included. She organized a photo shoot of over 250 people she gathered together of descendants of Pioneer Mexican families. She is co-author of a book that will be presented to the public on information gathered to tell the story of the Mexican settlement and give valuable information to anyone researching their ancestry. Up until now little has been written on the Mexican settlement of Kern County. While she makes no claim to being a historian or a writer, she has the knowledge of her family and other families to do just that. Her grandmother Trinadad Perez Ozuna said to Rachel years ago through conversations they had. This quote says it all.
“ASI MAS LA QUE QUIERE, QUE LA QUE PUEDE”
“MY MOM COULD WRITE AND DIDN'T,
I COULD NOT WRITE PERFECT BUT ATTEMPTED”
The story of KCGS member Shirley Jackson. Shirley has been a long time member of our organization. She is considered our resident historian on Kern County history. Many people rely on her knowledge to help them with historical information. A slide show and possible video footage of her “Walk Down Memory Lane” will be presented for our 3rd program for the 150th Anniversary of the Founding of Kern County. Shirley has eight generations that can claim Kern County as their home.
Presented by Victoria Shields KCGS member Victoria Shields brings multiple talents to our membership. She was past president of Paph which was one of the first genealogy societies in Bakersfield. Her knowledge on the subject of genealogy is of great value to our organization. Not to mention her level of knowledge in the computer arena. Together they offer a powerful contribution to updated knowledge for our members. She was a presenter in KCGS October Symposium and her program was excellent.