California Genealogical Society, CHS, and Author Bill Cole - A Special Event

Thursday, March 8, 2018 5:45PM

California Genealogical Society, CHS, and Author Bill Cole - A Special Event
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California Genealogical Society, CHS, and Author Bill Cole - A Special Event

The California Genealogical Society and the California Historical Society (CHS) are hosting a special event at CHS' headquarters where we will celebrate our shared history and collaborative missions. Access to CHS CHS' exhibits and a special speaker, Bill Cole will be highlights of the evening.

Bill Cole will talk about a fascinating only-in-California event, the 1864 Bullion Bend Stagecoach Robbery. This amazing Wild West caper occurred during the Civil War’s final year. It was front-page news that captured the country’s attention.

These incredible events unfolded right in our backyard, from San Jose to Sacramento to Placerville. Genealogist Bill Cole, a relative of one of the perpetrators, dug deep into the California State Archives to uncover the full story. The treasure trove of information he found tells an amazing story, where fact is truly stranger than fiction.


  • Doors open at 5:45 pm with a reception, collections viewing, and access to the exhibits.
  • Bill’s talk begins at 6:45PM, “Bullion Bend: Confederate Stagecoach Robbers, Murder Trials, & the California Supreme Court -- Oh, My!”.
  • About the Special Speaker:

    Bill Cole, M.A. Bill is a passionate genealogist who has vigorously pursued his family history since 1980. His genealogy exploits include being the first person to document the English parents of his immigrant 8th great grandfather from the 16th Century. He has uncovered ancestors born at sea, a shipwrecked survivor pardoned from a death sentence who survived Jamestown, two Mayflower ancestors, multiple Revolutionary War patriots on both sides, and other fascinating characters – including one involved in a California stagecoach robbery. Bill is a member of the Mayflower Society and the Vice President of the Sacramento German Genealogical Society. He recently served on the International German Genealogical Partnership’s International Conference Executive Committee.

    About California Historical Society's North Baker Research Library

    The North Baker Research Library at the California Historical Society is home to a large and diverse collection of manuscripts, photographs, rare books, pamphlets, maps, ephemera, and other materials documenting the history of California, and the people in it, from the 18th century to the present day. Although the collection is not genealogical in focus, with some digging, researchers can find in the archives a wealth of family history resources! A sample of such items will be on display during the library open house on March 8, 2018, including a sailor’s register from the 1850s, cemetery records and a mortality register for Sacramento City, 1850-1852, diaries from the Gold Rush, guest books, school yearbooks, and records of early businesses and organizations.

    Pre-registration is required. Audience size is limited so register early.

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