Sunday, December 30, 2018

5 Jan 2019 Follow Up On DNA and GedMatch with Tim Williams and Bethel .

Saturday  1 to 3:30 PM Bonita-Sunnyside Library, Bonita Rd., Bonita, CA.

Tim and Bethel Williams are returning to share the last half of their program.

GedMatch knowledge and DNA Painting.  Learning to read DNA data.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Interesting Tidbit from a Genealogy Friend.

Interesting Tidbit from a Genealogy Friend.

The friend does the Pioneer Series for several states in the south east.

She has moved her posts and comments.

 With all the fanfare of losing viewers at Facebook due to the new algorithims and now the loss of Google+, I am now posting on
This blog can be added to the screen of your phone for easy convenience viewing
Also posting on Mastodon with handle @genealogy 
Mastodon is new to the market and gaining viewers. To those who wish to share genealogy posts, I suggest Mastodon".

 I have never heard of this new place, so sharing with you all.

Blessed Christmas.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Just in from Daniel Horowitz Xmas Gift for self or others.

Hi Susi,
The holiday season is all about family and the memories you create together. This year, MyHeritage has partnered with Project Life™ by Becky Higgins to bring you the perfect way to preserve and share those memories with the Family Discovery Kit. With this unique gift set, you’ll make incredible discoveries about your family and create a beautiful album to cherish your family story for generations to come.

The Family Discovery Kit makes a truly meaningful gift and presents the perfect opportunity to capture all the special moments that await you in the new year. Now more than ever, making family albums and capturing family memories will be an easy resolution to keep.
This beautiful, limited-edition gift set includes a MyHeritage DNA kit, 3 months of FREE access to, a Project Life™ photo album, customized full page inserts, Project Life™ decorative cards, a keepsake box, and scented candles.
Buy one for your loved ones, and remember to order one for yourself while supplies last.
Happy holidays,

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Party 12 Dec South Branch Library

CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon - 12 December 2017
When: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 11:00 AM, PST
Where: Chula Vista Library - South Branch
Chula Vista Genealogical Society

Join us for good food, fellowship and a festive time!
Please register if you plan to attend this event so we may better prepare the venue.
The CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon will be Wednesday, 12 December, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chula Vista South Library (389 Orange Avenue) in the Conference Rooms.

We will start promptly at 11:00 AM with a pot luck luncheon (meat & beverage provided by the Society)  followed by installation of new officers, maybe a slide show and of course door prizes, raffles, an optional gift exchange ($10 Maximum, bring one, get one) and maybe an auction if there is excess meat.

Turkey, ham and drinks will be provided by CVGS. The potluck breakdown for the rest of the meal will be coordinated by JoAnn Bonner (phone 619-892-2478, email and Karen Polk (phone 619-420-7251, email karenpolk66@yahoo.comt). Please contact them by 12/10 to coordinate the potluck dishes.

Remember if  you can a toy for child or  non perishable food goods for making someones Holiday better.  Salvation Army  We have done this for many many years.

 Parking at the south branch will be limited due to a large construction project underway in the parking lot. Carpooling or public transportation may be a wise alternative

Monday, December 10, 2018

Who Do You Think You Are 10 Dec...

I was going to share this to society and then said I better see if it okay ???   Thanks Susi

 Yes! Thanks  Thomas MacEntee

Upcoming Episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC

Here is the schedule for the current season of Who Do You Think You Are?:
  • Josh Duhamel (Monday, December 10): Josh Duhamel travels to England to investigate the extraordinary life of his 12 times great-grandfather and uncovers an astonishing, dark twist of interrogation and torture that rocks his belief system to the core.
  • Matthew Morrison (Monday, December 17): Matthew Morrison explores his American roots for the first time and is surprised to discover his family’s ties to the Revolutionary War. He learns of the bold lengths that his ancestor went through to protect his allegiances and the brutality he faced on the battlefield.
  • Regina King (Monday, December 17): Regina King investigates her maternal family tree and uncovers an ancestor who was a passionate civil rights activist in Alabama; a man who came out of slavery, endured horrific violence, but never stopped fighting for his people.

Disclosure statement: I have material connections with various vendors and organizations. To review the material connections I have in the genealogy industry, please see Disclosure Statement.
Content and Images: All content including images have been used by permission.
©2018 Thomas MacEntee.  All rights reserved.

New Episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on Monday, December 10th featuring actor Josh Duhamel
TLC’s Emmy Award-winning series, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? returns this week with a new episode on Monday, December 10th at 10/9c featuring a new group of celebrities who are eager to explore their family roots.
In the Episode 2 of Season 10, actor Josh Duhamel travels to England to investigate the extraordinary life of his 12 times great-grandfather and uncovers an astonishing, dark twist of interrogation and torture that rocks his belief system to the core.

The Josh Duhamel episode of Who Do You Think You Are? is scheduled for 10:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 pm Central - please check your local listings for exact time.

Watch ENTIRE Last Season ofWho Do You Think You Are?Online for FREE!
The celebration of the new season of Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC continues with ALL episodes of Season 11 available for FREE viewing online at the TLC website!
Episodes feature Hilary Duff, Jean Smart, Jon Cryer, Laverne Cox, Molly Shannon, and Megan Mullally. Free access available through Monday, December 17th. Click HERE to watch online!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

GedCom and DNA Painting by Tim and Bethel Williams


GEDCOM, GEDMATCH and DNA PAINTING was a success in many ways.  We will do it again, Lesson learned, only 3 or 4 on computer at a time to upload to GEDMATCH since with everyone on line, people were constantly being booted off. There by having to start over. Ken Robison figured it out and then things moved smoother.  

We had 20 in attendance, guests, and other society guests too. We are open to all to come to the classes done the first Saturday of every month. 1 to 4 pm
Some had already uploaded their tree to the GED MATCH site.

Trouble mastering that the GedCom was actually your tree so the data would be there for the making of matches. ( Made me feel better since some times I get lost too),

My first GedCom was in 1996 and it turned out such gibberish I hand wrote out the tree for my Foulk Cousins in Iowa.  IT did not know how to handle when one name carried two of your lines. 
We chuckled on the phone about the crazy results they received.  My files have many of those in my lines in my tree. 

After we semi mastered the GedCom process, Tim Williams brought about the information for DNA Painting.  The GedCom was your tree that you were going to find matches with in the GedMatch Program.
Many more questions floated in the air. Everyone was learning and confused and finally figured out the concept at least.

Being amazed it can actually take certain lineages and tell you of which group you come from and from where. 
Ancient History is very helpful here.  

For myself DNA Painting helped me to grasp the various groups and the compatibilty or not. As I was fielding those who raised their hands for help
I missed some of Tim's information. 

Tim gave an excellent hand out to help work through the process. I have had it uploaded to our web page and sent to all those whom signed up for the class ahead of time.
Randy Seaver thank  you.  

As soon as date is confirmed for a follow up you will all be notified.  

A side note is that the painting can discover your missing? Indian heritage at times.  it can even mention regions and as to the groups beginnings.
Tim used Pocahontas  as an example, suspect he knew three in attendance descend from her.  

Tim shared many charts and much data to assist those in attendance.   7 pages  w charts,  descriptions etc.

We lasted the full time for this event.  We did do a 10 minute break for stretching and refreshments. 

 Next event will be 5 January. Please bring the same as this time. Same Place.
 Sorry I got the process initially not mentioned correctly.

 Wanting to learn if my Abenaki is from where I suspect. 

Cindy T you were so missed for writing up a report. Enjoy your days away.

Friday, November 30, 2018

GedMatch and DNA Painting Sat 1 to 4 pm

Bonita - Sunnyside Library,   1 December 2018,   Next to Sheriff's Office.  

1 to 4 pm

Tim Williams, one of our own will be presenting this data.  He did mine in February and it helps to
know how to understand DNA. It is very key so it seems for Indian heritage.

This presentation will walk you through log-in into Gedmatch. I will lead you into the analysis of Native American DNA. Along with the terms, a close look into a DNA strand, you will be able to open Gedmatch, look at your DNA via Gedmatch, and know what your looking at.

Bring Laptop, computer and  5 gen chart for  grasping also your DNA Information if you have done DNA.  IF your tree is on phone that will probably work.

See you there.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Wow Look At the Home Place of Ancestors WOW

Dear Susi,
I hope you're well. 

We're happy to announce the release of a new feature for our DNA users — the display of Shared Ancestral Places for DNA Matches. 

We now show you towns, countries and U.S. states where birth or death events of ancestors took place that appear in your family tree and that you have in common with your DNA Matches. This feature makes our DNA Matching even more useful by helping pinpoint how you and your DNA Matches could be related.  

Many thanks

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert.

Daniel,   This is exciting news for  me.       Thanks  Sharing it.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Military Records Free Short Time 8 to 12 Nov

Hi Susi,

I hope you are well.
We want to let you know that ALL of our 47 million military records from around the world are searchable for free on MyHeritage to mark 100 years since the end of WWI. The records are available for free from November 8-12. 
As we remember the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers from all over the world, it’s a fitting opportunity to reflect upon the personal contributions made by our ancestors.
Military records are valuable resources that provide insight into the lives of those who have served in the armed forces, as well as their families. With these records, users can learn about their ancestors and honor their memory and service to their country.   
Please let your readers know and please share the link to the free records, and our attached image on your social media. 

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert.

Daniel, Thanks I have it posted.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Genealogy time

There are several. New Sites for research. Available,  Have you tried any of them?

Facebook has added more genealogical groups.

Try some of them.

Just put place interested in, maybe add a name, time frame?

Give it a try

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Just a Thought Regarding Names

Just a Thought Regarding Names by

Surfing through my tree, realized we need a form that contains our surnames and who else is
researching them.

Especially if you are a very early Immigrant to this part of the world.

Always amazed to find how many others have the same families as my family does.

Today opening an email another family member name surfaced to the top.

Suspecting also that We're Related is also doing this if both sides of the trees are accurate.

But beware not every tree given on that site is true. Make sure you check. Though I have solved two brick walls using it by conversing with the one I supposedly connected with. WE DID.

Some lines I have not worked on because there are so many lines to trace if you are early Immigrant.

Missing the old Roots Web forums where we kept track of each others surnames and could communicate and we find links much quicker and friendly than now. When are the rest of the Roots Web data coming back. The SWEET TREE done by my cousin is needed by many. A lot of work went into creating these pieces of information for other researchers to utilize. has a Surname Files section to discuss surnames with. I have broke two more brick walls using them.  They also have a chat area where you can discuss these items to clarify various situations.

We will talk more on come to our Educational Classes.  21 Nov. Lemon Grove, CA

Randy Seaver will be talking about Family Search at Bonita-Sunnyside Library  3 Nov. 1 to 4 PM

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Methods to Follow Hard to Find People

Methods to Follow Hard to Find People By Susi Jones Pentico
# 2

This will upset some but others will just chuckle.  Sometimes I dig until I can not dig any more for awhile and when I am away from the problem, the solution is right before my eyes.

Yes, there is such a thing as over doing and over seeing and not seeing what is right in front of us.
So if total despair has set in, set it aside, leave it alone, do something completely different.

Many times you will be amazed at the comment you missed the dates you read but did not read and information in your face.

For actually looking, one needs to expand the mind and not look at such a narrow space of place or time.  I loved George Schweitzer for his so savy ways of expanding his research.

1. Start at the place last known.  2. Expand out 50 miles, expand out again to  100 miles.

2. The earlier the time frame the generally farther one needed to expand the search.

3. Remember their names were varied. Try all variants.

4. One thing he ( Dr. Schweitzer) told us was," Write down the family story" whether true or not. As you work the problem through, generally there is truth in part to most stories. IE basis for story was the beginning truth."

5. Use all normal methods for research:  Wills, Probates, School Records, Tax Records {there were several types of taxes then} Business licenses*, marriage records, Obituaries, Land Records, and census.  Census is only as good as the person giving the information, so not always correct. It may have been a child or neighbor whom answered the questions.

*  I found birth information in a Tax Application Form in Maryland for one of my Ancestors, which verified what I suspected but was not what the family had as a record for birth. I of course shared it with all involved. time period 1780's.

6. Remember records went where the person desired to place them not always were today we would think they would be. Our laws are different today.

7.  Make sure you make a Timeline of the events and of the person's life. I use a single page for that information to be kept together.  The Gaps may help you to realize what is missing.

8. Check SAR/ DAR Records for the surname of interest.   I had forgotten that one and lost 40 years digging for someone. Ironic I used it for others but thought he was to old to be Rev War.

9.  Share your information with other family members or with friends, many times talking out a
problem will bring it in better light to see.

10.  Never give up. You may  never find all you want but even collateral information can verify
a certain amount of validity.

No. 3 will be next.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Answer to No. 1 What do You Do?????

So what do you do when a  living member does not share knowledge you need.

This was a great interactive conversation from all in attendance as to how to get family around
a road block.

1. First mentioned was asked something about that persons youth to them?
     Did you enjoy school, or playing sports?

2.  Do newspaper, church bulletin research for family news.

3.  Look for other members of that generation if they can recall the things they did
     when younger.

4.  Ask about various events in their life?  ie Did you like to cook, or work outside,
     were you happier doing inside chores verses outdoor chores.  Did you chop wood?

5.  Also one I learned at Grand Rapids, which was really a reminder and not being
     applied.  Ask a neighbor of the person you are wanting to share time with what they remember
     of their time with them.

6.  Did they go to school with them or know the family? Many small towns, everyone knew everyone      and can fill in some of the blanks.

7.  Do not give up.  Think of something that you know about them that they have liked or enjoyed  in      your presence.

8.  Review your notes and see what  you can pick up from what you have.

9.  Check census, church records, school records, tax lists, wills and probate papers of the
     family members in question.

10. Never give up, though you may have to lay it aside and go back to it with fresh thoughts.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Lost Ancestors Being Resurrected.

  Lost Ancestors Being Resurrected

Saturday at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library we had some great interactive exchanges for doing research and finding answers.

 Those not there truly missed a lot of shared data floating in the air.  Of course there were as many questions as there were comments and answers.

 Some tidbits were:

 What do you do when the living ancestor will not share knowledge the family knows is there?

  What is the best method to track family if there is no one to talk to?

 What do you do to document this small amount of information?

  How long have you all been doing research?

  What could we tell them about  DNA ?  We told them about Randy Seaver starting a class the third  

  Wednesday of the month 12 to 2 pm at the Chula Vista Library, 4th and F St.

  I showed them my painted DNA and told them I am not well versed in it yet but still learning.
  We all discussed the various DNA affiliates we were familiar with.  There are many.  FTDNA is one   of the oldest, My, and 23 and Me are also available plus newer ones.

  I have used about half of them and have a preference.

  How to review a book for family via Surname indexes was discussed.

 The information  you can garner from a Probate Record of an ancestor is very vital if you do not  know what they did.  The tools of their trade or profession are normally in the inventory.

Regions discussed were: Alabama, Louisiana, North and South Carolina.
We also briefly mentioned Georgia.   Indian Heritage, Black Heritage and mixed and Creole.

Sorry you weren't there.

Thanks Grand Rapids for the terrific Event with so much knowledge to learn and share.

Sorry Computer doesn't like me tonight.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Saturday Event for CVGS






1 TO 4 PM   








Monday, September 17, 2018

Something Learned Yet Forgotten

Something  Learned Yet Forgotten  

  Amazing how much our brain can retain and yet forget.  Then bring back at the weirdest of times, for us to remember or to use.

  Yes, we all learn and then it is filed away for a rainy day and yet many times the rainy day does not come.  Yet someone will say something and suddenly you remember something you wish you had kept in closer filing system.

 This last week having being reminded of that, thought I would share that thought.

  You have been told to check records, all records, yes all records, what you have been told may not be the answer to the quiz.

  Records can be DAR or SAR Applications and Acceptances. Deeds to various people in the neighborhood, Wills, Probate Records,  Applications to other genealogical groups that require lineage.

 Recently learned that their are more organizations than we are aware of.  At least I wasn't aware of some of them.  Yes,  I knew of the Mayflower group, I did not know of the Rhode Island group and other early states groups for preserving their past.

 When at NGS in Michigan I talked to the people in charge of the groups: DAR, SAR, and a couple more. Learning that local units do not always have the same data as headquarters.  The example was my/our Alexander Duvall 11.  Friend here tried to help and could not find data.  When I presented this data at the hall in Grand Rapids the lady looked up smiling and said,"See he is right here and yes he is DAR available if you have documents".  She was so nice and smiling and the others looked over and said, O YES, You are a DAR TO BE. They even gave me some more papers to read etc.  Finally after 20 years of asking on the west coast, the east coast accepts my ancestor.

When in doubt do not blame the local members they are not always given all data. Write to the headquarters if you think you should be long to any organization.  

 Well I was busy when I arrived home and only recently did a follow up on another surname that had no ancestors.  Well the SAR Applications found my missing ancestor.  Now to try on other missing ancestors.

 This could be fun learning more names because of the applications names attached also.

 Best of  Luck in your hunt.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Heads Up - New Event, NEHGS Event Oakland, CA

 Saturday, September 22, 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
In partnership with the California Genealogical Society
with Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project and Christopher C. Child, Senior Genealogist of Newbury Street Press and Editor of Mayflower Descendant

Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel, One Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621
Cost: $125, includes five lectures and lunch

More data can be gleaned here and you can sign up.

I found the fees to be reasonable and  wanted all to be aware of this event.

Questions? Email or call 617-226-1226.

Friday, September 7, 2018

From My Heritage by Dan Horowitz- AWESOME NEWS

Hi Susi,
I'm delighted to let you now about a new partnership between MyHeritage, and British Retailer WHSmith. For the first time, MyHeritage DNA tests are now available to purchase in retail stores in Europe.
Under the new partnership WHSmith distributes a unique product named MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit, which bundles MyHeritage’s popular at-home DNA test with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s Complete plan, which includes all family tree features and historical records on MyHeritage, seamlessly integrated with the DNA test results.
This allows consumers to receive detailed ethnicity reports and connect with their relatives around the world through the power of DNA testing, and utilize MyHeritage’s 9-billion-strong collection of historical records and family tree tools to embark on a journey to uncover their family history.
The distribution of the kits via local retail stores caters to the surging demand for at-home DNA testing throughout Europe.
Please find more information in the official press release below.
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Partners with British Retailer WHSmith to Distribute DNA Kitel Aviv, IsLondon, United Kingdom, September 7, 2018 — MyHeritage, Europe’s leading service for DNA testing and family history, announced today the launch of a retail partnership with WHSmith. This marks the first partnership of its kind for MyHeritage in the UK, and the first time that MyHeritage DNA tests will be available for purchase in retail stores in Europe.
Under the new partnership WHSmith distributes a unique product named MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit, which bundles MyHeritage’s popular at-home DNA test with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s suite of premium online genealogy services. This allows consumers to receive detailed ethnicity reports and connect with their relatives around the world through the power of DNA testing, and to utilize MyHeritage’s 9-billion-strong collection of historical records and family tree tools to embark on a journey to uncover their family history.

The distribution of the kits via local retail stores caters to the surging demand for at-home DNA testing throughout Europe, and in the UK in particular. The affordable price of the MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit available through WHSmith, £89, makes it an ideal gift for the Christmas season ahead.

The MyHeritage DNA test is notable for its ease of use. It involves a simple 2-minute cheek swab. In addition to the DNA test, the Family History Discovery Kit comes with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s Complete plan, which includes all family tree features and historical records on MyHeritage, seamlessly integrated with the DNA test results.
“Interest in DNA testing and family history research in the UK market has skyrocketed lately,” said Akiva Glasenberg, MyHeritage’s Business Development Manager. “We have created a unique bundled product to satisfy this need and are pleased to offer it to UK consumers through selected WHSmith High Street stores. Customers can look forward to discovering their ethnic origins and family history and making use of MyHeritage’s vast DNA database and historical record collections to make new connections with their relatives in the UK and overseas.” 
The MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kits are on sale in 200 WHSmith High Street stores, as well as online via is Europe’s leading service for family history and DNA testing. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage has transformed family history into an activity that is 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. Launched in November 2016, MyHeritage DNA is a technologically advanced, affordable DNA test that reveals ethnic origins and previously unknown relatives. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to find new family members, discover ethnic origins, and to treasure family stories, past and present, for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages and is the most popular family history and DNA service throughout Europe.
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Monday, September 3, 2018

Ray Dee Jones Sr and Dorothy Inez Hoffman Jones

  Happy Anniversary to you both.  I hope your day of Happiness is perfect.
  We Miss You Here on EARTH

Genealogists, Historians, do not forget to fill in the blanks on your time line with activities that happened in their lifetime.

 Seeing Pres. Ford's Museum brought back many memories that had disappeared until we wandered through the various rooms and looked and read the various displays.

Yes touring a Presidential Museum may help you fill in some of your blanks or to recall something that can help you move forward.

Blessed Labor Day 2018.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bonita- Sunnyside Library 1 to 4 Pm 1 Sept.

We will be covering more topics from Grand Rapids.

How some family members unknown can help. is part of one theme.

How distant relatives some times hold the answer, don't ignore them.  also will be discussed.

1 to 4 PM    

10 more topics to cover.  Save the Nov 3 date for special presentation being given by : Randy Seaver, John Finch and I.  

Sunday, August 26, 2018

How Social Media Can Help Your Research.

Last evening we  reviewed some more of the classes I attended in Grand Rapids, Mi for NGS.

It was fun to see them look at each other and say,"That makes sense".  The side bar is, it makes sense but do we think of it when doing research.  That is the difference.

Maureen Taylor gave 5 reasons for using Social Media:

1. Share  Photos and Family History

2. Mobile Friendly, + can use on the go, it's free.
     It’s really easy to use. Download the apps and sign up for a free account. You can view
     or upload images and information. All your favorite genealogy companies have social
     media pages.

3. Social Media: It can be Cousin Bait.
    She suggested using Hashtags.{We all knew what they did but not how to do them. We will have a
    class on how to use them} (to me it will be a short cut to locate research material or names)
4. Networking with Other Genealogists,
    Collaborate with relatives, meet professional genealogists,Talk about your research or
    ask for help when you need it.
5. Keeping up with the Latest News
    From news feeds, to posts by other genealogists to user groups/focus groups, social

    media is the leading way to stay up to date with new record sources and tools.
    Including Social Sites: Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, etc. 

    She recommends using your key surname and making a private site, for all researching that name       on Facebook program.

She had so many other wise words to share and she is as great today as she was the first time I met her many years ago at Jamboree.

This got lost.. Here it is.

Daughter and Father Reunited My's help

Hi Susi,

We’re pleased to share this emotional reunion between a father and daughter who recently met for the first time, live on The Today Show, thanks to MyHeritage DNA.
New Hampshire social worker Kim Fairbank, 51, always knew that she was adopted. After a rough and complicated childhood, she yearned to connect with her biological family. Kim searched for more than 20 years until she took a MyHeritage DNA test.
She got the match of a lifetime: her biological father.
Read more about Kim’s search and her much-anticipated reunion with her father on the MyHeritage blog.  
Share this powerful reunion story and let others know how MyHeritage DNA is changing the lives of people around the world.

Best regards,
The MyHeritage team
Best regards,

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

Daniel.  Thanks for this information.   

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Review Grand Rapids Information by Maureen Taylor & James Brewster

  We reviewed  3  speakers and I have permission to post from two. Can only share what 3rd talked about.

Maureen Taylor   Social Media  5 Reasons you should use it.

It’s a Great Way to Share Photos and Family History

Mobile friendly: You can add to your feed while you’re out with family.
It’s Easy and Free
It’s really easy to use. Download the apps and sign up for a free account. You can view
or upload images and information. All your favorite genealogy companies have social
media pages.

Social Media: You Can Use it as Cousin Bait
Hashtags are like subject headings. Use specific ones and create unique ones. When
you click on a hashtag, it’ll take you to other posts that use the same heading.

Networking with Other Genealogists
Collaborate with relatives. Meet professional genealogists. Talk about your research or
ask for help when you need it.

Keeping up with the Latest News

From news feeds, to posts by other genealogists to user groups/focus groups, social
media is the leading way to stay up to date with new record sources and tools.

Social Sites,   Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn,  etc.

She recommends using your key surname and making a private site for all researching that name on Facebook program.

These are great tips and I will add one of mine.

I follow much surnames of my family via  
It has broken many brick walls.


DNA Tidbits from Jim Brewster

Set Up Account

Create a Tree

Autosomal Results 

Share Matches

Contact those people with matches YES

Shared URL's  by Jim B.
Beginner’s Guide to Genetic Genealogy -
ISOGG Wiki -
DNA Explained -
Yahoo DNA newbie Group -

 His Information is so right on.  Sharing information with others many say to me, "Susi  but they don't have a tree so I do not contact them."  They don't feel it worth it. SO SO WRONG.
 It is worth the effort to do that. Myself have found 3 new linking families to my tree filling in the blanks.

My latest was someone who had data I had hunted for, for ten years. They just have a private tree and  I am still trying to convince them to  open it to at least people of that surname.



Cousins are your Best Friends, was a great talk.

Since I can not share her information, I am  going to share what it reminded me of for sharing with  you.  I actually talked about this about 10 years ago at an event.

In grammar school we used to play various word games and our Cousins are those words.

I agreed with the speaker that distant cousins sometimes are answers more than close cousins.

Lets take a current situation. Your Grandma dies or your MOM or your DAD.  But you did not live close and now they are gone there are many things you wished you had asked.

They had 5 or maybe 8 siblings and maybe 3 to 7 children.   Each person will remember them differently.  Each person had their own relationship with them bringing different points of interest to the fore.

Just take our last 4th of July.  ASK each person whom attended the picnic party that day what they remembered.  You will get the same answers but not the same, and sometimes, something some one else completely missed. 

This also  applies to your parents and grandparents and distant relatives. Some times it will be neighbor that will provide you with a key that you need and didn't even know it was a key or needed.

Think about your best friend and your sharing, male or female.  

For me cousins were always my best friend and they still are today.  Partially because my parents
said,"FAMILY COMES FIRST."    Having lived my life that way I  probably started with a broader base for information than many friends and cousins.

So do not be afraid to write to these strange names and persons and find out what they remember about your Parents, Grandparents, Uncles or Aunts.  When stuck see if you can contact their neighbors for information. 
Remember the above still applies: "LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED".

  Would love to hear of your results doing this last one earnestly.


Friday, August 17, 2018

If you are Looking for Mayflower Information

As you are looking you may want to take an advantage of the data that is on Facebook that has active researchers sharing names and information and data. I found this link last week and have located several distant kin that has helped me to fill in some blank spots.

This is some of the things I learned to look for via Maureen Taylors talks in Michigan at NGS.

(6) PLYMOUTH COLONY Massachusetts Genealogy 1620-1775 Welcome, everyone, to this group for all descendants of Plymouth Colony families who settled in what is today's Plymouth, Bristol, and Barnstable County families! This also includes the Old Rehoboth (now East Providence, RI and Seekonk, MA today). These early settlers left millions of descendants today. Not all of them are Mayflower families, however there have been many intermarriages for several generations. If you want to focus more on your Mayflower lines or if you need help with them, please join the recommended Mayflower group (look for its circle), they have lots of experts and knowledgeable members in there.

The rest you can read for yourself.

 Having been using NEHGS site for research which is also a great site for help and information.
 First after them I found New England Family Genealogy and History. 

This also has a tremendous amount of information to share and help one with. 
Sharing Research, Stories, Photos & Family Data about New England (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut) PLEASE RESPECT THE RULES:

Lost and Found Genealogy Pictures Here is another that can help with photographs.

Will be sharing sites for other areas soon. There are many many awesome groups that care on this site reminds me of the old and Golden Gate Forum of old.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

15 August Lemon Grove Library 6 to 8 pm

 We will discuss more information learned at the Grand Rapids, Michigan Seminar/Conference.

  Two topics we will cover are:  Cousins are Your Best Friends and  A Wee Bit of DNA.

We may also discuss news at

Free to all    

 I learned so much there and am trying to pass this information out to all.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Tidbits about 3 Topics Shared-- Grand Rapids, MI

                Jen Baldwin Notes

 Yeast, Grains, Hops and Water: The Impact of Beer in Early America

1                    Beer and Tavern License
2.            Arrests
3             Who were the Brewers
.                   Yale College had Brewery
5.                 13 Year Prohibition
6                   Your Families Stories
7                   Weather affected the business 
8                   Harvest or no
9                   American Early Taverns -  book to read
1            1726 British Newspaper Archives

 Virtue, Liberty, and Independence,
 PA Research by Kristin Harms

1.     Information by request
4.     Family Search
5.     Pa Genealogical Society
6.     Pa Historical Society
7.     County Libraries and the societies in them
8.      Many of them have websites and group events
9.     Newspapers, Church, Tax, Land, Will, probate, Deeds,
10.  Everything that pertains to every day life applies.

The Nature of Genealogy Through a War of 1812 Ancestor by Tony Burroughs

   1 Talk covered Fayette Co. PA
   2. Library of Congress Records
   3.  National Archives
   4.  Find My Past
   5.   Family Knowledge
   6.  Military Records, pictures, books
   7.  US Military Records by James Nagle
   8. Deep Waters- Sailors,  Shallow Waters- soldiers
   9.  Wikipedia
 10.  Learn history of area of service person (remember it was continuation of  RW)

Susi Pentico  If requesting more data contact me.  July 2018