Thursday, May 31, 2012

Photo Detective To Speak in Lafayette, California

A Day with the Photo Detective

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lafayette Veterans Memorial

Find the hidden clues in your family photographs!
Please join us at a special event in Lafayette as we host Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, for her exclusive appearance in Northern California.

We've extended the early bird price through Thursday, May 31, 2012 - $48 for the full day seminar (four lectures) and lunch.

Visit our event site for full information and schedule.
Register Now

The California Genealogical Society's special events and research tours are our main fundraisers for the year. If you have already purchased a ticket, thank you! Your support keeps our library open and helps fund our programs.
If you can't attend, would you please consider a donation to help underwrite the speaker's fee and other expenses?

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2201 Broadway, Suite LL2 | Oakland | CA | 94612

 posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Part III - Spring Seminar Photo Album

Photography by member Judy Nissila
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Sticky Notes Tip: Using Place Pages

We've written before about Sticky Notes from  It's a free website with tips and more about using this collosal genealogy database.  The tip posted on 23 May 2012 described how to drill closer to Data Collections using the location of the ancestor for whom you're searching. The post also announced three new classes but the  notice was too short for me.  Hmm, maybe the classes are archived.  Several more search tips have already been posted on Sticky Notes.

Did this tip help you? 

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Part II - Spring Seminar Photo Album

Photography by member Judy Nissila
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Wordless Wednesday - Spring Seminar Photos

Spring Seminar
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Part I - Photo Album

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Blog Referral: Marian's Roots and Rambles: The Best Topic Isn't Always the Most Obvious Topic...

Traveling to see your family this summer?  You'll eventually get around to talking about your family history research, you know you will.

You probably still need information from the relatives.  What questions will you ask?  How will you ask them? 

Take a look at the recent article from Marian's Roots and Rambles: The Best Topic Isn't Always the Most Obvious Topic....  Marian Pierre-Louis provides a list of sources to consider for preparing your list of interview questions.  Be sure to read the comments on her post for more suggestions.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday's Tip - Guide to Salt Lake City

By Janet Hovorka
With the summer travel season upon us, you may be thinking of a research trip to Salt Lake City.  Take a look at The Chart Chick's Quick Insider's Guide to Salt Lake City.  It's available as a free pdf. The Chart Chick is actually Janet Hovorka, who with her husband Kim, operate Family Chartmasters.  Their services include designing customized family genealogy charts based on a compressed file you send them, consulting on the preparation of a chart or providing resources that allow you to design your own chart.

Topics in the insider's guide include transportation, food,  other sites to see besides the Family History Library (what?) like libraries and archives, historic sites, religious services, shopping, parks, tips if you're bringing the family, weather and advice about what to pack.  If you have time, Janet includes suggestions for diversions such as theatres and day trips.  She wraps up the book with her own top five tips.

And you thought Salt Lake City was only about the Family History Library!

Posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond
Tuesday's Tip is one of several blogging themes suggested on Geneabloggers.  Share your genealogy tip - send it to and we'll post it here.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Military Monday: Service of Hibsch Men and More

As the nation remembers those who died in service to our country, it made me think of the many veterans in my family.  Not pictured here but remembered are my American Revolution patriot, Thomas Cresap; Civil War veteran and my great-great-grandfather Thomas Brown; and two brothers who served during the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, respectively.

Herman A. Hibsch (1878 - 1939)
Spanish American War 1898-1899
U.S. Calvary, 4th Regiment, Company M
(my great-great uncle)

Alba W. Hibsch (1896 - 1959)
(standing second from right)
World War I, U.S. Army
(my grandfather)


Pfc. Robert M. Hibsch
(1923 -  )
World War II, U.S. Army
1943 - 1946
417th Military Police Escort Guard Co.
(my father)
Submitted and posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sentimental Sunday - WW II Buddies

The Three Buddies
(photo front)
Memorial Day Weekend - 2012

My father, Robert Martin Hibsch (pictured with glasses), with his buddies during World War II probably while stationed in France about 1944.  They guarded  German prisoners.  Luckily, he wrote the names on the back of the photo.

I can share a copy of the photo if you are related to the other soldiers in the photo --- contact me at

Submitted and posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond
The Three Buddies
(photo back)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Circa 1950
North Sacramento, California

Posted and submitted by Ron Setzer