Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Central Coast Genealogy Calendar: March 2012



"If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?"   ~Stanislaw J. Lec

Thursday, March 1
Monterey County Genealogical Society
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Junel Davidsen - "The 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedules: Will You Be Ready?"

Saturday, March 3
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
12:30 PM - Research Class: "Social Security" - Barbara McCallum
1:45 PM - "Get Original: Are Your Sources Solid and as Good as Possible?" - Cheryl Storton

Sunday, March 4
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Joel Weintraub - "Here Comes the 1940 US Census: We Are Ready"

Tuesday, March 13
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Computer Interest Group Meeting
Georgine Herd - "Get Ready For the 1940 Census"

Saturday, March 17
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Linda Weaver Clark - Family Legacy Workshop

Saturday, March 17
Ventura County Genealogical Society
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Barbara Renick - "New Search Features at Ancestry.com"

Tuesday, March 20
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
5:30 - 6:30 PM - Genealogy Tools - TBA
6:45 - 8:45 PM - General Meeting - TBA

Tuesday, March 24
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
2012 Annual Seminar
Featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Content Added to fold3 Civil War Collection

Search Military Records - Fold3

The following was received today from Fold3. I think this is something many of us have been waiting for!

Index to Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers

We are excited to announce the expansion of the Civil War Collection by adding the Index to Compiled Service Records of Union Soldiers. The first four states available in this collection are OhioNew YorkMassachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Each index card gives the name of a soldier, his rank, and the unit in which he served. Anyone looking for a Union soldier in the Civil War will find these cards useful in identifying the state and regiment in which a man served and how his name appears in the military records. You can then locate his records to learn about his service in the war and the battles in which his regiment fought.
Beginning in 1890, Capt. Fred C. Ainsworth, head of the Record and Pension Division of the War Department, spearheaded an effort to create card abstracts of information from muster rolls, regimental returns, descriptive books, and other military records to build a compiled service record for each Union soldier. The index cards reference the resulting Civil War Service Records, many of which are also available on Fold3. As an example, the index card for Timothy Canty tells us that he served as a private and an artificer in Company A of the 1st New York Engineers. We can then find Canty's service record as the 1st New York Engineers is one of regiments digitized on Fold3.
This new index, viewed as card images on Fold3, may be familiar to some. The National Park Service transcribed these cards, referred to as "General Index Cards," and placed the data online in its Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. When searching for a soldier there, you are provided with a transcription, while Fold3's images allow users to view the original card as well as determine the accuracy of the transcription. Once you find the soldier you're looking for, you can connect his index card to his service record on Fold3, or contact NARA for copies of his documents.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Upcoming Event: California State Genealogical Alliance Seminar


The California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA) will be holding its annual meeting and board meeting - and a seminar! - in my neck of the woods this weekend:

Friday, February 24 - CSGA Meeting and Board Meeting
10:00 AM
Sahyun Library, 316 Castillo Street, Santa Barbara
Includes a tour of the Library and research time from 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Saturday, February 25 - Seminar
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Features four outstanding presentations by CSGA board members
Church of Jesus Christ Of Later Day Saints
2107 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara
Free and open to the public, but you do need to pre-register.
Download the seminar flyer for more information.

All are hosted by the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society.

Hope to see you there!

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Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

1940 Census Web Site Announced


The National Archives and Archives.com have just announced the website that will host the 1940 census: http://1940census.archives.gov.

Check out the announcement on the Archives.com blog at http://www.archives.com/blog/us-census/announce-1940-census-website.html for more information and an interesting video tutorial.

Are we excited? You betcha!

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Thanks to Julie Hill of Archives.com for the head's up!
Graphic "borrowed" from the National Archives.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Central Coast Genealogy Calendar: February 2012



"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity."   ~Henry Van Dyke

Thursday, February 2
Monterey County Genealogical Society
6:00 PM (Doors open at 5:30 PM)
Caroline Miller - "The Symbology of Cemetery Art"

Saturday, February 4
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Genealogy NOW! Growing Your Family Tree
Day-long seminar featuring acclaimed author and speaker Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL

Tuesday, February 7
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Computer Interest Group Meeting
Betty Hutson - "Favorite Websites"

Sunday, February 12
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Assisted Research Afternoon at L.A. Family History Library

Tuesday, February 14
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
5:30 - 6:30 PM - Genealogy Tools - TBA
6:45 - 8:45 PM - General Meeting - TBA

Saturday, February 18
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
TBA

Saturday, February 18
Ventura County Genealogical Society
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Joel Weintraub - "The 1940 Census is Coming"

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

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal