Saturday, December 31, 2016

Blessed Happy New Year

Blessed Happy New Year

Wishing you all the very best

As you hunt and peck and work to find a clue or two.

Reach out to others to collaborate, it might produce a clue.

Check the history of the area and the change that may have taken place.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Writing Workshop Courtesy of SD Public Library

Writing Workshop to Help You Pen Your Memoir in 2017

Do you have a story inside you that you've always wanted to tell? Ever wonder how to take your life experiences and craft them into a dynamic story? Join the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library for a fun, interactive 6-week memoir workshop that will guide you on your writing journey. Each week, participants will be introduced to the basics of creating a memoir. Space is limited, so please call 619-533-3970 to sign up.

Tuesdays, January 17 - February 21, 2 - 3:30 pm
Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library

With Permission by SDPL F

Yes, please do re-distribute. These programs are all open to the public. Please do note that space is limited in the memoir writing workshop, and signing up in advance is required.

Thank you,

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Season's Greetings to Ye of all Faiths.

This is a special holiday because it coincides with two major religions.. Wishing all a
Blessed Day and Season.

Safe Travels, Fun Adventures, Shared Events, all to remember where we have been and where we hope to go.

Blessings to all.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The New Year is almost here. Ready, Set, Go?

The New Year is almost here. Ready, Set, Go?

The New Year is almost here, are you ready?  Have you made a plan on what you want to accomplish this coming year?

Hoping you take advantage of the workshops and talks given with in the community to learn more ways to find the missing clues you need.

Use your libraries in the communities.  Some have Genealogical Sections, and please do not forget the History sections.  Many times it takes learning more history to resolve the mystery.

Have you joined a society?  Why you say?  Because they are there to support your work, guide your research into the correct direction.  Remember some times, you may take a misguided turn and wow,
there is the answer you were seeking.

Recommending you join a society also where you are doing the most research, whether it be, New York, Virginia, Georgia or New Mexico.  The society where your family started will have much data,
you need to remember that.

If family knows not what to get you for a birthday gift, anniversary present or other event ask for a membership in one of these.

If planning a trip, do your homework ahead of time. Make contact with the local group in area you are going to visit at least 3 to 6 months ahead of time. Develop a communication with them.  See if they have a file cabinet of the names of other researchers looking for your names. Ask if anyone
there, is a descendant of these people still living there.   You may be surprised.

When at libraries see if they have the Quarterlies these societies publish with much information.

 Consider a single Seminar or major event if the budget permits.  These are about the only events that cost money out of the pocket. All these other activities are generally covered by the dues paid to a society.

Suspecting $30. for a year of talks, sharing, swapping, and newsletter maybe a web page and other  perks is less than $3 a month.

 Hoping the new year brings you major success.

So grab a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and start setting next years goals.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Reply to Cousin Bill West's Post.. Listen to your Emotions

 Bill West wrote a very poignant post today.  Very reflective of time and place, like what we are going through today in some ways.

 Bill, I also had a professor ask about living in world peace and could it happen.  My answer was only by the Grace of God.  He was not happy with me either.

 Having Multi ethnicities involved in our tree, I am sure we got along with more than what some would think.

 I am going to tell a story that Mom and My Uncle and Grandfather shared with me at times over the years.  Mom refused to believe it was kin, Granddad and Uncle both felt there had to be  personal connection.  My Grandmother could not seem to tolerate even mention an Indian. My Uncle on Dad's side told us an awesome story about her I will share some time.  But her tolerance for someone other than her line of people was a bit tough.

 Someone in the family (at least that makes the most sense) had to be involved with this incident.
I truly want to track it down more, Time, I so need the Time.
Right after the Railroad made a Treaty with the Indians for the train to pass through their land, someone in the family witnessed this incident. The Treaty was, no shooting or harming the Indians as they went through on the train, if anyone harassed or shot an Indian the Train Conductor was to give that person to the Indians for resolving the issue.

Well a person thought that it was a joke, Everyone told him to put his gun away and not destroy the Treaty. He did not, he not only shot but he killed an Indian on a pony riding along side the train looking at the people on the inside. The train stopped and the powers that be came through the train and took the man by the arms and to the end of the train and handed him to the Indians to never be seen again. The Indians were  only watching the train and looking at the people riding on the inside.
The people on the train were very afraid they would come to serious trouble, but the Indian in charge told the Conductor, Thank You and rode away leaving the rest on train alone.

This had to make the newspaper and because Gmom hated them, sad to say I suspect that person must have been some one she knew, those thoughts were shared by Uncle and Grandad.

You did not mention Indians around Gmom, even if she was married to a white man that had Indian blood within his veins.  She did not allow the picture book in the house because the Indian lady's picture was in the book.

As DNA is more in depth, as time goes on, we are all going to learn we are all mixed races.  What was tolerated in one area was not always tolerated in another. Gee, that is why they left Mass and went to Rhode Island in the northern region.

Gee, Bill West we were in college at the same time at times. Yes we are definitely "Only Human".

West in New England

I think of my Uncle at Pearl Harbor in a dingy rowing to shore when the Japanese came in shooting,
Yet,  he lost many on that day.  He always tried to keep an even keel.

He used to visit the Tribe often and had developed a lot of strong Belief's or feelings on how as humans we should act and treat people.  

The Indian's had so much to teach us if we would have just listened. Fortunately some of us did but more did not.

My hang up is the Puritan's treated their own people worse than they were treated in Europe and they were for lack of better term all white???? Color has no bearing on it.

It is learning and accepting and growing and sharing as we go.  May we get there some day.

When my Great Uncle on Dad's side burned our family history book because it showed his Grandmother was Indian, I cried when Dad told me.

I had been struggling for years to gather that information he had it, hated it and burnt it. So my last trip to visit him, I asked him why? It did not take away the Indian blood in his veins, he said he was always told they were bad people but he never knew any personally.  I told him I was proud of what little Indian I knew I had.  He was floored and then we sat and talked about his family and he wished he had not done it.  He paid a great deal for the researcher to do our Foulk/Follk tree.  Great Aunt said he read that and tore the pages out and got so mad he tore out all the pages and burnt it in the fireplace.

So yes we are   Only Human.

Thanks Cousin Bill West.

It is time for more acceptance and tolerance in many ways.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Party Wed 11 a m to 2 p m South Branch Library

Christmas Party Wed 11 a m to 2 p m  South Branch Library

First, I want to say Thanks to Randy S. for explaining to me how to add an item to this blog.

2nd, I have ordered the coffee's and water for Wednesday.

3rd,  It would be great to see all of our members there even if they need a ride.

4th,  It is the one time of the year we can relax and share our joys and brick walls with our fellow members.

5th, If you think of it bring that 5 Generation Chart update, for us to update our files with your updated tree.

6th,  After 5 years I am sure you have advanced a few lines farther back and filled in a few blanks

7th,  I will be glad to take them in case Karen is still ill and mail them to her.  We so need to get our files up to date.

8th,  Have you done your Christmas/Holiday Letter to send to family and friends?  I have received two already.

9th,  The moon is doing it's giant thing again tomorrow night, we probably won't see it due to clouds.
We also are non privilege to see the Meteor showers, boo hoo.

10th,  I want wish everyone reading this a Blessed Holiday Season, no matter your religion and a very prosperous New Year.

Orange and 4th Avenue, 11 to 2 pm  

Do not forget if you can to bring a canned good or a unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Early Tennessee Records NOW Available.

Monday, December 5, 2016 An early Tennessee land record In Tennessee's pioneer days, settlers often had access to one form of currency: land. With the scarcity of…

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Shared Names, Times and Places --- Bonita-Sunnyside Library 3 Dec 2016

  We had hot Apple Cider, Tea or Coffee and 4 kinds of cookies to share.  We then got plugged in and attempted to get on line.  Three of us never made it to last.  It did not stop us from learning and sharing.

  It was great to see Jean Taylor again.  Thanks Jean for coming.  She shared the table with Gary Brock, Mary Nelson and Shirley Becker. The other side of tables was shared by: Verena M.,  Joanna W., and Virginia and I.

For some reason some of us could not get on or stay on the computer. That did not stop those from looking at some of the books brought in to expose researchers to new sources. We had: Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly; NEHGS ( American Ancestors);  Library of Virginia, Broadside; The Searcher, for more local researchers; and the NGS (National Genealogical Society). Also one  BIGRA News.  British Isles Genealogical Research Association.

 Having in my possession several others, covering many of the Mid Atlantic States, and New York, Maine, CT. and VT.  Areas of ancestors and places I hosted as a GFS on the old Golden Gates Forum.

 Shirley helped Mary find her Neumann's in Poland.  Taking Joanna's names, will look here at home since I could not stay on at library. She was unable to stay on and Verena M had same problem

I found 3 Wills for Virginia when I came home and will find more I am sure.  DUNHAM is a popular name in the region I have done research.  Many of her names and mine are neighbors. She also has BLAND and others.

Sadly Verena M kept trying to get on and stay on... Shirley helped her but she got dumped quickly.

Gary B helped Jean Taylor and they talked general stuff.

Haven given an answer to Joanna Ward's question on DNA differences we moved to surnames and places.

DNA has changed lots in the last 10 years and it is changing even faster now than then.  Bringing up the migration across Africa to Europe to the west and to the east and how the ethnicity may stay but the nationality may change.  We used Pentico as example.

John Penticoff, Penticuff,  then Pentico on last document. Learning 50 years later it was Benninghoff when they migrated to the USA.  So wanting to learn more about the area in northwest Italy that has lots of Pentico's in residence.  

Was the name changed to leave the area, was it adopted to a Germanic spelling, then in early America
changed to Penticuff then back to Pentico by many. Yes, we have Benninghoff cousins in USA.

Shirley Becker and I share many surnames of the earlier American time period.  She is sorting out the Greene's for us that ties to SWEET, JONES, RANDALL, and others.

Joanna W needs help with Sarah Summerfield in England 1848  and some of the references she received also state Canada. Husband is  Alfred Hughes, other surnames are Rasp, Booth, and Schroder.

Virginia also has Dunlap, Smith,  and Woodruff (which was in NJ).

 This people can be reached via my blog or my email

Friday, December 2, 2016

Subject Change,,, Illness changes topic.

CASUAL SATURDAY   1 to 3:30pm Bonita-Sunnyside Library  3 Dec. 2016

We will be getting together to do a discussion of each others. brick walls and stumbling blocks.
 Bring your Five Generation Chart and where your help is needed. 
 Hints and tips will be presented for assisting you to find answers.

 Shirley and Virginia and I will be leading this event.
 Virginia says Hot Apple Cider and cookies to go with.

 I will bring some charts that might help you to realign your stray.

 A time to share your names with your fellow researchers and find out whom you may link to.
 What the other person may know or help you with.

 Books will be available for you to take home and maybe find kin. 
 Will also share the Acadian Research person who is happy to hear there are
  more Acadian Researchers out there.

Expose you to some of the many Facebook Genealogical Societies maybe too.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Family Hobby ties to Research by Carol Sobke Saturday 3 Dec.

Date: Saturday, December 03, 2016 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM PST

Event starts at 1 pm. 

Location: Bonita-Sunnyside Library Community Room, 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902

CVGS Workshop:
"Family Hobby ties to Research"
Presented by: Carole Sobke

Come learn how a family hobby brought about a lot of genealogical data we would have never thought of.

Carol Sobke is a long time member and avid researcher, home grown San Diego native.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Did you share, record or write about this day for prosperity?

The day is done, gone is the sun.
 The dark has fallen, the night is calling.

Did you share after dinner, an heirloom that the family should know something about in case your taken away?   They won't keep it if they have no story to know why you even still have it.

Did you take the time to remember past family members and what their Thanksgiving Day may have been like with family?

Be aware, Christmas is coming and maybe you will remember to share some of this with family at that time. Even watching American Pickers, you learn if the seller has a story with the item it generally will generate more interest than a non knowing piece of history.

You may want to capture some of your thoughts on the day to save for the toddlers that ran around today that will not remember you when you are gone. The more sharing, the more caring and remembering tidbits here and there.

Amazing to learn it was 42 degrees coming in from our oldest son's home at 10 pm.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

IT SEEMS, someone monkeyed with our System.

Not sure what happened but on my personal blog for names it is nuts compared to what it was.

Nothing comes up for me to post to Google, Facebook, Etc.

Entire site looks crazy.



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Up Dates and Changes.....No class LG tonight. BUT...

 Up Dates and Changes.....No class LG tonight.  BUT...

 I wanted to share.  I will send anyone the presentation for tonight that asks for it.
 We are talking about Holiday Letters and Why They Are Important.

 They catalog your year for you and your family and friends. Sharing this with family and friends
 preserves much for your future and your future families.

 Also wanted to say Judy The Legal Genealogist, had an excellent post all should read.

The Legal Genealogist: Those who served in the CCC

Also if you are sharing an article next week at our monthly meeting Jane Strawn and crew need to know for cataloging and getting pictures ready for presentation.    Bring an Antique, Special Item, to meeting sharing the background with the group.   Also sign up at our web page under events.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Wed Computer. Genealogy and Learning & Last Wed/ Chula Vista Civic Center

Taken off our web page. Wednesday is Genealogical Computer learning day.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 10:15 AM • Chula Vista Main Library, Computer Lab

Afternoon session starts at 12:30 lead by Shirley Becker this month.  Our great computer guru.

Wed evening Lemon Grove Library:   Holiday Letters and their Importance by Susi Pentico
6 tp 8 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:00 PM • Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium

Show and Tell event.. click link and sign in for great fun.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Thomas MacEntee

San Diego Genealogical Society
January Annual Meeting

With Guest Speaker
Thomas MacEntee

Session 1: Genealogy Do-Over:
A Year of Learning from My Mistakes                 
Session 2: Can I use That in My Genealogy:
What You Should Know about Copyright
Session 3: Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research
Session 4: After You’re Gone: Future Proofing
Your Genealogy Research

Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Marina Village, Captain’s Room
1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA  92109

Cost is $45 before December 1st, $50 after December 1st

Seating is limited to first 200 registrants

Register online @ or
mail this registration form and payment to:
Treasurer: Joann Orendurff, 450 East Bradley #97, El Cajon, CA  92021
Make check payable to: San Diego Genealogical Society
Phone_________________Email address_____________________________
Lunch choices: Turkey sandwich_____  or Salad with Chicken_____
Includes drink, chips, cookie