California Genealogical Society is celebrating its 115th anniversary this year with a special luncheon event. Dr. Andy Anderson, an executive vice president and the chief historian for Wells Fargo Bank, will make a presentation on "The Healing Power of Genealogy." He heads a division at Wells Fargo that researches family history for some of their clients, as described in a 2007 Wall Street Journal article. He also wrote "How to Find Your Family History & Cultural Roots: An Online Guide", a nice little reference that is available online for free as a PDF. I have met Dr. Anderson, but I have never heard him speak before, and this certainly sounds like an interesting topic. I used my research skills to close a rift between my father and his youngest sister, so I know from personal experience that genealogy can heal.
The anniversary event will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will be held in Oakland's Preservation Park, a lovely area of the city not far from my home. A ticket includes free parking, a social hour, used book sale, luncheon buffet, and Dr. Anderson's talk. More details and registration information are available here. Tell me if you're coming also!
Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Dr. Andy Anderson to Speak at California Genealogical Society
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Thanks for the shout-out, Janice! I had the honor to hear Dr. Anderson speak at the FGS Conference in 2007 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Never have I witnessed so many tears during a genealogical presentation. He is an excellent speaker with many moving stories. I'll bring the tissues!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the information, Kathryn. Now I have a better idea what to expect. I cry a lot, so bring an extra box!ReplyDelete