Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Urls located from the Past Virginia from England

Several years ago a group of us was researching in the Virginia region in regards to
The Lost Colony, Roanoke Island area.   Roberta Estes sent out a list of information a
friend shared with her for us to see. As I am cleaning files I found it. Enjoy
Thanks again to Roberta Estes and her cousin.

One of my cousins contacted the National Archives in England, and this is the reply he received.  Hope someone might find the links useful.
There are wills of people from Virginia among the Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills held at our archive.  The following publications will be useful, which you should be able to obtain in America.

See link to our research guide on wills.

As you see in the above , our wills  are searchable online. See below.

See below links to research guides on tracing American history at The National Archives.

You may decide to visit The National Archives to undertake research yourself, please check our website for important information regarding our opening hours and closure dates and ID requirements. This is especially important if you need to look at original documents as you must have the correct proof of ID with you.

We realise that making a personal visit is not convenient for everyone.  There are independent researchers whom you can employ to carry out research for you.  You can find information about our paid research service and independent researchers on our website.

We wish you every success in your research, but please be aware that the records in our custody are not always complete: they were not created or kept for research purposes, but for use by the government or law courts of the day. We cannot guarantee that you will find what you are looking for.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

A Place to Look, for Research Information

As I was reading posts throughout Facebook Genealogical pages I was amazed at the questions asked in regards as to where to look for some key information for various states, counties and places.

I realize that many of you are maybe not aware of an awesome site we had to utilize just a few years ago.  It is being brought back but you can also use the (waybackmachine) to find it.

My first and most favorite place to look even today is:

Data was put up by volunteers in all states and territories. Wills, Deeds, Probates, County Seats, Court House, Births, Deaths, Surname Lists, and the list goes on.

It started with Kentucky and the other states liked it so well that we all helped get all the states up and running. A few years back it was transferred to ANCESTRY that made it go away. We finally have some of it back. Peoples trees, surname queries and so, so much more.

I could  look at a map and see where each county was who was the neighboring county and they even told you if they held some of the other counties data which in the old days was not uncommon as
Mr. Schweitzer told us.

After all they didn't want to cross a river and go over a mountain for their court house if there was one closer to where they lived.  Made perfectly good sense.  Filing for Citizenship is many times found not in the county you suspect but the county before it was split.  Receiving your papers may even be in another county your ancestor later moved to.

It is great to know the Court House, Libraries, and so much other information that this site carried.

Go to the webpage and click on Research button and it may save you much time and effort.   It has
several buttons for you to use.

Friday, May 31, 2019


Event is Free,  Refreshments will be served.
1 to 4 pm 

The June 1st Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the 

Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road). The program will be “DNA Dynamics, a Look at 

Outliers in Our DNA Matches” with John Finch.

John Finch is a long time member and a Past President of our society. He has put on many great talks for us  to learn.   You do not want to miss him.   

Future Saturday Workshop Topics,  PRESENTED BY 

July 6: Patricia Diane Godinez will be presenting “FamilySearch.”

August 3, potentially Leslie Cordell, on “Indian Research and the use of DNA.”

I am also asking again for the Blank Walls for an upcoming activity. Would appreciate name, time, 
and place for your Lost Ancestors.  email me at



Thursday, May 30, 2019

Scholarship Presentations at EastLake High School

This early evening I went to Eastlake High School to present two Scholarships.

Sophia Zaragoza was the $500 winner.  I invited her to contact us and come meet us.
She has my email.

Samantha Morgan was not in attendance, so her Counselor has her surprise.

It was double delightful for me to see an old friend and give him a hug. Also to meet another old friends wife.  I hope she gets back to me.

Lots of Scholarships presented and lots of great things said about a lot of the students.
May the all go forward and do well in the world.

The gentleman that said you can accomplish anything you put your mind to,  was saying much Wisdom for them to retain.  If I recall he was retired Marine and Teacher both.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Having Sorted Books I Love This Challenge Dick EASTMAN Thanks

GFO Challenge: Let’s Help the Burned Genealogy Library in Paradise, California
Our hearts go out to the Paradise Genealogical Society whose library burned to the ground during California wildfires last year. They’ve found a new location to rent and have decided to rebuild their collection from scratch.
The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is in a good position to help. Here’s what we’re doing:
We have many surplus books which we sell to generate income. From these we have selected more than 550 excellent resources that we’re donating.
Plus, we’re giving them brand new copies of all of the GFO’s 55 publications which we print.
We’d like to challenge all the other genealogical societies on the west coast: If you’re in a similar position to be able to help, we urge you to do the same.
Vince Patton, President
Laurel Smith, Library Chair
Genealogical Forum of Oregon

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Inherited Distant Cousins Data - Surnames and Places

Inherited Distant Cousins Data - Surnames and Places

VA                                                                 MD

KIRTLEY                                                    SMITH
ROBERTS                                                   PARKINSON
TRAMMEL                                                 SCHLEIF
MCCLURE                                                 OH
SULLIVANT                                              SMITH
WILLOUGHBY                                         GOODWIN
PA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   IRELAND                            
HALL                                                         SMITH                                          
CROLEY                                                    WALES
DETRICK                                                   GOODWIN
CHILSON                                                   ROBERTS
ARNOUT                                                    HALL
PRICE                                                         JONES

KY                                                                ENG

KIRTLEY                                                    AMEY
FIELDS                                                       BENJAMIN
HUTSON                                                    BENNETT
MCCLURE                                                 GRAY
REED                                                          LEARNED
SULLIVANT                                              PETTINGALL
WILLOUGHBY                                         HUBBARD

NEB                                                            GERMANY

GRAY                                                         SCHLEIF            
GOODWIN                                                YOCUM


JOHN GOODWIN SR  note says parent



1810  GIDEON  note says parent
1817   GIDEON   married ELIZABETH CROLEY  b 1796  April 10

1820  Jefferson Co, Oh, Smithfield Twp p 213
1875  ELIZABETH  d 20 June YORK, OH
 1883   JOHN  death  JEFFERSON CO.

documents, pictures, binders.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

USGENWEB information to share.

Hunting for links to the Thomas S Graves family

Here I found a few, who they are no idea.

If you have Graves in these graves could you contact me.
We are looking for Thomas S Graves parents.
He married Maria first then Olive next.  Believe Maria died,.
Maria dau is Sarah. Olive had Maria and Clark. Sarah was 16 in the 1850 census
with her father and stepmother and half siblings.   Any one have any data on this

This garnered from 1840 and 1850 census.

Glad to see some of rootsweb data back, sad they took away a lot of peoples work.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Halifax Co. VA SCOTT"S

A cousin has been found.  The large family seems to be found in many places.

Like I found Thomas Scott in earlier our direct line.

Found in Halifax Co. Wills page.
SECOND BIBLE ­ Title pages missing.  Original owner not known.
(First hand)
Robert Moore Scott was born May 4th 1811.
Susan W. Scott wife of R. M. Scott was born July 2nd 1811

John Edwards Scott was born October 9th 1832

Mary Elizabeth Scott was born July 12, 1834

Jennie Scott was born 17 January 1836 (died June 4th 1925 ­ different hand)

Caroline Thomas Scott was born 28th September 1838
Robert Graham Scott was born 18 July 1842.

(Second Page)
(First hand)
Robert M. Scott and Susan W.  Edwards were married Dec. 22nd 1831 by 
    Reverd. John G. Mills and removed from Halifax, VA their native county to 
    Mecklenburg, Dec. 1851

Mary E. Scott eldest daughter of Robert M. and Susan W. his wife was married 
    to Mr. Campbell Barnett of Person County, NC 22nd September 1852.

(Second hand)
Jennie Scott second daughter of R. M. and S.W. Scott was married to 
    Revd. N.T. Bacon Aug 1st 1872

(Third page)
John Edwards was born Nov 18th 1767
Theodora Edwards, 1st wife of Mr. Edwards date of birth not known
Elizabeth Edwards 2nd wife of Mr. Edwards date of birth not known
Sarah B. Edwards, eldest daughter was born July 15th 1792
William Edwards was born Sept 17th 1793
Theodora Edwards was born Feb 20th 1798
James Edwards was born July 15th 1799
John Edwards was born Sept 1802
Thomas Edwards was born Apl. 17th 1806
Susan W. Edwards was born July 2nd 1811

(Fourth page)

John Edwards, senr. died Jany 8th 1849
Theodora Edwards first wife Jno. Edwards Sen. died Jany. 1795
Elizabeth Edwards 2nd wife died Feby 12th 1839
Sarah B. Lipscomb died June 16th 1869
James Edwards died April 1870
Thomas Edwards died Apl 15th 1826
(Third hand)
Robert Moore Scott died July 8th 1886
Carrie T. Scott third daughter of Robert M. and Susan W. Scott died 
    July 21st 1886
Robert Grahame Scott was killed in the battle of Gettysburg July 3rd 1863.  
    He was the youngest son of Robert M. and Susan W. Scott.
John Edwards Scott eldest son of Robert M. and Susan W. Scott died in 
    June 1863.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Randy Seaver's Shared Information Was Well Received.

Saturday afternoon, Randy shared his research strategy with us. It was much the same as what I use.

He shared his Research from start to finish in a very smooth method.  I love the timeline method which is what I call this.  It is not a time line but you have to follow that method to not leave out any unturned rock.

You really have to know a bit about the history, the area, the time frames attitude to know where to look for various tidbits and tiny clues.

He chose an unknown Seaver name and went looking for information about him. He carried us through his method of what he looked for and where and also how.

Family Search and Ancestry was used, Newspapers were used, Obituaries were read, taking tips from all these articles.

This search took him all over the USA almost just not the deep south.

Randy showed digitized records are not always accurate. He looked for family and shared
this research with someone who offered to help. (This is a key for me to share and the more that are looking the sooner one generally resolves that step of research).

He listed 8 tips for resolving your problem when you are mired and can not move forward, or found a new person and need to learn information on that individual. Stating that Repositories can hold many clues when you are researching.

The individual was in many states at various times, married and remarried and kept disappearing on
the families.  It was an interesting event.

His last statement was:" Real Lives Can Be Stranger Than Fiction."

My Tidbit is some times read others trees and see if they have information. If they do, make sure you learn their sources and if true not thought to be true. There are tips almost everywhere.

Thanks Randy Seaver for a great event that was much appreciated.

I also want to say Thanks to you for the set up, being late again.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Randy Seaver presents Saturday at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library 1 to 3:30

"Genealogy workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road), from 1 to 4pm. A variety of topics for all levels of experience is offered. Free."

This coming Saturday will be world known Randy Seaver, talking about a Seaver.

The May 4th Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road). The program will be “Discovering George W. Seaver's Life Story” with Randy Seaver. This presentation is about using descendancy research techniques and discovering the events in the life of George W. Seaver, including highlights of the research trail.

This sounds like it will be like the TV Show showing what he learned as he worked forward for descendancy.  So we should learn some of Randy tricks and tips.

Do come, it is free.

The Dead and Facebook

Well, I read Dick Eastman's Newsletter  and was amazed to find the topic of : "the Dead Will Take Over Facebook in the Next 50 Years."

 I fear that it is well on the way.  Recently on the Birthday Greeting area, many, already deceased are still getting birthday wishes.

That is what his topic meant, it jumped to immediate mind with finding a cousins birthday greeting  that has been gone a few years.

 Finding it almost weekly of my family and friends of the past.  So gone but not forgotten. If you are
looking for a family member might want to check their birthday lists.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Civil War Lists for WVA....

Yes, some states gave medals for the Civil War.  Being familiar with West Virginia being next to

Greene Co., Pa., I found my Ancestor's Medal on the list several  years ago.

Lucky us, a cousin I met while there was able to get  Our Ancestor's medal and sent it to me

a couple years ago.

Now I am looking for the other Ancestors that lived there that may have also served for WVA,

because the PA Regiments were filled quota's and the family joined family in WVA.

Border's were not important as much as serving for them at that time.

(Our family has a tendency to do that.  Dad Ray Dee Jones SR. land was split between Sonoma and Marin County, CA. He owned Sonoma ground and rented Marin Co. ground. They laid side by side with a creek in between them.) Most of the land family owned were duel counties or states. Iowa/Missouri was another area this happened a lot.

I 'm going to post some of the names that may apply to our various lines in Greene Co. area, that commuted back and forth even today.

Civil War Medal List A-L held at the West Virginia Archives and History
on this site it links you to M to Z by clicking the button.

How to Apply for a Civil War Medal

Claim Application Form

Back to the Civil War Medals

You do need proof of lineage: Birth, Death, Marriage etc. Check it out.  If you  had family in Pennsylvania they may have served in units in WVA.

 Questions should be addressed to Randy Marcum
Durbin, David A.; D; 7th Reg Inf Vols

Durbin, John W.; D; 1st Reg Lt Art Vol

Dunlap, John ; Cpl.; C; 2nd Reg Vet Inf Vols  Virginia Taylor is this yours?

Our lost line maybe clues in these peoples files.

Gibson, James E.; L; 7th Reg Cav Vols
Gibson, John; K; 4th Reg Cav Vols
Gibson, William; A; Ind Exempt Inf Vols

Gibson, William L.; H; 9th Reg Inf Vols

variants of Strohchnieder   and more spellings.

Strosneider, Fred; A; Ind Exempt Inf Vols
Strosnider, Ulrich; N; 6th Reg Inf Vols

Strosnyder, William A.; Sgt.; G; 4th Reg Cav Vols

 Must see if this  in my Ancestor, name fits.

Foulk, William H.;Sgt.; K; 6th Reg Cav Vols

Higgins, Baltis A.; F; 11th Reg Inf Vols wondering if related to Joseph Higgins?

Are these related to George, Henry or John's families?

Huffman, John; D; 7th Reg Inf Vols
Huffman, William; E; 14th Reg Inf Vols
Huffman, William H.; K; 7th Reg Inf Vols

 or this spelling related

Hoffman, Frederick; C; 1st Reg Inf Vols
Hoffman, George; B; 2nd Reg Cav Vols

Hoffman, George F.; H; 6th Reg Cav Vols

Henderson, Henry; N; 6th Reg Inf Vols is this John and Mary Huffman Henderson's son?

He is 14 on the 1860 Census. New Freeport, Springfield, Greene Co. PA

Someone may need this information also.

Seeley, Joseph; D; 1st Reg Inf Vols
Seeley, William; D; 1st Reg Inf Vols
Seery, Andrew; F; 1st Reg Cav Vols  ?

Debra West are this Harley's family?

West, David; E; 7th Reg Inf Vols
West, Isaac; H; 13th Reg Inf Vols
West, John R.; E; 1st Reg Cav Vols
West, Thomas F.; K; 5th Reg Cav Vols
West, William A.; Capt.; 1st Reg Cav Vols

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Different charts many Like.             aremyrootsshowing.jenny-ology  These are where I found these.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Lost Ancestors To Be Found

Some of our regular's were not able to attend.  Four new faces to the group.  They took the applications home and said they would be mailing them in.

Nine in attendance.

Many questions asked as we moved through the places to look for information and share information.

Gary made suggestions also.  We tried to get the internet to work to show the sites but for what ever reason it was not available to us.  In the very end Gary was able to access our Web Page, to show the new, to be members.

Gary Brock needs help with finding his 3 cousins.  DNA says they are like First Cousins.  He is to send us more information. He is excited since he was adopted to his last name.

 JoAnn Bonner needs help with her SADLER line. Ireland 1790-1840. When did they move to England. Martin Sadler b in Leitorim Co.Ireland  Son, John SADLER,  & 2 nd son THOMAS SADLER. IS John Thomas Sadler John's son?

Linda Cross-  BOWEN   her GGGrandfather 1843. HAWKIN AND LEISON also.  She mentions area.
                       Wondering if the BOWEN files I have in the garage are her kin. Vicki Porter was a                               Bowen.  My Hoffman cousin.

Gonzalo R. Gonzales  posts a very interesting one, his maternal Aunt. Maria Rodriguez-Santana,
  born  about 1921 Died Jan 1948.  "DC-3 plane crash near Fresno, Ca. at Coalinga Mt. in California".
  Born in Jalisco, Mexico. MARIA RODRIGUEZ-SANTANA

Gena Lupercio-- Italian lineage,  Lupercio Family Tree,   1930's   -  1940's  Merced, Ca.

Trudy CORDELL is looking for family in Dearborn, MI.    Gerald Roland
Cordell her husband's family. Potentially from OK.
Trudy's  mother is Bertha Lena Pelter born 1916 Walla Walla, Washington.
Delivered at home. Dr said he had Birth recorded, can not find Record of Birth.

Leslie Cordell-   Albert Orosco,  his father in sw CA, AZ, NM.  Ambrosia Ruiz/Ruis  (mostly with s),
her Great grandmother Antonia Navarves, us.  mid to late 1800's.

Virginia Taylor is looking for help to find Robert Dunlap's parents.
Who are Robert Dunlap's parents?
Robert was born about 1770 in Ireland, County Donegal.  Robert left Ireland for the colonies in1799. He sailed from Londonderry and arrived in Wilmington, DE  He died in Westmoreland Co, PA in 1842.
Also what was his wife's maiden name? Was she Mary Elizabeth Schultz, Elizabeth Patterson or Elizabeth Bell? Bell seems to be the least likely.

I anyone has knowledge, please contact me to put in contact with Researcher.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Lost Ancestors Presentation Bonita-Sunnyside Library

Lost Ancestors Presentation

Tomorrow I will be giving a review of places to look, things for you to see, and hope to help you find more information.

Lost Ancestors covers the Brick Walls in your Lineage.  I suspect everyone has one or two, right?

We will be talking about charts, timelines, books, events, papers and places to find and record your information.

It will start at 1 P M at the Library Conference Room.  It will end by 4 or before depending on attendees and questions.

It is open to all whom have questions and need help it is not for just society members.

Thanks to a new found Researcher,  I have some really great new places for people to look.

If lucky we may even have a hand out,  prefer to share the presentation with the attendees.

See you there.





Thursday, April 4, 2019

IN THE BEGINNING in Review by Susi Pentico

The presentation was given and the attendees were 23, so I heard.  I was thrilled to see the person whom helped to get this group going in attendance. Sandy Palumbo was present.

It was a fun time and lots of work in spurts.  Something I  hope  our society takes to heart and steps up to do again.

Share the work, share the fun, move us forward, as we began.

Because it was the only library in this time frame for South Bay area, my family used this for the children’s homework.

Asking the library on each time we came for our children to be able to library homework the answer was no there was no interest.  Finally they answered yes and gave me Sandy's name and access.

Due to working, Sandy had me keep track of the potential members.

They shared events with San Diego Genealogical Society whom had started years before.

 They initially met at Sandy's for quite a while. Then the CVHistorial, President suggested that they ask the Library for space.

Goals were set and places to travel to were suggested. Other libraries, other societies, and to use 5 Generation Charts and Family Group sheets.
Motto was created: We "Dig" Our Ancestors.

Much more to share: We set meeting dates and times.  Monday mornings 10am. Later it was expanded to 1 pm, for some activities.

Audrey Potterton was an early speaker.
She had 29 in attendance.  (Hello Society, what does this tell us.)  Yes they had 29 members and they all came to the meeting.

Information on books, charts, family events and sharing of names and places
was key to move your genealogy forward.

 Membership cards were given out. Later we even got a sticker for our cars for parking.
 Ironic, I was told at one of the meetings do not bother the County Clerks.  I wish I had then because in 1995 when Dad died I did call Nashua, IA and learned of  his cousins that he so badly had hunted for all the years of my life with him.

He knew his parents were from this area. CALL THE COUNTY CLERK IF YOU WANT.  They will either say they can help or say sorry.

We started a newsletter and had queries posted in it and it was sent to other societies to hope for connections.

April 23,Bus Trip to Jamboree, $20.00 Pasadena, 

 The topic of recording the cemetery in 
 Bonita was brought up. It was agreed to
 do it. Helen Thompson was to head this

  We completed this project several years later. We have a CD and a bound book in the our possession.

   Elections were held in February and Officers took positions in March.

   We had a Health Chart we used, haven't seen one in years.
    Which brings up the topic, Have you secured what will happen to your research at your demise?

   Much more to tell at another time.  Thanks to all those who came to the presentation. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

June King Payne Spear shared a post to the group: Elmer's Genealogy Corner.
March 28 at 5:14 AM Thanks Cousin June.
Good Living Guide
Please remind everyone that March 29 is a day to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.