March 10th, 2007


Seminar Wrap-up

The last two sessions I attended were “Finding Blacks in Historic Newspapers,” and “Neat Tricks with Ancestry.com.” The concurrent sessions were “Writing Your Family History: From Idea to Manuscript,” “Back to Africa Via DNA Test Results,” “Planning a Research Trip,” and the documentary “Trail of Tears.” Out of the historic newspapers session, I did come away with a new source …Continue reading →

A Very Interesting Lunch . . . .

I sat next to a fellow named Keith Ritchardson from Oakland. He’s developed software to fill in census forms with family-specific information. In other words, you can use the census form as a family group record. I’ve been looking for something like this. I got a CD from him and will evaluate it and report back in this space on …Continue reading →

Slave Owners and Records

My second session is “Slave Owners and Records.” Concurrent sessions are “Your Family Tree and Its Lost Roots,” “Indian Territory Freedman Research,” and “Oral History: You Won’t Find It in a Book.” The presenter of “Slave Records” is Denise Griggs, co-founder of the African-American Genealogical Society of Sacramento. She’s here today with her twin sister. She’s very thorough and has …Continue reading →

Introduction to the Sacramento Regional Family History Center

The LDS folks are gushing with warmth and enthusiasm. For my first session, I’ve decided to take “Introduction to the Regional Family History Center.” I’ve spoken earlier with the co-director, Ron McDowell, a very pleasant man. The other options for the first session are “150 Years of Blacks in Sacramento,” “Scanning and Preserving Records,” and “Uses for DNA Testing in …Continue reading →

LiveBlogging (sorta) The Sacramento African-American Family History Seminar

I’m at the LDS Church at Marconi Boulevard and Eastern Avenue in Arden-Arcade, Sacramento County, California, where today is the Sacramento African-American Family History Seminar. This particular church is the location of the Sacramento Regional Family History Center. Today’s seminar is sponsored by the California Black Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento City Councilmembers Lauren Hammond …Continue reading →

New Digital Records Online

Utah has now placed online a collection of digital records, including death certificates from 1905 to 1954. The images are as good as Missouri’s, which have often been praised here. And speaking of the Show-Me state, they are rapidly closing in on having all their death certificates from 1910 to 1956 online. They recently released records for 1931, so the …Continue reading →

New Tech Stuff

Well, I had fallen behind in my reading during February, so if you’ve heard this stuff, oh, well . . . . A new FamilySearch has been released for beta 2 testing. Renee Zamora is one of the lucky 3,000 evaluating it. She’s blogging about it and it sounds interesting. I learned this at Katie’s Begat Chat. Katie (who’s now …Continue reading →

Lee is Back!

Check out her new space, The Amateurologist.

Closure

My brother-in-law, David Joseph Penny, will be laid to rest on Monday, March 12, 2007, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St Louis, Missouri. This week started off difficult for the family, but now peace has settled in and things are right. Thanks to all who e-mailed or left comments with their condolences. It was greatly appreciated.

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