Sunday, May 24, 2015

Military Monday - Memorial Day Celebrations

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

Memorial Day

May 25 (observed)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States.  We take the time to remember the people who died while serving in this country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. 
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veteran Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

What do you do on Memorial Day? Do you go to your local cemetery? Does your local cemetery have an observance for the day? Do you help put out flags on the veterans graves? How do you honor our fallen veterans? 

My local cemetery is Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights, California.  .... The community seems to come together for a couple of hours and enjoys the program. I would love to invite you to our humble cemetery to share our observance with you. The Citrus Heights post of the American Legion #637 and the Veteran of Foreign Wars will hold a Memorial Day service at the Veterans Memorial and gazebo located at the Sylvan Cemetery at 7401 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights. This service will honor those who served and died in the defense of this great nation. Invited speakers are Supervisor 4th District Roberta MacGlashan, Citrus Heights Mayor Sue Frost, Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher Boyd and members of the Citrus Heights city council. Others present will be Citrus Heights Boy Scout Troop #228, and Folsom Harmony Express singers, the Citrus Heights Police Department Honor Guard and bugler Ray Latimer. 
10:30 am Veterans assemble at south end of cemetery. The procession along the 'Avenue of Flags' concluding at the Veterans Memorial. 
11:00 am  Memorial service in the cemetery's gazebo with local leaders, American Legion, VFW and singers.
See you there...... 

I will be honoring my father again.....US Army Retired Lt Col John Patterson Gardner Jr 1917-2006
Thank you for your service.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Society Saturday - D I V O R C E sung by Tammy Wynette

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

Sorry but I just wanted to get your attention ........  but it was not Tammy Wynette this time it was actually...........

..........Glenda Gardner Lloyd

speaking about       D I V O R C E !! 


This was our presentation and discussion last Thursday evening......... great handout too.

 Do you have a DIVORCE or maybe more in your family? Finding these records could be a lot more difficult to find than other records. They could be in the superior court, equity court, probate court, family courts. Huge differences still exist in the law from one state to another.

You need to do a little more research on the laws of the times in the area/state you are interested in. So much differences between states and how they handled Divorce if they allowed it at all. Yes you heard right
IF they allowed people to divorce at all........  some  times you had to put a notice in local public newspaper that you are seeking the divorce AND WHY!! Now that could be embarrassing for one or both parties. Sometimes that notice might run for 2 or 3 weeks. Can you imagine?

I do remember seeing  'D' = divorce some of the US census forms for my ancestors...  Glenda brought it to our attention that it was not until 1880 US Census that they recognized Divorce. Before that it was Single, Married, Widow. So it could be that people were divorced but it indicated that they were widowed or single or even just married. It will be up to you to decide through more research in the court system.

Ancestry, Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and the Family Search are all good resources for your search. You might even GOOGLE 'divorce records 1920-1928 Stark County Ohio' (just put in your time frame and location) See what comes up.

Don't you wish that record would just pop up .......  well, are you helping in the indexing project with if not why not? People are indexing all over the country and world, who is to say that your record in St Paul Missouri isn't the next one to be indexed. So why not help things a long and say thank you to that person by doing some indexing in your area too.

Glenda recommends to find a professional researcher or someone that knows the insides of the courthouse to locate those records/documents for you.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Follow Friday - Recordings and Live Streaming from the Jamboree


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

The 46th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society's JAMBOREE is right around the corner.

Pre Event June 4 (Special DNA DAY)  June 5-7 Jamboree
Los Angles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Blvd, Burbank
Early Bird Discounts have passed but it is still a great bargain.

Advanced Registration for Conference ends May 23......... 

But what if you can't go........... or because there are so many topics to choose from HOW DO YOU CHOOSE? SCGS has the answer. There will be two choices for you..........
              ................Pre-Recorded Recording and
              ................Live Streaming.

DVD/CD recordings have been available to purchase every year I have attended. They are well worth the cost. They always offer specials, so take advantage of them. I am sure that you can purchase them online too, but I would need to check on it. I know that I have brought home the order form and ordered after the fact.

Stop by the JAMB table this week to purchase lecture CDs and MP3s. JAMB is recording all lectures unless the lecture includes the “notes” symbol (see below). Please see the daily schedule in the Program if you are at the conference. IF you are not able to attend you will need to contact JAMB directly for the listing of  recorded classes to order.
JAMB will tape and sell lecture CDs and MP3s during the conference at their booth in the registration area.

Pricing is as follows:
Individual CDs or MP3s ……………………… $12.00 each
10 or more CDs or MP3s ………………………$11.00 each
Full conference package of CDs ……………… $9.00 each 

I don't know if you can contact them and order directly from them....... nothing lost to ask.

Live Streaming from the Jamboree. ......
Are you interested in the DNA day June 4 and can not make it OR want to listen and watch it all over again?
There are 6 live streaming sessions being presented. You can purchase any one of them or the entire day...... it is $20 per session or $99 for the 6 sessions. They will be available online through July 5 (a month to watch them over and over). On the PLUS side, if you purchase the entire package you will receive the complete DNA Day Syllabus.  [I have purchased the full day of live streaming for the DNA Day and am really looking forward to it all........ including the syllabus]

AND for the Main Conference June 5-7, 2015 

ANNOUNCEMENT May2015: Everyone everywhere needs to know that they will have access to 15 hours of free genealogical education on June 5, 6 and 7. This is especially exciting if you are not able to make the conference. More details should be coming soon.........  Have you signed up for the announcement of these free classes online?   [I am looking forward to finding out what & when the free live streaming classes will be. I am going to keep as much of those days free till I hear what classes and when they will be presented......]

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday's Tip: Look! LooK! Root Cellar at the NGS

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward and Carolee Jones with photos thanks to Carolee.

Again, we have more communication from our own Carolee Jones letting us know more about her experiences at the NGS Conference, Missouri.

"Friday was again packed full of information in each session I attended.  Everything from Virginia research while sitting at home, using digitized images to trace slave documents, discovering Missouri territorial records, learning about our ancestors day to day life, and finding Missouri ancestors who were born in Kentucky.  

A very full day which included looking at the brochures on the freebie tables, including Root Cellar’s brochure, receiving one month free subscriptions to Mocavo and Find My Past to viewing helpful hints at the Ancestry booth. 
There we are, Root Cellar Brochures at the
 National  Conference, Thanks Carolee.
a glance in the exhibit hall.............

At the NGS dinner I learned there were 2,575 attendees at this conference.  The guest speaker, John P. Colletta, was excellent with his presentation of “Why Great-Grandpa Shaved Off His Mustache: Tales of Our Ancestors and the Weather”.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Motivation Monday: Live Streaming Direct from Missouri

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

Here I am in my darkened living room in front of the glowing computer Internet screen in the middle of the night (5:45am) waiting for the Live Streaming of the first of 5 classes to begin direct from the stage of the NGS Conference in St Charles Missouri. Yes the live sessions are listed as starting at 8am but that is Central Time and I am in Pacific Time - 2 hours earlier.Jeez 2 hours earlier!!! Good Grief!!! Am I nuts? Have I lost my mind? YES / No just addicted to my hobby of genealogy. Since I am not, I repeat, NOT a morning person IT IS A LITTLE NUTTY but here I am barely awake waiting for the show to begin.

It works. The program began right at 6am with happy cheery people..............YUK!!! It is days like this I wished I lived in New York because then it would be 9am NOT 6am......... OK OK

Here is the schedule for today Thursday's live streaming........  it looks like a very good day of learning.... How can you go wrong with speakers like John Colletta, Warren Bittner & David Rencher....... I am not familiar with Jeanne Larzalere Bloom or Julie Miller so that will be a treat also. I always love to hear the same topics over again especially if it is being presented by someone I am not familiar with - each person gives their own spin on the topic and adds just a little something new.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom with Journey to America: Federal Passenger Ship Records
This was a very good session, I am glad I was here for this-  lots to learn and try. Thanks.

It is now 7:05am the first session has ended, they are setting up for the second session and there is 25 minutes left till this second session. Well, I crawled back in bed and slept till 11:30am..........  ate lunch and waited for 12:30pm when the fourth session started .......... (yes I slept through two sessions)

Bads, Bergs, Burgs, & Bachs Finding Locations in Germany with Warren Bittner. EXCELLENT, always good with great new information. So I will try again working on my German "DIETZ" family. George DIETZ from somewhere in Bavaria and his wife Caroline NOEL from somewhere in Hesse-Darmstadt. Wish me luck, I will need it.

.....another break from 1:30-2pm and hear comes the last session of this day.......... 2pm
A Methodology for Irish Emigration to North America with David Rencher- love taking sessions with David, he is very good, excellent speaker, always has good stuff. I really enjoyed this presentation even though I do not have any Irish ancestors YET. I have a feeling I will be finding some down the road. I do have Scots who are very close to Ireland so there may have been some cross over. I guess time will tell.

I know, I know, I missed two sessions this morning, but the great thing about this live streaming is that these sessions will be available in a couple of days online for the next 90 days after the presentation. So now I can re-watch the ones that I viewed today and/or view the missed ones as many times as I like through mid August. What a deal!!!

5 more sessions are live streaming tomorrow but I will be unavailable to watch till the afternoon. So again I don't have to worry since they all will be available to watch on my free time. I am really looking forward to the session with Elizabeth Shown Mills (excellent speaker with a lot of great stuff to say), Thomas W Jones, Michael Ramage, and really looking forward to the DNA session........... good stuff tomorrow!

As you can see if  you are not able to attend the conference in person,  this is a really good way to participate, learn and have fun..........  OBTW the complete syllabus comes free with the Tracks. I have downloaded it and am able to go through any of the handouts. What a Big Win Win for me!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sentimental Sunday - Success!! Meeting of the Genealogical Minds

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

You would hope that when a traveler visits Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society and needs some help with their research in our area, we would step up and be there for these travelers. We have a very good library, small but full of the best items,  housed in the California State Archives Building. And if you need some research done and cannot make the trip we do look up's for you.

Our own Carolee Jones as you may already know is now in Missouri attending the NGS Conference. She was in contact with the  Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society for at least a year or more. I know that she was really looking forward to making time during her busy conference schedule to meet certain people who have done a lot of legwork for her over the years.

 Carolee states:

"Today was a day I have been looking forward to since I would meet Harold Kerr, Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society president.  Over the years Harold has been a huge help helping me find ancestor wills, deeds and other documents from Howard County.  We met in the exhibitors room and agreed on dinner with my husband, Richard, Harold and myself.  We had a great time at dinner talking about our ancestors and our genealogical societies. 
Harold Kerr, President of the Howard County Missouri
Genealogical  Society with Carolee Jones

Out of the five classes I attended, four were on the many research libraries I can begin using after the conference.  They are Midwest Genealogy Center, St. Louis County Library, Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center and Missouri State Archives.  I did change my focus with one class on “Genealogical Research & Writing: Are You a Saint, Sinner, or Bumfuzzed Soul?” by Elizabeth Shown Mills who gave me a lot of food for thought about my writing."

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Special Saturday - Armed Forces Day

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

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