Sunday, January 8, 2012

Searching for Common Surnames

The Sacramento Central Library continues to amaze me with their genealogy programs sponsored by the Friends of the Sacramento Central Library. The quality of the speakers are top notch. Keep your eyes and ears open there are other top programs being planned for the Central Library for January (January 15- Stephen Morse on Getting Ready for 1940 Census & January 22 Barbara Leak on Naturalization Rules and Records)

An example of that was todays presentation by Lisa Louise Cooke "Common Surname Search Strategies." Lisa is a nationally known author (The Genealogist's Google Toolbox- I have it and it is worth the cost plus she has 2 Google Earth CD's)  and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast.  (I listen to her podcast all the time - great stuff)

Lisa gave all of us lots of tips and tricks to find our ancestors with common surnames (of course now it is putting it all to use). How to search, what to add, what to take out.....  it was all very enlightning. Lots of great questions. Lisa is an excellent speaker, knows her topics, answers questions with ease, and has a great sense of humor. I am glad I was able to make this presentation.

Again special thanks to the Friends of the Sacramento Central Library and Beth Daugherty.

 posted by Sandra Gardner Benward


  1. I totally agree about the kudos for Lisa Louise Cooke and the Sacramento Public Library Central Branch, particularly librarian Beth Daugherty. When I got home I did a search using Lisa's toolbox of tips for finding my Browns and Clarks. I was able to narrow the results to 27 on one search string! Thanks for your presentation Lisa!

  2. Thanks for the kind words! I always enjoy speaking at the Sacramento Central Library. Beth is such a pro!


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