Genealogical Society, San Ramon Valley, Northern California, USA Monthly Member Meetings & Special Interest Groups
We meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 10am at the Danville Family History Center, 2949 Stone Valley Road, Alamo, California 95007. We also have six special interest groups to help with just about any genealogy problem you may have.
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A note from the Contra Costa Library system regarding access to Ancestry from home:
Access to the popular genealogy resource is usually limited to in-library use only, but is temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.
Log into Ancestry from our Digital Resources page and begin your genealogical quest. https://ccclib.org/resource/
ccclib.org Recent Online Resources
New pocket guide to Irish genealogy now available. https://genealogical.com/2020/06/22/new-pocket-guide-to-irish-genealogy-garners-high-marks-from-midwest-book-review/
genealogical.com Brian Mitchell’s New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy just received a stellar review from Mr. Cox, and we are reprinting it below in its entirety.
This useful series has an updated edition for Polish genealogy. https://genealogical.com/2020/06/15/polish-genealogy-at-a-glance-available-in-new-2020-updated-edition/
genealogical.com In the newly updated edition, expert genealogist Rosemary Chorzempa, lays out the basic elements of Polish genealogical research in four specially laminated pages.
Because of the pandemic, many large genealogical organizations are holding their annual meetings and conferences online. Here is another: https://s4.goeshow.com/iajgs/annual/2020/index.cfm
s4.goeshow.com Announcement of Virtual Conference (14 June 2020): The IAJGS 2020 Conference on Jewish Genealogy will be held from Monday, 10 August, through Thursday, 13 August, on a virtual platform. Brainstorming and Connectivity will be the focus of four days of live, streamed sessions on broad topics presen...
New historical photo gallery for San Francisco is now online. https://www.sfgate.com/sf-neighborhoods/slideshow/San-Francisco-then-and-now-opensfhistory-202461.php
sfgate.com Something lovely may soon be coming to your daily neighborhood stroll: a glimpse into the...
Race: Information original sources can provide... https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2020/06/08/original-sources/
legalgenealogist.com Of original causes These are powerful times in which we live, and part of the power of the moment comes from the tidal wave of history that is sweeping a lot of misconceptions out with it. One of those misconceptions: the Civil War was fought by southern states to “protect states' rights.”
New from MyHeritage - cross-language record matching: https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/06/introducing-cross-language-record-matches/
blog.myheritage.com As many genealogists already know, among the major commercial genealogy websites, MyHeritage is the website of choice for international genealogy — that is, for finding ancestors and relatives all over the world, particularly in Europe. It is also extremely useful for U.S. genealogists as many of ...
Who doesn't like a bargain? How about some genealogy bargains?! https://genealogybargains.com/tag/bargains/
genealogybargains.com Bargains, Freebie 15 May 2020 FREE ONLINE EVENT! Libby Copeland with The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are American Ancestors/NEHGS & the Boston Public Library present Libby Copeland with The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are – a virtual event in the American St...
The National Archives is a terrific resource for genealogists. Here are some of their recos on storing family papers and photos.
archives.gov Store items at a low temperature and a low relative humidity Different storage conditions changed how these two photographs aged. The lower the temperature the longer your items will last, because cooler temperatures slow the rate of chemical decay and reduce insect activity. Keep the temperature be...
A local library resource that you might not have heard of is Kanopy. It's a streaming service with many, many free videos (including some on genealogy) that you can watch from home or on your mobile device. If you have a CCC Library Card, all that's required is a few clicks to set up a free account. https://my.nicheacademy.com/ccclib/course/3129
Want to check out some yearbooks? MyHeritage is opening up their yearbook index collection (1890 - 1979) for free until May 23rd. https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10569/us-yearbooks-name-index-1890-1979
April 25th is National DNA Day, and to help celebrate, Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage are currently running great sales!
Grab some popcorn and find your favorite chair - all of RootsTech is now online! https://www.rootstech.org/video-archive?et_cid=1685852&et_rid=111957704&linkid=CTA1c&cid=em-fsn-9735
If you missed the free Family History Writing Challenge, good news - all 30 of its videos are available again. "Write now - stories forever!" https://www.fhwsmasterclass.com/challenge-2020-day-1/
Sheltering in place may be a boon for genealogy activities. Maybe this is a good time to curate your photograph collection. Cull the duplicates and duds, label the keepers, scan/digitize the prints and slides, maybe even put together a photo book!
While we are staying home because of the pandemic, take a break from doing genealogy research by using your computer to go to a museum. Here are several hundred to choose from! https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en
artsandculture.google.com Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1200 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.
FamilySearch has a new tool for locating hidden digital data. Currently the indexed name records we use for searching only contain 20 percent of the material available on their website. With their new tool you can find data locked inside of digital images. Exploring images allows you to type in places, dates or events instead of a name search. For more information go to: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/explore-historical-images/
Next week's program:
Program schedule for 2020!
If you are next of kin (mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, or unremarried spouse) of a deceased US military veteran, you can easily request a copy of their military records as well as duplicates of medals and decorations by going here, filling out and returning the online form, and faxing or mailing a copy of your signature to the National Archives. https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
The Library of Congress has many online resources for genealogists, including a really big collection of telephone directories. https://www.loc.gov/collections/united-states-telephone-directory-collection/about-this-collection/?fbclid=IwAR0iIdqvu_td11cV5N77qVNc4zBih9lkPsZDfkxU7TmO2KrEe7x-TSSn4Gc
News on some unique DNA testing: https://news.yahoo.com/scientists-found-5-700-old-185500629.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb
news.yahoo.com For the first time, scientists were able to extract an entire ancient human genome from a wad of birch "chewing gum" discovered in Denmark.
As genealogists, we all use census records. Well, now you can help CREATE those records by actually participating in 2020 census data collection! Here is general information about census hiring, which will lead you to Contra Costa County (or any other county) and the census office in Concord. Pretty good pay, too! https://2020census.gov/en/jobs
A reminder - the annual and delicious cookie exchange is tomorrow, Tuesday, December 3rd, 10am - noon at Francie Lloyd's house (see directory for directions). Bring some cookies, eat some cookies, take some cookies home! All members welcome.
While the upcoming holidays can be hectic, they are also perfect for setting aside some quality time and holding family history interviews. Even though you may have already have all the vital statistics for your Aunt Gertrude, what you may be missing are the colorful family stories that won't appear in any online search, stories that will disappear unless you engage Aunt Gertrude in a friendly dialogue. A Google search for "oral history interview" will reveal many lists of good questions to ask your relatives.
If you are interested in immigration documents, please consider responding to a proposal to drastically increase document request fees: https://larasgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/11/immigration-documents-please-comment-on.html?fbclid=IwAR0t3msxWjoLJ0ghPed_xoDu7P2eGJKN-PHpQUoiekRtTOfcfuwkADhbPk4
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Next Tuesday's program:
No need to travel to every genealogy conference - here's one that's online! https://virtualgenealogy.org/2019-vga-conference/
virtualgenealogy.org The Program (registration links at bottom of page) Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 8:45am Eastern to 6:00pm Eastern Registrants will have access to the recordings and hando…
Program for our October 15th meeting:
Consider your archives as your own, personal museum. https://thefamilycurator.com/save-family-history-in-a-family-archive/
thefamilycurator.com It's not difficult nor expensive to create your own family archive to preserve and organize family photos, documents, and genealogy research.
Webinar about "50 Records that Document Female Ancestors." Wed., October 9, 2019, 5 pm, FREE, Legacy Webinars https://familytreewebinars.com by Gena Ortega, free registration, required. As mentioned in the Castro Valley Genealogy Study Group by Wayne Ainsworth, on Oct. 3, 2019 , http://cacvgg.bdgeorge.com.
Tip of the day: when searching for information about a surname, try not only the common spelling of the name, but also others that sound similar, and those that might have been logical indexing mistakes. Keeping a list of alternate surname spellings to call on can be helpful. E.g., Smith, Smythe, Smithe, Schmith, Simth, etc.
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