Monday, September 30, 2013

I am sure you have heard??? FIND A GRAVE a part of ANCESTRY NOW

I read this morning Find A Grave is now part of Ancestry. That must have been the reason for all the changes that came about recently on Find A Grave.

Ancestry did say it would remain free for users. like is.

Just wanting to pass this information along and remind you we have Round Table Wednesday night at Lemon Grove Library.  Covering various charts to use also with your research.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Have you checked out this Virginia Site?

As I understand this site. You can check out various Wills in the counties that have been digital images of Wills .  in link format is below.
Genealogy and Wills in the State of Virginia

Virginia Pioneers - Virginia Genealogy

If you have Virginia Pioneers in these areas or need  knowledge of these regions give this site a go.

Having joined it for option one to scour for information that my lines are in need of help with.
Option one is 3 m. to Virginia Pioneers $30.00.

Seriously, can use, Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia.

Their super bundle is a huge savings but only if it covers the areas you need.  Please at least look at what they have to offer. Yes you can read the actual documents. Wills, Bible Records, Genealogies,
Confederate Birth and Death, Rev War and much more.


TUTTLE PASSED through to Georgia. HOFFMAN HUFFMAN moved in and out to Maryland and PA etc., SCOTT was in HALIFAX CO, VA 1740ish., down line is in NC, KY, and all over mine went to Ia., Mo. MURRY,MURRAY, LEWIS ditto . ALEXANDER is in Carolina's then to GA. Elbert area for one plus others. FRY/E was VA to WVA to PA and who knows where. 1780's is first find.

Here is hoping for 3 months I can garner some good information.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Do you Collect Data, Maybe Not Related?

So do you collect data, maybe not related in your  research?  Do you catalog it and keep it for potential use down the road.

Thinking one of the neatest things genealogy and history researchers can use is the collecting of surnames that are the same as yours but your not sure how they may fit.

Of course, to do this one must have been at it for some period of time.  Having started research long before a computer was heard of except in a large room for a company, and libraries and letters and reading sources were the dominate way to collect potential answers to one's problems.

Having read near every book in the history section of the old Petaluma, Ca library in the late 1950's and through to the early 1960's. Collecting seemed to be the thing to do.

Many moves and events later, I seriously got into personal family research, helping my Mom.  She used to have me help her label and sort data she received from her family throughout the midwest because we lived in Northern California a long ways from family.

Sad to say the government lost a box of critical research, letters that my Great Grandmother and I had shared since I was about 10 years old..She was an Eastman, her mother was a Trowbridge.  Great Grandma was well aware of the linking to the EASTMAN Kodak group in her lineage.  She had shared many family stories in those letters.  One of key interest was the white ancestress that married an Indian of prestige and had to move away to keep peace in the tribe, not wanting a white woman married to the future Chief of the tribe. Since it was her immediate kin in first hand writing it would have carried a great weight today. His brother took on the Chief duties. Yes, I found them but those letters would have held much weight.

It seems after that experience, I have collected data on surnames I am related to but not sure how.  Ironically, I have found links after many years to lots of those lines. Filling in more blanks.

Family Search is out to make a giant family tree. Is it going to work?  For their sake I hope so, but I am not sure it will happen any where near my life time.

January is the month suggested by me to review your past research to see if you have found the empty spots. I also encourage you to review your work in the fall.

Family History Month is coming up quickly and it might be a good time to consider review.

One day I may find another kin who has the information that the movers lost and never found.

Obviously DNA and MTDNA will help us along the way but nothing like those hand written letters written by a lady born in 1874 and died in 1958.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Some Useful Sites for Genealogy Seekers

How many times do we say what does that occupation mean.  Try This.

How about animated Map of the United States development

How about animated map of Europe etc.

Just wish it unfolded slower.

How about name index?

Friday, September 20, 2013

As A Genealogist/Researcher Do You Follow Science?

As an avid reader, I try to keep up with a certain amount of Science and History to tie to my Genealogical Research work.

Having just read this fascinating story about Black Holes in the Ocean, it brought to mind all those lost ships and planes in certain areas of the seas.

Yesterday at:Susi's Chatty Performances on Genealogy: Genealogy and the Colorado Floods September 2013

I wrote about how this section of Colorado will not be the same ever again, it may come back better or it may not come back in some places.  These conditions have been happening over many hundreds of years affecting where our people lived and how they survived and why they moved at times.

To read this article on really brings to mind the lost ships we have experienced.

Ultra-powerful "black hole" whirlpools seen for the first time in the South Atlantic -- Earth Changes --

Please go here and read what has been discovered. The picture it shows is breathtaking.

It compares the water & light as having the same thing happen, black holes.

Some of the other headlines they are discussing are worth taking the time to read.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Quaker and Mennonite Research

Our Wednesday evening was spent discussing Quaker and Mennonite Research History and Heritage.

 William Penn a person of means brought many Quakers to the Colonies for the development of the
 land. William Penn as we know was from England and worked many deals with the Courts in England.
  Quakers a a religious entity that was a development from a split from previous religion's. They were
mostly found in England, some in other regions but not many. George Fox was the Founder of The Friends.

Sharing a url I used and a clipping regarding some famous Quakers in our past.
I am sure many will be surprised to hear James Dean was a Quaker, or Bonnie Raitt or Joan Baez.
Most of us knew James Michener was.

Most of the people in the group were familiar with Quakers but few had relatives yet found that were Quakers. Quakers were more strict in policy and procedure than Mennonites.

Notable Quakers: William Penn, Betsy Ross, Daniel Boone,  Thomas Paine,  Annie Oakley, Jane Addams, Susan B Anthony, Dolly Madison, James Fenimore Cooper, Walt Whitman, James Michener,
Hannah White Smith, Herbert Hoover, Richard Nixon, Julian Bond, James Dean, Ben Kinglsey, Joan Baez and Bonnie Raitt.

I think many will be surprised that some of the names above were Quaker.

The Quaker people helped develop Pennsylvania and carried their beliefs into their law making, land recordings, and development of the state.  They were a large presence in the community affecting many decisions in the early years.

Urls posted on bottom, for references.


The Mennonite also settled Pennsylvania, both are a form of Antibaptist movement.  One believed in Baptism after 18 the other one did not. But neither believed in Baptism as a small child or infant, the Church's requirements. ie today's Catholic Church.

The were started in Zurich, Switzerland by people unhappy with the Catholic Mass changes in 1525.
Debates were held with Zwingli.

Swiss Brethren, added a Catholic priest named Menno Simons. The movement changed from Antibaptist to Mennonite named for this priest.  1536. He served for 25 years until death.

Another split happened in 1693 forming the Amish Church, which was named after Jakob Ammann, a Swiss Antibaptist.

Mennonites could serve in the wars in non combative situations. Wagon drivers. medical attention and non combative roles.

After Penn started bringing the Quakers the others followed suit and came to Pennsylvania, some in New Jersey and some in Virginia. Maryland was known as a Catholic region.

The groups kept splitting and adding and in 1847 a new district was created and in 1860 another.

1872 to 1901 more schisms 4 dominate groups.

Old Order Mennonites were in Indiana, Ohio, Ontario Canada, Lancaster Co. PA and Rockingham Virginia.

Russian Mennonites that came brought their wheat seed and migrated to Kansas, turning the state of affairs in Kansas into a positive by it becoming grain growing state..

Later the Quaker and Brethren banded together and created a new law to pass in the United States.
They had a strong aversion to violence and serving in the Wars we had.

The Quaker and Mennonites were the ones who got the Conscientious Objector Laws passed during World War 11, allowing them to serve in Civil Public Service camps instead of the military.

Mennonite and Quaker were brought together again when the General Conference and Old Order Mennonites voted to unite the two seminaries. In 2002, the two formally merged, becoming
Mennonite Church USA. The Canadian merger is called Mennonite Church Canada.

Quaker Oats is not an affiliate of the Quakers.
   —It was thought that they did adhere to the values of the Quakers when they made their oats so they could use the term.

Records can be found in many locations: Lancaster County Historical Society,  Mennonite Historical Society, Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, (Ephrata). Reformed Church  Seminary, Fackenthall Library (Franklin & Marshall College), Vital Records Office, Court House and the various libraries within in the area.

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Site You May Want to Know About------- Photo's to claim?

I stumbled across an interesting site the other day as I was trying to track some data for a friend.

With permission from the site creator I am going to tell you a bit and let you go look for yourself.

Their goal is to reunite photos and people so they can preserve their past.

 Knowing only of one other site that is similiar, I am sharing this site here.

The Forgotten Photographs Project - HOME

One never knows when one may help another or another may help you.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Where to Look, for Assistance in Your Research

Yesterday, we Seminar speakers covered four wars that the United States was directly a part of.

At the end of the day I was asked to summarize the topics and give the guests a place to look for more information.

 Saying I always start with free sites on a new project then when exhausting them I move over to paid sites that I have access too.

My number one site has been for years.  Some of the states are in need of repair but the archives are still super.  A side bar is is alive and growing in leaps and bounds.

1.  Why start with
 lists societies, govenment addresses, contacts, church information, cemetery information, volunteers, sometimes a Will or Deed has been transcribed, etc.
 Remember if not a big page to go to the archives for that page and read what was put up because it is history and isn't changing it still applies.

 Since fixing their maladies and errors, they have made great strides to offer valid information and quality assistance while doing research.  The working to get the original records transcribed and on line have been a real boon to many people not near a  FHC Library. You can see scanned original records with out travel many times.

 This site,search engine can give you answers to many topics.  All the Wars we covered have many links posted within this system. You can take a name and google it. You can take a place and google it.

  has many books and records and pictures of this war.  Many states have books listing their units example is SPRINGFIELD IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR (1899)  author Walter W Ward.   They are digitized and out of copyright.

Yes, many people who have taken the tests have posted their trees.  See if  your surname has been tested then 
see if there are trees to check and potential kin to reach.  Get tested even if just the basic because then the data 
stored in case of death unexpected and can be upgraded later. I prefer this site but 23 and Me are also a great site.

Chula Vista Genealogical Society has many members trees on line. Check it out.

7. (92) Germany/Prussia Genealogy Research
This is an example of all the potential web pages you will find on Facebook

8.  and

  All rootsweb data is free, webpages, lists, forms etc. This was our beginning on line search program.

hundreds of pages of resources.

Just what it implies


  West Virginia Division of Culture and History  Each state has one.



Will Records: (Some volumes might contain a mixture of wills and administrations , maybe guardianships and inventories recorded in same books) NY - Ulster co ...

A site to delight you all. If you find the name you can order from him or look at family search to see if they filmed. His work is invaluable to genealogists.


Home - The Genealogy Center - Allen County Public Library

Who We Are. Welcome to the ACPL Genealogy Center Website. The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource for the Northeastern Indiana ...

 Will share more as time moves forward.  Anyone needing the links live from the Spanish American War and I will send them to you.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Featured Guests Brick Wall McManigal

A new guest shared she is lost with the surname of McManigal.

His name is James B. McManigal.

Only date she gave us was 1930.

She is a Patterson.

Anyone with a clue, hint or idea, please get back to us.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Round Table Talks, Brick Walls, Timelines, Sourcing, & Maps

Free Open to All

This Wednesday evening we will have open forum and discuss the Brick Walls of attendees,
also remembering to use a Timeline to help break the Brick Wall.
We will also discuss your Sourcing of your material and the use of Maps in breaking down Brick Walls and finding new information.

Several maps will be brought in to share, how to use them, where to find them and which ones are better than others.  All Maps Are Good.

Tonight 6 to 8 pm Lemon Grove Library at 3001 School Ln, Lemon Grove, CA 91945.

Yes, this Library has working Wi-Fi for your computers.

Susi Pentico is a founding member of CVGS, has a 20 year + background in speaking. She has spoken on many topics: Migration, Mid Atlantic Research, New England Research, Pennsylvania Research, How to Start to Research, The Lost Colony, Medical Information for Genealogists and many other topics.  She is Past President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, presently the Educational Chairperson and Seminar Chairperson, also have held offices in other local societies. She belongs to the NEHGS, NGS, Ohio Genealogical Society, Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, etc.   She also is an active member of SDGS and the CGSSD. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

National Archives Virtual FREE FAIR Sept 3 and 4

WHAT:  National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
      • For the first time ever, the National Archives will host a virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast using the Internet.
       • This two-day program will showcase tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike.
       • Lecture topics include Native American and African American history, immigration, Civil War pensions, U.S. Colored Troops, and Navy Deck logs.
       • “Help! I’m Stuck” Call-In Consultation: National Archives staff will be available to answer research questions during the Fair.

 WHEN:  Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3–4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. EST

 WHO:  Speakers include genealogy experts from the National Archives and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

 HOW:  The National Archives will make this event available via webcast. The webcast will include options for the hearing-impaired. Recorded sessions will be available online after the event.

 Background:  The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. For information on National Archives holdings see
 For more information about the fair, e-mail Join the Genealogy Fair conversation onTwitter using #genfair2013.

To keep current on the details, check this page,, regularly.

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