Monday, April 27, 2015

Mystery Monday- SHOW off that Family Treasure & TELL the Story- Linda Sword-Johnson

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



...........and here is another of many 'members shared items' from our February Show N Tell. Enjoy!!

Presenting Linda Sword-Johnson with this great family portrait.


Martin Van Buren SWORD was born about 1838 in Welsh Run, Pennsylvania. The family lived in several places in the area around Gettysburg, PA until sometime in the 1840's, when they moved westward to Carroll County Illinois, settling in the Cherry Grove/Lanark area.

The surname "SWORD" was changed from something, probably German, in the early 1800's (as far as I know no one has been able to discover the original name).

Martin's father Henry and Martin were carpenters. I have an antique plane that was at least Martin's and possibly Henry's.

Martin first married Hannah PUTERBAUGH. But Hannah died at 24 leaving Martin with their young son Harry.

Martin married again in 1872 to Rosina Edwina DILLEY and they had 3 children:
Rosebud born 1873,
Robert (my grandfather) born 1874 in Minneapolis, and
Erl born 1876 in Illinois

The family had moved to Pueblo by the time the 1885 Colorado census was taken.

Martin served with the 146th Illinois Infantry, Company A, during the Civil War. He enlisted 29 July 1964 and was called to active duty 29 August 1864. He was mustered out 8 July 1865. The troops were called "The Hundred Days Men". These men were called up by the thousands and lightly trained. They were to replace better trained troops as part of a major push to end the war in 100 days. The 146th did not see any fighting.


Martin was 63 when he fell from a tree he was trimming dying several days later on April 25, 1902. He was buried in Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo, Colorado. His tombstone has the GAR designation. 


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Society Saturday - Election Time in May

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

Elections Elections Elections Elections Elections Elections Elections Elections Elections    

It is that time of  year for Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society...  it is time for board elections.

Nominating Committee Chair & Past President John Jay and Nominating Committee Members Denise Miller, Nancy Fiorini, Jack Bank and Raymond Smith have been working hard, huddling together, going over their lists, making the phone calls......

During our April general meeting the following names were presented by the nominating committee as candidates for the 2015-2016 board.  

During our next general meeting (May 14 )  additional nominations will be accepted from the floor, after which the election will take place.  If you wish to participate in the selection of next year's leadership team you will want to attend this meeting.  

The newly elected board members will be installed at our general meeting on June 11th.


NOMINATIONS
President :  Rick Hanson
Vice President: Dianne Denny
Secretary: Marie Cape
Treasurer: :LuEllen Pettengell
Corresponding Secretary:  Mary Anne Smith
Nominating Committee (2):  Denise Miller & Nancy Fiorini



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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Following - May Happenings @ Root Cellar SGS

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


                 May Happenings with Root Cellar SGS  

Come out and ENJOY the activities and the other members!!


May 1  Friday    Extraction Happenings 9am - Noon .... every Friday morning
                            Center for Sacramento History
                            551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                            Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht



May 7  Thursday    Board Meeting -10am- Noon....... first Thursday of month
                                 Sylvan Community Center
                                 7521 Community  Drive, Citrus Heights
                                 Contact: Diane Maltase

                                 
                                 Legacy SIG - 1pm  ...first Thursday of the month
                                 Family History Center
                                 2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento


May 8  Friday    NO  Extraction Happenings today only
                            Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht


May 13 Wednesday Roots Magic SIG - 1pm ........second Wednesday of the month
                                      Family History Center
                                      2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento


May 14 Thursday General Meeting 7pm - 8:30pm ....second Thursday of the month
                                   6:15pm - 7pm Pre-Meeting Roundtable Discussions
                                   7-8:30pm General Meeting9                                                 

                                       Divorce Records presented by Glenda Gardner Lloyd
                                                    more info online   
                                   Visitors Welcome     Contact: Diane Maltase


May 15  Friday Extraction Happenings 9AM- Noon
                             Center for Sacramento History
                             551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                             Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht 


May 20  Wednesday Daytime Workshop  1pm - 3pm ... third Wednesday of the month
                                      Sylvan Community Center
                                      7521 Community  Drive, Citrus Heights

                                      This is the time to bring your research problems, your brickwalls, you new                                         finds, discuss them and see what help there may be available. 
                                      Contact: Diane Maltase 


May 21  Thursday  Family Tree SIG -11:30am -1:30pm ....third Thursday of the month
                                   Sylvan Community Center
                                   7521 Community  Drive, Citrus Heights
                                   Contact: John Jay


May 22  Friday Extraction Happenings  9am- Noon
                             Center for Sacramento History
                             551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                             Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht


May 27  Wednesday Reunion SIG -10:30am...... fourth Wednesday of the month
                                      Family History Center
                                      2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
                                       
May 29  Friday   Extraction Happenings  9am - Noon 
                                       Center for Sacramento History
                             551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                             Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht  


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday -- Opportunity for DNA Testing at a Discount

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

TESTING TESTING DNA TESTING TESTING TESTING DNA  



Have you been putting off getting your DNA done? Here is another opportunity and at a discount!! Can't get much better than that!

Take advantage of this special offer which is good from today April 23 through Monday April 27.

If you click through the DNA Day Sale icon to the right, you will save and  Root Cellar SGS will benefit. Thank You for your help and support and Good Luck with family research using the results from your DNA testing.








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Monday, April 20, 2015

Motivation Monday- SHOW Off That Family Treasure & TELL The Story- James Bratt

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



...........and here is another of many 'members shared items' from our February Show N Tell. Enjoy!!

Introducing member James Bratt 

James says: "I brought a simple grandparent history book bought at a stationary store. It was completed by my father for his granddaughter.  He took quite an interest in it and added photos and when a question didn't apply - he rewrote the question so he could use the space.  It was in his handwriting, which became important, as you'll see.  The book not only was used to help my daughter with her genealogical assignment, but has helped me in my research.  But an additional significance came after my father passed, and I filed a wrongful death suit (asbestos related) on behalf of my mother.  The book became a significant part of the suit because he had written down all the places he had lived, all the jobs he had, his hobbies, and many other items that remaining family members did not know or remember. 


This is a partial page of two pages of index....... two pages of questions

See how James father just  added what he wanted - a picture on this page

Jobs along the way

This is an enlargement of the page above.......... when you get to the blacksmith you will know he was only being teen years............... now that is a young boy out in the world, taking care of himself

just interesting knowing things don't change, except I am just the opposite 





There are lots of pages in this book that just contain handwriting. Lovely lovely handwriting. 

What do you think? I think this is an excellent idea for any parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle for that matter too. If you get a book or two now and fill it in slowly you are apt to fill in more and enjoy the assignment more as opposed to thinking you have to fill all the pages in right away. Just take it page by page. AND if a page question does not apply cross it out and write something else. What a great gift, something truly from the heart.

Thank you James for sharing this booklet and allowing me to share it with others............ 

 James Bratt

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Society Saturday- Extraction Committee Does It Again

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



Our Extraction Committee, headed by Marilyn Ulbricht, has done it again. Another Publication has been published and added to our list of publication for sale online. As we finish any publication we always present one copy back to our partner Center for Sacramento History.

A whole group of members from Root Cellar SGS work on these documents, books, and papers weekly and turn them out in a form to help researchers. We work every Friday morning at the Center for Sacramento History from 9-noon. If you would like to join us and help please contact Marilyn Ulbricht  NOTE: if you don't have every Friday come on the Friday's you can. If Friday does not work for you I am sure Marilyn can help you work on another day at the Center. There are lots of options, you just need to ask
We can always use more help........ that just means that more items are being extracted, or indexed.


HEAR YE! HEAR YE!...........  get your copy hot off the press!!!

Here we are together again and celebrating another completed publication........ YEA!! 
Here we are again, presenting a copy of the newest publication to the Center for Sacramento History
Pat Johnson, Archivist and Volunteer Coordinator







                   Sad circumstances but now fun reading.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday- SHOW off that family treasure & TELL the story- Glenda Gardner-Lloyd

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


...........and here is another of many 'members shared items' from our February Show N Tell. Enjoy!!

I don't think this member needs any introduction because most of you know Glenda Gardner-Lloyd, a Founding Member, Past President and now Parliamentarian, Teacher, Speaker and very active in the society. And if you didn't know her now you do. 

Glenda came to Show N Tell evening as a member with her precious family heirlooms in hand ready to show and tell...... She was also our speaker for the evening, speaking on Heirloom Wisdom....... and she hosted the Show N Tell event. Wow, I am exhausted. Thank you Glenda for all you do. We do appreciate you.




The arrowheads were all found on the ranch in Modoc County. Only the red and black obsidian are native stone to the area. The very small arrowheads were probably for birds. The long thin one in the middle is an awl.

 I put them into a frame about 38 years ago.





sorry for the glare but you can get a much better look at these wonderful treasures
So you ask, Where is Modoc County?  Hint:  it borders Oregon and Nevada- way north

 If you are interested in finding out more about this County and the artifacts that Glenda brought check out the links below..............

Modoc County, California

and more about Modoc County

Western Artifacts





Here is a 1895 map of Modoc County......... 

Hummmm! Wonder where Glenda's Family Ranch is located? Nothing sounds familiar to me except for Alturas.







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