Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dr. Andy Anderson to Speak at California Genealogical Society

The 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!


  1. 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!

  2. Thanks for the information, Kathryn. Now I have a better idea what to expect. I cry a lot, so bring an extra box!


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