Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Obituarys - Martha Flanagan

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

........on a very sad note we have lost a very young strong vibrant woman, friend and Root Cellar SGS member

Martha Castano Flanagan
November 15, 1955 - September 12, 2013
Oak Hills Church, Folsom, California
Memorial Service

                     Martha has been laid to rest at  Melrose Abbey Memorial Park, Anaheim, CA

Several Root Cellar SGS members attended a paceful but emotional memorial service last week for Martha.

Martha was very active with her Family History & with Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society, Folsom Quilt Guild and with her church.

The Folsom Quilt Guild hung more than a dozen of Martha's quilts around the room. She really was a excellent quilter. As you entered the room, the Folsom Quilt Guild welcomed everyone They created a template that was laid on cotton cloth to create many squares for the beginnings of a new quilt for the family. People signed the squares.  Root Cellar SGS members picked one square and all Root Cellar members signed the one square. The squares were collected at the end of the service and will be sewn into a memorial quilt for the family.

Cards/ Notes can be mailed to:

Flanagan Family
109 Kerwin Way
Folsom, CA 95630

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Society Saturday - What's Happening at Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society for October?

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward and Marsha Wise

Pen and calendar in hand ready to mark down all these happenings and events. We wouldn't want you to miss anything going on this month..

NOW, RIGHT NOW!!  - have you visited the North Highland Public Library or the
Arden Dimick Public Library in September?  Still a couple of days left to see the great display windows shouting out Genealogy, Family History Day and Root Cellar SGS - and then they will be gone for another year.

Tuesday October 1
NEW Root Cellar SGS Family History Day Genealogy display window will be ready for viewing for the month of October at the Fair Oaks Public Library. I am sure it will be worth the visit.

Thursday, October 3
Root Cellar SGS Board Meeting

10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights

Members welcome!


Saturday, October 5
Sacramento Archives Crawl - A Passion to Preserve

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Root Cellar SGS will have an exhibit at the California State Archives in celebration of National Archives Month.  We will be showing off our many publications, and also our own library. If you have not visited our library yet this would be a great time to do it. There will also be other groups at the Archives showing off too.

These are the facilities that are participating in this event. There will be a free bus service to take you from place to place. See the their blog site for more details and hours. Whereever you choose to start, you will pick up a passport and then follow the directions for a day of fun. All Free.........  [hint: if it were me, I would start at the Center for Sacramento History where there is parking available and take the bus from there]

California State Archives (1020 O Street)
California State Library (900 N Street)
Center for Sacramento History (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.)
Central Library (828 I Street)



Thursday, October 10

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael
Join us as we celebrate
Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society's
35th Anniversary!!

Program: "Start Writing Family Stories" presented by Marian Kile. Non-writer or experienced, come learn about how writing short stories can bring your ancestors to life.

Don't forget about the Pre-meeting activities starting at 6:15 – Open discussion on Collecting and Recording Family Stories.

Visitors welcome!

Thursday October 10 - for members only - Genealogy Classes

....... a series of six classes on Getting Started in Your Genealogy Research sponsored by Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society, and instructed by member Glenda Gardner Lloyd. For more details see Root Cellar SGS or contact Mary Anne Smith 
Limited space/.Free / Members ONLY

Saturday, October 12
Family History Day at the California State Archives  - blog

1020 'O' Street, Sacramento, CA
Family History Day 2013 Blog - there appears to be a second blog site so make sure you check on both

The schedule is up and ready to be download or printed out. Make your plans.
There will be a syllabus available on the day to purchase ($5) but you need to go to the blog site and request one be put on hold for you. You will pay for it ($5) and pick it up on the day in the exhibit hall.
This is a free day to learn and ask questions. Take advantage.
Did you know. .....  Root Cellar SGS will have a table to show off and also we will be showing off our own library.

Parking is limited downtown. Car Pool or better yet - a great relaxing way of coming for the day is to travel there on lightrail. It lets you right off on Archives Square which is right in front of the California State Archives building. Couldn't ask for too much more than that.

Save the date!


Wednesday, October 16
Root Cellar Workshop

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights

Share your successful finds and brickwalls. Topic: Documentation using the Reunion (Mac) software program by Ron Setzer and Rick Hansen. Guests welcome!


Wednesday, October 23
Reunion for the Mac Special Interest Group (SIG)

10:30 am to 12:30 pm - Family History Center, 2745 Eastern Avenue, Sacramento

Brainstorm solutions to users' problems, questions & explore ins/outs of the best Mac genealogy program. Contact Ron Setzer to be added to our email list. All are welcome. 

Thursday October 31
Happy Halloween
Hope you find something fun to do from the list, relax & enjoy yourself 
Remember -only take candy/chocolate that you love

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Follow Friday - Virtual Conferences! WHAT? NO WAY!

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

Virtual Conferences?  Yes, What a new concept. OR is it? We all have attended conferences that are away from home, with hotel, airlines, food, car rental expenses along with the cost of registration to the conference. Was it worth it? Yes, because that was all there was avaiable at that time, but things are changing. You have already experienced some of it by taking live streaming sessions from home on your own computer. Remember the live streaming sessions that you had an opportunity to watch from the last two RootsTech Conferences and from Southern California Jamboree for a couple of years and from the National Genealogical Society Conferences. ..... So you see  it is already being done in a smaller scale, but still virtual.

Now there are Vitual Conferences......  US National Archives & Record Administration (NARA) has been doing this very thing for a couple of years and it is working. Imagine a government entity thinking outside the box and saving money too. They just completed one on September 3 & 4, 2013. NARA Virtual Fair  They must be doing something right since attendance more than tripled.

Lectures are designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike. Some of the topics included Civil War pensions, immigration,Native American and African American history, U.S. Colored Troops and more.

Read more about  Virtual Conferences at NEXTGOV  , check out the two articles about this particular Virtual Conference at Eastman' s Online Genealogical Newsletter pt 1 & pt 2   , another Virtual Conference available would be Family Tree University,  and check out Lisa Louise Cooks birds eye look at a Virtual Conference

Keep your mind open to new and fun opportunities and from your living room. What a great concept,. Although I can imagine a group of people getting together and view some of the sessions together.......  helping those that are more techie challenged. Making a fun event in itself.

I am going to consider this option next time it comes up. (not too much different from attending a Webinar just on a larger scale and of course it is not free but far less than going to the conference)

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thankful Thursday - GENEALOGY ROADSHOW

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward  - PBS Announcement

To all Root Cellar SGS members.... another opportunity for a new genealogy based television series

Mondays starting September 23 - October 14, 2013
"Mark Your Calendar  & Pre-Program Your Recorder"
How exciting that we will have another Genealogy Based Show available. AND how timely, "Who Do You Think You Are?" just ended its series for this season and now another show begins. [NOTE: The US version of Who Do You Think You Are? has been renewed for a second season by TLC. The new season is due to air in 2014, although the celebrities taking part have yet to be confirmed. The first season averaged 1.8 million viewers]   Fantastic!!
GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is part detective story and part emotional journey. It will combine history and science to uncover the fascinating stories of Americans. It is going to be unique because each individuals past will link to a larger community history. So it will be showing a bigger picture of our nations past and maybe a little of the present and some future.
GENEALOGY ROADSHOW’s premiere season will feature participants from four American cities — Nashville, Austin, Detroit and San Francisco — who want to explore genealogical claims, passed down through family history, that may (or may not) connect them to an event or a historical figure.The program will feature genealogical authors, lecturers and researchers Joshua Taylor and Kenyatta Berry as the show’s on-air experts. Los Angeles-area broadcaster Emmett Miller has been named as the host of the series. As you can tell by the dates of this premiere series, the first season of this program will only be four episodes, each from a different city (Nashville, Austin, Detroit and San Francisco).  

Episodes in the series include: (NOTE: this was taken straight from the website)
Nashville is a vibrant cultural crossroad in the American South. While it is the capital of country music and a centerpiece of Civil War history, it’s known for much more. The city rose to prominence within the shipping industry, and its post-Civil War prosperity led to an explosion in architecture, education and the arts. Its abundant opportunities led to population swells of Mexican, Cambodian and Iraqi immigrants. Nashville’s Jewish community laid roots in the area more than 150 years ago, and an influx of Kurdish immigrants in recent years has given the city its new nickname, “Little Kurdistan.”

With the motto “Keep Austin Weird,” this city prides itself on uniqueness. The fast- growing metropolis has evolved into a hub for government, technology, culture and education. Austin boasts a strong sense of individuality that stems in part from its diverse history. With early Native-American settlements of Tonkawas and Comanches, central Texas’ rich culture includes Mexican, Asian, African-American and European communities.

While Detroit is known mainly for two things — cars and Motown — there is much more to the city, which boasts one of the most diverse populations in the country. After its settlement by French-Canadians, Detroit attracted a large number of Europeans and immigrants of Middle Eastern descent, making it now home to the largest Arab-American community in the country. As well, hundreds of thousands of African-Americans moved to Detroit from the rural southern U.S. as part of The Great Migration of the 20th century. Detroit was the first place in the country to have a stretch of concrete highway and a four-way, three-color traffic light. It supplied 75 percent of the liquor during the Prohibition era and was the birthplace of the ice cream soda.
San Francisco is known as a Pacific port, a religious mission, a railroad hub, a mining mecca, an earthquake epicenter, the birthplace of world-famous counterculture movements and the home of the biggest technological innovations of all time, including denim jeans. The city has seen its population transformed over and over again due to its constantly shifting industries, leading to the significant diversity that exists there today.

I am excited and am anxcious for September 23 to come around (5 days). Apparently a version of this show is very popular in Ireland and is now in their second season. So there is hope that we will be seeing more than 4 episodes.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Travel - Sacramento Archives Crawl 2013

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

A Passion to Preserve
Keepers of Sacramento Culture
Sacramento Archives Crawl 2013

October 5, 2013  10am to 4pm

Over twenty archives and special collection libraries from the Sacramento area will exhibit rarely-seen historic treasures!
Pick up a passport and 'crawl' to the four following host locations:

California State Archives, 1020 O Street
California State Library, 900 N Street
Center for Sacramento History, 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
The Sacramento Room (Central Library- Tsakopoulos Library Galleria) 828 I Street

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society will be participating in this event. We will be holding down  a table and taking tours of our own library - which is located at the California State Archives. Be sure to come by and say hi and learn more about our library and our organization.

For more information visit Archives Crawl Blog

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday Madness - Tweets are ALL Indexed! WHAT?

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

I first read about on Dick Eastman's Blog  ....... It is another search engine but specialized -  I can hardly believe that there is a website that has indexed every Twitter message since the first tweet we posted in 2006.  The website says this is about 425 billion pieces of information which includes photos. The count also includes pages that were linked from Twitter. YIKES!!! they have indexed all these messages.......... I can barely tweet UNBELIEVABLE!!

Do you know that you can search through past tweets looking for genealogy or other information? Topsy can do that for you now. Best of all, Topsy is free.

Topsy, like some other search engines,  provides a search box to enter the words or phrases you are searching for. Topsy  then displays what it thinks are the most relevant results.

I searched on our own hashtag (#rootcellarsgs ) YES we are on Twitter.......  and I found 3 tweets
Root Cellar SGS @rootcellarsgs
Root Cellar SGS @rootcellarsgs
had a great time #rootstech 2013 excellent sessions #genealogy #rootcellarsgs
I can see that Root Cellar SGS has alot of followers but not alot of tweeting going on. If you Tweet it would be great if you would Tweet about Root Cellar SGS also............. get the word out!

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sentimental Sunday - Family History Day 2013 is Around the Corner

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

Family History Day 2013
Sacramento, CA 95814

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Are you going? We sure hope you do.
Do you have this event on your calendar? Write it in now. Make the committment.
This is a free event with professional speakers to help the novice, beginners
and too refresh others.
Why wouldn't you be going? It really is worth it and it is fun too.
Make the committment, read throught blog , order your syllabus, pack your lunch
and travel in on lightrail.  It will be a good day.

Click on this link  Family History Day 2013 Blog .......  on the home page you will see on the right side of the page "Follow by email"  enter your email and go through a little security check. Now when something is added to the blog - new announcements, class schedule up and new items added for the day ......  you will be contacted through your own email. Pretty good!!

25 FREE classes are being offered for the day. The classes are listed on the blog so you can see what is being planned. The actual schedule is not up yet, but I am sure it will be up very soon.

Check out the speakers. Learn who they are, and why they are teaching what. We do have alot of very special people in our area that are willing to share their expertise with others. AND for this event, they share it for free. No one is being paid.

Take a guided tour of the Archives, or visit the California Museum, which extends free admission to Family History Day participants.

Check the Directions tab......  alots of information about how to get there and where the parking is available on a Saturday. No mentioned, but a great option is the LightRail Sytem. The stop is right outside the doors of the Archives - "Archives"

A syllabus is being offered again this year. All the handouts are included. Go to the blog and click on the syllabus tab and send a message with your name that your would like to have a syllabus reserved in your name. The day of the event you will pick it up and pay the nominal $5 fee - cash only please. A syllabus can be a very valuable research tool. With 25 classes offered, you will only be able to attend 5 maybe 6 classes  out of the 25 and what about all those other classes you could not attend and learn about - buy a syllabus. RESERVE YOUR'S NOW

Let's not forget about the great exhibit hall. There will be lots of  special interest groups: ie Root Cellar SGS, DAR, German Genealogy Society, Jewish Genealogy Society, Old SchoolHouse, City Cemetery and many many more. Get to know what all these organizations are all about and how you might benefit from them. Take a tour through Root Cellar SGS Library - see what we have in our holdings.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Society Saturday - Archives and Family History Month

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

Archives Month
Family History Month
How are you going to celebrate?
How are you going to show your support?

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society  members have already been busy getting the word out to everyone. Here are two library display windows to check out during the month of September -  here is just a sneek peek at the windows. BIG BIG THANKS to Diane Maltase, Charlene Eberwine, Carolee Jones, and  Suzanne Latimer. GREAT JOB ladies !!

 Arden-Dimick Public Library  
891 Watt Ave
Sacramento, CA 95864




North Highlands Public Library.
4235 Antelope Rd
Antelope, CA 95843

I hope that you can see just enough to go out an look at it in person. You know that pictures may not do this project justice - too much light and reflection. 
AND Coming in October you will see a wonderful genealogy display at the Fair Oaks Public Library. More about that another time

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Will the Real M.E. GREENE Please Come Forward !

Editor's note: Today's post was posted by Sandra Gardner-Benward AND submitted by Carolee R. Jones Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society member - Find A Grave headstone photo- permission given to use it for the Root Cellar blog

Mary E. Terrill GREENE OR Mollie E GREENE


After a seven year search I finally found the death date for my paternal great-grandmother, Mollie E. GREENE.  The brick wall tumbled down at 11 p.m. on July 15, 2013! 
Mary E. Terrill GREENE was born on June 26, 1844 in Missouri.  In the late 1870’s or early 1880’s she and her husband moved from Howard County, Missouri to Texas.  Her middle name is probably Ellen.  The birth certificate for her youngest child, Mattie Rosa GREENE, has the mother’s name as Mary Ellen Terrill. 
In 1882 Mattie Rosa was born in Walnut Springs, Bosque County, Texas. 
The 1900 United States Federal Census lists Molly E. GREEN with her husband, Joe H. GREEN a.k.a. J. H. GREEN or Joel H. GREENE, residing with their son, Chactaw Lee GREEN a.k.a.    C. L. GREEN.  
In 1904 and 1905 two of their twelve children married in Bosque County, Texas.  My grandfather, Frank H. GREEN, was one of the two children.  He married Annie Ruth WALES on January 2, 1905. 
The 1910 United States Federal Census lists Mollie E. as head of the household in Bosque County. Based on the 1910 Census I began looking at every cemetery in Bosque County. 
Using Find A Grave I found her headstone in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Walnut Springs, Bosque County, Texas.  I searched by entering her surname for each cemetery and looking for any GREEN or GREENE.  Her headstone shows her as M. E. GREENE wife of J. H. GREENE with death date, Apr. 16. 1912. I have contacted the Office of Bosque County Clerk and received a reply saying there is no death certificate for my great-grandmother.  So the search begins in other Texas counties to find her death certificate.

 And so the story continues, always searching. ...... sound familar? Any clues for Carolee R. Jones

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Mystery - GREENE or BREENE

Editor's note: Today's post was posted by Sandra Gardner-Benward AND submitted by Carolee Jones

Are you looking for the death date and death certificate for a Mary E. BREENE? 

Several months ago I was searching the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Index.  Listed was a M. E. GREENE with an April 10, 1929 death date.  There was a partial registration number shown as well as the county, Tarrant.  Thinking this was an excellent possibility for the information I was seeking on my paternal great-grandmother I ordered the death certificate at a cost of $25.00. 

The death certificate arrived and it was for a Mary E. BREENE not GREENE!  The index was in error for the last name since it was indexed for the GREEN and GREENE’s.  In addition, my Mary E. GREENE was not born in Bloomfield, Connecticut nor was her maiden name, MOODY. 

I am happy to share this unneeded death certificate with Mary E. BREENE’s family.  Just contact me through Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society.  If you know the family of Mary E. BREENE please contact them so they can get in contact with Carolee.  

I don't imagine that this has happened to anyone else before!!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Fridays Faces From the Past: Genealogy Roadshow

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society  wants you to Mark Your Calendar for this event  
Genealogy Roadshow
                                                    It's all relatives
Solving the Mysteries of Family Histories
September 23, 2013    channel:  PBS see their schedule in your area

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Those Places Thursday -- 45th Annual JAMBOREE 2014

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

For the members of  Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society and others around the area

June 5, 2014 - DNA: Genetic Genealogy 
June 6- 8, 2014 - Jamboree
sponsored by Southern California Genealogical Society

contact with questions:

From the Federation Genealogical Society (FGS) Conference and Root Cellar Blog:

HUGE Congratulations to Paula Hinkel and Leo Myers and their fabulous Jamboree Committee - FGS awarded Southern California Genealogical Society an "Award of Merit" - "in recognition of their vision in conference event planning and creating year round benefits for a global audience" WOW! and I do mean WOW! I am very impressed but it is all true. Big round of applause! The Jamboree is a top, professional conference, improving and growing every year.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Murray's of Prince Edward Island ?????

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

Lois Shumaker, Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society member, has a picture in her family albums that she cannot identify (imagine that! I don't know of anyone that has that problem)

While at the Allen County Public Library, the Genealogical Center....... I looked through a wonderful book that Lois had asked about. "Uniforms of the Prince Edward Island Militia, 1794-1873" What a wonderful book with all types of pictures of uniforms from Prince Edward Island. There were some small things that were on this uniform and in the book but not enough to say THIS IS IT.  
So Lois asks, "Who is this spiffy couple that are all duded up for their photo! I don't know who they are (probably Murrays in PEI), and who knows -- the guy may be the mailman in his uniform!"

So I hope that people will look over this photo for ANY clues of year, and the uniform. HELP!
If you have any information or the next step in this research please contact Lois  Thank You.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tech Tuesday - RootsTech 2014

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

I hope to see lots of  our Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society members at the 2014 RootsTech Conference- Family History and Technology Conference.

February 6-8, 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah

RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover and share their family stories and connections through technology.

At RootsTech 2014 experience:
  • Over 150 classes for everyone from beginners to expert
  • Technology to help you connect with your family's past, present and future
  • A 20% larger expo hall featuring the latest products and services
  • REGISTER TODAY! Exclusive $139 (price is available for a limited time)
    • Register at RootsTech & use promo code RT14EXCLSV to save $20 off Early Bird Full Pass price. Code expires Sept 9, 2013.
    • After 9/9/13 the price goes up to $159 and then up to regular price of $239

What will you discover at RootsTech?

RootsTech 2014 will be held in the east wing of the Salt Palace Convention Center with bigger classrooms, larger event space, and easier access throughout the venue! Here are a few things to look forward to at RootsTech:
  • Classes and Computer Labs
  • Getting Started Track – Designed for beginners
  • Developer Day – On Wednesday, Feb. 5, developers are invited to innovate and collaborate with other engineers and family history industry experts in this pre-RootsTech event
  • Expo Hall – The RootsTech expo hall is growing
  • Evening Events
  • Hosted Lunches
  • Family Discovery Day – New! On Saturday, Feb. 8
...and there is always the pull of the Salt Lake City Family History Library - the largest in the country

There is something for everyone. We can all benefit by learning some of this new technology to make our lives easier and to further our family history research. The schedules are up. Check it out 

Only 6 days left to register for the early bird rate.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Labor Day - a Day of Rest or Is it?

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

Read more about the history of Labor Day in the United States and Other Country's in Wikipedia

Have a relaxing day off......... ohhhh!! more time to research.
Or visit with an elderly relative and ask the questions NOW.

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