Saturday, August 30, 2014

Engaging Your Family in Your Family's History Workshop.

Fall Seminar Replacement  4 October----- Free

Bonita-Sunnyside Library,

10 am to 4 Pm

Block this date for a day of fun and learning.

It won't even seem like learning.  A great interactive day has been planned.

Attendees will learn how to have fun, learn and not cost a large amount of money.

Topics are:

Creating a Family Heirloom, come learn how simple this is.

Sharing Stories, just as simple, it is amazing

Captioning Family Photos, a fun family or society event.

Designing a Family Crest, template will be provided.

Starting a Generation Chart.  Chart will be provided.

So whether a beginner or advanced com learn what we have and enjoy your genealogy buddies and friends and take these ideas home for the Fall Holidays.

Your Educational Chairperson
 for the Workshop Committee

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hispanic Research in San Diego, with Ceasar Castro

 Hispanic Research in San Diego

Saturday, September 6, 2014 • 10 a.m to 1 p.m. 

San Diego Central Library • 9th Floor Genealogy Library 
330 Park Blvd. San Diego CA 92101 

Directions: 619-236-5800 

Central Library Underground Parking: First 2 hours free with validation for library users. Cash only. 
Offsite Parking in the Area Thousands of affordable public parking spaces are also available within walking distance of the Library. 
Announcing the inaugural Hispanic Research Day in San Diego County. This is an opportunity for Hispanic Researchers to receive personalized assistance from a veteran genealogist in a state-of-the-art library. Whether you are new to genealogy or have been searching for years, expert guidance can save you months, if not years, of time. Bring your pedigree charts and family history sheets and/or your laptop to save time. 
Your host/expert is Ceasar Castro was born and raised in San Diego County and whose ancestors are from Baja California. Ceasar was introduced to genealogy in 2008 and eventually tracked his Castro ancestors to the early 1700s when the first Castros arrived in Baja California. He has a blog ( on this Castro family line. 
Castro is a member of the San Diego Genealogy Society, the Chula Vista Genealogy Society, the San Diego Computer Genealogy Society, the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) and the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America – Southern California (GSHA-SC). He is a graduate of San Diego State University and has a Masters degree from Purdue University. He is well known in the San Diego area for his informative presentations, one of which is “California and the Mexican-American War From a Genealogical Point of View”. 

[contact Ceasar Castro at] 

This event is co-hosted by the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America – Southern California (GSHA-SC) and the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lemon Grove Library, Planning a Research Trip

The Lemon Grove Research Group now meets once a month at the Lemon Grove Branch Library
( location is 3001 School Lane in Lemon Grove) from 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.

 Contact Susi Pentico (619-623 5250, for more details. All are invited to attend. Beginners are welcome! Upcoming programs include:

Wednesday, August 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Program: “Planning for a Research Trip” with Susi Pentico.

Wednesday, September 17, 6 to 8 p.m.: Program: “Maryland Research” with Susi Pentico

For all whom are interested would love to share that there is a quick guide for this state also to help in your research.
Leland has it on sale now.  If your wanting to consider  let me know.  Family Roots Publishing - Product View

Lots of information at your finger tips. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pensions, Preservation and a Walk

Just read Judy Russell's blog.  I will post link here for it.  I wish I could walk with her.

Even if you do not have  the $25 maybe a group of you could put in $5 a piece and do this.

Ask the  your society to participate also.

A pension walk | The Legal Genealogist

by Judy Russell

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Guide to DNA Testing by Richard Hill.

Guide to DNA Testing

Richard Hill is a well-known authority on all things DNA. A few days ago he advised me that his Guide to DNA Testing, which is posted online, and available free to all, has been updated and expanded. Richard also produced an excellent book a while back entitled Finding My Family. I recommend both.

This comes from Leland M. done by Richard Hill and it is free.  

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Book on the Synagogues of Central and Western Pennsylvania

For my Jewish friends looking in some of the areas I knew you had asked about. Julian H. Preisler author has approved my post of this for all to learn about.

New book on the synagogues of Central & Western Pennsylvania

History Researcher, Author & Genealogist
I'm pleased to let you know that my book, “The Synagogues of Central & Western Pennsylvania: A Visual Journey”, has been published by Fonthill Media. The book contains 198 b&w photos, 32 color images and lots of historical information. Current, former and some demolished synagogues are included. Signed copies are $19.99 plus $3.50 s/h. Interested person can contact me at for details. The book is only available for purchase directly from me right now, but it should be available more widely in the next month or so when it is “officially” released to the public by the publisher, Fonthill Media. The book looks terrific, has a beautiful color cover and color section and is filled with important images and information. I enjoyed working on the book and hope that readers will enjoy the book and find it useful, engaging and a pleasant read.

Site hasmany great catagory's for genealogists.  This came from: Pennsylvania Genealogy and History Research.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Research Trip Planning to be presented by Susi Pentico

WResearch Trip Planning

Many  have waited to near fall, to travel, to learn and to find more information.

Suddenly realizing all my great adventures have been in the fall. Less snakes, less
brush, (
generally been partially cleared in summer by Scouts or others), and marvelous time of year to travel.

Also love to see the changing of the seasons and the smell in the air.

I will be giving a power point presentation on how to make the adventure a positive, one with results.

Results can mean many things but you will get results.

You may learn where not to look, where to look, share a family story, swap family pictures, wander an
never before seen grave for ancestral kin. It is such a great adventure one of our best.

Will be sharing what needs to happen prior to the trip for this to be a success. What you should expect to do to help others while looking. Remember to always say Thank You and Smile.

You will be learning the history of the region of your ancestor, it better explains why they did some of the things you found.

You may be sharing new family and photos and many other things.  But first you must do your homework.

Please join us at the Bonita Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Rd. next to the Chula Vista Golf Course and Sheriff's Station. 12 to 3 P M.

Wanting your trips to be as rewarding as mine have been by following these steps. A hand out with key tips will be presented for you to follow.

This is free, no cost, just a bit of your time.

Who is  she?

 We know whom she is. Thanks Cousin.