Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pamela Dallas, Speaker at Family History Day

Please welcome Pamela Dallas as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Pamela Dallas lectures nationally and locally on a wide range of topics, speaking frequently at genealogical society meetings, conferences and presenting full-day workshops. She is a professional researcher and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Bureau and several local societies. Pamela has served on the board of many societies. She played a key role in the success of the National Genealogical Society Conference held in Sacramento in 2004. Pamela has appeared on local television and radio talk shows to discuss genealogy and has written and appeared in several genealogy instructional videos aired on local TV. She believes the best part of genealogy is the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.

Pamela Dallas will be presenting two classes:

Carved In Stone: Cemetery Research For Genealogy: Cemeteries are one of the most valuable resources in family history research. We will explore methods of locating cemeteries, preparing for the research trip, and ways of recording the information you find. Learn about burial registers, headstone inscriptions & symbols, plus much more during this fascinating presentation.

Remember the Ladies: Finding Your Female Ancestors:  Uncover the clues that will help you find your elusive female ancestors! Discovering the maiden name of your female ancestors can be frustrating and difficult. In this class, you will identify new ways to not only find her maiden name but learn about her as an individual.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Priscilla Alden Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Please welcome the Priscilla Alden Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Priscilla Alden Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century was organized in Sacramento in October 11, 1964 and chartered on March 6, 1965. The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century Headquarters is located in Washington, D.C.

The Objectives of the National Society are to:
  • Aid in the preservation of the records and of the historic sites of our country
  • Foster interest in historical colonial research
  • Aid in the education of the youth of our country
  • Commemorate the noble and heroic deeds of our ancestors, the founders of our great republic
  • Maintain zealously those high principles of virtue, courage and patriotism which led to the independence of the Colonies and the foundation and establishment of the United States of America
  • Aid in the establishment of a Library of Heraldry, working with various genealogical societies
  • Develop a library specializing in seventeenth century American colonial data
Membership eligibility is open to any woman of good moral character, eighteen years of age or over, provided she has been invited by the Society and is the lineal descendant of an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the Original Colonies in the geographical area of the present United States of America.  Documentary proof of an ancestor's service prior to 1701 is required.

The Priscilla Alden Chapter meets at 11 a.m. on the second Thursday of September, December, February and April at Timbers at the Lodge Restaurant, 7050 Del Web Blvd., Sun City, Roseville, California. We have 54 members.

Please contact Mary Beth Watson, President, at or (916) 624-3089.

Come by our exhibit at Family History Day and let us tell you more about our group.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, Exhibitor at Family History Day

The beauty in the cemetery

Please welcome the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Archive is the repository of current and historical records of the cemetery and offers a wealth of information regarding those buried in the cemetery since 1849.  It serves as the research center for cemetery tour guides, genealogists, cemeteryhistorians, and families members seeking lost ancestors.

In addition to the Old City Cemetery maps, plot books, and burial index, the archive also includes burial indexes from other Sacramento County cemeteries, and a small but broad library of material pertaining to the early days of Sacramento and its residents.  See the website for archive hours.

The Old City Cemetery is the final resting place of people from all over the United States and the world, not just Sacramento natives.  The variety of names and places listed in the Archive burial index tells the story of the westward expansion, the Gold Rush, and even the California dream so many sought in the early to mid 1900's.

So if you are looking for an ancestor who disappeared from the family in Illinois, or Maine, or even Germany, drop by the Cemetery Archives.  You never know who you might find!

The Old City Cemetery Committee also hosts many events throughout the year.  Coming in October, join the "residents" of the Old City Cemetery as they share stories of their untimely death by murder, mayhem or the unusual. You may even be greeted by some lost souls. Bring your imaginations and a flashlight.

October 21, 2011: 7:00 pm; 7:45 pm; 8:30 pm; 9:15 pm
October 22, 2011: 7:00 pm; 7:45 pm; 8:30 pm; 9:15 pm
October 28, 2011: 7:00 pm; 7:45 pm; 8:30 pm; 9:15 pm
October 29, 2011: 7:00 pm; 7:45 pm; 8:30 pm; 9:15 pm

Let us tell you more about the valuable resourcers at the Old City Cemetery.
Come see us at our Family History Day exhibit!

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
1000 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 448-0811

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sons of the American Revolution, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Please welcome the Sons of the American Revolution as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) are direct descendants of those patriots that achieved the independence of the American people. The objectives of our organization are intended to perpetuate a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers.

The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic United States 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to maintain and extend:
  • the institutions of American freedom
  • an appreciation for true patriotism
  • a respect for our national symbols
  • the value of American citizenship and
  • the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people
As a general rule, we meet the Third Friday evening of every month, September through June, at the Buggy Whip Restaurant Banquet Facilities, 2737 Fulton Avenue. The Sacramento Chapter has 150 members.  Please contact Don Littlefield, President, Sacramento Chapter, at for more information.

Could you be a direct descendant of a patriot of the American Revolution?
Come by our exhibit at Family History Day and let us explain the verification process.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Yolo County Archives, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Official map of the County of Yolo, 1908
 Please welcome the Yolo County Archives as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

The Yolo County Archives in Woodland, is the official repository for Yolo County government records since 1850. Research at the Archives is by appointment only (schedule below). Reference requests can be made over the phone or by email too!

Genealogy research resources available at the Yolo County Archives include over 32,000 alphabetized obituaries from Yolo County newspapers, Probates  and Wills (beginning in 1850), Naturalizations, and City/County directories. We also have a local history and genealogy reference book collection in the Archives, and more are available at the branches of the Yolo County Library. Other collections include photographs, property records, court cases and Board of Supervisor minutes.

In coordination with the Yolo County Library and the Friends of the Yolo County Archives, we also offer programs and exhibits about local history or genealogy.  Mark you calendar for these upcoming events in October hosted by the Yolo County Library system and of interest to genealogists.
  • October 12 - Archivist Moira Conlan will present a program on “Preserving Your Family’s Treasures” at the Davis Public Library
  • Other events in collaboration with the Davis Public Library in October include Beginning Genealogy and Yolo County History
For more information on these programs,
come by our exhibit table at Family History Day
We’d love to help you with your research!

Yolo County Archives
226 Buckeye Street
Woodland, California
Research at the Archives by appointment only:
Tuesdays 9:00am-1:00pm
Thursdays 12:00pm-4:00pm.
Telephone: (530) 666-8010

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Exhibitor at Family History Day

It is a pleasure to welcome the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

When you join the DAR, you enter a network of more than 168,000 women in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally, who form lifelong bonds, honor their revolutionary ancestors and promote historic preservation, education and patriotism in their communities.  Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

DAR members volunteer more than 60,000 hours annually to Veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars. The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's organization which is one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country.  DAR National Headquarters encompasses an entire downtown city block in Washington, DC, which houses one of the nation's premier genealogical libraries, Washington's largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints.

Representatives of several DAR chapters will be present at Family History Day to provide additional information on the national organization and membership:
If these chapters are not in your neighborhood, others can be located using the national website and entering your zip code.  We look forward to helping you at Family History Day.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Society of California Archivists, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Please welcome the Society of California Archivists (SCA) as an exhibitor at Family History Day 2011 at the California State Archives.

Formed in 1971, SCA is a professional association devoted to the support and development of individuals and institutions that collect, care for, and provide access to the documentary heritage of California.
The Society's membership includes archivists, manuscript curators, records managers, conservators, historians, librarians, genealogists, museum curators, students, and volunteers. Members are affiliated with colleges and universities; federal, state and local government archives and records centers; historical societies; museums; libraries; corporations; educational, religious, and medical institutions; and private collections.

Visit our exhibit to see the “Preserving Your History” Brochure Series. Learn all about doing oral histories or neighborhood histories, and preserving family papers and photographs.  “Preserving Your History” guides are available in English, Spanish and Chinese. Text-only PDF versions are available on our website, or you can order multiple copies by mail.

Throughout the year, the SCA Education Committee coordinates workshops on a wide variety of topics intended for the professional development of archivists; the workshops are located throughout the state.  Information about past workshop topics is available on our website.

In addition to workshops, SCA co-sponsors the Western Archives Institute, an intensive, two-week program that provides integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals, including those who(se):
  • jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but have little or no previous archives education;
  • have expanding responsibility for archival materials;
  • are practicing archivists but have not received formal instruction;and
  • demonstrate a commitment to an archival career.
The Institute also features site visits to historical records repositories and a diverse curriculum that includes history and development of the profession, theory and terminology, records management, appraisal, arrangement, description, manuscripts acquisition, archives and the law, photographs, preservation administration, reference and access, outreach programs, and managing archival programs and institutions.

The 2012 Western Archives Institute will be held from July 8-July 20 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Visit our Website
Mailing Address:
Society of California Archivists
c/o California State Archives
1020 “O” Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Monday, August 22, 2011

Via Magazine and Family History Day

Family History Day at the California State Archives appears in the events section on the California State Automobile Association's (CSAA) website and in the current print issue of Via Magazine, northern California edition.  Take a look and tell a friend.  Thank you CSAA!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cox Black and White Lab, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Please welcome Cox Black and White (B&W) Lab, Inc. as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Cox Black and White Lab, Inc. was founded in 1990 by Jeff Cox and Katherine Weedman-Cox of Kansas City, Missouri. In Kansas City, Jeff worked for a large photo lab and was known as one of the best printers in town. Katherine was a corporate and fine art photographer. Jeff used to print Katherine’s large photo murals for exhibition. This is how they met and developed their business relationship. The couple ventured west in 1989 to create a custom black and white photo lab in Sacramento, California.

Their first large job was duplicating 5, 211 glass plate negatives for the California State Library. The project was the gateway for Cox B&W Lab to work with thousands of California historical images. Since that glass negative project, Cox B&W Lab has become Northern California’s custom lab for fine art printing and film developing. They specialize in printing archival photos from wallets to murals, duplicating glass and nitrate negatives, copying and restoring old photos, developing traditional black and white film and printing color digital images. (See special offer below)

Cox B&W Lab is the weekly vendor for the California State Library, California State Railroad Museum, Center for Sacramento History, California State Archives, Caltrans and Sacramento Public Library - Sacramento Room. Their customers are also throughout the United States, calling for fine art printing and historical reproductions.

Jeff and Katherine never tire of listening to family history stories and looking at family pictures. They stress the importance of copying old photographs and keeping a written history.

You might say Cox B&W Lab is passionate about preservation!

During Family History Day, Cox B&W Lab invites attendees to bring their family photographs for a free evaluation on needed repairs. We’d love to hear your stories and meet your relatives too!

Contact Information
(Cox B&W Lab)
2933 Gold Pan Ct. Suite C
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sebastian Nelson, Speaker at Family History Day

It is a pleasure to welcome Sebastian Nelson as a speaker at Family History Day at the California State Archives.

Sebastian Nelson is an Archivist at the California State Archives and a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. He has a Master’s degree in history from the University of Oxford and a Master’s degree in library science from San Jose State University. Sebastian enjoys the bizarre creatures, fanciful monsters and cunning puns that are found in heraldry, and he studied coats of arms as a graduate student in Great Britain.

Sebastian will be presenting Coats of Arms: Heraldry for Genealogists.  Heraldry is an art and a science that has used colors, shapes and symbols for over eight hundred years to visually encode genealogical information.  Join Sebastian for an entertaining introduction to the basic techniques and resources available to decode Coats of Arms and unlock the genealogical stories behind them.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fresno County Genealogical Society, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Please welcome the Fresno County Genealogical Society (FCGS) as an exhibitor at Family History Day 2011.

Established in 1965, the FCGS is located in Fresno, Fresno County, California, in the center of the San Joaquin Valley.  The Society website provides general information plus details about our Annual Seminar titled "Ancestral Journey" featuring Beverly Rice, Certified Genealogist from Coos Bay, Oregon.  Our 2011 seminar will be on October 29th and everyone is welcome.  Please register in advance.

FCGS has the most extensive Genealogical Library between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and resources are not limited to Fresno County material.  We have so much more! 

Housed in the California History and Genealogy Room of the Fresno County Central Library at 2420 Mariposa Street, are more than 19,500 books and periodicals, including the entire California State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Library which was donated in 2009.  The State DAR Library books number about 3,000 and are appropriately cataloged and shelved amongst the other genealogy books according to State, Military, and/or autobiographical/biographical Name.  One will find personal recollections and pictures of certain individuals, as well as geographical and historical information.  Some of the books have personal handwritten notes in them, and even old family recipes; some pertain to California, while others are based on other states.

Our FCGS Library also has DAR Lineage books and magazines.  We have "Mayflower Families" volumes 1-23, and plenty of other Mayflower information; and "The Mayflower Descendant" 1899-1924, 1931, 1934, plus incomplete years of 1935 and 1937 are there.   

Those interested in American Indian lineage will also find many useful resources in our California Room.  The Sherman Institute at Riverside, California published the "The Sherman Bulletin" which we have on microfilm.  This weekly newspaper is not only interesting to read, but of great value to anyone researching teachers, other employees, or students associated with the school.  Additional Sherman Institute records on microfilm which we have are Yearbooks, Registers of Students, the Employee Registers, and Sherman Graduates.  We also have special censuses of California Indians for 1907-1915, 1928, and 1933.

The Society is looking forward to meeting you at Family History Day at the California State Archives, so please stop by our table to get acquainted.  We hope you will consider attending our Genealogy Seminar in Fresno October 29th, and we invite you to visit our Genealogy Library anytime.  Phoning ahead (559) 600-6230 will help ensure a rewarding research experience.

Fresno County Genealogical Society
California History and Genealogy Room, 2nd floor
Fresno County Central Library
2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA  93721
Phone: (559) 600-6230
M,T,W 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri., Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Linda Johnson, Speaker at Family History Day 2011

What's Minerva OC?
Ask Linda at Family History Day
 It is a pleasure to welcome Linda Johnson as a speaker at Family History Day 2011 at the California State Archives.

Linda Johnson began her own family history search in 1988 when enrolled in an undergraduate class at CSU, Sacramento. She went on to receive her Master of Arts degree in Public History in 1993. As a graduate student, she interned at the California State Archives for three years and at the San Joaquin County Historical Society for 6 months. After graduation, she worked as assistant archivist at the Center for Sacramento History followed by collections manager for the manuscript and archival collections at Shields Library, UC Davis.

In October 1997, Linda accepted a position at the California State Archives, where she has worked in a variety of program areas. She is currently the Reference Coordinator and has responsibility for all activities related to the Reference Program. Linda has participated in the annual Family History Day since its inception in 1999. In addition to the Family History Day engagements, she has been a presenter at several local genealogical and historical societies.

Linda Johnson will be presenting Genealogical Resources at the California State Archives.  Linda will describe the millions of paper documents, maps, photographs, three–dimensional artifacts, and records in other formats such as audiotape and videotape held at the Archives and thier value to genealogists.

Contact Information 
California State Archives
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA  95814
Reference Desk Phone: 916-653-2246
Reference Desk Fax: 916-653-7363
Reference E-Mail:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ancestry Day 2011 in San Francisco

The following press release was received from the California Genealogical Society.  The daylong event will feature genealogy experts, lectures and consultations.  Family History Day fans who are beginner researchers may be interested in the lectures oriented toward the basics.

Oakland, CA – August 8, 2011 – and the California Genealogical Society (CGS) are partnering to present Ancestry Day in San Francisco 2011 — Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, located at 5 Embarcadero Center on the waterfront near the historic Ferry Building.

This full-day event will help you start or hone your genealogical skills. Explore the world of genealogy, listen to engaging lectures, meet with expert staff and learn about the incredible resources available at and at the California Genealogical Society Library.

The day will include
•More than a dozen family history lectures
• experts on-hand to answer your questions
•One-on-one consultations with genealogists
•Beginner’s classes where your family and friends can learn the basics

Registration is open. The “early bird” price (through October 5, 2011) is $42 for the all-day event. To learn more about the classes and consultation offerings, visit Ancestry Day in San Francisco 2011 at

With more than five billion historical records and in excess of 20 million family trees, is the world's largest genealogical database. Have you explored what has to offer? Visit

About CGS:
The California Genealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, maintains a library in Oakland, gathers and preserves vital records, and offers research services and online databases. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website:

Sacramento Public Library, Exhibitor at Family History Day 2011

It is a pleasure to welcome the Sacramento Public Library Central Branch as an exhibitor at Family History Day 2011 at the California State Archives.

The Central Library, located at 828 I Street in downtown Sacramento, is the main branch of the Sacramento Public Library system. Central library offers a variety of free programs for the public, including  many that are of interest to genealogists. In addition, the various branches of the library system periodically offer genealogy programs. Central Library offers these services to the public:

  • Presentations by Genealogy Specialists: Three series of presentations are offered annually, during the months of January, May and September. Each series includes three lectures. Special classes on beginning genealogy are also offered throughout the year. All lectures are held at the Central Library in the West Meeting Room.  The September 2011 presentations, on Sundays, 1:30-3:00 pm, include Civil War Research (Sept. 11th),’s Border Crossing Database (Sept. 18th) and Using Google for your Genealogy (Sept. 25th). The class Beginning Genealogy - How to Trace Your Family History will be held on October 22, 2011, 1:00-2:30 pm.
  • The Book a Genealogist program: Central Library is fortunate to have the assistance of a volunteer genealogist, who meets individually with people needing help with their research.  The volunteer is available at the library on Tuesday afternoons. Registration is required for these 45-minute appointments by calling 916-264-2920, or by visiting the library’s website at
  • Genealogy Reference Books:  A large collection of non-circulating genealogy books and periodicals is available for use by the public during library open hours. The majority of these books belong to the Genealogical Association of Sacramento. The collection is located on the 4th floor of Central Library. 
  • Genealogy Databases:  The library subscribes to two genealogy databases for the public’s use: Ancestry Library Edition and American Both of these databases can be used at any branch of the Sacramento Public Library system.
  • Genealogy computer classes:  These free classes are taught at Central Library by library staff. Currently, classes being taught include Introduction to Online Genealogy, Social Networking for Genealogists and Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition.
For more information on any of these programs, come by our exhibit table at Family History Day.  You may also call the library at 916-264-2920 or visit the website at We hope that you’ll take advantage of all the genealogy services offered by the library!  

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cath Madden Trindle, Speaker at Family History Day 2011

It is a pleasure to welcome Cath Madden Trindle as a speaker at Family History Day 2011 at the California State Archives.

Cath Madden Trindle is a certified genealogist (CG), earned a Certificate of British Research from BYU and a Certificate in Genealogical Studies-Librarianship from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. A retired financial system consultant, she is currently Treasurer of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Cath, as Projects Chair for the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA), has helped design and implement the online California Research Aid, has coordinated projects with and, and writes regular copyright and society strategy columns for the CSGA newsletter. As Publications Chair for the San Mateo County Genealogical Society, she has edited the San Mateo County Naturalization Index Series, the Schellens indexing project, and has coordinated the series of indexes that are online at A first generation Californian, Cath has limited her client research to Northern California, however, speaking engagements also focus on the records of Ireland and Scotland, Canada, probate and land records, house histories and genealogical storytelling. Speaking engagements include societies throughout Northern California, the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, the Salt Lake Institute and FGS. She will be a speaker at the FGS Conference in Springfield, Il on September 7-10, 2011.  Cath can be reached by email at

Cath Madden Trindle will be presenting two classes at Family History Day:

Google Your Ancestors: A quick look at the many Google Tools, from Google Search to Google Earth that aid in gathering and compiling our genealogies.

CSGA Presents California Online: Start your California Research with the CSGA California Research Guide online.  Links to the FamilySearch California Wiki and other major online resources will also be explored.

Monday, August 1, 2011

North Highlands-Antelope Public Library Display

Family History Day is the theme of the display case at the North Highlands-Antelope Public Library for the month of August.  It's just inside the main entrance to the library.  When you are in the neighborhood, stop by and take a look.  The library is located at 4235 Antelope Road, Antelope, CA.  If you can't get there, enjoy the movie of the display - click on the right arrow below the photo.  The display was created by Marilyn Ulbricht, Diane Maltase and Nancy Fiorini with contributions from Charlene Eberwine, Suzanne Latimer and Denise Richmond.