Beginning Genealogy Class

I will be teaching an online Beginning Genealogy class on 12 March 2022 from 9 AM – 12 NOON with the Southern California Genealogy Society.

I will provide an introduction to the basics including: setting goals, keeping organized, identifying resources, getting information from vital records and their substitutes, using census records, citing your sources, tips for online services including and FamilySearch, and an introduction to the Genealogical Proof Standard.

Please visit the SCGS website to sign up; the webpage should be updated soon!


OK, so this is kind of a genealogy post.

We use a toaster that was a wedding gift to my in-laws nearly 70 years ago. It works great! I recently found an online story about old Sunbeam toasters. I looked closer, and our toaster is an old Sunbeam! And I totally agree with the article, the old toaster works better than any new one!

And, as the photo states, we have the art deco design, and the bottom of the toaster confirms we have a model T-20!

Recently, the plug stated to get warm to the touch, so we’ve been unplugging it once the toast is done. So I did a little internet search, and I replaced the power cord. When I had the bottom of the toaster removed, I did a little cleaning and removed some crumbs that could only be removed when the toaster was in pieces.

I am happy to report the toaster now works better than before, and with a new 3-prong plug with a ground wire, it’s now much safer, too!

Old Sunbeam toaster with new plug. Note the art deco design on side.