Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - ROOT CELLAR Member Siting on the East Coast

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward (pictures from Lois Shumaker)

Well, not the entire Society, but Lois Shumaker, was able to spend a day at Godfrey Library on her way to her 50th High School Reunion.                                                                                               
(Notice Lois is a true Root Cellar'er wearing her official T-shirt)

Lois says, "Godfrey Library has a great collection for Connecticut and Massachusetts history, both colonial and later. Lots of good local files". One day is not enough for any library. She will be back again. I need to check this out for my ancestors BRISTOL in New Haven, Connecticut. But I am now hearing that they may have originally come in through Massachusett and then down to Connecticut. Something new to research.

Godfrey Memorial Library
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: (860) 346-4375
Fax: (860) 347-9874

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Talented Tuesday - Transcribing/ Extracting/ Indexing is IN

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

Root Cellar has a strong sense of community and helping. We partnered with the Center for Sacramento History and have given hundreds of hours for transcribing/ extracting / indexing for them. It benefits Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society, Center for Sacramento History and the public in general. It is a win-win for all.   

Once a year Pat Johnson, Senior Archivist and Volunteer Coordinator for the Center of Sacramento History invites us for a special luncheon. It is a nice gesture but also allows us a social time with all the staff in the Center- getting to know them better.

This is only a small group for lunch this time. But it is all good and appreciate by all.
Thanks to ALL our volunteers. A big shout out to Marilyn Ulbricht who leads this group and keeps projects moving forward.

Our Publications List - check it out.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday Motivation - Help for Society's and it is FREE

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward (reposted from email recieved from FGS)

Webinars have become very popular over that last 10 years. There is now a three part series webinar that is sponsored by Federation of Genealogical Societies and George Morgan is your MC. Some MC, we have had George out for one of annual Seminars and people loved him. Now for free we are able to communicate with George and learn ways of helping our own societies.

Thank You FGS, what a great gift!! I am hoping that this is recorded and will be available for purchase after the series is over. I think this will be a valuable tool for societies and its members.

FGS Announces Three-part Webinar Series on Genealogy Society Membership and Communication

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) welcomes George G. Morgan, President of Aha! Seminars, Inc. and VP of Membership for FGS, as he presents a three-part webinar series on genealogy society membership and communication.

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 8:00-9:00 pm EDT
    The Shape of the 21st Century Genealogical Society We've come a long way as genealogical and historical societies. New technologies such as blogs, print-on-demand publishing, Facebook, Twitter, mobile phone apps, podcasts, webinars, and others have drastically changed what we can do for our societies. This session discusses how the modern society can provide a rich experience for its members and get its message out to the world. Unfortunately this webinar is over.

  • Monday, November 4, 2013, 8:00-9:00 pm EST
    Harness the Power of Email in Your Society Email is a powerful tool that, within your society, can build excitement and encourage member participation. Learn the types of email communications that capture attention. Create a professional presence for your organization. Discover strategies for effectively using and managing email. Uncover ways to publicize who you are and what you offer. Attract and keep members! Click on the link to register for the webinar: 

  • Monday, November 18, 2013, 8:00-9:00 pm EST
    How to Develop and Implement Affordable Membership Benefits Genealogical and historical societies are struggling to attract and retain members while striving to stay solvent. It is essential to offer tangible benefits year-round. This session discusses best practices that can be put in place to provide affordable benefits to members. Click on the link to register for the webinar:

George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at conferences and on genealogical cruises around the world. 

George is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. The third edition of his bestselling tenth book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, was published in 2012. He and Drew Smith have co-authored a new book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, that was published by McGraw-Hill in August 2013 and leads the genealogy sales charts at

He has been the Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies for the past four years, and has been an officer for many other genealogical and professional organizations. He is a member of the APG, ISBGFH, and other societies in the U.S. and the U.K.

He is co-host with Drew Smith of The Genealogy GuysSM  Podcast, the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe. 


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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Society Saturday - In November with Root Cellar SGS

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

What is happening in the month of November at Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society ?

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Root Cellar Board Meeting
10am to 12 noon - Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights, CA
Members welcome!

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Root Cellar Membership Meeting *Visitors always welcome!*
7-8:30pm  Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael, CA

6:15 - 7pm  Pre Meeting - Open discussion on the Eras of U.S. History
7-8:30pm  " - Discover the Power" presented by Tamara Noe

Do you sometimes feel lost with how to use Sometimes there are so many results from a search that you fell overwhelmed and many of the results don't seem relevant. This presentation will address those concerns by showing the many filtering tools available and some tools and techniques to use to outsmart transcription errors. Also covered will be how to navigate the location searches, the card catalog, family trees, message boards, and the gems you'll find in the learning center.

Tamara Noe has beena volunteer at the Sacramento Regional Family History Center for 11 years and is currently serving as a supervisor, instructor, and staff trainer. She is also writer for and the current editor of the Roseville Genealogical Society's newsletter. She has been teaching genealogy classes as well as PowerPoint classes for the past 6 years.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Root Cellar Workshop
1-3pm Sylvan Community Center, 7521 Community Drive, Citrus Heights CA
Share your successful finds and brickwalls.
TOPIC: FlipPal scanner demo and discussion by Marsha Wise
Guests welcome!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Reunion for the Mac Special Interest Group
10:30am to 12:30pm - FamilySearch Library, 2745 Eastern Avenue, Sacramento, CA
Brainstorm solutions to users' problems, questions, & explore ins/outs of the best Mac genealogy program. Contact Ron Setzer to be added to our email list. All are welcome.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Following Friday - A New Home for a Local Genealogical Library

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

Roseville Genealogical Society of Roseville California has a wonderful opportunity to move their genealogical library from the basement of the Carnegie Museum in Roseville to the Roseville Public Library Downtown Roseville. Contracts have been signed, an open house at the libray was held a couple of nights ago. Now it just needs to be approved by the City of Roseville Council. I am sure that is just a formality now. CONGRATULATIONS to the Roseville Genealogical Society and to the Roseville Public Library. This a big win-win for both organizations and for the public.

This is a big shout out from Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society to our sister genealogy society Roseville Genealogical Society. .

                                                            Roseville Public Library, Roseville CA


This is only one of the shelves that will house the Roseville Genealogical Society Collection of books. They also will have a locked up area with reference books. Only the docents from the society will be able to show those books and materials off.

This is part of the new genealogical section at the Library. Really a great move and super fit for both organizations. I believe it will bring more attention to their collections, books and materials and probably alot more interest in their society.
The Downtown Library is very nice, light and airy.......  so well lite! As you can see there are many glassed in rooms and areas sectioned with glass..........  makes it even more airy and well lighted. This certainly will make it a pleasure to watch over their books and spend time at the library.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Ancestors buried in Sacramento County Hospital Cemetery?

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

Remembering Those
"Buried by the County"
Over the Past 150 Years
You Are Invited To:
the Dedication of a Memorial for
Those Buried at the Sacramento County Cemetery

October is also Cemetery Appreciation Month - We are Remembering our "County Burials"

Over 10,000 "indigents" were buried by the County of Sacramento from 1927- 1961 at the Sacramento County Cemetery, which was sold to St. Mary's Cemetery in 1975. St. Mary's has recently completed a memorial to these "forgotten souls"  which iwll include their names engraved in granite, AWe will also remember the 72 "unknowns" reinterred here after their removal from the Sacramento County Hospital Cemetery in 2005. This dedication is sponsored by Sacramento County through the Sacramento County Cemetery Advistory Commission, and the Catholic Diocese of  Sacramento.

WHAT: Dedication of a memorial for over 10,000 buried by the County
WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2013
WHERE: St. Mary's Cemetery
            6700 21st Avenue, Sacramento
TIME: 10am
PARTICIPANTS: Msgr. James T Murphy, Vicar General for the Diocese of Sacramento
        Senior Chaplain Mindi Russell, Sacramento County
OTHER: Please join us in dedication this memorial and remembering all those "forgotten souls"

For further Information contact the Sacramento County Cemetery Advisory Commission
    Bob LaPerriere -- 916-481-4525

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society has been very active extracting Sacramento County Coroners Books and the Sacramento County Hospital Grounds/Cemetery is mentioned quite often. Now I know if I were searching for an ancestor that was buried in the Sacramento County Hospital Grounds I won't find those grounds anymore and I need to visit St. Mary's Cemetery.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Family History Day 2013 in Sacramento California

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

Family History Day 2013
California State Archives
Sacramento California
Saturday October 12, 2013
"We wish that all your searches are sucessful and
you break through those brickwalls"

Our fearless leader Victoria

Look who got all dressed up and had somewhere to go
Carolee Jones

Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society table in front of their library

The library was busy all day long. Good thing we had several docents available to help.
Wow, someone is already researching, imagine that!

...and yes someone else looking over the books , while someone else found something to photocopy

Only a partial group of the Archives Staff. What a great group of people.
(Do you recognize Linda Johnson, second from left, she has been a guest speaker at Root Cellar SGS meeting)

Sacramento German Genealogical Society (hummmm, something familiar here, oh! its Root  Cellar SGS's Vice President, Richard Hanson) 

Roseville Genealogical Society

Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley
snd they are celebrating their 25th Anniversary. They brought cake for everyone
Thank You.

Chinese Genealogical Society

Society of California Archivists
U.D.C. Fort Sumpter Chapter 1901

 Central Sacramento Public Library and Friends of the Library.
(Beth Daugherty does a great job of organizing super genealogical lectures at the library) 

Center for Sacramento History- Patricia Johnson, Senior Archivist, Volunteer Coordinator, a friend  [a knitting buddy]and partner with our extration committee  

Daughters of Utah Pioneers [great costume]

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery

Yolo County Archives

Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento

Sacramento County Cemtery Advisory Commission

Placer County Genealogical Society

Old School House
California State Library

Secretary of State

Daughters of the American Revolution

Genealogical Association of Sacramento

Colonial Dames

Cox Black and White Lab
I think they did a great job of mirrowing this poster. Good Job.




HAPPY DAYS!!  Another Family History Day finishes up. We all hope that everyone that attended really enjoyed themselves. We hope that the beginners are able to begin their research with more confidence, and to those more seasoned researchers we hope that you were energized and are able to jumpstart and breakdown those brickwalls. [I hear those bricks crumbling, crumbling, crumbling!!]

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sentimental Sunday - HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY!!

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

"Happy Birthday to Root Cellar SGS
Happy Birthday to Root Cellar SGS
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday to
Happy 35th Birthday
and many more years to come"

Oh My Goodness, Oh So Good!! 









Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society 
......and oh so many more years to come!

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