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26 January 2021

A comment on comments...

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Sometimes your blog editor messes up. At some point in the past, we were getting a large number of anonymous spam comments on our blog. I instituted a "comment moderation" policy—but neglected to set up the notifications that would have nudged me to review and approve them promptly.

This is all a long way around to say that I've just now discovered many months' worth of comments that never appeared! They should be visible now. Apologies to all who may have wondered why their comment did not show on the blog. We appreciate it when our readers take the time to give feedback, and your thoughts are valued. Feel free to comment on this post!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Dix
blog editor

 

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23 January 2021

Online genealogy, week of January 25-30


 

Our weekly roundup of upcoming genealogy events. Numerous associations offer online genealogy classes every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

CONFERENCES:

January 29-31:
International Greek Ancestry Conference (Hellenic Genealogy Geek)
January 30
:
38th Annual Seminar
(Washington Area Genealogical Group)
Scottish Indexes Conference
(Scottish Indexes)
"A Winter of DNA" (Family History Fanatics)

CGS EVENTS:

January 25: Advanced DNA Skills Special Interest Group with Mark McLaren currently full

January 30: "Exploring the CGS Website" by Theresa Murphy

 

American Ancestors

January 28: “The Federal Census: Moving Beyond the Population Schedule" by Lindsay Fulton


BYU Family History Library

January 20: Residential Registration in Germany” with Roger Minert

 

Legacy Family Tree 

January 26: "Introducing MyHeritage Genetic Groups" by Ran Snir

January 27: "Genealogy Escape Room" by Thomas MacEntee


The San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits. This week:

January 26: “Lou Henry Hoover, Stanford Class of 1898, and the Rights of Women" by Elena Danielson (Stanford Historical Society)

January 28: "Get Out of the Way for the Highway: How Highway Construction Changed the Landscape of Post-War San Mateo County" (San Mateo County Historical Association)

January 28: "Finding Your Orphan Ancestors" by Dvorah Lewis (Marin County Genealogical Society)

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

January 25:

“From Land Records to Google Earth: Mapping Your Family's Place” (Arlington Heights Memorial Library)

"Silent Voices: Telling Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors" (Genealogical Society of Bergen County NJ)

“Becoming a Genealogy N.I.N.J.A.” (Ontario Genealogical Society)

“Chinese Immigration to Gold Mountain (Canada)” (Alberta Genealogical Society)

"Researching Women in the 1800s in the US" (Oakmont Genealogy Club)

January 26:

“An Introduction to Ellis Island Genealogy” (New York Public Library)

“Organizing and Preserving Your Home Archive” (New York Archives)

January 27:

“Voting Records: Genealogy's Best Kept Secret” (Fountaindale Public Library)

“How NOT to Read a Jewish Headstone” (Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh)

“An evening with Brooke Schreier Ganz of Reclaim the Records” (Massachusetts Genealogical Council)

January 28:

"The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson's Bay Empire" (HistoryCamp)

“Skeletons in the Family Closet: Dealing with the Unexpected” (Pinellas Genealogy Society)

“An Introduction to NYC Land and Buildings Research” (New York Public Library)

“All Kinds of Loyalists” (International Society for British Genealogy and Family History)

January 30:

DNA Seminar with Diahan Southard (Oregon Genealogical Society)

"Save a Cemetery! With Maps, Assessments, and Proper Cleaning" (Polk County History Center)

“The Path to Digital Libraries and Archives” by Cyndi Ingle (North Hills PA Genealogists)

22 January 2021

In Memoriam: John Bedecarré, 1922-2021

John Bedecarré

John Bedecarré passed away at his home in Concord on January 13. A WWII veteran, businessman and later a school teacher, Bedecarré discovered a passion for family history while in his fifties. He embarked on a decades-long research quest that resulted in a massive book, The Bedecarré Family History, available at the CGS Library in Oakland as well as other libraries and history centers around the United States. John was a leader of the Mt. Diablo Genealogical Society, and was for many years a member of CGS. He was generous in sharing information about our classes and other activities and connecting genealogy enthusiasts throughout the Bay Area. He is warmly remembered by many.

A detailed obituary and account of John's life can be found in the East Bay Express.

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16 January 2021

Online genealogy, week of January 17-24


 

Our weekly roundup of upcoming genealogy events. Numerous associations offer online genealogy classes every week. Most are free. To register for one of the events below, click on the name of the host organization.

CONFERENCES:
January 23: Virtual Preservation Roadshow (American Ancestors)

January 23: 40th Annual Ancestor Roundup (Commodore Sloat Chapter, NSDAR)

January 23 & 24: Black Sea/Odessa Genealogy Conference (American Historical Society of Germans from Russia)


CGS Events:

January 23 & 26: "Excel for Genealogists" by Stewart Blandon Traiman.

 

American Ancestors

January 19: “Aftershocks: A Memoir” by Nadia Owusu

January 21: “New York and London in the Gilded Age” by Curt DiCamillo and Carl Raymond


BYU Family History Library
January 20
:
Beginning Research in Ireland” with James Tanner

 

Family History Library

January 21: "Introduction to United States Military Records"


Legacy Family Tree 

January 19 & 20: "Death and Burial Practices in World War I and World War II" by Rick Sayre

January 20: "Another 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know" by Gena Philibert-Ortega


The San Francisco Bay Area Genealogy Calendar lists a wealth of Bay Area events and exhibits. Here are events for the coming week:

 

January 19

“Creative Hypothesis Development to Solve Your Brick Wall Challenges” by Jan Joyce (San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society)

"Researching Historic LGBT Relatives" by Janice Sellers (Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society)

 

January 22:

"Finding Your Orphan Ancestors" by Dvorah Lewis (Sonoma County History and Genealogy Library)

 

January 23:

"Children Left Behind" by Judy Fambrough Billingsley (San Mateo Genealogical Society)

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

January 18:

“Locating Images of Ancestors: Putting a Face with That Name” (MyHeritage)

 

January 19:

“Your Ancestor's FAN Club: Using Cluster Research to Get Past Brick Walls” (Wisconsin State Genealogical Society)

 

January 20:

“Idlers, Lewd Women and Sabbath Breakers: New Jersey’s Early Laws” (Genealogical Society of New Jersey)

 

January 21:

“Researching Your Family History in Israel from Home” (Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute)

“Wills for family historians” (Family Tree Academy UK)

"Using Masonic Grand Lodge Proceedings for Genealogical Research" (Clayton Library Friends)

“The Kidnapping Club: Wall Street, Slavery, and Resistance on the Eve of the Civil War” (HistoryCamp)

 

January 23:

“Belarussian Research & Finding Your Family History with Land and Mortgage Records in the Kingdom of Poland” (Polish American Foundation)

“You Can Do This: Photo Organizing and Preservation” (Sacramento Public Library)

"Surfing Anglican Records for Your Caribbean Ancestor" (Connecticut Historical Society)

 

January 24:

“What's in a name? Unravelling the Mystery of Jewish Migrations Through Onomastics” (Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society)

"Researching Revolutionary America" and "Black Loyalists in the Revolutionary War" (Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County MI)

See our post "Genealogy Learning in the Time of Coronavirus" for links to classes archived online at Ancestry, FamilySearch, RootsTech, and more. Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!

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15 January 2021

Latest issue of The California Nugget

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The Fall 2020 issue is in the mail and now available online
 

Our latest issue of The California Nugget is in the mail now! and hopefully will arrive soon in your mailbox. Members can access the digital version online at our website.

 

Our Editors' Note gives this overview:

Lucille Ball

We’ve assembled articles on a variety of topics. In "Lucy’s Fred: Three Generations of Hunt Ancestry of Lucille D. (Ball) (Arnaz) Morton," Darcie Hind Posz looks at the time actress Lucille Ball came under scrutiny by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Examining why Ball and other family members joined the Communist Party in the 1930s, Posz uncovers a history of sympathy for the working class that stretched back to the Civil War.

 

 

In this year marking the centennial of American women’s suffrage, Virginia Turner shares the story of her ancestor Elizabeth Healy Turner, who lived in Wyoming Territory when women there were granted the right to vote in 1870, and who was one of the first women called to serve on a jury. 

Lizzie Spooner

Ted Steele’s "Benjamin Franklin Lowe, A California Pioneer" profiles a businessman ancestor who came to California during the Gold Rush. It follows the interesting histories of his children, half of whom returned to their native East Coast, while the other half settled permanently in the West. 

Benjamin Lowe

In our genealogical methods column, Lisa Gorrell examines the first principle of the Genealogical Proof Standard—“reasonably exhaustive research"—and discusses what that means for the researcher.

Table of Contents

 Our Ancestors:

"Lucy’s Fred: Three Generations of Hunt Ancestry of Lucille D. (Ball) (Arnaz) Morton" by Darcie Hind Posz

"The Vote Before the Vote: Lizzie Healy Spooner in Wyoming Territory, 1870" by Virginia Turner

"Benjamin Franklin Lowe, A California Pioneer" by Edward E. "Ted" Steele

21st-Century Genealogy:

"What Does It Mean to Do Reasonably Exhaustive Research?" by Lisa Gorrell

At the Society:

2022 National Genealogical Society Conference

Upcoming Events

Index

 

NOTE: We always welcome submissions. For more information, contact the editors at nugget@californiaancestors.org.

 

Photo credits: Lucille Ball, Wikimedia; Lizzie Spooner, Debbie Smith; Benjamin Lowe, Society of California Pioneers.

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