Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - A New Year is Coming and Coming Quickly

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

We toast to the coming New Year 2015


10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1  YEAAAAAAAAAAAA!!

 Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society

What did Root Cellar SGS do as an organization in 2014?

We were able to have a general membership meeting every month.........
Presentations: Start Writing Family Stories with Marion Kile; Discover the Power with Tamara Noe; a fabulous Holiday Party and a successful raffle; filtering with Tamara Noe; another successful Show N Tell with our members hosted by Glenda Gardner-Lloyd; Western Migration Trails with Kathryn Marshall; Practical Tips for Planning an on-site Research Trip with Pam Brett; The Story Behind the Story with Carolee Jones; Using the Newspaper Subscription Websites with Janice Sellers; Install Backblaze for FREE with Yev Pusin.............

Daytime workshops each month........ giving members an opportunity to talk about their finds,  to talk about their trips, to talk about their brickwalls......... to talk about new resources.

A Very successful Spring Seminar with Geoff Rasmussen with Legacy Family Tree Software - we have invited Geoff back several times over the years and he has never disappointed. We want to thank our Co-Chairs Diane Maltase and Denise Miller for all that they did and to their committee of volunteers. And of course before this Seminar ended Diane and Denise were already working on 2015 Seminar on 21 March with D. Joshua Taylor (registration begins in 2015) and looking to 2016 & 2017. 

Jim Radar, a member and DNA expert, donated his time over the summer and presented a 3 month series of DNA classes ......... Thank you Jim. 

Root Cellar SGS and long time member Glenda Gardner Lloyd teamed up and put together a series of 5 FREE classes to help members in their research efforts.  

Our library has been a major work in progress this year. Denise Miller has taken upon herself to learn a new software program and inventory all materials in our library. We received several major donations over the years and are finally able to get them all inventoried and up on the shelves where they belong.  Sammie Hudgens, our librarian, is committed to the library and has scheduled docent's available on Tuesday and Thursday to assist visitors. Ron Setzer and John Jay have also been working with Denise on the library inventory.

A new Family Tree Maker Software Special Interest Group (SIG) was formed by members John Jay, Ron Setzer, Jack Banks. 

Root Cellar SGS has a strong Extraction Group  that meet once a week at the Center for Sacramento History........ many new titles were produced this year. The latest publications is Sheriff's Mug Book Sacramento County 1874-1875    and many more to come  -----                      Visit our large list of original publications  Thank You to Marilyn Ulbricht who keeps a large committee of volunteers going forward. 

Our own publications The Preserves went digital this year. We changed Editors ....... from Ron Setzer to Lois Shumacher. Great Job Ron. Good Luck Lois. First issue was outstanding. 

We moved our monthly publication - the  Geni-Gram from the Member's Only section to out in the public area. We want you to visit our meetings and activities.

A special Thank You to Lynne Roberts for her attention to details and to her excellent research abilities....... she handles our Research Requests and Pioneer Certificates.  AND if that isn't enough she is building our LINK tab on our website. 

......and behind the scenes there are many volunteers working on day to day, week to week, month to month tasks. Without those volunteers we could not function as well as we do. 

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Motivation Monday - New Classes Announced by NGS

Editor's note: Today's post by Sandra Gardner-Benward but a media release from NGS Society

Did you know that the NGS organization presents has all types of genealogical classes available........  here is the latest one

The National Genealogical Society
Introduces New Course:
Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors
Arlington, VA, 16 DECEMBER 2014:  The National Genealogical Society announced today the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies (CGS) course: Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors. Developed by military records expert Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, the new course expands on NGS’s offerings for teaching military research strategies, and helps achieve NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to the genealogical community.
In addition to his role as CEO and President of Heritage Books, Inc., Craig Scott has spent decades honing his military research expertise and teaching these skills within the genealogical community. He has coordinated military courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. His books include Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers 18181872 and Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent,and The “Lost” Pensions: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838.
In this eightmodule cloudbased course, Scott introduces numerous U.S. based records related to those who fought for independence, including compiled service records, prisoner of war records, and pension files. He will also teach strategies to identify and locate information about ancestors who lived at the time of the Revolution.

Researching YourRevolutionary War Ancestors is available to NGS members for $45.00 and to non-members for $70.00. For additional information or to purchase the course, visit the NGS website for the continuing studies courses 

The NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies courses are designed for both beginners and established genealogists who wish to focus on a specific topic and put their ensuing knowledge to work quickly. The courses allow individuals to complete genealogical coursework at their own pace and from the convenience of their own homes.
Two other cloud-based CGS courses are also offered:
  • Introduction to Civil War Research
  • Genetic Genealogy, The Basics
In addition to the CGS courses, NGS also offers several courses from its American Genealogical Studies (AGS) series, including:
  • The Basics
  • Guide to Documentation and Source Citation
Advanced AGS courses in a new series called Beyond the Basics are currently in development.  This cloud-based series is scheduled for release in 2015 and will complete American Genealogical Studies, which replaces the NGS Home Study Course, the standard in genealogical education for decades.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society 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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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Society Saturday - Happenings with Root Cellar SGS in January 2015

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

Almost the new year, and there is already lots going in January 

........ see what is happening in January!!

January 1 Thursday (first Thursday) Legacy Family Tree Software SIG
Cancelled for January - see you in February

January 8  Thursday Monthly Board Meeting
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
Contact: Diane Maltase
Board Meeting is usually the first Thursday of the month but the first Thursday falls on the first of January so it has been changed to the second Thursday for January ONLY.
Members are always welcome to attend.

January 8 Thursday (second Thursday) General Meeting
6:15pm for Roundtable discussion
7pm General Meeting
Christ Community Church
5025 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael
Contact: Diane Maltase
"SNAPFISH" Photo Book with Joanne Sweeney
Snapfish is a web-based photo sharing and photo printing service that is owned by Hewlett-Packard. Members can upload files for free, and are given unlimited photo storage.

Joanne will present the process of developing a photo book and will show samples of her photo books that will be treasured by loved ones for many years to come. 

January 9 Friday - (every Friday) Extraction Gathering
9am to Noon
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
This is a very active group that meets almost every Friday. But as busy as we are we can always use another pair of hands. There are so many records/documents to extract/transcribe/index.  WE NEED YOUR HELP. Contact Marilyn Ulbricht

January 14 Wednesday (third Wednesday) Roots Magic Family Tree Software
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave., Sacramento
Member Supported- Do you use Roots Magic or thinking about it.......  this is the place for you.

January 15 Thursday (third Thursday) Family Tree Maker Software SIG
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
Contact: John Jay
Are you are interested in the Family Tree Maker Software or you are using it and want to talk with others that are using it........  this is the place for you.
Sponsored by Root Cellar SGS - We welcome anyone interested.

January 16 Friday - (every Friday) Extraction Gathering
9am to Noon
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
This is a very active group that meets almost every Friday. But as busy as we are we can always use another pair of hands. There are so many records/documents to extract/transcribe/index.  WE NEED YOUR HELP. Contact Marilyn Ulbricht

January 21 Wednesday (third Wednesday) Daytime Workshop
1pm - 3pm
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
Contact: Diane Maltase
Benefits of Membership
Here is the place to discuss those brickwalls you may have, to discuss the latest finds. We understand that Happy Dance.

January 23 Friday - (every Friday) Extraction Gathering
9am to Noon
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
This is a very active group that meets almost every Friday. But as busy as we are we can always use another pair of hands. There are so many records/documents to extract/transcribe/index.  WE NEED YOUR HELP. Contact Marilyn Ulbricht

January 28 Wednesday (fourth Wednesday) Reunion for Mac Family Tree Software SIG
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave., Sacramento
Member Supported- Do you use Reunion  or thinking about it.......  this is the place for you.
Contact: Rich Hanson 

January 30 Friday - (every Friday) Extraction Gathering
9am to Noon
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
This is a very active group that meets almost every Friday. But as busy as we are we can always use another pair of hands. There are so many records/documents to extract/transcribe/index.  WE NEED YOUR HELP. Contact Marilyn Ulbricht

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Those Places Thursday - Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays

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

Happy Holidays 
Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society  

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Tuesday's Tip - Travel to Far Away Places


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

Travel to Far Away Places!   

Yes, National Genealogical Society 2015 Conference May 13-16, 2015 is scheduled in St. Charles, Missouri.........  and YES I will be there. Registration is open now. I see that the DNA Workshop is already sold out. There is also Township and Range Land Workshop; Metes and Bounds Land Workshop; Irish Law Library Workshop. Pre-Conference events include Librarian's Day; Putting Skills to Work: Learn about Being a Professional AND I am very interested in the German Studies Day. AND there is still so much more planned. Gosh another evening social event is SOLD OUT. wow, I am so surprised this far out.

This is a great place to be for research. You will be able to hear a lot of session covering a lot of different states plus be fairly close to the many libraries, genealogy & historical societies. You need to check it out and see what you think.

IF you are not able to attend or even if you are and you want more in certain topics, OR you attend and don't have to worry about attending these classes -  NGS is again live streaming. What does live streaming mean? You can watch/listen to whatever is being live streamed as it is being presented from the conference right on your computer ......... There are two different tracks being offered #1 The Immigration and Naturalization Process and #2 Methodology Techniques.....  you can purchase one track or purchase both at a discount

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Society Saturday - Find a Grave and MORE at our December Workshop

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

If you don't know yet, Root Cellar SGS offers a daytime workshop almost every month for it members-  they can discuss the good and bad of their research....... any breakthroughs or any brickwalls.......... this is a very casual informal unstructured/structured two hour gathering.  I was anxious and excited to share this month........I had some good breakthroughs with my New Zealand twig - my Great Grand Uncle Hudson LITTLE. His information has grown by leaps and bounds over just the month of December. It all started at the beginning of December with a free weekend with Find My Past, then several excellent finds with Google- I typed straight into Google a couple of sentences (one at a time) from Hudson's obituary and the information came right back to me - EXCELLENT finds.........and one with pictures. AND Google Earth,- I zoomed right into the Bunnythorpe Cemetery and the Apiti Cemetery both in New Zealand. What a great view.  Over to Find a Grave and located several gravestones in New Zealand including Hudson's. Checked out for a couple of items but most of the information I had already found in Find My Past.  FamilySearch catalog was an excellent resource .......
I found several actual passenger lists and several complete probates through the FamilySearch catalog- these are the actual list and probates.  wow, I was very lucky and filled in a lot of blanks....... I am so jazzed about all the documents and information I located.  And I confirmed what I had with sources, YES I said SOURCES........ what a great feeling.

I have worked on my New Zealand family - Hudson Little - all month and you can see my progress on my blog.

Sometimes at the daytime workshop we change it up a little and in December we scheduled a FIND a GRAVE presentation for part of the time. We tried this a couple of months ago but the internet connection was not cooperating.......   we talked a lot but no live demo that time. This time was different, we connected and had our live demo- it sure makes a big difference.........

......a big thanks to Linda Sword Johnson. Good presentation and I know from the questions (and the excellent handout) that members were very interested in the basics of the website but also interested in all the extra's that come along with it. Who knew there is so much going on with tombstones!

Linda really suggested reading the FAQ (frequently asked questions). I am almost sure that any question you may have has been asked and answered. But it is a good starting point.

This is a FREE website. You can search without signing in. But if you want to add/edit a grave, a photo, or anything else you need to register. It is easy and painless. Reminder that there are gravestones and cemeteries around the world NOT just in the United States. When you do a search try various spellings and variations of the name. A fairly new feature is you are able to add and search for someone who may not have a physical place to rest........ ie: cremated, ashes scattered 'whereever', lost at sea, body donated to medical science, buried at sea, lost or destroyed and others............... cremation and ashes scatter 'whereever' seems to be done more and more, so it is nice to have a place to these too.

You can add to the website, when you register a contributors page is created for you. If you find a relative already on the website you can request the gravestone be transferred to you. If they aren't related they will probably honor your request. But if not, you can create a virtual cemetery (s) and show any gravestones in your virtual cemetery. It is a way of collecting your relatives together in one place, once you have your virtual cemetery you don't have to go looking for these gravestones again............ just continue to look for others.

Well I was very jazzed when I went home and got on my computer and went to Find a Grave, I registered and started searching for relatives. I have been researching New Zealand twig this month and found several gravestones of ancestors. I wrote down each of their memorial #'s (this number is a must if you want to email anyone else on the website)....... I sent a message to the lady that had taken the pictures of the gravestones I was interested in, included the information requesting the transfer of three accounts. She answered pretty quick and it was done. Let me introduce you to my Great Grand Uncle Hudson Little, his wife Hannah Sarah Doggett and their second grown son Arthur Louis Little all in Bunnythorpe Cemetery. New Zealand.........
But this lady didn't stop there, she included two really good New Zealand websites- one for BMD ($ -but you can search without paying) and the other is newspapers (FREE). I have both of them bookmarked for more research at another time.....  I found another ancestor and YES I have sent another request for transfer AND it happens to be the same lady. I guess I didn't mention that she lives in New Zealand.

So thanks Linda............ I invite everyone to come and visit my small corner  ( life is good )

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Follow Friday - Shop Amazon and Support Root Cellar SGS

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

Are you still shopping for those one or two last minute gifts? Maybe you are shopping for yourself? online for anything at When you shop Amazon (clicking on our special ICON) you help Root Cellar SGS financially too. It is not that much but every little bit helps.........  and we thank you. 

just click below and shop on 

Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless (or is it Wordy?) Wednesday : Additional Keynote Speakers for RootsTech/FGS Conference

Editor's note: Today's by Sandra Gardner-Benward - written by FGS staff  

Additional keynote speakers added to RootsTech/FGS Conference line up. Very exciting!

Have you checked out the schedule of classes and activities yet? You will find a lot of variety. There are also labs available too, plus special workshops. 

RootsTech - February 12-14, 2015

Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager

Laura Bush and Daughter Jenna to Keynote at RootsTech 2015

We are excited to announce that former first lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager will be the keynote speakers during the morning general session on Friday, February 13, 2015.
The former first lady will talk about life in the White House and the importance of family during those eight years, as well as reflect on the difficult days following September 11. Jenna Bush Hager will join her mother onstage for a fireside chat where they will share family stories as a new mother and grandmother.
In addition to being a loving mother and grandmother, Mrs. Bush is a bestselling author, founder of the National Book Festival in Washington D.C., and chair of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.
Daughter Jenna Bush Hager is a best-selling author, special contributor for NBC’s The Today Show, and editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine.
Join us on Friday, February 13, 2015, at the morning keynote session with former first lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager. This will be an experience not to be missed.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sentimental Sunday - So You're Going to the LIBRARY in Salt Lake City

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

WOW!!! I love going to Salt Lake City for research. I look forward to it every year. You never know what you will find, what is new, finish what you didn't finish from the previous time.
Registration Open

I have registered to go to FGS/RootsTech2015 in February. I also have reserved my room, so just the packing is left besides getting ready for the LIBRARY. I am really excited about going, as I am every year.  There is so much more to the Conference than just the classes. There are so many extra activities and events planned along with many luncheons with excellent speakers.  So many choices, but most of that is taken care of with the registration to the conference. AND then there is the LIBRARY.

I have been attending RootsTech since it began and look forward to attending every year. I feel so privileged to be able to spent time at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City. The first year or maybe even two, I thought I was preparing to go to the Library to some serious researching, but never seemed to find much. Then I took a class on actually preparing to go to the LIBRARY in Salt Lake City. Wow, what a difference it made. So if a session is offered close to you ATTEND IT. It will be well worth the time and energy.

First while still at home I go through my family tree.........  I try to use the To-Do List in my Legacy Family Tree Software Program.....  as I work in my program over the year I try to keep up-to-date and add to the To-Do list as I go. Then at times like this, while thinking about the trip in February, I start compiling a paper To-Do list from my software program........ I try to put family names together and then try to break it down even more than that......... say Vital Records, history of 'whereever', probates etc.......... I even refine the list even more by putting all the books together on one page, all the microfilm together - while refining each page. 

I have spent dozens of hours combing through the LIBRARY catalog........ trying to see what else may be available to look at while I have time. I cannot emphasize enough that the more organized you are the more you will be able to do without getting frustrated. It is stressful enough knowing all this stuff is available and not being ready. So get organized and do your research homework.

What to take to the library: If it is summer, a light sweater. If it is winter, winter jacket, boots, possibly an umbrella..... Oh did I mention they do have lockers so you can put what you want in the locker, the less you have to keep track of the better you will feel. I make sure that I have my laptop (with lock, hard drive, thumb drives & cords), a good paper notebook & pencils, my flip pal scanner, plus my smart phone. This is what I need to research, take notes, copy and maintain information, documents and records. As I said I have a
smart phone (iPhone to be exact) and I use it many ways:  taking pictures of pictures, whole pages of text, written items I need to remember, maintain my schedule at the conference, alert me for coming events. IF the conference has a APP I use every bit of it....... scheduling, alerts, communication, social media, getting around, and keeping in touch with friends. I also have the APP 'Families' on my phone that holds my entire family tree at my finger tips. So while browsing the stacks or away from the laptop, I can simply open my Families APP and check a name, a date, a location or find out a relationship, etc. Life saver!!

I have not been to the LIBRARY since February 2014, but I hear that there are some huge but good changes. There is always someone around to ask questions ...... and some answers are better than others. But now if you need specific help, you go to the help desk and ask. Unlike other years, you are given a buzzer type thing and when a specialist is located, they buzz you. So instead of having to stand in line waiting you are able to go back to serious research until they have located someone to help you. I LIKE THIS!! 

Take time to study the LIBRARY building itself. You can do that online at FamilySearch while still at home. This will be extremely helpful. This is a large facility with 5 floors, it can be overwhelming and yes there is signage for each floor and within each floor but why go unprepared.

Make you sure check when the LIBRARY is open - what days of the week are they open, and what are the hours each day. They are closed on Sundays. They do have a 10 minute orientation video to watch when you first come in. Yes, it will be helpful to watch. Take the time. Where are you going to eat? YES EAT. There are designated areas for food and drinks. There are tours you can take. There are also classes you can take while visiting the :LIBRARY. I just looked and it looks like there are only classes scheduled on Monday and then nothing more that week. But the other weeks have classes each day. So if you go another time check that schedule before you go so if you see something that interests you,  you can work that into your LIBRARY experience. You can also pick up a paper copy of the classes being offered at the door as you come in. You never know what has changed. 

Probably the one thing you will need to be aware of while balancing the LIBRARY and the conference experience is PATIENCE. With two conferences being presented in the same time frame and all attending being family researchers EVERYTHING will be crowd, you will need PATIENCE

Enjoy! Happy Hunting!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Those Places Thursday - FGS Conference Announces Second Keynote Speaker

Editor's note: posted today by Sandra Gardner-Benward -- press release through FGS

 ARE YOU GOING? Here is one reason to consider attending FGS/RootsTech 2015

News Release..........
DONNY OSMOND Joins FGS and RootsTech 2015 as a key note speaker for February 14 Saturday Morning

Donny Osmond - FGS/RootsTech 2015 General Session Speaker

One of the biggest names from one of the most famous families will be part of one of the largest family history conference in the world.Donny Osmond will be joining FGS and RootsTech 2015 to inspire and entertain the thousands of conference attendees.

Donny has been singing and entertaining audiences for 50 years. He has starred on Broadway and in Las Vegas. He has sold millions of records. He has hosted a variety of TV shows. Now, he says, he’s anxious to share stories (and maybe a song) in a completely different venue. “I’m already looking forward to this exciting event,” Donny said. “Family and family stories are obviously very important to me. This is a chance to connect to something that is part of who I am.”

Donny will be releasing his 60th album just days before the conference. The album, “The Soundtrack of My Life” tells the story of his remarkable life.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Shopping Sunday - Shop ONLINE Till You Fall Asleep or There is No More Chocolate

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

The Holiday Season has started with a BIG BANG and will continue for more than a month... bringing us into the new year....... take advantage of any discounts you can..... is an associate of Root Cellar SGS and wants to bring this to your you know Amazon has a lot of everything!  shop Amazon from the comfort, safety, and warmth of your own home, purchase items that are discounted and then sit back and wait for the delivery to your front door.........  this opportunity begins November 29 Saturday right after Black Friday.

follow the link for savings

Thank You for shopping Root Cellar SGS

Get a Jump on Cyber Monday Deals - Get Links Now

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Society Saturday - Happenings in December!!

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

What is Happening in December2014 for 
                                        Root Cellar SGS Members? 

             start marking your calendar.................

4 Dec 2014 - Thursday - Board Meeting 10am - Noon
     Sylvan Community Center
     7521 Community Drive
     Citrus Heights
     Members are always welcome

4 Dec 2014 - Thursday - Legacy SIG 1pm
    Family History Center
    2745 Eastern Ave
    Everyone welcome who is interested in the Legacy Family Tree Software.
    NOT sponsored by Root Cellar SGS but member supported

5 Dec 2014 - Friday - Extraction Gathering 9am - Noon
     Center for Sacramento History
     551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.
     Contact Marilyn Ulbricht - we can always use more volunteers. Give it try and see how much fun.

11 Dec 2014- Thursday -  Holiday Celebration with Root Cellar SGS 7pm
     Christ Community Church
     5025 Manzanita Ave
     Everyone is welcome. We will be celebrating with a gift raffle, refreshments and a short presentation with      our host Glenda Gardner Lloyd - everyone is asked to bring a wrapped gift (or 2, 3, 4 , 5 etc)(NO white      elephant gifts please) to donate to the Root Cellar. Raffle tickets will be sold and gifts will be won. A            variety of refreshments will be available thanks to generous members.

12 Dec 2014- Friday -NO  Extraction Gathering

16 Dec 2014 Tuesday Hanukkah Begins at Sundown - Enjoy!
17 Dec 2014 - Wednesday - Daytime Workshop - 1pm -3pm
    Sylvan Community Center
    7521 Community Drive
     Citrus Heights
     Everyone is welcome. There are a variety of activities that happen, the best of which is simply sharing            ideas, getting help with a problem or a whole brickwall

17 Dec 2014- Wednesday - Roots Magic SIG  12:30pm
    Family History Center
    2745 Eastern Ave
    Everyone is welcome to attend who is interested in the Roots Magic Software. Not sponsored by Root         Cellar SGS but member supported

18 Dec 2014 - Thursday - FamilyTree Maker SIG 11:30pm- 1:30pm
     Sylvan Community Center
     7521 Community Drive
     Citrus Heights
     Sponsored by Root Cellar SGS - anyone interested in FamilyTree Maker Software is welcome

19 Dec 2014 - Friday - Extraction Gathering  9am - Noon
    Center for Sacramento History
    551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
    Contact Marilyn Ulbricht - we can always use more volunteers. Give it try and see how much fun.

21 Dec 2014 Sunday First Day of Winter - Yippppey! Dust off those snowshoes,sleds & ski's

24 Dec 2014 Wednesday  NO Reunion SIG

24 Dec 2014 Wednesday Christmas Eve  - Enjoy!

25 Dec 2014 Thursday - Christmas -  Enjoy!

26 Dec 2014 Friday - First Day of Kwanzaa  Enjoy!

26 Dec 2014 Friday NO Extraction Gathering

31 Dec 2014 Wednesday - New Year's Eve  - Count down to 2015

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Friend of Friends Friday -- Discounted DNA kits

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

Good Morning.........  Just wanted you to know that we received a wonderful opportunity through our Affiliate Ancestry Program for a 20% discounted price on their DNA kits......... this offer is good for everyone and is a pretty good deal too.  The catch of course it is only good from today, Black Friday through Cyber Monday. 

This opportunity is a win-win for Root Cellar SGS and You.

Try it now. Click on the icon on the right side of the screen. Good Luck in your research...........

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Those Place Thursday - Thanksgiving Day

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


Do you have any family traditions for Thanksgiving? What are Your Family Traditions?

This is quite possibly my favorite holiday. There is no pressure, except the cooking of the dinner. Lots of relaxing with family and friends. Just catching up with life.

Do you have certain things that you do for the day .......  or before the day?
Who sits at your table?
What are your special foods you serve?
Who helps you? Who just plays around? 
Are you cooking the dinner at your home? Or you cook part of it and others bring the rest of the dinner? Or do you go to someone else's home? OR do you go out to dinner at a restaurant.

Do you stay home for the holiday or do you take off for somewhere else special .....?  

What is on your table? Do you have family recipes you only bring out on Thanksgiving?

Do you go to Senior Home, Church or a Soup Kitchen and spend your day helping the less fortunate?

 Do you share the cooking of pies with your children or grandchildren?
or special cupcakes?

                                                                   Or special Cookies?
OR making those yummy chocolates? 

 What type of activities do you do during the daytime or evening? Do you take off for the snow and skiing?

When my boys were younger (from junior high to about 30yr) they got together with friends and played football in our backyard. They had so much fun. I envied them for actually having life long friends that get together all year long for one reason or another but on Thanksgiving it is football. 
What about going to the movies or other activities? Do you rent movies and watch them at home with family and friends? 

Do you know the true story of Thanksgiving? 

Have you written your stories down about your Thanksgiving traditions? IF NOT, you need to do that soon. Don't let those stories be forgotten.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday's Tip - FGS 2015 Several Reasons I Attend

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

Two Conferences One Location -  Federation of Genealogical Societies and RootsTech 2015 Conferences

This certainly is not my first conference or my first FGS Conference. I don't remember my first FGS Conference- but I am sure that it was overwhelming all the way around. It just seems I have been attending for more years than I want to admit. I can see a need for a mentoring program between FGS and attendees. Not to be with you so much at the conference but before the conference begins........  what a conference is like, what to expect, what to bring and what maybe overkill. This could be an email relationship between attendees. They could meet sometime during conference for questions and reassurances and just to see how it is going.

Being an active involved concerned member of Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society, I, along with other members, are always looking for help and support for our society. How do we recruit new members? How do we recruit younger members? Paper or Online Publications? Website? Blog? Facebook? Fundraising? How do we find volunteers? Retaining members? Technology moves forward but our skills do not move as quickly forward, how do we keep up? and the questions go on and on.............  where to find help?

This is one reason that I started attending the FGS conferences in the past.  Society Day is a welcome opportunity for those who are actively involved in a society. Society Day is held on Wednesday before the Conference begins. Anyone interested in helping their society is very welcome. It is great because a lot of the sessions have an open forum and the attendees are able to ask their questions and get answers from others that are concerned about the societies. You don't know what a relief it is to know that a lot of the organizations have the same questions, concerns, problems........... With thirty sessions, on varying topics like technology, publications, event coordination, recruitment and retention and management principles, there will be plenty of success stories and innovative solutions to ongoing challenges shared among the attendees. This is one of my favorite days at FGS Conferences.

Another part of the FGS Conference I value is the Social Media part.......  it is even more important to me since I have started blogging several years ago now. Important because there is a Social media room for only bloggers/ media types to meet in and write up their thoughts or put together a blog post. We talk, see what they have seen and done, and visa versa. We give each other ideas, and share with each other. It really gives me a sense of belonging and the confidence to put together another group of posts for you. The blogging community is a growing group with a large diversity and the willingness to support new bloggers.

2013 FGS Conference Fort Wayne, Indiana 
...... home of the Allen County Library with a fabulous Genealogy Department
Society Day with Curt 

                                                                    2013 FGS Conference - Delegate Gathering

 2013 FGS Conference- Society Showcase- California Genealogical Society


2013 FGS Conference - Society Showcase - Southern California Genealogical Society

2013 FGS Conference - Party Time 

2014 FGS Conference in San Antonio Texas -
                                        Society Showcase 

   2014 FGS Conference -  Party Time - lots of food and dancing

                                                                    2014 FGS Conference - Relax and take a ride on the water

      Each FGS Conference is completely different but the same. 

   As you can see, FGS Conferences travel around the country.
2012 Birmingham, Alabama
2011 Springfield, Illinois
2010 Knoxville, Tennessee
2009 Little Rock, Arkansas
2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2007 Fort Wayne, Indiana
2006 Boston, Massachusetts
2005 Salt Lake City, Utah
2004 Austin, Texas
2003 Orlando Florida
2002 Ontario, California
2001 Davenport, Iowas
2000 Salt Lake City, Utah

1979 Omaha, Nebraska

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday Motivation - FGS Conference 2015- Armchair Planning

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

Two Conferences One Location - Federation of Genealogical Societies & RootsTech2015 Conference armchair planning continues....................

Last Monday I talked about  choosing your classes. Obviously this is probably the most important  decisions you will make after all this is the purpose of the conference (or is it?).........  the rest of the planning is extra gravy.

I will be traveling with friends to Salt Lake City by car. It has been our habit the last couple of years to travel on Sunday's. We go the Sunday before conference begins and leave fairly early Sunday morning after conference ends...........  so much time in between OR IS THERE?

I plan to be at the LIBRARY on Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday and possibly Friday evening. I know myself, and after a full day on conference classes and activities I am exhausted when the end of the day arrives - I head for my hotel room, eat diner (I have a refrigerator & microwave) get into comfortable clothes, turn on the TV, get my computer out and start looking at things that I was introduced too during that day.  And the last hour or so of the day, I knit........... I knit till I can hardly keep my eyes open and then into bed and sleep. So with so much LIBRARY time, I need to start getting my papers in order, start a wish list of items and search the LIBRARY catalog for items to look through.This to me is a major task because I go all over the board and I need to focus on one family and follow through. (OMG I am very excited right now and it is not even Thanksgiving yet)

You may or may not want to attend any of the luncheons offered but at least take a look at what is being offered. Be aware that there are different luncheons being offered through FGS and other luncheon being offered by RootsTech. I did not realize that and signed up for what was being offered, and then I realized there were others being offered through the other conference. I have let this go and will attend the ones I signed up for, it costs to make the changes and is too frustrating too. I don't think there is any rhythm nor reason for choosing these......... and if the cost is too high I do not sign up at all. However I have signed up for a luncheon each day. To me it is just too much to try to get out of the convention center, stand in lines trying to eat and get back to the next class after the lunch hour............ OR visit the exhibit hall after the luncheon ends.

Exhibit Hall is a must see, must do item but when............... oh my goodness there is very little time if you are serious about attending the classes. You could skip lunch and walk the exhibit hall (and I have done that before) but it is not a good thing for me to do. I need to eat. So I need to find time for the exhibit hall. I usually start by going through the exhibitors list now.......... reading about each one of them, and asking am I interested in knowing more about this one? Is it a new exhibitor? Is it someone I have wanted to talk too in the past and haven't been able to talk to them yet? With a map of the exhibit hall you can locate the ones that are on your definite list, highlight them ......... now you can focus on those when you do get into the exhibit hall. At least you will see what you want and then everything else you see will be good stuff. I don't have my schedule mapped out yet, so there maybe times during the days of conference where you don't have a class scheduled or your class and backup class are full. Now would be the time for the exhibit hall.

Gosh there are going to be several evening activities and I have signed up for them. I will make every effort to attend but I may just be too tired and need to get a little more sleep.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Society Saturday - Church Records

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

                           Rev. Dr. Judson O. Gears on "Interpreting Church Records"

I would like to recommend this presentation from our November 2014 Meeting. This was an excellent presentation. It was not the standard presentation on church records. It was the why of the records.......  why was that record developed & who developed it? We learned about the many religions, the splits and why......... what religion required/requires what documents? It was very eye opening. 

Church records are an invaluable resource. They generally predate civil records. Locating and interpreting church records is complex. Gears gave an example of his own church - 

The United Methodist Church - formed in 1968 with the merger of The Methodist Church and The Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB). The EUB was a merger in 1946 of the United Brethren in Christ Church (organized in 1800) and the Evangelical Church (organized in 1861). The Methodist Church was a merger in 1938 of the The Methodist Episcopal Church (organized in 1784). The Methodist Episcopal Church, South (broke away from the M.E. Church in 1844), and the Methodist Protestant Church (broke away from the M. E. Church in 1828) .........  and so it continues.  It becomes complex. I am lost in the example given above. - where are those records kept? Who created the document? Ethnic groups maintained congregational records in their native/traditional languages. Each religious group may maintain records, individually, with local organizations, and/or with regional organizations. 

                        Rev. Dr. Judson O. Gears on "Interpreting Church Records" 

            Introducing Carolee Jones, Program Chair - Judson Gears - Rick Hanson, Vice President

                                                            Getting Started for the evening

Judson Gears is currently the President of the Board for the Nevada County Genealogical Society. He lives in Penn Valley, California

The Rev. Dr. Judson O. Gears lived in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Texas for over thirty-five years before being appointed to churches in California. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry Degrees. While now retired, he is an  ordained United Methodist Pastor who served a variety of churches in Maryland, Texas, Pennsylvania, and California over a fifty year period

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Follow Friday - Inspiration from the Sacramento Family History Center

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

Sacramento FamilySearch Library Seminar 2014

Motivation, Inspiration and learning comes from many different places ..............  this time from a day spent at the Family History Center in Sacramento - their annual genealogy seminar.

November 8 Saturday turned out to be a wonderful day in mid fall........ warm, comfortable, no rain or wind. 

The keynote speaker Ron Tanner, Production Manager of, gave an excellent talk...........      He was outrageous, funny, loud he made sense, and he made us all laugh. He showed a video that was specially put together about genealogy and done to the music of  [darned if I can remember the name of the song] It was very clever and so funny and hit home. [I would love to get a copy for a Root Cellar SGS meeting night]. He gave a great history of THE LIBRARY and showed a video about the vault in the mountain, the building of the vault, and upkeep. There are 6 archival chambers, always kept at 55 degrees year round, 33% of the vault is digitized, 3.5 million images/rolls converting to digital. 3% images are done, 3 billion search able names, Help Center Very interesting. Also discussed the Family Tree online and memories and where that is all going..........  Ron thinks that there should only be one tree on Family Tree and then each person comes in and adds their information plus ancestors. Changes can be made by anyone but with sources listed & contact information.Interesting concept and one I like to a point.

                                                                   WHY ATTEND?
 26 classes offered and about 20 different speakers  
 Pre-order a box lunch.  
 FREE (except lunch)........  
Download the entire syllabus, read through the classes, pick the ones you wanted to take, print out only the classes you were going to attend - being very prepared  
Attending all the classes you could not take :  the same classes are being offered at a later date in November, December and part of January.  You need to check the website for the classes being offered
Excellent conference for beginners..... get their feet wet, learn and not drown in all the classes offered
  Family History Library open for the day
Good map of church buildings and where classes were held
Good signage in the church hallways
Excellent map of area with restaurants/ fast food places  marked clearly
                                       What a great idea!! .  .  Thank You from the community.

I attended the following classes:
Facebook for Genealogists- Advanced with Marna Ambroselli
Solving the Most Common Family History Mysteries Online with Jim Baker
Finding Cousins to Add to Your Crew with Tim Fewkes
Find My Past with Maurine Nuttall

I have checked the list of classes being given again and find that there are 12 that I would like to attend over the next couple of months. The benefits from this seminar keep growing and giving. 

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