Saturday, December 28, 2013

Virginia Research Tips

Virginia Research Tips

Wandered around a bit and found a few places to dig.

Some months ago someone thought I should try this site:


Today it sends this information:

 In it a found four Wills for SCOTT, 1 Ashlock  and one potential for Hendrick's.

 You pay but the fees are reasonable.  Check them out.

They are posting various counties as they get the information available.
Also try some of these.  Also try various search engines, they bring different results.
The Library of Virginia Logo. LVA Website ... For Localities & State Agencies ... Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-8000
Virginia Genealogy - has online databases of military records, obituaries, ... Richmond, Virginia 23220 ... Website: ..

The Virginia Historical Society offers a number of online resources to help with ... ... City of Richmond Home page.

Jump to Library of Virginia (formerly Virginia State Library and Archives) - ). 800 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219-8000

Check out each county. Maps, Migration Patterns

Lots of information for knowledge of the development of the state.  Remembering that North Carolina shared some ground as was West Virginia part of state until Civil War. Early Virginia went to the Mississippi River and north covering Ia, Ill and other states, not yet states early time frame. Also Kentucky was early VA ground.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Blessings

May your Season Be Joyous and Full of Joy. May your Faith sustain you during this time of joy and pain.  From Wee child to adult, He gave his life for us.

Remember the Reason for the Season.   Much love to everyone.

May our next year walk in HIS Path and we love each other more.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Great Information Shared, Goal Setting is so Helpful.

We had a great meeting at the Lemon Grove Library last Wednesday evening.  Virginia brought home made peanut butter fudge, I brought cookies and water to share.

 We did round robin around table first discussing what was your goals and did you attain any of them.
 Yes, everyone succeeded with at least one item for the year and some a wee more.

 Lastly, we set goals for the coming year.  Doing this as a group may help us to get to where we want to be next year.

 Carol Sobke, found information on E Bay, yes, E Bay.  I have not ever tried E Bay for information.
 I bought books from them 15 years ago but not been there since, my account was compromised back then.

 Carol found a postcard of a Hotel that was affiliated with her family before her time here in San Diego.
 She is a native of this area.  Senator Hotel, Henrich August  b 6 Dec 1811 d 24 April 1893.
 She also found a postcard in Germanic region of family owned bakery but the fee was to high.

 Tim is letting Bethel do the work but he gave much local town history regarding the underground systems in San Diego, China Town of old, and many other  topics he had knowledge of.

 Bethel Williams, talked about Rev Thomas Hooker of Hartford, Conn.  O yes, they discussed how he   supported his troops and the term (Hooker's) came about.  Hardy Hooker m Delilia Flake in NC, lived in Orangeburg Co. S C.  She is looking at Morgan's in Virginia, Mississippi and believe she said Texas.

Virginia Taylor commented on the luck of three cousins finding her and helping her with information.  Family she had no knowledge of.  Jeramiah Dunham Sr and Jr.  via  She has her Blands mostly documented. She is also looking for information on Robert Dunlap, 1826 in PA.

Clayton Becker is still working with the powers that be to get his Citizenship straightened out.  He says he is seeing a wee bit of light at the end of the tunnel. We love his poems he writes and shares with us.

Evelyn Hessling,  a new guest, also native born, is looking for information on her parents, who grew up here in San Diego. Her Dad was born 1886 in San Diego, if my notes correct. She was wanting to know what it was like for them to live here,  during that time in San Diego.

Susi shared someone sent her data on her Rev Joseph Patterson of Washington Co. PA and his parentage and a picture of him.  She also received early in the year from another LG researcher that the Alden line is related to the Jones line. She also received news on the Langdon line prior to their being in Ohio from Virginia.

Goals set: Carol was to continue looking for more information on Henrich and other family; Bethel is looking for the Hooker data to connect, and Morgan information; Virginia wants to crack the Robert Dunlap mystery, Clayton wants his Citizenship finally cleared, Evelyn wants more knowledge of early San Diego, and Susi is still looking for the Madison data which also could be Mattison.  Other members could not make this evening event.

Go look on E BAY, you may find something.

This is open to anyone to attend.
We will not meet the 1st Wed of Jan due to Holiday will see you on the 3rd Wed of the month.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wednesday Evening 6 to 8 pm Review 2013 and Renew Goals for 2014

Wednesday evening 6 to 8 pm, at the Lemon Grove Library we will be reviewing our year and getting invigorated for starting the new year.  We can set more goals or renew goals not completed this year.
3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Goal setting is so helpful in so many ways.  Not attaining them isn't what is important but attempting to get there is. It helps to keep us motivated, on track and more diligent in our quests.

Having written much on my other blog page I would like to have you go there to read the rest of what I wrote about this month.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for refreshments and conversation, you may leave early and come late if need be. As you know your always welcome.  This is an open group to anyone wanting to learn more about genealogy, do attend.

It has been a successful year in many ways for our group, the new Library has been awesome in helping, alas the parking is a major problem.  Obviously they can not grow us ground to park but would be nice to have had parking space.

Just bring yourself, and enjoy the evening and help us set what goals you want us to accomplish this next year.

Here is the link to the other site where I wrote some information down.  Since it involved family and society I posted originally there.

 Susi's Chatty Performances on Genealogy- Genealogy News for Dece

Merry Christmas, and Blessed New Year to All.  And a Blessed Holiday to all other groups celebrating the season.

Did you know the Atheists have a Holiday Celebration at this time?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Genealogy in Time Magazine, a bit about.

At the Christmas Event yesterday, this site was mentioned in a skit that Gary presented.

Genealogy InTime Magazine   posted this as one of their topics.

They post many other topics to help in learning about genealogy. The Newsletter is free.

GenealogyInTime Magazine

An example of what they post.
List of Occupation Abbreviations

They have five topics on their screen for you to look at and get help from.

They have a Follow Me button so you can get news as they send it out.
They also have a Share This button.

Urgent Message Regarding SSDI Please Read and Act

Judy Russell just sent out a bit of news we need to act upon now.  It seems they think we are to busy doing Christmas and Genealogy and are trying to hamper hinder and take away even more.

Please go to Judy's blog page and read what she has posted.   They want to stop our use of SSDI again, with a 3 year closure which will or can lead to again permanent loss.

The Legal Genealogist: Vote looms on SSDI closure

Judy Thanks for this bit of news. Even if it is not good news.

ALSO I will say here they want to remove our Commissary's for Military, retired and active duty. Something promised us as part of compensation instead of adequate pay.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Computer Workshop Bonita-Sunnyside Library Saturday

 A workshop led by Shirley Becker and Gary Brock for Mac's and Pc' users is being held at the Bonita Sunnyside Library tomorrow 7 December, 10 am to 3 pm.

Bring your Lap top, I Pad or computer device for help.

4375 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA

Come Learn and share.

 Also tomorrow is Pearl  Harbor Day.  I was born July of 1940, my Dad's brother was there.

 Also here are some sites to look at regarding same.

 Having been at Punch Bowl, I can not explain the feeling.  I was at other cemeteries in Missouri and one in San Francisco and it is just overwhelming.
We used to bike to the end of the lane and look out at where the Missouri and the Arizona could be seen.  My skin always crawled.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Remembering Pearl Harbor - National Geographic Education

.Same day, two different stories: Machias residents recall Pearl Harbor attack firsthand

Attack on Pearl Harbor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Ships, Heroes and Speeches

The Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Round Table and Sharing, BrickWalls, Suggestions, and Genealogical Ideas

Round Table and Sharing, Brick Walls, Suggestions, and Genealogical Ideas

The end of the year is fast approaching.  Time to clean the cobwebs out of the files.  Set up what you want to accomplish this coming 2014.  Make a list of what you have accomplished this  2013.

 Yes, you did accomplish things, even if you think you did not. One does not have to run out and jump and shout to accomplish things.  Sometimes it is the reverse that can bring about results. So you did not find Aunt Fanny John's or Great Uncle Harry?

What did you learn in your pursuit of them?  That is what you accomplished, maybe a new way to look at the way you look for information, a different method for sorting out the positives and negatives in your research.

So you found cousin Timothy, remember the steps preceding that and try it again for someone else.

Genealogists so have to think out side the box.  Did you try making Migrating Trails?  Did you try to fill in the blanks between Grand Dad's birth and death with family events, that may have led you to new clues for the ones still not found.  Wow, Grandad rode prize horses, he worked for a farrier for awhile.  He tried being a rodeo clown.    Any thing of that nature.

Great Aunt Jane's life might have covered, cooking and cleaning daily and hoeing the fields for part of the day, raking the soil to keep the weeds away from the plants needed for food.  She may have sewn clothes for others besides her family.  Did she make Hats?   Did she bake and sell her wares?

Learning my ancestor had an apple orchard and he sold his fruit at the market and from his home.
It led to a tax receipt that had where his father was born and when on it.  He had to fill it out for the selling of the apples. What a surprise that was.

One never knows where one may find a clue.  Tis true do not leave a stone unturned.

NO do not go dig up the cemetery.

Take time for self and set some mini goals for next year and you will be amazed at what you have accomplished this year by doing just that mini goal list.

This is our goal for tonight at the Lemon Grove Library, hope to see you there.