Note: The Web version of this issue of The Roots Tracer contains all of 
the words and all of the non-decorative graphics of the original paper 
version, but does not preserve the original typographical formatting.


Message from David - 387
New members - 387
Notes from Program Chairman - 388
Murray School Graduation, 1896 - 388
Family Art Documented - 389
Great Register, Murray Township, Alameda Co., Livermore Precinct 2 - 390
QUERY - 393
HOW I Avoided Confusion in Kansas - 394
PROFILE: Darrel Thomas JOHNSON - 397
The Bookshelf - 398
PROFILE: Karen E. Travers JOHNSON - 401
Where to find it - 402
PROFILE: Harold Forris MORRIS, Jr - 403
PROFILE: Connie L. Adams PITT 	404
OBIT: Absalom MENDENHALL - 405
PHOTO. William MENDENHALL & Wife - 405


Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society
PO Box 901, Livermore, California 94551

P. 0. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551

President 	David ABRAHAMS 	510-447-9386
1st VP and Membership 	Virginia MOORE 	510-447-8316
2nd VP and Programs 	Jolene ABRAHAMS 	510-447-9386
Recording Secretary 	John WALDEN 	510-443-2057
Corresponding Secretary 	Dixie NEWBURY 	510-447-1868
Business Manager 	Clarence PARKISON 	510-449-8656
Publications Chairman 	George ANDERSON 	510-846-4265
Publicity (acting) 	Jolene ABRAHAMS 	510-447-9386
Livermore Cultural Arts Council Rep 	Don JOHNSON 	510-447-4746

The Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society is exempt from Federal Income 
Tax under Section 501(c)(3) (literary and educational) of the Internal 
Revenue Code and California Taxation Code 237020.

The Roots Tracer is a quarterly publication with articles of interest to 
the genealogist. Members are encouraged to submit their "Profiles" as 
well as articles of general interest. Queries are free to members, $1.00 
to non-members.

The deadline for each quarterly is the 15th of June, September, December, 
and March. Send to:

Roots Tracer, P. 0. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551

Any book presented to the Society will be reviewed in the quarterly along 
with the purchase price and address of the publisher.

Our Library is located in the Pleasanton Public Library building, 400 Old 
Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday, monthly, at Congregation Beth Emek, 
1866 College Ave., Livermore, CA.

Membership in LAGS is open to any individual, library, or society. Our 
fiscal year is September 1 through August 31. Membership includes a 
subscription to the quarterly Roots Tracer.

	Publications (Prices are postage paid)
	Surname Index (1988)	$7.00
	Livermore Cemeteries (1988) 	$19.00
	Pleasanton, Dublin Cemeteries (1990) 	$14.00
	The Bookshelf (1992) 	$3.00
	Roots Tracer Index	$6.00
	Livermore Cemetery Index	$6.00
	Prices subject to change

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Message from the President

The first quarter of our fiscal year has come and gone. We have had 
several very fine programs - from both our members and speakers from 
other clubs. And during the next quarter we have plans for more fine 

Jeanne Tanghe gave a presentation on the benefits of belonging to other 
genealogy clubs. She has joined several whose members specialize in the 
same areas she is researching. By becoming a member of such clubs we not 
only have more resources available to us, but can also provide help to 
their members. 

As another example, I belong not only to LAGS, but also to the San 
Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society and the Jewish Genealogy 
Society of Great Britain. As a result, I now have expanded my research 
capabilities, and can provide other researchers with information on my 
family - something they may not have had access to before.

I'm sure there are other members of LAGS who also belong to other clubs. 


Now, to another subject: LAGS is in need of an Historian. We have 
filled every other position at this time. The Historian is responsible 
for keeping the Society scrapbook, which contains photos, newspaper 
articles and other memorabilia that past Historians have deemed 
worthwhile. I have asked for a volunteer at the last two meetings, but 
to no avail. Won't someone please step forward and take on this rather 
benign task?


	Terry (Henry) Crane
	Earl P. Moore

Jolene Abrahams

The programs for the coming months should be a lot of fun for all of our 
members and guests.

At our January meeting, our very own Rhett Williamson will perform a Re-
enactment from the Revolutionary War. Rhett will portray one of his 
ancestors who was a doctor in the War. 

The February meeting's program: Bring your old photos to have 
photographic negatives made by members of LAGS . These negatives can 
then be printed for distribution to your families, etc.

The program for March will feature High Tech and Genealogy.

On April 24, LAGS and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are 
co-sponsoring a one-day genealogy seminar. It will be held at the 
Livermore Stake, 1501 Hillcrest Avenue, Livermore. For further 
information, please contact either Mary Lynne Horton, (510) 443-5407, or 
myself, (510) 447-9386, or write to us at the LAGS address. 

1896 graduation

The graduating class at Murray Public School in 1896: Back row: Ann 
Tehan, Lillian Mast, Judge William H. Donahue, Minnie Martin and William 
Boyd; front row: Bertha Hanna, Grace Wells, Thomas Wells, Margaret 

75 Years Ago, 1917

		Twenty-two employees of the Livermore Fire Brick Company went 
on strike Thursday for higher pay. The striking workers were demanding 25 
cents per day and time-and-a-half pay for Sunday work.

		'Aunt Mary' Smith celebrated her 91st birthday last Sunday 
with a family reunion. Mrs. Smith has been a member of the Harlan family, 
which crossed the plains in 1846. 

		Postmaster Callaghan notes that beginning Nov. 2, First Class 
postage will rise to 3 cents for each ounce.

100 Years Ago, 1892

		"In the death of John W. Kottinger, which occurred last 
Friday, Murray Township lost one of its oldest and most highly respected 

		Advertisement: Choice fruit and farming land for sale. The 
well-known Taylor tract in what is known as "the Big Field" in the 
Livermore Valley has recently been divided and a portion of it will be 
sold. (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory now sits on this particular 
parcel of land.)

Make Sure All Family Art is Properly Documented

Q: I have inherited a nineteenth century portrait of a woman that is 
supposedly by a known Italian artist. It belonged to my mother and my 
grandmother before that. I think the painting is of one of my ancestors, 
but unfortunately, my mother passed away before I ever had the chance to 
ask her what she knew about it or how my grandmother got it. Can you help 

A: Perhaps, but it's not going to be easy. You or someone else in your 
family should have asked your mother about the painting while she was 
still alive and had her give it in a written statement. If it makes you 
feel any better, thousands of inheritors across the nation find 
themselves in this exact same situation every year. They live around 
works of art or fine antiques all their lives, either in their homes or 
the homes of their parents, grandparents or other relatives, but never 
think to ask what these treasures are or whether they have any family 
significance. The owners pass away and the descendants are left with 
mysteries. Here are the two most important things to remember in any 
situation where fine art is going to be passed down through a family:

- If you own fine art and have not yet documented it, do so immediately. 
Save your descendants the trouble of having to ask.

- If someone in your family owns art and has not yet documented it, have 
them do so immediately. Proper documentation includes noting the artist, 
the subject matter, how and where it was acquired, how much was paid for 
it, and so on, how it has been handed down over the years, and so on.

		In addition, all documentations should be accompanied by 
current appraisals or names of appraisers qualified to set values just in 
case descendants decide to sell. This protects them from being taken 
advantage of by deceitful buyers.

		As for your painting, you can acquire biographical 
information about the artist, assuming he's known, through standard 
library research. Identifying the sitter or how the painting came into 
your family is going to be more difficult. You can try calling or writing 
various members of your family, showing them photos of the painting and 
seeing whether they know anything about it.

		Check to see whether anyone owns old family photograph 
albums-you might be able to identify the sitter from an old photo. The 
possibility also exists that the painting could be part of a matched pair 
with the husband's portrait being owned by another branch of the family.

		If you come up empty handed, about all you can do is hire a 
geneologist to trace your family members back to the time of that 
painting and hope you can somehow locate pictures of these people from 
sources outside your family. Good luck.

Art, Antiques & Collectibles, August, 1992
		from Bev Ales

Surnames developed from several sources, such as a person's occupation 
(Baker, Carpenter, Taylor, Skinner); his physical characteristics 
(Armstrong, Little, Redman, Young); or his place of settlement (Hilton, 
Brook, Meadows, Knowles). Almost one third of American surnames are 
derived from a father's name (Johnson, Davidson, Williams, Mac Donald).

[At this point, the printed copy of the Roots Tracer reproduces 3 2/3 
pages from the "Great Register, Alameda County, Murray Township, 
Livermore Precinct No.2" from 1896. There are about 180 names with much 
data about the persons. For this online version of the Roots Tracer, the 
data could not be transcribed manually because the effort would have been 
too great, the pages could not be rendered by optical character 
recognition because the printing is too faint, and the pages could not be 
reproduced as images because the file size would be too large for our 
server. The reader is referred to the printed copy of the magazine for 
this data.]


HOLMAN	Thomas B. HOLMAN was born in 1854 in Lincoln County, 
He was living in Oakland, CA with wife Sophie in 1915. Where were they 
married? What was Sophie's maiden name? When did they die and are there 
any known descendants?

Leland C. WORKMAN 1824 SE 36th Terrace, Topeka, KS 66605-2532

How I Avoided Confusion in Kansas

By Chuck Rockhold

By the end of May the temptation was just too great. With the low cost 
air fares I could afford to visit Kansas in search of information on both 
my great grandfather and my great-great grandfather, who had lived there 
from about 1870 to 1906.

My wife was committed to take some classes during her summer off from 
teaching, so I called my brother Dick to see if I could interest him in 
going. We agreed on a schedule for a five day trip and I eventually got 
through to TWA and made the reservations. TWA was apologetic that they 
could only come up with $140 tickets instead of the lowest fare of $125. 
Not too bad I thought, for a round trip flight to Kansas City.

I went to the LAGS section of the Pleasanton Library and discovered that 
there was a Republic County Genealogy Society located in Belleville, the 
county seat (population 2500). I put together a one page letter asking 
altogether too many questions with the hope that I would at least get 
answers to some. Was there a local historical museum? Did they have a 
list of cemeteries and were they indexed? Was there a library having a 
local history section, and finally, could I meet you during my visit? The 
letter was mailed by June 17, well before our July 24-28 planned visit.

By the July 14, LAGS meeting I had not yet received a reply. Ron Bremer 
was the guest speaker at LAGS that night and provided valuable insight 
such as his list of "bestor" and "worster" sources of information; new 
found insights that I could apply to my undertaking. Besides entertaining 
us, he also pointed out the difference between a particular and a general 
search and reminded us that since we may never again visit a given area, 
we would do well to get everything we need while we were there. Pretty 
neat stuff, I thought as I was preparing to go off into battle. Republic 
County would probably never cross my sights a second time.

Ron pitched his $100 book, Compendium of Historical Sources, as the 
meeting drew to a close. That looked like a great book to own, but at 
$100, it exceeded my book budget for the next few years. As a token of 
appreciation, I did buy a copy of another book that he had, Stamp Out 
Chaos! Eliminate Confusion!, by Vincent L. Jones, for $10. With a title 
like that, how could I miss?

That night I read my new library addition from cover to cover, all 40 odd 
pages. This was good stuff. Jones's thesis was that with forethought and 
dedication to his principals, you could make a lot more progress, and 
even sleep nights. Since I wanted to make progress and enjoyed sleeping 
nights, it sounded like good advice to me! Jones offered many worthwhile 
suggestions such as, general searches should be jurisdictionally 
organized; geographically, in time of interest, in the full range of 
surnames of interest and finally with sources to be searched.

The next couple of evenings were spent developing an outline for the 
upcoming trip. Since I tend to get easily confused, I thought this 
outline would provide a convenient baseline plan to revert to, 
particularly if things weren't going too well. With this objective in 
mind, I added my own touch, the distinctions between "musts" "shoulds" 
and "coulds". This helps focus one's attention on the real mission, 
especially when time is running short and all bases have not yet been 
covered. My masterpiece is included herein.

By Thursday night July 23, the eve of my departure, I still had not yet 
heard from my earlier letter. It was 9:00 PM and I was busy packing when 
the phone rang. On the other end of the line was a very gracious lady. 
Ruth Raha had formerly been head of the no longer existent Republic 
County Genealogy Society. She apologized for not writing and offered 
that she worked in the county library, did genealogy for others and would 
try to answer my questions. Twenty minutes later, I had more going-in 
information than I ever imagined possible. I knew the local library 
hours, what departments on what floors of the court house contained which 
records and the whens and wheres of the local historical society. She 
outlined where I could browse the index of all cemeteries in the county 
and told me where each was located. Now this was progress!


Because of this undeserved string of fortuitous information, the trip was 
a resounding success. Two omissions from my search outline were caught in 
transit and will be included for future reference; don't forget to search 
tax records in the court house and get a good local map. One bonus 
benefit of the search outline was that it provided an effective means for 
me to delegate much of the work to my brother, since he now knew what to 
look for.

While in the Belleville Library, I was able to get a copy of their index 
of all county newspapers going back to 1877. They are available on 
microfilm and I have begun bringing them in through the Pleasanton 
Library on inter-library loan. Reviewing newspapers, except for specific 
known events, is too time consuming to undertake during a short visit.

Another important contact was made in Scandia, a nearby town (population 
480) where my ancestors had lived. The have a nice historical museum that 
is staffed by local volunteers and is open mostly by appointment. We were 
able to arrange a visit for Sunday afternoon; they opened up just for us. 
In setting up the appointment, I had mentioned over the phone, the 
purpose of our visit. When we arrived, Ms. Gwen Loring, the volunteer, 
had a prepared packet of information on my ancestors for us to take home, 
she also directed us to others who were equally helpful. Since they 
subsist on donations, after I returned home, I mailed a check in 
appreciation of her effort. She has subsequently written to me enclosing 
further information and has given me three references of local people who 
could help.

		One of the gems furnished by Ms. Loring is from The History 
of the State of Kansas, A. T. Andrews, 1893:

"J. M. Rockhold, M.D., physician and surgeon, was born in Hiram, Ohio, at 
the age of ten years went to Illinois, remaining there until 1855; then 
went to Avon and began reading medicine with Dr. J. J. Rowe, remaining 
there six years; part of the time was engaged in the drug business; in 
1860 began its practice, in 1867 emigrated to Iowa, remaining there two 
years, in 1870 came to Kansas, locating in Belleville, where he engaged 
in the practice of medicine, remaining there two years, and then located 
in Union Township and took a homestead on Section 14, remaining there 
about five years; then bought a farm on Section 15, remaining there until 
1881; besides attending to his practice, improved three farms, which he 
still owns; has eighty acres broken on the farm he bought and 120 on the 
homestead; a good house on each place, good barn, stables and orchard, 
three acres of fruit trees on the last place, a spring which furnishes 
water enough for 1,000 head of cattle, and has about sixty head of cattle 
on the place; also owns a fine residence in Scandia and has made all he 
has since he came here; when he landed in Belleville in 1870 and had 
$6.40 and a large family. Was married in 1849, in Illinois. They have 
mine living children - David T., Zurretta, Lafayette, Ettie, Freddie, 
Van, Orpha, Arthur and Jessie. Is a member of Eclectic Medical Society of 
Kansas, also member of I. 0. 0. F."

One last comment. Two days after I arrived home, at 6:00 AM I received a 
phone call from a lady named Doris Shelburne who was calling from 
Fairbury, Nebraska. She was seeking information on the Rockholds as that 
was her grandmother's maiden name. Given the hour, I eventually became 
coherent and asked her how she had found me? She said that the Belleville 
paper comes out on Thursday, and it had mentioned that my brother and I 
were in town in search of family history. Her niece who lives in 
Belleville had seen the article and called her in Nebraska. When I asked 
her how she knew where I lived, she said that she had called the local 
motel where we stayed and that they had given her my address. She would 
make a good genealogist!
July 16, 1992

Genealogical Search
July 24-28, 1992


Republic County, Kansas


Primary	1871-1910
Secondary	1860-1912

Surnames of Interest

Primary	Rockhold, Tarbell, Thorn(e)
Secondary	Sons-in-law of John M. Rockhold, Catlin, Holliday, Williams, 
	Daughters-in-law of John M. Rockhold	Peck, Reigal, White
	Other	Hines, Shoup, Strong

Records/Sources to be Searched

Musts	Land records
	Probate Court (testate & intestate)
	Cemeteries (Republic City & Scandia)
	Vital (birth, marriage, adoption, divorce, death)
	Genealogical Society (Belleville)
	Judicial Court

Shoulds	Library (County history-copy book)
	Church (Congregational, Republic City; ?, Scandia)
	Municipal Court, Scandia (John M. Rockhold was a Justice of the 

Coulds	Historical Society
	Fraternal (Grange, Masons)
	Newspaper (obituaries)
	Identify old photos?


1. Obtain a phone book for follow up.

2. Establish a follow up contact, e.g., a high school kid to do follow up 
record searching.

The Bookshelf
Reviewed by George Anderson

Fifteen new additions to the LAGS Library are reviewed briefly this 
quarter. The titles are listed in the box at the right.


Books reviewed this issue

Virginia Will Records
Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684. Penn's Colony: Volume I
Handbook of Genealogical Sources
Family Diseases: Are You at Risk?
The Land of the Lake: an Early History of Campbell County, Tennessee
The Civil War and Campbell County, Tennessee
My Family Tree Workshop: Genealogy for Beginners
Church of Christ, Bristol, Bristol Co., Rhode Island - 1687-1775
1860 Census, DeKalb County, Illinois
Surname Lists and Index, Marin County, California
Membership Roster and Ancestor List, Heart of America Genealogical 
Society and Library, Kansas City, Missouri
Genealogical Collection of the Central Library of Contra Costa County, 
Hayward Area Genealogical Society Library Listings
Genealogical Researching in Eastern Canada. An Address Guide to Quebec 
and the Atlantic Provinces
Family Group Sheet Collections for Pomeroy and Person, and variations 


Virginia Will Records. 1982. Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., 
Baltimore. 984+xvii pages, 6x9 inches, hardcover, indexed. Donated by 
Lucile White.

A massive amount of data on Virginia, extracted from The Virginia 
Magazine of History and Biography, the William and Mary College 
Quarterly, and Tyler's Quarterly. This book was actually given to LAGS by 
Lucile White many years ago, but was misplaced when our library moved 
into the Carnegie building. It has never appeared in our "Bookshelf" 

Some idea of the amount of information in this book can be inferred from 
the size of the index: about 16,000 different names. The data is of high 
quality also, because wills often spell out kinships with authority.


Passengers and Ships Prior to 1684. Penn's Colony: Volume I. 1962, 
reprinted 1992. Edited by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., published by Heritage 
Books, Inc., 1540-E Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, MD 20716. 245+xi pages, 
6x9 inches, soft cover, maps, indexed. Donated to LAGS by the publisher.

When the Mayflower made its epic voyage in 1620, there were several on 
board with a sense of history. Detailed accounts of that voyage and a 
complete roster of passengers were preserved. Unfortunately, nothing like 
that happened when William Penn sailed for the Delaware on the Welcome in 
1682. What is known about the passengers on that ship and on those that 
followed in the next few years is collected in this book. An index of 
ships' names and a full-name index of person names are included.


Handbook of Genealogical Sources. 1991. By George K. Schweitzer. 
Published by the author, 407 Regent Court, Knoxville, TN 37923-5807. 217 
pages, 6x9 inches, soft cover, self-indexed. $12.00. Donated by Judy 

LAGS already owns 12 Schweitzer books. They have proved especially 
popular with our library patrons. Most are about individual states, or 
about one of America's wars, but this is a high-density collection of 
sources covering the whole field of genealogy.

The best description of this book is "a mini-encyclopedia." There are 128 
chapters, each only one to three pages long, and arranged alphabetically 
by title, from "Adoptions" and "Ads in genealogical magazines" to "WPA 
records" and "Writing source citations." The facts, the references and 
the advice are crammed in with no padding.

As a physicist myself (Schweitzer is also a physicist), one chapter 
caught my eye. It is titled "Group Theory," the name of a particularly 
abstract mathematical tool used in physics. The chapter has nothing to do 
with mathematics or physics, of course, but with a cute trick for tracing 
ancestors with common names like James Black. The trick is to link James 
Black with neighbors having uncommon names like Stiff and Welhoff, and 
then to use the often-justified assumption that friends and relatives 
migrated in groups to trace the Stiffs and Welhoffs to find where James 
Black may have come from. Schweitzer may have been inspired in this idea 
(if it is his own) by the technique of radioelement tracing, in which a 
radioactive isotope is used to track a stable isotope of the same 

This is an impressive book, well worth buying or using in our library.


Family Diseases: Are You at Risk? 1989. By Myra Vanderpool Gormley. 
Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore. 165+xii pages, 
6x9 inches, hard cover, illustrated, unindexed. $14.95. Donated by George 
and Harriet Anderson.

Genealogy is often defined as "finding out who we are." This phrase is 
usually taken in a spiritual sense, but in a harder view, we literally 
are what our ancestors were, to the extent that nature prevails over 
nurture. And what our ancestors were is often something that we wish they 

Family Diseases is a short, easily read, eye-opening summary of medical 
problems that can run in families. Would you believe that there are 124 
national organizations that each deal with a different genetic disorder? 
One of them is the International Joseph Diseases Foundation, founded by 
Rosemarie Silva of Livermore. Mrs. Silva has spoken to LAGS several 
times. Another is the Hemochromatosis Research Foundation, which I belong 
to because both of my brothers were diagnosed with this rare blood 

Ms. Gormley discusses most of these inheritable diseases with the aim of 
inspiring genealogists to begin collecting medical information about 
their relatives. Her point is that there is an urgent need to learn where 
we and our loved ones are at risk, for several reasons.

One reason for compiling family medical information is that some 
inherited diseases can be treated if they are diagnosed early enough. 
That is the case with hemochromatosis. Another reason is that prospective 
parents can get more intelligent genetic counseling if they have a valid 
family medical history. Such counseling may lead to an alert for certain 
symptoms among children, or to prenatal testing, or even to avoidance of 
Another reason for genealogists to be interested in the health of their 
kinfolk is an altruistic one - well-documented family medical histories 
are needed by researchers to advance the science of medicine, for the 
benefit of all. Because I have compiled descending genealogies for all of 
my great-grandparents, I was asked by Dr. Bareikiene of Philadelphia to 
send questionnaires to 40 of my closest relatives, as part of a research 
project on hemochromatosis.

Ms. Gormley's book, in my opinion, is must reading for all genealogists. 
We can give our relatives something much more valuable than a list of 
names, dates and places if we go to the extra trouble of searching out 
the medical problems and the cause of death of everyone we research. Ms. 
Gormley tells us how to do this.


The Land of the Lake: an Early History of Campbell County, Tennessee. 
1941, reprinted 1991. By Dr. G. L. Ridenour. Published by Action 
Printing, Ltd., Jacksboro, TN. 128+x pages, 6x9 inches, soft cover, 
illustrated, indexed. Donated by Judy Person.

Campbell County, Tennessee, lies near the Cumberland Gap, the great 
gateway in the Appalachians through which spilled the first flood of 
westward-pushing pioneers in the 1700s. Indians and Indian fighters, 
hunters, explorers, settlers and soldiers made much history in Campbell 
County, as did modern man when he built the Norris Dam there as part of 
the TVA project.

This is nominally a history book, but it does contain many lists of names 
of early Campbell County citizens, and an index of about 1400 person 
names. The book is enlivened by many half-page anecdotes with titles like 
"John Barleycorn Passes Away" and "Colonel Colyer Gets Dose of 


The Civil War and Campbell County, Tennessee. 1992. By Gregory K. Miller. 
Published by Action Printing, Ltd., Jacksboro, TN. 110+x pages, 6x9 
inches, soft cover, illustrated, indexed. Donated by Judy Person.

As mentioned in the previous review, Campbell County, Tennessee occupies 
a strategic position near the Cumberland Gap, one of the few openings in 
the great Cumberland barrier between the eastern seaboard and the 
interior. Control of the Gap passed back and forth between the Union and 
the Confederacy during the Civil War as troops alternately advanced and 
retreated through Campbell County.

East Tennessee never wanted to secede from the Union. The state as a 
whole voted 105,000 to 47,000 to join the rebellion, while Campbell 
County voted 1000 to 59 in opposition. Thousands of men from East 
Tennessee fled over the border to Kentucky to join the Union forces, 
often to return as whole companies to fight against their secessionist 

This book also is primarily history, not genealogy, but there are lists 
of local Civil War veterans and Civil War burials. The index contains 
about 500 entries for persons and subjects.


My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy for Beginners. 1982. By Rosemary A. 
Chorzempa. Published by Dover Publications, Inc., New York. 59+iii pages, 
8- 1/2x11 inches, soft cover. $4.25. Donated by George and Harriet 

This is a children's book - a collection of forms to help a child gather 
information for a first family history project. Members of LAGS may find 
it useful to copy some of these pages for their children or 
grandchildren, or to inspect the book with a view to buying one for them.


Church of Christ, Bristol, Bristol Co., Rhode Island - 1687-1775. 
Ancestor Microfiche Number 0000048. 37 pages on one fiche. Indexed. 
Donated by Judy Person.

This fiche devotes 25 pages to baptisms, 2 pages to the census of 1688-
1689 for Bristol, which was then in Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, and 12 
pages to the index.

All of LAGS microfiche and microfilm is kept by the reference librarian 
at Pleasanton Library.


1860 Census, DeKalb County, Illinois. 1982. Copied by Marilyn Robinson. 
269+ii pages, 9x11 inches, indexed. Donated by Judy Person.

Ms. Robinson has transcribed and indexed (by surname only) over 19,000 
names of residents of DeKalb County, Illinois in 1860. She gives the full 
census entry, with minor exceptions that she spells out carefully in the 


Surname Lists and Index, Marin County, California. 1990. By Jerry Lynn 
Smith, P.O. Box 1511, Novato, CA 94948. Index of 1669 different surnames. 
Donated by Marilyn Fullam.


Membership Roster and Ancestor Index, Heart of America Genealogical 
Society and Library, Kansas City, Missouri. 1991. Edited by Joanne Chiles 
Eakin. Published by HAGS, 311 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106. Donated 
by Marilyn Fullam.

This book is much like our own surname book. It is self-indexed with 1659 
entries, each listing the ancestor's name, the date of a vital event, the 
locality of that event, and a key to the HAGS member who submitted the 
entry. The membership list is included in the book.


Genealogical Collection of the Central Library of Contra Costa County, 
California. Catalog of genealogical books at the main CCC library at 1750 
Oak Park Blvd. in Pleasant Hill. The list includes 891 books arranged 
alphabetically by title. Circulating books are excluded.


Hayward Area Genealogical Society Library Listings. Catalog of the HAGS 
Library holdings, housed at the San Lorenzo Library, 395 Paseo Grande, 
San Lorenzo. The library contains 361 genealogical books. HAGS and LAGS 
have made similar cooperative agreements with the Alameda County Library 
System, and in fact, our written agreement was modeled after that written 
by HAGS.


Genealogical Researching in Eastern Canada. An Address Guide to Quebec 
and the Atlantic Provinces. 1983. By Michael J. Denis. Published by 
Danbury House, P.O. Box 253, Oakland, ME 04963. 32 pages, 8 1/2x11 
inches, soft cover, not indexed.

The author states that the purpose of his book is "to give the researcher 
as complete a list of addresses as practically possible, and also to give 
brief notes on the types of records which are outstanding in their 
unusualness, or to give a brief listing of what records are available and 
their time span."


Family Group Sheet Collections for Pomeroy and Person, and variations 
thereof. Donated by Judy Person.

These are sheets reproduced from the huge data base maintained by Yates 
Publishing Co., P.O. Box 67, Stevensville, MT 59870.

For Pomeroy, Pomroy this collection includes 19 group sheets, unindexed. 
For Pearson, Peirson, Person, Persons, Persson, Pierson there are 43 
sheets, plus an index of 118 names contained on them.


To obtain a copy of an Official Record, the County Clerk-Recorder 
suggests (a) come to the office of the recorder (hours 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM) 
and request a copy, or (b) contact a Title Company, or (c) request a copy 
by mail providing the office with the following information: (1) date 
the document was recorded; (2) type of document; (3) name under which the 
document is recorded; (4) recording series number.

	Rene C. Davidson
	Alameda County Courthouse
	1225 Fallon Street
	Oakland, CA 94612-4280


The U.S. Geological Survey has several free publications that will help 
beginning and advanced genealogists. A 12-page booklet "Maps Can Help 
You Trace Your Family Tree" will introduce you to what a genealogist 
needs to know to access not only USGS maps, but also maps in the Library 
of Congress, National Archives, and other sources. Another booklet, "Map 
Information Sources", lists addresses and phone numbers of many 
commercial firms and professional societies. Some of these offer 
historical and specialty as well as foreign maps. Any state index and 
price list for topographical maps is also available. Call 1-800-872-
6277, or write to:

	U. S. Geological Survey
	523 National Center
	Reston, VA 22092

(From ROOT DIGGER, NOV. 1992)


Also from the November 1992 ROOT DIGGER Newsletter----

Places that you may never have thought to look for various records:

The 1790 census for present-day Washington D. C. is in the enumeration 
for Montgomery and Prince George Counties, Maryland.

The 1820 and 1830 census records for Wisconsin are with Michigan, and the 
1860 census for Wyoming is with Nebraska.

The 1836 Iowa Territory census includes Minnesota.

The 1840 Montana census is with Clayton County, Iowa.

The 1860 Colorado census is with Kansas, Montana is with Nebraska under 
"unorganized territory", Oklahoma is with Arkansas (Indian Land). 
Wyoming is with Nebraska. Nevada is not named, but records are with the 
census for Utah.


If your ancestors lived in Georgia during the Civil War they may be 
listed on the Salt Books at the Georgia State Archives on microfilm 
#73/4. Families who were supplied the scarce commodity are listed by 
county. Salt could be used in lieu of money as barter. The state 
intervened in the distribution of salt in order to assure equal access 
for all. San Joaquin Genealogical Society Vol. 12, No. 5.

50 Years Ago, 1942 - November 2
"Death took the last one of Livermore's pioneer families when David 
Archer Mendenhall passed away in Palo Alto. He was the son of the late 
William Mendenhall, who laid out the city of Livermore."

THE LIVERMORE HERALD ---- April 6 1907

		Another of the early settlers of this valley and a pioneer of 
California has answered the last call.

		Absalom Mendenhall was found dead on the banks of the Arroyo 
Valle between Dos Mesas and Cresta Blanca Tuesday afternoon. He had left 
his home on the first named place to get a team and was found as stated 
soon after by one of the workmen at Cresta Blanca. Deputy Coroner Reimers 
was notified and he went out after the remains. An autopsy revealed the 
cause of death as a valvular disease of the heart.

		The funeral which was largely attended took place Thursday 
afternoon from the residence of Jessie Bowles. The services were 
conducted by Rev. James B. Stone. The internment was in the family plot 
at Oak Knoll Cemetery.

		The honorary pallbearers were Volney Still, Hiram Bailey, 
D.M. Teeter, J.W. Clark, Daniel Inman and F.R. Fasset. The casket bearers 
were W.H. Farragher, William Schluter, 0. McDonald, C.E. Beck, T.D. 
Coffman and George Beck.

Deceased was born in Ohio and was 76yrs, 7mos, and 15 days old at the 
time of his death. He came to California in 1850 and
located in Santa Clara. He came to the Livermore Valley in 1869
and settled on what was known as the Arlington Place. Later he
engaged in the stock business in the Livermore mountains and for
many years his time has been divided between his range and his
home in Livermore.

		Deceased leaves a wife and six children, four of whom were by 
a former wife--William Mendenhall of San Luis Obispo, Henry Mendenhall of 
Nevada, Mrs. Mattie Church of Oakland, Douglas Mendenhall of Napa, Ernst 
Mendenhall and Mrs. Josie Winsor of this place. He also leaves a brother, 
William M. Mendenhall, of this place and Mrs. William Johnson of 

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