Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday - Everyone Loves a Good Mystery!!

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward with references from Lynne Roberts


Lynne Roberts is a long time member of Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society, she heads our LOOK UP assistance program, and is a very avid researcher.

Root Cellar SGS received a package in the mail from an outside researcher, Shelley Cardiel.  It was then packaged up and sent to our own Lynne Roberts. Shelley was asking for help in identifying living relatives of "Blanche Philippi's family".  Lynne would be the person to take on this challenge.


And the fun begins...................



on the reverse side is written
Blanche Philippi, Sac., June, '92 SNS


Soooo!  what do you think?


I wish someone would find a picture of one of my ancestors (Gardner, Branfield, Dietz, Little, Brownrigg etc) and share it with me. (hint hint)

Where would you start?
What would be your first step towards locating this living family?

Lynne does have some good clues already just from the picture......
she has her name, the location and year the photo was taken ...... she has the photographers name, and address. Never know if that photographer's business is still in existence. Maybe his photos and other items were been donated as a collection to a museum, library, or archives?

Humbly I might say, my first step would be to do a simple 'GOOGLE' search on this young ladies name, location and year, and also on the photographer's name too.  (I have had some great finds that surprised me by just using Google) Depending on what the Google search revealed, probably my next step might be to check the name in Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. I might even check with the Center for Sacramento History and see if the name is in any of their databases. What about you?

Let's see what Lynne does.
Good Luck Lynne.

Any suggestions are very welcome 

please include Blanche in subject line

  


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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Society Saturday - Fourth of July Celebration

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward








Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wisdom Wednesday - In With the New and Thankful to the Outgoing!!

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward


July this is the beginning of a new board officers for Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society.
Their first official board meeting will be the normal monthly board meeting on July 2 Thursday 10am at the Sylvan Community Center (scroll down to bottom of page)..........  good luck! (yes the board works year around- all 12 months)


A Very BIG thank you and our (members) appreciation to the 2014-2015 out going Board of Directors ............ 

Diane Maltase - President 








Rick Hanson - Vice President








LuEllen Pettengell - Treasurer 








Marie Cape - Recording Secretary








Mary Ann Smith - Corresponding Secretary........ 






John Jay - Past President 
Elected Nomination Committee Member
 Jack Bank







Elected Nomination Committee Member
 Denise Miller





"Thank you for your service" 
                              and 
              "Thank you for your service to come"



Welcome
New Board of Directors  
Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society 
2015-2016 

President Rick Hanson

Vice President Dianne Denny

Treasurer LuEllen Pettengell

Recording Secretary Marie Cape

Corresponding Secretary Mary Ann Smith

and 
Diane Maltase returns to the board as Past President


                              Plus the two elected positions on the Nomination Committee

                                            Denise Miller

                                           Nancy Fiorini

And once again a new year begins with new people, new experiences, new activities, new thoughts and new ideas
                                                                  The Sky is the Limit


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Society Saturday - What's Happening in July @ Root Cellar SGS?

Editor's note: Today's post was written by  Sandra Gardner-Benward


Look what is scheduled for July for Root Cellar Members.........   ..........and guests


Thursday July 2 
Board Meeting - 10am- noon
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive
Citrus Heights
Rick Hanson


Thursday July 2 NO LEGACY Family Tree Software SIG


Friday July 3 NO EXTRACTION


Thursday July 9 NO GENERAL MEETING in July ........  take those trips and do the research you have been wanting to do. Good Luck!


Wednesday July 8
Roots Magic SIG 1pm
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave.
Sacramento
Lynne Brown
If you are using Roots Magic Family Software, this is the place for you to be. Ask your questions, share


Friday July 10
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Marilyn Ulbricht
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week.



Wednesday July 15
Day Time Workshop 1-3pm
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive
Citrus Heights
Diane Maltase
This is an unstructured meeting .....  allowing for members and guests to discuss their finds, their brickwalls, and ask questions, share ideas.



Thursday July 16
FamilyTreeMaker SIG- Special Interest Group
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive
Citrus Heights
Ron Setzer    John Jay   Jack Bank
Anyone using FamilyTree Maker? This is the place for you. This is a newly formed group with a lot of interest, a lot of activity........ they are also discussing the use of Ancestry.com with this software.




Friday July 17
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Marilyn Ulbricht
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week.



Wednesday July 22
Reunion for MAC SIG 10:30am
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave,
Sacramento
Rick Hanson
Are you a MAC user looking for a family tree software to use? This is the place for you to be.




Friday July 24
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Marilyn Ulbricht
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week.



Friday July 31
Extractions
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento
Marilyn Ulbricht
Have you been thinking of helping with the various projects we have going on at the Center? It is always a good time. We can always use an extra pair of hands. We do have a lot of fun each week.


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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Society Saturday - "What IS in a Name?"

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward



Victoria Fisch and Jeremy Frankel
Tonight we were entertained by Victoria Fisch with the topic "What is in a Name?" Victoria brought her own personal heckler Jeremy Frankel.. Jeremy is friendly and  adds a lot to the information that Victoria presents., They make a great couple. Thanks to both ........... She introduced us to many different types of naming patterns....... some I am aware of and some are new to me.

Patronymic Naming is based on first name of father..... they are formed by adding a prefix or suffix to the first name that means "son of" or a shortened form of a name indicating a female gender

Personal Attributes -  suggest surnames that reflect characteristics sometimes grew out of nicknames - Blacksmith or Smith - Smitty

Toyonyms Naming are based on place of birth or residence -

Occupation Naming appeared to be very popular. Bishop Mayor, Chamberlain, Latimer etc.......  and then later you will see trade and craft names appearing....  Goldsmith, Taylor, Painter  etc.

Link to web site with institution of surnames by country

Sometimes it is so difficult to find your family in the US/ UK Census because the names are misspelled, or changed or so many with that same name.

Suggestion for misspelled names........... write the surname you are looking for and then (like a child) write down as many different variations as possible even though you would say "NO WAY" to some of them. Maybe the census taker was not familiar with the language of the family and wrote down what they thought they heard. Maybe the surname is a variation of a common surname and the common name was written - Smith  or Smyth .........  Now start looking again.

Victoria did go over doing searches of names on Ancestry,com.........  using the asterisk, first name searches, alternative first name searches, ships passengers lists. She also introduced us to & suggestions on how to search this site:  Italiangen.org. (New York City vital record indices)

A lot of great information for our research tool bag. Thanks! Want to know more about them? click  Victoria and Jeremy




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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Society Saturday : How to Write (or Not Write) a Query!

Editor's note: Today's post was co-written by Sandra Gardner-Benward and Glenda Lloyd Gardner ; originally published  in the  first Root Cellar SGS website many moons ago. 





How to Write (Or Not Write) a Query!  Queries are an important part of genealogical research. How you write your query often depends on its success. 

But First What in the World is a  Query?

Queries are published in newspapers, newsletters, journals, magazines, some email mailing lists and genealogical publications.......  ex: Root Cellar SGS Preserves (these are past issues for the public) It could be considered similar to classified ads. It is a short paragraph (1-3 sentences) asking for specific details about an individual or family, with as complete as possible a specific question or 'query' about that individual or family. 

If you are lucky enough to place your query into a genealogy society's publication and one that goes to Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center you will also have continuing exposure. They enter the queries (and other items) into PERSI. (Sorry, PERSI is a total topic all on its own and left for another time) ........ updating myself:  Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center has partnered with FindMyPast. FMP hopes to revolutionize the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). HOORAY!! 

I know when I visiting the Allen County Public Library several years ago and going through some searches on their computer system, several items it came up that were included in a couple of publications of Root Cellar SGS Preserves.  Now that was exciting to be so far away from home and have some sources point right back to home and our Preserves. So how many other publications from around the world have been published in PERSI?

How to Write (Or Not Write) a Query!
Here are a few tips on writing a better query. 

1. Use a name, a date, and a place in every query.

          EX: Seek all info on Joseph GARDNER, living in Green Co., PA 1815-1855

2. Put the surname in all caps

3. Start your query with what you want to know: 
    Need parents of ........
    Need birth date and birthplace of ........
    Searching for the maiden name of .........
    Need death and burial information on..........
    Looking for information on.......

     EX: Need date and place of birth of Henry GARDNER, son of Andrew GARDNER and Hope ROBINS/ROBBINS. Andrew GARDNER names sons Henry and James and daughter Elinor in his will probated 1749 in Salem Co., NJ

     EX: Searching for the maiden name of Eliza (  ) BROWNRIGG, born: 6 October 1824/ England, died: 13 February 1901 Dryden, Tompkins, New York,  USA; married to Wilson BROWNRIGG between 1851-1860/ England

     EX: Need parents of George A DIETZ,  born: 28 June 1837 in Bavaria, Germany;  died 7 May 1907 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.  Buried in St Pauls Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Married Caroline/Karoline NOEL (B: 1844 Hesse-Darmstadt D: 1928 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania) before 1864 Germany before coming to the United States.

4. Use circa (ca) or about if you don't know the exact date.

5. Limit each query to one family, plus related names. Several short, specific queries are preferred over one long, involved inquiry.

6. When writing an electronic query, put the surname in all caps in the subject line and include the date and place.

7. Do Not use the shotgun approach!

        EX: Researching GRIMES, ZILE, WARFIELD, CLARKE, SMITH, COCHRAN and CRAWFORD. Any assistance appreciated.

8. Sign your name to your query. Many people object to responding to a 'handle'

9. Be courteous and offer to share

10. Type or print your queries if possible to eliminate reading errors. 


GOOD LUCK!

 
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Friday, June 5, 2015

Society Saturday - "What is in a Name?"

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward


Join Root Cellar SGS for our June Monthly Membership Meeting.....


June 11, 2015 Thursday 7pm
Christ Community Church

"What Is In A Name?" presented by Victoria Fisch

Victoria is a native New Yorker who has been helping people find their family history for over twenty years. She is President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento, and northern California editor of Western States Jewish History more..........

The June Meeting is also our Annual Meeting where our NEW board members are installed. Join us and meet the new board members. 

You are invited to come early - anytime after 6:15 pm - and join in the roundtable discussions. You never know who will be sitting across the table from you......... maybe a cousin!!

NOTE: This is our last meeting before the summer begins. Root Cellar SGS does not meet for Membership Meetings in July or August. Happy Researching and finding new family members.......  see you back September 10th. BUT our board comtinues to meet, along with our workshop,  FamilyTree SIG and the extraction  committee......... join in and see what we are all about.


Visitors are always welcome


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