Friday, November 29, 2013

Educational Posts

This morning opening up the mail I received this notice from Ralph M.  It seems Southwestern College is offering a Genealogy course for this coming Spring. 2014.  The Instructor is Barbara Pescar. It is from Jan 25  to Mar 8   8 to 10 am on campus.

Also this morning I received a notice from friend Mark Rabideau.  I read his  posts and enjoy his knowledge.

Here is a link to some free courses that are being offered.

Hundreds of Free Genealogy Courses

Another one is Diane Boumenot,  sent a great list of Xmas gifts for Genealogists from her web page.
She writes the One Rhode Island Family.


If you did not get a notice FTDNA is having a sale also.

Family Finder test  Special only from 6 pm CT Thursday to Midnight Friday.

Judy Russell comments on this also.  A great deal if you can afford to share with someone.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanakkuh To All

Wanting to wish everyone a Happy Blessed Thanksgiving and a Blessed Happy Hanakkuh to all.

 Share with others and enjoy what we have.  There is always a positive side.

The news said it will be thousands? of years before these two events coincide again??

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Holiday Memories by Attendees, Pause for Thought.

Holiday Memories by Attendees, Pause for Thought

 We had a nice turn out at the Library, Wednesday evening.  The topic brought some very interesting responses to the topic.

 Two families, are of only members known and have no idea who they should share with, absolutely makes sense to me except there may be a 2nd or 3rd cousin removed out there and doesn't know that line is declined.

My suggestion was to  at least write a synopsis up of the year and include in their genealogical folder.

Also suggested  doing a blog post stating the same, in case distant kin my be hunting.

Three have done newsletters of some type for several years,  one only started a few years ago.

 Some do it by events, some by calendar month, as I do.

It was a lively discussion and interesting points were presented.

We also talked about what they did as a family for the holidays in general.  If you were not there you missed an interesting conversation topic and some even more interesting feedback.

See you at the Roundtable on December 4, 6 to 8 pm. Lemon Grove Library.  Bring your brick walls or comments for assistance and come share the time.  Tis the Season to be Jolly.

Also something is afoot, that is asking for our help.

Help Wanted- One Researcher for Every Library in the United States | The Genlighten Blog www.genlighten.comA couple of days ago, this post from Juli showed up in my Facebook feed

Create Your Visited States and Provinces Map  you can have fun with this.  I have done three different maps for my genealogical research using this link.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lemon Grove Library 6 to 8 pm Thanksgiving Memories

Come share in the fun and get your thoughts together for this years Letter  or Note about your year.

Sharing what we do is great for helping family remember incidents we some times, many times forget.
What was important for one is not always  important to another so not remembered.

 Ironic, later in life the little things creep back and we are trying to remember the whole story, ahhh family.

Come join us and have some fun but learning fun.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ok, Two Can Think A Like Map

The other day I did a Map of where I had lived or visited and yes I missed a couple of spots.  So I had thought if I put this up for those to come to Wednesday's class it would help us all have more fun.

Then this morning I see Randy has blogged about it for Saturday Night Fun.   So Randy, two can think alike.

Thinking about a map for my webpage to show ancestral lineage and up pops Randy doing it.

So all you out there that read this, I found it on Facebook a few days ago, realized I left two places off, thought to myself a map of Dad's and Mom's Ancestors might be fun and Randy did it already.

So here is the link for you to map where you have lived or visited.  You can do a map for self or for your ancestors and it may  help you do a better tracking of what data area you may want to look at.

There is instructions on color coding and suggestions for use.  

 I did mine for where I have lived and been.  I will be doing one for Dad's side of family and then for Mom's.  Of course genealogy already told me where they met.  Interesting to see how family came close and missed then finally came close and melded.

My goal next year is to see some of my ancestral home lands in the US of A since they were here before others and came very, very early.  Being born in the midwest and raised on the west coast we traveled to the mid west on a steady basis. Having many first generation cousins in many of these states not visited.  I suspect that if I used only first and second cousins every state would be covered plus some foreign countries.  Large Military background family we are.

To see what Randy did you will need to go to his Genea-Musings page.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Found Interesting Bit of State Splitting, Etc.

Found Interesting Bit of State Splitting

 Definitely a different twist on the people of America.  I can not say I can disagree with this map but it  amazed me to find someone had put this data together to share with others.

Breaking us up into 11 Nations in the US of A.  Enjoy the reading, it probably tells you more about your ancestral line than many other things of late.

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in- 2

Also posting the webpage with the 5 Generation Chart that  you fill out with your health information.
This is something I seriously believe in. 1

Have you looked at Virginia Pioneers?  Another interesting site that has minimal fee for useage and  lots of information.Virginia Pioneers - Virginia Genealogy 

It lists Pittsylvania Co. Va Wills. O it lists much more than that but wanted to share.

 Another link you may enjoy.

 Create Your Visited States and Provinces Map

Lastly cousin in RI shared this one.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Lemon Grove Schedule for Research Assistance

Lemon Grove Schedule for Research Assistance

  3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, Ca across from Fire Department

We meet twice a month to help new and seasoned genealogists.  Here is the schedule for the end of the year.

 • Wednesday, November 6, 6 to 8 p.m.: “Roundtable Topics, Wills, Probates, Codicils, etc.” by Susi
Pentico   We had a great turn out.

• Wednesday, November 20, 6 to 8 p.m.: “Thanksgiving Memories: Share a Memory or Tradition” led
by Susi Pentico   This is to  help you organize thoughts for your Christmas letter or synopsis of your year of research. 

• Wednesday, December 4, 6 to 8 p.m.: “Roundtable Topics: Your Goals for Next Year” led by Susi

• Wednesday, December 18, 6 to 8 p.m.: “Holiday Party: Sharing What You You Have Learned This
Year” led by Susi Pentico  Yes, we have permission to have a party.

Spring Seminar is on March 29 th 201 4 – Save the Date!

 Contact me at for any questions.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

More Places to Search, More Data Digitized.

More Places to Search, More Data Digitized

Yes, these digitized records are coming on line strong of late. We are so thankful. To all those that worked so hard to make it happen we need to say THANK YOU.

Georgia Probate Records - wills, estates, marriages

Having a grand time scanning through all the records that have been put up for us to look at.

Whoopee, surely we can find a clue or kin amongst this group of names.

Bibb County is a county I am digging in so this was super.  This was shared by Jeannette

Also being notified, by Karen Nichols-Rexwall about Rhode Island Records now available.

 Rhode Island College News | State Archives Online Catalog Unveil

Now for more hope of finding kin in Rhode Island that just keeps hiding their head in the sand.

Jeannette Austin also shared digitizing for Virginia and more Georgia data at these two sites.

Now to find some not located kin in Central New York for some of the Lemon Grove group.
Besides the Fulton County site, anyone have suggestions please post them for us. Thanks

Monday, November 4, 2013

Roundtable Wednesday Evening, Side Topics: Wills, Probates and Codicils.

Wednesday evening we will share our good news, our lack of news and many other sites to dig.

 We will if time permits touch on the topic of WILLS, PROBATES, and CODICILS.

  We can share some of my Will Books and other data about Wills.
   Where to find them?  What to look for if no Will is found.

    Describe what a Codicil is and how it affects a Will, and yes it does affect a Will.

  Probate and what part it plays in the demise of a person, will be shared, time permitting.

  Seriously considering a retired Congressman to come talk to us soon.   He may be able to
  give us the information we need for our  current retired servicemen whom are having trouble
  accessing their retirement income.

 6 to  8 pm Lemon Grove Library, no fee, it is free.

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Great Reminder, Shared by Dick Eastman

Fortunately, I have a back up program on my computer that backs up nightly.  Yes, I get that much mail.   Suspect Randy Seaver does a back up often also.

 Having learned the  hard way a very long ago, I have an external drive that backs up in case anything goes on the fritz.

 So when I read the note from Leland's crowd reminding everyone that Dick Eastman put a note in his Newsletter today to do back up.   I get Dick's email and he always has great tidbits for us to be aware of and share with others.

It is the First Day of the Month- Back Up Your Genealogy Files -

This is a link to the article.   Hope you read it and it helps you to remember to back up files.

 Liking the idea that one backs up monthly, it should help people to remember to do it.

Reminds us like when the clock changes on Sunday you need to check all your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms batteries and change them.  

Remember it is Fall back and Spring Forward.  So we have more morning time and much less evening time. grrrrrr.