Thursday, May 31, 2012

Speaker Profile: Shirley J. Riemer

Please welcome Shirley J. Riemer as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Shirley J. Riemer earned her Masters Degree in English from Carnegie-Mellon University.  She taught high school English for ten years, then worked in the communications field for 22  years – 20 years in Pennsylvania and two years in California.

Following her retirement, her book, The German Research Companion, was published in 1997, followed by a second edition in 2000, now sold out.  For the third edition, which appeared in April 2010, she added two additional authors for their expertise: Dr. Roger P. Minert and Jennifer A. Anderson.

In 2001 she co-authored with Dr. Roger P. Minert the book Researching in Germany: A Handbook for Your Visit to the Homeland of Your Ancestors. 

For the last 20 years, she has published Der Blumenbaum, the award-winning quarterly journal of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society.  For the last eleven years she has also published  the quarterly newsletter, Mitteilungen, for the Sacramento Turn Verein's German-American Cultural Center – Library.  In response to her never-ending awe of the history and culture of our ancestors,  she has made 44 visits to Germany since 1971.

As the editor of German-interest publications, Shirley has worked extensively with German family history researchers known nationally for their expertise in the field – in order to assist her in disseminate information helpful to descendants of German immigrants who are actively pursuing their German family history.

Shirley will be presenting Introduction to German Research.  This session will focus on the steps – in 1,2,3 order – that the German family historian must take to gain an understanding of the cultural, historical and genealogical facts essential to German ancestral research. The basics of the Second German Empire as they are relative to German research will be laid out so as to create an understanding of the basic organization of German and German-American records. A brief overview of German church and civil records, some peculiarities of such records, and a number other basic research tools will be discussed.  Also, some “get creative” approaches will be laid out for use in attacking sticky problems.

Shirley can be contacted at, telephone (916) 421-8032, or cell (916) 320-0774.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Welcome to the New Blog!

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Thank you for bearing with us during this transition.

Your Blog Authors,
Lois Shumaker
Denise Hibsch Richmond

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: Sacramento Historic City Cemetery

Beauty in the Cemetery
We are pleased to welcome the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Archive is the repository of current and historical records of the cemetery and offers a wealth of information regarding those buried in the cemetery since 1849.  It serves as the research center for cemetery tour guides, genealogists, cemeteryhistorians, and families members seeking lost ancestors.

In addition to the Old City Cemetery maps, plot books, and burial index, the archive also includes burial indexes from other Sacramento County cemeteries, and a small but broad library of material pertaining to the early days of Sacramento and its residents.  See the website for archive hours.

The Old City Cemetery is the final resting place of people from all over the United States and the world, not just Sacramento natives.  The variety of names and places listed in the Archive burial index tells the story of the westward expansion, the Gold Rush, and even the California dream so many sought in the early to mid 1900's.

So if you are looking for an ancestor who disappeared from the family in Illinois, or Maine, or even Germany, drop by the Cemetery Archives.  You never know who you might find!

The Old City Cemetery Committee also hosts many events throughout the year.  Coming in October, join the "residents" of the Old City Cemetery as they share stories of their untimely death by murder, mayhem or the unusual. You may even be greeted by some lost souls. Bring your imaginations and a flashlight.

Let us tell you more about the valuable resourcers at the Old City Cemetery.
Come see us at our Family History Day exhibit!

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
1000 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 448-0811