Saturday, May 30, 2015

Society Saturday - June Happenings with Root Cellar SGS

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

June Happenings with Root Cellar SGS  

Come out and ENJOY the activities and the other members!!

June 4 Thursday    Board Meeting -10am- Noon....... first Thursday of month
                                 Sylvan Community Center
                                 7521 Community  Drive, Citrus Heights
                                 Contact: Diane Maltase

                                 Legacy SIG - 1pm  ...first Thursday of the month
                                 Family History Center / Marion Kile
                                 2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento

June 5  Friday    Extraction Happenings 9am - Noon .... every Friday morning
                            Center for Sacramento History
                            551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                            Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht

June 10 Wednesday Roots Magic SIG - 1pm ........second Wednesday of the month
                                   Family History Center/ Lynn Brown
                                   2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento

June 11 Thursday General Meeting 7pm - 8:30pm ....second Thursday of the month
                                   6:15pm - 7pm Pre-Meeting Roundtable Discussions
                                   7-8:30pm General Meeting9                                                 

                                                    more info online 
                       What's in a Name presented by Victoria Fisch
              PLUS Installation of New Board Members for 2015-2016
                                   Visitors Welcome     Contact: Diane Maltase

June 12 Friday Extraction Happenings 9AM- Noon
                             Center for Sacramento History
                             551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                             Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht

June 17 Wednesday Daytime Workshop  1pm - 3pm ... third Wednesday of the month
                                      Sylvan Community Center
                                      7521 Community  Drive, Citrus Heights

                                      This is the time to bring your research problems, your brickwalls, you new                                         finds, discuss them and see what help there may be available. 
                                      Contact: Diane Maltase 

June 18  Thursday  Family Tree SIG -11:30am -1:30pm ....third Thursday of the month
                                   Sylvan Community Center
                                   7521 Community  Drive, Citrus Heights
                                   Contact: John Jay

June 19 Friday Extraction Happenings  9am- Noon
                             Center for Sacramento History
                             551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                             Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht

June 24 Wednesday Reunion SIG -10:30am...... fourth Wednesday of the month
                                      Family History Center / Rick Hanson
                                      2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento
June 26  Friday   Extraction Happenings  9am - Noon 
                                       Center for Sacramento History
                             551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento
                             Contact: Marilyn Ulbricht  

NOTE: Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society takes a break in the summer each year. So the General Meetings are suspended for July and August and start up again the second Thursday of September 2015. Board Meetings, Workshops, Extractions & SIG's continue throughout the summer unless otherwise posted.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Travel Tuesday - Where in Missouri is Carolee?

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

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference has come to an end in St Charles, Missouri. What a lot of fun following along with all the live streaming videos offered, plus we got to hang with Carolee Jones during and after the conference. Good Conference. Thanks.

...........and plans for next year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida May 4-7, 2016 are already underway. So mark your calendar and start making your plans for 2016. 

I am still listening to videos from the NGS Conference and benefiting from them. Very interesting. Glad that I decided to go with the live streaming this time. Something for you to consider next year if you are unable to go. 

Carolee Jones is still out there, going from library to library and getting additional research done before coming home to California ............... she writes: 

After spending my last day at the NGS Conference I used the knowledge gained to first visit the St. Louis County Library on Sunday.  I began researching the Enrolled Missouri Militia my great-grandfather, Joel H. Greene, served in during the Civil War.  By Tuesday Richard and I had met Harold, the Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society president.  We spent the morning in the society library located in Fayette.  By the afternoon we toured the north western party of Howard County finding the lands my Terrill and Greene ancestors lived.  I took many photos of green fields of lands owned by the ancestors.

We visited Glasgow the home town where my grandfather, Frank H. Greene, was born.  Glasgow is on the Missouri River.  Wednesday, I researched microfilm newspapers published in Howard County.  I was especially keen to find an obituary for a second great-grandfather, Joshua Willis Terrill, both a Baptist minister and physician.  I did not find one, however, I must admit I ran out of time.  I did find a couple of small articles about his illness and death but not an obituary.  Thursday was spent in the Fayette Courthouse in the Probate and Records departments.  Much of their records has been microfilmed and at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City.  On my last research day, Saturday, I hope to locate more records at the Midwest Genealogy Center in the Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri.  I plan to return home with many new documents to input into my Legacy program.

I had an excellent day at the Midwest Genealogy Center Library.  Found lots of good material but not the obit I have been hoping to find.  Someday it will pop up. 

I asked Carolee if this Midwest Genealogy Center Library is the one in Independence Missouri. I was lucky enough to go there several years ago when it first opened. It was clean, plenty of parking, clean inside and out, roomy, white and sterile and very modern and there was not much on the shelves or in the cabinets yet. Understandable but disappointing...........  

Carolee answered back:  Yes it was the Midwest Genealogy library I was visiting yesterday.  It’s shelves are full of books.  I spent the six hours or so just in one small section that dealt with Howard County.

A big thanks to Carolee Jones for taking us along on her adventures at the NGS Conference in St Charles Missouri and along for some of her extra adventures outside of the conference. Thanks again. 

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Military Monday - Memorial Day Celebrations

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

Memorial Day

May 25 (observed)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States.  We take the time to remember the people who died while serving in this country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. 
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veteran Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

What do you do on Memorial Day? Do you go to your local cemetery? Does your local cemetery have an observance for the day? Do you help put out flags on the veterans graves? How do you honor our fallen veterans? 

My local cemetery is Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights, California.  .... The community seems to come together for a couple of hours and enjoys the program. I would love to invite you to our humble cemetery to share our observance with you. The Citrus Heights post of the American Legion #637 and the Veteran of Foreign Wars will hold a Memorial Day service at the Veterans Memorial and gazebo located at the Sylvan Cemetery at 7401 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights. This service will honor those who served and died in the defense of this great nation. Invited speakers are Supervisor 4th District Roberta MacGlashan, Citrus Heights Mayor Sue Frost, Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher Boyd and members of the Citrus Heights city council. Others present will be Citrus Heights Boy Scout Troop #228, and Folsom Harmony Express singers, the Citrus Heights Police Department Honor Guard and bugler Ray Latimer. 
10:30 am Veterans assemble at south end of cemetery. The procession along the 'Avenue of Flags' concluding at the Veterans Memorial. 
11:00 am  Memorial service in the cemetery's gazebo with local leaders, American Legion, VFW and singers.
See you there...... 

I will be honoring my father again.....US Army Retired Lt Col John Patterson Gardner Jr 1917-2006
Thank you for your service.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Society Saturday - D I V O R C E sung by Tammy Wynette

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

Sorry but I just wanted to get your attention ........  but it was not Tammy Wynette this time it was actually...........

..........Glenda Gardner Lloyd

speaking about       D I V O R C E !! 


This was our presentation and discussion last Thursday evening......... great handout too.

 Do you have a DIVORCE or maybe more in your family? Finding these records could be a lot more difficult to find than other records. They could be in the superior court, equity court, probate court, family courts. Huge differences still exist in the law from one state to another.

You need to do a little more research on the laws of the times in the area/state you are interested in. So much differences between states and how they handled Divorce if they allowed it at all. Yes you heard right
IF they allowed people to divorce at all........  some  times you had to put a notice in local public newspaper that you are seeking the divorce AND WHY!! Now that could be embarrassing for one or both parties. Sometimes that notice might run for 2 or 3 weeks. Can you imagine?

I do remember seeing  'D' = divorce some of the US census forms for my ancestors...  Glenda brought it to our attention that it was not until 1880 US Census that they recognized Divorce. Before that it was Single, Married, Widow. So it could be that people were divorced but it indicated that they were widowed or single or even just married. It will be up to you to decide through more research in the court system.

Ancestry, Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and the Family Search are all good resources for your search. You might even GOOGLE 'divorce records 1920-1928 Stark County Ohio' (just put in your time frame and location) See what comes up.

Don't you wish that record would just pop up .......  well, are you helping in the indexing project with if not why not? People are indexing all over the country and world, who is to say that your record in St Paul Missouri isn't the next one to be indexed. So why not help things a long and say thank you to that person by doing some indexing in your area too.

Glenda recommends to find a professional researcher or someone that knows the insides of the courthouse to locate those records/documents for you.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Follow Friday - Recordings and Live Streaming from the Jamboree


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

The 46th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society's JAMBOREE is right around the corner.

Pre Event June 4 (Special DNA DAY)  June 5-7 Jamboree
Los Angles Marriott Burbank Airport, 2500 Hollywood Blvd, Burbank
Early Bird Discounts have passed but it is still a great bargain.

Advanced Registration for Conference ends May 23......... 

But what if you can't go........... or because there are so many topics to choose from HOW DO YOU CHOOSE? SCGS has the answer. There will be two choices for you..........
              ................Pre-Recorded Recording and
              ................Live Streaming.

DVD/CD recordings have been available to purchase every year I have attended. They are well worth the cost. They always offer specials, so take advantage of them. I am sure that you can purchase them online too, but I would need to check on it. I know that I have brought home the order form and ordered after the fact.

Stop by the JAMB table this week to purchase lecture CDs and MP3s. JAMB is recording all lectures unless the lecture includes the “notes” symbol (see below). Please see the daily schedule in the Program if you are at the conference. IF you are not able to attend you will need to contact JAMB directly for the listing of  recorded classes to order.
JAMB will tape and sell lecture CDs and MP3s during the conference at their booth in the registration area.

Pricing is as follows:
Individual CDs or MP3s ……………………… $12.00 each
10 or more CDs or MP3s ………………………$11.00 each
Full conference package of CDs ……………… $9.00 each 

I don't know if you can contact them and order directly from them....... nothing lost to ask.

Live Streaming from the Jamboree. ......
Are you interested in the DNA day June 4 and can not make it OR want to listen and watch it all over again?
There are 6 live streaming sessions being presented. You can purchase any one of them or the entire day...... it is $20 per session or $99 for the 6 sessions. They will be available online through July 5 (a month to watch them over and over). On the PLUS side, if you purchase the entire package you will receive the complete DNA Day Syllabus.  [I have purchased the full day of live streaming for the DNA Day and am really looking forward to it all........ including the syllabus]

AND for the Main Conference June 5-7, 2015 

ANNOUNCEMENT May2015: Everyone everywhere needs to know that they will have access to 15 hours of free genealogical education on June 5, 6 and 7. This is especially exciting if you are not able to make the conference. More details should be coming soon.........  Have you signed up for the announcement of these free classes online?   [I am looking forward to finding out what & when the free live streaming classes will be. I am going to keep as much of those days free till I hear what classes and when they will be presented......]

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tuesday's Tip: Look! LooK! Root Cellar at the NGS

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward and Carolee Jones with photos thanks to Carolee.

Again, we have more communication from our own Carolee Jones letting us know more about her experiences at the NGS Conference, Missouri.

"Friday was again packed full of information in each session I attended.  Everything from Virginia research while sitting at home, using digitized images to trace slave documents, discovering Missouri territorial records, learning about our ancestors day to day life, and finding Missouri ancestors who were born in Kentucky.  

A very full day which included looking at the brochures on the freebie tables, including Root Cellar’s brochure, receiving one month free subscriptions to Mocavo and Find My Past to viewing helpful hints at the Ancestry booth. 
There we are, Root Cellar Brochures at the
 National  Conference, Thanks Carolee.
a glance in the exhibit hall.............

At the NGS dinner I learned there were 2,575 attendees at this conference.  The guest speaker, John P. Colletta, was excellent with his presentation of “Why Great-Grandpa Shaved Off His Mustache: Tales of Our Ancestors and the Weather”.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Motivation Monday: Live Streaming Direct from Missouri

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

Here I am in my darkened living room in front of the glowing computer Internet screen in the middle of the night (5:45am) waiting for the Live Streaming of the first of 5 classes to begin direct from the stage of the NGS Conference in St Charles Missouri. Yes the live sessions are listed as starting at 8am but that is Central Time and I am in Pacific Time - 2 hours earlier.Jeez 2 hours earlier!!! Good Grief!!! Am I nuts? Have I lost my mind? YES / No just addicted to my hobby of genealogy. Since I am not, I repeat, NOT a morning person IT IS A LITTLE NUTTY but here I am barely awake waiting for the show to begin.

It works. The program began right at 6am with happy cheery people..............YUK!!! It is days like this I wished I lived in New York because then it would be 9am NOT 6am......... OK OK

Here is the schedule for today Thursday's live streaming........  it looks like a very good day of learning.... How can you go wrong with speakers like John Colletta, Warren Bittner & David Rencher....... I am not familiar with Jeanne Larzalere Bloom or Julie Miller so that will be a treat also. I always love to hear the same topics over again especially if it is being presented by someone I am not familiar with - each person gives their own spin on the topic and adds just a little something new.

Jeanne Larzalere Bloom with Journey to America: Federal Passenger Ship Records
This was a very good session, I am glad I was here for this-  lots to learn and try. Thanks.

It is now 7:05am the first session has ended, they are setting up for the second session and there is 25 minutes left till this second session. Well, I crawled back in bed and slept till 11:30am..........  ate lunch and waited for 12:30pm when the fourth session started .......... (yes I slept through two sessions)

Bads, Bergs, Burgs, & Bachs Finding Locations in Germany with Warren Bittner. EXCELLENT, always good with great new information. So I will try again working on my German "DIETZ" family. George DIETZ from somewhere in Bavaria and his wife Caroline NOEL from somewhere in Hesse-Darmstadt. Wish me luck, I will need it.

.....another break from 1:30-2pm and hear comes the last session of this day.......... 2pm
A Methodology for Irish Emigration to North America with David Rencher- love taking sessions with David, he is very good, excellent speaker, always has good stuff. I really enjoyed this presentation even though I do not have any Irish ancestors YET. I have a feeling I will be finding some down the road. I do have Scots who are very close to Ireland so there may have been some cross over. I guess time will tell.

I know, I know, I missed two sessions this morning, but the great thing about this live streaming is that these sessions will be available in a couple of days online for the next 90 days after the presentation. So now I can re-watch the ones that I viewed today and/or view the missed ones as many times as I like through mid August. What a deal!!!

5 more sessions are live streaming tomorrow but I will be unavailable to watch till the afternoon. So again I don't have to worry since they all will be available to watch on my free time. I am really looking forward to the session with Elizabeth Shown Mills (excellent speaker with a lot of great stuff to say), Thomas W Jones, Michael Ramage, and really looking forward to the DNA session........... good stuff tomorrow!

As you can see if  you are not able to attend the conference in person,  this is a really good way to participate, learn and have fun..........  OBTW the complete syllabus comes free with the Tracks. I have downloaded it and am able to go through any of the handouts. What a Big Win Win for me!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sentimental Sunday - Success!! Meeting of the Genealogical Minds

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

You would hope that when a traveler visits Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society and needs some help with their research in our area, we would step up and be there for these travelers. We have a very good library, small but full of the best items,  housed in the California State Archives Building. And if you need some research done and cannot make the trip we do look up's for you.

Our own Carolee Jones as you may already know is now in Missouri attending the NGS Conference. She was in contact with the  Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society for at least a year or more. I know that she was really looking forward to making time during her busy conference schedule to meet certain people who have done a lot of legwork for her over the years.

 Carolee states:

"Today was a day I have been looking forward to since I would meet Harold Kerr, Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society president.  Over the years Harold has been a huge help helping me find ancestor wills, deeds and other documents from Howard County.  We met in the exhibitors room and agreed on dinner with my husband, Richard, Harold and myself.  We had a great time at dinner talking about our ancestors and our genealogical societies. 
Harold Kerr, President of the Howard County Missouri
Genealogical  Society with Carolee Jones

Out of the five classes I attended, four were on the many research libraries I can begin using after the conference.  They are Midwest Genealogy Center, St. Louis County Library, Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center and Missouri State Archives.  I did change my focus with one class on “Genealogical Research & Writing: Are You a Saint, Sinner, or Bumfuzzed Soul?” by Elizabeth Shown Mills who gave me a lot of food for thought about my writing."

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Special Saturday - Armed Forces Day

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

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Follow Friday- Coming Directly from the Conference

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

Coming directly from the NGS Conference in  Missouri is Carolee Jones............... 

Early this morning at breakfast I met Clytee Gold, a Salt Lake City attendee.  Another woman who has part of her father’s name of Clyde.  She offered me a ride to the convention center which meant my husband could sleep in before starting his St. Charles activities.  

The opening session was outstanding by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA dressed in period clothes talking about “his” life as a Missouri pioneer.  One comment which received a lot of laughs was there is no difference between a politician and a preacher except the offering plate is a little different.  Another was the comment about the railroads brought people coming quickly and they were leaving quickly.  The presentation ended with a bald eagle, Louis, making his appearance as a symbol of our great country, the United States, land of opportunity.

 The Elizabeth Shown Mills presentation “Analyzing Deeds and Wills: I See What It “Says” but What Does It “Mean?” taught attendees how to understand the laws of a fictional deed and will.  It shows how as a genealogist we must know not just the birth and death dates of our ancestors but how society functioned during the years our ancestors lived.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday- Root Cellar Member Spotted in Missouri

Editor's note: Posted by Sandra Gardner-Benward and written by Carolee Jones

Who is in Missouri? 

Why Missouri?

What is Happening in Missouri? 

NGS - National Genealogical Society Conference in Missouri opened this morning with a bang.  Thousands attending from all over the country and outside the USA ......... 

Member Carolee Jones is attending- how fun is that!! 

Carolee writes: "It was with great anticipation I left Tuesday morning with my husband, Richard, to attend the NGS Conference at St. Charles, Missouri.  St. Charles is nine miles west of St. Louis. 

 I am a new NGS member as well as first time attendee.  I have already decided to arrive a day earlier for my next conference.  This way I would be able to pick up my conference packet and take a guided tour of the conference facilities.  

Tomorrow, Wednesday morning, I’ll be up bright and early to arriving at 7:00 a.m. to pick up my packet and get a great seat for the opening session entitled “The Tales of Pioneer Paths: Rivers, Roads, & Rails” by J. Lowe CG, FUGA."

Maybe we will hear from Carolee again. It would be fun to know what she is experiencing.....  especially since this is her first NGS conference. 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sentimental Sunday - Happy Mother's Day

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

Happy Mother's Day 

Special wishes go out to all the beautiful, hard working mothers of the world...celebrating mothers and motherhood everywhere...  this also includes foster moms, step moms, and all the others that you look up to as a mom.............

If your mother is still living have you interviewed her. Find out about her childhood, her hero's and heroine's, her favorite subject in school, her best friend growing up, high school and college memories. What are her hobbies? What is she passionate about? Was she a working mother outside the household or was her job the home & children? What does she remember about her parents, her grandparents and her great grandparents? What about her siblings? Pets? What don't you know about her you want to know? ASK and ask now..........

My mother is still living. YEA!! But none of these questions get answered now. She simply doesn't remember any more. She will be celebrating her 95th birthday tomorrow. (Happy Birthday Mom) So now it is up to me to write her story......put the pieces together as best I can.

Wikipedia: The modern American holiday MOTHER'S DAY was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make "MOTHER'S DAY" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.

Tidbits of History of Mother's Day

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Society Saturday - What is a Geni-Gram?

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

What is a GENI-GRAM? 

Look to Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society for the answer to this question!
A Geni-Gram is simply a short monthly publication from Root Cellar to its members about the current happenings for members and lots of reminders. 

The GENI-GRAM is NOW open to everyone. We want you to search us out, We want to invite you to our meetings and activities. We want you to know what is available for Root Cellar members. We want to invite you to become a Root Cellar member..........

Where do you find the GENI-GRAM? Go to Root Cellar SGS  Click on HOME and see all that is offered under HOME (see left column). There you will now find the GENI-GRAM- available for all.

Click on GENI-GRAMS and you will be taken to that page with ALL of them offered. Of course the dated information is outdated but there is always other types of information offered.

As you can see below that the April 2015 is the most current issue offered. The May Issue will be out by the end of the week.

We hope that you enjoy this offering. AND for those of you that notice, YES! FEB2015 is missing - lots of technical difficulties and POOF it was gone. Just click on the month you want to read, it comes up in a PDF format and READ AWAY! ....and yes you can save it to your own computer.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday - @ April Workshop- Paulette Sanborn Family Books

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

What happens at Root Cellar SGS's monthly workshops? Lots. You should come and join in.

Most times something has been planned to discuss, display, show, pass around, live Internet demo's ........ This month Diane Maltase brought a book of the Civil War. After all it is the anniversary of and then there is always the

'What good news do you have this month, what connections, what new information" 

and  after that the question is

"What brickwalls do you have this month?"(Let's keep this one for another post)

Today was a very good day for sharing especially for member Paulette Sanborn. She brought her latest two volume's of family books. These books, each over an inch thick, were self published with a little binding help from Office Depot. Lots of information, pictures and documents. These two books are very special to Paulette because it starts with her and moves back. AND of course you know that as soon as you finish a project and publish it, MORE information comes in. This project is no exception. Paulette anticipated collecting more information and had Office Depot include a pocket folder in the back of the second volume. This pocket folder is already pretty full with brand new information waiting to be processed.

GREAT IDEA! I think this pocket folder bound in the back was an excellent idea. It could also be used for storing larger maps.

Volume 1 starting with Paulette

Volume 2 continuing with Sanborn ancestors

this is the back of Volume 2 with the pocket folder already FULL
Great Idea!

How many of you have started compiling your information, your pictures, your documents and your own memories into book for you or for someone else? I have not done it either and I really want to do something. Just need to get more organized (and I say that often). I know you always say it will get done when you have finished researching............ HA HA!! when is that going to be? NEVER! You are never finished researching.....  there is always something else to find. 

And as you can see Paulette published knowing there may be more information out there and there was. So she will  take off the binding, take out the old and add the new information and take it back to Office Depot (or Kinko's or others) and have it rebound for under $4. 

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Motivation Monday - Only Research Straight Up That Direct Line. What?

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

Just finished listening/watching another good webinar  in the comfort of my home on my computer. It was presented by the Southern California Genealogical Society.  Most of you know, but not everyone knows, that they put on a free public online webinar once a month, sometimes twice a month. One of the great benefits of SCGS membership is that you have access to the archives of past webinars. This is not the only group that does this type of outrearch and education to the community. But what a great way to be recognized, and communicate & educate the community. Legacy FamilyTree  offers the same thing with their free public webinars. Great way to learn and learn from home. Of course this is an expensive endeavor and takes specific equipment and software, & the most important ingredient: dedication to do the job on a regular basis. I guess this is why I have the utmost appreciation for any group that undertakes this type of activity and I will be supporting them all.........  I LOVE LEARNING!

Breaking down those BrickWalls Sideways- one brick at a time
Today's webinar from SCGS was with
Gary M. Smith - “Around Brick Walls Sideways: Using Collateral Lines To Further Your Genealogical Research.”              Big Thank You Again to SCGS & Paula Hinkel.

It was very informative. Something I already do but looking new research tool to help in my search for ancestors and living descendants too. Of course techniques to do these collateral lines is no different than doing your direct line research, but hopefully it will help break down those brickwalls in your direct line.   You can see why I would be a big fan (hahaha! no pun intended) of the F. A. N. research tool........  Friends, Associates and Neighbors....... this to me is like researching your collateral lines only these are people that your ancestors may have worked with, or life-long friends, neighbors that may have moved with them from the old country to America or just moved from town to town following where the jobs were. IE: mining, railroads, shipping.

Unlike some other researcher I know, I do research everyone........ all my brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and all their families and children and then go back as far as possible on each line. I have found this a very valuable research tool. I have found lots of information on my direct line by researching all these other lines..... I find it extremely interesting and very satisfying to know all I can. Now don't ask me if I remember it all, but that is what my software program is for, and/or pad and pencil.

I can't imagine researching only direct line and ignoring everyone else. Doesn't make much sense to me at all. I want more information than just dates and places, I want to know what they did, how they felt, what they liked, what they didn't like, their physical appearance, their activities, what groups, clubs and organizations they belonged too, what education did they have? I want to know the person not just the date and location of their birth and death. When you research your collateral lines you research the step-children, the step parents, the half brothers and sisters......... you need to think about the factors that influence their lives as they grew up....... the parents that raised you may not be the biological parents.

OK OK this is my take of Collateral Research. What about you? Are you doing collateral research or just direct line?

Reclaiming Kin
 Cyndi's List - a whole section: Hit a BrickWall: Cluster and Collateral Genealogy

Do your own GOOGLE search and see what you come up with...........

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Society Saturday - When Couples Separate. shhhhh! the "D" word - DIVORCE

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

                                                                                  Corrected Date (NOT MAY 7)
May 14, 2015 Thursday 7pm
Christ Community Church
5025 Manzanita Ave
Carmichael CA 

presented by  
Glenda Gardner-Lloyd

Do you have a divorce or two in your family? Do you know what type of records they generate? Do you know how to go about finding those records? What will they tell you about your ancestor?

I do have a divorce in my ancestral family...
Caroline K. GARDNER married Don H BOYD.....  it did happen a long time ago in the 1930's. I didn't think I would be able to find out anything about them. I looked and looked and it turns out that I was looking in the wrong place in the wrong state. They went from Ohio to Oklahoma to Missouri. Of course I am not going to find out anything if I am not in the right location. DUH!

 I finally found the marriage record in Jasper County, Missouri but  not the divorce record yet.  So I am hoping to learn where to look. I am hoping the information in those records will help to fill in quite a number of blanks and move the research of that couple forward. Great timing Glenda.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Follow Friday- SHOW off that Family Treasure & TELL the Story- Carolee Jones

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

...........and here is another of many 'members shared items' from our February Show N Tell. Enjoy!!

Okay, my take on the album is it is an incredible find.  I never expected to first receive an album prior to my phone call to Dick's cousin Thom.  I just wanted a clean copy of the pedigree charts so I could read them.  I also never expected that Thom would not want the album back after giving it to us to use.  Now, of course, will be the challenge of who should inherit the album after we pass.  That is another whole issue in and of itself. 

this is massive and incredible

 The following documents copied from the Volume Book above are only two of many. This is some of the family of my husband Richard (Dick) Jones. My husband prefers to be called Richard, which, of course, makes things very confusing since there are a number of Richards in the Jones family.  My husband’s father is Richard Marshall and Dick is Richard Dee.

The first document is a pedigree chart starting with Dick’s 2nd great-grandfather William Jones.  He had a son he named William W. Jones who had ten children.  One was Richard E. Jones, Dick’s grandfather.  Another of the ten was Fred Lee Jones who had a daughter he named Timer, maiden name Jones and married name Hill.  She had a son Thom Hill, who was the person that sent us the album.  The second photo is of William W. Jones Welsh obituary which has been translated.  Timer had the obit translated.     

sorry can't get this enlarged any further, but you probably could not read it anyway........ I believe it is written in Gaelic

Carolee and Richard, Thank you for sharing.

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