Friday, November 29, 2013

Society Saturday - Root Cellar SGS Happenings in December

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

         Get Your Calendar Out and Mark Down the Following Dates.......  
                                                                                                     don't miss out on the fun.

              What is Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society up to in December?

Thursday, December 5th
Root Cellar Board Meeting
Sylvan Community Center
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
10am till noon
Thursday, Dec. 12th
Root Cellar Membership Meeting  - Visitors always welcome!
Program TBA presented by our own Glenda Gardner-Lloyd.                                                            Join Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society Members in celebrating the Holidays.
Raffle – please bring wrapped gifts to make this raffle a huge success. Funds raised by the raffle will support Root Cellar's Library. Please no white (or pink) elephants.
There will not be a pre-meeting this month. But feel free to come early to socialize and help with the holiday set up.
Wednesday, Dec. 18th
Root Cellar Workshop- Guests welcome!
Share your successful finds and those frustrating brickwalls. The session may include a webinar and/or a demo of a research tool
Wednesday, Dec. 25th
NO Meeting this Month for the  Reunion for the Mac Special Interest Group (SIG) 

For More Details ........... about any of the meeting above        


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Thanksgiving Traditions

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward/ Root Cellar SGS

Happy Thanksgiving
From Our Home to Yours
What are your Thanksgiving Traditions?
What does Thanksgiving mean to You?
To me Thanksgiving is all about Family, getting together and spending some good quality fun time together. Sharing with the older members of the family/ Talking with the younger generations, getting to know what they think.           
No pressures, No stress, No shopping for gifts, you can even purchase an entire holdiay dinner which can give you more time OUT of the kitchen and time with everyone else.
I am very thankful.  

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wishful Wednesday: Ancestors in Virginia? Combine Your Research & Learning.

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

Another year is about to start and another round of conferences for you to choose from in 2014. Make your choice and mark your calendar.

After  you return from RootsTech2014 in Salt Lake City 6-8 February2014 - what next?

2014 Family History Conference - National Genealogical Society
7-10 May 2014 - Richmond Virginia
Do you have ancestors and/or family in Virginia and the surrounding states? Here is your chance to attend the NGS Conference in Richmond Virginia and learn, and then research locally.                     
Give it some thought.......  it is worth the time to go.

 Now available is a sixteen-page Registration Brochure. downloadable  The online version of the program is also available on the conference website at

Conference Registration opens on 1 December 2013  some activities have limited seating, so register on 1 December or as soon as possible thereafter if you plan to attend these events.

The conference will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and Marriott Hotel located in downtown Richmond, Virginia, 7–10 May 2014. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 175 lectures, given by many nationally known speakers and subject matter experts about a broad array of topics including records for Virginia and its neighboring states; migration into and out of the region; military records; state and federal records; ethnic groups including African Americans, German, Irish, and Ulster Scots; methodology; analysis and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and apps useful in genealogical research.

The first few pages of the brochure provide details about conference logistics and describe several special events. The daily conference program includes the name of each speaker, the lecture title, and a brief description of the presentation. A number of social events and workshops are also offered during the conference.

If 2014 will be your first NGS Family HistoryConference click here and check it out.

An exhibit hall with more than seventy-five vendors will be free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, directly across from the Marriott Hotel. Exhibitors will include genealogy database and software providers, booksellers, genealogy societies, providers of genetic testing, and much more.

Up-to-date information about the availability, amenities, and rates for conference hotels 

Sign up for the NGS Conference Blog so you do not miss conference news or announcements.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia- based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday Technology - and Associated Press Collaboration

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward, written by Kristie Wellson/ Blog BLOG and Associated Press Bring Historical AP Archives OnlinePosted by Kristie Wellson November 18, 2013 in Site, Collections

NOTE: I am very excited to see this announcement about the collaboration between and Associated Press that makes fifty years of news stories–in their original wire copy format–available online now. Click on the blog link above and read more about the project and see some of the examples.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Mobile Monday - WDYTYA forum app! Are You Kidding?

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

The following announcement was written by Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine:
The meeting place for sharing and chatting about researching British family history

FORUM_IPADWho Do You Think You Are? Magazine, Britain’s bestselling family history title, announces the launch of its WDYTYA Forum App that enables genealogy enthusiasts to use its popular online forum on the go.

Free to download and available now on both iOS and Android devices, WDYTYA Forum gives people instant access to hundreds of fellow genealogists, known affectionately by the magazine as ‘Genies’, who are on hand to assist others with their queries and help solve family history problems from photo identification to elusive ancestors. The app also offers a vibrant meeting place for members to discuss anything from episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? to the latest record release.
Sarah Williams, Editor of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, commented: “Our forum is fast becoming the number one meeting place for those researching British family and now it’s even more accessible and easy to use. The collective knowledge of its members is a force to be reckoned with in family history.”

While the browser version of the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine forum will continue to be available at, logging in through the new app will offer members the added benefits of being able to receive notifications on the move, share photos straight from their device and make the most of a sleek and more user-friendly interface.

WDYTYA Forum is available now free on the App Store and Google Play. (and I am off to my app store to d/l the forum app)

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Society Saturday - Spring Seminar 2014

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

Save the Date
announces its plans for its 2014 Spring Seminar
Geoff Rasmussen
Legacy Family Tree Genealogy Software and Webinars

Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Genealogical Success

Googling Around with Google and other fun technology

The Latest in Digital Imaging for Genealogists

What's New in Legacy 8
April 5, 2014
Fair Oaks, California
Read more about Geoff  Spring Seminar 2014
As information becomes available we will update you. Make sure that you are on our email list

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Those Places Thursday - Travel to Murphy's? Really?

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

Calavaras Genealogical Society
................ invites you to its Spring Seminar

WHO: Steve Morse -  "One Step Web Pages by Stephen M. Morse" 

WHEN: April 26, 2014

WHERE: LDS Church Family History Center
                   Murphys, California
                   9:50 AM until 3 PM.

COST: $25 for current CGS members and $30 for non-members.
The registration fee includes a deli sandwich lunch

Calaveras Genealogical Society

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Society Saturday - Updated Technology for Root Cellar SGS

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

Have you checked out Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society SHOP AND SUPPORT page  Please Shop Root Cellar SGS - as that old saying goes "We have come along way baby"


As an affiliate Root Cellar SGS receives a monetary percentage back when anyone shops at  when they click on our hot link on our website. So think of any shopping you may want to do over the holidays and shop through Root Cellar SGS SHOP & SUPPORT

NEW There is a special membership offer through Root Cellar SGS from Yes we again receive a little monetary percentage of the purchase back. Consider going through Root Cellar SGS when you want to sign up for Ancestry membership SHOP & SUPPORT

NEWER  Family Tree Maker  Software - follow the hot link and make your purchase......  we may also receive a small monetary commission from any purchases as long as you went through Root Cellar SGS hot link.........  SHOP & SUPPORT

BRAND NEW  We are so excited to announce our newest affiliate FLIP PAL. It has been a long time in the works but it is here now, We have also had our first purchase (NO NO it was not me!) YIPPPEY!! For those of you that are not familiar with the FLIP PAL - it is a wonderful portable scanner, it has the ability of taking scans of portions of a picture or map or document and then it does its magic and sews all the pieces together. WOW can you imagine he uses, I sure can.  As an affiliate we will receive a commission from each FLIP PAL and accessories purchased. Pay using Pay Pal SHOP & SUPPORT

So you see there are many ways of helping Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society financially with purchasing items you would have bought anyway, you just need to go through our icon on our web page first. The other item that will be of help to you is we now have PAY PAL (membership coming soon) Yes we are up and running. SO here is to all of you - THANK YOU!!

A big thanks to Rick Hanson for setting up the FLIP PAL and the PAY PAL accounts.
Thank you Rick, we appreciate every hour you spent on this project.

NOTE: all our publications and t-shirts  (Store tab) may also be purchased through Pay Pal.

One by one,step by step, volunteer by volunteer  we are getting to be where we want to be.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thankful Thursday - What has made Family Research So Popular?

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

What has made Family Research/ Genealogy
so Popular and Explode in Popularity??

Here are some ideas to think about and to explore if you have not

... with the exposure of genealogy through the Internet, websites devoted to genealogy, renewed commitments from local Genealogy Societies around the country, updating and renewed committment of National Genealogical Societies (ie: NGS & FGS) and active State Genealogical Societies, plus exposing the process & the excitment of uncovering a new generation of ancestors, crumbling a brickwall, finding that one elusive document through the magic of many different television shows. As genealogists we know what can be done and not be done but nothing does it like national exposure on television- that gets people excited to start or continue their own family trees.

The Internet- what is there left to say. It seem to come out of no where and grow so quickly that it is hard to keep up with all the technology. Now we are disconnecting from the wires and going mobile in almost every part of our lives. Just the use of computers to laptops to notebooks and now ipads and mini ipads and now the same thing has happened to the ever popular telephone on the wall, rotary dialing - not anymore - they are wireless, connected to the internet, mobile with gps capability and you use them for more than just communications between friends and family.

Ancestryit has grown from a small company to this huge colllection of genealogy related company's - it is a paid website with billions of pieces of information. Under you will see Fold3 (military records), MyCanvas (publishing),, RootsWeb (free, run by volunteers- newly hosted by, ProGenealogists,, 1000 memories, Shoebox for Ancestry (app for scanning), AncestryDNA, Mundia,, Family Tree Maker Genealogy Software, and now Find-a-Grave.  With a competitive edge, Ancestry has set about to scan very large collections of family information from around the world. It has opened our eyes to how much they do have to offer, plus you can build an on-line family tree, attach documents to it, share it with others or keep it private.

ROOTS WEB - is a very old website, still free, run by all volunteers and is not owned but it is hosted by Old or maybe just established is well worth your time.  Mailing lists, forums, great help areas.

FamilySearch - is a very old group for all of us to go and research, now online and still in person at local centers, and in Salt Lake City Library. They have truly stepped into the 21st century, updated their own technology and began scanning documents, records and databases all over the world. They have pulled out most of the books in their centers and began scanning them so they will be available to all. Most of their centers have been updated with more and faster internet connection and computers. Lots of training and classes, SIG's taking place each week around the country. They have at least one local conference a year. If you have been to Salt Lake City Utah to do some research you know how awesome and overwhelming it can be.

Faces of America - What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the  PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Harvard scholar turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans — professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi

Finding Your Roots- 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 with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States.

Who Do You Think You Are? -  is an American genealogy documentary series that premiered on NBC on March 5, 2010. The show is an adaptation of the British series of the same name, aired by the BBC Each week a celebrity goes on a journey to trace his or her family tree. Lisa Kudrow is an executive producer for the series, which is a partnership between Shed Media, NBC Entertainment and
The series ran for twenty-seven episodes, broadcast over three seasons, before it was cancelled by NBC in 2012. The series has since been picked up by TLC. The fourth season premiered on July 23, 2013. A how-to companion book to the series, also called Who Do You Think You Are?, is available to help viewers research their own roots.  TLC has since renewed the series for a ten-episode fifth season that will air in 2014.

Genealogy Roadshow- Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow will combine history and science to uncover the fascinating stories of diverse Americans. Each individual’s past will link to a larger community history, revealing the rich cultural tapestry of America.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wishful Wednesday - The Emigrant & Immigration

Editor's note: Today's post was posted by Sandra Gardner-Benward  and written by Carolee Jones - Thank You.

The Emigrant and Immigration

NOTE: the statue shows the wife and child left behind at home while the father races to his new destiny in a new country.

Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Pier 21 was the port of entry for many Canadian emigrants.  Currently, cruise ships disembark passengers through the doors of the Pier 21 Museum dedicated to the history of Halifax and its emigrant population. 

    Pier 21, a former ocean liner terminal, is Canada's National Museum of Immigration in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It operated as an ocean liner terminal and immigration shed from 1928 to 1971. It became an immigration museum in 1999                                                    

                                                            Canadian Museum of Immigration

                                                           Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 - database
                                                                 includes Ship Arrival Database and Ship Images

Unfortunately, due to time travel constraints my traveling companions and I were unable to tour the museum.  I was able to purchase two postcards showing newly arriving emigrants to Halifax.  They were on display at the Fair Oaks Library.  The library display was dedicated to immigration and emigrants.  On display was a large trunk, satchel, copies of the ticket punched by a physician attesting to the good health of the ship’s passengers and pictures of ships, including the Mayflower.  Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society members use library displays to promote genealogy and Family History Day especially during the month of September and October.


Like the United States the emigrants coming by ship to Canada were seeking a new life and the opportunities available to people willing to work hard.  On September 19, 2013 Halifax unveiled a new piece of art dedicated to the Canadian emigrants.  Entitled “The Emigrant” with the following explanation,


“The pain of separation he overcame,

with faith and hope his heart aflame…”

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Travel Tuesday - Root Cellar SGS Members Sited at Ancestry Day in San Francisco

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

                               Vicki Contente, Chris Highsmith and Sandra Gardner-Benward
   Siting of Root Cellar SGS members attending Ancestry Day in San Francisco November 9, 2013

This year, unlike last year, the conference was all held in one room with all paricipants attending.
Conference again at Hyatt Regency Hotel. Check in started at 7:30am and the first session started at 8:30am. Chris and I started our day at 5am (so that means I got up around 3:15am and don't know about Chris),  driving down to Walnut Creek and catching the BART into San Francisco. The exit is right below the Hyatt Regency Hotel. YEA!! Now Vicki was the smart one and drove down the day before and stayed overnight - smart girl)

WOW, the weather was beautiful - imagine - it is November in San Francisco AND we ate lunch outside. Yes outside in November in San Francisco! The sun was out and it was very comfortable. The street faire was also going on so we had lots to do and see during the lunch bhreak.

This was a sold out event. 1200 tickets sold about 1150 attended.  Well organized, and well staffed. Both Ancestry and California Genealogical Society partnered again and both were winners.


                                                                      AND DURING

The presenters were Crista Cowan (Barefoot Genealogist Blog) employed with Ancestry;       
Anne Gillespie Mitchell (Finding Forgotten Stories Blog)also writes the Ancestry Anne column for member monthly newsletter/ Senior Product Mamger at Ancestry and Tim Cox (California Genealogical Society  member volunteer, speaker, teacher and all around good guy).

We listened to

ANCESTRY 101 - New & Review. Start with yourseld and work back one generation at a time. (hummm where have I heard that before and yet alot of people insist on starting with a "famous ancestor" and working forward to connect. It is so much more difficult to do that, why, start with yourself and work back. Collect all the records you can about a person or family before moving to the next generation. Use the Card Catalogue. Start an online tree. My favorite is visit the Learning Center to watch webinars, read articles, and learn more about their programs, wiki etc. GVisit YouTube channel for hours of tutorials on many different topics.

SMART SEARCH TIPS & TRICKS-  Make sure you are using the Advanced search form.  Do not mark anything exact the first time you search. (I really want to emphasize this- how do you know how something is listed on any document- don't loose out by only doing an exact search of name or dates or any other)

SEARCHING & WRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY- Build a framework - start with census, create a timeline, think about historical events, analyze as you go. Publish as you go. Storing your story in your tree and/or blogging your stories, use social media to get your stories out there. Preserve and share the stories for your younger generations.

FIVE NEW THINGS TO TRY ON ANCESTRY.COM - 1-FAMILY TREES/ build a puplic tree on IT IS FREE --- 2-Use the LEARNING CENTER, hundreds of hours of video tutorials, research guides and more.  3-COLLABORATE  update you public profile, use member directory to find others researching the same surnames & locations. 4 &5-DNA there is ethnicity & cousin matching. They are two different processes.  ok  there is ydna/.males only; mtdna./ everyone has it but only passed on by women; AncestryDNA (autosomalDNA) anyone can take this test and benefit. --- have a public tree on, attach your DNA results to your tree, have multiple family members tested, send messages to matches, and respond to messages received.

GET TO KNOW OUR FAMILY TO DISCOVER EVEN MORE ABOUT YOUR OWN-  Did you know that the parent company is ANCESTRY.COM and under their umbrella is; AncestryDNA; FOLD3; Family Tree Maker Genealogical Family Software; MyCanvas (preserve & share family stories)'; RootsWeb  (free, run by volunteers & hosted by; Pro Genealogist;;; 1000 Memories; Shoebox for Ancestry (free- app for scanning); Mundia;; & Find-a-Grave  just purchased (mobile app coming)


THE INTERNET IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG-- most research is done in libraries, archives, courthouses, cemeteries and other places. GOOD side of Internet is that it is a huge resource & it is open 24 hours. The BAD side is transcription errors, incomplete record sets. The UGLY side is the integrity of the information, name collectors, making it fit.

LIVE Q&A PANEL...... lots of questions came in with registration, and some more from the floor.

There were prize drawings all day long with the grand prize drawn at the end of the day. You didn't hear any hooping and hollaring from me, Vicki or Chris, but there were winners AND great prizes.

A personal thought: There are lots of great advantages of using Family Tree Maker if you use and create a family tree online. I used FTM years ago and enjoyed it. Then along came Legacy and I switched. I am very happy with Legacy but am a little jealous of how FTM & Ancestry Trees sync.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Military Monday - Veteran's Day - Monday November 11, 2013

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


Please come out and show your support for all Veterans. I have a special invitation for you............

Sends Out an Invitation to All
Veterans Day
Monday - November 11, 2013
10:30 a.m. – Veterans assemble at south end of cemetery (Spanish-American War, Civil War Sections) - the procession along the "Avenue of Flags" concluding at the Veterans Memorial.
11am - A memorial service will be held in the cemetery's gazebo with lmusic and ocal leaders, Americna Legion, VFM and music/singers.
This service will honor those who served our community, state, and nation.

Sylvan Cemetery 7401 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights

The Citrus Heights post of the American Legion #637 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a Veterans Day service on Monday, November 11, 2013 at the Verterns Memorial and gazebo located at the Sylvan Cemetry. This service wil honor all those who served in the defense of this great nation. The event is hosted by the American Legion, Post #637, Commanded by Paul Reyes and by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Invited speakers are Supervisor 4th District Roberta MacGlasham, Citrus Heights Mayor Steve Miller, Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher Boyd and members of the Citrus Heights city council. Other present will be Citrus Heights Boy Scott Troop 3228, the Folsom Harmony Express singers, the Citrus Heights Police Department Honor Guard and bugler Ray Latimer.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Another Siting of a Root Cellar Member on the East Coast

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward (pictures from Lois Shumaker)

AND here we are again, traveling with Root Cellar SGS member Lois Shumaker and visiting the New England Historic Genealogical Society


Lois says, " NEHGS, of course, is a huge library and holds large collections of historical records, books, microfilms, and vertical files.  Things are easy to locate, and the staff is exceedingly kind and helpful.  They are also very liberal with their rules -- free coffee in the snack room, and no requirement to put your personal belongings in a locker unless you wish.  A very comfortable place to work."

......and again more support for Root Cellar SGS with our t-shirt traveling the east coast. Thanks Lois.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116-3007

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Society Saturday - Root Cellar SGS Research Request Policy

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

Research Request Policy

Root Cellar – Sacramento Genealogical Society is happy to research the Sacramento County area, California records for members and non–members alike. If your search request is out of our area, we will recommend the proper contacts. Our resources include but are not limited to cemetery records, city directories, mortuaries, local histories, newspapers, and some prison records.

The fee for initiating research is $20.00 which includes two hours of research. Research will begin upon receipt of initial fee and a completed request form submitted by mail. Additional research time will be charged at $20.00 per hour. Only one name per request. Complete the “Root Cellar Research Request Form” and return it to Root Cellar. Fees for vital records certificates and postage will be added to the research costs.

Please be patient, our volunteers give freely of their time and expertise to support our efforts for you. If you have a genealogical interest in our area, we hope that you will take full advantage of our resources.

Go to the website for more details 

Download the Research Request Form

We would love to hear from you. We would be thrilled to help you in your research. Contact Us.

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