Oct 10

Local Genealogists Encouraged to “Tear Down This Wall”!

Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Press Release:

Cafi Cohen presents “Approaches to Genealogy Brick Walls” for novice to advanced genealogists at the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting, Saturday, October 17th, at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State Street.

In genealogical parlance a “brick wall” is a research problem that is seemingly insurmountable. This presentation details eight brick wall problems submitted by members of two California coastal genealogy societies. The case studies cover families in California, Washington state, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Session outlines effective techniques and resources for approaching brick walls in your own research.

Cafi Cohen is a professional genealogy researcher as well as the Education Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society. She has presented many sessions on research techniques over the past 15 years. Currently, she mentors an online group studying Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas Jones. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and the Southern California Genealogical Society. She is also a recipient of the California State Genealogical Alliance Distinguished Service Award.

Special Interest Groups meet at 9:30 am for Beginning Genealogy, Civil War Genealogy, Writers’ Support Group, German Ancestry, Italian Genealogy, French Canadian Genealogy, Computer Genealogy, DNA, and Jewish Genealogy.  The Society Monthly meeting starts at 10:30 and the featured speaker starts at 11:00am.

Come join us. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this wonderful free presentation.

A calendar of genealogical events can be found at the Society web site (http://sbgen.org/eventListings.php?nm=216).

Jan 02

Marielle Bourgeois – Daughters of the King of France

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Santa Barbara, CA, December 26, 2014

 

Marielle Bourgeois – Daughters of the King of France

 

The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society holds its monthly general meeting on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State Street, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

 

This month’s featured speaker, Marielle Bourgeois, will speak on Les Filles du Roi / The Daughters of the King of France, Louis XIV — In 1663, thirty six women from Europe came to Quebec with the intent to meet a husband, start a family and thus strengthen the French Colony. They were the daughters of the King of France, Louis XIV, from the point of view that the king gave each one of them a dowry and paid for their transportation to North America, which was a generous and remarkable gift. There may have been as many as 850 Daughters of the King who left France for New France between 1663 and 1673 and many of their ancestors are living today, some of them in the Santa Barbara area.

Marielle Bourgeois is a descendant of one of these women. Born in Montréal, a graduate of universities in Canada and USA. She is a published writer genealogist, lecturer and researcher presently living in California. She gives presentations in English and in French on topics of history and genealogy, in the USA, Canada and Europe, and spoke at the International Genealogy Conference in Paris. She has specialized in European (Western and Eastern), Canadian and USA genealogy and history research for 30 years.

As a researcher and award winning writer, her articles have been published in various magazines – Heritage Quest Magazine, Everton’s Family History Magazine; the American-Canadian Genealogist, Family Tree Magazine; Acadian Genealogy Exchange; History Magazine; Je Me Souviens; L’Ancêtre; Les Mémoires; Le Bourgeois and on Internet sites like Global Gazette.

This promises to be a fascinating presentation.

Genealogy.  The Society Monthly meeting starts at 10:30 and the featured speaker starts at 11:00am.

Come join us. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this wonderful free presentation.

A calendar of genealogical events can be found at the Society web site (http://sbgen.org/eventListings.php?nm=216).

Sep 01

Ted Gostin– Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls: Three Case Studies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Santa Barbara, CA

Ted Gostin– Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls: Three Case Studies.

The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society holds its monthly general meeting on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State Street, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.  (Note this is a deviation from the usual 3rd Saturday schedule.)

This month’s featured speaker, Ted Gostin, speaks on the topic of  “brick walls”, that is, a research problem that just can’t seem to be solved. His lecture reviews three cases studies where brick walls were successfully overcome, and from those experiences draws out a series of research strategies that might be applied to other difficult-to-solve problems.

The three case studies involved trying to determine the parents of an early, post revolutionary American ancestor in New York State (Metcalf); trying to determine Juaneño Indian ancestry (from Mission San Juan Capistrano) in a California Latino family (Mireles); and trying to find any trace of a Polish-Jewish immigrant tailor in England in the mid-1800s (Stargatt/Stargratt)..

Mr. Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society, Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs. Mr. Gostin has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and has been a featured speaker at a half-dozen such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and naturalization and immigration records. Mr. Gostin

is the author of Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859, and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world. Mr. Gostin is also an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Special Interest Groups meet at 9:30 am for Beginning Genealogy, Writers’ Support Group, German Ancestry, Italian Genealogy, Computer Genealogy, DNA and Jewish Genealogy.  The Society Monthly meeting starts at 10:30 and the featured speaker starts at 11:00am.

Come join us. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this wonderful free presentation.

A calendar of genealogical events can be found at the Society web site (http://sbgen.org/eventListings.php?nm=216).

 

Jun 25

Wedding Wednesday

My grandparents Rosa Verga and Gregorio Dorata. Both immigrated from Vizzini to New York around 1900. They were married in NYC in 1912.

I hope to visit Sicily soon and Vizzini where they were from.

 

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Jun 12

Arrival in New York 1899 Ellis Island

These are the  first family history/genealogy records I found. Paolo Cortese and Rosa Segreto arriving at Ellis Island. Rosa arrived with three small children, Ignazio, Angelina and Luigi Cortese coming to be with her husband Paolo Cortese in New York City, November 1899. When I finally found this manifest I learned that women traveled under their maiden name which is why I couldn’t find her at first. When I tried searching on one of the children’s names I found them with Rosa but her surname wasn’t Cortese.

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Her husband Paolo Cortese arrival Jan 1898

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They left Scaicca Sicily for a better life in America!

Mar 07

Hank Jones and Jay Fonkert to present at Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Annual Seminar

Registration Opens For Annual Genealogy Seminar in Santa Barbara.

Registration is now open for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Annual Genealogy Seminar, which will take place on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at the Goleta Presbyterian Church, 6067 Shirrell Way, Goleta CA. Seminar hours 8:30am-4pm. Doors open at 7:45am

Members $40, non-members $45. Register by March 28th and get a $5.00 discount. Optional boxed lunch is available for $10. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged.

This year’s theme is “A Potpourri of Genealogy Ideas” and two highly respected, nationally recognized speakers will present eight topics structured in two seminar tracts:

Hank Jones, a professional genealogist since 1965, is an entertaining genealogical lecturer, an accomplished writer and a respected Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. He is best known for his extensive work with Palatine genealogy and for his popular book, Psychic Roots. You will no doubt recognize Hank from his many roles on TV and movies during his long career as an entertainer and screen actor.

 

The second featured speaker will be J. H. (Jay) Fonkert, CG. Jay is a director of the Association of Professional Genealogists and past-president of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. His research, writing and lecturing focus on Midwest, Dutch and English genealogy, as well as genealogical methodology. He is an instructor in the Advanced Practicum Course at SLIG, and has published more than 40 research and teaching articles.

Lecture topics will include:

When The Sources Are Wrong! – A problem every genealogist has to deal with in research and what to do to solve the problems that erroneous sources present; many problems presented by new technology are also discussed, as well as the strengths and dangerous flaws in the genealogical tools we all commonly use such as the IGI and the internet. – HJ

Tracing The Origins Of Early 18th Century Palatine & Other Emigrants – The subject of many of Hank’s books and one of his special areas of expertise, “the methodology in tracing an emigrant is often the same, so other ethnic groups and time-frames and how to document them overseas are also discussed in this talk – a step by step plan for a successful emigrant search!” – HJ

Family Tradition: How To Separate Fact From Fiction In Genealogical Research – Something we all have to sort out in every family: the case history of Jost Hite – so-called “Baron of the Shenandoah Valley” is examined, dissected, and made relevant to all attendees; that Hite was eventually discovered to be the son of the local butcher in his ancestral European village – not a Baron at all- should be no surprise to experienced genealogists. – HJ

How Psychic Roots Became An Unsolved Mystery – Incorporating many experiences from his best-selling books on serendipity & intuition in genealogy, now in their 9th printings from Genealogical Publishing Co. and dramatized on NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries” program; this talk also discusses our prime task as family historians of putting flesh and blood on our skeletons of names and dates, making our ancestors come alive again! – HJ

Getting to Here from Where? – Following Your Ancestors’ Migration Trails,

Every migration story is different, but learning about common migration routes helps us understand the migration possibilities for our individual ancestors. Learn about major 19th century American migration routes and major cultural migrations, as well as how to mine records for clues to the routes taken by your ancestor. – JHF

Genealogical Detours: Solving Problems with Indirect Evidence – Often, we can’t find evidence that directly answers our research question. Instead, we must zigzag back and forth along a crooked evidence path to arrive at a logically sound, if indirect, conclusion. Learn how to solve a problem when you can find no direct evidence answering your question. Become an “evidence weaver” and reveal your family’s history, and, enjoy the scenic evidence detours. – JHF

A Reasonably Exhaustive Search: Four Fawkner Wives – Extensive research across three dimensions — time, geography, and associations — increases your chance of success. Using an example covering five states and more than a half century, this presentation demonstrates how to link widely spread information together to solve a difficult problem. The family story was that John C. Fawkner arrived from England, changed his name, and married his cousin Ann. He hadn’t just arrived, he didn’t change his name, and Ann was not his first wife. – JHF

Finding Your Pre-1850 American Ancestors – American genealogy becomes more challenging before 1850, when the U.S. Census first listed every individual in a household. Researchers must turn to other records, including tax lists, estate records and court records to reconstruct pre-1850 families. Learn how to read the clues in post-1950 records and work your way back another generation or two. – JHF

 

Register now by going to sbgen.org and click on the purple “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER” button. For more info contact: events@sbgen.org or view the seminar flyer at http://www.sbgen.org/upload/events/files/1392497298_SBCGSSeminar14print.pdf

 

Mar 07

Cafi Cohen to present at Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Santa Barbara, CA – February 28, 2014

Cafi Cohen presents “Proving Parents with Indirect Evidence”.

The Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society holds its monthly general meeting on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance at State Street, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

This month’s speaker, Cafi Cohen, will present “Proving Parents with Indirect Evidence: A Case Study” – What to do when there is no “smoking gun?” Get ideas for identifying parents of your brick wall ancestors from this case study involving a man born in 1834 in upstate New York.

Cafi Cohen is a professional genealogy researcher as well as the Education Chair of the San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society. She has presented many sessions on research techniques over the past 15 years. As co-owner of Bridge To Yesterday (http://www.bridgetoyesterday.com) she specializes in client research that results in beautiful heirloom albums. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Special interest Groups meet at 9:30 am for Beginning Genealogy, Writers’ Support Group, German Ancestry, Italian Genealogy and Computer Genealogy and 9:00 am for JewishGen. Featured program starts at 10:30am.

Come join us. You do not need to be a member to enjoy this wonderful presentation.

A calendar of genealogical events can be found at the Society web site

Feb 17

Santa Barbara History Writer Betsy J. Green – Way Back When February 1914

Betsy Green is a member of the Santa Barbara Genealogical Society and a terrific and witty writer. She writes for several local papers and my favorite is her monthly history piece on Edhat.  She writes about newspaper articles 100 years ago this month.

Check out this month’s edition.

 

Feb 17

State Resource Guides by Ancestry.com

 

As stated on Ancestry.com……………….

 

Free State Research Guides

Learning about the history and what resources are available for the places your ancestor lived can give your research a solid boost. Our state research guide series includes historical background, a chronology, helpful information on census and vital record availability, highlighted collection for that place on Ancestry.com, and links to important resources beyond Ancestry.com.

 

 

Feb 13

Hot off the press! New Editor of Ancestors West

Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society publishes a quarterly journal, Ancestors West. As of January 1, 2014 the new editor is David Petry.

Ancestors West has been published since 1974 and past issues are available on the society’s website.

Attached here is the SBCGS AncestorsWest2014Vol39N1Cover with the table of contents and David’s editor’s letter.  Let us all welcome David Petry as the new editor of this great publication.  Terrific first issue with lots of wonderful stories about cemeteries.

Rosa

 

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