Friday, May 31, 2013

Workshop, Bonita Sunnyside Library 1 June, 10 am to 3 pm

Workshop Bonita Sunnyside Library. 1 June 2013

Schedule of Events
Tables set up for group assistance

Assistants are:
 Mary Patterson, Virginia Taylor, Beginners' Assistance  
10:15 to 11:30

John Finch, Military Assistance
10:15 to 11: 30

Susi Pentico, General Assistance
10:15 to 11:30
Handouts will be available

Shirley Becker, Computer Assistance
10:15 to 11:30 

Randy Seaver, Ancestry and Wiki Assistance
10:15 to 11:30

Virginia Taylor:  Ask the Question  for everyone in attendance.
11:30 til lunch.

Drawing 12:45

 Shirley Becker, New York Research Assistance
12: 45 to 2

Susi Pentico, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia Research Assistance
12:45 til 2

Mary Patterson, Virginia Taylor, Beginners Assistance
12:45 til 2

Randy Seaver, Ancestry or Wiki Assistance
12:34 to 2

Virginia Taylor, Ask the Question

Mini talk on Doing Your Homework for Research for those planning to travel.
Requested by Wednesday's General Meeting Attendees, brought about by Shirley Becker's talk of writing letters for New York Research. Susi Pentico
2:30 to 3  

Bring your Laptop, 5 Generation Chart and other items you want to share or have help with.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Workshop Bonita Sunnyside Library 1 June 10 am to 3 pm

Workshop Assistance for Members and Guests.  

Beginners, Computer, Military, New York, and other topics to be covered.

The workshop has Shirley Becker, Virginia Taylor. John Finch, Susi Pentico and others to assist.

Shirley will be doing Computer Information. and New York assistance, Virginia will be doing Beginners Assistance and Ask the Question, John will be hosting a table on Military Information,  I will be covering, or attempting to cover other areas as requested.    The workshop is to help those in need of the things that have been brought up for need of assistance.

The time is 10 am to 3 pm at the Bonita Sunnyside Library.  Yes we will break for lunch.   Please request attendees to bring lap top if they have one. Probably a bottle of water also.

Susi Pentico,
 Educational Chairperson. 
619 623 5250
for further information.

Also working on a European Workshop for those needing help with worldgenweb topics.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Military Service, Do you keep track of it?

Military Service, Do you keep track of it?

Going to give a shout out to a fellow Genealogist, Bill West.  For some  time I have followed Bill West and was always fascinated by the fact he posts his ancestor's birthdays.

Thereby triggering the thought we should do the same this month, for our  Service people

Armed Services Day and Memorial Day both fall in this month with Flag Day and Father's Day.

Thinking this may help us to remember, who we need to be looking for to fill in some blanks.

Since being born in 1940, look at the wars and the like we have gone through.  WW11, Korean War, Vietnam, Israel/Palestine, many Mid East skirmishes.. We are still deeply embroiled in service people away from the USA.

Have you given due to your Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, cousins or sibling?  How many we're in which branch of the service? Did they do it as a career or just for duration of the event?.

After these are recorded you should work back in your lineage, as best you can.

There are many places to gather information from, some is even free.

Fold3, Genealogy Bank, NARA, State Archives, Federal Archives, local library ancestor lived in,
Genealogical and Historical societies, plus many service organizations, DAR, SAR, FRA, Elk's, Eagle's, Mason's, and the list goes on.

Do not forget your own elderly family members and their recollections.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Are you a Metes and Bounds Person?

Observing many conversations on the boards lately,  brought to mind again this topic.

When you give directions is it in Metes and Bounds format or numbers and name?

Michael John Neil,  really brought this home the other day.

Discovering I am really a Metes and Bounds person, may help me to communicate better with other genealogist.

Referencing is normally given thus," across the street from Target, next to Barnes and Noble is the map making store".

Thinking of places as objects verses addresses, keeps things centered for directions.  The sun comes up in the east, it sets in the west, That was drilled into brain in 4-H Camp, in case we ever got strayed from the group.  Yes, some of the group did stray but the Advisors, stopped the hike and went and gathered them up.

So for the ancestor to plot his land for description, what better method did he have?  Probably none.
Trees were planted, rock mounds were made, a creek, river or mountain may have been used for reference.

Can you write a description of your land holding in Metes and Bounds?

One of mine would be: from the utility box on the sidewalk to the southwest corner abutting the neighbors fence, then north to the northern neighbors fence in the
Northwest corner, abutting the neighbors fence, then east to the side walk,then south to the utility box.

Can you plot yours?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

15 Shades of Green

15 Shades of Green

  Fifteen shades of green that should be fifty.

Lately people have been asking some intriguing questions.  Have  you noticed them?

Questions like, should we know the local history of our ancestors home?  Should we seriously do up as accurate as possible time line?  Is tracking my family important even if I am the last of the line.

Well, it made me realize that the topic needs addressed.

As my time comes to a close here again, watching the barren trees, dormant grass and shrubs come back and put their clothes on for another season, I felt this needed said.

Yes, your history is important to others, whether it is kin or just strangers or friends,  Some times what you say, may help some one to make a better decision.

Our lives are about choices, so help them to make choices by sharing your own time here.
Maybe you write, paint, just enjoy seeing the leaves change and the plants grow. Some one may need to read that it is normal to have those desires.  Hoping this encourages to write about your life, do not leave an empty hole.

The comments then relate to our families past.  If no one wrote what they knew, what would we have , to learn about the past.  Knowing something about the community, the schools, churches and the people help us to learn about our ancestors, which helps us learn about ourselves.

The bottom line is an accurate as we can time line, starting maybe with  ourselves, then parents, then siblings, then Grand Parents, Great Aunts, Great Uncles as we work our way backwards.

Living in the life of today one can do: Census, Tax Lists, School Rosters, Church Records, Land
Records, Wills, Probate, Court Session's, Town Council Minutes, Church Meeting Minutes, Town History's, and Immigration Records, and Indian Records.  These are just some that today can generally be accessed fairly easily.  Not the case, in the 1950's until about 1995, then records expanded and were shared as probably never before.

So the Fifteen Shades of Green have to do with Michigan's living elements of today. I watched the leaves fall in November and December. Returning early March to see the nakedness of Winter.
It was a beautiful sight to see. Nature in our time at work for me to record for my Grand Children and Great grand's to read and see.

The soft drifting of the snow flakes, the coating of the elements with shades of white, depending on the depth and drift of the snow.

The ice crystals, that mixed in the snow that made it shimmer like gems, took my breathe away.
The serene calm it laid upon the lands, was a reminder of my grey cloudy days at home in San Deigo,Ca.  I have called them God's Quiet Days.  The streets are quieter, the animals are calmer it seems.

So watching an Elm Tree leaf out, a Willow Tree spread its arms, the Oaks buddying,  the Cottonwoods pop, the shrubs and bushes are all different shades of green. Sumac's leafout, the Apple, Pear, Cherry trees budding and blooming.  The boysenberries sprout, the Blueberries thrive. So many many shades of green. Far more than I remember in my childhood home it seems.

So please take up your pen and

Sunday, May 5, 2013

As We progress, Life Still Happens

Reading many blogs lately, it is noted, as we progress, life still happens.

In these life changing events, are you prepared to roll with the alterations?

Do you carry a note pad of some of your to do items with you?

Note pad you say,  cell phone,  I-Pad,  Nook, they are great but when the juice goes, they no longer listen to you.  Note pad, pencil or pen fill in the gap.

Using a small note pad, has been helpful for when the data needs more clarifying.

 It also draws attention and you may find more clues from those around you.

So take some of your puzzles, add them to a various page.  Then when in Doctor's office or court house, you can ponder these mysteries.  A beak away some times  clears away the fog.

Another alternate resource is a camera.  On that note I will let you ponder why a camera until next time.

Friday, May 3, 2013

SDJGS EVENT 4 May 7 pm

You may want to attend this event. Reservations needed,  $5 for non members.


The event will be eye opening and educational.


MARIAN is the. KEYNOTE SPEAKER at NGS, next week.

Lawrence Family JCC,  2 nd floor  Senior Activity Room

4126 Executive Dr, Genessee Ave., LaJolla, Ca

Reservations are needed due to size of space.

Jean Moss,  I am looking forward to a great review.

Michigan now has leaves on the trees again.