Thursday, January 31, 2013

Widow's Pension – Henrietta Rosser Beyer

On 5 February 1930, my maternal grandmother, Henrietta Nolner Rosser Beyer, filed for her widow's pension under the Act of May 1, 1926, giving a pension for soldiers (and their widows) of the War with Spain, Philippine Insurrection, and China Relief Expedition. This started a lengthy process of investigation as to whether she had remarried or not. In 1914, my grandfather, George Purington Beyer, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, worked as a "wood machinist" in a box factory in Birmingham, Alabama. He was in an accident in which his "eye [was] punctuated by a piece of lumber." After five days in an infirmary, he died on 23 Sept 1914 at 10:30 am of a resulting infection and "concussion of [the] brain."
As a child, I remember being told that my grandmother received a widow's pension. I have been going through a copy of her petition file, but it is incomplete. Nearly 100 pages of depositions and research by the federal government. People are interviewed in Louisiana and California, but unfortunately I do not possess any judgement on the claim. With modern technology, it is apparent that she either remarried or entered into a common-law relationship in the late-1910s that ended in the mid-1920s.
For me, the greatest piece of this puzzle is reading the words of my great grandmother and my granduncle and grandaunt as they testified about Henrietta, definitely revealed strained relationships.

This is a copy of her petition for a widow's pension. 

Submitted and posted by Ron Setzer

Monday, January 28, 2013

German Genealogy Classes at Sacramento FamilySearch Library


Sacramento FamilySearch Library 

Join us for one class or attend the series of 6 classes on GERMAN GENEALOGY!
Classes will be held on the 1st and 2nd Thursday of Feb-Mar-Apr
Beginning Thursday, February 7th, at 2:30-3:30pm
FamilySearch Library - Training Room
Class Limited to 12 - Call (916) 487-2090 and Register Today!
Members of the German Genealogical Society will be available to help you BEFORE and AFTER each class!!!

James M. Baker, PhD, C.G.
James earned a PhD in sociology, and is now retired from a career in the aerospace industry. He has been doing work in genealogy for the past 20 years, where he has specialized in research in German and Midwestern genealogy. In 2011, he passed the tests to become a Certified Genealogist. He has been a member of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) for the past several years, where he has served as an officer and as a frequent contributor to the SGGS quarterly publication. He has volunteered as a German specialist at the Eastern Avenue FHL for the past several years.

FEBRUARY 7th - 2:30-3:30PM
German 101: Introduction to German Genealogy
This presentation focuses on the dominant features of doing German genealogy research, stressing the differences from working in US genealogy. Emphasis is given to the major types of records used in both the US and in Germany, along with the most vital internet sites, books, and libraries.

FEBRUARY 14th - 2:30-3:30pm
German 201: Intermediate German Genealogy
This presentation covers the top 12 internet sites used in German research (in the US and in Germany), and discusses the major genealogy sources in Germany: church, civic, and property records.

MARCH 7th - 2:30-3:30pm
German 202: Solving the Most Common Problems in German Genealogy Research
This presentation focuses on overcoming the two major German research problems: (a) finding an unknown ancestral town, and (b) finding the key records for that town.

MARCH 14th - 2:30-3:30pm
German 203: Understanding the Most Important German Words, and Reading the Old German Script
This presentation describes the basic genealogy vocabulary required to work with German records. Both German and Latin terms are covered. Also, a tutorial is provided for reading the old German script, a sometime daunting task.

APRIL 4th - 2:30-3:30pm
German 204: German Genealogy for Areas No Longer in Germany
This presentation offers strategies to deal with the challenging problems of researching traditional German areas that are now located in Poland, France, Russia, or the Czech Republic.

APRIL 11th - 2:30-3:30PM
German 301: Advanced German Genealogy - Going Beyond the German Church Records
This presentation offers strategies to find alternate records when the more commonly used church records are missing or inadequate. Records covered include civic records, property records, town anniversary books, and court records.


Submitted by Sacramento FamilySearch Center
Posted by Ron Setzer

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Commander Charles R. Beyer – Sunday's Obituary

BEYER - In Keesler Air Force Hospital, Biloxi, Miss. on Wednesday, November 8, 1961, at 2:25 o'clock p. m., COMMANDER CHARLES R. BEYER, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., aged 66 years; husband of Mary Hogan, father of Charles Beyer of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Peter Benvenutti of Woodbridge, Va., and Mrs. Neal Burns of Norman, Okla.; brother of Admiral E. F. Beyer of Bay St. Louis, Harry M. Beyer of New Orleans, La., and Mrs. Morris B. De Pass of Fenton, Miss; also survived by nine grandchildren.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited attend the funeral.
Services from the Faney–Whitfield Funeral Home, Bay ST. Louis, Miss., on Friday, November 10, 1961, at 9:15 o'clock a. m. Religious services at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic church at 10 a. m.
Interment in St. Mary's cemetery, Bay St. Louis, Miss.
(Times-Picayune  (New Orleans, LA) Nov. 10, 1961, p.: 2)

According to the burial was at Saint Marys Cemetery, Bay Saint Louis, Hancock County, Mississippi.

Commander Charles Beyer was born 18 November 1894 and died 8 November 1961. He served in the US Navy during WWI and WWII. He is my first cousin once removed.

Posted by Ron Setzer

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Lisa Louise Cooke, a favorite among genealogists, will speak in Sacramento Sunday

You are invited to attend this free genealogy program at the Sacramento Central Library, at 828 I Street in downtown Sacramento:
Sunday, January 27, 2013, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, West Meeting Room.
How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything With Evernote, with Lisa Louise Cooke.

Would you like to have all your genealogy notes right at your fingertips wherever you are? Evernote makes note taking and retrieval super fast and easy, and lets you clip items from the Internet. Lisa is a nationally known author and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast. Her books and CDs will be available for purchase at the program.
Street parking near the Central Library is free on Sundays. There is additional free parking available on Sundays in the Sacramento County Jury parking lot, between 8th and 9th and F and G Streets. The entrance is off of 8th Street. You don't need to take a ticket, and you can park there all day (only on the weekends!).
For information or to register, please call the library at 916-264-2920, or visit  You can also contact Beth Daugherty at 916-264-2979, or by e-mail at

Submitted by Beth Daugherty
Posted by Ron Setzer

Friday, January 25, 2013

Following Family Friday - Genealogy 201 -

It is that time of year for our regular Genealogy 10 week classes to begin. The classes are through the Sunrise Tech Center - Citrus Heights CA  with our own Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society member, Glenda Gardner Lloyd (no relation darn it !!) ........  it is a long day for Glenda since she has the beginners in the morning and intermediate group in the afternoon. Both sessions are totally full - surprise, surprise!!

My first class was this past Friday Afternnon. Time to settle down, and start focussing on MY family research. This year we are to select one family and concentrate on them as the weeks go by.  I am going to put my main line - GARDNER - aside and focuss on my maternal side starting with my mom, LITTLE (Cuba, Allegany, NY), grandmother BRISTOL(Cortland, Cortland, NY), and great grandmother  SHEERAR (NY). The SHEERAR line I have done a little with but I want to completely explore now.

First week is to make sure that we have found ALL U.S. Census, including State Census if any (and yipppey there are some for New York) and transcribe each of them. Transcribing each one helps you to see all information. It ensures that you have had to write each piece of information. Besides the transcribing,  we need to make notes any information that would led to other documents (i.e. occupation: farmer; need to check the Agriculture Census).

One, two, three GO!!!

Well so far I found the 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910 US Census......  Still need 1840, 1850,1860 & 1920 plus farm/ agriculture schedules

1870 US Censes: Cortlandville City, Cortland County, New York 9 June 1870
             Ambroid SHEERAR 35 Farmer Real Estate/$10,000 Personal/$2,000  B: New York
                 wife Rachael 25 Housekeeping/ B: New York
1880 US Census: Virgil City, Cortland County, New York  4 June 1880
              A.M. SHEERAR 45 Farmer  B: New York  parents born in New York
                 wife Rachael M, 35 Housekeeping B: New York   father b: New York mother: England
                 son  Fred A. M. 9 b: New York
                 daughter: Anna P 5 b: New York
                 daughter: Emma M  2 b: New York

1900 US Census: Virgil City, Cortland County New York  2 June 1900
.....................finds daughter Anna SHEERAR married to John E. BRISTOL with their own daughter Emma Bristol (eventually my grandmother)

1900 US Census, Virgil City, Cortland County, New York 21-22 June 1900                 
             Ambroid SHEERAR (b: Jun 1833) 66 y Married 35 y Farmer - Owned Home/ Mortgage/  Farm  see farm schedule 235  b: New York  can read/ write & speak English
                  wife Rachael  (b:Apr 1846) 54y Married 35 y b: New York (and parents)
                      3 children/2living  can read write & speak English

1910 US Census: Virgil Town, Cortland County, New York  26-27 Apr 1910
               A. A. SHEERAR  76  m1/45 Farmer/General Farm  b: New York
                  wife Rachel W.  65 m1/45 3children/2 living  b: New York father/NewYork mother/ England

I believe A. SHEERAR died in 1912 so 1910 will be the last US Census for him. However, Rachael lived until 1924. Still looking for this1920 Census  and also still looking backward at the 1860, 1850, 1840 US Census. I know there is also a farm/agriculture schedule for the 1900 but hope there is one for 1910, 1880, 1870.

Do you need a jump start? How about doing this together.... Who are you researching? Have you found all the Census records for all your family's? Have you transcribed each one? comments? suggestions?

posted for your amusement by Sandra Gardner Benward

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Those Places....... Sacramento Central Library Genealogical Offerings

As January starts to wind down (already??) .......  there were three wonderful programs offered at the Sacramento Central Library.

The first two have passed, but the third one is on 27 January, Sunday with Lisa Louise Cooke on Evernote and your iPad. Really looking forward to this one. Yes, I am trying to make sense of the app which is on my iPad and my iPhone.

Here is an opportunity to mark your calendar for a few more programs that have been planned at the Central Library by the Friends of the Central Library. Big Thanks to Beth Daugherty and company.  We want to really thank them for all their efforts and support for the Family Researcher.

Genealogical Programs for April - May 2013  
Sacramento Central Library
828 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814
1pm-2:30pm West Meeting Room 
April 28 – Managing Your Digital Research Environment with Nancy Loe Managing your digital environment for effective research is essential. Archivist, genealogist and librarian Nancy Loe will present simple, effective, and demonstrable strategies for organizing your digital files so you can find what you need, avoi d duplicating research, and finally tame your information overload.
May 5 Finding the Women in Your Family Tree with Janice Sellers Although female relatives are sometimes difficult to trace, they can be found. Genealogist Janice Sellers will discuss resources for tracing the women in your family, such as family items, census records, immigration records, church and vital records, journals, newspapers, court records, archives, and manuscript collections.

May 19 Overlooked Military Sources with Martha Whittaker Could you be missing information about your ancestor when doing military research? This presentation will focus on how to find records of military servi ce in libraries and other sources that are too often overlooked. Genealogist Martha Whittaker is the retired senior librarian of the Sutro Genealogy Library in San Francisco.

For more information or to register for classes, call 916-264-2920, or visit
 posted by Sandra Gardner Benward ---- remember to mark your calendars.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tech Tuesday........ Isn't it wonderful? !!

Isn't it wonderful that you can sign up and take a class (webinar) online while sitting at home in front of your computer...  it is amazing!!
Here are only a few of the upcoming FREE classes from the Webinar Extension Series from Southern California Genealogical Society. You can go yourself to their website and view their other webinars that will offered this year. You can register anytime, but I would register at least a couple of days before the webinar.

Saturday, February 2
Digital Organization for Documents and Photos  - Eric Basir

Wednesday, February 20
No Will? No Problem - Michael John Neill

And two sessions each month throughout the year.

Sign up today and please share this invitation with your friends, genealogical society members and cousins.

As a reminder, the live webcast is free to anyone who registers. One of the benefits to joining this society is the ability to watch FREE each of the webinars after they have been archived.
posted to help you learn and grow in your own research by Sandra Gardner Benward

Monday, January 21, 2013

Need Motivation? Welcome to a New Year of Indexing

Do you remember indexing the 1940 U. S. Census? I do. Been there, done that!! ...and everyone around the world is able to acess it and use it in their research. Give yourself a pat on the back.

AND what have you done lately?

You do know that Indexing continues - the 1940 U.S. Census is complete, online and searchable.  There are dozens, dozens and dozens of other projects. Projects of all levels are waiting for you to index and get it out there so everyone can use the information. Pick your own projects, there are projects in alot of states in the United States, projects in Europe and around the world, projects in English and projects in other languages. Do you speak/write in a foreign language.......? They really need you.

NOTE: You will see below the lists of Current and Completed Projects. I am overwhelmed just looking through the two lists and I want you to be overwhelmed and excited to see what projects are left that you can start indexing...........  (check out the very last completed project at the end of the completed list........ can you read it? - imagine someone somewhere indexed this project WOW!! & thanks)

Come back and continue your indexing adventures......... INDEXING

(Below is taken from an email received from FamilySearch & their committment to INDEXING)

Welcome to a New Year of Indexing

Thanks to the contributions of more than 358,000 dedicated FamilySearch indexers and arbitrators, over 263,250,000 records have been added to in the past 12 months. This far surpasses the achievements of volunteers in any previous year.

And though it is already the largest volunteer crowdsourcing effort of its kind, FamilySearch indexing continues to gain momentum. For 2013 the attention of the community will focus on three main initiatives-the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Community Project, the Italian Ancestors project, and a greatly expanded emphasis on Latin American records.

Everyone is welcome to join the community as we move forward in the new year. Visit  to get started.

Current and Completed Projects

To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added

· Belgium, Hainaut-Registres Civils, 1871-1897
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3U]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3V]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3W]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3X]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3Y]
· Honduras-Registros Parroquiales, 1702-1970 [Parte 1B]
· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Caltanissetta-Nati, 1888-1902 [Parte 3]
· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Udine-Nati, 1875-1901 [Parte 2]
· Mexico, Guanajuato, Celaya-Registros Parroquiales, 1786-1941
· Mexico, Sonora, Hermosillo-Registros Parroquiales, 1783-1967
· New Zealand-Passenger Lists, 1871-1915 [Part 2C]
· New Zealand-Passenger Lists, 1871-1915 [Part 2D]
· Peru, Arequipa, Sagrario-Registros Bautismales, 1644-1921
· Polska, Diecezja Radom-Ksiegi Metrykalne, 1664-1864 [Czesc 4]
· South Africa-Church of the Province of South Africa Baptism Registers, 1850-1914 [Part 2]
· Uruguay-Indice del Registro Civil, 1900-1937
· U.S.(Community Project), New York, Northern-Arrival Manifests, 1902-1956
· U.S.(Community Project), New York-Naturalization Card Index, 1792-1906 [Part A]
· U.S.(Community Project), New York-Naturalization Card Index, 1792-1906 [Part B]
· U.S.(Community Project), Texas-Naturalization Records, Federal Courts, 1906-1985
· U.S., Alabama-County Marriages, 1809-1950 [Part D]
· U.S., Arkansas-WWII , First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 [Part C]
· U.S., Delaware-Death Certificates, 1955-1961
· U.S., Florida-County Marriages, 1830-1957 [Part C]
· U.S., Illinois, Maywood-Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885-2002
· U.S., Illinois-Pekin Times Obituary Cards, 1914-2007
· U.S., Indiana, Spencer County-Marriages 1811-1959
· U.S., Indiana, Starke County-Marriages 1811-1959
· U.S., New York-Marriage Licenses 1908-1935 [Part C]
· U.S., New York-1865 State Census
· U.S., Ohio-County Births, 1856-1956 [Part B]
· U.S., Wisconsin-1865 State Census
· U.S.-Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 [Part D]
View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.

Recently Completed Projects

Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at FamilySearch in the near future.
· Argentina, 1869 Census - [3]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3J]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3K]
· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro-Cartoes de Imigracao, 1900-1965 [Parte 3R]
· Colombia, Antioquia, Sonson y Rionegro-Registros Parroquiales, 1814-2008
· Deutschland, Baden-Wurttemberg, Emmendingen-Kirchenbucher, 1810-1869
· Espana, Malaga-Registros Civiles 1846-1870
· Guatemala, Chiquimula-Nacimientos, 1929-2008 [Parte 1]
· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Napoli-Atti di Nascita, 1809-1865 [Parte 1B]
· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Taranto-Nati, 1875-1879
· New Zealand, Passenger Lists-1871-1915 [Part 2A]
· Peru, Puno-Nacimientos Civiles, 1890-1965 [Part B]
· Peru, Puno-Nacimientos Civiles, 1890-1965 [Part C]
· Suisse, Vaud-Terriers 1234-1798 [Partie A]
· UK, England, and Wales-1871 Census [Part B]
· U.S. (Community Project), California, Southern-Naturalization Index, 1915-1976
· U.S. (Community Project), Florida-Key West Passenger Lists, 1898-1920
· U.S. (Community Project), Louisiana-New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1903-1945
· U.S. (Community Project), Maryland, Baltimore-Airplane Passenger Lists,1954-1957
· U.S. (Community Project), Massachusetts, Boston-Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 [Part A]
· U.S. (Community Project), New York-Passenger Lists, 1925-1942 [Part G]
· U.S. (Community Project), New York-Passenger Lists, 1925-1942 [Part I]
· U.S. (Community Project), New York-Passenger Lists, 1925-1942 [Part J]
· U.S. (Community Project), New York-Passenger Lists, 1925-1942 [Part K]
· U.S. (Community Project), Pennsylvania, Philadelphia-Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948
· U.S. (Community Project), Pennsylvania-Eastern District Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952
· U.S. (Community Project), Texas, Eagle Pass-Arrival Manifests, 1905-1953
· U.S., Arkansas-Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959 [Part 2]
· U.S., Arkansas-WWII, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 [Part B]
· U.S., Arkansas-WWII, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945
· U.S., California-County Marriages 1880-1920
· U.S., Colorado-Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939
· U.S., Indiana, Pike County Marriages-1811-1959
· U.S., Indiana, Porter County, Marriages-1811-1959
· U.S., Indiana, Pulaski County Marriages-1811-1959
· U.S., Indiana, Putnam County Marriages-1811-1959
· U.S., Kentucky, Caldwell and Henry Counties-Will Records [Part B]
· U.S., Louisiana-World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945
· U.S., Maine-Veteran Cemetery Records, 1676-1918
· U.S., Michigan-County Deaths, 1921-1952
· U.S., Michigan-County Deaths, 1921-1952 [Part B]
· U.S., New York-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2C]
· U.S., New York-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2B]
· U.S., New York-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2D]
· U.S., Oregon-County Marriages, 1865-1955
· U.S., Pennsylvania-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2B]
· U.S., Pennsylvania-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 2C]
· U.S., South Dakota-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 4A]
· U.S., South Dakota-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 4A]
· U.S., Tennessee-County Marriages, 1791-1950
· U.S., Washington-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 4A]
· U.S., Wyoming-WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [Part 4A]
· U.S.-1920 Federal Census
· U.S.-Veterans Pension Cards, 1907-1933 [Part C]
· Россия, Самара-Метрические книги церкви, 1609-1927 [часть 4]

Posted with pride by Sandra Gardner Benward....... an indexer and an arbitrator

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sacramento County History Day March 9, 2013

Sacramento County History Day........  This is day well spent, especially when you are sharing the day with young people. These young people have created projects or written papers that cover a number of areas all within the area of 'history'. The theme this year is "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events"

There are several ways you can enjoy the day .......  as an obsever or as a participant. Observers give alot of great support to the young people. It shows that the outside world does care about they are doing........  Participating as a Judge would also show your support and will help you to understand the projects that have been created. Judges/Volunteers Needed for Sacramento County History Day. If you would like to be a judge please use the contact information at the bottom.  Thank You! 

The Genealogical & Historical Council of Sacramento Valley is offering two $50 cash awards for the "Best in a Genealogical Project/Paper". You may see the winners at Family History Day 2013 exhibit hall.  Gwen Myers and I will be judging this award.  See you there.

The The Center for Sacramento History , in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education, will host Sacramento County History Day (SCHD) on Saturday, March 9th at Inderkum High School in Natomas. This year, young scholars in 4th-12th grade from around the county will gather to present their original projects in one of six categories based on the theme, "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events."

Friendly, service-oriented folks with an interest in history are invited to serve as judges at the competition. Judges evaluate student entries, providing positive feedback and constructive criticism to help them advance to the state competition in late April.  Judge training takes place that morning, and breakfast and lunch are provided.  It's a fun day for all, and one that allows some of the best and brightest in our community to shine! 

If you're interested in being a judge, please visit the SCHD Website and fill out the online Judge Registration Form.
What: Sacramento County History Day
Where: Inderkum High School, 2500 New Market Drive, Sacramento, CA  95835
When: March 9, 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Click For more information   or  call  916-808-7072 or email

Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd
Sacramento, CA  95811
TEL (916) 808-7080
FAX (916) 808-7582

posted hoping for your support and/or particiaption by Sandra Gardner Benward


Saturday, January 19, 2013

CORRECTED DATES: Time Sensitive: Beginning Genealogy Classes at Sacramento FamilySearch Library

The Sacramento FamilySearch Library announced that Glenda Gardner Lloyd, charter member, past president and current Parliamentarian for Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society, will teach a series of four beginning Genealogy classes at the Library.

REGISTER TODAY! CLASS SIZE LIMITED TO 12.  Contact the Sacramento FamilySearch Library at (916) 487-2090

Class 1: February 5, 2013, 10-11am - How to get started - charts that include ancestor charts and family group sheets. These serve as the road map for your genealogical journey. You'll learn how to record the information and keep track of where you have searched as well as how to document your sources.

Class 2: February 12, 2013, 10-11am - Vital records include birth, marriage, death and divorce. These records form the foundation of your research. You'll learn different sources for locating this information.

Class 3: February 19, 2013, 10-11am - Census records are the backbone of American genealogy. They give you a snapshot of the family every 10 years. These records place the family in a location for searching other records.

Class 4: February 26, 2013, 10-11am - Getting organized is the dream of every genealogist. This is an organizational system that allows you to locate any record within 2 minutes.

Source: email from the Sacramento FamilySearch Library
Posted by Denise H. Richmond

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sacramento German Genealogy Society Presents Eclectic Gems of Knowledge for German Genealogis​ts, Collected Onsite at the Salt Lake Institute

Every summer, these two restless wanderers, Carpenter and Riemer, go snooping around in Germany, scratching for whatever snippets of information can be found – anything new, different, odd, or perplexing – all in the fields of German genealogy, German history, and German culture. Now comes their winter excursion.

Just three days before the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) meeting on January 22nd, the pair will have returned, breathless, from having attended the five-day German track of the annual Salt Lake Institute in Salt Lake City. At this meeting, with their heads bubbling with whatever “neat stuff” they have come away with, they will lay out and discuss as fresh discoveries for all to see, hear, and digest.

Date:  Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013
Time:  1:00 p.m.
Location:  St. Marks Methodist Church, 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento

Meetings are held in MacMurdo Hall, on the basement level.  An elevator is available. Guests are welcome.  Attendees are advised to arrive early, perhaps at 12:30 or even a little earlier, in order to have opportunities (1) to look over the books for sale, (2) to discuss a problem with a “Quick Questions” expert, or (3) to become acquainted with other services that SGGS offers. Admission is free.

Attendees are also welcome to attend the “Study Group,” a small group that meets on the same day from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the church's Education Building (second floor, usually in room E-22). People who attend the Study Group discuss ideas and make suggestions for researching specific German ancestors. Admission is free.

Stop by the Sacramento German Genealogy Society website for more information.

submitted by the SGGS
Posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento Presents: Case Study - Reconstructing Family Information From Almost Nothing

The public is welcome at the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento meeting on Sunday, January 20, 2013 starting at 10 a.m. 

Speaker Janice Sellars will present "Reconstructing Family Information From Almost Nothing", a case study demonstrating techniques and sources allowing the reconstruction of seven generations of a family.  The immigrant ancestors of the family came from Eastern Europe to rural western Pennsylvania in the mid-1800s.  Janice's search began with the slimmest of information -- a town name, one person's last name, a married woman's first name and a third person's occupation.  A key clue was a newspaper obituary.

About the Speaker
Janice Sellers is a professional genealogist who specializes in newspaper and Jewish research.  She is the editor of two genealogy journals and a member of numerous genealogy societies, including the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society.  Janice has volunteered for 12 years at the Oakland FamilySearch Library.

All are welcome to attend the January 20, 2013, 10 a.m. meeting at the Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright St., Sacramento. For more information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento, visit or e-mail Mort at

Submitted by JGSS
Posted by Denise H. Richmond

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society Family History Writing Contest Winners Announced

Source: WikiMediaCommons
Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society is pleased to announce the winners of its Second Annual Family History Writing Contest.
  • The Indomitable David Conger Abbott by Jim Walton (Sacramento, California)
  • Thomas Thompson Shaffner: A Pioneer Story by Martha Teeter (Davis, California)
  • Pushing Up Daisies by Kim Chambers (Townsville, Queensland, Australia)
The purpose of the contest was to foster interest in telling the stories relating the experiences of your family. Root Cellar accepted factual articles about family or local history, character sketches, or memoirs. The contest was open to members and non–members alike.  Again this year, we have had submissions from across the nation, as well as overseas.  All of the winners are non-Root Cellar members.

Prizes included a one-year membership to World Explorer, Family Tree Maker 2012 software, a one-year membership to Fold3, admissions to Root Cellar’s Spring Seminar and society memberships.

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society thanks and Fold3 for their generous prize donations.

The stories will be published in the Root Cellar periodical Preserves, with the author's permission.  If you have any questions, please contact the Preserves Editor.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Announcing 8th Annual African American Family History Seminar

The Sacramento FamilySearch Library announced yesterday that registration is now open for its 8th Annual African American Family History Seminar on March 9, 2013.

"Celebrating 150 Years of Emancipation" is the theme of the seminar which will feature 21 classes and a keynote by  Regina E. Mason, author of "Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave".  Check the Sacramento FamilySearch Library website for complete details.

Source: email from Sacramento FamilySearch Library
posted by Denise H. Richmond

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mascot Manor Compliments Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society

What an unexpected surprise I found today while visiting Mascot Manor Genealogy, the family history blog authored by Deborah Conner Mascot.  She's our neighbor to the south of Sacramento County.  Root Cellar members in particular - please visit the 'Manor' link above to read what Debbie said about our Society.  Thanks Debbie!

Take a closer look at Mascot Manor.  It's an active blog where Debbie writes about her family history, frequently using the Daily Blogging Themes suggested on  One Surname Saturday, she wrote about her great grandmother Inga Kristina Aslund who loved wresting.  The article included birth information and an image of a Swedish record with a mystery word. 

Can you imagine someone doing a Google search for a surname, say, Aslund, and one of the results is a blog post?  Or maybe a reader who follows the blog just happens to be looking for the same surname.  These circumstances are why blogs and other social media can be Cousin Connectors.  Combine blogs with message boards (don't give up on those) and your genealogy is literally all over the map.

Consider starting your own family history blog.  Let Mascot Manor be your inspiration.  I have a fledgling blog that's not public...yet but soon.  If you are interested in learning more about blogging, drop us a note at

Oh, and by the way, "what's in YOUR wallet?' said Denise H. Richmond as she posted this article.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

January 2013 Classes at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library

Source: Microsoft Clipart
The Sacramento FamilySearch Library (aka Sacramento Family History Center) has announced the following public classes for January.  See their website for location, hours and other helpful information like signing up for email updates.  The classes are free so hopefully you will take full advantage of this service to the genealogical community.

Noon - RootsMagic Users Group - Linda Lucky
Join us at our RootsMagic Users Group meeting held the 3rd Wednesday of each month 12:00-1:15pm. Meetings will include: Webinars, Group Discussions, and Demonstrations.

2pm - What's New at Linda Lucky
The NEW and IMPROVED FamilySearch site lets you search and view nearly 1 billion digitized historical records for free, with billions more still to come.  The new site also integrates resources from the old one, allowing you to tap previously separate databases all at once.

7pm - HELP! I'm one step away from being featured on that TV Show HOARDERS - Kim Parker
How to tackle the genealogy monster and get organized once and for all.

Noon - Reunion for Mac Special Interest Group -Ron Setzer
We meet the 4th Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome.  We will brainstorm solutions to users' problems and questions.  One of the main issues to be discussed will be beginner's questions and the Reunion 10 update.

2pm - County Histories - Glenda Lloyd
County Histories may give you the background on a particular community from a historical perspective.  Many include biographical sketches,

7pm - Family Tree Webinar - This is a special live broadcast from Salt Lake City.

2pm - Scandinavian Research - Mel Stephensen
A brief outline of the geography and history of Scandinavia. Purposes of Scandinavian genealogical records and their accessibility.  Role of the State Church in creating these records.  Some customs in the use of names.  A study of the languages and handwriting of these records.  A survey of the parish, census, probate and civil records.  An introduction to the Scandinavian records found online. Class ends with a practice trial of reading some parish registers from all three countries.

7pm - Finding Your Genealogy Books Online - Alton Sissell
Class will address plus Google Books and the out of print websites.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Placer County Genealogical Society Meeting – Event

The Placer County Genealogical Society (PCGS) will hold its regular meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library at 350 Nevada Street. The topic this month is "Remember the Ladies:  Find Your Female Ancestors" presented by Pamela Dallas. Visitors are welcome to attend.

Pamela Bell Dallas is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, National Genealogical Society and several local societies. She has served on the boards of several societies, including Vice President of the Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley and Regional Director of the California State Genealogical Alliance. She played a key role in the success of the National Genealogical Society Conference held in Sacramento in 2004, serving as Deputy Local Host Arrangements Chair. Pamela has appeared on local television and radio talk shows to discuss genealogy and has written and appeared in several genealogy instructional videos aired on local TV. She is a local, regional and national speaker and believes the best part of genealogy research is meeting wonderful fellow researchers.

The next Family TreeMaker Users Group is Thursday, January 10 at the LDS Church located at 1255 Bell Road just north of Auburn.  The topic this month will be "Backup and Restore Options".  Visitors are welcome

The next Day Study Group is Monday, January 14 in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Visitors are welcome.

Submitted by Alora Lipsmeyer
Posted by Ron Setzer