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27 September 2020

Online genealogy, September 28-October 4


Our Events:

September 29
: "Introduction to DNA and Genetic Genealogy" a 6-week course on DNA basics taught by Mark McLaren.

September 26: Susan Skilton talks about pre-1850 California land grants in "Researching Mexican Land Grants in Alta California."

October 3: "First Saturday Free Intro to Genealogy: Using the Census" with Pam Miller

Conferences:

  • October 2 & 3: Iowa Genealogical Society Fall Conference
  •  October 3: "DNA Day with Blaine Bettinger" (Orange County CA Genealogical Society)
  • October 3: "A Day of Genealogy Learning with Tom Jones" (Santa Barbara Genealogical Society)
Classes:
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

October 1: Author David Hill discusses his book The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice.
 
September 23: "Hopping the Pond: First Steps to Finding Your English Ancestors" with Rachel Derenthal

Legacy Family Tree
September 30: "5 Ways to Find Your Family in Southern Manuscript Collections" by J. David Lowe

Southern California Genealogical Society
October 3
: "Manifest Destiny: Researching Your Mexican War Ancestors" by Michael Strauss
October 6-27
: "Beginning Genealogy Class" by Beverly Truesdale

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently. Here are some of the coming week's highlights:

September 28: "Early Families of Hilton Head Island" (Heritage Library)
September 28: "Virtual Adoption Searches Past and Present" (Plainfield IL Public Library)
September 29: "Exploring GenealogyBank" (Allen County IL Public Library)
September 30 "Not About the Stuff: Stories Revealed at the Intersection of Genealogy and Archaeology" (Boston Public Library)
October 1: "Pre-1869 Ontario Birth, Marriage and Death Records" (Ontario Ancestors)
October 1: "Identification and Care of Photographs" (Thomas Balch Library - VA) 
October 1: "Finding Your Ancestors in Mexico" (Dallas Public Library)
October 1: "Finding Treasure in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI)" (Omaha Public Library)
October 3: "Researching at the Newberry Library" (Northwest Suburban IL Genealogy Society)
October 3: "Ukrainian Summer Kitchens" (Ukrainian History and Education Center)



Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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21 September 2020

New Online Resources: 100-year Old Pedigree Charts

Pedigree Charts Volunteer Team:
John Ralls, Ron Madson, Theresa Murphy, Stewart Traiman, Linda Edwards, Jean Alderson, and Kathleen Beitiks

 The Website Update Committee is very pleased to announce that the CGS Pedigree Charts created by CGS members more than one hundred years ago are now available on our website. This is the second major project that has been added to our website this year. 

 

This has been a multi-phase team effort. Some time ago (we are not sure when) CGS volunteers looked through every chart and typed each name that appeared onto a 3x5 card, along with the name of the chart and the page it appears on. Next, Stewart Traiman scanned these 8,622 cards and grouped them into 46 batches. Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen Beitiks distributed the batches of cards to eleven volunteers who entered the data into spreadsheets. Top indexers were Linda Edwards, Jean Alderson, Theresa Murphy and Kristi Wessenberg. Together these four dynamos processed thirty-four of the forty-six sets of cards. Other Pedigree Chart volunteers were Nancy Cork, Caron Whitacre, Misti Layne, Justine Wong, Liz Summerhayes, Cindy Thomson, and Mary Thomas. 

 

The data from 8,622 index cards were entered into spreadsheets

Next, Theresa Murphy patiently reviewed each spreadsheet checking for and correcting data entry errors.

 

Ron Madson photographed each of the 135 family trees, which required 180 images to capture everything contained on those charts. Finally, tech wizard John Ralls combined all the names into one spreadsheet, and added links to Ron’s photographs. Now our members can, with a few clicks, view these beautiful trees and all the data they contain. 


Ron Madson scanned 135 family trees to create digital images

 

To view these family trees, go to our website and log in as a member. Scroll down to the box labeled “Online Resources,” click the gold SEARCH button, and look for New Online Resources/Pedigree Charts. Whether you find a familiar family name or not, you will probably enjoy seeing the beautiful handwritten (in ink) charts. In addition to names, birth, marriage and death dates and places, a few charts include photographs, obituaries and hand-written notes.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who worked on this valuable project and made it happen.

 

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19 September 2020

Online genealogy, week of September 21-26


Our Events:


September 14
: Our "Writing Your Family History" Series concludes this Tuesday at 7 p.m. This week: Matt Berry talks about "Creating An Effective Index to your Family History Book."

September 26: Colleen Robledo Green leads "An Introduction to Researching Your Mexican Ancestors."

Conferences: [fee]

Classes:
 
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

September 26: "Caribbean Ancestors: Surfing Anglican Records Online" (fee)
 
September 23: "Are You Related to a Famous Ancestor?" with James Tanner

September 21:

"Where There's a Will, There's a Probate: U.S. Probate Records"

"Perches and Rods: Introducing U.S. Land Record"

"They're Better Than You Think: U.S. Census Records, 1790-1840"

September 22: 

"The Tired the Poor, and the Huddled Masses: U.S. Immigration"

"Becoming American: U.S. Naturalization"

"Migration Routes Across America"

September 23:

"Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 1: Introduction to Church Records and Anabaptists" 

"Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 2: Roman Catholic, Lutheran/Reformed, Episcopal/Anglican, Presbyterian"

"Getting Started with U.S. Church Records Part 3: Congregationalists, Quakers, Baptists, Methodists"
September 24:

"African American Strategies and Records Part 1"

"African American Strategies and Records Part 2"

"Beginning Jewish Research in the U.S."

September 25:

"Are You Your Own Brick Wall? Common Genealogical Mistakes and Their Solutions"

"When the Pandemic's Over: How to Do On-Site Research"


Legacy Family Tree
September 22: "Finding new cousins and building your family tree with DNA” by Anne Young
September 23: "Introduction to VPNs" by Thomas MacEntee

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently. Here are some of the coming week's highlights:

September 23: "Looking for My Babies: Freedmen Search For Families" (Fountaindale IL Public Library)
September 24: "Prussian Place Name Research" with Nancy Loe (Germanic Genealogy Society)
September 24: "Vivid-Pix: Latest Updates" (Allen County Public Library)
September 28: "Introduction to Genealogy" and "Intermediate Genealogy" (Acalanes Adult Education series: fee)

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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18 September 2020

Recap: The California Nugget, Spring 2020 issue

The California Nugget, mailed to all CGS members
and now available in digital form at our website
 

Amid all the tumult of the last few monthsincluding but not limited to COVID-19, heat waves, power outages, and wildfireswe neglected to announce our Spring 2020 issue of The California Nugget, which was published and mailed out in early August.

Here is our Editors' Note from the latest issue:

To our members and readers, we hope you will enjoy this issue of the Spring 2020 Nugget, produced while we are all under quarantine. Perhaps it is appropriate that several members have shared anecdotes of their ancestors who lived through the 1918 flu pandemic. As they endured the challenges and disruption brought about by that global crisis, we can take heart from their examples.

Our articles in this issue illustrate how Americans of different eras took on the challenges and opportunities of their time and place. Melissa Kelley revisits the life of her distant cousin, Pearl Eubanks. Born into a troubled family and orphaned by age five, the young Pearl was the subject of a sex scandal, described as “incorrigible,” and sent to a reformatory school before embarking on the first of three marriages. However, she rose above her early misfortunes to carve out a happy and stable life.

In “The Rise and Fall of George Gray,” Robbie Johnson traces the successes and failures of George Gray, a humble farmer from Ontario who found fame and prestige in California in the last decades of the 19th century, but who was unable to navigate the politics of an increasingly urban society in his later years.

Lisa Gorrell offers a primer on using the FAN network (friends, associates, and neighbors) to expand our understanding and further trace the lives of ancestors.

It’s our hope that you will find some insights and inspiration in these pages.

The Editors

Table of Contents

Our Ancestors

  • The “Incorrigible,” Indomitable Pearl Eubanks by Melissa Kelley
  • From Canada to California: The Rise and Fall of George Gray by Robbie Johnson, CG
  • 1918 Flu Epidemic Stories by our members

21st-Century Genealogy

  • How the Probate File of Frederick Bishop Illustrates the Importance of FAN Research by Lisa S. Gorrell, CG
  • Online Resources Recently Added to the Library Catalog

ALSO...

We are pleased to announce that digital issues of the Nugget are now available to members on our website. Currently you can access the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 issues. If you are a member and have not yet received your print copy in the mail, please let us know at [email protected]

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12 September 2020

Online genealogy, week of September 14-20


Our Events:
September 14
: Our "Writing Your Family History" Series continues Tuesdays at 7 p.m. This week: Lois Elling talks about "Making Your Book Look Good: Page Layout and Software."

September 19: The "Exploring Military Records" series with Deborah Goss Johnston kicks off with a look at "Pension and Bounty Land Applications."

Conferences: [fee]

Classes:
 
Numerous associations offer online genealogy events every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization. See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more.

September 16-30: "Checking for Vitals: U.S. Vital Records Substitutes" (series: fee)
September 17: "Northern New England Resources at American Ancestors" by David Allen Lambert and Melanie McComb
 
September 16: "Using German Periodicals and Periodical Indexes" with Larry Jensen

September 19: Nordic Genealogy Research Seminar
September 15 & 16: "Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence" by Melissa Johnson
September 16: "Finding Genealogical Evidence in the Chinese Exclusion Act Files" by Trish Hackett Nicola
September 18: "Your DNA Questions Answered Live" by Diahan Southard
 
Southern California Genealogical Society 
September 16: "Putting America to Work: Records of the WPA and the CCC" by Peggy Lauritzen

Conference Keeper has a large calendar of events (too many to list) hosted by various genealogical organizations. New events are added often, so check back frequently. Here are some of the coming week's highlights:

September 14: "Scrivener for Professional Genealogists" by Kimberly Powell (Association for Professional Genealogists)
September 15: "Using Mortality Schedules in Your Research" (Allen County Public Library)
September 15: "Insider's Guide to Genealogical Cousin Bait" by Marian Burk Wood
September 15: "Swedes in Wisconsin and Beyond: Unlocking Your Swedish Family History" by Deanna E. Korte
September 15: "Getting Started in Genealogy Research" (New York Public Library)
September 16: "Civil War Pensions: A Closer Look" with Laura Congleton (Connetquot NY Public Library)
September 16: "Introduction to African American Genealogy" (New York Public Library)
September 16: "Researching Your House History" (Appleton WI Public Library)
September 17: "Family History for Health" by Diane Stepro (Jeffersonville IN Public Library)
September 17: "Hidden Gems: Materials in Digital Libraries for Family Research" by D. Joshua Taylor
September 18: "Seafaring Ancestors: Early 19th Century Port Records" by Diane Richard
September 18: "Virginia Genealogy to ca. 1850" (Library of Virginia)
September 19: "Explorations in Mexican Genealogy" by John Schmal
September 19: "Trails West: Crossing the Continent, 1840-1869" by Mary Kircher Roddy 
September 20: "Spinning Gold: Shaping Your Family Research into Compelling Stories" by author Christine Halvorson
 

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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