Tuesday, July 17, 2018



Having just laid down a journal on genealogy, my thoughts went to so many that can not afford to use Ancestry and other major suppliers of data.

It seems everyone wants to leap on to the computer and come up with answers.  So grateful that I was able to latch onto these quarterlies from many various eastern research facilities. thinking they may be helpful.

Shirley Becker visited this morning and scanned three of them and said, "wow."  She found several of her names she hasn't found on major sites.

I am figuring these were put together before the Internet by many, many years and the data is overwhelming.  Wills, Obits, Land Records, Probates, Tax records, and the list goes on.

For that was the way you learned data in the  50's and later until the 2000's. I started on Computer in 1990. To do Genealogy and it was to enjoy chatting with others looking for information in the same place I was.  

Sharing was so important and because we shared we learned more quickly than this stay at home and do it alone method of today.

Go find you a library that carries the Quarterlies, and pamphlets that we used in days of old.

OGS, Ohio Genealogical Society has helped Mary find much data she was not able to find previous to reading my old ones.

We know NGS creates them National Genealogical Society,

New England Historical and Genealogical Society.  NEHGS  has two versions I have found so far.

Greene Co., Pennsylvania has a great one called Cornerstone Clues.  Berkeley, Virginia has another,

Surname Books should never be removed from a library.  They will never go out of date.

It is sad the libraries removed the phone books. They were a major source of confirming living residences.

Look in the History section of you local Library, try the Colleges and Universities in your region.

Some titles:  Vermont Genealogy,, Rhode Island Genealogical Register,  OGS for Ohio Genealogical Society, (they also have county books if you join you can acquire).

The list could go on and on but if you are new and not wealthy find a genealogical library and look at what is on the shelves for answers you may have to pay dearly for otherwise.

Even our local society puts out a monthly newsletter and it carries nominal information for researchers.
Several of our local groups have newsletters.

Contact a local society and see what more  you can learn.

Of course, you can try the National Archives, Universities, Colleges and the list goes on.

We also have Library shelves filled with books at the Chula Vista Library on 4th and F St. in Chula Vista, CA.

Monday, July 16, 2018

My Heritage.com has DNA on sale

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Hope all is well on your side.

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Thanks Daniel, 

Passing it on to all whom read the blog.

Great bargain, give it a try,  

I have used this company.  : > ) 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Pots that are being Stirred.

Wow, gathering it is time to see  how the pots are being stirred in our trees of names and places.

Having received several emails on the JONES line(NE), it is very fascinating to read.  Then the mail box fills with HOFFMAN information.  We just did a bit of PLANTS information.  Helen stirred and found some very interesting FRY/FRYE information.

Having to read through all this,  hoping something jumps out at me that helps me resolve some conflicting issues.

As stated at the Greene Co. Facebook site.  I like to ask the same question to several kin of a specific individual because we always get a variant a bit different than another person.  Some remember more information some less but almost always they recall something previously not mentioned.

Love doing Time Lines for that very reason.

Pictures bring back memories and help eradicate myths.

Our trip through the President Ford museum triggered many thoughts that had not been brought up or broached in the family regarding information on our trees.

We have had information come on Mass, Rhode Island, New York, Iowa and Ill for JONES
 Then the skies opened up with data on PLANT's, then HOFFMAN's that cover: Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania early..  Mentions of Germany as origins.  But remembering Germany was not a state until late 1880's or about then. It has to be a ? Germanic region or another term.

Also learned that Europeans do not always have the struggles we do if the Church records were properly kept.  Sounds like some of our Southern friends that dig in Mexico and that region. If records are kept they can learn a lot quickly if not they dig like the rest of us.

In the early years of record keeping the CHURCH  kept all those records faith or religion was not the problem they were the record keepers.

One distant cousin in today Germany said in a town in Poland (old Prussia) the three Churches had all the data they were looking for in each region they were researching.

If war hit that area you may or may not get what you are hoping for, but generally you garner a lot you may not expect.

Helen found a group of letters written by deceased cousins we never got on the web page when she got ill so we are hoping to get that data that was confirmed put up on line. I need to locate all the old records we had that verified our data for the site.  Some were on hard drive that died many are in Avon boxes with lots of other names and papers.

I just find it hard to work in the sticky heat with paper and think clearly.

My Sweet Cousin and I are thinking of putting up a page on Facebook for a specific name. Still mulling over the work involved.

With no Refrigerator and Ice it really gets hard to think.83 degrees and humidity the same again. Sky looks like rain but it probably won't happen this close to coast. Mountains Alpine area got some earlier today. But then they almost burnt to ground the other day too. Fireman saved bulk of the town.

If you have information on these above lines, add to our  pot and we will keep stirring to see who else may bring information to verify stories and events.

Share your data please. It helps everyone.

NE is New England.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Celebrating Celebrating and Celebrating

Yes, it is our Anniversary today..  Yes, it is our Grandson's birthday today.  So we are Celebrating.

 Met this marvelous man via a friend at NAS Moffitt Field. Was introduced by my friend  Ed (HOOT) Gibson, to him.  He was also Ed's friend in the service.

 Having gone to the Club to break an engagement with an interesting  man that met with parents approval but not mine. Our mutual buddy Hoot, met me and we shared chat and life and family while waiting for the soon to be ex to appear and  Hoot was waiting for his buddy to come in.   Hoot was very married to a marvelous woman and I had hoped to meet her some day.  His "Hoot's"room mate was my classmates brother in high school.  So I had known him for a few years already.

Well, time moved on and I told the ex to go enjoy the buxoming blonde he was dancing with and have a great life.
Shortly after, as we, Hoot and I were talking about his family, I was drawn to a person that had entered the Club.  He didn't see that person come in.  But my reaction was startling.
I said to Ed," Wow my brain is gone nuts, it just told me that, that was the kind of guy I wanted to marry."
I was laughing so hard at the thought and having just broke up with a person, it was hysterical.

Ed HOOT says, It's Okay Susi, I think you will enjoy my friend.. He is a confirmed batchelor  but a very nice person.  I said,"great not looking to get involved right now."

Well this was mid February. We married in July and were engaged Memorial Weekend. He even went to meet my parents and get Dad's approval.  Which was given reluctantly.  They still wanted me to marry that other person.   No, they did not come to the wedding but other relatives that lived near did.

Mom in later years, told me that they thought if they did not come I would not marry him.  The loss was my sister couldn't be my bridesmaid and my siblings were not able to attend the wedding. I am the oldest of them. Fortunately Vivann Myers stepped in and I gave her the dress to keep. It was my prom dress. It looked stunning on her and I hope she wore it to other events before the Hurricane hit LA.  (My last contact was after their second child and they were worried about the Hurricane, she called me and Cal was out on a boat working.)  Cal did not stay in the Navy like Fred did.

Many years later after having 5 children, our second son had his 2nd son born on our Anniversary.
 5 seems to be a good number for us.  Oldest grandson born on a 5. younger grandson born on a 4 just couldn't wait, middle one on a 5.

Andrew Pentico the delight you have brought us is overwhelming. Your growth as an adult and preparation for your marriage is suburb.  The adversities you had to overcome were many and some you will still battle, as we all do.  Maturing some times is the pits but I have found it to be the most rewarding thing we can to is mature and reach out to others as they have reached out to us.

We have ten grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  We have three marriages coming up.

My, I wonder what all that will bring.  All our Grandchildren have graduated High School, some have graduated college, some in college. But College is not always the answer. We still need technically trained humans in our world.  Mostly we need them to be alert, caring, and considerate of others, to remember we believe in God and go forth with satisfaction in what you have accomplished in the past to carry into the future.

Our past gave us great people to remember, that fought to create this country, that shared their country with the new comers, to create what we are today. Never forget that the past helps to build what your future can be if you want it.

Looking forward to what the other grandchildren are going to do with their lives and share with us.
We are so proud of all of them and what they have already accomplished.  More stories to come.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

For the Researchers in the Family and family.

Having gotten an invite to attend a Seminar up the coast I wanted to  post it here. Because friend James Tanner also has commented on this topic today.

Understanding it is a a resource we do not use and. or are not familiar with.

Also understand it was not always easy access.

Here is what James T said.

I have written about the Digital Public Library of America or DPLA quite a few times. Their free online images, texts, videos, and sounds have grown to 22,361,822. They have many valuable family history resources and lot more. Recently, they launched a new online resource, the Open Bookshelf. Here is a quote from their announcement.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the launch of Open Bookshelf, a digital library collection of popular books free to download and handpicked by librarians across the US. The collection currently has more than 1,000 books, with new titles added daily. Open Bookshelf is designed both for libraries and for readers: it is currently available to libraries through the DPLA Exchange and to readers via the SimplyE mobile app. 
Open Bookshelf contains an exciting, diverse collection of titles spanning a myriad of genres. Readers will find: the classics they know and love, from Austen to Twain, updated for EPUB 3.0 format with beautiful covers; the best Creative-Commons licensed works from innovative authors like Cory Doctorow; freely available textbooks and academic titles representing the push for open scholarship; and an exciting multicultural children’s collection.

“With Open Bookshelf, free-licensed ebook content will no longer be a second class citizen in libraries,” said Eric Hellman, president of the Free Ebook Foundation. “The Free Ebook Foundation is thrilled to be contributing feeds from Unglue.it to the project." 
Open Bookshelf titles are selected by DPLA’s Curation Corps, a team of librarians and information professionals representing communities across the US. They have built the collection on a title-by-title basis, using their expertise to add books readers will enjoy.

Ventura CountyGenealogical Society is doing a mini seminar on this also. Posted below from their invite.

Free Family History Mini-Seminar
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the
Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the HathiTrust Digital Library are two relatively new innovative resources to incorporate into your family history research. Both house and provide gateways to consortia-shared rich digitized collections that can be accessed online and on your mobile devices for free. Well-designed navigation and collection organization, combined with advanced search and discovery features, make it easy to quickly and effectively locate materials relevant to your research focus, and its mapping and time-focused features make it possible to gain a better understanding of the types of records available for different places and times. HathiTrust’s innovative reading features make it easy to quickly locate your ancestors in its extensive collection of public domain published family histories and historical materials. You will walk away from this lecture with two new favorite websites for your research toolkit.

They also have another topic to  present see further data here.

Colleen Greene, MLIS, is a librarian, educator, and web developer. She is the Marketing Librarian and Digital Humanities Specialist for California State University, Fullerton, and teaches an online graduate-level genealogical methodology course for San Jose State University. Her teaching focuses on Mexican and Hispanic research, DNA, methodology, search strategies, emerging technologies, and society marketing and communications.

Visit our website https://venturacogensoc.org/

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Inez Mae Scott Hoffman, Surprise, Surprise


   Having just looked at Grandma's Mtdna data on line for the first time in a while, I have a surprise for you Grandma.  Your Indian is showing.

    Grandad Hoffman would just love to hear that and so what my Uncle Gerald O Jones.

     The stories they told of your love for the Indians makes this all to priceless to let it slip by.

     Your Scotch and Irish shows but some very interesting other lineages show up also.

      Calling your son in the morning and sharing this data. I do not think he has looked at it for a      while.

       Great Grandad Franklin Hoffman is laughing in his mirth over this I am sure.

       To think the picture book could not be brought into the home because it had a picture of an Indian in it.  My, my. my.   Mom was I ever surprised to see that some of my conjecture for her
(Grandma's) feelings seems to have been accurate.

       Yes Mom, you were correct, your Irish-Scotch, German, Indian etc heritage would play havoc with your moods on various days.

         I suspect Bulah Beal has since learned much the same since I located a link to their family tree long before our Mom passed but Mrs. Beal had.  Fred Beal and I worked on it, her son.

         Interesting the conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan helped me to bring to light things that we just took for granted but never thought to look at in real world.

         People on the east coast tend to be closer to the home grounds and dig differently than those of us that are so far away we have to find a common ground and build up to go back to the beginning.

         Why would I remember this, well in Grand Rapids there are two city blocks that are near identical to, two city blocks in Petaluma, CA.  Those houses are identical.  I had to go around the block again to see if mind playing tricks on me.

         Did they move from Grand Rapids to Petaluma,? use the same architect?  Has anyone ever notice the buildings the same in two different places before.  O yes, barns were copied we know that but large homes. I just have never seen that before.

          But by going east, having seen it and being exposed to different ways to look at research was a real eye opener. It makes Land Records even more important but also Architectural  designs a note to ponder.

          Let alone those hidden blood lines that are  popping up to my delight and Grandad's.
Sorry Grandma but I do still love you.  It just established more Indian heritage for me.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day Enjoyed 2018 Style

  Father's Day was enjoyed by my husband, our children's Father.  Those who lived near that could come and share food and companionship arrived after Church events etc.   Son away called and chatted.  I called him back after giving his Dad his gift.  It brought about that impish grin he gets.

The grandson did the BBQue of Burgers and Dogs, he also furnished them.  Candy made Potato Salad and upside down pineapple cake for Dad for the week. Bj furnished chips, Pork and Beans and other items needed.  Ed brought a Coconut Cream pie which is both his and Dad's favorite.  Peggy supplied chips and her special dip, which Alicia absolutely loves, also an very interesting Salsa that Mary couldn't stay out of. : > ) Bob came to eat while he is remodeling a home for a friend near us.

Alan called us also and shared time with his Dad. He is recovering from Sinus and an Busy Busy week. Was great to hear his voice.

Steve and Clementine, brought Grandad a picture of the two Great Grands and himself. The picture frame was done by Clementine. The picture was posted on Facebook earlier.

The hummingbirds if they ever return in force got another new feeder sure hope we see more than the one soon.

Going to hang one in front tree. If we can keep the cats out of the bird nest and tree.

Cats need kept at home. Having presented him with more books to read, Mr. Patterson and Janet Evanovich, we trust he had a great day. He is still smiling.

In three weeks we will be married 59 years.  Yes, DAD it did last.  Love and Miss you too.