We’re excited to announce our next Ancestry Day will be hosted in San Francisco, CA in partnership with Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.
The history of Angel Island goes back thousands of years as a fishing site for Miwok Indians, but fast forward to the early 20th century when the island served as a main immigration station for hundreds of thousands of immigrants arriving from east Asia, predominantly China. During WWII, the island served a different purpose as a detainment facility for Japanese and German POWs, and a stopping point for American soldiers returning from the Pacific. Learn more about the history of Angel Island here.
Ancestry Day offers a great opportunity to hear how-to’s from our Ancestry pros and meet other researchers from the Northern California and Bay area. Proceeds from Ancestry Day by the Bay will benefit the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit the Ancestry Day by the Bay Eventbrite page.
Ancestry Day by the Bay: Saturday, June 18 Schedule
7:30 – 8:45 am Registration
7:30 am – 3:45 pm Vendor fair
8:15 – 8:45 am Ancestry 101: Beginners basics class
8:45 – 9:00 am Welcome, announcements, door prizes
9:00 – 10:45 am Getting the Most Out of Ancestry
10:45 – 11:00 am Door prize drawings and break
11:00 am – Noon Using AncestryDNA to Further Your Family History Research
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Speaker and book signing: Paula Williams Madison
1:30 – 1:40 pm Door prize drawings
1:40 – 2:00 pm Partnering with Angel Island
2:00 – 2:30 pm Ask the Experts
2:30 – 2:45 pm Door prize drawings and break
2:45 – 3:30 pm Telling your Family Story
3:30 – 3:45 pm Closing remarks; Grand prize drawing
Representatives from several Bay Area libraries and genealogical societies will be present, including the African American Genealogical Society, California Genealogical Society, San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, San Francisco Public Library, San Mateo County Genealogical Society, Sutro Library at SF State U., and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Please submit questions for the experts to: email@example.com no later than Jun 1, 2016.
The optional luncheon speaker (limited seats available) will be retired NBC Universal executive Paula Williams Madison, Jamaican-Chinese-African American author and filmmaker of Finding Samuel Lowe, about her successful search for the story of her Hakka Chinese grandfather. Paula has produced a highly acclaimed film and written a book about her quest to learn more about her grandfather and her amazing connection with the Chinese side of her family and their welcome of their newly discovered family members from America and Jamaica. Paula tells a wonderful story of family lost and found.
Looking for more than one day of learning? Don’t miss the special Angel Island Day the day before, Friday, June 17. This will feature an opportunity to go to the former U.S. Immigration Station on Angel Island, a National Historic Landmark, and learn from speakers about resources in the National Archives and other government organizations. Special package to go to Angel Island: ferry from San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 39/41) at 9:45 a.m., shuttle to the Immigration Station, box lunch, Immigration Station admission and informative program at around 12:15 p.m. and tote bag. Speakers about immigration and other records available from government repositories will be Zack Wilske, historian with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and genealogist Marisa Louie Lee, former archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration. The return ferry leaves the island at 3:20, arriving in San Francisco at 3:45 p.m. This tour is limited to 50 people, and the tickets are $60 each. For full details of the day, visit AIISF’s website here.
Also on Friday, experts at the California Genealogical Society will be available for consultations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their Oakland offices near the 19th Street BART station (2201 Broadway, lower level), and admission to their library will be open for free to all. To sign up for consultations, submit your key questions, or to RSVP for the FREE reception that night, visit their website.
For frequently asked questions and to purchase tickets, visit the Ancestry Day by the Bay Eventbrite page.