Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday - MORE Online Records Available

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

thru the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania ....... announces Ancestry.com now has the.....     

"initial batch of digitized Pennsylvania death certificates (from 1906-1924) are now accessible. Later years will be uploaded in the upcoming months. (PA death records become open after 50 years.)"

I have been, and, I have found three (count them 3) digitized death certificates from my DIETZ family in Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. AND there is information on each that is new. This is a good day. I am positively thrilled.

Good Luck to anyone that has ancestors during this time frame in Pennsylvania

What a great way to start off Root Cellar Ramblings Fourth Year in existence and continue to  be a part of GeneaBloggers. Thanks Thomas!
 

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

THIRD BLOGIVERSARY

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner -Benward        (images from ClipArtOf.com  & they are free)


          HAPPY  
              3rd 
   BLOGIVERSARY 
                
Root Cellar Ramblings 


April 29, 2011 - 2014
  
Thank You GeneaBloggers

Good Three Years   
  

and still going strong

We have been a member of GeneaBloggers for three years now. Thank You Thomas. WOW, what a ride! As a genealogy blogger it is extremely beneficial to be picked up by GeneaBlogger. (GeneaBloggers is like an umbrella group where you can find other genealogy blogs, and help and much more- every night it's search engine with its many spidery legs goes out and finds the many genealogy blog posts and brings them back to Pinterest now) I am very thankful.  The benefit for Root Cellar SGS has been a wonderful thing. We have been able to have a higher visibility all over the country, share our Society and all its benefits to the outside world, and hear back from each of you through your comments -  thanks to GeneaBloggers and Thomas MacEntee its creator. 

You may or may not noticed that each days post has a what we in the GeneaBlogger world call a 'daily prompt'\. i.e.: Wordless Wednesday, Sunday's Obituary, Society Saturday etc. Using these daily prompts is what has gotten our posts picked up by GeneaBlogger search engines. The gathered posts can be viewed daily with dozens and dozens of other blog posts on the roll-out from GeneaBloggers. It now has also been put up on Pinterest Boards. Very Effective!! Quite a number of our posts have been captured and are up for viewing on GeneaBloggers and Pinterest.

Root Cellar SGS continues to grow, We continue to learn, We learn from each other and we learn from classes, events and activities in and around the area & far away, We learn from teaching each other, We learn from stepping up out of our comfort level and reaching out for knowledge, We continue to Research far and near, We continue to help new members, New Members continue to have questions, We continue to have lots of answers but not sure they often match the questions.

Root Cellar Ramblings Blog, I believe,  has come along way in the three years we have been up and running. We have had some wonderful talent throughout those three years...... Denise Richmond, Ron Setzer, and I originally formed the Tech Committee. We turned our attention to creating our Website [EasyNetSites], Blog [blogspot] and Facebook. We maintained a calendar of time slots so each person would have their time and then have some down time. This was a huge undertaking and of course we enlisted other volunteers to help with different tasks. Each person has added their own special twist to their blog posts and we appreciate all the long hours creating just one post no less a whole string of them.

Denise has remained a member but has moved to Southern California and she is busy with a new life. Rick Hanson joined Ron and I. Ron has had some surgeries and has stepped down from a lot of his tasks, especially the blog. (He is doing fine but it is just a long recovery) Thank You for all your efforts, sharing your expertise and long hours to get this up and running and running well.

Enjoy our  Second Blogiversary  &  First Blogiversary blog posts.

Let's offer a toast to a FOURTH successful year on GeneaBloggers! Thanks for bringing us all together.  

Give a loud and sincere round of applause to Thomas MacEntee, creator of GeneaBloggers, for his service to the blogging community and genealogical societies. Thank You!


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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Society Saturday - May Happenings

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


May is (almost) here and we (Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society) have a lot planned

Mark your calendars now and don't miss out on the fun

Thursday, May 1 Changed to MAY 8 

Root Cellar Board Meeting- Members Welcome!
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights

Thursday May 1
Legacy Family Tree software Special Interest Group (SIG)
1pm - 3pm with Marian Kile (first Thursday of Month)
Family History Center, 2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento, CA 95662


Friday May 2 Root Cellar SGS Extraction Committee
Root Cellar SGS Extraction AM
Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento, CA
9AM - Noon - extra hands are always welcome.
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht

A lot going on with this committee. But we can always use more help. You know those records that you are looking for in another state, we'll as we are extracting those same records here, we hope someone in another state is doing the same. You can see why it is important to join in, it is not difficult, hand writting might be a challenge, but there is lots of support to help you. Find out if you would like to do this.




Thursday, May 8
Root Cellar Membership Meeting
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael
6:15-7:00 PM 6:15 Pre-meeting open discussion – Each table will be dedicated to several U.S. states. Share tips, information, problems and solutions with people researching in the same region.
7:00 - 8:30 PM “The Story Behind the Story” Come hear the Who, What, Why and How about Root Cellar’s publication The Preserves.
Visitors always welcome!

Friday, May 9
Root Cellar SGS Extraction AM
Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento, CA
9AM - Noon - extra hands are always welcome.
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht
A lot going on with this committee. But we can always use more help. You know those records that you are looking for in another state, we'll as we are extracting those same records here, we hope someone in another state is doing the same. You can see why it is important to join in, it is not difficult, hand writting might be a challenge, but there is lots of support to help you. Find out if you would like to do this.



Wednesday, May 14
Root Cellar Workshop    
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights
Learn research tips. Share your successful finds and brickwalls. The session may include a webinar or a demo of a research tool. Guests welcome!
Contact John Jay for more information.


 Friday, May 16
Root Cellar SGS Extraction AM
Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento, CA
9AM - Noon - extra hands are always welcome.
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht

A lot going on with this committee. But we can always use more help. You know those records that you are looking for in another state, we'll as we are extracting those same records here, we hope someone in another state is doing the same. You can see why it is important to join in, it is not difficult, hand writting might be a challenge, but there is lots of support to help you. Find out if you would like to do this.



Wednesday, May 21
Rootsmagic User Group - 12:30pm
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95662


Friday, May 23
Root Cellar SGS Extraction AM
Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento, CA
9AM - Noon - extra hands are always welcome.
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht
A lot going on with this committee. But we can always use more help. You know those records that you are looking for in another state, we'll as we are extracting those same records here, we hope someone in another state is doing the same. You can see why it is important to join in, it is not difficult, hand writting might be a challenge, but there is lots of support to help you. Find out if you would like to do this.





Wednesday, May 28
Reunion for the Mac Special Interest Group
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95662          

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.




Friday, May 30
Root Cellar SGS Extraction AM
Center for Sacramento History
Sacramento, CA
9AM - Noon - extra hands are always welcome.
Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht

A lot going on with this committee. But we can always use more help. You know those records that you are looking for in another state, we'll as we are extracting those same records here, we hope someone in another state is doing the same. You can see why it is important to join in, it is not difficult, hand writting might be a challenge, but there is lots of support to help you. Find out if you would like to do this.



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Friday, April 25, 2014

Follow Friday: Jamboree APP is available

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

Are you going to be attending Southern California Jamboree in June in Burbank? 

I am. Have you registered to receive their blog posts. They sure keep everyone up-to-date.

I have been registered for a while. I haven't looked over the class schedule for a while but I am starting to get a little anxious. Looking forward to the event after reading all the Jamboree blog posts........

BUT today in their blog post, I found the APP for the Jamboree is out and ready for download


.......and yes I downloaded it right away. I AM THRILLED! Now I am getting anxious to pick classes and other stuff...... fill out the APP with my information so I can begin some social time with the Jamboree peeps and get a little more organized.

You can download it directly from the Jamboree website OR you can go to the APP Store and download it from there. I love the apps for all the conferences, it sure helps me. As usual there is the Exhibitors Information, Speakers Information, Social Media and Sharing (Read Tweets with #scgs2014 hashtag, Tweet from within the app , Blog feeds, Photos,  Friend Links, Facebook), Session Information, & Maps.

Now I can start making some decisions. The APP makes it so much easier and easy to make changes too  It's time. How about you?


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Travel Tuesday - Ammon ?

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


Sharon SWAIN brought a wonderful picture of a family home in Idaho built in 1893.

Isn't it fun to see all the different homesteads. How the looks have changed! ...and how they have not changed. It all depends on where you are in the world.  

Sharon brought the picture in her family binder and this family book to share with the other guests and members at the February 2014 Show & Tell Meeting for Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society


 
      Hostess Glenda Gardner LLOYD and Sharon SWAIN at February 2014 Show & Tell

This is a wonderful family book (you can read the entire book online) with lots of pictures of not just people but of the conditions of the day going generation by generation ........  including Sharon's ancestry home - the 'three story stone house' in Ammon, Idaho



A history of Orson Booker and Mary Elizabeth Owen Calkins, their children and grandchildren and many of their ancestors
compiled by Carolyn Calkins

Published  by C. Calkins in Lehi, Utah .
Written in English.

..........exert from the book
William OWEN Stone House page 362
William Franklin OWEN Sr built the house in 1893 for his family. While living there the last four of their twelve children were born. It was the first house in the area to have a shingled roof rather than the customary dirt roof. When the well house was build in 1897 it was probably the first house in the area to have running water and an indoor bathroom. It worked by an ingenious system of a windmill pumping the water up to a second story tank. Gravity feed allowed the water to be piped into the house and even deliver water to a tank by the kitchen stove for heating before using. The date stone which was originally the lintel over the well house door was moved beside the back steps of the house when the well house was demolished. 



The Big Stone House on the corner of Ammon-Lincoln and Sunnyvale has been a geographical and social landmark to the people of Ammon for many years. Cattle and sheep together? Check out the water tank and windmill




Wonderful pictures of William Franklin OWEN and his wife Lucinda Elizabeth RAWSON and their three story rock home. This looks like it could be during the winter months.


.......and here is a current day  picture of the 'stone house' The water tank and windmill have been torn down. Alot of the of property has been sold off during the years and new homes built on the sold off property's.  



Where is Ammon? (taken from Wikipedia)  Ammon is a city in Bonneville County, Idaho, United States.  It is a little over 7 square miles, located along the south east border of Idaho bordering the state of Wyoming. .Ammon was founded by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1888. It was originally called South Iona because it was the dependent branch in the south end of the Iona, Idaho ward. The area was made a ward in the church in 1889 with Arthur M. Rawson [Lucinda's father] as bishop, who renamed the town in honor of Ammon, a figure in the LDS book of scripture, the Book of Mormon. Since it was now independent of the Iona Ward, a new name seemed appropriate. On February 9, 1893, the name of the town was changed from South Iona Ward to Ammon.


MEET THE FAMILY .................. William Franklin Owen b:1854 son of James OWEN and Sariah RAWSON 
married (1877) 
Lucinda Elizabeth RAWSON b:1860 daughter of Arthur Morrison RAWSON and Margaret Angeline PACE

their children................. 
Mary Elizabeth b: 1877 married 1896  Orson Booker CALKINS (& so the book begins)
William Franklin Jr b: 1879
James Arthur b: 1881
Heber John b: 1883
Daniel Bert b: 1886
Margaret Sariah b: 1888
Joseph Leroy b: 1890
Horace Edward b: 1892
Lenora b:1894
Lucinda Ellen b: 1887
Eugene b: 1903
Loren (or Jack) b: 1905

.......and now meet most of the family in this wonderful family photo 
(no year but has to be at least 1903/04 because Eugene is included & he was born in 1903)


left to right 
back row: (Heber)John, (James)Arthur, (Daniel)Bert, Margaret
middle row: (Joseph Leroy)Roy, William F (father), Horace, Lucinda E (mother)
front row: Lucinda, (Lenora)Nora, Eugene
Missing: Mary Elizabeth, William Franklin & Loren (or Jack)




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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Surname Saturday - SURNAMES continuing to grow

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


Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society is building its SURNAME section on its fairly new website.

Members are able to go in and list all their surnames. The surnames are linked to that members email. When another member or guest comes to our website, looks through the Surnames, finds one and clicks on it, they will be automatically be set up with an email that is directed to the member that entered the surname. AND there we have a connection. Simple and Easy . 

Below you see a snipit of the first page of our Surname Listing. Looking at the top left you can put in a surname to search on instead of looking down each page. If you find a name that interests you and you want to talk with the person that submitted that name you just need to click on the 'envelope' to the left of the surname. It will open up the email program, you need to fill in the blanks and send it on. Also if you click on the other icon to the left of the surname that looks like a 'eye' you will see any additional information that the owner typed in.  



Since this is a new website, members are still entering their many surnames that they hope to connect with a descendent- someone related to them.

An example of people trying to connect that are both local: there are two different GARDNER families listed in our Surname list.
One from me - Sandra GARDNER-BENWARD and the second from Glenda GARDNER-LLOYD. We have both been trying to connect with each other over the years but so far NOTHING - but we will keep trying.

Give it a try and see what you come up with. And come back often because we are having a major push to  get our members to post their own SURNAMES.


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday - Grandpa relaxing with Grandchildren

Editor's note: Today's post was edited by Sandra Gardner-Benward and written by member Jack BANK

Jack Bank, a proud Californian, shows off his pride in his ancestry in family pictures. Each February Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society produces a 'Show n Tell' with members bringing in their precious heirlooms to share with the rest of us. I want to share some of the stories with you.




Photo below:  Benjamin Franklin EATON with four of his grandchildren. They are Nellie Mae SHEETS b. 1907, Fama Lorraine SHEETS, b. 1902, Bennie Alfred BLACKMORE, b. 1906 and David Harold BLACKMORE, b. 1914.  This picture probably was taken in Jacksonville, Jackson Co, Oregon, about 1915.  I would say that a family picnic might have been the occasion.  He appears to be in very casual clothes in contrast with the other pictures where he is dressed up for the occasion.[Benjamin Franklin EATON is Jack BANK great grandfather]

Bennie Alfred BLACKMORE and David Harold BLACKMORE are the sons of David Joseph BLACKMORE 1871 – 1936 and Bessie May EATON 1882 – 1961.  
I don’t know much about the Blackmore family as I do not recall ever meeting any of them.  I have discovered that David Joseph BLACKMORE worked in the logging industry in Oregon.  

Fama Lorraine SHEETS and Nellie Mae SHEETS were the daughters of Henry Clay SHEETS 1868 – 1939 and Nellie Delila EATON 1879 – 1956.  My mother’s Aunt Nellie EATON SHEETS is the only one of this family that I have any memories of at family gatherings.  





 . 
Following the Life of Benjamin Franklin  EATON
My [Jack BANK] great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin EATON was born in Whitley County, Kentucky,             27 August, 1844.  He worked as a teamster or freighter throughout his life.

1860 he was living in Elkhorn, San Joaquin County, California, having walked there from Kentucky with his nine brothers and three sisters after the death of their parents (no documentation YET)

1873 he married Jessie Patton JACK who was born in 1854 in Glasgow, Scotland
.
1880 Benjamin and Jessie were living in Union Town, Jackson County, Oregon, and Jessie’s father, Peter JACK, a physician from Glasgow, Scotland, was living with them.

1888 they are now living in Ophir, Butte County, California.

Jessie Patton JACK EATON died in 1897

1910 Benjamin was back in Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon

1920 he was living with his son Louis and family in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California

Benjamin died 16 February, 1927, in Palo Alto.  He was driving the local ice wagon in Palo Alto when the pin fell out of the drawbar.  While he was under the wagon replacing the pin, the horse jumped, pulling the wagon over him.  He died a few days later at home from his injuries

[from wikipedia:  Jacksonville is a city in Jackson County, Oregon,  about 5 miles west of Medford. It was named for Jackson Creek, which runs through the community and was the site of one of the first placer gold claims in the area - read more history about Jacksonville Oregon ]

Migration BUT WHY?  Whitley Co. KENTUCKY to Elkhorn, San Joaquin Co, CALIFORNIA to Union Town, Jackson Co, OREGON to  Ophir, Butte Co, CALIFORNIA to Jacksonville, Jackson Co, OREGON to Palo Alto, Santa Clara Co, CALIFORNIA  

TRUE or MYTH: Family tradition says that Benjamin walked to California, with his brothers and sisters, after their parents died. They came from Whitley County, Kentucky about 1850.  Soon after their arrival they all went to Oregon and  returned to California in the early 1900s.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Root Cellar SGS Spring Seminar 2014 in photos

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward- pictures taken by Sandi. 


Annual Spring Seminar 
April 5, 2014

                                      ........we hope that you enjoy the seminar through out pictures.........

April 5, 2014, 8:15am pst - ready to open the doors and start this Spring Seminar Day 
with Geoff Rasmussen. We are ready! What a great view of the room in panorama - thanks Rick.




Outside of those doors are the hard working registration volunteers checking everyone in, handing out their packets and answering questions......... (Elva Christian, Glenda Lloyd and Mary Anne Smith)



Adjusting the mic and getting the electronics in working order for the day ahead.........  Chuck, John , Geoff and Glenda


Carolee Jones and Nancy Fiorini holding down the Root Cellar SGS table - greeting people and answering questions.



Another vendor, Cox Black & White Lab .......... help with your photos in many different ways



Our book vendor was new to us this year but a good fit.....  Janaway Publishing Inc.- with lots of room for large round tables to be set up with many choices in books.



AND it would not be complete without a FREEBIE table and as you can see it is FULL.....  I think we might have a second table next year. It is full with lots of great items, not much left at the end of the day. 


Refreshment area...... goodies were put out at the beginning of the day, and in the afternoon after lunch. Lunches were served from this area also - over 200 people were served in less than 10 minutes. Fran Marlow headed up this effort and did a wonderful job. (along with her committee)



We also had time at lunch and one of the afternoon breaks for a book signing with Geoff..........  "Legacy 8 Family Tree" and "Legacy Family Tree- Unlocked".......... they both are worth owning and using if you use Legacy Software.


Our Seminar was treated to something very special this year. Geoff picked one of the afternoon sessions to do a live streaming webinar.  Geoff makes it look effortless. He strapped on his earphones and microphone, opened up GoToMeeting and we were off and running for a complete hour.  Geoff showed us the screen that he as the administrator looked at which was a little different than what we as a participant look at. There were well over 500 people logged on and they were from all over the world...... The session he did was "Googling Around Google and Other Fun Technology" Anyone then was able to view it on Legacy Webinar Website for Free for about a week and now it is in the archives to view $. Big thanks to Geoff for this experience and for making the whole day even more special.



AH!! The Raffle Ticket Table with Billie Helms taking charge. Happy people!! Next step- putting half your ticket into what every basket you would like to win.........  16 choices-16 totally different, totally full to the brim and overflowing out onto the table of baskets........... Only takes one ticket to win- theoretically!!

.........and here is Marilyn Ulbricht with her portable raffle sales table. She has pre-cut tickets........ ready to sell. She wanders the floor selling her tickets. She really does a great job.



ALL 16 baskets went to good homes......... (but not to mine this year - darn!!) Below is just a sampling.







    Mark your calendars for Saturday 21 March 2015 for 
Root Cellar SGS annual Spring Seminar. 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Society Saturday - Annual Spring Seminar

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

If you missed Root Cellar SGS's Annual Spring Seminar, here is a recap of the event.............

When: April 5, 2014
Where: Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, Fair Oaks, California
Who: Geoff Rasmussen

Geoffrey D. Rasmussen is the father of four budding genealogists. He graduated with a degree in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and has served as director and vice-president of the Utah Genealogical Association. more........



Topics Presented:
Timelines & Chronologies: Secrets of Genealogical Success
The Latest in Digital Imaging for Genealogists
Googling Around with Google & Other Fun Technology
What's New in Legacy 8

'Googleing Around with Google & Other Fun Technology' was live streaming out to an additional 500+ attendees on the internet plus the 200+ sitting live in front of Geoff. What a great experience. Geoff gave us a look from his side of the webinar....  how he keeps track of things, how is knows who is connected and where they are from....  and all sorts of other statistics.  

Thank you to our Seminar co-chairs Diane Maltase and Denise Miller and of course their fabulous committee of volunteers.


What a good day. The weather was perfect, thank you. People came and enjoyed the day.  Our vendors were ready for lots of business. Janaway Publishing - our book vendor this year,  Cox Black & White Lab to help with our photo needs, frames etc. Root Cellar SGS also had a table showing off their publications, tote bags, t-shirts, charts etc. And the freebie table was full...... older Root Cellar SGS Preserves, postcards, flyers and sheets/forms announcing other events coming soon. 


Lunches were distributed to over 200 people in less than 10 minutes. Now that is a record.  Great job!  lead by Fran Marlow.  Fran & her crew were also responsible for keeping the table full of all types of finger foods which were set out at the beginning of the day and during the afternoon hours, plus coffee, water & soda pop. 

The busiest table of the day was headed by Billie Helms and her crew..... YES! you guessed it- the Raffle Ticket Table. Again this year we had available cash and/or charge. AND again Billie and Barbara at the table and Marilyn Ulbricht out on the floor selling, selling, selling. Great Job!!  

As you may know there is a lot of work & time that goes into this event- up to a year before the seminar day and continues till the day of the seminar and planning the following years seminar in the midst of it all. 

Root Cellar SGS is well known for good, well run, very organized seminars. It is also known for its grand raffle baskets. And this is year is no exception. Each basket had extra's with it. Amazing, just amazing! Winners went away very excited and happy, as usual. These baskets are being planned and being filled most of the year. We receive donations for the baskets all year long and 80% of the actual basket returns so that it can be refilled for the next year. A dedicated committee of members are responsible for just the baskets and it shows. (Thank you!)


Ahhh!! I think we are ready to open those doors and let the participants come in.


Great shot taken by Rick Hansen
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, Fair Oaks, California 


Check out the post for this coming Wednesday for the seminar in pictures.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Follow Friday - PRINT please.... NO Scribblings

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


Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society has a very active extraction committee. A lot of committed members who come Friday after Friday after Friday for 4 hours at a time extracting books, ledgers, documents and boxes of information from the past.

We have partnered with the Center for Sacramento History. Fortunately we have a great working relationship with them and everyone is so helpful. We have been working with the Center for a number of years and we have completed LOTS of publications. See our list. Our Volunteer Coordinator and Senior Archivist (Reference, Government Records) Patricia J. Johnson. A big thank you to Pat for all her help and support. Every time someone comes in to do some research and they use one of our publications she comes in and lets us know. She says that these people would not have found any of this information if it hadn't been organizes and transcribed. Pat is so appreciative.
        

Check out the Journal Book I am working on and have been working on for about a year - Friday after Friday after Friday, week after week after week and month after month after month ................... it just goes on forever, that is what we seem to say about any new project we start and somehow it finally ends and you begin a new project.

The project I am working on is "Deaths and Internments 1925-1929" all from the Sacramento County. All very interesting, some very sad and some funny and some 'just can't believe it thought'. One thing I wish is that the coroner would learn how to PRINT or at least a legible cursive, but this is not the case.


As you can see, the books in this project are huge. There are a series of three of these books in this series - I have only one of them. As we get into a new project we develop a template with just gathering the information we want. Then if there are multiple members contributing to the same project - all the information will be coming in the same. Much easier for the end result. Some members are using just the paper template and most others are using a computer file template. I prefer the computer since then this information is only written once unlike the hand written one- someone else has to read their handwriting while entering it into the computer. Time consuming and uses volunteers for the same thing.


There are approximately 50 entries on a page with each entry covering both pages. This book has 274 pages. Some sections have blank pages in between letters but a lot of have continuations from other letters........  yes it is a little frightening and a surprise  to end the letter 'A' and find there are 6 or more pages of the letter 'M' following before you reach the letter 'B'.


If you haven't tried extracting/ transcribing where you live, try it, you may find it rewarding. But it will be very helpful for someone else. I don't have any ancestors in California (except one twig in Pasadena) but I do this work because I am sure that there is someone living in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut that are doing the same thing and will give me answers in my family research. Thank you to those wonderful people.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Talented Tuesday - 1841 Sampler Survives

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


Another Heirloom from our membership 
Kerry ANDERSON 
an amazing sampler from 1841
                                                       somehow made its way from Ireland to California





The sampler was stitched by my great great grandmother, Mary McEVOY PLUNKETT, in 1841.  Mary lived her entire life in Drogheda, a city on the River Boyne in County Louth, Ireland.  I have been unable to document her birthdate, but I believe she stitched this as a young girl, perhaps as young as 7 or 8.

After my grandmother died in 1982, we were packing her possessions and we found the sampler rolled up in the bottom of a box in the garage.  It was in very poor condition; it was dirty and dark, and the colors could barely be seen.  There was insect damage to many of the threads.  The sampler was given to me because I am the family historian, and because I promised to have the sampler properly restored. 

The staff at the Sacramento HistoryMuseum was able to put me in touch with a textile restorer who had done work for them and for UC Davis.  She was truly a miracle worker and did a beautiful job of cleaning the sampler and bringing out the original colors.  Of course, the thread damage could not be repaired, but I think that adds to the charm of a relic that is 173 years old.

I took the sampler to Taylor's Art Center and had it matted and framed with archival quality materials, so it should last forever.

The photograph is of Mary and her husband, Thomas Joseph PLUNKETT.  It was probably taken in the 1880s.

I do not know how or when the sampler made its way to America.  Thomas & Mary had ten children, but only the two youngest emigrated, and one of those was my great grandmother, Agnes PLUNKETT.  She settled in San Francisco, and that is where many of my family members were born, including me. 




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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Surname Saturday - What's in a Name? Sometimes TOO MUCH

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

          Searching for Dan W or D. W. WINKLEPLECK

b: 1861- 1865    d: 1909-1910
m: Hannah SELLS - 1 July 1896 Crawford County, Arkansas
m: Mary Anna Rebecca HENDERSON  15 Oct 1900 Indian Territory, Northern District
Children: Corda 1901, Vada 1903-04, Harvey 1905, Tina 1908, Beulah 25 Mar 1909

HELP!!!
WINKLEPLECK name variations............

WANTZELBLACK
WANTZEBLAKE
WENDLEBAUGH
WENDLEBLAKE
WENDLEBLECH
WENDLEBLEGH
WENDLEBLICH
WENGLEBLECH
WICKELPUCK
WINCHELBECK
WINCHELBLECH
WINCKELBACH
WINCKELBACK
WINCKELBLECH
WINCKELBLECK
WINCKLEPLEGH
WINCKLEPLICK
WINCLEBLACK
WINCKLEPLEGH
WINCLEBACK
WINCLEPLANK
WINCLEPLETH
WINCOMPLACK
WINCOMPLECK
WINDELBLACK
WINDEPLANK
WINDLEBLACK
WINDLEBLECH
WINDLEBLEIGH
WINDLEPLACH
WINDLEPLACK
WINDLEPLAICH
WINDLEPLAICK
WINDLEPLAISH
WINDLEPLEICH
WINDLEPLETCH
WINGLEBLAUGH
WINGLEBLECH
WINGLEBLECK
WINGLEBLEGH
WINGLEBLIGH
WINDLEPLECH
WINGLEPLECK
WINKCOMPLECK
WINKELBACH
WINKELBLECH
WINKELBLECK
WINKLEBLEIGH
WINKELPLANCH
WINKELPLANKEN
WINKELPLECH
WINKELPLECHT
WINKELPLECK
WINKELPLEH
WINKLEPLENCH
WINKELSPECHT
WINKELSPECK
WINKELPLECK
WINKLEBACK
WINKLEBLACK
WINKLEBLAKE
WINKLEBLEAK
WINKLEBLECH
WINKLEBLECK
WINKLEMPLECK
WINKLEPLACH
WINKLEPLAICH
WINKLEPLAICK
WINKLEPLAISH
WINKLEPLANKIN
WINKLEPLEACK
WINKLEPLECK
WINKLEPLEIGH
WINKLEPLENCH
WINKLESPECK
WINTHEBLACK
WINTLEBLACK
WINTLEPLECK
WINTLEPLEIGHT

.......and this is the short list. Most names taken from "Genealogy of the Winkelblech, Winkleblack, Winklepleck Family in America" by Aarin M. Winklepleck

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Workday Wednesday - Harvesting Crews in Richvale California

Editor's note: Today's post was edited by Sandra Gardner-Benward and written by member Jack Bank



Jack BANK, a long time member of Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society. Each February Root Cellar SGS have what we loving call 'Show n Tell'. Members bring all types of items/ heirlooms that may have been passed down through ancestors. Jack has a rich ancestry in Northern California. 




One of the many pictures on his board is a harvesting crew working near Richvale* [California]. It is a pretty typical scene in the early 1900's in the Sacramento Valley.  Some of Jack's mother’s side of the family have farmed there since the late1800s growing wheat until converting to rice production fifty years ago.  This picture came to me from one of my mother’s cousins and she did not know the relationship of the harvesting crew in the picture to our family.  I have not come across any of the names from the back of the picture in my own research either,


The harvesting pictured below are not family members as far as I know.  The picture came to me with a whole pile of pictures that are of family members. The date and names of the harvesting crew are listed on the back.

Sunday, June 13, 1913
Engineer:             Jim BYRNES
Separator Tender: George JACKSON
Sack Sower:        Murel McDANIEL
Sack Filler:          Kit MOOR
Superintendent:    Jess BAKER


My guess is that the harvester and crew were just hired for the harvest and not regular McQUEEN Ranch hands.  At least someone took the time to write the names and date on the back of the picture, unlike many photos that I have with no identification at all on them. [gee not that I have ever heard of any pictures that aren't identified] 

*Richvale, California - Richvale is a small census-designated place in Butte County, California, USA, south of Chico and west of Oroville. The primary crop grown in the area surrounding Richvale is rice, irrigated from the Oroville Dam on the Feather River. The history of Richvale was recently written by the Richvale Writing Group (with Teresa Ward) and published by The Community Foundation of Richvale in a book (Richvale: A Legacy of Courage, Dedication, and Perseverance) with 364 historical photographs.


My family names associated with the ranches are: McQUEEN, EATON, PETTY and DANCE.

Some of the family ranch land was in Biggs, which is south of Richvale, where my grandfather, Louis EATON was born in 1877,  I was told by one of my mother’s cousins that the land was planted to wheat until rice became the more profitable crop to grow.



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