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 
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

WINKLEPLECK name variations............


.......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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