Thursday, July 19, 2007

Online Family History Fair July 28

Family History Live Online,, will present an online family history fair on Saturday, July 28th from 8:00 until 2:00 (Mountain Time). This fair is absolutely free, all you need is a computer, internet connection and a free membership to Family History Live Online. Once you sign up as a member, you can download the free software viewer that you will need to participate. As a participant you will be able to hear and see the presentation. This is a great opportunity to hear some genealogists provide resources, information and education. Speakers include Peter Barrie, Barry Ewell, Jonathan Walker, and myself. For the fair schedule, check out Family History Live Online's website.

Thursday, July 12, 2007


One of my friends was telling me the other day about how much he loves the website One of the ways he is using it is for looking up information on his Revolutionary War ancestors. Not only is he finding out their military information but also finding them mentioned in the pension files of their friends and neighbors. What a great resource! Without that search function and those digitized records, who would have the time to search through the pension files of others, hoping to find a mention of your ancestor.

Checkout Footnote. It is steadily becoming a very important genealogical tool.

Cemteries of the Eastern Sierra

My book, Cemeteries of the Eastern Sierra, is slated to be on sale August 27th. If you are interested , you can check it out at Just use the title search and type in the title of the book and it will provide a link to information about it including a picture of the cover.

I must say that I am excited about its upcoming release and very grateful to all those from the Eastern Sierra region who helped me. Without their kindness this book would not have happened.

Saturday at YVGS

This Saturday the 14th is the meeting for the Yucaipa Valley Genealogy Society. We are having a great speaker, my friend Jean Wilcox Hibben will be providing her presentation, "Clue to Clue: Tracing a Family over Time and Miles."

To learn more about Jean and a list of her presentations, see her website at

Our program starts at 1:00 and is at the Yucaipa Public Library.

Orange County Research Site

Last Saturday I had a great time presenting my talk on finding female ancestors to the Orange County California Genealogy Society ( They are a great group with a ton of members. There must have been over 100 people there and I was told that they have approximately 600 members total. I loved their meeting format that includes special interest groups and various workshops that happen on the day of their general meeting.

They meet at the Huntington Beach Public Library, In the library is the genealogy research room that is staffed by the OCCGS volunteers and includes their collections. They have lots of great books and I would highly recommend it as a place to research. According to the library's website there are over 16,000 books and periodicals in the genealogy collection. You could definitely make a day out of it. This library includes a small cafe, gift shop and a large collection of used books that are for sale. Check out the library's card catalog to see if they have books that will help in your research. From what I saw they had general genealogical books like DAR compilations, quite a few map books, family history books and a collection of locality books.