Membership Dues Financial Transparency

To ensure we offer full transparency to membership dues, we have put the following fiscal checks and balances in place:

Volunteer Auditor. A volunteer member has full disclosure of the books every month, as with the Planning Committee.

Committee Approval Required to Spend. Expenses less than $24.99 do not require committee approval, but all must be notified. Expenses more than $25 requires committee majority vote.

Joint Account. Our savings account is managed by two people. Doug Joe, our Treasurer and IT Director, and Ron Chan, the Executive Director. Once the Executive Director and/or Treasurer is replaced, their signatories will be removed.

Quickbook’s Best Practices. All accounting will be done using Quickbook to ensure standard accounting practices, which includes tracking membership dues and expenses on a line item basis.

BACGG 2020 Membership Dues $25 Year $20 Prior to 2/15/2020

It is rare in any organization the membership votes to choose what their membership fee should be. In the 2020 survey, 80% of you voted you are willing to support BACGG with a membership of $5 per meeting (5 meetings annually). These dues will help support BACGG’s rocket raise in membership from our original 10 just six meetings ago, to now over 100 members … all resulting from an organic word of mouth. No advertising, no recruitment.

Thank you for understanding that it does cost money for web site hosting and domain name acquisition, office / cleanup / potluck supplies, signage, support quality speakers with small “thank you” honorariums, and more. In 2019 this financial burden was shouldered by a very, very few people. Thank you for sharing this cost we can continue to grow to meet your family history needs. We remain 100% volunteers driven.

You can pay your dues in cash or check at the January 15, 2020 meeting when you register at 10:30.

Or you can pay online via Paypal by going to his link:

Click “Chip In”

Login to your Paypal account


In the Comments box put your name and “2020 Membership”

Complete Paypal transaction.

Thank you for your support!

Introduction to DNA and Genetic Genealogy

California Genealogical Society and Library, $$$ Wednesdays 11:00AM-1:00PM January 8-29 and February 5 and 12 at the Oakland FamilySearch Library

This six-class series at the Oakland FamilySearch Library, is designed to be an introduction to DNA as an exciting new tool for genealogists. It is intended for individuals who either are new to DNA or looking to improve their ability to use it in their research. The objective of the class is to provide a basic understanding of all DNA tests and concepts. It will examine the available tools and strategies to more effectively manage DNA matches. It will also create a solid foundation for those interested in taking classes in more advanced skills.

Specifically, the class will cover:

  1. DNA ethics and its role in the genealogical proof standard
  2. Understanding the various test types and their purposes
  3. Overview of each testing company and their tools
  4. DNA Testing strategies and uses in genealogical research
  5. An overview of 3rd party sites

Note: There is a required textbook, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, Second Edition by Blaine Bettinger, Family Tree Books, Cincinatti 2019 ISBN 1440300577. Having tested already is recommended but not required.

Wednesdays 11:00AM-1:00PM January 8-29 and February 5 and 12 at the Oakland FamilySearch Library  Details and Registration

Chinese New Year in Locke, 2/15/2020

The first animal in the Chinese zodiac cycle is represented by the Rat. The Locke Foundation will offer the following activities in celebration of the Lunar New Year:

 Eastern Ways will perform the lion dance at 12 noon sharp, followed by martial arts demonstration

 tea ceremony

 calligraphy and cooking demonstrations

 painting contest with cash prizes

 traditional Chinese music

 lucky money will be distributed to the first 100 visitors.

 light refreshments Free admission and free parking.

“Crossing Oceans” Screening, 1/17/2020

Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco,

Bring you lunch to CHSA for some afternoon entertainment. This January, we will be screening Crossing Oceans: In Service to Country on Fridays and Saturdays. This film recounts the experiences of Chinese American servicemen who trained at the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS) based at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. While there is significant historical documentation on the Japanese American involvement in Fort Snelling, not much exists on the service of Chinese Americans at MISLS. In Crossing Oceans, Vivian Low shares the experiences of her father and others who served at Fort Snelling.

The documentary lasts for 30 minutes and will be screened at the CHSA Learning Center between 12pm-2pm. Free to attend with museum admission. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Additional screen times of Crossing Oceans include:

Saturday, January 18

Friday, January 24

Saturday, January 25