Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward
How do you celebrate your Labor Day OR your Labor Day Weekend?
In years past Labor Day signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall and the beginning of school. Fall is still coming soon but now schools start and end at many different times (starting in July or August & some September / ending in May or June) Labor Day for the most part is just another holiday. It signifies the end of summer but does it....... white was put on the shelves and back to fall colors, but that is starting to change and some wear white year around. (goody!!)
Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States, It gives workers a day of rest and celebrates their contributions to the American economy, It us annually held on the first Monday of September. As I've already said, many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events,
The first Labor Day was held in 1882 Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers, It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade followed by a festival - all to amuse, celebrate & appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations, the workers and their families, This is less common now but it is a day of rest for most.
One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving............ information from
Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward It is hard to believe that I have been here 5 days already.............. conference is coming to an end today and time to repack and come home. (coming home is always a good thing). I have had an absolutely great time- lots of excellent classes, lots of great extra activities, lots of HEAT & HUMIDITY, lots of super people to share with....... I am very glad I came. This was another busy, but rewarding day............ "Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants" with Michael Lacopo -I certainly have enjoyed the German track with Lacopo (who, btw, is Italian with German lines) good sense of humor, easy delivery and good information.
'Timelines: The Swiss Army Knife of Genealogical Tools" with Amy Johnson Crow - this analogy is so true - completing a time line on ancestors and descendants too can be extremely useful in your research - you can really see what you have and what you don't have and what you still need to research and source. LUNCHEON: Genealogical Speakers Guild and International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (GSG/ISFHWE) - "From Texas with Love: Six Points for Spicing Up Your Family Stories" 1)Be a Storyteller; 2) Build the Stories from the Records; 3) Every Record Tells a Story; 4) Set the Stage; 5) Illustrate It; 6) Preserve it Now- easy steps to follow
I went to the Exhibit Hall right after lunch and took a demo class from Lisa Louise Cooke "Tech Tools for Newspapers - full length one hour session.......... very good. She just makes it all come alive and so much easier .......... OK OK I will try again using her hints and strategies. "Tap Your Inner Private Eye: Eight Strategies You Need to Find Living Relatives" Lisa Louise Cooke. A lot of fun and very interesting. I really need to find living cousins and now I have a guide to help me. "Social History and Genealogy: Writing Family Narrative" with Diane VanSkiver Gagel- Diane ran through the steps to help write those stories down.
This was an excellent conference and one that I have enjoyed thoroughly except for the weather and they do not have control over that. Reminder that registration is open for the 2015 RootsTech/FGS Conference in Salt Lake City February 11-14, 2015. Contact: FGS Conference The earliest bird special is $139- this will only last for about 10 days and then will go up to $159 and then to $189 and finally to $239. You can register with RootsTech or with FGS and if you want to take classes with the other conference you can purchase a 3 day pass (Thu-Sun) and take classes at both conference. Yes both conferences are being held together but separate at the same time. They will be sharing some things- keynote speakers, registration, exhibit hall- but the classes will totally be separate. AND of course the added benefit and big draw is being able to research at the Salt Lake City Family History Center. I am sure that those hours will be extended like last year. Go early for the research and stay for the classes.
Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward
For those of you that didn't know Chuck Knuthson, well you missed quite a man, friend, member and researcher. He was a very long time active member of Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society and held many positions on the board of directors. His last office was Programs and was also our delegate to the National Genealogical Conferences. (FGS & NGS) Federation of Genealogical Societies writes:
The Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture honors Chuck Knuthson who served the FGS Board of Trustees as a member, Vice President of Administration, and Treasurer. He was a friend to everyone he met in the genealogical community. A police captain by profession, Chuck also was a professional genealogist who researched for more than thirty years. Chuck's primary genealogical interests included German research and involving young people in family history. The Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG, will present the Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture at this year's FGS Conference. Rev. McDonald discusses why settlers came from Germanic Europe to Texas in "Germans to Texas". "I am honored to be presenting the Knuthson Memorial Lecture at FGS in San Antonio," said McDonald. "Chuck's interest in Germanic genealogy is shared by so many researchers, and I am pleased to be able to extend Chuck's commitment to the field in this manner."
Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward What's happening for Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Societies Members in September? The answer is PLENTY.... so get your calendar out and mark down the dates. Don't want you to miss anything....... Guests are always welcome. 4 September / Thursday Board Meeting 10am to noon Sylvan Community Center 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights, California 4 September/ Thursday Legacy Family Tree SIG Family History Center 2745 Eastern Ave Sacramento, California contact Center for details 5 September/ Friday RC Extraction Meet UP 9am to noon Center for Sacramento History 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento California Contact Marilyn Ulbricht This is a busy group of members. Nothing difficult, handwriting may be a challenge but there is lots of help available. The more the better......... and lots more gets transcribed/extracted 11 September / Thursday September General Meeting 6:15pm Backblaze downloading time 7pm General Meeting - Backblaze- online backup Christ Community Church 5025 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael, California Any member bringing their laptop to the meeting (6:15pm) will be able to have the Backblaze online backup program downloaded to their laptop. It is free for 3 months. Try it you might like it. Check it out ahead of time and come with your questions and comments. 12 September / Friday RC Extraction Meet UP 9am to noon Center for Sacramento History 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento California Contact Marilyn Ulbricht This is a busy group of members. Nothing difficult, handwriting may be a challenge but there is lots of help available. The more the better......... and lots more gets transcribed/ 17 September/ Wednesday Root Cellar SGS's Daytime Workshop 1pm to 3pm Sylvan Community Center 7521 Community Ave , Citrus Heights, California Bring your finds and your brickwalls......... let's see what you have doing allllll summer. 17 September/ Wednesday Roots Magic SIG 12:30p - 2pm Family History Center 2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento, California 19 September/ Friday RC Extraction Meet UP 9am to noon Center for Sacramento History 551 Pacific Blvd, Sacramento California Contact Marilyn Ulbricht This is a busy group of members. Nothing difficult, handwriting may be a challenge but there is lots of help available. The more the better......... and lots more gets transcribed/ 24 September/ Wednesday (4th Wednesday) Reunion for MAC SIG- 10:30am - 12:30pm Family History Center 2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento, California Mark your calendar, We hope that we see you during the month.
26 September/ Friday
RC Extraction Meet UP 9am to noon Center for Sacramento History 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento California Contact Marilyn Ulbricht This is a busy group of members. Nothing difficult, handwriting may be a challenge but there is lots of help available. The more the better......... and lots more gets transcribed
Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward
These are the classes I attended today...... wow what a long day but very rewarding...... the evening program was the best!
"How to Overcome Brickwalls in German American Research" with Michael Lacopo "The Structure of Organized Genealogy in Germany" with Dirk Weissleder LUNCHEON:: International Society fro British Genealogy and Family History - "The Messages our Ancestors Leave Behind" with Paul Milner- the end tale is don't forget to tell the family stories because if you don't, your stories will disappear.
"Identifying Immigrant Origins" with Karen Matheson "Doing English Genealogy in an Internet World: A Case Study" with Dean Hunter
A Night in Old San Antonio........... sponsored by Ancestry in conjunction with Dell and Lexmark. A festive evening filled with fun, costumed characters, food and music in the historical art village of La Villita on the banks of the San Antonio River. Mariachis on the plaza- traditional music and folkloric dancing. The San Antonio Conservation Society only hosts 10 of these evenings each year, so we were very fortunate. We enjoyed the "Niosita"(this was a scaled down version of their annual fiesta presentation "A Night in Old San Antonio") There was a huge Mexican buffet. HOT and HUMID -93 degress- even when leaving close to 10pm) We were all very thankful to have air-conditioned motor coach to take us to and from La Villita. I took lots pictures and a couple of videos........ I hope you enjoy them.
Great handmade Mexican food made right in front of us....... homemade GREAT!1
Music - lots of great music of all kinds. Here we have couples two stepping while others are doing a line dance............. so much fun.
Josh Taylor (President of FGS and our Spring Seminar 2015 presenter) was declared the Mayor of La Villita.
Another great gift - I could have used this starting last Tuesday when I arrived..... a great fan and then it folds up into its own case and fits in your pocket or purse. Thank You.
Just too much to share with you but you get the idea. This last video is of the dancers and 3 people out of the audience. They had a lot of fun and so did we.
Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward Exhibit Hall opened this morning after the Opening Presentation.......... and they came, pouring in by the hundreds....... I walked around the whole hall first and then went back to certain tables. There are always contests and challenges, demo's and specials to think about. Here we go
Large area as you walk in on the right for the FGS area........... this year they have a couple of large couches and several comfy chairs for people to relax in.
.........and here is Root Cellar SGS presentation for our September Meeting. Hope to see you all there.
This is a very good and reliable online backup system. Members who bring their laptops to the September Meeting will be able to upload the program and use it free for 3 months. Great Offer and Great Deal!!
Remember those days last year where a lot of you contributed to this digitizing project. Thank you for your generosity and support. YES they are still collecting ..... it is a large undertaking and one that costs quite a bit. They can always use your help once again. Think about it. Preserve the Pension
There is a large area on the left as you walk into the Exhibit Hall devoted to FGS Societies. Lots of great material being offered and prizes too. Denise, and I had a table at the Society Day at the Jamboree in Burbank. Maybe we can do it again next year in Salt Lake City.........
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FGS and RootsTech Conferences 2015 "Connect Explore, Refresh" announced the dates Feb 11-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City. Registration is open Friday August 29....... for more information: FGS Conference Early bird special for the next 10 days $139 plus a pass to RootsTech for under$40. - almost two for one conference
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Have you been using US Gen Web for your research and help? If not you should try it out. Some states and counties have more resource than others -reminder it is run totally by volunteers. The US GenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide internet websites for genealogical research in every county and state of the United States. The US GenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level. Check out US Gen Web Archives building a Digital Library for genealogists. AND US Gen Web Tombstone Transcription Project - preserving a record of today's gravestones,