Sunday, October 30, 2011

Black Sheep Sunday: Joan Beaufort

My “Black Sheep Ancestor” is Joan Beaufort. She led a very interesting life!

I am a descendant of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (6 March 1340—3 February 1399). John was the third son of Edward III, King of England (13 November 1312—21 June 1377).

John first married Blanche of Lancaster in 1359; she died in 1369. He next married Infanta Constance of Castile in 1371. In the meantime John had a mistress, Katherine Swynford, with whom he had four illegitimate issue: three sons and a daughter, Joan Beaufort. The children were given the surname of Beaufort after a former French possession of the Duke.

After Constance died in 1394, John married Katherine in 1396 and obtained both royal (by Parliament) and papal decrees of legitimization of their four children. Thereafter, the now legitimate Joan Beaufort became Countess of Westmorland, and later grandmother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III.

Joan Beaufort, my direct ancestor and having been born illegitimate, allowed me to qualify for membership in the Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons and Daughters of the Kings of Britain (known as the “Royal Bastards”) as well as qualifying me for membership in the following royal societies (requiring legitimate descent):
  • Order of the Crown in America
  • National Society of Americans of Royal Descent
  • Friends of St. George/Association of Descendants of the Knight of the Garter
  • Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter
Submitted by Jack Willoughby, Vice President, Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society

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Posted by Ron Setzer

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sympathy Saturday: W.C. Hibsch

W.C. Hibsch was my great-grandfather.  He was born about 1862 near Breslau, Prussia and emigrated to America with his parents and a sister in 1873.  In 1896 when residing in California, he became an American citizen.  He was a blacksmith, married Martha Bashor and had two sons. Unfortunately, his life was cut short at age 45.  The "photo" (above) is the only known likeness of him.


   After shoeing fifteen horses during working hours, Tuesday, W.C. Hibsch lay down on the floor of his blacksmith shop, in McCabe, at 6 o'clock in the evening, and expired a few minutes later, presumably from the excessive use of alcoholic stimulants.

   Deceased was aged about 45 years.  He had resided in McCabe but a short time and very little is known of his antecedents.  A son, 13 years of age, and a daughter, aged 5, survive him.  The remains were taken in charge by the Ruffner undertaking establishment and brought to this city.  Interment will take place this afternoon, at 3 o'clock, in the Citizen's cemetery.

Source: The Arizona Journal-Miner, Prescott, Arizona, 13 June 1907, page 1, column 2.

This newspaper obituary was incorrect about the children (there were two sons), didn't mention his wife (maybe because she and the children were not living there), but probably was accurate about the drink!

Submitted and posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Francisca V. de Rinaldi
October 14, 1844 – March 14, 1921

Submitted by Nancy Fiorini
Posted by Ron Setzer

Monday, October 24, 2011

Research on the fly—

Sometimes you find a resource or a file or a tidbit that will help you in your research but your computer is not open, you don't have pen and paper, only your iPad or iPhone. Open up Dragon dictation and speak your bit of information. Dragon will automatically turn it to text, which you can save,  you can e-mail yourself or someone else or even instant message it. And then you go on with your research.

Dragon Dictation 2.0 is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text content for everything from email messages to blog posts on your iPad™, iPhone™ or iPod touch™.
With Dragon Dictation 2.0, you can dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter), send text or email your friends, send notes and reminders to yourself … all using your voice. The new Dragon Dictation 2.0 also features multilingual capabilities, giving you the option to switch between a variety of languages.
Posted by Ron Setzer

Sunday, October 23, 2011

National Archives Joins iTunes U Community

This summer, the National Archives (NARA) launched its first station on iTunes U. iTunes U is a feature on Apple's iTunes that helps educational and cultural institutions disseminate information to the iTunes audience. Users can subscribe to the channel and access objects from the National Archives digital collection through the iTunes store, free of charge.

The first collections published on iTunes U by NARA included subjects such as important documents in American history, the Civil War, World War II newsreels, and the Civil Rights Movement. By subscribing to the National Archives iTunes U channel, users will be able to view videos and documents from the National Archives collection, giving us another way to reach new users!
When you see the National Archives show up or search on it -- you will then see what's available. Good Luck!

Editor’s Note: Access to Itunes U requires a connection to the ITunes Store through the iTunes app which you’ll be asked to download if you don’t already have it resident on your computer.

Editor’s Note: We learned about this in the current UpFront with NGS. They learned of this from the Autumn 2011 edition of the National Archives Researcher News. Previous issues are at this site:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Official Unofficial Guide to...............

Are you a Legacy Family Tree Software user...... if so you may be interested in this new paperback or PDF download                                   The Official
Unofficial Guide to Using
                                                  Legacy Family Tree

                      A new book by Legacy's Geoff Rasmussen  306 pages | Paperback ($19.95) or PDF ($14.95)

Sandra Gardner Benward: I have downloaded this new book and find it to be very useful. There are so many features to Legacy Family Tree and I want to get the most out of the program. So far it has been very helpful, and it will be a good resource.

Friday, October 21, 2011

National Genealogical Society (NGS) Seeks Nominations for the 2012 Genealogy Hall of Fame

Would your society like to honor a genealogist whose exemplary work lives on today? Perhaps there was a notable genealogist in your state or county whose name should be memorialized in the NGS Hall of Fame. If so, the National Genealogical Society would like to hear from you. NGS is seeking nominations from the entire genealogical community for persons whose achievements or contributions have made an impact on the field. This educational program increases appreciation of the high standards advocated and achieved by committed genealogists whose work paved the way for researchers today.

Since 1986 when Donald Lines Jacobus became the first genealogist elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame, twentyfour outstanding genealogists have been recognized for their contributions. The 2012 honoree will join this select group of distinguished members. This year’s selection, and the society that honored the nominee, will be feted at the 2012 NGS Family History Conference to be held in Cincinnati, Ohio 9-12 May 2012. Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are made by genealogical societies and historical societies throughout the United States.

Guidelines for nominations:

  • A nominee must have been actively engaged in genealogy in the United States for at least ten years, must have been deceased for at least five years at the time of nomination, and must have made contributions to the field of genealogy judged to be of lasting significance in ways that were unique, pioneering, or exemplary.
  • The National Genealogy Hall of Fame is an educational project in which the entire genealogical community is invited to participate. Affiliation with the National Genealogical Society is not required.

The National Genealogy Hall of Fame Committee elects one person to the Hall of Fame annually. Those elected are permanently commemorated in the Hall of Fame at Society headquarters, Arlington, Virginia.

Nominations for election to the Hall of Fame are due by 31 January each year. Official nomination forms are available from National Genealogical Society or by contacting the National Genealogical Society, 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204-4304; phone 1-800-473-0060.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Free concert, German style - November 12

  comes to us from Shirley Riemer of the Sacramento German Genealogical Society.........  thanks Shirley.             

Bet you haven't received an invitation like this for a while – an invitation to an event that traces back 157 years! And it's free!

Yes, you're invited to join in a tradition dating back to 1854 – the annual concert of the Sacramento Turner Harmonie. This is the 157th year for the Harmonie's concerts! The Harmonie, by the way, is the oldest German choir on the West Coast.

Back in 1854 and before, Germans were streaming to America by the hundreds of thousands, and German singing societies were springing up everywhere. In fact, Sänger activities were so active and so plentiful that they are credited with forming a sort of “social cement” to hold those new and vibrant German communities together. The Harmonie has played a vital role in this 19th century tradition.

Now, 157 years later, our very own “German singing society,” is still performing, this year with the concert title, “Musikalisches Allerlei.” You'll enjoy the old songs – some endearing, some feisty, and still others wondrously melodic – all directed by our talented and enthusiastic director Kate Janzen.

(By the way, don't you love success stories? Here's one for you: Ten years ago, a certain two high school seniors sang with the Harmonie. Now, these ten years later, both young men are returning as professional musicians to sing at the concert, each performing as a soloist: Jon Hansen and David Paterson. Witness for yourself the wonders that age and lots of intense training can produce – in just ten years!)

Please consider staying after the concert for a tasty German-style dinner – Jägerschnitzel, Rotkohl (red cabbage), roasted potatoes, green salad, and a Blattler's-baked dessert (always a delicious surprise). The concert is free, of course.You can enjoy the Harmonie's dinner with only a small charge and a reservation.


What: The Sacramento Turner Harmonie annual concert, “Musikalisches Allerlei”

When: Saturday, November 12, 2011, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J Street, Sacramento

Post-concert activities: No-host bar, dancing to the music of Don Sommerfeld

Admission: Free


What: A German-style (Jägerschnitzel) dinner (see full menu above)

Time: 6 p.m., following the concert

Where: In the same Turn Verein hall where the Concert takes place

Following dinner: No-Host cocktails, and dancing to the music of Don Sommerfeld

Price of dinner: $25 per person

Reservations required: To reserve places for the dinner, contact Al Schlenker

Telephone: 916-488-7922

Postal address: Albert Schlenker, 620 Morris Way, Sacramento, CA 95864

Reservations procedure: Send your check ($25.00 per person), payable to “Sacramento Turner Harmonie,” to Al Schlenker (see address above). Reservations should be received by November 5.

Tickets will be held at the door.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It's Back!!!! Associate Program

Associates Program
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If you go to our website you will find the icon on. In order for Root Cellar to benefit from your shopping on Amazon you must first click on the icon and then shop as usual.

So let the fun and spending begin. Good time for holiday shopping.....Thank you for participating..........

Participation is easy and free. Root Cellar and its membership benefit. Just click on the icon on our home page and shop as usual.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Follow Friday – Those Who Went Before

"Month One of My Certification Track"
One of the blogs that I follow is Those Who Went Before: Photos, stories and history of the ancestors of Jo Lee Archer Arnspiger. I met Jo at this year's Jamboree and was delight with her genealogical experience and knowledge. Now Jo is beginning the process of acquiring her Genealogy Certificate and you may want to follow her journey by reading

Way back in February of 2011 I wanted to participate in a Family History Writing Challenge.  Unfortunately, life got in the way of that but now in October of 2011 I am starting my Certification Process.  I sent my Preliminary Application in the first part of September 2011.  I have had a month to think about which of my research projects I want to use in my portfolio, which document I will be using for the transcription portion and I have contacted an individual to be my client guinea pig.  On a pro bono basis I will undertake a research project for her with a specific goal and time limit.  This will be on a subject I have done no previous research on.  I am really looking forward to that challenge.
A special maillist is set up for those of us embarking on this journey, to ask questions and provide whatever support may be needed.  Additionally, a six month plan is provided with a suggested timeline.  Even though candidates are given a full year to complete the process, many seem to have much of the work done before the preliminary application is tendered.  This is true in my case.  I have been researching for over thirty years and have been thinking about Certification for three years or more.  So here I go....and I want to chronicle my journey and share my thoughts, insights, crisis and setbacks for myself and maybe for others thinking about taking this huge step.
Now in the first actual active month of this process, Month One, I will reread the first two chapters of Evidence Explained, review Requirement 1 of the BCG Application which includes the Genealogist's Code and what is suggested for my resume.  I have already taken the "Are You Ready?" test from the BCG website and passed with flying colors.  There are additional articles available in the BCG Skillbuilding area which I will also read. The last task for this month will be to write the resume and add it as the first piece of my portfolio.
I am happy to be back to my blog; excited to be actually STARTING the certification process and curious to see where I will be in eight months.

Posted by Ron Setzer

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Follow Friday - Family History Day at the California State Archives

On Saturday, October 15th, the California State Archives will open its doors to the 13th annual Family History Day, an all day, all free event.

This is a day when we celebrate National Family History Month.

This is a day when we introduce the joy of genealogy to the public.

This is a day when you will begin your journey back to the days of your ancestors.

Whether you want to learn how to start your family tree or refresh your research skills, the 23 genealogy classes available at Family History Day 2011 are sure to meet your needs.  All classes are presented by speakers who are experts in their subjects, teaching at the basic level, informing you of what resources are available and how to use them. 

Talk to representatives from the 27+ exhibitors who will help enhance your family history research.  The exhibitors include genealogical and lineage societies, libraries and archives, photographic preservation experts and technology tools.

The Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Library, housed on the 4th floor of the State Archives, will be open for browsing (and research if you have time).  Our librarian, Sammie Hudgens, and her team will be available for orientation and assistance.

Be sure to sign up for a tour of the State Archives.  You will enjoy a rare opportunity to get an inside look at how documents are received, prepared for storage and made available to the public for research.  Also, learn about the State Archives preservation process for documents held there.

The Family History Day blog has up-to-date news about the speakers, class topics, exhibitors, venue and parking.  The class schedule is there as are FAQs about the event.  Visit the blog today!

We look forward to seeing you at Family History Day 2011!

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Treasure Chest Thursday – Magdalena May (TRUNKENBOLZ) SHUMAKER

b. 1904
d. 1996
Lena's Christening Photograph
Lena is Bob Shumaker's mother.

Lena's Christening dress is a family heirloom.

Submitted by Lois Shumaker
Posted by Ron Setzer

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Alva Leo Hutson Homestead Record

b. 1879 Wayne Twp, Mitchell County, Iowa
d. 1936 in Amery, Wisconsin
He was my great-grandfather.
Click on image to enlarge.

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Posted by Denise H Richmond
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

You're Invited! Sacramento Cemeteries - People and History Presentation

All are invited to hear William (Bill) Pettite speak at the Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society meeting.
  • When: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
  • Where: Citrus Heights Community Clubhouse, 6921 Sylvan Road, Citrus Heights, CA
  • Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Program: "Those Were The Days", people buried in our region
  • Contact:  Sandi Benward (916) 412-351
About the Speaker:
William (Bill) Pettite was a probate judge and coroner in Idaho. He has earned many rewards for his lifelong community involvement, including the 1999 Promotion of History Award from the Sacramento County Historical Society and the National Preservation Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. One of his great accomplishments was to prepare historical information on some of the cemeteries in Sacramento County as a community service. One such endeavor was the history of East Lawn Memorial Park, located on Folsom Blvd in East Sacramento.

Come listen as Bill tells us about the cemeteries and people who are buried there, including Ancil Hoffman, Effie Yeaw, Newton Earp, military heroes, gypsies, and more.

Posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Monday, October 10, 2011

You're Invited! Jews of India Presentation

All are invited to hear Yael Numark speak at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento meeting.

  • When: Sunday, October 16, 2011
  • Where: Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Program: Jews of India
About the Speaker
Yael Numark is a Sacramentan born in Mumbai (Bombay) who will discuss the legacy and history of India's Jewish communities.  Yael says many of the same Jewish traditions found throughout the world would be found in Mumbai's eight synagogues, although there are also traditions specific to India.  The written record of Jews in India goes back to the 1700s.

For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento, visit or send an e-mail to

Posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Upcoming Event at the Roseville Genealogical Society

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Maidu Senior Center,
1550 Maidu Dr., Roseville, CA
Meeting 1-3 pm
Program: Cemetery Records
Cemeteries may provide the missing clue to extend your family research another generation. There are many other records besides just the tombstone which might give additional information.
Speaker: Glenda G. Lloyd
Glenda is a fourth generation California; she grew up on a cattle ranch in north eastern California and attended a one-room county school. She received her BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her MA from California State University, Sacramento. She taught elementary school and worked as a reading specialist for 38 years.
Genealogy is her hobby and passion. Glenda helped organize Root Cellar Genealogical Society in Sacramento and was their first president. She has taught genealogy classes through San Juan Adult Education for the past 25 years and participates in local seminars for the California State Archives, Region Family Center, and Sacramento City Library. She has lectured for the Salt Lake institute and does workshops for many local societies.
Everyone welcome. Hope to see you there.

Posted by Ron Setzer

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday – Gladys Elizabeth (MURRAY) FULLERTON

b. 1905
d. 1996
Gladys was Lois Shumaker's mother
Caption reads:
Gladys was brought up in a strict Methodist household – no work on Sundays, even needlework, no using tools, even scissors. At age 11 or so, in a moment of Sunday defiance, she knitted this little purse (4 in. x 3 in.) on hatpins, so she could keep her project from being discovered.

Submitted by Lois Shumaker
Posted by Ron Setzer

The First Sacramento Archives Crawl was a success!!

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, California State Archives, California State Library, Center for Sacramento History, Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Library, and Root Cellar's Library opened their doors to the public. 
Here Root Cellar's Librarian Sammie Hudgens is informing people of the holdings of our library as well as the society's publications.

Posted by Ron Setzer
Pictures submitted by Lois Shumaker

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday's Child

Wednesday's Child — Gravestones of Children
Billie Juanita BABCOCK – age 6
b. 1923 in Kansas
d. 13 December 1929 in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado
Buried with her parents – Oscar Owen BABCOCK and Helen Candice (RICE) BABCOCK

Posted by Ron Setzer

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Albert Oeltjenbruns (b. 1921, d. 1987) is the grandson of my Great Grandfather, Gayhart "George" Oeltjenbruns (b. 1 April 1864, d. 24 August 1931). That would make him my first cousin once removed. He is one of  "side step" genealogy research attempts, but has brought me to a dead end. With every step my relationship chart spreads out.

Submitted by DeAnna Lage Setzer
Posted by Ron Setzer

Monday, October 3, 2011

Military Monday - after 110 years a final headstone for this Veteran

THEODORE COLLINS FITCH, Captain Union Army 1865 – 121st Ohio Infantry

Born September 13, 1838 – Died September 3, 1901


On September 3, 1901, Theodore Collins Fitch died.  He was a veteran of the American Civil War and had served from the beginning in 1861 all the way to it’s conclusion in 1865.  He served in the 6th Ohio Infantry and the 121st Ohio Infantry, rising from private to the rank of Captain by wars end.  He was laid to rest in the Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights, California.

Captain Theodore Collins Fitch did not receive a headstone for his grave site.  Instead there is simple metal bar in the ground with a small metal tag with his name, age, date of death and that he was a Civil War Veteran.  Over the 110 years since his death the tag has been bent and wrinkled to the point that it could no longer be read.  His final resting place almost became an un-marked grave.

After six months of research and building a document file on Capt. Fitch, a request was made of the Department of Veterans Affair for a proper military style headstone to place at the grave site.  In mid September, the headstone arrived at the Sylvan Cemetery.  It is a white marble, military style headstone with all of the information to describe the final resting place of an American Veteran. 

On Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:00 am, there will be a dedication ceremony at the Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights, CA.  Members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Sons of Veterans Reserve Company B, 8 Calif. Infantry Regiment, will take part in the ceremony – dressed in Civil War Union Blue uniforms.  There will be musket salute, drum and bugle and a formal color guard.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend to pay tribute to an American Veteran who did not receive the recognition that all veterans deserve. 

Sylvan Cemetery
7401 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, Ca.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US - 33 years in service to the community

Come and Celebrate with us .......  celebrate 33 years growing, learning and helping our members find their ancestors. We have grown from a handful of excited family researchers to way over 200 to date.
Also joining us for a short presentation "Those Were the Days" with William Pettite. He will discuss some noteworthy people buried in some of our local cemetery's.

Join Us to learn and grow and join us for CAKE!!

12 October 2011, Wednesday evening 7pm 
Citrus Heights Community Clubhouse
6921 Sylvan Road, Citrus Heights
(south of the Auburn/Old Auburn intersection & north of the Greenback Lane & Sylvan Road intersection)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

SAVE THE DATE - November 5th Seminar

NOVEMBER 5, 2011
The Sacramento Regional Family History Center presents
                 FAMILY: Eternal Keepsakes A Family History Seminar
Registration begins at 7:45am
located at LDS Church
2745 Eastern Ave
This year we are presenting 30 classes, each participant will have an opportunity to attend five classes.
Seating is limited.  REGISTER EARLY!
Visit the website  for complete class descriptions and updates
Registration form is on the website also.

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