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Black History Month: Guinda, California

For those who know the Capay Valley in Yolo County, California, it’s a place of great natural beauty, almond orchards, a few wineries, and (lately, unfortunately), Indian “gaming.” Few folks know that the Capay Valley town of Guinda is rich in African-American history. Read more here.

Resources: California Voter Registrations 1900-1968

Ancestry.com has just added California Voter Registrations for the years 1900 to 1968. I tried this out last night. My great-uncle, Carl Edward Manson (1893-1966), was the first family member to migrate to California from Texas before World War II. I found him and his then-wife Mary on the 1940 voter rolls registered at 5820 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. Thereafter, …Continue reading →

Severe Weather in Northern California

One of the worst storms in decades has battered Northern California and the Sierra Nevada today.Starting at about 4 a.m. PST, wind gusts of more than 100 mph in the mountains and up to 75 mph on the valley floor ushered in heavy rains. There have been power outages throughout the day in the Sacramento metro area. Telephone and cable …Continue reading →

My Trilingual Christmases

Geneablogger footnoteMaven has started a Christmas caroling meme. I’ve mentioned before that part of my childhood was spent in Germany. I went to a German school for part of that time and we had a German nanny. I was immersed in the culture and language at an early age. And Christmas in Germany became one of my favorite times and …Continue reading →

Obituary: Victoria Ann Rogers

Victoria Ann Rogers, born on July 3, 1946, in Santiago, Chile, passed away at her home in Sacramento on October 12, 2007. Vicky is survived by her daughter Cynthia Thompson and husband Jeff, son Ian Rogers, grandchildren Dana, Celina and Nicholas Thompson, siblings Jim Pisano and Vivian Pisano, and a large extended family. A graveside funeral service will be held …Continue reading →

Family History Out in the Cold–Again

It’s been almost two years since we reported on the discovery of the body of an airman in California’s Sierra Nevada. The airman was later identified as 22 year-old aviation cadet Leo Mustonen of Brainerd, Minnesota. He and three other airmen were on a training mission from Mather Field near Sacramento on November 18, 1942, when their aircraft disappeared. The …Continue reading →

Point Arena Lighthouse

Drew Smith of Tampa, Florida, correctly identified the photographs in Is this Your Street? as the Point Arena Lighthouse in California. (There’s no prize associated with this, Drew, but our heartiest congratulations on a job well done!). The GeneaBlogie research staff spent the Fourth of July holiday at Point Arena. The lighthouse, which at 115 feet is the tallest lighthouse …Continue reading →

A Different Sleepy Dusty Delta Day

Conditions in the Delta (as observed at Isleton, California): Partly cloudy. High temp., 84o; chance of precip 0-10%; rel. hum. 50%. Sunrise: 5:45 am PDT. Sunset: 8:25 pm PDT. Bridge at Carquinez Strait in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta(Interstate 80 between Vallejo and Crockett)

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