Saturday, March 31, 2012

Motivating Spring Seminar - total sucess!!!

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society Spring Seminar & George Morgan ......   Saturday has come and gone. WOW!! what a great day and a very sucessful one too. Sold out Seminar, George Morgan for 4 different subjects, amazing raffle baskets, terrific lunches, super new book vendor Family Roots Publishing Co./Utah,  Family Tree Inspirations vendor, Root Cellar table & great friends to share it with. Couldn't ask for a better day. First time we used the square for credit card usage......  no problems and it helped our sales. The only downside (if you want to look at it that way) was that it started raining after the Seminar started, yes, continued rain through lunch, and into the afternoon, but by the time we were ready to go home it was clear (cold & windy but no rain).

Congratulations to Diane Maltase and Denise Miller, co-chairs, for the Seminar who did an excellent job coordinating and keeping everything moving forward. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!  Kuddos to them, their committee and volunteers.

LOOK! dozen EMPTY BOXES..... sucess with new book vendor.... Family Roots Publishing/Utah
Only one of dozens of themmed raffle baskets...... above: value $400 donated wine tour pkg

George spoke it us about "The Genealogist as CSI"; "Push & Pull: The Reasons for Migration"; "Sidestep Genealogy"; "Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile". My mind is whirling and on overload....... more reading & research, so much to consider, so much organizing to do, so many timelines to put together but so little time.......  George: excellent examples and stories - great handouts.

                                                                 Thank You George
                   Much needed private relaxing dinner after the Spring Seminar at Brookfield's.

.......and Diane & Denise have already started the plans for next year's Spring Seminar, 16 March 2013 with Thomas MacEntee. So save that date. Two other big announcements were Family History Day2012 at the California State Archives on October 13, 2012 (save the date) & Root Cellar's 2012 Family History Writing Contest.  (a little push for you to start writing one or more of your family stories- big prizes for the top three winners)

Society Saturday: George G. Morgan, Welcome to Sacramento, California!

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society members have rolled out the red carpet for George G. Morgan.  Today is Spring Seminar Saturday and a day with George.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, in Bay Area

What a wonderful opportunity being offered by our friends at the California Genealogical Society and Library in Oakland, California.

A Day with Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective
Wed. June 6, 2012


Kathryn M. Doyle, Communications Director
510-545-2476,, @CAancestors

Oakland, CA – March 29, 2012 – The Wall Street Journal called Maureen Taylor “the nation's foremost historical photo detective.” Taylor is bringing her blend of photo curation, genealogy, and history to Northern California at a special event hosted by the California Genealogical Society (CGS). Join us for A Day with the Photo Detective on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at the Veterans Memorial Building, 3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549.

Let the Photo Detective teach you how to identify the clues to solve your own photo mysteries and further your genealogy and family history research.  Maureen Taylor will present four lectures:
  • Hair-sterical & Mad as a Hatter: 19th Century Photos in Your Files
  • Eight Basic Steps to Preserving Your Photos
  • Google Images and Beyond: Adding Pictures to Your Family Collection
  • Kodak Moments and Technicolor Dreams: 20th-Century Photos and Films in the Family Archive
The “early bird” price (through May 6, 2012) is $48 for the seminar and lunch. To learn more about the seminar and consultation, visit the event website: A Day with the Photo Detective at

About the Photo Detective
Maureen A. Taylor is an internationally recognized photo curator, genealogist, writer and photo identification/preservation expert. Maureen has been featured in top media outlets, including "The View," Martha Stewart Living, and "The Today Show." Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine.

About CGS:
The California Genealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, gathers and preserves vital records, offers research services and online databases, and maintains a library in Oakland. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website:
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submitted by Kathryn Doyle
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Kudos to the Howard County [Missouri] Genealogical Society

This is another in the series about 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy.  Week #13 is about local genealogical and historical societies, the lifeblood of genealogy. Members and volunteers give their time and money to preserve local history and promote family history. Tell us about a local society for which you are thankful. This challenge runs from Sunday, March 25, 2012 through 31.

Root Cellar member Carolee Jones offers kudos to the Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society:
I am a member of the Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society.  Harold Kerr II is the president of the society.  He has a quote with every email correspondence he sends.  It says, "To be in ignorance of one's ancestry is to be a tree without a root, a river without a source."  The society is headquartered in Fayette, Missouri and has a library in a room in the town's main library.  The society has upon request sent me Wills, Bonds, Letters and Deeds for great-grandparents and a great-uncle.  In their newsletter I have found a newspaper article announcing the breeding of one great-grandfather's stallion standing for stud on the farm of another great-grandfather.
How wonderful it must have been for Carolee when she read about her ancestor in a local society newsletter.  Even more special because Carolee is an avid horse owner, rider and trainer.

Tell us about a local society or organization that helped you in your genealogical research.  Send information to

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy is a series created by Amy Coffin.
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

News from the Sacramento Public Library Central Branch

The following information was received from Beth Daugherty, Genealogy Services Librarian at the Sacramento Public Library Central Branch.

The Central Library has received a generous donation from the Genealogical Association of Sacramento – a subscription to the American database!  The subscription has already started and is available only on the computers at the Central Library (in-library use only).  You might remember that the library used to subscribe to American Ancestors – however, we were forced to discontinue the subscription at the end of 2011 due to budget constraints.  Needless to say, we really appreciate the generosity of the Genealogical Association of Sacramento. 

To access the database when you visit Central Library, please come to the 2nd or 3rd floor information desk first, and a staff member will log you in on one of the catalog computers.
We also have some programs coming up in April:

April 7th: Beginning Genealogy: How to Trace Your Family History, with Karen Burney.
This is a Saturday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, held in the West Meeting Room at Central Library.  Registration is preferred by calling 916-264-2920, but walk-ins are welcome!  The only free parking nearby is at the Sacramento County Jury Parking Lot between 8th and 9th and F and G Streets.  The entry is off of 8th Street.

April 21st: Social Networking For Genealogists, a computer class taught by library staff.
This is another Saturday, 10:15 -11:45 am, held in the 3rd floor Technology Lab at Central Library.  Registration is preferred, by calling 916-264-2920 or visiting the library’s website:  The only free parking, again, is at the Sacramento County Jury Parking Lot.

April 29th:  How Much Proof Is Enough? Using the Genealogical Proof Standard, with Cath Madden Trindle.
This is a Sunday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, held in the West Meeting Room.  There is no registration for this program – but you can get more information by calling the library at 916-264-2920.  Street parking near the library is free on Sundays, and you can also park free of charge in the Sacramento County Jury Parking Lot.

We also have the Book a Genealogist service at Central Library on most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Call the library at 916-264-2920 to set up a 45-minute appointment to have a genealogy volunteer help you with your research.

I hope that you will decide to visit Central Library soon to attend a program or use the American Ancestors database.  While you’re here, be sure to visit the Genealogy Center on the 2nd floor and use some of the wonderful genealogy books in the collection belonging to the Genealogical Association of Sacramento.

Thank you for your interest in the library’s genealogy programming!

Beth Daugherty
Genealogy Services Librarian
Sacramento Public Library – Central
828 I Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph: (916) 264-2979

Editors Note:  The classes are a wonderful community service for genealogists sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  I hope you are able to take advantage by attending them and meet others who enjoy learning more about family history research.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Kudos to the Corinth [Vermont] Historical Society

This is another in the series of 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, Week #13: Local Societies for which we are thankful.

Root Cellar member Judy Willey has high praise for the Corinth Historical Society.  According to Judy,
The Corinth Historical Society (CHS) in Vermont helped me.  Over the past few years I corresponded with CHS members Lois Jackson and Norm Collette regarding my "Towle" Family, and I have become a member/supporter of their society. They sent me genealogical and cemetery information and I purchased their History of Corinth, Vermont 1764-1995 volumes.  One of the books incorrectly identified my 4th great-grandparents as my 3rd great-grandparents, skipping a generation.  They were glad to have the correct information.  When my article Tale of Two California Towns, which included information on my California "Towle" Family, was printed in Root Cellar's periodical The Preserves, I sent CHS a copy of the periodical.  They were very excited to get it.  It just shows that information can flow both ways and communication with genealogical and historical societies can be very productive.
What a wonderful example of collaboration between two societies and their members.  A sidenote is in order here - Judy Willey's story Tale of Two California Towns was the third place winner in the First Annual Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest last year.

Did a local society help you with your genealogical research?  Send your "Kudos to a Local Society" story to and we'll share it with others here on the blog.

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy is a series created by Amy Coffin.
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Encore Radio Episode about the 1940 Census

Join GeneaBloggers for another episode of GeneaBloggers Radio on Friday, March 30, 2012 starting at 6pm Pacific with host Thomas MacEntee.

This week’s episode is entitled Ready, Set, 1940 US Census! Special guests include Steve Morse, Joel Weintraub, Jim Ericson and Amy Johnson Crow.

Details about the speakers and how to tune in are at
Note: Thomas MacEntee will be the featured speaker at our Spring Seminar on March 16, 2013.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Wordless Wednesday, Almost: The Easter Basket

Little Denise guards her Easter Basket circa 1955
Wordless Wednesday is one of several daily blogging themes suggested by  Share your photo, about Easter or otherwise, by sending ir to for posting. 
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: 1940 Census Homework

This blog has written several times about getting ready for the release of the 1940 U.S. census including this article.  It's really a big deal!  You may have attended one of the many lectures given locally by Steve Morse or listened to him on a webinar as he reviewed his One-Step Tool for the 1940 census.  Go to the Steve Morse website and click on US Census for several helpful links about the 1940 census.

Remember, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) thoroughly covers the 1940 census.  Take a look at its website for general information, finding aids and videos.

Consider doing some homework so you'll be ready to find your family in the 1940 US Census one week from today.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Local Societies" 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, Week 13

Week #13 – Local Societies: Local genealogical and historical societies are the lifeblood of genealogy. Members and volunteers give their time and money to preserve local history and promote family history. Tell us about a local society for which you are thankful. This challenge runs from Sunday, March 25, 2012 through 31.

Root Cellar member Marsha is thankful for Mr. Bruce Robertson of the Barton County (Missouri) Genealogical Society.  Marsha said:
[Bruce] really went out of his way to help me.  He searched for newspaper articles when searching could only be performed on microfilm/fiche.  He actually walked the cemetery TWICE, having to go back because the snow covered the gravesites!  He then sent me photographs of those cemeteries.  He was amazing.  We connected for months in his researching my Albright & Edwards ancestors.
The genealogical society may no longer be operating.  Their website was last updated in January 2008.  However Bruce is shown as the “New Barton County Coordinator”  contact e-mail for Barton County MoGenWeb.  I am pleased to gave him kudos on the blog or wherever.  He is one terrific person.
Thank you Marsha for sharing your successes with a genealogical society and to Bruce Robertson for going above and beyond.

Tell us about a local society or organization that helped you in your genealogical research.  Send information to

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy is a series created by Amy Coffin.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Local Societies: 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, Week #13

Week #13 – Local Societies: Local genealogical and historical societies are the lifeblood of genealogy. Members and volunteers give their time and money to preserve local history and promote family history. Tell us about a local society for which you are thankful. This challenge runs from Sunday, March 25, 2012 through 31.

Root Cellar member Glenda Gardner Lloyd shared her experience with a local society for which she is thankful:
My best help came from the Carroll County Genealogical Society in Maryland. I subscribed to their newsletter requesting information on John D. Grimes, born about 1811 in Maryland, probably Baltimore County, Maryland. They sent me a copy of a land record where all the heirs of Conrad Zile were selling their share of his land to son Abraham.  All of the children and their spouses had signed this deed. John D. Grimes’ wife was Margaret Grimes. This led me to many other records in Carroll County. Carroll County was formed from Baltimore County and Frederick County in 1837 so research extended into each of those counties as well.
Thank you Glenda and Carroll County Genealogical Society!

Sidenote:  Glenda is a well-known local genealogical instructor who uses her personal research in her classes, including records about Grimes and Zile.  Now we know where she obtained the records!

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy is a seried created by Amy Coffin.
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday Seminar Checklist

If you registered for our Spring Seminar this Saturday (sold out), it's time for planning.
  • Note-taking materials for the four terrific lectures by George G. Morgan.
  • Review your personal library because a book vendor will be at the seminar and George's books will also be available for purchase.
  • Raffle baskets -17 this year from a Luxury Spa basket to the one for the Advanced Genealogist to the Scribner Bend Winery Barrel Room Tour and Tasting for 20 people (a $400 value) plus two bottles of wines.
  • Root Cellar publications and more.
Here's a list of the raffle baskets:
  1. Beginning Genealogist
  2. Advanced Genealogist
  3. African-American Genealogy Research
  4. Christmas Basket #1
  5. Christmas Basket #2
  6. Enjoy a Cup of Tea
  7. Gardening
  8. Holiday Basket
  9. Kitchen Bonanza
  10. Luxury Spa Basket
  11. "Pamper Yourself" Spa Basket
  12. Quilting
  13. Researching California History
  14. Scribner Bend Vineyards
  15. Ultimate Crafts
  16. Wine & Chocolate Basket
  17. Yarn Works
Good luck!!  We look forward to seeing you there. And for your convenience, we will be able to take credit cards for the sale of Root Cellar materials at the seminar.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond based on material submitted by Ron Setzer

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Genealogy on Television – PBS

Finding your Roots with H. L. Gates will be aired on KVIE Channel 6 Sunday, March 25, 2012, at 8:00 PM. The first episode will profile Harry Connick Jr. and Bradford Marsalis, and will by followed at 9:00 PM by the profiles of Newark NJ Mayor Cory Brooks and Democratic Rep. From Georgia John Lewis.

Submitted by Alan Vanatta
Posted by Ron Setzer

Sacramento German Genealogy Society – Medieval German Stories and Ballads

This program, originally scheduled for presentation in 2011, had to be postponed due to problems of travel from Germany. “Cantefable” is a medieval term for a story which is partly spoken and partly sung or accompanied by music. For several years, this German troupe has been presenting performances annually in the United States geared to medieval and other traditional topics. The songs and stories presented by these German historian-performers, whom we see dressed in period costumes and playing medieval instruments, give us glimpses of life in German medieval times.
Meeting time & location: Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 1 p.m. at St. Marks Methodist Church on Lusk Drive at St. Marks Way, east of the Country Club Plaza Shopping Center (2391 Saint Marks Way, Sacramento). Meetings are held in MacMurdo Hall, on the basement level. An elevator is available. Guests are welcome.
We advise attendees to arrive early, perhaps at 12:30 or even a little earlier, in order to have opportunities 1) to look over the books for sale, 2) to discuss a problem with a “Quick Questions” expert, or 3) to become acquainted with other services that SGGS offers. Admission is free.
You are also welcome to attend the “Study Group,” a small group that meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the church's Education Building (second floor, usually in room E-22). People who attend the Study Group discuss ideas and make suggestions for researching specific German ancestors. Admission is free.
We look forward to seeing you!

Submitted by SGGS
Posted by Ron Setzer

Friday, March 23, 2012

Davis Genealogy Club Meeting

The Davis Genealogy Club is proud to present this special program with well-known genealogy search expert, Steven P. Morse, called "Getting Ready for the 1940 Census: Searching Without a Name Index" on Monday, March 26th at 1:00 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis. All are welcome. (This census asks where folks were in 1935 also--a nifty bonus.) Happy Searching!
The 1940 Census ... are YOU in it?? Genealogists are filled with anticipation! The 1940 U.S. Census will be released to the world digitally on April 2, 2012 (instead of copies of the microfilms). However, it will not have a name index for up to six months after opening day. So, early exploration of the census will involve searching by location instead. Seems simple enough. But, the census is organized by Enumeration Districts (EDs), which means that a person’s address needs to be converted to an ED before that person can be looked up in the census. Genealogy expert Steve Morse is ready to help with this task! The highly useful One-Step Website created by Morse contains numerous tools for obtaining EDs. These tools and the circumstances in which each can be used will be explained in this presentation. Use these tools and you can be among the first to find yourself or family members in the 1940 census—BEFORE it is indexed! Happy Searching!
About Our Speaker: Steven P. Morse is a genealogy expert and the creator of the award-winning One-Step Website at which is widely used by genealogists throughout the world. Many of Morse’s One-Step tools work by providing more powerful interfaces for searching existing databases like the Ellis Island records. Morse has received numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society, first-ever Excellence
Award from the Association of Professional Genealogists, and two awards that he cannot pronounce from Polish genealogical societies. In his other life Morse is a computer professional with a doctorate
degree in electrical engineering. He has held various research, development, and teaching positions, authored numerous technical papers, written four textbooks, and holds four patents. He is best
known as the architect of the Intel 8086 (the granddaddy of today's Pentium processor), which sparked the PC revolution 30 years ago.

Submitted by Lisa Henderson
Posted by Ron Setzer

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday – Alexander N. Jay

Alexander N. Jay was born in New Jersey, 3 Jan 1818 and died in Osceola, NE, 5 Sep 1904. He was a Harness Maker.

Submitted by John Jay
Alexander N. Jay was John Jay's 2G Grandfather.
Posted by Ron Setzer

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday – John McLearie Sr.

John McLearie Sr., his wife, Agnes McInnis (McLearie) and their son, John McLearie Jr., immigrated to the United States from Scotland in about 1871 and settled in Omaha Nebraska. John Sr. was a "moulder", first working for the railroad and then in his own iron and steel works business. Agnes was a homemaker, a difficult and challenging job during this period of time. John Jr. also worked for the railroad as a draftsman. John Jr. died from an illness at the young age of 37. His wife, who's burial place remains unknown, had preceded him in death by a few years. They left behind three young daughters. The daughters, Caroline, Agnes and Margaret, were taken in by young John's older sister and raised as her own. A lot is not known about this family both here in the United States and in Scotland.

Submitted by John Jay
John McLearie Sr. was John Jay's Great Grandfather.
Posted by Ron Setzer

Monday, March 19, 2012

Call for Information

A question has arisen which we seek responses from the genealogical community – What was an "Old Age Pension"? Send your responses to Root Cellar SGS. Thank you.

Military Monday – Edwin Hanisch

Edwin Hanisch was born in Cleveland, Ohio in May of 1917 to a German father born in Russia and a German mother born in Poland. Because Ed, as he was called, could read, write and speak the German language, the United States Navy drafted him during WW2 and trained him as a radio operator, where his language skills could be used when monitoring German communications. When called to serve, Edwin had to leave behind a wife, two small children and a third child on the way. After radio training at the University of Chicago, Ed was assigned to the SS Tucker, a U.S. destroyer. The Tucker's primary assignment was to provide coastal protection by patrolling along the entire Eastern coast of the United States while monitoring all radio communications. Ed died in Sacramento, California in 1973.

Submitted by John Jay
Edwin Hanisch was John Jay's father-in-law.
Posted by Ron Setzer

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday's Obituary – Mrs. Minizlaff Buried Feb. 24

Oelwein Daily Register
Oelwein, Fayette County, Iowa
Tuesday, March 2, 1943 

Mrs. Minizlaff Buried Feb. 24
Funeral service of Mrs. Nellie Mintzlaff was held at St. John’s Lutheran church Arlington, Wednesday, Feb 24 at 2 p m following a short service at the home. Rev. Roald Brauhek officiated during the service at the church and Mr. and Mrs. Burton North sang two numbers, “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” They were accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Roald Brauhek.
Pallbearers were Joe Gordon, Ralph Bowers, Laverne Cross, Henry Philipp, Bernard Philipp and Robert Turner. Interment was made at Guttenberg.
Nellie Mintzlaff, youngest child of John T. Tuecke and wife Louise nee Pohle, was born in Clayton county, Garnavillo township, Sept. 6, 1888.
She was baptized in infancy in the Lutheran faith at Ceres by Rev. Zimier and at the age of 14 was confirmed in this faith by Rev. Bunge at Ceres. Her girlhood was spent on a farm with her parents. In 1910 her father rented and the family moved to Guttenberg. Here she lived with her parents until June 23, 1914 when she married Dr. Harry Duwe.
Dr. and Mrs. Duwe made their home in Arlington. Their marriage was blessed by the birth of a son, Morris. During the influenza epidemic of World War I, Dr. Duwe died. After his death, the widowed mother and son made their home with her parents at Guttenberg.
On Nov. 1, 1922 she was united in marriage with Max Mintzlaff at Dubuque. They lived in Guttenberg until November, 1926 when the family moved to Arlington where her husband had purchased a hardware store. On February 26, 1939, Mr. Mintzlaff died. Following his death, Mrs. Mintzlaff took over the operation and management of the hardware store. Though she had not been in the best of health the last years, she was never heard to complain or speak of her many burdens or sorrows. Consequently her sudden death last Saturday morning came as a shock to the entire community.
Upon returning from her work Wednesday evening she was taken very ill, she rallied somewhat the next day. Friday her condition remained about the same, her son arrived home on furlough from the army Friday evening, and she was able to recognize and speak to him, but she died a few hours later.
Mrs. Mintzlaff was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran church. Surviving are her son, Morris Duwe, Camp Cooke, Calif., two brothers, John Tuecke, Sheffield, and Edward Tuecke, Garnavillo, Mrs. A. H. Borman, Guttenberg; Fred Mintzlaff and Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Nierode, Grafton, Wis.: and other relative. One sister Anna and her parents preceeded [sic] her in death.
Those attending the funeral from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Tuecke, Millie Mehowald, Mrs. Otto Siebrecht and Mrs. Alta Dodah, all of Garnavillo, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McKisham, Fennimore, Wis., Mr. Fred Mintzlaff and Mr. and Mrs. Nierode, Graiton, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Pohle, Mrs. Lou Pohle, Mr. Robert Pohle, Gus Pohle and Mrs. Frank Sparley, all of Bloomington, Wis., rMs. [sic] Lou Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Malcom Burke of Mason City; Mrs. Margaret Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Witt, Louisa Roben and Charles Heaford, all of Rockwell; Mr. and Mrs. John W. Tuecke and Mrs. Art Dittberner of Sheffield, Alfred Eckheart, Camp Hood, Texas; Cornelius Tuecke, Chicago, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Bowlus and Mrs. Donald Glass, Strawberry Point; Mr. Delbert Hillery, Dubuque; Mrs. Will Lenz, Independence; Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Pohl, Mrs. A. H. Borman, Irene Eckhart, Christene Schultz, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Duwe, Louisa Biederman, Irene Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. John Dodas, Mr. Oscar Pufahl and Mrs. Grant Bayman, all of Guttenberg. Mrs. Joe Barnes, Alpha, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Waskow, Waucoma; Mr. and Mrs. Will King, Mrs. F. L. Gitchell, Mrs. Alvin Thode, Mrs. Jay Richards, all of Oelwein.

Nellie Tuecke was my Great Grandaunt. I would appreciate any information on her family. Thank you.
Submitted by DeAnna Lage Setzer
Posted by Ron Setzer

Saturday, March 17, 2012

HAPPY St Patrick's Day! Is it only for the Irish?

Visit our special St. Patrick's Day website! from the History Channel

Each year on March 17th, waves of green sweep through major American cities as hundreds of thousands of people participate in St. Patrick's Day events nationwide. features a special interactive website which includes information about the history of St. Patrick's Day, video clips, and background context about the history of Irish immigration to the U.S. Educators and students can find helpful information for St. Patrick's Day events and research projects at this site, with fun additions including recipes. The video clips on this site give teachers an opportunity to spark classroom discussions about U.S. immigration history, how holidays are made and transformed, and the nature of ethnic identity in the United States.

St Patrick's Day Website
Find great St Patrick's Day recipes
St Patrick's Day by the Numbers

Society Saturday - Root Cellar SGS Workshop

Are you aware that Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society holds a workshop every month (except December) for it's members. Discussion usually is based around brickwalls that members are experiencing. (NOTE: brickwall usually suggests that you have been doing research on a surname or a line on your tree and have not been able to find anything to get you to the next level.)  We do a brainstorming with all members present to help give new ideas to these brickwalls. Do you have a brickwall? Bring it with you and be prepared to discuss it. There has been a form developed by our leader John Jay and others to help get down what you do know so we can help in other areas. Contact  John Jay for form.
Along with brickwalls this month we will be discussing "Dropbox" ....... if you don't know what it is please come and find out, learn and make up your own mind if you want to use it or not.
Meeting information: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Clubhouse at Country Squire Estates, 5720 Oak Hill Drive, Sacramento, California

Friday, March 16, 2012

Follow Friday - Want to go to Salt Lake City?

Here is an opportunity to go to Salt Lake City and with an organization that is offering alot of perks with the trip.  I am talking about California Genealogical Society (CGS) out of Oakland. It is always more fun to have others along while doing research. People to talk to about ideas you have, people to share 'finds' with. This could be your opportunity.

The trip is planned for April 22-29, 2012. They still have a couple of spaces available.

For the entire story and contact information please click here  California Genealogical Society (CGS)

Friends of Friends Friday - Folsom Historic Museum

I received this email and wanted to share it with all of you.

The Folsom History Museum cordially invites you and your friends to view a new exhibit, California and the Civil War, opening March 31 and running through May 13, 2012.

The exhibit traces California's transformation from a Mexican colony into a bustling US State – and pivotal player in the great national crisis. It reveals California's close ties with the South and tells of men of honor and infamy who influenced California's fate. 

Living Historians are encouraged to visit the exhibit in character. 

For additional details, please visit the Events page of the Bear River Books website: The Folsom History Museum home page has driving directions:

We look forward to seeing you there!

T J Meekins & Richard Hurley, guest curators - authors of Queen of the Northern Mines – a Novel of the Civil War in California

(530) 273-6349 (Grass Valley Multimedia)

authors of Queen of the Northern Mines – a Novel of the Civil War in California

(530) 273-6349 (Grass Valley Multimedia)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Those Places for Thursday - Welsh Records

Nearly 4 million new Welsh records on

01 March 2012
We have just published almost 4 million Welsh parish registers on
Search new Manchester military records on is the first time that the complete Welsh parish baptism, marriage and death records have been published online and is fantastic news for anyone with Welsh ancestors.
The records cover Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Glamorganshire. Further details are as follows:
  • Baptisms: 1,418,921 records covering 1538-1911
  • Marriages: 950,254 records covering 1539-1926
  • Banns: 340,002 records covering 1701-1926
  • Burials: 1,169,685 records covering 1539-2007
Coming soon are records for the following counties: Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarvonshire, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire.
We are proud to be working with the National Library of Wales and the Welsh County Archivists Group to bring you these records.Records from Welsh Archives Now Online at

Personal Note: At the top of the HOME page in the left corner you will find a link that says "Watch our TV adverts"  (watch their TV commercials) they are short but cute and worth watching.  AND apparently there is a 14 day free trial. I might just take advantage of that to get started and get comfortable with the website.  


(WOW!! Isn't this exciting! I can hardly wait till all the records are online at and then I might be able to find out more about my Welsh ancestors - JAMES & JONES. (OK maybe)This exert below is from the news section of

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Dietz Family/ Allegheny City Pennsylvania

Allegheny City, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
St Peters Cemetery
(in the old part of Allegheny City, up a very narrow road, to the top of a hill)
 UP UP we go to the tree line at the top
 Finally at the very top we found what was left of the tombstone of Sandra Gardner Benward's German GG Grandfather

        ...and the top broke off and I guess there is no one who cares for this tombstone anymore.
 Not sure what should be here, but this is all that is left. It is right next to the large tombstone.
identified one daughter and SIL
Where is the rest of the DIETZ family?  

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday Tips........... Are you an Indexer yet?

Have you registered to help with the 1940 US Census? The 1940 US Federal Census indexing project is the largest most comprehensive and most recent record set documenting the 132 million people living in the United States in 1940.

FamilySearch, Federaation of Genealogical Society(FGS), and other community partners are organizing an effort to index and publish these records online for free.

This is where you come in: I have anwsered the invitation and registered Root Cellar as a participant in the 1940 census indexing project.You as an individual need to register NOW and get involved so that when April 2 comes you will feel comfortable with the 1940 indexing project. The more that index, the less any one person has to do.
Benefits of Participation:  Members of each society know the local names and places in their area better than anyone, and by participating you can ensure the records are indexed with the highest possible quality. Participating in the 1940 census indexing project is also a great way to activate  our society members through a high-visibility and high-interest cause of preserving the records of the "greatest generation". Societies who participate and achieve indexing milestones will receive additional benefits like local publicity, online recognition and access to tools and resources to help their society grow.

Tools to Help will provide each society with information and tools to successfully enroll their society members and others in the indexing project. FamilySearch will provide a getting started kit with all the information you need to recruit and train others for the important initiative. FamilySearch will also offer online webinars and help resources if you have any questions or need additional informaiton. As the project moves forward, FamilySearch will announce contests and other initiatives to motivate members and to provide recognition for that society's efforts.

Next Steps..........   Getting Started information

Let's do this together. Start now, index whatever project you like, get experience, feel more comfortable -- so when April 2 comes you will be prepared & comfortable to begin the 1940 census indexing project.

If anyone needs help registering and d/l the FamilySearch tool please contact us

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Mystery - DNA - it is a mystery to me!

Another date to add to your calendar - March 28  Wednesday 9pm Channel 6 KVIE

NOVA: Cracking Your Genetic Code!

Program Description

What will it mean when most of us can afford to have the information in our DNA—all three billion chemical letters of it—read, stored, and available for analysis? In "Cracking Your Genetic Code," NOVA reveals that we stand on the verge of a revolution. We meet cancer patients returned to robust health and a cystic fibrosis sufferer breathing easily because scientists have been able to pinpoint and neutralize the genetic abnormalities underlying their conditions. What are the moral dilemmas raised by the new technology? Will it help or hurt us to know our genetic destiny? What if such information falls into the hands of insurance companies, employers, and prospective mates? One thing is for certain: The new era of personalized, gene-based medicine is relevant to everyone. Soon, all of us may be deciding whether to join the ranks of the DNA generation.

If you Google the title "Cracking Your Genetic Code" you will find short videos and don't forget about YouTube, yes there are videos available.

I am so confused about DNA, so I am hoping that this might help make it a little more clear. Can't hurt!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Happenings - Finding Your Roots

"Finding Your Roots," a 10-part Series on PBS Channel 6 KVIE

Look for another exciting genealogy series which is about to be launched on television with historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. will launch on March 25 Sunday. That will be the first episode of a 10-part series. The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots

Commentary from PBS online:

This 10-part series, with the renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., delves into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans, combining history and science in a fascinating exploration of race, family and identity in today's America. Professor Gates shakes loose captivating stories and surprises in the family trees of Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey, Jr., Branford Marsalis, John Legend, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters and Rick Warren, among many others.The new series will feature two people in each one-hour episode, including husband-and-wife actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, who jokes she's afraid they might turn out to be cousins. "They are indeed distant cousins," revealed Gates. "Talk about six degrees of separation, right?"

Remember that there are video's on PBS and YouTube to watch.

Mark your calendars for the first episode of 10 on March 25, Sunday at 8pm on Channel 6 KVIE.

Looking through the TV guide the first episode #101 can also be seen on Feb 28 @ 2pm and Feb 29 @ 4am.  
Episode #102 is being aired Feb 25 at 9pm (this is going to be a great night of TV watching); aired again Feb 28 @ 3pm & Feb 29 @ 5am.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Society Saturday - New Coroner's Records Books

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the release of its latest publications in the Sacramento County Coroner’s Records Collection series, 1887-1969. 

Volume VI, Book 13 is titled Coroner's Register - Indexed January  1935 - December 1940.  Extracted information includes Page (found in original Coroner's Record Book), Surname, Given Name, Date of Death, Place of Death, Sex, Nativity, Age, Status (marital), Cause of Death, Inquest Date, and Remarks (usually pertaining to cause of death).

Surnames: 2,714
Size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Soft cover
Pages: 240
Price: $20.00 + tax, shipping, handling

Volume VII, Book 14 is titled Coroner's Inquiry Register - Indexed January  1941 - December 1947.  Extracted information includes Page (found in original Coroner's Register Book), Surname, Given Name, Date of Death, Place of Death, Sex, Nativity, Age, Status (marital), Cause of Death, and Remarks (usually pertaining to cause of death).

Surnames: 4,438
Size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Soft cover
Pages: 263
Price: $25.00 + tax, shipping, handling

According to Extraction Committee Chairperson Marilyn Ulbricht, "family history researchers with ties to Sacramento County California have two more valuable resources for finding clues about their elusive ancestor".

Root Cellar volunteers extracted and indexed these records from original books of the Coroner's Office of Sacramento County held at the Center for Sacramento History and acquired through the efforts of the Sacramento Old City Cemetery Committee.

The Root Cellar Store has these publications and others available for purchase.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Society Saturday: Writing Contest Mojo

We wrote previously about the 2nd Annual Family History Writing Contest sponsored by Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society.  The August 1st deadline for submissions is really not that far off especially if you are just getting started.  Maybe the following resources will motivate your writing mojo:
  • Producing a Quality Family History: this book by Patricia Law Hatcher is a helpful guide with informative tips on structure, format and industry standards.  Note, the book link connects you to using Root Cellar's shop Amazon affiliate web address.
  • Stories To Tell Books: this website is mostly about writing a family history book but food for thought abounds.  This post offered several techniques that made me think about my writing. Entering "essay" in the search box on the home page resulted in several hits like this one about being a storyteller. 
  • Writing-related blogs: entering the term "writing" in the search  box on GeneaBloggers provided several hits.  Worth roaming around!
  • Cyndi's List: this website is a one-stop shop for all things genealogical.  Writing-related resources were found by clicking on Categories, then "W".
  • Sources: Many resources exist about how to cite your sources.  Take a look at one created by Thomas MacEntee, a handy and free 2-page Genealogy Source Citations Quick Reference in pdf format. 
Okay now, get out your writing tools of choice and begin!  Good Luck!

Do you have any writing advice?  Post a comment below or send to

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Thursday, March 8, 2012

RootsTech 2012 Videos Now Available

Thanks to Jim Rader, member of Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society, for telling us that the RootsTech 2012 live streamed sessions are now available for viewing as separate entities at

The sessions available are:
  • Do I Trust the Cloud? by D. Joshua Taylor
  • Effective Database Search Tactics by Kory Meyerink
  • Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had For Breakfast” Anymore by Thomas MacEntee
  • Eleven Layers of Online Searches by Barbara Renick
  • Exabyte Social Clouds and Other Monstrosities by Josh Coates
  • Publish Your Genealogy Online by Laura Prescott
  • Optimizing Your Site for Search Engines by Robert Gardner
  • Genealogists “Go Mobile” By Sandra Crowley
  • Google's Toolbar and Genealogy by David Barney
  • Making the Most of Technology to Further the Family History Industry by Tim Sullivan
  • Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Privacy in a Collaborative Environment by Noah Tutak

In addition, there are videos from these FamilySearch presentations:
  • YouTube Your Family History by Devin Ashby
  • Reputation Systems for Genealogy by Jimmy Zimmerman
  • GeneTech: YDNA Solutions to Common Genealogical Problems by Nathan Murphy
  • Introducing the FamilySearch Indexing & Linking Tool by Grant Echols
  • Using Android Devices for Genealogy and Family History by David Lifferth

There are two presentations that are not listed on the website and will be posted at a later date:
  • Jay Verkler's keynote Inventing the Future, As a Community"
  • Ron Tanner's presentation "Future of FamilySearch Family Tree"
submitted by Jim Rader
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Free 1940 Census Webinar - Limited Time Only

Legacy Family Tree announced today that its recent webinar "Navigating the 1940 U.S. Census" by Thomas MacEntee is now available for free online. The announcement stated in part:

If you have ancestors in the 1940 U.S. Census you need to watch the recording of today's webinar by Thomas MacEntee. He taught about:
  • what information will you find in the census?
  • how to locate the images (since there is no index yet)
  • how to volunteer to index the census
  • the one-step tools at the Stephen Morse site
  • other census resources
If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 26 minute recording of Navigating the 1940 U.S. Census is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit to watch. It is available for free until March 19, 2012.

Note: you do not need to be a user of Legacy Family Tree software to benefit from this webinar.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Those Places Thursday - Enumeration Districts

If you want to view the 1940 U.S. Census on its release date of 2 April 2012 at 9:00 a.m. (EST), people "in the know" recommend that you find their Enumeration District (ED) in advance.  Sassy Jane Genealogy reminded readers about the cool tools created by Stephen P. Morse to help you do this:

1940 Tutorial Quiz:

Unified 1940 US Census Finder:

Learn more about the 1940 census from the National Archives press release on GeneaPress.

Drop us a line at when you find your ancestor's ED.

posted by Denise HIbsch Richmond

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Fearless Female

Ethel May Kendall Hibsch
May 1899 - Oct 1988
Honeymoon in Yosemite
June 1922
Who is your Fearless Female?  Tell us at
posted by grand-daughter Denise Hibsch Richmond

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday's Tip - City Directory Heaven?

The library of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) will be open on Saturday, March 10th. 

Bonus time!  The Stephen Harris City Directory Library will also be open for CGS members.  Dr. Stephen Harris maintains his collection of 6,000 city and telephone directories dating from the 1840s to the 1960s.  CGS members can access his collection at no charge on two days each month: the second Saturday and the third Friday.  Members are to check in at the CGS desk first.  From there they will be directed to Steve's library.  Stephen Harris can be reached at or at (510) 835-4606.

Take a look at the CGS and Stephen Harris City Directory Catalog.

Jeepers! Access to Steve's city directory library makes my CGS membership even more valuable.

2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland CA
Tel. (510) 663-1358 FAX (510) 663-1596
Open Thursdays & Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment
  • Non-members are welcome for a $5 use fee.
  • The first Saturday of each month is free.
  • Library has computers, a copier and a scanner for patron use.
  • A wireless connection is available.
Tuesday's Tip is one of many blog themes on
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Monday, March 5, 2012

Matrilineal Monday - Fearless Females

Root Cellar member alert!

March is National Women's History Month.  Celebrate your female ancestors on your Society's blog.  Introduce their stories to thousands of blog readers.  What's in it for you?  Well, quite possibly a reader may provide an answer to your brick wall or turn out to be a new cousin! C'mon, it could happen!

Genealogical speaker Lisa Alzo authors The Accidental Genealogist blog where she posted 31 ideas for celebrating Women's History Month.  (Note, we're not exactly going to follow the dates on these ideas.)  Watch for my "fearless female" this coming Wednesday.

Send your image and short description to and we'll post it and send you any comments posted on the blog or sent to the email address.

Matrilineal Monday is one of several blog themes suggested by
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Spring Seminar SOLD OUT!

George G. Morgan
Yep, the Spring Seminar sponsored by Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society is SOLD OUT!  

Thank you everyone for submitting your registration early.  Now the Seminar Committee can concentrate on other details that will make this a fun and informative day.  Our featured speaker, George G.Morgan, will be here in a mere 28 days.  Can't wait!

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

March Webinars

It's the beginning of March  - time to register for a webinar or 2, maybe 3 to keep up with your CGE - Continuous Genealogical Education that is!!

GeneaWebinars is a calendar and blog devoted exclusively to coordinating online genealogy seminars and is the brainchild of DearMYRTLE.  It's a handy, comprehensive alternative to receiving emails from multiple sites about webinars. The blog describes each webinar as it becomes available. The Calendar lists all upcoming webinars by date and time. Click on the topic for more information. 

A sampling of topics in March includes the 1940 census, Ireland, indexing,  DNA, and digital writing tools. Spring house and garage cleaning can wait!

Subscribe to GeneaWebinars to learn about the latest upcoming webinars. Be sure to register in advance. Can't attend on the scheduled date?  No problem.  The webinars are usually available for free in the archives for several days.

What could be better than getting your CGEs from the comfort of your easy chair?

Image: GeneaWebinars Logo
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Next weekend - Family Tree University Virtual Conference

Our friend Thomas MacEntee is inviting you to a virtual conference next weekend, March 9-11.  [Bunny slippers optional!]  He wrote the following on GeneaBloggers yesterday:

How would you like to attend a genealogy conference next weekend featuring:
  • three dedicated tracks including genealogy
  • technology, research strategies and ethnic research
  • the ability to view webinars on your schedule
  • live chats and message boards allow you to interact with other conference attendees
  • an expo hall filled with vendors and even a “swag bag” of freebies from ShopFamilyTree
Sounds great doesn’t it? And you’ll be able to learn from and interact with well-known genealogy educators Lisa Alzo, Lisa Louise Cooke, Nancy Hendrickson, Diana Crisman Smith and me [Thomas]!

Special “Friends of Thomas” Discount.  Sign up now since space for this event is limited! Click here and at checkout use the coupon code TMACENTEE. This will save you 20% off the registration price!
©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Friday, March 2, 2012

2012 Root Cellar Family History Writing Contest

Root Cellar is announcing a new writing contest. The 2012 Root Cellar Family History Writing Contest is open to the public, and you need not be a member of Root Cellar to enter. Root Cellar will accept factual articles about family or local history, character sketches, or memoirs. Submissions should relate the experiences of a family or individuals, revealing their character and personality. The best entries will display the human drama and historical or social situation of the subjects.

The subject matter of the entries is to be family history or local-history stories, memoirs, or character sketches. Entries should be between 500 and 2,000 words in length. How-to articles or articles about the research process would not be acceptable for this contest.

Your articles do not have to relate to Northern California and/or the Sacramento area. We welcome stories that concern any aspect of family or local history from anywhere and from any era. We believe that, as family historians, we’re all in this together!

All research or other genealogical sources, including letters and diaries, must be supported by appropriate endnote citations. For a guide to citation style, see Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Second Edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

All entries must be received by August 1, 2012. Finalists and other prize-winners will be notified by email about October 1, 2012. The entire list of winners will be posted shortly after October 1, 2012, on the Root Cellar website ( and published in the Root Cellar’s publication, Preserves.

By entering this contest, submitters grant Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society permission to print their entry 1) in its publication, and/or 2) in an anthology of the winners of this contest, and/or 3) on its website. If your entry appears in print, we will mail you a free copy of the publication when it’s available. There is no guarantee that all of the finalists’ entries will be published. Publication will depend on the space available, the format being used, and editorial decisions about the balance of subject matter and treatment.

Prizes for winning entries 
First place:
Six month’s membership in’s World Edition
Copy of Family Tree Maker 2012
One year’s membership in Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society
One year’s membership in Root Cellar for a non–member friend
One admission to Root Cellar’s seminar

Second place:
One year’s membership in Fold 3
One year’s membership in Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society
One year’s membership in Root Cellar for a non–member friend
One admission to Root Cellar’s seminar

Third place:
One year’s membership in Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society
One year’s membership in Root Cellar for a non–member friend
One admission to Root Cellar’s seminar

Root Cellar thanks and Fold3 
for their generous donation of prizes.
Posted by Ron Setzer

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Irish-American Catholic Genealogy Webinar

Join Southern California Genealogy Jamboree and the Southern California
Genealogical Society for the FREE Webinar: "Irish-American Catholic Genealogy"
Speaker: Michael Brophy, professional genealogist and heir search
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time: 60 minute class, 30 minute Q&A
10:00 AM - Pacific
Space is limited, so reserve your Webinar seat now at:
The overall goal of the lecture is to give attendees a broad overview to finding the origins of their Irish ancestors. The lecture will start with the central event in the history of Irish genealogy, the destruction of the Public records Office in Dublin on June 30, 1922 near the end of the Irish Civil War. As a result unique challenges and realistic expectations for Irish ancestral research will be discussed.
Existing vital records and census records, along with unique census substitutes for 19th century Ireland, will be presented. Research materials available on-line and through film rental will be shown with examples available without the time and expense necessary to travel to Ireland.
This presentation will look at a variety of ways to organize information with the intent on noticing information and trends that were not obvious, preparing the researcher to present their information to others, and assisting the researching in seeing gaps in their research.
Note that Irish Protestants and resources and record repositories in Ireland will not be covered.
Michael Brophy is a professional genealogical researcher, heir search specialist, and lecturer in the Boston area. He has served as Program Director and Publicity Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council. He was the first Treasurer of the New England of Association of Professional Genealogists. Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was the lead researcher in Massachusetts for the recently released book from St Martin's Press, The Remains of Company D, A Story of the Great War, by James Carl Nelson. He conducted research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are?, researching the ancestry of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
The Jamboree Extension Series of webinars is sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society. Webinars are held on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of each month. A complete list of all webinars is posted on the SCGS website at
Posted by Ron Setzer