Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - LOOK at That Doggie in WINDOW

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


OK there is no doggie in the window but lots of memorabilia of days of olde....... lots of books to reference, declarations, documents, family photo's and even clothing....... It is impressive!

September has ended and hopefully you got over to the Arden Dimick Library Arden  area in Sacramento to view and marvel at our genealogy dressed window ..........  Great Job to Diane and her crew!!  Unfortunately our window is already dismantled and someone else has redecorated with another theme.........

I have photo's for you but keep in mind that the window is difficult to photograph because there is so much glare all day long............  But enjoy- there is so much in the window about genealogy and Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society. (thanks to Diane Maltase for the photo's)





















ALERT ALERT: Now you can check out the display windows during the month of October at Fair Oaks Library and North Highlands Antelope Library. Lots more Root Cellar SGS and Genealogy. 


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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Society Saturday - A SIG in Born!

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


A new SIG is born...........

               Whoooopey!! Congratulations!!

What is a SIG?

                        Special Interest Group

What Special Interest Group?

Family Tree Maker (FTM) Genealogy Software SIG with an emphasis on the interaction with the Family Trees on Ancestry.com. Doesn't that sound great! The first meeting is in October.

Come out, join in, and learn from each other. Start at the beginning and grow with the group. Come to listen to see what you think, Come with your laptop or iPad loaded with FTM to participate.


What: Family Tree Maker SIG 
When: FIRST meeting October 16 (3rd Thursday) 
Time: 11:30am- 1:30pm
Where: Sylvan Community Center  
              7521 Community Dr, Citrus Heights
Cost: Free

                                                  Mark your Calendars
                       Sponsored by Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society



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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Society Saturday - October Happenings for Root Cellar SGS

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


What is Root Cellar SGS planning for the month of October?

Now is the time to mark your calendars so you don't miss out.............

2 October/ Thursday  at 10am - Board Meeting
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
Members are always welcome
Contact: Diane Maltase


3 October/ Friday at 9am-Noon - Extractions Meet Up
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
The more help the less work for everyone
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht


9 October/ Thursday at 7pm - General Meeting
Christ Community Church
5025 Manzanita Ave, Carmichael
Guests are Welcome
*6:15pm Round Table Discussions - come early and meet other members who may have similar interests
*7pm General Meeting Begins
Presentation: The Nature of the Evidence and the Proof by Craig Manson
The evaluation of evidence is the top of this hour. Learn the difference between..........more information
Craig Manson is a lawyer, historian and a genealogist.


10 October/ Friday - NO Extractions Meet Up
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht


15 October/ Wednesday at 1-3pm - Day Time Workshop
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
A good opportunity to meet other members in a less structured atmosphere. To bring your genealogy questions, your new finds, your brickwalls.......  let others try to help.
Contact: Diane Maltase


15 October/ Wednesday at 12:30-2pm - Roots Magic SIG
NOT sponsored by Root Cellar SGS but member supported
Sacramento FamilySearch Library
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
An opportunity to meet with others that use the Roots Magic Family Tree Genealogy Program
Reservations call 916-487-2090


16 October/ Thursday at 10-11am - Glenda's Class/ Documenting Your Heirlooms
Must be pre-registered Mary Anne Smith no walk-in's
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights


16 October/ Thursday at 11:30-1:30pm - FamilyTree SIG 
FIRST MEETING- meet with like minds
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
 Contact: John Jay


17 October/ Friday at 9am - Noon - Extractions Meet Up
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
The more help the less work for everyone.
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht


22 October/ Thursday at 10:30-12:30p - Reunion SIG
NOT sponsored by Root Cellar SGS but member supported
Sacramento FamilySearch Library
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
An opportunity to meet with others that use the Reunion Family Tree Genealogy Program


23 October/ Thursday at 10-11am  - Glenda's Class/ Using City Directories
Must be pre-registered Mary Anne Smith no walk-in's
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights


24 October/ Friday at 9am - Noon - Extractions Meet Up
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
The more help the less work for everyone.
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht


30 October/ Thursday at 10-11am - Glenda's Class/ County Histories
Must be pre-registered Mary Anne Smith no walk-in's
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights


31 October/ Friday at 9am - Noon - Extractions Meet Up
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
The more help the less work for everyone.
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht



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Friday, September 19, 2014

Society Saturday - Backblaze Backed Us Up

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



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Members came early with their laptops. They were looking forward to hearing all about Backblaze and receiving a free 3 month subscription.......  and they would install the program before or after the general meeting. For those they did not get too or did not bring their laptops there were certificates to take home and the member can install the program themselves and all for FREE for three months. This was a WIN-WIN situation.  Many members received the FREE 3 month offer and got the program installed at the meeting. They were able to ask questions before, during and after the installation and then during the meeting and after the meeting. I did notice that several took home a certificate.






Above you can see Backblaze representative Yev Pusin helping early members install the Backblaze program on their laptops and answer any questions. I am happy to say that our members kept Yev busy. He needed to hand out numbers so that he was sure he would get to everyone, so that each member would get the attention they deserves, 

The meeting began with introductions, announcements and happy finds..........  Yev was introduced and gave a great presentation about Backblaze and what online backup means to the individual and their data. 

I love the saying on the bottom of the Backblaze business card that says in cursive " Kiss your lost files hello" and there is a fat red lipstick kiss at the end of the sentence............ 





I have Backblaze on my laptop, it was installed in February at the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City. The first time it did a backup it took several days. No I didn't leave my system on 24/7 but it just started up again where it left off. It just works in the background. If you don't turn on your computer for days it will send you a message when you do turn it on that your system has not been backed up for  XX days and needs to be backed up. It is painless and an inexpensive security blanket. If you already have another system working, you can add this one also.........  see what you like about each and make up your mind. 

Unfortunately I cannot tell you how wonderful the service is because I have not needed to find lost files or do reload of my data.......  thank goodness, THANK GOODNESS (knock on wood) for that. So I will go on faith and the good ratings and tributes to the company. 


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Motivational Monday - New England Historic Genealogical Society Comes West

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




NEHGS Comes West: 

         Navigating New England

 and 

                   New York Resources

,...... California Genealogical Society and Library partnered with NEHGS to bring this event to all of us.

It was a beautiful day. Thank goodness since you had to leave the hotel to walk down the street to enter the Crystal Ballroom from the street,  still part of the hotel, where the event was being held.......  There were all types of activities going on .......  of course, registration first. At the other end of the registration room was a used book seller. Going inside the main room I found a CGS table where you can learn more about the organization, sign up or renew your membership. They had a second table with books for sale representing their organization. Another table for a silent auction....... lots of goodies but the one I would have loved to win was a 6 hour consultation with Jane Lindsey (and she is actually going to NEHGS in Boston in a couple of weeks so she could use some of those hours for your research - exciting!!- long to short I didn't win.) Another table represented NEHGS, membership, and a good variety of books and help resources for sale.

I renewed my CGS membership and received a free copy of  "A Most Dreadful Earthquake, a first hand account by Dorothy Fowler ". I renewed my NEHGS membership also. I did buy a laminated sheet "The Portable Genealogist, Using DNA in Genealogy" by Chris Child and a small book "The Genealogist's US History Pocket Reference" by Nancy Hendrickson. 

The Crystal Ballroom was a large room, very elegant with the old world look & feel, comfortable chairs, fake windows with mirror inserts (gave the room a much roomier space than it was)  ......  unfortunately the room was hard to cool down (it was warmer than usual in Berkeley)  ..........  coffee, tea and water were available all day and in the afternoon SURPRISE cookies appeared.






The four sessions that Chris Child
and Alice Kane
both from NEHGS presented ..............

Migrations Into and Out of New England, 1620-1900, Chris Child

Boston in a Whirlwind: A Primer Tour of 10 Repositories, Alice Kane

NEHGS Sources for New York Research, Chris Child

I Had Him in My Sights, and POOF! Strategies for Relocating the Disappearing Ancestor, Alice Kane

....... lots of good information and resources for me to follow-up with and investigate further. No, New York is not one of the New England states but it is a border state, it has a big impact on New England,  and many migrated there from one of the other New England states so they are doing a concentration on New York too.(and I am so glad) Since I have New York ancestors I was thrilled and very interested in the third session. I do have ancestors from Connecticut (and Massachusetts -I think). I think that part of the Connecticut ancestors originally came down from the Massachusetts Bay area, so is that where they entered the United States.  So you can see I am really looking forward to checking out their catalog to see what they do have and how they can further my research.

For those that are not sure what 6 states New England refers too, they are ........  Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut.

So if you have New England ancestors, I would say that the New England Historic Genealogical Society would be a good investment for your future research. I am going to take advantage of this resource during this year.

The California Genealogical Society does a lot with San Francisco, Oakland and the bay area they also have an extensive library of books and materials from all over the country......  plus computers set up hooked to the internet and members have access to at least a dozen genealogical sites........ they also have a series of very good classes each month, plus other events and trips yearly......  CGS is also a good investment for your research. I have been a member for several years and attend many of their classes during the week and on Saturdays. I try to go a lot earlier so I can take advantage of their library and internet services. A good day outing.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Follow Friday : Spending Saturday in Berkeley with CGS & NEHGS

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


New England Historical and Genealogical Society out of Boston Massachusetts has come west again. They are partnering with the California Genealogical Society out of Oakland to bring us this event. I for one am thrilled, Although I am looking forward to going there one day.  But this a great alternative for now,

In Sacramento I took the Amtrak to Richmond, and the BART System from Richmond to Downtown Berkley, Pretty quick ride all things considered. The BART station is directly across the street from the Hotel Shattuck, couldn't ask for anything more perfect. They say there is parking but very limited so I decided to take the Amtrak/ Bart down down and back home tomorrow evening.

I have already run into our own Lois Shumacher (you know, our new Preserves Editor) with her friend from Grass Valley. I went for a short walk around the block, An interesting mix of people  and businesses. Bought some pop and came right back to the hotel. Berkeley streets have not changed in the past 50 years ,,.. lots of characters young and old, stoned and not, some sleeping on the sidewalk, others just hanging out, and others trying to survive, and still others have their guitars and other instruments out playing and singing for their next meal, for their next dollar. A guy pushing a baby stroller that was completely filled with probably everything he owned plus a huge grey striped cat purring away on top of it all- thank goodness no baby. This all brings me back to days after high school and into college. PEACE MAN!

Registering and coming to this event was the first time I had ever heard of the Hotel Shattuck but then two weeks ago on "Who Do You Think You Are?" with Kelsey Grammer there we were looking at documents about his family with Kelsey from the Hotel Shattuck from I believe the 1920's - 1930's.. Gosh what a small world. Now I am staying in the same hotel.

FYI: Just a little history..........  the hotel was selected and build on the corner of Shattuck & Allston in Berkeley after the 1906 earthquake and opened its doors in December 1910. It is built in the mission style which represents California's  Architectural heritage. It was build by a Francis Kittredge Shattuck, William Hillegass & George Blake. An annex was started in 1914 which increased the hotel's size by 400%  adding 120 guestrooms. The hotel has changed hands several times and a name change also - Whitecotton Hotel. But the name change back fairly soon. In 2007 the Hotel Shattuck Plaza was purchased, it was closed for over a year while undergoing an extensive multimillion dollar renovation, Now it is an upscale boutique hotel within a historic building. On my walk around the block of the hotel I did notice the familiar names of streets- Kittredge & Shattuck for just a couple (sorry for the blurry picture)



 But when you enter the hotel you are greeted with very white and black decor. Very upbeat. The experience starts when you enter the  - it doesn't move till you enter your door card. Then when entering your room, the lights and a/c - heat will not work till you again enter your room card in a card dock on the wall........... Just a little different.  I love the colors of the different carpet and walls, so I took pictures of them.............  This is part of the main floor leading out to an interior outside patio.

This is my favorite...... colorful carpet/ white walls
This is my floor outside my room......... the others are on my floor too but down the next hallway and etc etc,

Tomorrow will be a full day of sessions. I am excited to have the opportunity to mingle and talk with and ask questions of the representatives of the NEHGS - Chris Child and Alice Kane.
 


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday - We Will Never Forget!

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








Rebuilding after 9/11


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