Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society - Grand Opening of Renovated Sahyun Library!


Food, Fun, Music, Ribbon-Cutting, Tours  

October 2, 2011
3:00 - 5:00 PM


Please Park at Pershing Park Lot
(on Castillo near the baseball fields and the Carriage Museum)
129 Castillo, Santa Barbara 
Shuttle Service Provided

We still have room for a few more guests
Contact to RSVP.

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Monday, September 26, 2011

Family Tree DNA Sale Starting TODAY! (36 Hours ONLY)

I received the following announcement today from Family Tree DNA. If you've been waiting for the right time to jump into the DNA pool, this might be it!

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Thank you for helping us reach 15,000 LIKES on our Facebook page! To show how much we like you too, we're offering a 36-HOUR SALE!

START: Monday, September 26 (TODAY) at 12:00pm CDT
END: Tuesday, September 27 at 11:59pm CDT

For NEW customers:
Y-DNA 12 . . . $59 (was $99)
mtDNA . . . $59 (was $99)
Y-DNA 37 . . . $129 (was $149)
Family Finder . . . $199 (was $289)
mtFullSequence (FGS) . . . $229 (was $299)

Y-DNA 12 + mtDNA . . . $118 (was $179)
Family Finder + Y-DNA 12 . . . $248 (was $339)
Family Finder + mtDNA . . . $248 (was $339) 
Family Finder + Y-DNA 37 . . . $328 (was $438)
Family Finder + mtFullSequence . . . $398 (was $559)
Comprehensive Genome (Family Finder + mtFullSequence + Y-DNA67) . . . $597(was $797)

Upgrades & Add-Ons:
mtDNA add-on $59 . . . (was $89)
mtFullSequence upgrade (HVR1 to Mega) . . . $199 (was $269)
mtFullSequence upgrade (HVR2 to Mega) . . . $199 (was $239)
mtFullSequence add-on . . . $219 (was $289)
Family Finder add-on . . . $199 (was $289)

Prices will be automatically adjusted on the Family Tree DNA website -- no coupon code needed!

Important: Promotional orders need to be paid for by the end of this sale. Visit us at to order now.

We hope this limited-time sale will give you yet another reason to "LIKE" us!

Thank you for your support!
Family Tree DNA

This offer ends TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2011 11:59pm CDT.
*You do not need to be a member of Facebook to take advantage of this offer. Payment must be received at the time of your order. Valid only on products listed. No substitutions. No adjustments will be made on previous purchases. This promotion is not valid in combination with any other promotions. Family Tree DNA reserves the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized or ineligible use of discounts and to modify or cancel these promotional discounts due to system error or unforeseen problems. Subject to change without notice.

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For information about the Swanay/Swaney/Sweaney DNA Surname Project, please visit our public project page, or FamilyTree DNA. Please also feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Friday, September 23, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of September 23, 2011

The vampires are coming out early this year!

What's Hot

FamilySearch Adds 16 Million New Records - New Collections for Brazil, Canada, Cote d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Ecuador, and U.S.

Virginia researchers should consider offering input about Access to Virginia Vital records. Details from by Michael John Neill.

NGS adjusting the pricing for its American Genealogy Studies courses effective 1 October 2011 from UpFront with NGS

Amazon's Kindle Gets a Library Card from Wired Top Stories.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is releasing the seventh and final volume of The Great Migration Series: Immigrants to New England 1634—1635 which is now available online at This latest volume includes all immigrants whose surnames are "T" through "Y."

Something Cool

The City: A Beautiful Time-Lapse Portrait of San Francisco from PetaPixel.

Christmas is Coming! from Moultrie Creek Gazette by Denise Barrett Olson.

21st Century business card designs from Planting the Seeds by Michael Hait, CG(sm).

Google has a cute doodle today celebrating Jim Henson's (of Muppets fame) 75th birthday. You simply must play with it.

In the News

At least he should get a lot of Father's Day cards: Who’s your daddy? As kids conceived with donated sperm grow up, life may get complicated for donors.

2 teens accused of stealing Revolutionary War weapons from NJ museum during Irene power outage

Still searching for owner of suitcase - Memory Lane - Peterlee Mail

Help Wanted

How to donate to help archives affected by flooding from ArchivesNext by Kate T.

S. Lincecum asks how you handle your precious documents in Protecting Precious Documents & a New Birth Record Found at Lincecum Lineage.

Do you use RootsMagic? Jennifer Holik-Urban would like to know your thoughts on this program at Tech Tuesday – RootsMagic Part I
from Generations.

Food Memories Contest. Be part of the Life in Context Project!

Margel would like your advice about a School Genealogy Club Possibility at 2338 W. Washington Blvd.

Genealogists living outside of Canada are being asked to take a Canadian Genealogy Survey (hat tip to Chris Paton at Scottish GENES).

From the Blogs

Genea-Investors: Is Wall Street Telling Us Anything About "Big Picture" Genealogy? from Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror by Mel Wolfgang.

Of Wagons, Indians and Gold from Nolichucky Roots by Susan Clark.

Genealogy in 2111 from ProGenealogists. Think about it.

Tombstone Tuesday - Genealogy Serendipity Strikes Again! from The Faces Of My Family by Lisa Swanson Ellam.

Jean Hibben has been writing an interesting series of posts about Postmasters. Check out U.S. Postmasters - last of a series: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Circlemending and work your way backwards.

Antietam, the General & Serendipity from Adventures in Genealogy by Deb Ruth.

The Last Byte

First there was Is Nicolas Cage a Vampire from the Civil War Era? A dealer on eBay offers very compelling (IMHO) photographic evidence for sale for $1 million.

But as of yesterday, Nicolas Cage 'Vampire' Photo Vanishes From eBay.

Coincidence? Maybe. But I'm getting my garlic necklace ready, just in case.

And somebody better check on that dude selling the photo.

(Hat tip to Roma Miller for sharing this story!)

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Be sure to check out the weekly picks of Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, Donna Pointkouski, Lynn Palermo, Deb RuthJen, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers. Happy reading!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Bernice (Faivre) WILLIAMSON

I've lived in California all my life. To my knowledge, most of my mother's family is either dead, or lives in the midwest.

But while researching my FAIVRE family a while back, I was surprised to learn that a branch of that family not only made it out to California, but also to the Central Coast area (my neck of the woods). Quelle surprise!

Click to enlarge.
My discovery came while doing research for my post about Louise Faivre, "The Strong Woman: There's One in Every Family." I decided to review what I had in my files about Louise - just for some general information - and ran across a photocopy of her obituary.

To be honest, I am such a dunce that I have absolutely no idea where this copy came from. And of course, there is no source information. I'm guessing I found it in my grandmother's files after she died and just shoved it in my binder. Learn from my mistakes folks: Don't do this. Ever. You'll regret it later.

Anyway, while re-reading Louise's obituary again, I noticed that she had a daughter, Mrs. Bernice Tripp, living in "Venture, Cal." I interpreted this to mean "Ventura, California," since, to my knowledge, there is no such place as Venture in California.

To confirm this, my daughter and I made the 90+ mile drive down to the Ventura County Clerk and Recorder's Office in lovely, downtown, Ventura. After a great deal of searching on the part of the very-patient clerk, we were finally able to locate the death certificate by using Bernice's maiden name, Faivre.

My apologies to the other folks in line who were forced to be entertained by my then-4 year-old, BORED daughter.

At the time of her death, Bernice was re-married to an Alen Elmo Williamson (not sure what happened to Mr. Tripp).

We discovered from Bernice's death certificate that she was buried just down the road (or up the 101 Freeway) in the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park. The folks in the cemetery office were very helpful in finding Bernice's grave, and provided us with several maps - which were necessary, given the sheer size of this place!

My daughter at the grave of her 2nd great grandaunt.

My daughter actually found Bernice's grave first (odd, since she couldn't read), so we stopped to take some photos. We were unprepared with any flowers, since we didn't know we would be visiting a cemetery that day, but my daughter picked some ugly lovely dandelions, and unceremoniously blew them over Bernice's grave. Hopefully Bernice did not mind.

We did not find any other family members in the cemetery that day, but then, we really didn't know who to look for. I don't know if Bernice had any children by either of her husbands, although I'm assuming she did (I hope). On another trip to Ventura, I hope to find her obituary.

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For the record, Bernice was my great grandaunt. I would love to connect with other members of this family; please contact me if you are a cousin!

Read more at The Graveyard Rabbit of the California Central Coast.

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Headstone of Bernice (Faivre) Williamson (with my daughter) photographed by Elizabeth O'Neal on  9 December 2010, Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, Ventura County, California.

"Mrs. Louis [sic] Faivre" obituary, photocopy of undated clipping, c. 1942, from unidentified newspaper, privately held by Elizabeth O’Neal [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Santa Barbara County, California, 2011. Inherited in 2004 by Mrs. O’Neal from her grandmother, Maura (McGraw) Evans, former widow of Marvin Dagle, grandson of Mrs. Faivre.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Genealogist Responds to the Tech-Savvy Genealogist Meme

Geniaus created The Tech-Savvy Genealogist Meme. She came up with 50 items.

John Newmark at TransylvanianDutch expanded the list to 80, and also reworded two of her entries. His additions were intermingled so the numbering has changed, though he have put an (*) by each of the additions.

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven't done or found and don't care to: plain type

Feel free to add extra comments in brackets after each item.

Which of these apply to you?

1. Own an Android or Windows tablet or an iPad [Santa brought me  NookColor last Christmas. It's an Android-based machine that is more like a tablet now that apps are functional.]
2. Use a tablet or iPad for genealogy related purposes
*3. Use a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader for genealogy related purposes [see #1]
4. Have used Skype or Google Video Chat to for genealogy purposes
5. Have used a camera to capture images in a library/archives/ancestor's home
6. Use a genealogy software program on your computer to manage your family tree
*7. Use multiple genealogy software programs because they each have different functionalities.
8. Have a Twitter account
9. Tweet daily
10. Have a genealogy blog
11. Have more than one genealogy blog
12. Have lectured/presented to a genealogy group on a technology topic [have given many tech talks to various DAR chapters]
13. Currently an active member of Genealogy Wise [not active, though]
14. Have a Facebook Account
15. Have connected with genealogists via Facebook
16. Maintain a genealogy related Facebook Page [Here's one:]
17. Maintain a blog or website for a genealogy society [New blog for San Luis Obispo Co. Genealogical Society launching soon!]
18. Have submitted text corrections online to Ancestry, Trove or a similar site
*19. Have added content to a Person Page on Fold3 (formerly Footnote)
20. Have registered a domain name
21. Post regularly to Google+
*22. Have participated in a genealogy-related Google+ hangout [Started to, but didn't have any make-up on so chickened out.]
23. Have a blog listed on Geneabloggers
*24. Have a blog listed on Cyndi's List
25. Have transcribed/indexed records for FamilySearch or a similar project [indexed numerous records for the DAR's GRS]
*26. Have converted a family audiotape to digital
*27. Have converted a family videotape to digital
*28. Have converted family movies pre-dating videotape to digital.
29. Own a Flip-Pal or hand-held scanner [I have a Magic Vue, but really prefer my small, flatbed scanner instead. Guess that makes me old school about scanners.]
30. Can code a webpage in .html
*31. Can code a webpage in .html using Notepad (or any other text-only software) [Doesn't mean I want to.]
*32. Can write scripts for your webpage in at least one programming language
*33. Can write scripts for your webpage in multiple programming languages
34. Own a smartphone
35. Have a personal subscription to one or more paid genealogy databases
*36. Have a local library card that offers you home access to online databases, and you use that access.
37. Use a digital voice recorder to record genealogy lectures [Didn't think this was kosher??]
38. Have contributed to a genealogy blog carnival
*39. Have hosted a genealogy blog carnival [It was ages ago.]
40. Use an Internet Browser that didn't come installed on your computer [Currently, Chrome]
41. Have participated in a genealogy webinar
42. Have taken a DNA test for genealogy purposes
43. Have a personal genealogy website [Isn't that what this blog is? If not, I had one years ago on Geocities.]
44. Have found mention of an ancestor in an online newspaper archive
45. Have tweeted during a genealogy lecture
*46. Have tweeted during a family reunion [Still hoping to attend one... someday.]
47. Have scanned your hardcopy genealogy files [Not finished. Or even close.]
48. Use an RSS Reader to follow genealogy news and blogs
49. Have uploaded a gedcom file to a site like Geni, MyHeritage or Ancestry
50. Own a netbook
51. Use a computer/tablet/smartphone to take genealogy lecture notes
52. Have a profile on LinkedIn that mentions your genealogy habit
53. Have developed a genealogy software program, app or widget
54. Have listened to a genealogy podcast online
55. Have downloaded genealogy podcasts for later listening
56. Backup your files to a portable hard drive [3, to be exact.]
57. Have a copy of your genealogy files stored offsite [Mozy, but considering Carbonite.]
58. Know about RootsTech
59. Have listened to a BlogTalk radio session about genealogy
60. Use Dropbox, SugarSync or other service to save documents in the cloud
61. Schedule regular email backups
62. Have contributed to the FamilySearch Wiki
63. Have scanned and tagged your genealogy photographs [working on it]
64. Have published a genealogy book in an online/digital format
*65. Brought a USB device to a microfilm repository so you could download instead of print.
*66. Have a wearable USB device containing important files. (Watch, keychain necklace, etc) [necklace and bracelet]
*67. Created a map on Google Maps plotting ancestral homes or businesses.
*68. Recorded the GPS coordinates for a tombstone, or ancestral home
*69. Edited the Wikipedia entry for an ancestor, or their kin
*70. Created an entry at FindAGrave for a person
*71. Created an entry at FindAGrave for a cemetery
*72. Uploaded the MediaWiki software (or TikiWiki, or PhpWiki) to your family website.
*73. Have downloaded a video (for genealogical purposes) from YouTube or other streaming video site using, or in some other fashion
*74. Have transferred a video from a DVR to your computer for genealogical purposes
*75. Have participated in a ScanFest
*76. Have started a Genealogy-related meme at least one other geneablogger participated in.
*77. Have started a Genealogy-related weekly blogging theme other geneabloggers participated in.
*78. Have used Photoshop (or other editing software) to 'clean up' an old family photo
*79. Done digital scrapbooking
*80. Printed out a satellite photo from Google Maps of a cemetery, and marked where a tombstone was located on it.

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Friday, September 16, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of September 16, 2011

Hi Grandpa, what's new?

Lots of news this week, so let's get right to it!

What's Hot Releases the 1930 Mexico National Census to Open Gateway for Hispanic Family History Research

The National Institute for Genealogical Studies Offers Discount to Celebrate Anniversary - details on Angela's Adventures in Genealogy Education.

In the latest FamilySearch news, China, Hungary, Mexico and U.S. Collections Each Add Over a Million Records.

There will be No Scanfest This Month at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.

Tipper at Blind Pig And The Acorn says, "I've Got Tickets To The JCCFS Fall Festival - Want To Win Them?" You have until September 20, 2011 to enter.

If you can't spring for $12.95/month, you might be interested in's new $4.95/month mid-level subscription category, Geni Plus. More information on the Geni blog, Introducing Geni Plus.

If you're going, apply for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) – Scholarship before the October 1, 2011 deadline (hat tip to Julie at GenBlog).

Sweepstakes two-fer: While you're researching your Mexican roots, be sure to enter's "Journey to Your Roots Sweepstakes" to win a "personal discovery trip" to Mexico. You can also enter the "Tweet to Win a free World Explorer Membership" while you're there, so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to enter.

Enter Family Tree Magazine's publishing contest: What Makes Your Family Special? Tell Us & You Could Win a Family History Publishing Package!

In the News

A Palo Alto-Based Startup Launches the World Virtual Cemetery to Change Forever the way People Deal with Death

Historical society fills gaps in story of veteran's death: Tombstone will be placed in Yankton cemetery Saturday

Founder to be honored at grave site: Guiding spirit recounts effort behind Friday's rededication

Help Wanted

Got Memories of the M/S Pilsudski? An Author Wants YOU! See Heritage Zen by Cynthia Shenette for details.

Need help from Military Buffs please, probable Queensland Regiment from From Helen V Smith's Keyboard.

Are you reading Are You My Cousin? by Lisa? If so, How Did You.... find her blog?

Deb Ruth is working on a Herbert Hoover Letter Mystery at Adventures in Genealogy. Have you any insight?

Here's one that always puzzles me: Geniaus asks, Christmas Newsletters - Trash or Treasure?

My kid just started Kindergarten, and I can already relate: Milfireguy's wilfe asks for advice on What to Keep and What to Toss… at Diggin' for Family. (I recommend checking out Greta Koehl's post A Proper Place for Sentiment at Greta's Genealogy Bog, as well as the post from The Family Curator, below.)

Do you love genealogy? Tell NGS why.

From the Blogs

Can a genealogist ever have too much stuff? Umm... (cough, cough) I plead the Fifth. However, The Family Curator offers a Short List: What to watch for in a family archive which might help you know what to keep and what to toss.

How important are those credentials and certificates? Hopefully not as important as manners. Marian Pierre-Louis from Roots and Rambles got the 3rd degree at a society meeting, And So She Risks Everything by Being Completely Honest. What do you think?

Is your Facebook stuff important to you? Avoid Losing it ALL on Facebook by Joan Miller, Luxegen Genealogy and Family History.

Agreed: Genealogical & Historical Societies Need To Provide Benefits For Distance Members from Generations by Jennifer Holik-Urban.

The Insider Uncovers Secret Program from The Ancestry Insider.

Also along those lines, check out Randy Seaver's thoughts, Genealogical Societies Should Consider Ancestry Content Publisher, at Genea-Musings. What do you think of this service?

The Last Byte

My favorite story of this week is a local one from San Luis Obispo: Nostalgia in a modern world: Brothers chat from afar. For those of you who think you're too old to learn something new, these two brothers will show you why it's never too late. Thanks to video conferencing - and their local VAs - two centenarian brothers get to catch up after a decade of not seeing each other.

Perhaps more of us should take a moment to catch up with family members we haven't seen in a while. Do you use video conferencing? If so, how do you use it, and what do you use? Have you tried it for oral interviews?

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If I missed a good story, please share in the comments.

To subscribe to my Google Reader shared items, please visit my Google Profile.

Be sure to check out the weekly picks of Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, Donna Pointkouski, Lynn Palermo, Deb RuthJen, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers. Happy reading!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Ma & Pa Dagle

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"Ma & Pa Dagle (George Dagle and Azelia Faivre)" Digital image. Undated. Original photograph privately held by Elizabeth O'Neal, Santa Barbara Co., California, 2011. Note: This is one of the few photos I've inherited that is actually LABELED! 

About Wordless Wednesday.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2001: Not Just Like Any Other Day

Image courtesy of the NSDAR.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and the many
heroes of 9-11-01. May God bless you, and may God bless America.

About a month and a half before the terrible events of September 11, 2001, my mother died unexpectedly. Still consumed with grief, I was having an extremely difficult time coping with life, work, and people who didn't understand my pain. I was certain that nobody else in the world felt the way I did.

And then the world changed.

Just like that, thousands of people joined me in grief. Suddenly, we were all comrades in shock: we were all missing someone, we were all in pain. It was overwhelming, but on some level it was also comforting.

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It sounds twisted now, but ten years ago it all made sense.

At the time, I was divorced, living alone, and working as a 1st grade teacher at an elementary school in Lancaster. As I'd done on so many other mornings, I poured a cup of coffee and sat down on the couch to watch the morning's news.

It was about 6:00 a.m. on the west coast. Half-listening, I heard Charlie Gibson talk of an airplane hitting one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

It took a few moments for my brain to register what had happened. "What a terrible accident," I thought. I was under the impression that some small plane had veered horribly off course and met with a tragic end.

As I tried to process the bizarre images on TV, the unthinkable occurred: the camera panned away from the burning tower to show a large aircraft headed straight for the World Trade Center. Charlie Gibson was stunned... we were all stunned, and we watched in helpless horror as the plane continued on its course and slammed into the second tower.

Twice in one morning? This could not possibly have been an accident.

I remember holding my coffee cup as if to take a sip, but I couldn't move. I just stared in disbelief.

Checking the time, I hazily remembered that I had to get myself together for work, a task that I dreaded each day. Today, that task seemed insurmountable.

I turned the TV on in the bedroom to try to follow the events as I went about my morning routine. When I got out of the shower, another plane was off course and apparently heading straight for the Pentagon.

What the hell was happening? Had the world gone mad while I was asleep?

The Pentagon was hit. Panic started to set in. My father took periodic business trips to the Pentagon, and I hadn't heard from him in a while. Was it possible that he was there? No... he couldn't be. I would have heard something. But that nagging thought remained in my head.

I continued to watch the horrific events unfold as I went through the motions of getting ready for work. A fourth plane, thought to be headed for the U.S. Capitol Building, crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Both towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. Thousands were thought to be dead.

How did this happen? How do commercial jets get hijacked in 2001?

As I drove to work, I frantically called my father's cell phone. Was I going to lose both of my parents within 2 months of each other? No answer. No answer at work, either. I finally called his house and reached my stepmother. No, he wasn't on a business trip. He'd gone to work, just like any other day. His employer was sending everyone home, so he was on his way back to the house. They were all in shock.

Arriving at work, I was stunned to find everybody going about their business as usual. Didn't they know what had happened? Didn't they know we were under attack? Shouldn't we send the students home to their parents?

Apparently the school's philosophy was that unless we were directly under attack, classes would proceed as if all was right with the world.

In retrospect, it was probably for the best. Best for the students, I mean. They were allowed to be children - kept away from adult worries and fears - for one more day. The teachers smiled and pretended everything was fine. We laughed and played games, but our hearts were heavy.

The world as we knew it had changed. This was not just like any other day.

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For the months that followed, I have almost no recollection of my days at work. What I do remember is coming home, turning on the TV, and feeling the strange, surreal camaraderie of a nation in mourning. Night after night, I wrapped myself in it like a warm, comfy blanket.

I was no longer grieving alone.

It wasn't healthy; I know that now. That warm, comfy blanket was suffocating me. But grief is so hard to let go. As long as we hold on to our grief, it's almost as if we can still hold on to our lost loved one.

Even today, watching the events of September 11th unfold once again on TV, I was transported back to 2001. The familiar pain washed over me like a tidal wave. I wanted to hold on just a little bit longer.

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If only it had been just like any other day. I wonder what today would have been like.

Originally posted on September 11, 2008. It would be much too difficult to write about this terrible tragedy again. Sadly, it was the day that America lost her innocence.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Friday, September 9, 2011

Best Bytes for the Week of September 9, 2011

What's Hot

If you're not one of the lucky folks at the FGS Conference this week, you can follow along with the action at Twitter or by visiting any of the sites of the many bloggers in attendance.

Elvis is in the Building! And if you happen to get a photo of yourself with him at FGS, you could win a free registration to the 2012 SCGS Genealogy Jamboree! Deadline is September 12, 2011.

Pssst! RootsTech is offering a deal to FGS attendees, as well as wannabes at home. Get the skinny from Amy Coffin at RootsTech 2012 Registration Discount at FGS2011.

FamilySearch Adds Millions of U.S. Civil War Records

Blogger Denise Spurlock is offering a 1-year subscription to if you participate in the Workday Wednesday Challenge: Occupations in Census Records at Reflecting on Genealogy. Deadline is September 15, 2011.


California Governor Signs Law to Protect Against Genetic Discrimination

Blogger Buzz is Announcing the Blogger app for iOS. "With the Blogger app, you can write a new blog post and publish it immediately or save it as a draft right from your iOS device. You can also open a blog post you've been working on from your computer and continue editing it while you're on-the-go. Your blog posts are automatically synced across devices, so you’ll always have access to the latest version." Awesome!

"Starting this weekend, the closest supernova found in at least 25 years will be visible from your backyard with just binoculars or a small telescope." Details at How to See a Supernova This Weekend From Your Backyard from Wired Science.

Sacred sites: From Ground Zero to Pearl Harbor, how America deals with heartbreak and healing

Gold Rush history told in biographical novel (Calaveras County, CA)

Dead-end genealogy search leads to historical novel

Help Wanted

Join the conversation: September 11 - Bearing Witness to History.

Judy Webster of Genealogy Leftovers wants to know why people feel compelled to "tweet" live during conferences? Why don't they just wait until afterwards? Your thoughts on Genealogy Conferences and Social Media Policy?

Jo from Wibbling Jo's Genealogy Blog needs Canadian tips in A bit of a riddle...

"Seeking birth records pertaining to births that occurred at 'Fairhaven Home for Unwed Mothers (Circa 1929) - Sacramento CA.' If you know where these records might be held please let us know." See Mystery Monday - Sharpen those Sleuthing skills - Your help is needed NOW from Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society

Advice Needed-Why Do You Like Your Smart Phone? from The Turning of Generations by Michelle Goodrum

FamilySearch Research Wiki Needs Writers! Details from Genealogy Canada by Elizabeth Lapointe.

Help Given - Do you have an orphan heirloom in need of rescue? Send your orphan heirlooms home! from UpFront with NGS

From the Blogs

Meta... what? Technophoo. Have no fear... from They Came Before by GeneJ

If you're looking to organize your busy family (so you have more time for genealogy), check out An Organizational Tool for Busy Genealogy Moms... and Dads! from The Armchair Genealogist by Lynn Palermo

Societies and Book Publishers: A New Partnership? from Roots and Rambles by Marian Pierre-Louis

You mean, we can't even trust MOM? "If Your Mother Says She Loves You...": On the Importance of Questioning Sources from Mnemosyne's Magic Mirror by Mel Wolfgang.

Before you visit, read Are You Visiting NEHGS? #1 from Life From The Roots by Barbara Poole

And Never the Twain Shall Meet – Using Divorce Records in Your Research from Carolyn L. Barkley

Saving Private Ryan... and Parker and Johnson and... from Deb's Delvings in Genealogy by Debbie Parker Wayne, Certified Genealogist

Should Genealogists Care About Voter Registers? from a3Genealogy by Kathleen Brandt

Genealogical Societies Should Consider Ancestry Content Publisher from Genea-Musings by Randy Seaver

How Your Ancestors' Occupation Can Help Your Genealogy Research from Begin with 'Craft' by Valerie Craft

Excellent analysis: Which sibling is it? The importance of a detailed date from Photo-Sleuth by Brett Payne.

Making A Great Digital Genealogy Publication at Family History with the LINEAGEKEEPER

What's that again? Of Boilerplate and Black's Law Dictionary from Staats Place by Chris Staats.

The Last Byte... Just for Fun

Here's one you have to see to believe: TALK ABOUT A MEAN DRUNK from Family Trees May Contain Nuts. Hopefully this problem can be contained.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011


UPDATE: Please note that Gov. Brown has signed this bill into law. See the article posted at "The Spittoon" for information. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2012.

The following was received from Katherine Borges, Director of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), regarding SB 559 (Padilla), Discrimination: genetic information:
SB 559 is now pending the Governor's signature (or not - perish the thought!), and in a nutshell, the bill adds the words 'genetic information' to the list of things that can't be used to discriminate against you under California state law, i.e: race, creed, religion, gender, etc., etc. and now hopefully, your DNA.

If you have time over this weekend when you're not out laboring, please drop a line to Gov. Brown asking him to sign SB 559 into law. The link to e-mail him and my note to him are below. Thanks! Katherine

Dear Hon. Gov. Brown,

Please sign SB 559: The Padilla Bill to Prevent Genetic Discrimination into law.{5EACFA15-EA6B-41D8-97\11-C030F9FAD5EE}&DE={58620905-D296-4714-90E2-1CA2CFEDDDA2}

This is a very important bill which strengthens anti-genetic discrimination protections not covered by federal GINA law.

Thank you.

Katherine Borges
If you agree that your genetic information should be kept free from discrimination, please take a moment to send a message to Gov. Brown asking him to sign this bill into law.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Best Bytes... Oh, Forget It

Well, it's Friday. Actually, it's Saturday in some places, but technically, it's still Friday here. I think. I've kind of lost track.

This week - with my daughter starting Kindergarten, dance lessons, homeschool lessons, etc., etc. - has just about sucked the life out of me. And I am more exhausted than I think I've been in a long time. So I apologize for no Best Bytes post today. I can barely hold my head up long enough to type this post.

However, I had some great items to share, so will try to get them posted by Sunday. But if I don't, it's not because I didn't want to.

It's because this tired, old mom is plain wiped out.

In the meantime, please feel free to take a look at past Best Bytes, and check out the weekly picks of Randy Seaver, Diane Haddad, Megan Smolenyak, Susan Petersen, Greta Koehl, Donna Pointkouski, Lynn Palermo, Deb RuthJen, and the Follow Friday posts listed on Geneabloggers.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Central Coast Genealogy Calendar: September 2011

"Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day."   ~ John Donne, 1620

Thursday, September 1
Monterey County Genealogical Society
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
Dayna Jacobs - "Now THAT'S What I'm Talkin' About! Using the National Archives Website to Find Your Ancestor's Original Records"

Saturday, September 3
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
12:30 PM Research Class: "FamilySearch, Tips and Tricks" with Martha Crosley Graham
1:00 PM Business Meeting
1:15 PM Social time; book and drawing sales, snacks, coffee and tea
1:45 PM Cafi Cohen - "Proving Parents with Indirect Evidence: A Case Study"

Monday, September 12
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Hal Bookbinder - "U.S. Immigration and Naturalization"

Tuesday, September 13
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Computer Interest Group Meeting
Garl Satterthwaite - "Digitizing Documents"

Saturday, September 17
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
9:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Mike Lunsford - "The Significance of the Gaviota Coast"

Saturday, September 17
Ventura County Genealogical Society
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Bonnie Raymer Petrovich - "Under the FamilySearch Umbrella"

Tuesday, September 20
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
5:30 - 6:30 PM - Genealogy Tools - TBA
6:45 - 8:45 PM - Connie Moretti - "Researching Your Civil War Ancestors"

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