Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Great Day Full of Information. Thanks Mr. Olsen.

Today our society hosted Mr. Mark Olsen and a talk about Many side comments about Randy Seaver's knowledge of the program.  I suspect he uses it as much if not more than I do.

The presentation was informative and very educational for all.  The idea you can use their library without being a member should have woke many up.  I only found the note about what line on Census your query person is on yesterday and I have used census pages for quite some time.

 I can say I love the Newspaper connections, except that one name is stuck.  I have gotten lots of good data to use and help me over a hump by having that information.

I like the Timeline feature and the fact Feature and all the ways you can move easily through different
systems within the system.

When you look at the time line you can tell what data is missing to give you a factual account of that time frame.

He talked about the Book Matching and the online class given yesterday which I missed and am going to try and find.

There are so many features to use and enjoy and move your genealogy forward with accuracy.

It was interesting to see the astonishment on some of the members faces as the presentation was given.  Others gave great comments also. Many questions were asked, about various features.

I am sure Randy will blog about this also but wanted you to know what you missed and some of the features that are free for everyone to use.  This site is done in many languages and is in over 100 countries.  That is just the tip of the iceberg.

All this does not mean that you should give up looking at books in the library and never will all data be on line though more is today than five years ago. But a long way from all.

Genealogy and it's research methods have made major shifts in the last ten years.

 I was part of the Longest Marathon Hangout some years ago. So fun to  meet people all over the world.

Mark Olsen - Google+
Mark Olsen - MyHeritage Affiliate and Biz Dev Manager - Mark Olsen of MyHeritage and Creator of the Longest Marathon Hangout ...

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Judy Russell has done it again.

Today, Judy Russell wrote another tidbit for research, that I had forgotten about.

Judy Russell, thank you for reminding me and probably sharing this information with many whom have never thought to look in these books.

So all of you please go to Judy Russell's blog today and read what she shares.

I am serious, I have done this but it was 30 plus years ago when I utilized this method and
have had no chance to do it again, thereby forgetting about it.

Posted: 29 Apr 2016 07:00 AM PDT
And relationships too

Monday, April 25, 2016

Preservation Week ------ Are you Preserving family stories?

Having someone ask the question they did a couple days ago reminded me that we need to preserve our stories and heritage for the grandchildren whom are not listening now.

Death always brings many different emotions.  The strongest one is there is no more feedback, comment or contact.

A few days ago Judy Russell commented if we did not write stories of current situations down it is gone in 3 generations. Which means your grandchildren do not even know the NOWS of TODAY.

Funny I was thinking of that the other day because our Grandchildren have all scattered or appeared to have scattered about. From Boston to Los Angeles is a scatter I believe. Boston was thinking of Scotland for the future that is even farther away. I heard New Orleans mentioned by another.

So having the stories from my Grandparents and one Great Grandmother, what am I to do.
Yes, write it down and make it a gift at various events during their lives.

I have not heard if our Library is celebrating this event. I hope so.   They just made a great area for Military Veterans Data to be preserved and that is mostly Grandparent, Uncle information though we did have Aunt and Grandma active also in WW11.
As a reader recently asked, " Have you talked about death?"  What your family member may want?
It is hard for a five year old to remember someone if they are not raised around them and familiar with their daily routine.  They will remember if they walked them to bed and shared snacks and spent time sharing time.  If this did not happen they will not remember not even at 12 or 13.

So stop and take the time to write at least one or two things about each person in your tree that you have been in touch with, met and shared time with.  Each of you may think of a different trait or attribute that your sibling.  Wow, what a more complete memoir you can make.

Recently cousins came to visit, after 35+ years of communicating. They looked at a binder I had put together on our common family.  They was amazed to see documents in with pictures and other sources combined in the binder.  Having wanting sources with data and pictures, I attempt when doing a binder to keep it together.  Knowing I have mislaid many important pieces of papers in my earlier research because as I go through a 30 year old box, up will pop something I forgot I had received. Much better all together, especially now that sourcing is so vital and learning many family
members do not seem to have a care.

Once in awhile someone will pop up with a question.  Having attempted to share family stories and information with our children from the time small. Took them to see my Aunt's and Uncles and many cousins.  Shared over night stays with their children to become more familiar with kin not near us.

My goal for the week is to make a mini story about each of my oldest known Ancestors. What is yours?

Yesterday I wrote about my Grandma Inez Mae Scott Hoffman.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Remembering Family Information, Stories, and Tales. Inez Mae Scott Hoffman

 As you work through your charts and family information, do you remember to write about the person as you knew them?

Do you ask other family members to send a story about that person to add to your collection of information?

Maybe a story about a school event or family gathering, where family members were together.

Between Randy Seaver's comments on Judy Russell's questions at RootsTech, it reminded me that
Mom had us ask about family in our letters so we could have something to communicate about when we exchanged letters.

O the loss that the government cost our family.  We shall overcome.

Everyone talked about my Grandma Inez Mae Scott Hoffman, and her ability to crochet beautiful bedspreads, tablecloths, doilies, and trim on pillowcases. One of my favorites is the yoke she created on my sister and my nightgowns when we were about 8 1/2 for me and 5 for Sis. They were Xmas gifts.  I wonder if she kept hers.  I have hankies she trimmed, marked and saved.  The tablecloth she made me for graduation we had to sell to help pay for her funeral. Alas.

She earned money doing this for people for weddings. Crochet edged pillow cases were a big event for  many.  The placemats for armchairs and for back of chairs to keep the furniture clean she did many of them.  My favorite design she did was pineapple pattern, There is a list of many designs and
Mom inherited her Crochet books, which I have some of.

Mom could also crochet very well.

Grandma made a double wedding ring quilt for my parents and it was in tatters at Mom's death.  Someone said they were going to try to get a pillow out of it.

 I have quilt squares that Grandma embroidered with the State Birds of Wyoming and the State Flowers of Wyoming. Grandma never got them completed into a quilt. Not sure she would have quilted them since the material is so delicate, maybe made pictures to hang on the walls or something.

Grandma Inez could Tat, a beautiful trim for blouses and dresses etc.  That neither Mom or I could master.

I would love to learn how to make bobbin lace, I think I have all  of Grandma's bobbins and some very, very old thread.

That she could cook and can and still have time for all the handiwork she did,  meant she had  little idle time.

O how we  seem to waste our time in modern day.

What do you remember about Grandma Inez Mae Scott?

Friday, April 22, 2016

100th Anniversary of our National Parks

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Mt. McKinley and more! Celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Parks with Ken Burns (PBS), and see why these extraordinary places should be preserved. The six-part series, THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA, begins Monday, April 25 at 9/8c on PBS.

Watch you may find kin helped to discover and settle our National Parks.  

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Events in Southern California - for May

  Okay I am sending you over to this site and you can read the events for this coming month.

  Maybe you will find a speaker or topic that you may want to consider going to.

Posted: 20 Apr 2016 10:00 AM PDT

Carpooling can some times be arranged.  

Lemon Grove Library 6 to 7:50 pm Ap 20 Tonight Land Records

Land Records

Land Records will be covered this evening in a presentation w a handout and links for you to learn more on your own.

I even learned there is going to be Live Streaming talks on Land Records from NGS.

If NGS posted this I missed it but this is from Judy's Blog and her  link is listed below.

 Registration for the live stream from the National Genealogical Society conference in Fort Lauderdale will close at midnight, Friday, April 22, 2016.

There are two tracks being offered this year:

• In Track One, “Land Records and Maps,” there are five lectures on Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The lectures will cover deed books and private land claims, how to utilize mapping apps, Google Earth, and GPS to enrich your research, and maps and gazetteers for English and Welsh research.

• In Track Two, “Methods for Success,” there are five lectures on Friday, May 6, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The lectures will cover methodology techniques for use with historical context and DNA, as well as problem solving using a combination of resources.

Registration is $80 for one track and $145 for two tracks, but is discounted for NGS members: for members, it’s $65 for one track and $115 for both. All registrants will receive an electronic version of the NGS 2016 Family History Conference Syllabus.
You can register for the live stream at the NGS conference registration page, and more information can be found on the live streaming page.

Judy thanks for the posting. 

When in doubt give it a try.  Having found many records via using Deeds and Warrants and Patents this may really be of help to people.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

MyHeritage Community is launched. has created a community based help and research source for us to use.  This is  so  amazing.

Wondering who in our area will first have major success with this endeavor.

Daniel Horowitz sent us a message regarding this new activity.

You can read more about this at this link.  Hoping this is exciting for you as it is for me.

It is like back to the  you help me and I help you form of genealogy I grew up a part of.

I do not mind paying and volunteering but I think some things have gotten way out of hand financially.

Please enjoy and let Daniel H know how you like this.

He is listed on the blog page posted here.

Please see the press release below and attached image. A blog post about MyHeritage Community is live on the MyHeritage blog, with some great examples of how users are helping one another. The link is

If you have any questions, please contact me, or my colleague, Aaron (


Best regards!

Daniel Horowitz
Chief Genealogist Officer & Translation Team Leader

MyHeritage Ltd., 3 Ariel Sharon St., Or Yehuda 60250, Israel  )

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Society Saturday....... Vital Information ---Mark your Calendar Germanic Research

Toni Perrone shared this at our meeting today and sent this for all to see.  Yes you may share this.   

Awesome event, very exciting news.

Sample article for your society newsletter
Ideally for newsletters published in April or May
Questions, contact Kent Cutkomp: (612) 920-8118,
 International Germanic genealogy conference  set for July 2017 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Save the dates July 28-29, 2017, for the first international conference organized by the German-American Genealogical Partnership.

Our society has joined this new and growing international Partnership of Germanic societies across America and Europe. Our members receive a special Partnership discount off the regular conference rate. Registration for the conference, to be held in Minneapolis, Minn., opens in January 2017.
The conference theme — “Connections: International. Cultural. Personal.” — will shape presentations and personal opportunities for both Germanic genealogy professionals and individual hobbyists.
A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel. You will be able to book rooms at a special rate beginning in August. A special reservation phone number and Marriott link will be available. Watch for more information.
The German-American Genealogical Partnership was begun last year by genealogical society leaders in America, Germany and other countries. Their purpose is to expand cooperation among societies nationally and internationally for the benefit of their individual members. The 2017 international conference is one of several major Partnership initiatives. Hosting the 2017 Partnership conference is the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In Research, Do You Track the Weather?

In Research, Do You Track the Weather?

Several years ago I was doing a class on research at the Lemon Grove Library and then they closed for remodeling the Encyclopedia's I was using disappeared. Never to be seen again, they were
very important to genealogists.

You have missing people, you think they were hatched.  It just may be they were caught in one of the
 many horrid strong storms that hit the country early in our time.

Have you read of the Hurricane that wiped out many people early?

Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635 - Track

 I found this on Ancestry but I suspect that google may find us more of what that great set of Encyclopedia's was sharing.

We have Hurricanes, Tornado's, Sand storms, Massive Floods, Fires and other events of nature.

In all of these events we generally lost lots of people, seldom did we loose just a few but it did happen once in a while. 

Early times on the East Coast was a fascinating for weather events. A furious Ice Storm paralyzed the east coast. It was feared that NYC's was going to suffer some damage, but the political people thought the farmers and outlying areas would be froze to death. Ironic, NYC had more deaths because they depended on delivery and other people and the country folks knew to be prepared because there was no one near to help them in most of the open area.

The people in the apartments in NYC and other small cities depended on the milk man, the vegtable man, the meat man, the coal man and when they could not manipulate the streets, people began  to die from cold and and hunger.  Death was far greater in the larger cities than the outlying areas.

This head line reminded me of that series of books think there were 12 books and we were on no. 4 or 5. White with red and blue lettering about weather. One day I will find the title of them and my old papers.  

Be aware many things affected why you can not find your kin. This is just one more thing.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Puzzle Pieces, by Susi Pentico

Puzzle Pieces, That is What They Are
Putting together new data into my program, my mind said, new pieces to the puzzle.
Yes, they are new pieces to the puzzle.  That is why we ask or are supposed to be asking each family member for help in resolving our lost data.
Each member of the family takes away a different thought besides their shared thoughts. Each person remembers activities differently in prospective to their selves instead of others.  It is like a cup of water, is it half empty or half full. It is how we perceive it. 
Easter was a great event, Easter was an okay event, Easter happened lets move on.   
So what did Grandad do?  O he farmed, O he worked for others, Yes, he built things to use, So what did he really do?
Depending on your prospective of what you absorbed while visiting or talking to him or to others that is your answer.
A prime example I have in our tree is a 5th Grandfather.  He had a very busy life. Every census he listed himself as a Farmer.  But, O yes that word is there.  He built bridges, he designed the first free standing circular stair way for his daughter and grand daughter's home, he shared in the building of barns and homes.  I suspect he was truly an architect.  One bridge they had trouble with and he showed them how to resolve the problem. Last I heard bridge still there. I have the clipping with the stairwell and article in the paper for the stairway.
So it is all in your prospective and your relatives prospective of life and happenings.  
How many of the early people could read and write and sign their names and were schooled?
We have at least one of those in our lines, Thomas Scott in Halifax Co. Va. He owned books, several in fact.
Truly wish more was written about the man. Few men let alone less women were learned to read and write in the 1700's.  Even into the 1800's school were just starting to be built and some were home schooled if the family already had the knowledge to do these things. 
In those times it was more important to make sure that the fields were planted, the gardens were growing and the sheep and animals were fed.  After all you needed wheat for flour, garden for eating and sheep for wool and clothing.
Just examples of needs verses today. 
So share your puzzle pieces on an ancestor we may share, we may end up with a more whole human than slanted.

Monday, April 11, 2016

About.Com Ancient Maps - Our World Long Ago.

Have you looked at Maps, Ancient Maps many are here very very interesting to see.

They have data on more than maps. This is a site that everyone should be glancing at, every so
often to remember the boundary changes and make up of the Old World our past came from.

Map of the Ancient World at ABOUT.COM

URL's for Research of Books, Etc.

Having just posted about the Canadian Url to reach data electronically that they did  not have before.
I saw  few people looked at the post.

Obviously, not even intrigued to learn what the information may do for them.

So as we have learned, practice the best medicine in research.

Going to post a url for Lancaster Co., PA research via a book.

Not everything goes through paid sites.

Colleges, Universities and other mediums have shared their access to help people in research.

Hope it helps someone to learn more.

 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, deed abstracts and Revolutionary War oaths of al...

Yes it is free.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

CNDHI is Alive

How Can You Get Involved?
CRKN is pleased to announce that CNDHI (affectionately pronounced “candy”) is now live at CNDHI is funded in part by Library and Archives Canada as part of the Documentary Heritage Community Program.

More data at this link.  Yes we have Canadian Ancestors and Kin, do you?

Join the community: Submit your digitization projects to CNDHI by emailing

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Just In from Daniel Horowitz NEW FEATURE

My Heritage has released a new feature.

 Dear friends,

I hope you are well. I'm currently in Birmingham, England; attending the WDYTYA Live event but that does not stop me to have the pleasure to spread good news; a new technology we have just released, Book Matching, which automatically finds matches for people in your family tree on MyHeritage in our vast collection of 450,000 digitized historical books.

Book Matching is exclusive to MyHeritage. It uses full semantic text analysis to compare books with family trees, bringing you relevant excerpts when it finds narrative describing people in your family tree, with extremely high accuracy.

Book Matching brings you exciting new information about your family, that you may not have found anywhere else, allowing you to expand your family tree and add more information to family tree profiles.

Please see the press release below, and please find an image attached.

If you have any questions, please contact me, or my colleague, Aaron (



MyHeritage Releases Exclusive Book Matching Technology for Family History
MyHeritage users to automatically receive relevant excerpts from digitized books that reveal information about their ancestors and relatives

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, April 7, 2016 — MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, has launched today a revolutionary addition to its suite of technologies: Book Matching. This innovation automatically researches users' family trees in historical books with high precision.

In April 2012 MyHeritage launched SuperSearch™, a search engine for historical records, which has since then grown to include 6.6 billion historical records, including birth, marriage, death and census records. By implementing its vision of enhancing genealogy with technology, MyHeritage then developed a line of unique and sophisticated technologies that automatically match the records from the search engine to the 32 million family trees uploaded by its users.

In December 2015, MyHeritage expanded its data collections to include digitized historical books, with an initial corpus of 150,000 books of high genealogical value. This collection was tripled last week to 450,000 books with 91 million pages. With a team of more than 50 dedicated curators, MyHeritage aims to add hundreds of millions of pages of digitized books to the collection each year.

As of today, MyHeritage users will receive matches between profiles in their family trees and the books from this collection. The Book Matching technology analyzes the book texts semantically, understanding complex narrative that describes people, and matches it to the 2 billion individuals in MyHeritage family trees with extremely high accuracy. This breakthrough technology is the first of its kind, and is exclusive to MyHeritage.

Book Matching has produced more than 80 million matches, and this number will continue to grow as the collection grows and as the family trees on MyHeritage continue to expand. Book Matching is currently available for English books, and the technology is being enhanced to cover additional languages. In addition, de-duplication technology is being added in the next few weeks to remove duplicate books that have been scanned and OCRed more than once by different sources.

“No one has ever done this before," said MyHeritage Chief Technology Officer, Sagi Bashari. “Our Book Matching technology reads hundreds of thousands of books for you, every hour, comparing them to your family tree and pointing you to relevant excerpts about your ancestors with almost no false positives. MyHeritage is the first to offer full semantic text analysis in this way, and the genealogical breakthroughs speak for themselves. You will be amazed at the value of books for your research."

“I've personally seen what this new technology can do, using my own family tree,” said blogger and lifelong genealogist Leland Meitzler. “It found well over 500 books with information on my family, most of which I'd never seen before. All kinds of ancestors and relatives can now be added to my tree! To say that this new search technology changes everything would be an overstatement, but not by much.”

Genealogist James Tanner said: “This advanced technology from MyHeritage opens up a whole new world of research possibilities that were almost completely unavailable in the past. I have always valued the content of the older genealogy books because the people who wrote them were contemporaries with my ancestors. Being able to search these books on a large scale will change the way most of us have been doing genealogy and our attitude towards the books that have been there all along but were not searchable.”

Dick Eastman, of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, summed up MyHeritage’s latest innovation: "MyHeritage Book Matching is like having a huge library at your fingertips, with a twist; there is a magical librarian who tells you exactly which books have information about your ancestors."

Book Matches are available at and are generated automatically for any family tree built on the website or imported into it. A Data subscription is required to view Book Matches.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the world's fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages.

Best regards!

Daniel Horowitz
Chief Genealogist Officer & Translation Team Leader
MyHeritage Ltd., 3 Ariel Sharon St., Or Yehuda 60250, Israel

Thank You Daniel for this information.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Library Research and Finding Dead Ends

Today we had our Board Meeting and lots of topics tossed around.  We are working to bring more attention to the over 3.000 books on the shelves in our Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.  We have bought and paid for almost all of them. Some of course have been donated.

For some reason people seem to still think they can find all their answers on the internet. Sorry it won't happen but very rarely.

Have you looked at all the books we have though it was downsized some time back.  The Telephone books are gone which were great reference material for confirming past residences.  I re retrieved the ones I gave to library for my library. Many Reference books the Library had disappeared. They had a great series on Indians. Where did they go?  What about all the WHO's WHO's that were on the shelf.
I have two children in those books.  

We are preparing to celebrate Family History Day with the  Library in the Fall.  We hope many sources are found from the various places within the Library. Last tour was a whopping success several years ago.  Data was found in every area of the Library for people to research. Yes, the children's section, videos, tapes, books, magazines, the list goes on.

Remember History has a lot to do with genealogy and one goes with the other.  You can not adequately research an area if you do not know the history of the region.  What happened at various times to make changes and turnovers.  Our early wars made much changes within  our borders.

States had counties and as they developed many counties were re-split creating new counties.   One needs to know those dates because maybe they did not move but the boundary did. Having two lines at the minimum that this happened to.  The same thing happened to some states.

Have you looked at our books on our shelves at the Chula Vista Library on 4th and F St.?

When we started, I had dreams we could become as big as Carlsbad's Genealogy Library but that was dashed years ago when downsizing happened and other events took priority. Yes, there are reference books on line but they are not all the same and do not all carry the same information.

If anyone knows where the Encyclopedia's went from a library that talked strictly about the weather in the USA. I would love to find them again.  

Yes, every library carries a bit of different material for you to look at and learn from.

Did you know South Branch Library has books on some super maps for Genealogists and Historians to use?  Orange Ave Branch.

Anxious to see what the new Imperial Beach Library will carry when completed. I used it often for material on the military in south bay.

We meet also monthly at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library which offers different books. We visit and meet at the Lemon Grove Library once a month and a tour of that library would be fun too.

San Diego Genealogical Society donated their books to the San Diego City Library down town San Diego. Have you been there?  They had a nice selection of important books prior to the building of the library but with the addition from SDGS, they encompass a large floor on one level.

Today someone mentioned the college Libraries. Yes, I have used Southwestern's and Northridge's College Library from when grandson in school there.

Start taking tours and really seeing what your library may hold. You are really missing a lot if you do not.

  1. Library: City of Chula
    Search the Library Catalog. Advanced Search | New Arrivals | eBooks | DVDs. ->.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Special Event

 Save this Date:  Saturday  30 April 2016   1 P M to 3 P M.

 Make sure you Register please, please.

 Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium

 Special Event Topic-----

 "My Heritage - Amazing Technology Changing the World of Genealogy"

  Presented by:  MARK OLSEN

  Mark Olsen is a Business Development Manager at MyHeritage.  He has a degree in Genealogy
  and Family History with Spanish Emphasis from Brigham Young University.

  Meeting Mark at the Burbank Jamboree several years and working with him when he asked if I
  work with him to launch and learn about the Google HangOut.

  He and Sara are the proud parents of seven children and two grandchildren.
  Mr. Olsen serves as a director on the FGS, Board of Directors.

  MyHeritage has created technology that will blow your socks off. From automatic record match-
  ing to new technology not yet announced MyHeritage is on the forefront of technology.  This
  automation and advances in technology are helping millions connect with their past faster and
  more accurately than ever before.

   Please register for this event if you intend to attend so we may better prepare the venue.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Tidbits of Data All to Help in Research

Tidbits of Data  All to Help in Research

One of the first things to share  is:  If you do not follow Upfront with NGS, here is their latest information.

Posted: 01 Apr 2016 03:30 AM PDT

Just clips. if you go to that link you can learn more.
Whereas the South Carolina Department of Archives and History (SCDAH) has online records that are historical, SCERA definitely has a mix of historic records and then also more modern records, including records as new as those created in 2014.

The records available are many, many and should help lots of people. A total of 308,580 record items.

Go to the site and read the information in full.

It is one reason I  follow Upfront with NGS. is another site for having fun researching.  

Southwest PA information, surnames and trees are here including VA and WVa, & OH.

Nice to find things here. 

Of course my favorite always is and and . are my first to go to sites when teaching beginners and you have run out of ideas.  
 Hoping Ancestry gets the sites back up and working soon.  Some are still very blank.