Genealogy Jamboree

This weekend is Genealogy Jamboree in Southern California! I am a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society, host of the Jamboree. We are celebrating our 50th year of Jamboree!

I hope to see some of you there this weekend!

Jamboree is May 30-31 and June 1-2, 2019.

For more information, click on http://genealogyjamboree.com/

 

Genealogy Class in Antelope Valley August 14

I’m teaching a genealogy class at the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society!

Class is on August 14, 2019 starting at 7:00 PM.

Lecture subject is “Don’t Forget Your Home Sources” and will happen at the
Chimbole Cultural Center at 700 East Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale, CA 93550.

The website for the AVGS is here.

See you there!

Beginning Genealogy Class August 10

I will be teaching a Beginning Genealogy Class on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Class starts at 9:00 AM and will be 3 hours long.  Followed by the Lunch and Learn series.

This will be at the Southern California Genealogical Society, at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504.

I’ll teach some basics, standards, 6 Best Practices with Genealogy Research, and 6 Tools to Expand Your Research Skills, and more!

If you’re in SoCal at that time, drop by and say hello!

Their website is http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/ to learn about the other things we do at SCGS.

Local Genealogical Societies; Bible records found!

Family History Researchers should keep in mind that local Genealogical and Historical Societies often have rare and unique holdings. If your ancestors lived in an area for at least some amount of time, and especially if they resided there for an extended time, consider contacting the local Genealogical Society for that area to inquire about their holdings. You may also consider traveling there in person if you can, and make it a research trip. If you are unable to travel there in person, contact them to see what they have and ask if they can do some on-site research for you. Results may vary, but it’s always worth it to inquire.

A distant cousin of mine wrote a Cross Family Tree back in the 1950s. He was the same generation as my grandfather and died years ago, so I never met him. He lived in Pennsylvania, died in New York, and I have yet to travel to either state, although I’d like to someday. His Cross Family Tree is about 30 pages long and lists nearly 500 individuals.

He refers to an Old Cross Family Bible as a source, but unfortunately never mentions who owned the Bible at the time of his research. He did type up a transcription of the pages that include births, marriages, and deaths for genealogy. The Cross family resided in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania in the early 1800s.

I found the Clearfield County Historical Society online. I contacted them about their holdings, and inquired about on-site research done by their staff or volunteers. They do research for a fee or an hourly rate. I engaged them for research.

They returned copies of documents they found, including newspaper obituaries, many that are difficult or impossible to find elsewhere. They also sent a copy and a transcription of the Old Cross Family Bible that my cousin referenced in his work! It matches, word for word! As it turns out, the family member that had the Bible back in 1976 donated the Bible to the Historical Society for preservation!

My research is now a little more complete with this addition. The Old Cross Family Bible is intact, stored for preservation and posterity, and I have scanned copies of the pertinent pages, with source citation of the Bible (publication date and publisher, who donated the Bible, etc.). This Bible is unique, and found nowhere else. Obtaining this information is a find.

I am grateful that this family member donated the Bible, and grateful that the Clearfield County Historical Society has a way for me to do research there using their on-site staff and volunteers.

Board of Directors for SCGS

The election results are in, and I was elected to the Board of Directors for the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS). I have attended the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree for years, and attended some of their general membership meetings, as I am a member.

Since I am currently studying with the ProGen 37 group, one of the things we’re learning is to get more involved with things genealogy. Otherwise, I don’t think I would have considered running for the Board. But I did, I was elected, and now it’s time for me to get a little more involved. I don’t yet know what that means, but I have some ideas, and I’ll figure it out as I go.

More info about SCGS can be found here. Membership is a good thing, even if it’s just for their webinars. Free to attend a webinar as it is live, but members get access to every single one stored in the archives! And I hope to see YOU at Jamboree 2019!