Saturday, January 30, 2016

New Places to Go that Won't Break the Bank.

Places to Go

I received my CA-SCGS today in the mail.  It is a great post for Researchers wanting to expand their
knowledge with out going out of state. It also gives you a chance to be exposed to different speakers we seldom, if ever get in our neck of the woods.

[CA-SCGS] Upcoming SoCal Genealogy Events - February/March 2016

See the places we could go and the speakers we can be exposed to.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Head's Up, New Sources to See

Dear Myrtle wrote about this site.  She liked it and used it.

Bill West did his FindMyPast sites today and  the topics are awesome for
us to find ancestors.  Early Marriages, Births, Deaths etc.

 a teaser

Explore over 166,000 new records spanning four centuries of Manx history to reveal when, where and to whom your relatives were married.

UpFront with NGS

Vanderburgh County (Indiana) Documentary Treasures Found!

Also in looking on Ancestry I found a book: The Gibson Pioneers of Liberty Township,
Guernsey, Ohio.     Very interesting read.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wednesday 27 Jan 2016 Gena Philibert-Ortega Presenting

Bonita-Sunnyside Library  at 4375 Bonita Rd, near Sheriff's Office, is hosting in the Community Room, Gena Philbert-Ortega.

She will be talking about (Remember the Lades; Finding Your Female Ancestors).

She will present her 5 step process for researching and finding female ancestors.

The time is 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Community Room.

Refreshments will be available.

The business meeting, I was told will be at the end of presentation?  Not being at the last board meeting and changes afoot.

The speaker is a well known Genealogist whom worked on the Genealogy Road Show in 2013.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Free Weekend-- FindMyPast news from Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee  at  announced. 

Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 7am on Friday, January 22nd to 7am on Monday, January 25st (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools.

Much information to be found here. But for some reason could  not find the live link to post for you all to go read this yourselves.

There are four links to access the areas that will be open and free.

Thomas Thanks, I will add the links here:

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.
Terms & conditions: Free access lasts from 07:00am (EST) on Friday 22nd January 2016 until 06:59am (EST) on Monday 25th January 2016. To access the records you will need to be signed in at Findmypast: you can register for free using your name, email address and country of residence. The free access excludes the 1939 Register, UK Electoral Registers (2002-2013) and the UK Companies House Directors (2002-2013) record sets. Free access is subject to our fair usage policy: each account may view up to a maximum of 1,000 records per day.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Boundaries and Names and Times

Woe is the genealogist that does not pay major attention to these noted topics in research.

Boundaries in the early days changed constantly.  Yes, even or more so in Europe.

Why mention Europe because reading data from there being posted under one name when truly was
 another drives me frantic.

When this comes up I generally walk away so frustrated I do not address what I think is a problem.
More a problem today than when I started 1950's, because we are so much more determined that all data is acutely accurate. Data also was more stable for a short period of years.

When boundaries changed many times names changed, titles of land are referenced different.

Look at Europe during the 1400's, look  again when later  people are written about that started to travel the globe in ships.  1600's there were many, that were all over the world.

Now they are saying that Europeans were  here in the probably 1000's and before.  That does not surprise me if you read Archeology magazines and good History records that have been written about.

Amazing some Irish are actually from Turkish region. Why not, we all supposedly came from Africa and depending on how long our people stayed in one area as to what history labeled them. Who ruled them and how nomadic or stable they were.

Maps play a major roll in understanding the changes.

Having read where some teachers are now teaching 1st graders how to read a map, how much more
exciting it must be for those students.

We forget that many countries we think of as in the Old Country are really fairly new countries within that region.  Do you know when Italy was created?  It might shock you.  Do you know when Germany was declared a Country?  It was long, long after many of our kin came to the USA.  At least for my family this holds true most were here when we arrived or came within 50 years of our starting up as a Colony of Britain.

Look back 20 years from today and see the names of European and Asian countries that have been dissolved or names changed. What a nightmare to have to start research in which country.

Below is listed a site that shares information on some of the areas of which I speak.


Much that did not show is shown here. Using the Treaty of Frankfurt as an example. French or German.

Thanks for the great post.

You can not have come from Germany unless it was after 1871.
germany founding date
Eastern Europe's Oldest Cities. Ancient History to the Present. Many of Europe’s oldest cities can be found in its eastern region, particularly in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Macedonia, Romania, and Croatia. Not all of these ci... More »

Monday, January 18, 2016

Photo Restoration Tidbit

New post on History Repeating

I thought i'd try out a photo restoration service to see if it could breathe new life into an old WWI photograph of my Gt Grandfather - here's the results!

 Very interesting article and results are shared.

Friday, January 15, 2016

More Topics to Follow and a Vote that is needed in Scotland.

Vote on the Future of Inverness Castle!
Scottish Genealogy Tips Tricks & Tidbits  Yes, read what she has posted and vote on your decision.

On the site is a picture of this beautiful castle.

Of course you get four choices.  Mine is choose all four. LOL

No, you really can choose three.

Would love to see it turned into a history facility , Visitors Information Centre and a maybe restaurant and  part time bed and bath for the year. Rent it out for  major events.  Definitely keep the TOWER open.

Beautiful setting and appears better kept than many.

I concur with her ideas.  Research and stay in same spot at same time AWESOME.

Talking about how the  USA has changed, wondering if other countries have had as much changes as we seem to have been dealt.

Manners, respect, behavior, language, and clothing all play a part.  Need to find a European penpal and see if same has happened in Scotland, Germany, Ireland or other countries.

Still looking for my FOULK cousin whom lives in the Los Angeles area. I lost her address and phone number and we met at the Los Angeles Library a few years back.

DearMYRTLE Your friend in genealogy

Try to follow Pat and all her great thoughts and ideas.  Hope to catch her in a google room one day here soon.  I have known her for nye on  30 years.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

First Four Months of CVGS General Meetings.

Chula Vista Genealogical Society

Programs Scheduled for 2016

January 27            Gena Philibert-Ortega “Remember the Ladies, Finding Your Female Ancestors” 

                                                This program will be held at Bonita-Sunnyside Library

Address: 4375 Bonita RoadBonitaCalifornia
United States

It is hoped all others will be back at the Chula Vista 4th Ave. Library.  

February 24                        Annual Meeting
Shirley Becker “New York Revisited”

March 30                  Toni Perrone “The Land of Hansel and Gretel-
                                     Genealogical Resources for Hessen”          

April 27                        Randy Seaver “Top Ten Free Genealogy Websites

Meeting time is 12 pm to 3 pm.  Giving time to share surnames etc with members after the meeting.

Thanks Jane.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Another Blog You May Want to Follow *My Genealogy Hound"

Another Blog You May Want to Follow  *My Genealogy Hound"

Carries autobiographies and other information we use often. It is a free site to utilize.

 It is worth looking at.  

Photographs, postcards, and many other things to look at.

Give it a whirl.  If you do not care for it toss it out. But LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED.

My Genealogy Hound is a free service of Hearthstone Legacy Publications. All contents of this website are copyright 2012-2015.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Look What This Blog Posted. Genealogy Bank

Michigan Archives: 159 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Search Michigan Newspaper Archives (1817 – 1995)

two references to Adrian    

two references to Ypsilanti

So much more.

GenealogyBank has lots of information for everyone.

.GenealogyBank - The OfficialBlog

Lansing State Capitol  near the Archives..

Monday, January 11, 2016

Do You Roam Through Blogs? I Think It Pays Off.


 Today has been hectic and strange.  When stressed I look for different things to make my mind calm.

A blog found, the other day that I thought it may bring back memories and help generate a different concept when digging for clues.

See Mom died a few short years back within this 24  hours.  Which brings up the thoughts this blog mentioned.

This person wrote about the manners of children back when and do we know any children that share these manners today.  I can say,  family members in many homes have taught much of this but it does not always stick but shows up at the oddest of times that it paid to teach them these manners.

They seldom show it when your around but you hear from others about how well mannered and polite they are and how helpful they can be.

Mom and Dad expected nothing less than what this lady wrote about. I remember teaching my sons to stand at church when small and an elderly did not have a seat.  Reminding them that what goes around generally comes around in the future. To hold open the car door or house door, as they are entering or leaving a room or car.  Offer a hand when you see there may be a need.  Carry in the groceries with out being asked.  Attempt to keep your room clean and put dirty clothes in the hamper and the clean ones in the drawer and on hangers in the closet.

O did we succeed, with some of our children it was ducks taking to water, with some of the children it was like a foreign language and what was it you said.  But then at the least suspecting time, you will hear someone say," Child* has been so helpful while I was not up to par. How did you get them to be so attentive?"

So I hope you take the time to read this lady's blog and if you see this done and comment on it somewhere and give them an *attaboy* for their thoughtfulness.

I think it helps for us to read the various topics written about in our major selection of blogs.

Yes learning a map and a census helps but remembering the family sometimes is far more important.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Your Bucket List of Research Places

Ever so often and at least twice a week I receive news of another place we should be looking.

This  is like, your Bucket Lists of Research Places including Libraries.

Some I have been to, most I have not but would love to.

Camping at the Michigan State Archives for five days, would put a dent in my need of sources.
Knowing they are there, just have to be able to stay long enough to source them.

Why this facility? Because of the data it harbors for other places near that I so could use.
 Recently learn the JONES family (Dad's side) spent time in Michigan was a shocker.  It should not  have been. Michigan is between New York and Illinois.  Could never figure what path they took to  get to Nunda, ILL.  Amazing when someone else's book can help you with that answer.  Yes, it had
 Jones in it from New York.
 Best part would be I could be staying at our sons' home to do this research.
Michigan Historical Center - Archives

Michigan State Archives and Libraries

NEHGS Library in Mass
New England Historic Genealogical Society

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society - Wikipedia ...
Joshua Taylor has just been placed in charge, can you believe.  WHOPPEE.
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Library of Virginia
Virginia State Library
Virginia State Archives and Libraries

Carnegie Library in Pittsburg, PA
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Home

Pennsylvania State Genealogical Society
State Archives

University Archives - University Libraries - Penn State University

Newberry Library in Chicago, ILL
Newberry Library - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sutro Library in San Fransisco, CA

Allen County Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Allen County Public Library Home

Ohio Genealogical Society
Ohio Genealogical Society

Each state has an archives of sorts.  Check it out.  Most states have a Historical or Genealogical
Society website also.  All of them filled with information to assist in your research.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Genealogical Chatting

Today was interesting and two people shared research thoughts and ideas and concepts.
 Her last name is a family name though it appears not related.  But her family name jumps up all over the areas that I am doing research in.

 We discussed research.  What to look for, and where and how.  Lucky her she has been to the Pittsburgh Carnegie Library. It was closed the day I was there.

 As she discussed her roadblocks we exchanged concepts.  When dates do not match for births and deaths, is it because of the change of calendar dates?   When you find some one in an area under one county name, do you look to see when the county boundaries changed and/or the county was split?

Many times, names evolve, some times minorly some time majorly. Early Mid Atlantic there is a lot of y used that today uses e.  There are others that morph also.  B & P, can be misunderstood with a
person with a brogue or slur when speaking.

Language is a fascinating thing. One some times, needs to study the language spoken at the time to comprehend what is spoken.  Being fortunate to have a person of a foreign country as a neighbor I could bounce the pronounciation of a word or name off her for authenticity of what it really sounded like spoken by a person of that nationality.  Alas I lost her this fall. A very dear beautiful woman.
She was my Sister in law's mother.

At one time I had access to a family of Indian heritage that could tell me what some names were in the native tongue and the translation to American English.  Some did not translate. Not all words do translate. Something to remember.

Blessed with some Latin background it helps to break down words one is not always sure what it implies.  Again remember that what a word meant in 1700's was different in the late 1800's and definitely different into the late 1900's.

Remember to keep track of the collateral kin, later down the road if you get a brickwall or major puzzle,  you may need to check for other family members of the ancestor you are researching.
DNA is one reason for you to do this.

Remember not everyone remembers an event the same way. Nor do they experience the same reaction to events that you do.

Having spent 3 weeks with distant kin and sharing their words of what the family did or did not do
was fascinating to compare to my Grandfathers account of some of the events.

Surprisingly, it was brought home with the gathering of three different lines gathering in a living room and sharing their concept of various event.  I was the fourth line and a generation down from them.

The joy of all this is it brought out stories and memories people had forgotten and were able to reshare with others who had no knowledge.  Of course the kept letters, pictures, newspaper clippings, and articles retained by members made it even more memorable.

That is why I feel a yearly newsletter is needed for families to share.

Do you know that after and probably before the Civil War. When family moved away that letter was transferred from one member to another and more data added to it as it was passed around, many times.

So think on it when your doing research, all these things can have bearing on your research and results.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Update on ordering Social Security Data

Today I received an post from Judy Russell and you may want to read it.  I will be posting some various tidbits for you to be aware of.  BTW, did you see my posts on Facebook about some new places to look for information?

The Legal Genealogist: Ordering the SS-5: redux

Click on the link and learn what Judy had to say.

The Anatomy and Authenticity of William Stuckey’s Probate

Interesting information regarding probate records and their authenticity.

Nat Geo Education Blog

This blog covers everything and helps us to learn about many things related to Genealogy.

 This is another topic they just posted.

Current topic is OLD CHRISTMAS, which explains why I celebrate until 6 January  partially.
If you do SE research you will learn much of customs, food and family words to understand their papers.

Posted: 05 Jan 2016 07:17 AM PST
 by James Tanner

Friday, January 1, 2016

High In The Sky, It's a Plane, It's a Bird, It's a Genealogist.

No you see us and then you do not.  Travel Time to a Genealogy Event.

Your Parents' home, Your Siblings' Farm, Your Childrens' Ranch, Your Ancestor's Grave Yard.

Any of these places work for a trip for Genealogy.

Some can walk across the street and share tea and memories.

Some can drive down a lane and over a hill and share a sherry.

Others must fly on wings to arrive and see the world as our ancestors saw it.

How is not the question, it is the arriving and learning and sharing of what you learned after you come home.

Fly Away, Fly Away and Share it Willingly.

Wondering how many were on these two planes going somewhere?

Scanning Event is 1 to 3 Saturday at Bonita-Sunnyside Library Jan 2, 21016

Learn the different forms of scanning devices and some you may own and not realize what it can do.

Bonita - Sunnyside Library,   (4375 Bonita Road) is from 1 p. m. to 3 p.m. or later.

Our esteemed Gary Brock will be leading this event.  

Our normal meeting days are the first Saturday of every  month.

Why not start your new adventure and master more, to help in your research.

We hope to help fill your needs of knowledge in regards to saving data and how and what is best to use on different items.

 Plan to attend the February event regarding GEDCOMS next.  Mark the date now.
Feb 6.  1 to 4 pm same place, same instructor and some helpers.