Volunteer Help Wanted: Part Time Bookkeeper

BACGG needs a Bookkeeper. I realize this is tax season and you book keepers / accountants are up to your eyeballs in returns, but after your life settles down, can you give us just a few hours a month? 


Bookkeeper duties:

Accounting/bookkeeper – Person to data enter financial transactions and maintain chart of accounts.  Good with numbers, organizational and communication skills. QuickBooks and Excel experience desirable.     

If you are interested helping as BACGG’s bookkeeper, contact:

Doug Joe, Treasurer                   bacgg.doug@gmail.com

Leona Lau, Volunteer Auditor bacgg.leona@gmail.com   

BACGG Digital Town Hall Meeting – March 2020

Presentation by Ron Chan, Executive Director

BACGG is a resilient community.  Our resilience is rooted from our China forefathers desperate to find a better life. Coming as laborers to America they toiled for a dollar a day in the sweltering Sacramento Delta farmland, and built foot-by-foot railroad tracks spanning a half a country. This is the resilient stock you descended from.

But out of concern and consideration regarding the COVID-19 situation, for the health and safety of our members and the broader community, we cancelled our March 18th meeting.

In keeping to our vision to share and educate, welcome to our first digital town hall meeting. We talk about our progress as an organization, future plans and upcoming speakers.

View The Digital Town Hall Meeting on Youtube …  

Please ensure your speakers are on, and on Youtube the volume is up to maximum

You may also download this presentation in several formats …

Ron’s March 2020 Powerpoint Slides (as pdf) link

Ron’s March 2020 Audio (as mp3) link

Let me know what you think about today’s digital presentation format, and if you like to see us digitally document sessions moving forward.

But in order to create these future digital resources, we need volunteers to help take photos (everyone has a phone camera/-) and video recordings (we have mic and cam). If you wish to assist, please contact Bruce Chin, bacgg.bruce@gmail.com to volunteer.

Be well with continued good health. 

Ron Chan, Executive Director

CANCELLED: March 18, 2020 meeting.

Cancelled in concern for your safety regarding the Corona virus.

Reminder, this will be a BROWN BAG EVENT.

March 18, 2020 – Richard Le, genealogy instructor, will be our speaker at the Family History Center directions (not at the SF Public Library). You will learn how to conduct effective genealogical research by learning proven research strategies, tips and common mistakes to avoid. He will also discuss ways to overcome obstacles, trace ancestors oversea and extract clues from old photos and passenger lists. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and meet like minded family historians until 2:30 p.m.

About Richard:

Richard Le is a research librarian and a branch manager of the San Francisco Public Library. He has offered genealogy classes and one-on-one assistance to those who want to trace their family history at the SF Library. He has presented at professional conferences, developed curriculum for his family history and genealogy classes, and held family research workshops at different libraries and community centers in the Bay Area since 2009. More recently, he spoke at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco.

A Guide for Researching Your Chinese Family History CD

Ron has in his possession a number of A GUIDE FOR RESEARCHING YOUR CHINESE FAMILY HISTORY 2nd edition description CD’s, from the Chinese Family History Group of Southern California site

If anyone wants a copy, please contact Ron bacgg.ron@gmail.com mail . You can donate to the CFHGSC via links above using a credit card or paypal. You do not have to pay the $2 shipping charge if you accept it at the March 18th BACGG meeting.

This is a great opportunity for genealogists of all levels, or as a gift to a budding family historian.

ALERT: Sample Protest Letter Regarding UCISS fee increase

There has been an extension see regs.gov for receiving comments regarding the massive genealogy fee increase. Please refer to USCIS-2019-0010. “The comment period for the proposed rule published November 14, 2019, at 84 FR 62280 and extended on December 9, 2019 at 84 FR 67243, is reopened. Written comments and related material must be submitted on or before February 10, 2020

The above new deadline is thanks to Tony King’s conversation with Ron at Henry Tom’s January Las Vegas conference

Your action is needed before February 10 to keep United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from increasing fees charged for genealogy files. 

These files are the basic starting point for most Chinese genealogy researchers including family historians.  The fees for a records index search are going from $65 to $240, whether or not there’s any information.  If there is info, the fees per file will increase from $65 to $385, for a total of $625 per file.  You can see how this fee increase would impact a researcher’s ability to follow paper trails and obtain critical information.  Please submit a comment no matter how brief.

Here is a sample comment that you can copy and paste and adjust to your personal situation:

To the USCIS:

Re: DHS Docket  No. USCIS-2019-0010, USCIS Genealogy Program 

I am a member of the Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group.  This is a non-profit organization that provides resource information to any person who wishes to research their family history, without cost.  Through this organization, I have learned about the USCIS Genealogy Program as a valuable resource in family searches.

The fee of $65 for an index search seemed high, but attainable.  In view of additional fees should there be records I wish to access, it’s a financial strain, but one I could probably manage.  Now, I learn that there is a rule proposal that would jump the index fee alone to $240.  That is not realistic for anyone – especially if there are no records.  But even with finding records, it could raise the total costs to $625 and more if paper files are requested.

These records would not exist if not for the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882-1943) which imposed undue restrictions on immigration and caused our ancestors great harm and hardship.  Now you wish to continue that pain by charging us exorbitant fees to obtain those records. Furthermore, it was my understanding that these records were to be transferred to NARA where charges are minimal.  I hope I shall be able to access records that will tell me more about my family’s immigration history.

I strongly object to this fee increase and hope you will reverse it.

Sincerely,

CC.  Senator ________
        Senator ________
        Representative _________
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
If you need your Congress person’s contact information, see the highlighted links below.

  • To send your comments, go to the link below that says Federal Rulemaking Portal.  That link will take you to another page of instructions.  To the upper right, is a “button” that says “Comment Now”.  Click that to get to the actual comment page.

Copy and paste your comment in the space provided.  Ignore “upload files” and complete your name.  Follow the rest of the directions to complete the process.  Remember, this comment will be posted on the USCIS page available for anyone to see, so it’s suggested you don’t get too personal.


Thank you for your help as it is important to all of us as Chinese family researchers

Send your comments BEFORE February 10, 2020 to:

AND
• Send a copy of your comments to your US Senators and Representative (click on these links tor your senators and representative) and refer to DHS Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010. Tell them you care about preserving access to federal records!

Gung Hey Fat Choi to you and yours. The best is yet to come.

Thank you one and all for joining us at the biggest EVER meeting January 15, 2020.

  1. Seminar Audio, PowerPoint linkand Photos Posted see Thank you David Lei for presenting.
  2. Group Photo click
  3. Our membership drive was widely successful. Thank you for your support to allow us the resources to help make each meeting better than the last. If you missed the January meeting and still wish to make a voluntary donation click, we recommend $20 or whatever you feel appropriate.
  4. SAVE THE DATE: March 18. Richard Le’s seminar details on how to conduct effective genealogical research by learning proven research strategies, tips and common mistakes to avoid. This will be a longer content rich session, so we will do a brown bag in the interest of time.
  5. Video and Photographer Volunteers Wanted. Many of you asked if we recorded the seminar. To do such, we need a volunteer to help us take video. Also, to capture the heart of our meetings, we need photographers to take pictures.
  6. Ear ring found. If you lost an ear ring send me a description and we will mail it to you.

March 2020 Meeting with Richard Le

March 18, 2020 – Richard Le Speaker, San Francisco Public Library Research Librarian and Genealogy Instructor. You will learn how to conduct effective genealogical research by learning proven research strategies, tips and common mistakes to avoid. He will also discuss ways to overcome obstacles, trace ancestors oversea and extract clues from old photos and passenger lists. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch and meet like minded family historians until 2:30 p.m.

About Richard:

Richard Le is a research librarian and branch manager who has offered genealogy classes and one-on-one assistance to those who want to trace their family history at the San Francisco Public Library. He has presented at professional conferences, developed curriculum for his family history and genealogy classes, and held family research workshops at different libraries and community centers in the Bay Area since 2009. More recently, he spoke at the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco.

Prior biography references from David Lei January 15 talk

An interview and David’s biography:
Center for Asian American Media: MEET OUR BOARD MEMBER: DAVID LEI link

Here is a short bio and a video in which he talks about the meaning of the dragon which is related to his BACGG talk on Chinese New Year
CAAM BOARD MEMBER DAVID LEI IN “THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT” DOCUMENTARY link

NBC News article interviewing David about the Chinese New Year Parade
NBC News: A Chinatown tradition, San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade is ‘American like chop suey’ link ~doug joe

Request for information to update my Bacgg Roster

Douglas Lam (DL): genealogy guide specializing in Zhongshan

Henry Tom posted this article on DL link. I know 80% of Chinese Americans have heritage from the Siyi region Wiki . DL (aka Douglas Lam), who is was born in and is fluent in the dialect of Zhongshan, has mentioned impending 2020 retirement. He plans to start a Chinese genealogy guide service. DL is from Australia, and other bacggers have used his service. I have never met DL and know him via our involvement in the Chinese Genealogy Forum link .

The reason for this post is not to advertise for him, but to ask if anyone else has had interactions with DL. Please email me mail . I would like to place a check mark next to your name on the Bacgg roster as having experience with DL. In the future, if anyone wants a reference, we have possible referrals. The following people have had experience with DL.

NameMember ID
Gail0015
Ken0067
Dennis0056
Justine0058

Financial disclosure: I have no financial arrangements or relationship with DL

Who has been to Henry Tom’s genealogy conference more

This next request are those who has had interactions with Henry Tom. Like the above article, I want to collate those who are Henry Tom alumni. Please email me mail

NameMember ID
Alvin0030
April0093
Dennis0056
Diane Chan0036
Dolly0028
Don0077
Donald0057
Gail0015
Janwyn0025
Jessica0088
Justine0058
Ken0067
Leon0027
Mae Jean0026
Margaret0059
Nancy-Lim0062
Patrick0010
Ron0008
Sarah0052
Toby0060

These people on my roster has no email nor contact information. If you can help me with these individuals, please email me mail

ChanBernice
DearMei
HammonDonald
LimVictor
LouieAlvin
ShenAlex
Wong, Dr. Don