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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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Society Saturday - June Happenings with Root Cellar SGS

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


June Happenings with Root Cellar SGS  

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

June 4 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 / Marion Kile
                                 2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
                                


June 5  Friday    Extraction Happenings 9am - Noon .... every Friday morning
                            Center for Sacramento History
                            551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                            Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht



June 10 Wednesday Roots Magic SIG - 1pm ........second Wednesday of the month
                                   Family History Center/ Lynn Brown
                                   2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento


June 11 Thursday General Meeting 7pm - 8:30pm ....second Thursday of the month
                                   6:15pm - 7pm Pre-Meeting Roundtable Discussions
                                   7-8:30pm General Meeting9                                                 

                                                    more info online 
                       What's in a Name presented by Victoria Fisch
              PLUS Installation of New Board Members for 2015-2016
                                   Visitors Welcome     Contact: Diane Maltase

June 12 Friday Extraction Happenings 9AM- Noon
                             Center for Sacramento History
                             551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                             Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht


June 17 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 


June 18  Thursday  Family Tree SIG -11:30am -1:30pm ....third Thursday of the month
                                   Sylvan Community Center
                                   7521 Community  Drive, Citrus Heights
                                   Contact: John Jay


June 19 Friday Extraction Happenings  9am- Noon
                             Center for Sacramento History
                             551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                             Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht


June 24 Wednesday Reunion SIG -10:30am...... fourth Wednesday of the month
                                      Family History Center / Rick Hanson
                                      2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
                                       
June 26  Friday   Extraction Happenings  9am - Noon 
                                       Center for Sacramento History
                             551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                             Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht  




NOTE: Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society takes a break in the summer each year. So the General Meetings are suspended for July and August and start up again the second Thursday of September 2015. Board Meetings, Workshops, Extractions & SIG's continue throughout the summer unless otherwise posted.



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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Travel Tuesday - Where in Missouri is Carolee?

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


The National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference has come to an end in St Charles, Missouri. What a lot of fun following along with all the live streaming videos offered, plus we got to hang with Carolee Jones during and after the conference. Good Conference. Thanks.

...........and plans for next year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida May 4-7, 2016 are already underway. So mark your calendar and start making your plans for 2016. 

I am still listening to videos from the NGS Conference and benefiting from them. Very interesting. Glad that I decided to go with the live streaming this time. Something for you to consider next year if you are unable to go. 

Carolee Jones is still out there, going from library to library and getting additional research done before coming home to California ............... she writes: 

After spending my last day at the NGS Conference I used the knowledge gained to first visit the St. Louis County Library on Sunday.  I began researching the Enrolled Missouri Militia my great-grandfather, Joel H. Greene, served in during the Civil War.  By Tuesday Richard and I had met Harold, the Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society president.  We spent the morning in the society library located in Fayette.  By the afternoon we toured the north western party of Howard County finding the lands my Terrill and Greene ancestors lived.  I took many photos of green fields of lands owned by the ancestors.

We visited Glasgow the home town where my grandfather, Frank H. Greene, was born.  Glasgow is on the Missouri River.  Wednesday, I researched microfilm newspapers published in Howard County.  I was especially keen to find an obituary for a second great-grandfather, Joshua Willis Terrill, both a Baptist minister and physician.  I did not find one, however, I must admit I ran out of time.  I did find a couple of small articles about his illness and death but not an obituary.  Thursday was spent in the Fayette Courthouse in the Probate and Records departments.  Much of their records has been microfilmed and at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City.  On my last research day, Saturday, I hope to locate more records at the Midwest Genealogy Center in the Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri.  I plan to return home with many new documents to input into my Legacy program.

I had an excellent day at the Midwest Genealogy Center Library.  Found lots of good material but not the obit I have been hoping to find.  Someday it will pop up. 

I asked Carolee if this Midwest Genealogy Center Library is the one in Independence Missouri. I was lucky enough to go there several years ago when it first opened. It was clean, plenty of parking, clean inside and out, roomy, white and sterile and very modern and there was not much on the shelves or in the cabinets yet. Understandable but disappointing...........  

Carolee answered back:  Yes it was the Midwest Genealogy library I was visiting yesterday.  It’s shelves are full of books.  I spent the six hours or so just in one small section that dealt with Howard County.

A big thanks to Carolee Jones for taking us along on her adventures at the NGS Conference in St Charles Missouri and along for some of her extra adventures outside of the conference. Thanks again. 
 

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