Saturday, July 26, 2014

Society Saturday - August Happenings

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



So what is happening at Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society in August...?

It certainly is the last month of the summer and we are all out taking advantage of the wonderful weather and the research time.

We will see all of you back in September for a very exciting presentation and some surprises. More details will be coming out soon, but right now I know you are interested in August and what is happening... 

Mark your calendars, see you around..............



1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August 2014 .. all Friday's
RC Extraction Meet Ups - 9am - noon
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd, Sacramento, California
contact: Marilyn Ulbricht
A lot going on with this committee. But they can always use more help, Come on down and help, see what it is all about. Try it, you might like it. It is not difficult, the handwriting might be a challenge but there is lots of support and help.hands are always welcome and appreciated.

Thursday 7 August 2014
RC Board Meeting  10am - noon
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights, California
contact: Diane Maltase
Members are also welcome and encouraged to participate

Thursday 7 August 2014
Legacy Family Tree SIG
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave Sacramento, California
contact Center for details

Thursday 14 August 2014
NO RC General Meeting
Go out and research, celebrate the summer


Wednesday  20 August 2014
RC Workshop 1pm - 3pm
Sylvan Community Center
7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights, California
Special Summer Series continues with Jim Radar and DNA

Wednesday  20 August 2014
Roots Magic SIG  12:30p - 2pm
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento, California


Wednesday 27  August 2014
Reunion for MAC SIG- 10:30am - 12:30pm
Family History Center
2745 Eastern Ave, Sacramento, California

Mark your calendar, We hope that we see you during the month.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Treasure Chest THursday: LINKS tab

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



Have you visited our website lately?

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society is adding new information to the Links Page.  

Check us out and see if any of the resources are helpful for your research. 
 
Please let us know how helpful it was. What else can we add?



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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Society Saturday - Need Help with Your Research?

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


Do you have Ancestors in the Sacramento Valley area? If so you are in luck. Root Cellar SGS is blessed with an excellent researcher who is willing to give of  her time to help others with their research and she is backed up with a other researchers when she is not available. Whoever does your research you can be sure it is thoroughly done.

Of course there are always some guidelines and this no exception. We only research the Sacramento Valley California area. There is a minimum cost and there is a form that must be filled out. One request for research per form. 

If your research is in an area of California we do not have access too we will try to refer you to the proper organization.

For my information


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Tips - Shop and Support AND save

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


Reminder: Root Cellar SGS has a special tab on its website so that you are shop and Root Cellar SGS benefits. It is called SHOP and SUPPORT 

Root Cellar SGS has affiliated itself with several organizations that will benefit our members as well as our guests plus add a little bit of money to our bank account.

Amazon.com.......  in order for Root Cellar SGS to benefit from your purchase you need to click on the Amazon icon on our website. It will take you to Amazon.com where you sign in as usual and make your purchases. By clicking on the icon on our website first it tells Amazon.com that this person is coming from Root Cellar.org. Amazon has a lot items that you would purchase fairly regularly. Thank You in advance for your support.

Ancestry.com- we benefit when you click on the Ancestry.com icon on our website and then make a purchase.

Family Tree Maker - an excellent genealogical family software. We benefit when you first click on the FTM icon and then make your purchases.

ANCESTRY DNA-  we benefit when you click on the AncestryDNA icon and purchase a DNA kit.

FLIP PAL- we benefit when you click on the Flip Pal icon and then make purchases - either the Flip Pal itself or any of the many accessories. I have my Flip Pal and love using it. It become one of the electronics that I carry with me when I travel to conferences or for research or when visiting family members. Never know what will turn up and why not be prepared to scan in that photo or document on the spot.

Any support you give is always appreciated and welcomed.....  Thank You.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Society Saturday - A Walk Through the Past

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



Root Cellar SGS's 2014 Spring Seminar

April 5, 2014

Look and see who attended - were you there?  

Did we catch you in one of the pictures? 

Were you one of the many raffle basket winners?  

It was a fun day with Geoff Rasmussen- thank you.


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday Tips - "Share the Wealth" - Building a Resource Center

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


What is Share the Wealth? Several years ago Root Cellar SGS started a new program on our website that was suggested by one of our members - Lynne Roberts. She took the lead, asked for help and input, the project  began and took on a life of its own. Thank You Lynne!

Lynne began with one state and tried to find out useful research resources. Yes, it was a simple collection of URL's but all in one place for the use of all its members. One by one the states became alive with lots of interest from our members. She completed the 50 states and went on to do the same thing for many countries around the world.

Unfortunately when we changed servers we lost the files. I believe we could recreate it again, but you would actually have to go back to the beginning and make sure all the links still work. You know technology, it does not stand still, it keeps moving forward whether we want it to or not. But what a waste of research information!!

But maybe this will help to stimulate organizations in other states & cities (i.e.Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York) to put up a similar areas on their websites - a complete set (or as complete as possible) of research resources in their local area. We can certainly locate resources for the State and major cities easy enough but those smaller towns, villages and rural areas? ......  what a great resource to others!

Now all that being said.........  we are starting to build up our research resources on our new website. Click on  LINKS - there is a nice search feature. You can narrow your search down to one subject or look at the entire database. Visit us and see what we have so far......  then you need to come back over and over because this is an ongoing project, always adding new URL's. If you have a special interest that is not included drop us a note.  


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Society Saturday- This is a Test. Remember this is a Test. A DNA Test.

Editor's note: Today's post was edited by Sandra Gardner-Benward  but written by Jim Radar  

Root Cellar SGS is sponsoring a 3 month series on DNA, led by our own Jim Radar. The program will be held during our regular monthly Workshop........  1-3pm, third Wednesday at the Sylvan Community Center, Citrus Heights. Visitors are welcome.

June's session was very successful and well attended. Attendee's got their questions answered. I believe those that attended were happy when they left. Thank You Jim........  Jim has given us an outline of what he would like to cover in the coming couple of months.

Join Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society
for the 3 summer workshops
  • Wed June 18-     2- 3pm    
  • Wed July 16        1- 3pm  
  • Wed August 20   1-3pm  

......each month you will have the advantage of asking questions and getting answers from our expert resident on DNA - Jim Rader.

NOTE: If you can make the time please watch the two following FREE webinars before the meeting
    1. Bennett Greenspan   The Future of Genetic Genealogy  
Once upon a time, the idea of using DNA to solve genealogical mysteries seemed like science fiction. Now many genetic genealogists have become citizen scientists. Y-DNA and mtDNA have moved on to the next generation, and autosomal and X-DNA have become powerful tools in many genealogists' tool kits. 
What does the future of genetic genealogy hold?

    2. Jim Rader’s video from RootsTech 2014, Intro to DNA for Genealogists    
  

What about Y-DNA?  What is the advantage? What is the process?
        1. Do your research to your great great grand parents
        2. Do reverse genealogy and find all living descendants of your 16 great great grandparents
        3. See if FamilyTreeDNA has a surname study for each of your surnames, if they don’t, start one. If they do, join it.
             a. Select 3 (or more) male descendants who have the surname you are studying   and get them 37 marker Y-DNA tested - that will give the Y DNA of 8 of your surnames. (and of course you can always join more than one surname - after all we all have more than one surname you are researching)
        4. STR Y-DNA 67 or 111 or Big Y will be there to help you split the surname groups apart if you have a problem. (and if you need this sentence translated, come and ask) 


How to get your sources documented and then do reverse genealogy all in one process.
   1. Join Ancestry.com (monthly membership $19.99, 6 months $99) or purchase FamilyTreeMaker with subscription included.
   2. Purchase FamilyTreeMaker

               Essentials 2014 $39.99 1-Month subscription to Ancestry.com included

               Deluxe 2014 $53.55  3-Month subscription to Ancestry.com Included

               Platinum 2013  $99.99  6-Month subscription to Ancestry.com Included

  3. Create a Gedcom with your Data from your program and import it into FamilyTreeMaker. Easy process. 

  4  follow all of the hints until the sources are added, using proper form, and also add the image of the source to your file


P.S. I really can't recommend this series enough....... come, take advantage of the information, of Jim's experience, interact with others, educate yourself and learn how to use this new tool - DNA - with the rest of your paper trail of your research. DNA research only works with your regular research - they work hand in hand. See you in July

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