Monday, August 30, 2010

Early Bird Registration for California Family History Expo Ends Tomorrow!


If you're planning to attend the California Family History Expo next month, you'll want to register by tomorrow, August 31, 2010, in order to get the discounted early bird registration price of $55.00.

Not sure if you can go yet? That's ok; you can register online prior to the Expo for $65.00, or at the door for $75.00. More information here.

I'm looking forward to attending the California Family History Expo, as it will be my first. From what I've heard on Twitter and Facebook about previous Expos, it promises to be chock-full of great information and a lot of fun!

If you come, please say hello! And if I have a 4 year-old with me, I apologize in advance.

(Hat tip to Geneabloggers for the reminder!)

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Central Coast Genealogy Calendar: September 2010



"The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many."  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thursday, September 2
Monterey County Genealogical Society
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Dayna Jacobs - "Homestead Records Plus: Online Records for Finding and Mapping Your Ancestor's Land Claim"

Saturday, September 4
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
12:30 - 1:00 PM - Research Class: "Historical Patterns Affecting Immigrant Research" – Cafi Cohen
1:00 PM - Business Meeting
1:15 - 1:45 PM - Social time, book and drawing sales, snacks, coffee and tea
1:45 PM – Main Room - "Organization: 10 Steps to More Effective Genealogy Research"– Cafi Cohen

Tuesday, September 14
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Computer Interest Group Meeting
"How to Properly Cite Sources in Your Genealogy Program"

Saturday, September 18
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Nancy E. Loe - "Think Like An Archivist: Uncovering Hidden Genealogical Resources in Libraries and Archives"

Saturday, September 18
Ventura County Genealogical Society
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Judy Janes - "Discover Family History in Online Historic Newspapers"

Tuesday, September 21
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Genealogy Tools
Delores Pedersen – "Learning About Genealogy on the Internet"

Tuesday, September 21
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
6:45 - 8:45 PM - General Meeting
Bonnie Raskin - "A Tale of Three Orphans"

No Meeting in September
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County

Updated September 9, 2010 to include program details for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society.

Please send me an email if you would like to have your event included in this monthly calendar series.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Old School


As part of a Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) history activity, we gave feather quill pens and ink (made from grape Koolaid) to a couple of 4 year-olds and let them practice writing the "old school" way. Thank goodness we didn't use real ink - I think my daughter wound up wearing most of it!

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"Old School." Digital image. Photographed by Elizabeth O'Neal, August 21, 2010, Santa Barbara Co., California.

About Wordless Wednesday.

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Ancestry.com and NBC Team up for a Second Season of "Who Do You Think You Are?"


I received the following press release this morning from Ancestry.com. Good news for those of us who are tired of summer reruns... however, they don't mention when the show will premiere.

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ANCESTRY.COM AND NBC TEAM UP FOR A SECOND SEASON OF "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?" 

World's Largest Family History Web Site Continues Sponsorship of Critically Acclaimed TV Series That Takes a Personal Look at Celebrity Family Histories

PROVO, Utah, August 25, 2010 - Ancestry.com is pleased to announce it has extended its relationship with NBC for the second season of the "Who Do You Think You Are?" television series.

Ancestry.com worked with NBC on the first season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" that debuted in March 2010. The company provided important family history research for the show, including tracing the roots of the seven celebrities featured, and collaborated with NBC to promote the series. Each episode took one celebrity on an emotional, and often times soul-searching journey to discover the lives of family members who came before them.

"It is remarkable to work on this series with the leader in the online family history category, Ancestry.com," said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming & Production at NBC Universal. "A show of this caliber takes a lot of research and ground work to make the celebrities stories come to life. With the valued collaboration of Ancestry.com, we've been able to tell seven amazing stories in the first season, and look forward to even greater family history discoveries to be uncovered in season two."

"We are excited to continue working with NBC on this series," said Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Marketing for Ancestry.com. "The first season of the show has truly elevated awareness around the family history category and we couldn't be more pleased to be an integral part of a television series that brings excitement to the discoveries people can make when researching their ancestral roots."

"Who Do You Think You Are?" is produced by Wall to Wall Entertainment in collaboration with Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky for their production company, Is or Isn't Entertainment. NBC has announced the show will air in the 2010-11 season.

About Ancestry.com Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than one million paying subscribers. More than 5 billion records have been added to the site in the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created more than 18 million family trees containing over 1.8 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Surname Saturday: LAFLEUR (Canada > SD)

Albert LAFLEUR was born in 1825 in Canada. I do not know the names of his parents. He is presumed to have died between 1880-1900 in Union County, South Dakota, but I have not found a death record for him yet. It has been rumored that he is buried on the family homestead.

Albert married Sophie Jane BERTRAND in approximately 1863, possibly in Sioux City, Iowa. This was Sophie's 2nd marriage, having married Antoine BROUILLETTE (died 1860) about 8 years earlier.

Sophie was born in March 1837 in Iowa, and was the daughter of Etienne (Stephan) BERTRAND and Julia Laurent PUGETTE. Sophie died on September 6, 1920 in Jefferson, South Dakota, and is buried in St. Peter's Cemetery in Jefferson with her parents and a few of her children.

Albert received a Homestead Land Patent for 154 65/100 acres of land in the Dakota Territory, dated October 1, 1869.

The 7 known (to me) children of Albert and Sophie are:

Mederese (Mary) W. LaFleur (my great-great-grandmother) - Born Jan 1864 in Canada; died after 1930, probably in Iowa. Mary married Henry L. DAGLE in about 1880.

Celina (Salina) La Fleur - Born bet. 1864-1866 in Union County, South Dakota.

Sophie La Fleur - Born in 1866 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Albert La Fleur - Borm Oct 1866 in Union County, South Dakota; died in 1922.

Joseph La Fleur - Born in 1872 in Union County, South Dakota; died 1936.

Conzague La Fleur - Born abt. 1874 in Union County, South Dakota; died 1943.

Lucie La Fleur - Born abt. 1876 in Union County, South Dakota.

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I am currently trying to determine if Albert is in some way related to Adelor LaFleur (1865-1954), also of Jefferson, South Dakota. It is possible that Albert could have been Adelor's uncle, and that Adelor is descended through one of Albert's siblings. This is just a theory that I'm working out, however... nothing proven!

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If you think you might have information about this family, please feel free to leave me a comment below, or click on the pink "contact" button over to your left. I am happy to provide source information upon request.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Mary "Maura" McGraw



Mary Margaret "Maura" MCGRAW (my grandmother) was born on May 9, 1917 in Stanton, Fillmore Co. Nebraska. She was the eldest of five children born to Thomas MCGRAW and Elizabeth "Bess" DELANEY.

On June 10, 1936, Maura married George Marvin DAGLE in Elk Point, Union Co., South Dakota. They had two daughters together, one of whom was my mother. Both daughters are now deceased.

Maura married three more times during her lifetime. One daughter by her second husband is still living.

Maura died on February 24, 2004 in Hemet, Riverside Co, California.She is buried in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

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Headstone of Maura M. Evans photographed by Elizabeth O'Neal, 2004, Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside Co., California.

For additional sources and information about this family, please contact me.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Something For Nothing

As I was perusing some of the new genealogy blog posts this morning, I came across one by Harold Henderson, author of Midwestern Microhistory, entitled "The state of play in genealogy."

In his post, Harold discusses an article by Tom Jones written in the fall of 2007, entitled Post-secondary Study of Genealogy: Curriculum and Its Contexts, in which Jones "proposes what a professional genealogy curriculum could look like, and needs to look like in order to remedy the condition of the field" (a link to the Tom Jones article is provided in Harold's post). To quote Harold: ouch.

Harold goes on to mention that for a free genealogy education, you can't beat the Transitional Genealogists Forum. I'll agree that the TGF list is outstanding, and I do read most of the posts. There is a great wealth of knowledge on that list, and it's a fabulous resource, particularly for folks considering genealogy as a profession.

However... I would like to point out that for a top-notch, free genealogy education, you also can't beat the ProGen Study Group. You could say that I'm a bit biased towards ProGen, seeing as how I'm a recent graduate, and I'm currently on deck to be a coordinator for one of the new groups starting on September 1st.

What is ProGen? From the web site:
The ProGen Study Groups are organized to encourage professional and aspiring genealogists to put into practice the principles found in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. This program employs an innovative method of collaborative learning focused on developing genealogical research skills and business practices.
ProGen is an 18-month program which requires a commitment to 1) read the chapters, 2) do the assignments, 3) provide feedback, and 4) participate in monthly online chats. But the beauty of ProGen is definitely in the feedback from colleagues... at least, in my opinion. Our CG mentor, Stefani Evans, as well as our peer group members, were wonderful and had insight into things that I'd never considered. I am happy to say that I am not the same genealogist I was when I began the program.

Oh, and did I mention that it's free? Ok, a small donation is requested to help maintain the web site. And you do need the book. But other than that, it's free. You can't beat that with a stick, baby.

To join the ProGen Study Group waiting list, visit http://progenstudy.org.

You can find more suggestions on where to find genealogy education opportunities (though not necessarily free ones) on Angela McGhie's blog, Adventures in Genealogy Education. Angela is the administrator of the ProGen Study Groups.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: The Dunn Family

Original image of The Dunn Family, c. 1907, in Afton, TN.

Back side of image, with names added by my aunt. She drew a bow next to my grandmother's name.

Image edited by me to show names (click to enlarge).

"The Dunn Family." Digital image. c. 1907. Original photograph privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Benton Co., Washington. 2010. Edited photograph by Elizabeth O'Neal.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: The New and the Old


"The New and the Old." Digital image. Photographed by Elizabeth O'Neal, July 4, 2010, Washington, DC.

About Wordless Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Central Coast Genealogy Calendar: August 2010



"August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied." ~Joseph Wood Krutch

Sunday, August 1
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Erwin Joos - "One Foot In America! The Jewish Emigrants of the Red Star Line and Eugeen Van Miegham"

Thursday, August 5
Monterey County Genealogical Society
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Cath Madden Trindle, CG - "Using the Internet to find our Irish Roots"

Tuesday, August 10
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Computer Interest Group Meeting
Pat Harmon - "Some Good Free Databases"

Tuesday, August 17
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Genealogy Tools
Pat Harmon and Liz Odle - "Introduction to the New Animap & Tour of the Genealogical Section of the Library"

Tuesday, August 17
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
6:45 - 8:45 PM - General Meeting
TBA

Saturday, August 21
Ventura County Genealogical Society
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Caroline Braxton Rober - "Working With Land and Probate Records Together to Solve Genealogy Brick Walls"

No Meeting in August:
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society

Please send me an email if you would like to have your event included in this monthly calendar series.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal