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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 late July.

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 nugget@californiaancestors.org

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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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05 September 2020

Online Genealogy, week of September 7-13


Our "Writing Your Family History" Series continues Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
This eight-part series walks through the steps needed to produce a well-researched and handsome family history book, from the basics of storytelling to the finished product. Sign up for one, several, or all sessions! This week: Lois Elling talks about "Making Your Book Look Good: Type and Graphics."

Conferences: [fee charged, with the exception of German Genealogy Conference]

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

September 10: "Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice" by Pam Fessler
September 11: "All Roads Lead to London" by Curt DiCamillo
 
September 9: "Mysteries of the Change Log Revealed" with Kathryn Grant

Legacy Family Tree
September 8
:
"New Searching at MyHeritage" by Dana Drutman
September 8: "New Historic Records on MyHeritage" by Tal Erlichman
September 9 & 10: "Cyndi's List in Practice" by Cyndi Ingle
 
Southern California Genealogical Society 
September 12: "Let's Explore the LAPL Photo Archives" by Christina Rice

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 a few of the coming week's highlights:

September 7: "FamilySearch Catalog" (Family History Library)
September 8: "Take a Virtual Stroll Through the New Genealogy Center" (Allen County Public Library)
September 8: "Beginning Irish Genealogy Research" (New York Public Library)
September 8: "Westward Ho! The Impact of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787" by Dorothy Miller
September 8: "George D. Prentice: Scoundrel or Scapegoat?" (Louisville Genealogical Society)
September 8: "Restoring and Preserving Civil War Cemeteries" Willard Library (Evansville, Indiana)
September 9: "An Introduction to NYC Land and Buildings Research" (New York Public Library)
September 10: "World War II Records at the National Archives of Australia" (Queensland Family History Library)

Be well, stay safe, and happy learning!


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