Was your ancestor in Sacramento County back in the day?
|Women Proprietors or Sole Traders|
Sacramento County 1850-1930.
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Through Root Cellar's long-standing partnership with the Center for Sacramento History, an active group of Society volunteers organized by Marilyn Ulbricht gathers every Friday morning at the Center. Generally, everyone is transcribing the same record type because so many volumes exist. Each volunteer gently combs through the pages, willing to get a little dusty, stopping occasionally to share an amazing story of the person's data being extracted. Sometimes they pause for a look-up, using a dictionary of historic medical terminology or a book of California place names. You see, preservation projects are educational on so many levels!
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Sacramento County Coroner's Records
The Committee has also nearly completed the "Index of Registers of Wills for Sacramento County". Anyone doing family research will really have to look at these as there is invaluable information to help complete those missing spots in your family tree. Some of the wills are extremely detailed giving names, addresses, relationship to the deceased, identification of property, etc.
|Excerpt from actual Sacramento County Will|
|Data extracted from Will Books|
Three members of the Society are indexing and extracting the information from "The City of Sacramento Deaths and Internments". The information will include the date of death, names, nativity, cause of death, and internment.
Genealogists are always looking for a picture of an ancestor. Have you ever considered looking at the police blotter? Maybe that's why Uncle Zeke or Cousin Edna have been so elusive. A future project is the "Mug Books from the City of Sacramento Police Department." Indexing was started but put on hold pending completion of the Will Project. This book will include the mug shot photos and other information. Oh my, the stories these photos could tell!
As you can see, Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society is dedicated to making resources and information available to the genealogy community and beyond. We have reaped from others who have done the same and it is our way to express our gratitude.
Much more information can be gleaned from the original books available for research at the Center for Sacramento History located at 551 Sequoia Pacific Ave., Sacramento, CA 95814. Appointments must be made by calling 916-808-7072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marilyn Ulbricht is always looking for volunteers. According to Ulbricht, "If you have three or four hours a week and would like to participate in our extraction projects, we would encourage you to come join us on Fridays from 9:00a.m. to 12:00 noon. You will gain far more than you give!" For further information, please call Marilyn at 916-467-0020.
Submitted by Marilyn Ulbricht
Posted by Denise H. Richmond