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Join us for the next episode of FGS Radio - My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
This week’s episode hosted by Thomas MacEntee is entitled Email Marketing Solutions for Your Genealogy Organization. Our guest will be Kathryn M. Doyle, of the FGS-member society California Genealogical Society and Library in Oakland, California. Kathryn will discuss the many ways in which her society has effectively used email marketing to not only communicate with members but to reach the larger genealogy and family history community. In addition, we’ll be featuring FGS member society, California African American Genealogical Society, in our weekly Society Spotlight feature.
Communications Director for the California Genealogical Society and Library in Oakland, California, Kathryn edits the society's eNews and writes their award-winning blog. As a member of the Publications/Marketing Committee, she helps promote the society's events and oversees social networking.
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This week's Society Spotlight features the California African American Genealogical Society.
In 1986, James Dent WALKER, Edgar LOVE and Lonnie BUNCH,realizing the need for African-American genealogists in Los Angeles to network with one another, began organizing a society which would provide a vehicle for Black genealogists to trace their roots. These men were encouraged by the acting director of the California African-American Museum to form a society associated with the museum. “ California African-American Genealogical Society” (CAAGS) was associated with the museum for five and a half years.
The first organizational meeting took place on 23 March 1986 at the California African-American Museum, located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, California. The CAAGS was the first society on the West Coast formed specifically to research the genealogies of slave descendants.
The charter members of the society L. R. BUNKLEY, Frankye CHARLES, Marianna CUSHINE, Alva H. GRIFFITH, Zelda A. GRUBBS, Jamesetta C. HAMMONS, Loveen D. HARRIS, Brenda HEAVENS, Ronald W. HIGGINS, George B. JENKINS, Herbert W. LAFFOON, Edgar F. LOVE, Zakiyah MUNIR-AHMAD, Dorie RUSSELl, William RUSSELL, Mrs. Wendell H. SCOTT, Nettie SIMONS, Oscar L. SIMS, Betty Jean SMITH, Ozieal F. SMITH, Carol L. THOMAS, Doris L. WILLIAMS and Gerald L. WILSON. With James Dent WALKER and Edgar LOVEtogether as the driving force, members learned the skills of research and documentation from expert genealogists.
The mission statement of the California African-American Genealogical Society is:
- To Encourage and support the utilization of genealogy as a tool for African- Americans to become aware of their history, heritage, and self-worth
- To encourage the collection, preservation, and maintenance of African-American genealogical materials by supplementing various museums and library collections and such other repositories as the Society deems appropriate.
- To stimulate the membership and the general public to study, research and record their family histories.
- To promote and maintain ethical standards in genealogical research and publications.
- California African-American Genealogical Society
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