Friday, March 29, 2013

California Historical Society Field Trip

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a California Genealogical Society field trip to the California Historical Society on Mission Street in San Francisco. It was amazingly easy to get to-- a quick BART trip and then just a block or so walk. It was one of those places where I couldn't believe I hadn't been there before. If you have ANY California family, you need to go.

They have an online catalog, but also a card catalog (!) that is not online. That's where most of my treasures came from. You find what you want and then fill out a slip of paper and turn it in. I did a bunch at a time.

Request Slip

The librarian takes your slip down underneath the building and pulls your requests. She brings them to you and then stands there waiting for a hug because she knows you are going to cry when she brings you this giant poster:

The sadish part is that while I'm currently completely engrossed in "my" Mariani family, I'm not actually related to them. Long story, but old family friends. For generations.

Other finds:


The other wonderful thing about the Historical Society is that it is small and helpful. They have a gallery out front and a bookstore. Seriously highly recommend for any researcher. Becoming a member is only $30 annually and these treasures as well as all they do to preserve history and share it, make it more than worth giving up a few lattes.

Thank you, CGS for another remarkable awakening to the wonderful resources available.



California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

(415) 357-1848

Gallery/Store Hours: Tues-Sun, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Library Hours: Wednesday-Fri, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sport Center Saturday: Hole in One

When Molly was going through Dad’s papers, she came across his 15 minutes of fame.  He was so proud of this moment, that he literally had about 20 copies in sorts of blown up sizes of the newspaper article.  She also found his score card from the day.

I was thinking of him a lot today.  I hope he’s hitting a bunch of hole in ones the sky.  And WITHOUT getting his car totaled outside a bar…