Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tours of the California State Archives

The Stacks at the California State Archives
The ever-popular mini-tours of the California State Archives will be offered again at Family History Day.  State Archives staff will be your tour guide, taking you behind-the-scenes of the California State Archives facility rarely seen by the public.  You'll get a first-hand look at the stacks area, security vaults, processing area, preservation and microfilm labs.

In addition, you will see the current exhibit in the Archives Gallery which is located on the 4th floor. Tours are limited to twenty guests only, and will last forty-five minutes.  Sign-up at the 4th floor reception desk for one of several tours available throughout Family History Day.

1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Reference Desk Phone: 916-653-2246
Reference Desk Fax: 916-653-7363
Reference e-mail: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
Go for the Gold! RSVP by pre-registering and reserving a Class Syllabus by sending an email to fhdmailbox@gmail.com.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Monday, July 30, 2012

New Videos at the National Archives

We're departing from the usual announcements about speakers and exhibitors to bring you news from the National Archives.

The National Archives has launched new online videos of its most popular genealogy “how to” workshops. These videos cover “hot topics” in genealogical research such as Civil War records, online resources and databases, and more. These workshops led by National Archives experts are available on the National Archives YouTube channel at http://tinyurl.com/NARAGenie.

The National Archives–produced Know Your Records video shorts cover the creation, scope, content, and use of National Archives records for genealogical research. “We are happy to make more of our most popular genealogy lectures available online. We welcome researcher feedback and will continue to make more workshops available online for free for viewing by anyone, anywhere, at any time,” said Diane Dimkoff, Director of Customer Services.

For the first time, researchers and staff voted for their favorite topics—and the National Archives listened:

Access to Archival Databases (AAD) for Genealogists (54:57) http://tinyurl.com/NARAaad -- National Archives electronic records expert Dan Law discusses using electronic records for genealogy research and shows how to access such records using the National Archives Access to Archival Databases (AAD) online search engine.

Documenting Death in the Civil War (1:22:29)  http://tinyurl.com/NARACivWar --
National Archives genealogy expert John Deeben explores War Department death records created during and after the Civil War. These records show how the government documented personal circumstances of soldiers’ deaths on the battlefield, in military hospitals, and in prisons.

Let No Man Put Asunder: Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records (1:12:09) http://tinyurl.com/FreedmensBur -- National Archives archivist Reginald Washington explores marriage records from the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen's Bureau). The Freedmen’s Bureau provided assistance to tens of thousands of former slaves and impoverished whites in the Southern states and the District of Columbia. These records from 1865 through 1872 constitute the richest and most extensive documentary source for investigating the African American experience in the post–Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

Army Service in the Civil War: An Overview (1:02:44)  http://youtu.be/nUTbjQM32vc -- Over 2.8 million men (and a few hundred women) served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. National Archives genealogy expert John Deeben demonstrates how to research and use Civil War Army service records.

Exodus to Kansas: The 1880 Senate Investigation of the Beginnings of the African American Migration from the South (1:05:26) http://tinyurl.com/Exoduster --
National Archives archivist Damani Davis examines Federal records relating to the “Kansas Exodus” (the so-called “Exoduster” movement), which was the first instance of voluntary, mass migration among African Americans. This mass exodus generated considerable attention throughout the nation and resulted in a major 1880 Senate investigation. For more information, see http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2008/summer/exodus.html.

National Archives Records on Ancestry.com (56:38) -- Ancestry.com has digitized selected National Archives microfilm publications and original records and made them available on their web sites for a fee. Lead Family Historian for Ancestry.com Anastasia Harman discusses these records and their use for genealogy research.   Access to Ancestry.com and Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) is available free of charge in all National Archives Research Rooms, including those in our regional archives and Presidential Libraries. For a list of National Archives records available online through Ancestry.com and other digitization partners, see http://www.archives.gov/digitization/digitized-by-partners.html.

Background on “Know Your Records” programs
The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal Government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. The “Know Your Records Program” offers opportunities for staff, volunteers, and researchers to learn about these records through lectures, ongoing genealogy programs, workshops, symposia, the annual genealogy fair, an online genealogy tutorial, reference reports for genealogical research, and editions of Researcher News for Washington, DC, area researchers.

submitted by Nancy Lenoil, State Archivist of California
posted by Denise H. Richmond

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: Center for Sacramento History

Please welcome the The Center for Sacramento History as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Founded in 1953, the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) is funded by the City and the County of Sacramento and is the repository and research center for City and County historic collections. These collections are held in the public trust and reflect the many aspects of the social, economic, political, geographic, and cultural history of the Sacramento region.

Museum Collections
CSH holds in trust some 30,000 three-dimensional museum artifacts which include household items, furniture, toys, quilts, and textiles and accessories. The working life of Sacramentans, from miners and farmers to artists, merchants and clerks, is represented in farming tools, office equipment, dredging machinery, photography equipment, and works of art. The Center’s museum artifacts are exhibited at community sites, such as Sacramento City Hall, Sacramento Public Library, and the Sacramento International Airport, as well as at the Sacramento History Museum.

Archival Collections – Public Documents
CSH’s public documents date from 1849 and provide users with the most complete set of local public documents of any archives in California. By statute of both the City and County of Sacramento, the Center is the official repository for public documents of enduring value created by city and county government, as well as the Superior Court of Sacramento County. The documents are transferred to the Center on an ongoing basis under city and county records retention schedules. These records include maps, court case files, minutes, permits, contracts, correspondence, and reports, amongst numerous other documents.

Archival Collections – Manuscripts and Personal Papers
The Center actively collects manuscripts and personal papers of individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and community groups that illustrate the diverse and dynamic history of the Sacramento region. These collections provide unique and vital insights into the past and work in conjunction with the public documents to offer broader details about the region.

Photographs and Moving Images
Impressive in both size and scope, the photographic collections at the Center amount to more than five million images and include a variety of photographic types and processes. The wide array of historic images, range from the earliest known daguerreotype of Sacramento to contemporary views that capture the development of the Sacramento region and the individuals and groups who have populated the area.

CSH houses a large collection of moving images in film, video, and digital formats. The largest portion comes from KCRA, the Sacramento NBC affiliate, with over nine million feet of news film from 1958 to 1982. The collection covers the day-to-day news stories – politics, crime, local events, sports, and human interest stories – occurring in northern California and the Sacramento region, as well as political figures like Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and the Black Panthers.

CSH’s online database provides access to over 60,000 entries, including over 50,000 images. The online catalog allows patrons to place reproduction orders, leave feedback for CSH staff, and send search results directly to any email address.

Note that not all of CSH’s holdings are searchable via this online catalog. Please contact CSH Staff if you are unable to find what you are searching for.

CSH is open for research by appointment only. Please call (916) 808-7072 to speak with an archivist about scheduling an appointment to conduct your research during available times. It is advisable to call at least one week in advance for an appointment as there are limited spaces in the reading room.
The Center does not charge fees for on-site users to conduct research; however it does charge for reproduction services and rights. CSH staff is on hand to assist researchers in the use of the materials during their appointment time. Please notify CSH beforehand if special accommodations are needed during your visit.
For a current list of research times and reproduction services and costs, visit www.centerforsacramentohistory.org.

The Center offers reproductions of historic maps, images, and other unique history-related products for purchase at www.zazzle.com/sacramentohistory. All product sales help CSH carry out its mission to preserve, exhibit, and make accessible the history of the Sacramento region.

The Center seeks out committed volunteers/interns with an interest in history or work experience in museums, libraries or archives. While CSH accepts applications from all who wish to apply, securing a position depends on current openings and staff commitments. It is required that volunteers give at least a four hour block of time each week; internship requirements are dictated by the intern’s graduate program. Interested persons should contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (916) 808-7072.

The Center accepts permanent donations of artifacts and documents in any format that relate to the history of the Sacramento region. Materials need not be monetarily valuable, organized, “old” or related to a prominent entity or event in order to be historically significant. While the Center cannot accept everything that may be offered, it welcomes the opportunity to review material. Donors should contact the Center at (916) 808-7072.

Mission Statement
The Center for Sacramento History’s mission as a public agency is to illuminate and promote the exploration and analysis of the social, political, geographic, and cultural history of the City and County of Sacramento from their founding to the present, by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and making accessible the documentary and material culture of the diverse region.
Center for Sacramento History
551 Sequoia Pacific Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95811-0229
TEL (916) 808-7072
FAX (916) 808-7582

Find us under “Sacramento History” on Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube.
Administration Hours:Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed during noon hour).
Parking is free and plentiful.

The Center for Sacramento History, a joint Sacramento city/county agency, is the historical research center for the Sacramento region. 

Posted by Lois Shumaker.

Exhibitor Profile: Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society

Please welcome Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society as an exhibitor at and a co-sponsor of Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Since 1978 Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society has helped its members with genealogical research through education, the publication of information, and the preservation of records. Everyone with an interest in genealogy is welcome.  Stan Gilliam of the Sacramento Bee coined the name "Root Cellar" in his column in 1979, and with his permission, it became the official name of the organization.

Examples of Membership Benefits
  • Education workshops and programs with experts speaking on genealogical topics  
  • The Preserves magazine and Geni-Gram newsletter
  • Genealogical Library housed on the 4th floor of the California State Archives
  • Geni-Digs, annual sharing of resources
  • Spring Seminar (details below) (member discount)
  • Interaction with others -- priceless!
Save the Date! 
On Saturday, March 16, 2013, Thomas MacEntee will be the featured speaker at our annual Spring Seminar.  Thomas is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community.  He is the creator of GeneaBloggers.com and High Definition Genealogy, his business website.  Registration details will be forthcoming online.
Online Presence
Be sure to stop by our exhibit at Family History Day and let us help you with your research. Many of our publications such as the recently released Sacramento County Coroner's Records series will be on display for viewing and purchase.
Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 265
Citrus Heights, CA 95611-0265
Be like Mike - he pre-registered and reserved a Class Syllabus by sending an email to fhdmailbox@gmail.com.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: Old Sacramento Schoolhouse

Please welcome the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a learning center that allows students of all ages to explore California's early days of education. Located in the Capital City's historic Old Sacramento area, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a living replica of traditional one-room schoolhouses found throughout America in the late 1800s.

Costumed schoolmarms and school masters are available to tell about school life in 19th century California, and sometimes even lead visitors in a lesson. The one-room replica schoolhouse, established in 1977 by community volunteers, features a pot-bellied stove, vintage student desks and other furnishings typical of the period. The design and contents closely match those of the one-room Canon School, built in 1884 to serve students in the Northern California community of Brooks in the Capay Valley, located in Yolo County.

We look forward to talking to you at Family History Day. Learn about the information on the schools that were in Sacramento county and surrounding areas as well as some notes we have on teachers and class photos. Once in a while someone contacts the Old Schoolhouse for information on a family member who either taught or attended one of these schools, and we have been able to provide some missing pieces to their family puzzle. We can help with your research also!

The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is open most weekdays and weekends to the general public, and weekdays by appointment for school field trips.

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
1200 Front Street (at L Street)
Sacramento, California
(916) 483-8818

Let us know you're coming! Pre-register and reserve a Class Syllabus by sending an email to fhdmailbox@gmail.com.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Friday, July 27, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: California State Library

It is a pleasure to welcome the California State Library as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives. 

The California State Library, a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are a member of the general public, an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California’s libraries or a person with special reading needs, the California State Library is here for you. Our staff, including librarians, researchers and consultants, are at your service.

What We Do
The 162-year old California State Library serves the people of California in several ways:
  • Serves as the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature
  • Provides non-partisan research to the Legislature and the Governor
  • Collects, preserves, generates and disseminates information ranging from California's priceless historical items to today's online texts
  • Advises, consults with, and provides technical assistance to California's public libraries, and it directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs, and services
Some history
In 1850, California’s new legislature, seeing that the state’s facts, figures, and documents needed to be in a central location, established the California State Library in the State Capitol. In 1917, the California State Library established the Sutro Library in San Francisco from the private library of Adolph Sutro.

Stop by our exhibit at Family History Day to learn more about the California State Library and how our holdings may enhance your genealogical research.

Library and Courts II Building
900 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
General Information (916) 654-0266

State Library Divisions of genealogical interest
located at 900 N Street, Sacramento
California History Room
Room 200
(916) 654-0176
Email: cslcal@library.ca.gov

Room 100
(916) 654-0185
Email: csllaw@library.ca.gov

State Library Division located in San Francisco
Sutro Library (re-opens August 1, 2012)
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco 94132
(415) 469-6100
E-mail: sutro@library.ca.gov

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tour Guides: Juan Ramos and Kevin Turner

It is a pleasure to welcome Juan Ramos and Kevin Turner as tour guides for Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Juan Ramos and Kevin Turner are Document Preservation Technicians for the California State Archives Preservation Lab.  They have worked in this capacity since 1997 and 2005, respectively.

Juan and Kevin will conduct Preservation Lab Tours.  These knowledgeable State Archives staff will provide you with an exclusive opportunity to learn what's hinged, sewn and other details about the Preservation Lab.  Participants will be able to get answers to their questions about preservation.

Sewing in the Preservation Lab

Hinging in the Preservation Lab

California State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Reference Desk Phone: 916-653-2246
Reference Desk Fax: 916-653-7363
Reference e-mail: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
Please let us know you're attending!   RSVP by pre-registering and reserving a Class Syllabus by sending an email about both to fhdmailbox@gmail.com. Thanks!

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Speaker Profile: Barbara Leak

Please welcome Barbara Leak as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Barbara Leak has more than 25 years experience as a genealogy researcher and educator, having presented genealogy and local history programs to audiences ranging from third-graders to senior citizens.

She has lectured at conferences and workshops sponsored by the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, and numerous libraries and societies throughout northern California. She is a former president of the Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley, past president of the Placer County Genealogical Society, and a California State Genealogical Alliance Distinguished Service Award recipient.

With a professional background in business administration, Barbara demonstrates a practical approach to research in a presentation style that enlightens her audiences.

Barbara Leak will be presenting Conducting Original Research.  Good genealogy is founded on documented research in historical records. This class provides an overview of twelve types of historical records most commonly used in family history research.

RSVP that you're attending!! Pre-register and reserve a Class Syllabus by sending an email to fhdmailbox@gmail.com.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Speaker Profile: Ed Lucky

Please welcome Ed Lucky as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Ed and wife Linda have been the Directors of the Sacramento Family History Center for several years. They have been engaged in family history for nearly 30 years (especially Linda) and have taken “cemetery” trips to England, Scotland, the Louisiana swamps, Utah, and Idaho.

Ed’s ancestral lines have been researched back nine generations.  He is a member of the Son of the Confederacy and member of the Sons of the American Revolution.  He is a retired senior executive, golf professional, and works at the ‘Center’ almost every day.

Ed Lucky will be presenting an Introduction to the Sacramento Family History Center.  Learn about the many resources available there including FREE use of the 13 most powerful websites to do research; public classes; computer operation; film readers; microfilms; microfiche;  scanners, books; seminars; and individual assistance necessary to link families together.

RSVP that you're attending Family History Day!  Pre-register and reserve a Class Syllabus by sending an email to fhdmailbox@gmail.com.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Monday, July 23, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: Doris Foley Library for Historical Research

Please welcome The Doris Foley Library for Historical Research as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Library.

The Doris Foley Library for Historical Research is part of the Nevada County Library system. Housed in a 1907 Carnegie building of Romanesque Revival architectural style, the library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally the Nevada City Library,today the building is still owned by the city.

The Foley Library is a complex collection, part library and part archive. The holdings comprise non-circulating published and catalogued works on mining, local and regional history,as well as a constantly growing collection of archival and donated primary records. Patrons enjoy research in Gold Rush and later family history, house history, general and technical mining information, public records, Cornish and Chinese local heritage, and much more, with assistance from knowledgeable staff.
Resources available at the Foley Library date from the early 1850s and include:
  • Ancestry.com (access available at the library)
  • Census Data=Directories and phone books
  • Genealogy Information=Indexes(cemeteries; naturalizations; marriage, birth and death records)
  • Maps
  • Mining Collection
  • Mortuary Records
  • Newspapers
  • Cornish Collection
  • Probate and Tax records
  • Indexes of Vital Records (actual records are at the County Recorder's office)
  • Voter Registries
  • A large collection of books about the people and history of Nevada County
For more information, please come by our exhibit table at Family History Day. You may also call the library at 530-265-4606 or visit the library’s website.

Posted by Lois Shumaker.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lisa B. Lee Announced as Keynote Speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives

We are thrilled to announce that professional genealogist and lecturer Lisa B. Lee will be the opening session keynote speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives in Sacramento on Saturday, October 13, 2012.  The keynote address is a new feature at Family History Day at the California State Archives.  What a pleasure it is indeed for the first keynote to be provided by Ms. Lee. 

With her passion for genealogy and inimitable style, Ms. Lee will regale attendees about “Genealogy Basics, the Constant Companion of Family Historians”.  She will also present a class titled “Finding Your Black Ancestors, An Introduction”. 
Lisa B. Lee is the owner of GotGenealogy.com, where she publishes a monthly newsletter, the Got Genealogy Gazette.  The newsletter provides timely and useful information to help genealogists make the most of their online genealogical searches.

Ms. Lee is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (University of Toronto), where she obtained her Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) with certificates in U.S., Canadian and Irish genealogy and methodology.  Since the inception of ExpertConnect, by Ancestry.com in 2009, Ms. Lee was one of the original Experts, and conducted professional research for clients in the U.S. and Europe, until the demise of ExpertConnect in early 2011. In addition to the Got Genealogy Gazette, dozens of her articles have been published in numerous genealogical journals and newsletters in North America.

Ms. Lee speaks and conducts workshops at genealogical societies and conferences in the U.S. and Canada where her animated style, infinite knowledge of everything internet, wit and perverted humor ensure that attendees will not only learn a lot but will have fun doing so. All of her workshops feature a free raffle where attendees can win valuable prizes, and if you ask her a genealogical question she can't answer, you'll win an awesome reward.  Mind you, your question has to be pretty hard to stump her, especially since she's memorized the internet by heart.  If genealogy isn't fun, then why do it?  She invites you to join her on Facebook or contact her at Lisa@GotGenealogy.com.

The class Ms. Lee will be presenting is Finding Your Black Ancestors, an Introduction.  Whether free or enslaved, the lives of Black ancestors were documented in the United States and Canada. However, not all this information has made it into online databases intact. Blacks are coded as Whites, Whites as Mulattos, men as women, etc. In doing African-American research, you need to be aware of how to get around these shortcomings, and how to read subtle clues to help you differentiate two people with the same name. Yes, the Freedman’s Bank and Freedmen’s Bureau are incredibly important for researching Blacks, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. What does it really mean if your ancestor was listed as “Egyptian” or “Ethiopian”? What are the new ways to discover the name of the last legal slave owner in databases you’ve probably ignored? Find out which are the best genealogy subscription databases for finding Black ancestors.

Have you pre-registered yet and reserved a Class Syllabus for $5?  Click on the tab on the Home page of this blog for instructions. 
posted by Denise H. Richmond

Speaker Profile: Sebastian Nelson

Please welcome Sebastian Nelson as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Sebastian Nelson is an Archivist at the California State Archives and a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. He has a Master’s degree in history from the University of Oxford and a Master’s degree in library science from San Jose State University. Sebastian enjoys the bizarre creatures, fanciful monsters and cunning puns that are found in heraldry, and he studied coats of arms as a graduate student in Great Britain.

Sebastian will be presenting Armories and Ordinaries: Coats of Arms for Genealogists.  Coats of arms use colors, shapes and symbols to visually encode genealogical information.  Join Sebastian for an entertaining introduction to the basic techniques and resources available to decode Coats of Arms and unlock the genealogical stories behind them.

Posted by Lois Shumaker

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: California State Genealogical Alliance

Please welcome the California State Genealogical Alliance as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA) serves as a statewide association of independent genealogical societies, individuals, and nonprofit organizations. The mission of the CSGA is to serve as an information source for the California genealogical community; form a communication link between societies and the genealogical community; and identify, assess, inventory, and preserve the genealogical sources within the state.

Stop by our exhibit for more information about the resources CSGA provides to genealogists.

Contact: Sue Roe, President
P.O. Box 10195
Oakland, CA 94610-0195

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Speaker Profile: Lynn Brown

It's a pleasure to welcome Lynn Brown as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Lynn Brown has been involved in genealogy for over 35 years and shares an extensive background in combining computer research techniques with genealogy.  She graduated from San Jose State with Bachelor of Science degree in Non-Profit Organizations and Alternative Education, and a Masters in Therapeutic Recreation for Gifted Children from San Francisco State University.  She has been published for her work in the development of Special Olympics; CampFire Girl Gifted programs; National Program Advisor for Brownie Badge program, and interned as a HUD Project Coordinator to unite all Non-Profit agencies in providing services without duplication in Santa Clara County, of which she received National recognitions.

Upon graduation, Lynn has been employed by the Girls Scouts, YWCA, and Red Cross as Program Director, Special Events Coordinator and Adult Leadership Trainer.  She organized the YWCA and CampFire Girl Councils for Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.  In 1984, she returned to college for a degree in Electronic Engineering and was employed by AT&T as Broadcast Telecommunication Technician in San Francisco. She was later transferred to Sacramento to manage and maintain  all radio & television transmissions for the Central & Northern Valley.  During her time with AT&T, Lynn was also induced into Army Reserves Special Forces and NATO to serve as Community Advisor providing humanitarian services overseas, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal while in Korea.

Lynn began her research of her family history by volunteering at the National Archives and Records Administration in San Bruno.   After retiring from AT&T in 2001, she joined the staff at the Sacramento Regional Family History Center, and began lecturing and conducting genealogy workshops throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area.  Lynn brings to us an extensive background in computer research, ethnic cultural studies and genealogical research strategies.

Lynn Brown will be presenting Eastern European Research.  Preparing for your genealogical trip over the pond can be a real challenge. This two-part presentation will cover how to prepare your research, determinving Country of Origin, and where and how to access records and Research Guides. Though this class focuses on the Eastern European region, research tactics can be revised for other regions of interest.

Part 1: Preparing for your research adventure over the Pond. This session will cover research strategies and analysis of isolating your ancestor's origins and homeland, and designing a resource guide to meet your research goals.

Part 2:  This session will cover further isolation and determination of ancestor origins by use of Country Histories, cultures, religion and political campaigns.  Determining where and who has genealogical records now and how to obtain them will also be addressed.  As time allows, we will have a review of alternative resources.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Monday, July 16, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: California Genealogical Society and Library

It is a pleasure to welcome the California Genealogical Society and Library as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Whether you have Gold Rush ancestors or have no family connection to California, you will find extensive support for your genealogy research at the California Genealogical Society (CGS). The society, founded in 1898 in San Francisco, has been located in Oakland since 1998. CGS maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, disseminates information through its publications and internet access, and teaches genealogical research methods through meetings, seminars and workshops.

Visit our exhibit at Family History Day and meet CGS President Jeffrey Vaillant who will head up our delegation. The CGS table will feature samples of our periodical, The California Nugget, and our most recent publications The Insider's Guide to California Genealogy and Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research.

For further information about CGS programs and publications, please visit us at our homes on the web:
Connect with us:
California Genealogical Society and Library
2201 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612-3031

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Friday, July 13, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: USGenWeb Project

Please welcome the USGenWeb Project as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The USGenWeb Project is beginning its 17th year of providing free online genealogical help. We are an organization of about 2,200 volunteers maintaining websites. Thousands of others have volunteered their time to transcribe old records, walk cemeteries (often taking photos of gravestones) and share family information.

We have websites for every state in the US and for every county (including many extinct counties) and many special projects such as:
Visit our exhibit at Family History Day to learn more about us and obtain brochures about our services from our California branch (CAGenWeb) members. Computers will be set up for us to demonstrate how to look up data on your family.

As an all-volunteer organization, we are in constant need of new volunteers to transcribe materials walk cemeteries near your home, or maintain web sites (experience is helpful, but not needed - we train you).

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Speaker Profile: Joy Fisher

Joy Fisher is an Engineer by training and has been using computers for nearly 50 years. She became interested in genealogy four decades ago. Searching for ways to use the computer to assist in doing genealogical research, she became a sysop [administrator of a computer bulletin board] for a genealogy bulletin board back in the early 1980's. She began translating and transcribing Russian church records in the early 1990's. These records were uploaded to an experimental server and made available via FTP (before the age of browsers).

Joy was on the Kentucky (KY) mailing list when Jeff Murphy announced his small Muhlenberg County website and USGenWeb was born. She started websites for two KY counties soon after and has been part of USGenWeb ever since. She is the founder of SDGENWEB, the South Dakota state pages for USGenWeb, and maintains several county websites in Nevada, Florida, Illinois, South and North Dakota, as well as Los Angeles County in California.

Since its inception in 1996, Joy has been a part of the USGenWeb Archives. The Archives has steadily grown from a few text documents to more than 2 million text files and over 5 million photographs and document images. She can be reached at jfisher@sdgenweb.com.

Joy Fisher will be presenting an Introduction to the USGenWeb Project. Learn about these all-volunteer managed, free websites accessible by county and state and the vast resources they have for the family history researcher.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Speaker Profile: Melinda Kashuba

It's a pleasure to welcome Melinda Kashuba as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Melinda Kashuba holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She is a popular lecturer and author of Walking with Your Ancestors: a Genealogist’s Guide to Using Maps and Geography (Family Tree Books, 2005) plus numerous articles in genealogical magazines and other publications. Her specialties include nineteenth and twentieth century American records and maps.  She performs genealogical research for clients and is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, California State Genealogical Alliance, and the Shasta County Genealogical Society.

Melinda possesses archival, library and courthouse research experience throughout California, Nevada, and Hawaii as well as at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the National Archives in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress, the Daughters of the American Revolution Library, and The Newberry Library in Chicago.  Her expertise is in nineteenth and twentieth century American genealogical sources including, of course, maps.  She lives with her family in Northern California.

Melinda Kashuba will be presenting two classes.

(1) Using Genealogical Forms, or How to Keep My Genealogy Out of the Dumpster After I Die!  Keeping track of your genealogical information is the single most important thing you can do as a genealogist. Knowing what records you have searched, what records you have, and what records you need to find will pay big benefits in time and money because you will not have to repeat work that you have already completed.  This class introduces you to a wide variety of useful genealogical forms available to you for free on the web as well as simple forms you can make for yourself that fit the way you use your information and will make it useful for future generations.

(2) Introduction to Using Maps for Genealogical Research.  Maps are tools that can help a genealogist trace their ancestors’ migrations or depict where ancestors lived.  Maps can also help us study the location of land parcels, trace a census takers’ route through a neighborhood, and bring a battle to life by showing the movements of troops across the landscape. This class will introduce you to the wide variety of maps available for genealogical research both in paper and on the Internet.

posted by Denise H. Richmond

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Exhibitor Profile: Genealogical Association of Sacramento

It is a pleasure to welcome the Genealogical Association of Sacramento (GAS) as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

GAS was founded in 1976, our Nation’s 200th birthday, with a nucleus of 13 dedicated members.   Its objectives are to encourage the research, publication, and preservation of genealogical and historical material; and to instruct and lend assistance to the membership and the public in modern methods of research.  These objectives are accomplished at regular meetings and association-sponsored workshops, lectures, field trips and other educational activities.

The Association offers many educational opportunities to attend seminars and classes in genealogy-related subjects. There is usually something for everyone at our meetings, from the beginner to the more experienced genealogist.

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month except July, August and December at 1:00pm in the Belle Cooledge Library located at 5600 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento.  We produce a monthly newsletter, The Lamplighter, which is available on our website to members.  We also maintain a genealogical book and periodical collection at the  Sacramento Public Library Central Branch, 2nd Floor, located at 828 "I" Street.

Check us out at www.gensac.org.

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Speaker Profiles: Victoria Fisch and Jeremy Frankel

It is a pleasure to welcome Victoria Fisch and Jeremy Frankel as speakers at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Victoria Fisch has been helping people find their family history for over twenty years. She is the president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento, and the Northern California Editor of Western States Jewish History journal, in which her articles have also appeared. The history of the Jewish emigrant families of the California Gold Rush has been her focus of research for the last five years and she is a member of the Commission for the Preservation of Pioneer Jewish Landmarks and Cemeteries. She is currently editing a book on the Jewish community of Santa Cruz, California, scheduled to be published in 2013.

Jeremy Frankel is a professional genealogist engaged in family research for almost thirty years. His skills include expertise with internet resources and specialized library and archival holdings of world-wide information. President of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society for the last ten years, he has lectured throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and regularly helps clients who have encountered impasses in their own searches.

Jeremy has tracked his family back to Poland and Lithuania and connected with relatives all over the world. He has a broad knowledge of U.K. and U.S. documentation and draws upon his associations with experts in Eastern European Jewish ancestry.

In 2011 both Victoria and Jeremy acted as consultants for Ancestry.com at a program hosted at the Hyatt in San Francisco and that year Jeremy was involved with research for the two television series on genealogy, “Who Do You Think You Are” on NBC TV and “Finding Your Roots" with Henry Louis Gates on public television.

Need help tracing your family?  Contact family historians Victoria and Jeremy through their website, Frankel and Fisch.

Victoria and Jeremy will be co-presenters for Introduction to Jewish Genealogy.  Through discussion and examples, this knowledgeable duo will describe research methods for finding your Jewish roots and the resources available locally and overseas. 

posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond