Wednesday, December 28, 2011

News about Searching

News about Searching

In the last few weeks it seems I have gotten exposed to lots of new search sites and places to play for free or for fee.

 Having been a big fan of Mr. Samuelson and his information on Wills, Deeds, and Probates I follow him.

 Today I got an update that he has updated his site.

 So this morning I played. I dare not call it work for it has become quite a task.

SAMPUBCO   Here is one of my favorite sites to play.

 Due to New York being a non rewarding area to research I love to garner all the help I can get.
 Having met a few distant cousins and found some nice new friends no better place to be.

 Deciding I was going to crack this JONES problem or at least have an idea where to look next. So I went to New York and started reading all the JONES names in the Index of Wills.  Having known some were mine from previous searches, I expanded my search in this method.

I  decided to start with  A and g to Z.   So far the counties I have checked no one has listed anyone of the name I am researching. But I did find a  Zebulon, a few Solomon's, Josiah,  Samuel,  William, Ebenezer, Elijah, Enos, and Timothy.  O yes, there was that one NOEL JONES in Independence , Allegany Co. Ny.
His papers I have from LDS Library several years ago. The long court battle, the drugs, the loss of suit for children of his by first wife. It itself makes a story that one can make into a movie. NY-2-4-195

My Noel was born around 1785 near Albany, New York. His son was NOYES JONES, we believe him to be born Petersburg, Renssealear Co. Ny. Found the entry in the County Records, It lists his Mom as Susana and father NOEL JONES. From Noel to Noyes I can confirm on down. It is the Silas Jones Sr to NOEL I am struggling with.   He is probably the son of Abel, Ruscomb or Noel  the first three born sons of Silas.  I suspect Abel but some one sent me a note saying to recheck NOEL, Silas, Sr. son born 14 April 1748

So hopefully by doing a county by county search I may find a clue on my elusive Noel Jones.

O yes I have information on other Noel Jones's but not born in the time frame given. Except one up in Utica in 1855 ? or 1860 in an Ad, that one ties to a John Jones . But Utica did not list him with a Will there. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas is Coming It Is Just Around the Corner

Christmas is Coming  It Is Just Around the Corner

  The corner is closing in on us and the clock still goes tick tock.
  The weather has been delightful the traffic is sigh filled.
  The mall's are crammed and the manners are slammed.
   The clerks are polite and the people a mixed delight.

   The parking is beyond thinking.
   Why do you pull in like  C,
    Instead of straightening your wheels,

     In spite of the fuss and the clutter
     It is wished that you can flutter
     Into the New Year and not  mutter.

    That God so loved the world
    He gave his only Son.

     We send you Best Wishes for the Holiday Season.
      Tis not the religion but the belief, for it comes from within.



Friday, December 9, 2011

Webinar Information for You

Marian Pierre-Louis, friend, and fellow blogger has given me permission to share this with you all.

If you go to this page of hers,{she posts many great ideas and thoughts} you will learn what she wrote today about Webinar's.

I don't mind you using the post and the comments.  I think that person meant that you could share the url link -

 Webinar's are growing faster than we can keep up with.  Whether your doing genealogy or some other form of craft or business meeting they are out there to utilize.

  Enjoy .. Please let me know if you attend any of these. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pennsylvania Research Bucks Chester and Philadelphia Co's.

 This coming  Wednesday we will review the development of the first three counties of Pennsylvania.

  The presentation is about 45 minutes long.

  Hoping many come to the Lemon Grove Library 6 pm to 7:45 for the presentation.

  This is free no fees, 8073 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Greetings for 2011

This is to wish all my friends, family and acquaintances a blessed, safe Thanksgiving.

Whether your  traveling or staying at home, reach out to some one and wish them a good day also.

So many elderly or singles are left alone and this is not the time for that.

If you have not met your neighbor go say HI.  Thanksgiving is a time for caring and sharing.

Be safe on the roads or in the air and enjoy every minute.  There is good in everyone and it
should be recognized.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Worried Wednesday with Help on Thursday

  I had to cancel the Genealogy Meeting in Lemon Grove due to husbands illness. I apologize to everyone that the notice was late after we returned from the Doctor's.   We will cover Pa Research the first three counties on the first Wed of December if all stays a steady course.

  Wanting to comment on Wordless Wednesday, it is hoped we as genealogists take this to heart
Our Society is selling tickets to the Spring Seminar by William Dollarhide and Leland Meitzler for $35.0
Membership in our Society and most others are due before 1 January.
Magazines and quarterlies or books can be purchased from many places to help your genealogical family friend or member.
Societies wanting to make some funds could even have various people do a specific 2 hour research with a member for a fee to break brick walls or gather more information.
There are many things we can do and keep our money in the United States of America until our economy improves.
Having read that if we bought one less foreign made product every day that we could put our people back to work quicker says the power for the change is in our hands.

Genealogists are you up to this challenge, we can make a difference.

 A friend sent me this yesterday and I thought it was appropriate to share.

"To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did" 

When God takes something from your grasp. He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. 

Concentrate on this sentence. "The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you." 

'God our Father , walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses and please watch over and heal my family in your name, Amen.' 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas is Coming Let's support America

If the following -- during these tough financial times for American business and with the coming holiday season -- doesn't make sense, then I don't know what does.  If we were to follow this advice it would make a huge difference and would be one of the most memorable Christmases ever.  I have no idea who wrote this ... Thanks RIck for sharing. SCP

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse ......that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that Asia can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. 

THIS is the new American Christmas. Spread the Christmas cheer!


Friday, November 11, 2011

11-11-11 Honoring our Veterans 11-12-11 Pennsylvania Research

To honor all our veterans whom have served. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICES.

  Pennsylvania Research tomorrow at the Bonita Library 1-3 pm.

  11-12-11 at  Bonita Road, at Bonita -Sunnyside Library.

 Topic is  Chester, Bucks and Philadelphia Counties.

 Yes I am home and bronchitis almost all gone.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from Michigan

The sky is cloud filled and the sun has stopped playing peak a boo.
Here is wishing everyone a safe Happy Halloween and Holy Evening.

This is one of our mixed pagan and christian events we share.

Here is hoping I will be home soon. Son is doing much better but has long ways to go to be ok.

Thanks for all the prayers and trust your all well.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday next week, No Class

Greetings to all, I am yet out of town and Shirley was not able to come last week due to weather and family situations.

I will put some data on here for you all to share in the next couple of days.

It looks like a mini X,mas Party in December or Holiday Party will be our next meeting unless others
are available to cover for me.

Son still having tests and slowly improving. Thank You all for your prayers. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Someone's very Important words. Genealogy and Life

The Fan said-----------------------Be Cool
The Roof said---------------------Aim High
The Window said-----------------See the World
The Clock said--------------------Every minute is precious
The Mirror said-------------------Reflect before you act
The Calendar said----------------Be up to date
The Door said---------------------Push hard for your goals.

Someone shared this with me and I thought it said a lot in a few words. I hope you enjoy and it so applies to our doing our genealogy.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Education is Abound on Google+ Longest Hang Out

Education is Abound on Google+ Longest Hang Out

We have moved into many topics in this group. I always talk a bit about
genealogy and find a new starter almost daily, but we have moved in to
many great topics.

We have talked about music and the artists, the types of music, the times of
various music and shared songs.

We now moved into the science field with sea creatures.

We watched the start of Sea Monkey's last night. The night before a discussion was
held as to the better sea creature, Sea Monkeys or Triops.

We live streamed it for the world to see.

We also talked about Cow Ants. A bit of nasty
critters IE FIRE ANTS. Many of us had knowledge first hand of these critters.

To see some information: triops cow ants

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursdays Adventure Black Out The Sky was Awesome

Thursday started like any other day. I went and pulled weeds while semi cool.
No we had not hit over 85 yet. It did not take it long to climb up the thermometer and
give us some heat. It was not near as bad as Tuesday which by 1 p m was 101 and by 2 p m was
102 degrees. We reached 98 on Thursday.

As I was off to get grandson from school suddenly the lights stopped working. It was about 3:28
or so. The farther west I went the more no lights were working.

It seems no one could remember it is a four way stop when this happens and intersections was
scary to creep through. I made it to the school and he (grandson) says Grandma we lost power
just as school was let out. Then his friends parents called and said they were tied up fighting
intersections to get to the school also. They did not understand why the lights were out.

Now believe me I did not know either. When we got home we learned power was out in south bay.
Later we learned power was out in most of the region, later learning no power in the county.
Then no Power in Orange County & no Power in a portion of Arizona.

We then moved out side and sat and watched the sky darken talking to our neighbors.
We used to do this often with out a power outage.

We came in and found candles and smokeless candles with no flame and set them out about in the
house for safety purposes. Cold Cereal was on the menu with fresh fruit. Iced tea was the main
drink of course we shared with the neighbors.

We went to bed around 10:15 to 10:30. Woke at 1:20 to light blinking on the screen for TV.

Grandson ate his cereal in the patio with the moonlight, I told him, not every 15 year old can
say they ate cereal by moonlight. It will be something he can share with his children in the
future. As my Mother used to say, " Your making Memories."

So we did make memories. 8 September 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday in Lemon Grove

Patty and I quietly shared some genealogical research she has done.
I suspect the heat has gotten to everyone.

Home early and going to bed

Hope the world comes out ahead.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Lemon Grove Library Wed, 6-8 pm Unusual Research Method

Unusual Research Methods by Susi Pentico

Wednesday we will discuss the unorthodox methods I find useful when doing research.

I have used these methods for college, for personal research and shared with others
whom have had success.

I look forward to sharing with you in hopes it will give you more success in the future.

See you Wednesday. Lemon Grove Library, Broadway across from St.John the Cross Church in corner
of mall above the Florist Shop.

Monday, August 29, 2011

News about Searching...News about Storage


I have been given the privilege of a verbal tour of the LDS library in Provo, Utah.

It was very informative and rewarding to learn what is held in this facility.

Here is a link for you to utilize for researching here.

Also may want to look at this for cloud storing and cataloging your information.

This is a LaCie product.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

17 August Lemon Grove.

We were only two but was joined with a new person the end of the evening. We had some lively chats about resources and people and places. Urls were shared and the time went so fast we could not believe it was almost 8 pm.

We talked about finding living people. We discussed the up coming seminar for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society 24 Sept. 8:30 to 3:30 with speakers Donna Bradley about American Indian Research APG speaker, author, & instructor.

We will also have Anne Bowman, speaking of Scot Irish Research. She is also a DAR member.
She gave a talk here in Lemon Grove a few months back and it was loaded with information.

So if you want to learn about Scot Irish Research, give the CVGS people a call or email and get
signed up for this event.

Read about and sign up on this site or print off application and send to them in the mail.

They will be having vendors also.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Navy Seal's Families

We are asking everyone to say a prayer for the US "Navy Seals" team and their families. Their helicopter was shot down today in Afghanistan and have lost 30 team members. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE IT ON EVERYONE'S PAGE...Even if its only for an hour. I am HONORED to re-post this! Thank you to ALL of "OUR" Service Men and Women!~~~

I have a nephew over their and a grand nephew in Iraq next door please pray for our service members. This affects us all.

Monday, July 11, 2011



We will share information and talk of various new sites that are coming on line.
We will touch base about what the Carlsbad Library has to offer to Patrons to visit for
improving your genealogical research.
We will go back and talk more about the things garnered while at Jamboree in June.
Hope to see you there.

A Heads Up for All
CVGS is going to Carlsbad on the last Saturday of the month. There will be car pooling and
ride sharing to help everyone attend. Contact Randy Seaver or 619 422-3397
We will be meeting in the C V parking garage behind Red Lobster and leave at 9 a m returning
at 3 p m.

Mary Van Orsdol will be down to talk about this event at the Bonita Library in Bonita
(4375 Bonita Rd) 1- 3 pm on 16 July. She is their genealogical Librarian.

You do not need to be a member to attend.

Anyone needing to contact me can do so through this blog or by Susi Pentico
623-5250 or

Have specific topic you want let me know. Ideas to share let me know.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

6 July 2011 Lemon Grove Group Event. European Migration

European Migration
by Susi Pentico
Presented 6 July 2011, Lemon Grove Library 8073 Broadway,
6 to 7:30 pm
Shopping Mall across from St. John the Cross and near Anna's Rest.

Free to all who attend. Power point presentation.

We will look forward to you all attending.

We meet every first and third Wed of the month for presentations and sharing of information and
locating help with a brick wall.

Come join us, Beginners and others welcome.

We have been meeting here almost 10 years now.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Books We Use or Should Use For Research

Having read both Marian and Heather's blogs. I think the topic deserves some comment.
I wonder how often I have offered advise to people but not always given them a concise
reference of books to potentially acquire to help in their research.

I know I am an avid fan of William Dollarhide, Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-
1815. book. I recommend this book to every genealogist working genealogy in the United States.

I know I refer them to George W. Schweitzer's books for each state, that he did.

Thinking on this I am going to go one step beyond and print up a flyer with what I think are
critical books for any area for Beginners and Intermediate Research. I also feel Advanced can
get in a rut as much as Beginner's can get confused. Again as creatures of habit (rote) we sometimes do ourselves in with repetition and over look what we need to see.

We need to encourage others to use some good basic sources for the development of good habits.
We also should encourage others to try new things and not get so in a rut.

There are some good basic books out there for assistance.

My top books would be:

1.William Dollarhide's -Map Guide to American Migration Routes, 1735-1815.

2. George W Schweitzer's State books, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland etc.

3. Ancestry, The Source, & Printed Sources

4. The Handy Book for Genealogists.

5. Val D. Greenwood," The Researchers Guide to American Genealogy"

When doing region work the list changes by additional books being added.

I recommend people to read Will books. Do you realize you can piece a family together just reading Will books many times? I love the books about "left mail in the Post Office", Land Deeds, Probate books, Church Record books, Tax lists and Business License Registers. Of course, do not forget Census records whether in book form or otherwise. But they are not always the answer to what you
are looking for. Again these books are generic in nature to any area.

For specific areas, they have some really great books for each region, locale.

I hope this was of some help to those who read it.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

52 Weeks of P G & H --- NEIGHBORS

Neighbors, are they the same as when you were young? Do we keep in touch the same way today?
Do we even know our neighbors like we did when Young?

When you live on a ranch or farm, (country life) much of your life depends on your neighbors and you make sure you know them and treat them well. You do not have police, medical or other help handy like when in the city (supposedly).

We knew our neighbors, we shared chores in times of need. We shared trial and tribulations and supported each other when I was a youth. I have attempted to always do that where I live. It makes a better living community. I have moved into areas that prior to our arrival were very aloof with each other. Once they met each other less crime, more fun and some even found they were related to each other.

Amazing the peace of mind when you know your neighbor has your back when things are not going well. Oh, things are not always perfect but it does help to have most of them on the same page.

Neighborhood Watch helps to foster this atmosphere also. Shame we had to have that to have some people become involved.

Block parties encourage this atmosphere also.

Fortunately for us many of our neighbors children now live in what was the grandparents home and so the community continues on.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jamboree Sharing Wednesday Lemon Grove Group 15 June

Wednesday 6 to 7:50 pm we meet and share information and break brick walls and find new family and friends. The Lemon Grove Library is in the corner of the mini mall with Anna's Rest on the corner and is across from St. John the Catholic Church, 8073 Broadway, Lemon Grove, California.

We will share some of the things we saw and learned at Jamboree. If time permits and enough attend I will give the Mid Atlantic presentation I gave in Bonita Library. Otherwise I will just send to those whom request it.

Map urls for your research are posted here.

Pictures are worth a million words, Maps and Charts can do the same thing.

Here is a link to a maps site that you should find useful.
It is for the USGS Fact sheet 099-02 Sept 02

New Jersey lists this under the History project. I clicked on one site and found a fabulous old site map. Slow to read and very large but good to read.

John Worlidge’s Map of East and West Jersey c 1696 Worlidge 1696.shtml

North Carolina

Thursday, June 9, 2011

16 July 1 to 3 pm Bonita Library Mary Van Orsdol

Heads Up and Aware of Notice... Ta DA......

Mary Van Orsdol from Carlsbad Library will be speaking at the Bonita Library
on 16 July at 1 to 3 P M.

She will give an update on what the Carlsbad Library has available for research.

I was there three weeks ago a great resource for information.

Chula Vista Genealogical Society is planning a trip the fifth Saturday of July to
carpool to Carlsbad.

This is to get you acquainted with what is there and then we can learn how many

are wanting to ride or drive to Carlsbad.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Goose Sentry, On the Rock, Valley Ford, CA

1. Goose and Gander nested on this rock every year for many years. I did not ask if they were
their this year.

2.Eastern lower pasture towards the creek where the Willows grew.

3.The Rock, we climbed and got Poison Oak from it. Squirrels lived in the holes of the rock.
Originally 2x's + larger was blasted and used for road rock.

4. Front yard where you can see the school I went to when young. I crawled over the fence
ladder was built in, and went to school for several years.

Remembering Valley Ford, CA

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Searching for Railroad Retirement Information

I just received word from NGS from Dick EASTMAN, EOGN that there is a new place to look for
information on the Railroad Retirement Board Records.
Atlanta, Ga now has them in their National Archives.

Records from the Railroad Retirement Board are now available at the National Archives, Southeast Region/Atlanta in Morrow.

It says the board was founded in 1936. You must supply the person's full name, date of birth
and if possible, Social Security number to have a file pulled.

These records are for all over the U. S. not just the Southeast.

I am enclosing the link because so many people have asked this question and I know there are
many looking for this information.

Read the full article.

Learn more about the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).

Thank you Dick and thank you NGS for letting us know this vital information.

Friday, May 13, 2011

18 May Library Adventure 6pm & 1 June Guest Anne Bowman

Please arrive promptly on the 18th for our new adventure. We are going to attempt to listen to a talk over the computer and share with all. It should be very good.

We have Anne Bowman is presenting:The final title of the presentation is "Irish and Scots-Irish Genealogical Research: Tips and hints to help with the search". This presentation gives an overview of the subject matter and looks at the big picture of researching immigrant ancestors. We will review the historical context of these immigrant groups, which records hold the most promise (both in U.S. sources and those in the U.K.) and a list of useful websites and resources will be provided.

Here is her Bio and Picture.

Anne E. Bowman, DDS

Anne Bowman was born and raised in the suburban Chicago area and has lived in San Diego for over 25 years. She attended Loyola University of Chicago for both her undergraduate and dental degrees and earned a Certificate of Specialty in Periodontics at LSU in New Orleans. She spent five years on active duty as a Navy Dental Officer before opening a private practice in Chula Vista, retiring from dentistry after 36 years of direct patient care.

Anne’s interest in genealogy had an unusual beginning. Both of her parents were only children so she grew up without any aunts, uncles or first cousins and she knew only one of her four grandparents. When her first niece was born in 1998 she decided to investigate as much of her family tree as possible. What began as a casual hobby has evolved into a new career.

She completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Program in 2010 and is a member of the Linares Chapter of the DAR. She is currently enrolled in the ProGen Study Club and her ultimate goal is to earn Certification from the Board of Genealogical Certification. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, The Association of Professional Genealogists, The Polish Genealogical Society of America and The Southern California Genealogical Society.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tornado Follow ups for all to See. Padres too.

Tornado Follow Ups

I am so thrilled to see that these sites are up and still functioning and people are responding to the sadness of it all.

Facebook has made big difference in the recovery of items and animals and probably even people lost.

Here is one for animals

Another for those whom like to do prayers.


The gates to drop off the donations are: Home Plate, Park Boulevard, Gaslamp and East Village gates. This is in the Union Tribune on page 4D. So can only tell you about it not quote it.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Genealogists, Historians and Bloggers Let us step to the Plate.

Link for you all to read and understand how we can help.

I just read on my cousins Facebook that more tornado's are being spotted and
the potential for more damage is great.

If you have the ability to get the word to the local people to not toss out the pieces of pictures, bible, school records etc please do. I do not know who all blogs in the southern region but a few.

We never learned even if we lost a blogger home or a genealogist, historians house but I can guarantee you that we did. Whether they were active or just did their own family they are
historians for their family and the Keeper of those Keys.

Looking at all the photo's and papers and albums and hand work found tells me we have some awesome
terrific outstanding people out there.

We need to make sure that the farmer and the townperson whom finds data of any kind gets it to any of the safe places for it to be matched to it's owner or to it's descendants family.

I should have pulled the store owners name when I was scanning the photos that have been posted.

Channel 19 WHNT likes this and slowly we hope others will step up.

We as humans do strange things in times like this and one will call it debris and another a family treasure no matter how broken.

People need to know that there are places to notify if they have located any items, quilts, crochet, knitting, books, albums, scraps of pictures and any other thing that the winds took to air, with.

Right now they are posting Tornado warnings for West Tenn and eastern Arkansas. Laine cousin dear be safe. Tina you do the same, all of you out there please take care and help those to get the word to others not to toss because it's a half picture etc.

It is amazing how well some of the photo's have come through these storms.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Modern Gadgets we use in Genealogy

Well there is a Blog Carnival happening and it is about Current tech tools or programs, we use in genealogy.

I have to say I have some programs I use I like. But I am always looking for something that may be easier or better.

Again I was excited about getting an I-Pad and then things happened and I am awaiting to see
if the new computer will stop being non stable before I expend more money.

Right now I am wanting to learn more about the Droid device that Dick Eastman wrote about two days ago that is only $249. I am concerned for spending high dollar with minimal return.

I would never have dreamt my new machine would be so unstable and bouncy and frustrating.

I am looking forward to acquiring a hand held type scanner for pictures for my family from MOm's estate. I would like to know which one you all think is the very best and why. I am hoping to acquire and be doing this within the month.

So instead of talking up a item I use can you all talk up the reason for buying a good hand held scanner device and why that one verses other one. It is like a marketing device I need advise about the device.

I highly suspect my next system will be an HP. Should have done it this time.

I do like the Reunion program but Bruce Buzbee's program is very enticing and I could use it if I changed. I have used PAF, Paf for Mac, FTM, and Reunion, and use for cloud computing.

Now I can talk up it is a great site for sharing and gathering of information
with the ability to share with family and they add their own data. I can say I am a big advocate of

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Interesting Tidbits garnered from Curt B Witcher, again.

Improving Societies and Gain Members

Listening to Curt B Witcher as he talks on the FGS blog radio talk.

Sharing the url here and hope you all listen to this.

I was surprised to hear a statement he said but it made sense.

If everything is always the same and if your not willing to reach out to make change and
bring people in we are not going to win more members. He said that (Same) is a scary word to
hear us genealogists use to work with in the society.

We are moving in the right direction but we need to pick up the pace and expose our
members to more methods of exposure.

Wanting so much to learn how to do a webanair, expose the members to a blog radio show like
this one.
Sad to say, I am not technical for doing research. I am still learning computerize.

My goal is to have our members log into a chat room and learn a topic about a various place
they are wanting to learn more about from the comfort of their home. At a time they are not
working and can share in the dialogue.

He also mentioned another word we need to be careful of using. I will make a comment about
the other word next time.

Suspecting major change is on the horizon for genealogists in our very near future. My fear
is we do not leave behind the ones who are older and do not have the ease of access that has
moved us forward.

Monday, April 18, 2011

1 June 2011, Anne Bowman, DDS Scot-Irish Heritage

Anne E. Bowman, DDS

Anne Bowman was born and raised in the suburban Chicago area and has lived in San Diego for over 25 years. She attended Loyola University of Chicago for both her undergraduate and dental degrees and earned a Certificate of Specialty in Periodontics at LSU in New Orleans. She spent five years on active duty as a Navy Dental Officer before opening a private practice in Chula Vista, retiring from dentistry after 36 years of direct patient care.

Anne’s interest in genealogy had an unusual beginning. Both of her parents were only children so she grew up without any aunts, uncles or first cousins and she knew only one of her four grandparents. When her first niece was born in 1998 she decided to investigate as much of her family tree as possible. What began as a casual hobby has evolved into a new career.

She completed the Boston University Genealogical Research Program in 2010 and is a member of the Linares Chapter of the DAR. She is currently enrolled in the ProGen Study Club and her ultimate goal is to earn Certification from the Board of Genealogical Certification. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, The Association of Professional Genealogists, The Polish Genealogical Society of America and The Southern California Genealogical Society.

Anne Bowman is going to do a presentation on Scot - Irish Research for us on this date.
8073 Broadway, Lemon Grove, Ca 91945
Presentation to start at 6:10 p m class ends at 7:50 p m
There will be questions and answers time for additional information to be learned.

We look forward to her presentation on this group of peoples.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Genealogy Events on Line to Learn About and Attend

The only events here that everyone can not attend are those hosted on unless you have that as an address all others you can access.
' I teach Vital Records Chat with Rita on Thursday evening 6 pm pacific time. Each week a different Vital Record topic.

Dae and Jayne have been working Golden Gate Forum of old hosts also. We have been doing this for probably almost 15 years or more for some.

Fortunately for you all that Dae and Jayne also do chats(classes) on line at Also check out Dae's page for links to use in Genealogy.

Here is the schedule Dae sent me for this week.
Jayne & Dae's Weekly Genealogy Chats Reminder

For a real genealogical journey! 11 April 2011
Mondae, 11-Apr-11, GENTREK presents "America's Forgotten Insurgents." The past few years have changed all of our lives. For what we now believe is the first time, Americans know that we are no longer isolated from terror in the world. But there were other insurgents ... Join us at 9:00 pm EST in the AOL Genealogy Chatroom.

Mondae, 11-Apr-11, GENTREK presents "Nonconformist Researching." Nonconformists in England were Protestants who did not conform to the state recognized Church of England. Many American researchers have similar nonconformist ancestors whose families and backgrounds in England are nonconformist. Discovering if this is the case for a given ancestor and finding information about the forbears of that ancestor can be difficult using standard English research procedures. Come join us at 10:00 pm EST in the Genealogy Wise Chatroom.

Thursdae, 14-Apr-11, GENTREK presents "Evaluating the Evidence We Have Researched." It has been almost 14 years (summer 1997) since the Board of Certification of Genealogists rejected the phrase, "preponderance of evidence," or POE, as a standard of proof. How do we prove a family relationship, if no record clearly contains the required information? Come learn with us at 10:00pm EST in the chatroom of Looking4Kin.

Saturdae, 16-Apr-11, GENTREK presents our "Guide to Passenger Lists" Often more time is spent hunting for our ancestors on ship passenger lists than any other type of research. In our naiveté we might assume the records will reveal the country our ancestors left. It isn't always that simple. Come join us at 10:00 AM EST in the Genealogy Wise Chatroom.

U.S. Civil War Chats
Thursdae, 14-Apr-11 — The American Civil War History chat will be presented by Jim Avery. He will tell us about the Farnsworth House in Gettysburg. Join us each week at 11 PM EST in the AOL chatroom, Ancestral Digs.

Fridae, 15-Apr-11, The American Civil War History chat will present "THE WRECK OF THE PRISONERS TRAIN." Not all the tragic waste of human life in the Civil War was on the battlefields and in the hospitals and prison camps. Far removed from the fighting front, in the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania, near the little town of Shohola in Pike County, more soldiers died in the early afternoon of Friday, July 15, 1864 than were killed in many of the small battles that have received some notice in published Civil War history. Please join us at 10 PM EST in the AOL chatroom, Ancestral Digs.

ShoeString Genealogy
Check out the utilities for Searching for Living Relatives.

And don't forget to vote for ShoeStringGenealogy: WorldWide Top Sites

Spring is sprung!
GENTREK for Saturdaes will continue throughout April, after which it will go on hiatus during the warmer weather. Get up earlier this Saturdae and join all of us!
Relevant Links
ShoeString Genealogy

Bits of Blue & Gray

Genealogy Wise


Tips from our chatters
You know...chats like this really help bring things back that we might have forgotten or rekindle the fire that we have when we start this quest...thanks Jayne/Dae ~~ Bob Mooney-PA,

I have a couple of more hints in researching women before normal documents (1800 or so) research the neighbors, friends and 2nd cousins of the man about the time of his marriage, particularly in Virginia and research any surnames that persistently show up later as neighbors and slave records. ~~ RKat91,

Last year a friend brought a film in and on the film a parish priest buried an old man and stated he was baptized a fortnight hence a despicable character who I am sure the devil was waiting with open arms for him actually written in the parish registers. ~~ BCRick,

I was bamboozled by Ft Wayne but love our Carlsbad and the new Hemet Library and the Los Angeles City Library stuffed with more data than I have ever seen in one spot. ~~ Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico,

Monday, April 4, 2011

April 6 Lemon Grove Library Event Genealogy 6 pm to 8 pm

8073 Broadway,Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619 463 9819

6 April 2011, Lemon Grove Library. Please do come to this event. We are to determine how many meetings you want a month? What the topics do you want?
Thanks to those who came to the Seminar talk at the Bonita Library on Saturday to hear the Attorney Mr. Murphy and Insurance Agent Mr. Steven's.

Even though we have talked of their topics in the past we were able to learn a lot about Insurance and what areas we should be looking into for information. Yes, there are areas that are public some areas are definitely not.

Of course, we knew Wills were public but I did not know that Trusts were not.

It helps put a complete different spin on the future of genealogy. Where are the phone books for cell phones? Where is the information on items in the past were available to us?

Are you keeping track of all your living relatives that you can so the future will know who is whom and where? Census data is due out next spring. It is has been said that much of it will not be made available and some say only select is available. Others imply we will get it all over a major long period of time.

Library's are talking of tossing books and going only digital? Good Grief they can't get all the books on line now. That means many books we will no longer have access to no matter what.

Worse who is going to keep upgrading the systems of the items put on line and what back up method will they use to preserve them for all to see 40 years from now. Yup, that not important to the people of today.

We are to much of a now generation.

Topics coming up at the Library will be: Mid Atlantic Research and the development of those states, New England Research and the Development of those states, Southern Research and the
Development of those areas, are some topics. I am talking to some speakers on Ireland, Scotland and England. I would love to present a talk on how to use a chat room as a class room to attend on line chats that are genealogical in nature and you can learn from your own home computer.
There are Webanairs, and many new methods coming into our existance. Are you familiar with them and the changes in our research? Do you know what Cloud Computing is? Do you back up your Genealogy on a daily or weekly basis? What formats do you use to back up? Do you carry your research on a thumb drive so you have access if you run into a potential kin?

We will also touch on early American Indian research on the eastern seaboard of our country. If I can locate a speaker for this area then maybe some information on our local tribes history also. IF you know of someone contact me please.

We are to let the Librarian now our topics for her to post to the system so please do come and share your voices.Contact me at for feedback if your not able to attend. I hope you come we miss you.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

2 April 2011 Bonita Library Free Genealogy Seminar 10 to 2 pm

2 April 2011 Bonita Library Genealogy Seminar FREE FREE FREE 10 am to 2 pm

Mr. Michael Murphy and Mr Del Stevens are presenting us some interesting facts that we can apply to our research. I am sure they will be sharing lots of interesting and fun information for us.

There will be talking done about Wills, Probates, and things related to that will help enlighten us for knowledge. There will be talking shared about Insurance and how it may affect our research.

We ask often what if they suffered a fire, a flood a loss of home? Are there records to learn more. I have found in some states yes. I am anxious to learn more about Insurance.

I am really excited to hear a lawyer's prospective on the Wills, Probates, and what it does to affect our research also. We have lots of exposure to these documents but I am sure this angle will help us have a new prospective on researching them.

There will be opportunity drawings and other activities to browse through also.
Forms and books and computer knowledge will be shared.

IF you would like to register ahead do so at our CVGS website.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Topics to be presented for Lemon Grove Library

Topics to be presented for Lemon Grove Library 6 to 7:45 pm
8073 Broadway, Lemon Grove, Ca 91945

March 16 will be a Census Information Gathering. New ways to find old clues in the old Censuses. by Susi Pentico or Shirley Becker.
I will also share much of the knowledge I learned from the presentations I attended at the Family HIstory Fair in Escondido.

April 6 will be Where do we go from here? by Susi Pentico After teaching here for 10 years we need to know where you want to go next. There is new protocol at the library for meeting times and presenting notices for topics. So we need to preset for some months the topics you wish to hear.

April 20 will be " Catching up on our History" by Susi Pentico and others. Something very
important that was learned at the FHC Fair.

Remember 2 April Chula Vista Genealogical Society is having a free Seminar at the Bonita County Library. 10 am to 2 pm You may contact me here or at

Thursday, March 3, 2011

5 March 2011 Shirley Becker -Bonita Library - Census Clues

Census Clues by Shirley Becker Bonita Library 12-2:30 pm Saturday
4375 Bonita Road, Bonita, Ca 91902

Shirley will be discussing the early census's and how to find the clues to unscramble the
data that is in these early census.

Shirley writes:

My talk will be on working with the first Five Censuses Taken for the United States. At first glance they are discouraging as there doesn't seem to be very much
information, but appearances are deceiving. With patience and perseverance facts can be discovered and ancestors found. By tracking children and ages within
locations your ancestors may be discovered. Of course it helps if you have the ancestor in question found in a later census so you do have an approximate age and
idea of where he is located. I will have a handout, but would like anyone interested to contact me via email or text or call me at 619 318 2790 so I know how many
to make for the workshop.

Shirley Becker

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2 March Preserving Our History, Lemon Grove, CA

Lemon Grove Genealogy Event

8073 Broadway, Lemon Grove, Ca

Preserving our History

2 March 2011

6:15 to 7:45 P M

Susi Pentico, Presenting

Come Join in the Fun of Learning How Easy
Yes, Easy you can help Preserve some of your
Family History for your Family.

Since it was recently learned we are loosing
History faster than we are making it, you'll find
this fun and easy.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Word Received, Footnote has released new Records

Since Marti Lewis gave a great talk on records for War Veterans I thought this was a good thing to pass on to those looking for more data regarding colored troops and Union and Confederate Troops.

If anyone wants the link or wants to see or hear what they have contact me since I do not know if I can copy paste to this page the data they are advertising.

14 types of Colored Troops Units

Also using the Popular Collection there are:
8 more types of files including, Dawes Packets, Missing Air Crew Reports,and FBI Case Files.

It does say I can send to a friend so I can forward to you. is the url and it is a paid site.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Identifying Ancestors Who Served in the Military by M LEWIS


I will be presenting Identifying Ancestors Who Served in the Military” tomorrow, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 12 noon @ the Chula Vista Library South @ 389 Orange Ave., Chula Vista, CA.


Margaret Lewis - Vice President
San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group
P.O. Box 741956
San Diego, California 92174-1956
(619) 262-5810 cell# (619) 507-7676

Those who care nothing about their ancestors will rarely achieve anything worthy of being remembered by their descendents . . .

I am researching the surnames - Brown, Grant, Grice, Hamilton Hearn/Hearne Horn/Horne, Lusk, Moore, Newbill, Patterson, Paxson, Peterson, Potter, Pryor, Shipp, Thomas, Vaughn, Wilks/Wilkes, Williams, Wingate.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The New Year has Begun!

First a note to say I have been to Mom's then home then back to attend her memorial end of January 2011.
Brain is getting better and body also. I missed a few events along the way but it could not be helped.

I got this in the mail the other day and thought you should all be aware of it.
Go to this link and read about what Chicago is preparing to do to 161 year old cemetery.
To bad those people can not get up and haunt them all.

Nothing is sacred in USA any more. Worse for it to be Illinois that is doing this because I have much kin buried in Illinois.

St. Johannes Cemetery has been condemned and can remove the remains. 30 graves have already been removed.

St. John's United Church of Christ owns the cemetery.