Classes & Events

Learn with our experts and partner organizations at dozens of classes, lectures, seminars, workshops, and other events, offered each year at our research library and in the greater San Francisco Bay area.

Recent seminar & class topics have included Irish research, ethnic discussion groups, military & vital records, digital photo preservation, identifying family photographs, organizing/writing and publishing your family history, plus so much more.


A new Beginning Genealogy series is designed to help the new genealogist build a good foundation of genealogy research practices and gain understanding and experience with the most commonly used sources of family data. Experienced genealogists are welcome to refresh their knowledge and learn something new.

One registration for the entire series of four classes which will be presented on consecutive Saturday’s from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

NOTE: This series of classes will also be presented on Wednesday afternoons, beginning October 21st, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at the Oakland Family Search Library. To find more information and register, use this link

CGS 2015 Scots Irish

March 29 – Scots Irish Seminar
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oakland Airport
 in Oakland
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
COST: $100 for members; $125 for non-members

While many people believe that researching Irish & Scots Irish ancestors is incredibly difficult, many records do exist and have come online in recent years.

Join experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation, Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt, to get an introduction to Irish and Scots Irish ancestry, understand the different types of churches in Ireland, learn how to get the most out of various Irish land records & resources, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context (emigration & Ulster) that may help your research.

It doesn’t matter if you are just beginning your Irish research or have been researching for what seems like forever, you can learn something to help you advance your research with this seminar. Register today!