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



Message from the President 457
Calendar of Events 458
Queries 458
The Bookshelf 459
Surplus Publications 461
This Week in History 462
Computer News 464
Notes From All Over 465
Meet the Members 469

P. 0. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551

President Beverly Schell ALES 510-846-5297
lst VP and Membership George ANDERSON 510-846-4265
2nd VP and Programs Isabel NOLTE 510-447-4062
Recording Secretary John WALDEN 510-443-2057
Corresponding Secretary Beverly MORRIS 510-846-4952
Business Manager Chuck ROCKHOLD 510-455-5911
Publications Chairman George ANDERSON 510-846-4265
Publicity Felicia ZIOMEK 510-847-9260
Livermore Cultural Arts Council Rep Don JOHNSON 510-447-4746
Tracer Editor Jolene & David ABRAHAMS 510-447-9386

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. O. 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, 7:30 PM, 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)

Send check or money order to:
Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551

David Abrahams

As we turn over a new year, I am turning the leadership of L-AGS over to 
a new president. Beverly Ales, assisted by Harriet Anderson, will have 
assumed the presidency by the time you read this issue of The Roots 

I look back at the past year's accomplishments with pride. We revised the 
constitution and by-laws so that they more nearly match the calendar 
year; we had some great programs - provided by our able program chairman 
(and my wife), Jolene; we co-sponsored an all-day seminar with the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; and we made many valuable additions 
to our library, which is housed in the Pleasanton Public Library.

This publication has also been rejuvenated. During the past year, we have 
published many good articles written by our members. It is hoped that the 
members will continue to make similar contributions in the future.

Your editors will publish articles with useful information that others 
may be able to use. Articles should not be travelogues, but should be 
about your family histories and your research efforts. Articles might 
also include - or be about - sources, techniques, how-to and how-not-to 
do research, with specific contacts, addresses, telephone numbers and 
names of books, etc.

We will leave the length of the articles to the judgment of you writers, 
but the editors reserve the right to edit in order to make them fit the 
available space in The Roots Tracer. Articles may be submitted at any 
time, and will be held for the next available issue. If possible, please 
submit articles to the editor on a diskette (which will be returned). 


Beverly Schell Ales
Anastasia Alexander
Carrie Alexander
Terry Crane
G. E. "Robbie" Robinson


Judy and Don Person
David and Linda Curry


O. M. Barlow 
David Karlson
Larry Renslow 
Regina Schaefer
Cherie Swenson 
William Vierra

(from various sources)

8 February 1994 LIVERMORE-AMADOR GENEALOGY SOCIETY meeting at 7:30 pm, 
Congregation Beth Emek. Our program will include having your old photos 
copied onto film so that you can have new prints, etc. made. There is a 
nominal fee for this service, provided by our own members.

26 February 1994 Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County will present 
Lloyd D. Bockstruck (Supervisor Genealogy Section Dallas Public Library, 
Dallas TX; Faculty, Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, Samford 
College, Birmingham AL; Author of Researching in Texas) speaking on 
"Genealogical Problem Solving" at their seminar on Saturday 8:30 am to 
4:00 pm at the Modesto Centre Plaza, Ash-Magnolia Room, 1000 "K" Street, 
Modesto CA. Contact Don Wilson, 209-869-3966. 

22 March 1994 Sacramento German Genealogy Society presents Ed Brandt 
"Germanic Surnames" (plus a night Surname Workshop for our working 
members). Want a name analyzed? Contact John Movius, P. O. Box 4327, 
Davis CA, 95617-4327, to indicate your interest.

15-16 April 1994 California Genealogical Society Ninth Family History 
Fair at The Fashion Center (next door to last year's site), 699 Eighth 
Street (near Brannan), San Francisco. For more information call 415-777-

7 May 1994 San Ramon Valley GS and Contra Costa County GS will hold a 
seminar featuring Lloyd Bockstruck. Details to follow.

1-4 June 1994 1994 National Genealogical Society Annual Conference, 
Houston, TX. Join them in Houston and Explore a Nation of Immigrants. 
Watch for more details at club meetings.


June-Marie GANNER, 1500 Villa #119, Clovis, CA 93612
Would like to locate descendants of HENRY C. SMITH, b. 25 October 1824, 
Fort Defiance, Ohio. Was a Judge in Alameda County and d. 24 November 
1875 in Livermore.

Laura M. BILLY, 22232 - 196th Ave., SE, Renton, WA 98058-0439
Need information on H.P.B. NELSON, last known in Jackson, CA. His mother 
was Katherine (Katrina) NELSEN, d. 1915 in Jackson, CA. His father was 
Lars NELSEN, d. 1904. Both parents were born in Denmark as well as H.P.B. 
NELSEN and siblings. Children of Lars & Katherine were Anna Marie, m. 
John MONSTER; Kirstin Margarethe Pauline, m. Neils ANDERSEN; (2) Herman 
NELSEN; Louisa m. Mr. HOLMS, (2) Louis FENNER; Peter G; H.P.B. The 
parents of H.P.B. NELSEN lived in Orillia, King Co., WA and obituaries 
were found in Kent, WA papers.

Maureen Markt DEARBORN, 257 Franklin St., Holyoke, MA 01040
Wish to correspond with descendants of John O'LEARY, b. 7 March 1857 at 
Mass., who married Alice LADD and resided in Livermore, CA. Descendant of 
his sister Abigail O'LEARY MARKT.

The Bookshelf

Genealogist's Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research. 1989. Edited by 
Terrence M. Punch. Published by New England Historic Genealogical 
Society. 6x9 inches, 142+viii pages, hard cover, index, maps. $10.00. 
Donated to LAGS by Judy Person.

Many Americans have special reason to be interested in the Atlantic 
provinces of Canada. In one group are the Cajuns of Louisiana. They are 
descendants of French Acadians who were forcibly deported from that 
region in the 1700s. Others are American relatives of the Loyalists who 
fled to that part of Canada after the Revolution. Finally there are the 
descendants of European ancestors who stopped in Maritime Canada for a 
few years, or even for generations, before settling in the United States.
There are many more in this last group than is generally realized, as was 
pointed out by Joseph King when he talked to LAGS several years ago. He 
is the author of "The Uncounted Irish," the title of which refers to the 
Irish who stopped in Canada on the way to the US and hence were counted 
as "Canadian," not Irish, on our censuses.

This handbook is a thorough inventory of all records of genealogical 
interest in the four Atlantic provinces of Canada: New Brunswick, 
Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. For 
each province, there are also historical overviews, address lists for 
help by mail, extensive bibliographies, and "county" maps (the 
nomenclature varies with the province).

A final chapter covers resources not specific to one province. For 
instance, there is a description of the vast literature about the 
worldwide dispersion of the Acadians.

Each chapter is written by a professional genealogist accredited by the 
Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes.


Alameda County, California, Genealogical Research Guide. 1993. Published 
by the East Bay Genealogical Society, Oakland. 8 1/2x11 inches, 219 + xi 
pages, spiral bound, with index, illustrations and maps. $24.00. Donated 
to LAGS by David and Jolene Abrahams.

Here is a book to admire! A master list of every conceivable source of 
genealogical information in our county - all the books about the county 
and the people in it, all the cemeteries and mortuaries, all the city and 
county offices and the records they hold, all the libraries (there are an 
astounding 94 of them!), all the school districts (some of them will 
verify names, birth dates and places, parents' names, etc. for students), 
and all the religious organizations. 

Bev Ales was the LAGS representative for supplying information to this 
book. Our library is described fully and our two cemetery books are cited 
numerous places.

It must have taken a massive effort for EBGS even to contact the myriad 
offices, libraries and cemeteries, much less get them to supply the 
information desired. 

Surprises abound: did you know that the Amador-Livermore Valley 
Historical Society in Pleasanton has the Sanborn's fire insurance maps of 
Pleasanton and the Murray Township court records for 1879-1933; that the 
Dublin Historical Preservation Association has local telephone 
directories from 1901-1954; that the California State University Library 
in Hayward has 3090 volumes of affidavits of voter registration for 1866-
1921, and that these are indexed while the great registers are not?

It would be nice to have a book like this for every county in the United 
States. The WPA survey produced such books, but more limited in scope, 
not for every county, and by now outdated. This seems to me to be a great 
project that the California State Genealogical Alliance could sponsor for 
our state, and maybe the LDS church could sponsor for the whole country.


10,000 Vital Records of Central New York, 1813-1850. By Fred Q. Bowman. 
Published by the Genealogical Publishing Co. 1988. 6x9 inches, 338+vii 
pages, cloth bound, indexed. $22.50. Donated to LAGS by Judy Person.
LAGS already owns one other volume of this series covering eastern New 
York and will probably order the remaining volume about western New York 
when funding allows.

The title is almost literal - there are exactly 10021 records in this 
book, 5124 of marriages and 4897 of deaths. The records were drawn from 
marriage and death columns of nine early newspapers which cover a 14-
county area of central New York.

The main section of the book lists all grooms and all deceased persons in 
alphabetical order, with an abstract of the record and a citation to the 
newspaper and publication date. Many of the abstracts contain birth dates 
and places and parents' names. All other persons mentioned in the 
abstract, including brides and marriage officials, are alphabetized 
separately in an 8200-name index. Another index lists some 1500 marriage 
officials, their affiliation and the number of marriages attributed to 
them in this book.


Guide to Family History Sources in the New Jersey State Archives. Second 
edition, 1990. Compiled by Bette Marie Barker et al. Published by the New 
Jersey Department of State. 8 1/2x11 inches, 34 pages, soft cover. Maps 
and illustrations, no index. $8.50. Donated to LAGS by Judy Person.

New Jersey records go back to 1664, a few years after the first English 
settlement. Apparently no documents exist from the earlier Swedish and 
Dutch period. This slick, beautifully illustrated pamphlet presents a 
thorough inventory of the records collected since then by the state 
archives in Trenton. (I wonder if the cost of this booklet was one reason 
that Governor Jim Florio had to raise taxes, leading to his ouster this 
fall by Christine Todd Whitman.)

An interesting peculiarity of New Jersey deeds is that the first ones 
were granted by the two "proprietors," Lord Berkeley and Sir George 
Carteret, the original owners who got the land from the Duke of York. 
These proprietors still retain their status as private corporations, and 
the early deeds are in their possession, not in the archives. The 
addresses of the proprietors, to whom researchers are obliged to apply 
for these deeds, are given in the book.

Beside the usual records to be expected in state archives, there are some 
unusual ones: "Inquisitions on the Dead, 1688-1798," apparently like 
inquests; "Insolvent Debtors, 1747-1818;" and "Inquisitions on Loyalists 
in Essex County."

This booklet is helpful in listing what records the archives do not have, 
and in giving the location (such as the state library in Trenton) where 
they can be found, or publications in which they have been printed.

George Anderson, L-AGS Library Committee

Your LAGS Library Committee has decided to dispose of some little-used 
newsletters in the library collection. Most of them are not journals 
containing genealogical data of timeless value, but are instead the 
newsletters that societies use to keep their members informed of current 
activities, to document local sources and to pass along research tips. 
The committee also decided not to continue to hold surname periodicals 
dealing with one family name. If the library is currently receiving the 
newsletter, the latest few issues will be kept on the shelf.

Although these publications have not received wide use at the library, 
many of them are first class in quality and of great interest to those 
researching the particular locality or surname covered.

First call to receive these surplus items are members who donated them. 
Unfortunately, we do not have a record of which ones were donated, and by 
whom. If you donated some of the publications listed below, and would 
like to have them back, please call Judy Person at 846-6972 before 
February 1, 1994, to arrange their return to you. The publications not 
reclaimed by donors will be sold at the February 1994 LAGS meeting.

These are the publications available:

Genealogy Bulletin (William Dollarhide) 1991-1992
NGS Newsletter (National GS) 1988-1993
Diablo Descendants Newsletter (Contra Costa County GS) 1988-1993
H.A.G.S. Informer (Hayward Area GS) 1988-1993
Live Oak (East Bay GS) 1987-1992
Wine Press Newsletter (Napa Valley) 1991-1993
Newsletter (San Mateo County GS) 1992-1993
The Arkansas Family Historian (Arkansas GS) 1982 
The Backtracker (Northwest Arkansas GS) 1981-1982
Waconda Roots and Branches (North Central Kansas GS) 1983-1991
Traces (South Central Kentucky Historical and GS) 1988-1989
The Prospector (Clark County, Nevada, GS) 1991-1992
Speaking Relatively (The Ohio GS, Cuyahoga East Chapter) 1979-1993
The Tracer (The Ohio GS, Hamilton County Chapter) 1980-1992
Lancaster Legacy (Pennsylvania Genealogy and Local History) 1983-1984
Corodus Chronicles, York County (Southwest Pennsylvania GS) 1984-1986
The Pennsylvania Traveler-Post 1978 
Central Pennsylvania Genealogy Magazine 1970 
Newsletter (Upper Cumberland, Tennessee, GS) 1981-1982
Ansearchin' News (Tennessee GS) 1981 
The Connector (Hamilton Family) 1991-1993
Newsletter (Nesbitt/Nisbet Society) 1986-1988
Pangburn Letter (Pangburn Family) 1983-1992
Philips and Kin of Franklin County, Illinois 1982-1984
Richardson Researcher and Historical News (Richardson Family) 1983-1992
Newsletter (Rodrigues Family) 1982-1989
American Portuguese Genealogy and History Society 1991-1992


The following news notes are copied from various editions of the 
Livermore Herald and the Livermore Echo newspapers. L-AGS wishes to thank 
Barbara Bunshah of the Livermore Heritage Guild for providing these 
interesting personal news bits.

From the Livermore Echo, week of 14 November 1893:
Last Friday morning this valley was visited by the most severe windstorm 
experienced in many years, and a large amount of damage was done, the 
most serious being to barns and windmills....FARMER's iron warehouse 
suffered considerable damage. The schoolhouse in Harris district was 
blown almost into pieces, as were a number of other small buildings in 
that vicinity.

The monument over the grave of C. J. STEVENS, in the Masonic Cemetery, 
was blown down by the wind of Friday morning.

From the Livermore Echo, week of 5 December 1893:
Louis MEL this week shipped 25 boxes of olives to the experiment station 
at Berkeley.

From the Livermore Echo, week of 12 December 1893:
Brother D. J. FOLEY, formerly of the Pleasanton Star....informs us that 
he will commence the publication of a paper, to be called the News, in 
Pleasanton, about Jan. 1st.

C. J. WETMORE shipped a ton of ripe olives to ST. Helena on Tuesday. They 
brought six cents a pound.

The perpetrators of a daylight burglary at the home of Dr. ROBERTSON were 
captured and sent to jail.

From the Livermore Echo, week of 19 December 1893:
William RYAN of the firm Ryan Bros., undertakers, has graduated from an 
embalming school in San Francisco and his diploma now hangs in the 
parlors of the firm on Lizzie Street.

Death of Mrs. Valentine ALVISO (nee Josefa LIVERMORE, a daughter of "the 
elder Robert LIVERMORE).

From the Livermore Herald, week of 31 October 1918:
Dr. G. F. ROGERS is Head of Arroyo Sanitarium; succeeds Dr. CARY who 
joined Military Service with rank of Captain.

Mrs. J. A. SEGBERS meets death in wreck of (steamship Princess) Sophia; 
is 3rd of family to die by drowning. (Her brother, Wm. BAILEY, drowned in 
the Yukon, and a niece, Miss Albertine BERNAL, was lost in the wreck of 
the steamer Columbia.)

Record wool shipment left here this week when C. G. OWENS, local buyer 
for the H. I. HABER Wool Co. of San Francisco shipped a full carload 
direct to the Commodity Credit Corp. of Boston, Mass.

From the Livermore Herald, week of 28 November 1918:
John BAUGHMAN is back in his old position as clerk in Victor & Harris' 
store after being employed for several months in one of the Oakland 
shipyards. (Several years later he became a partner, then sole owner of 
the store now known as Baughmans.)

Livermore officer, Lt. W. C. BROWN, wins Croix de Guerre, for rallying 
company in midst of battle.

From the Livermore Herald, week of 5 December 1918:
The board of trustees of the grammar school met Thursday and elected a 
new principal, Ernest J. CUTHBERTSON, to take the place of Principal D. 
E. MARTIN, who takes a position in the office of the County Supt. of 
Schools on Jan 2nd.

California furnished the nation a total of 137,033 men for service in the 
army, navy and marine corps between the time the National Guard of the 
state was ordered mobilized and the signing of the armistice....the first 
men called into federal service were the 3 infantry regiments of the 
State Guard, i.e. the 2nd, 5th and 7th. Livermore had a unit then known 
as Company I in the 5th.....

From the Livermore Herald, week of 12 December 1918:
Local flyer, Lt. Eugene McGLINCHEY, creates sensation in East; with 
companion does stunts that thrill spectators in Illinois town.

Dr. G. F. ROGERS quits as Sanitarium head; may be succeeded by Dr. R. 

From the Livermore Herald, week of 19 December 1918:
Farewell reception given to D. E. MARTIN; many brave storm to pay 
respects to retiring (grammar school) principal.

Carl WENTE, formerly connected with the First National Bank of Livermore, 
has been appointed head of the Bank of Italy's branch at Madera.

From the Livermore Herald, week of 21 November 1943:
Mr. & Mrs. Jacob TWISSELMAN observe golden wedding.

From the Livermore Herald, week of 12 December 1943:
Miss Dolores MILLER highly praised; N. Y. Post terms Livermore musician 
gifted performer in Town Hall debut.

From the Livermore Herald, week of 19 December 1943:
Home delivery of the S. F. papers was to be discontinued after Feb. 1st 
due to the shortage of available carriers. Delivery would continue in the 
business district. The announcement was made by local dealer George 


George Anderson

How would you like to be able to look in one telephone book that includes 
everyone in the United States? We often have need of such a compilation 
when we are trying to locate "lost" living relatives, but of course, in 
book form it would be humongous - by my estimate, 15 feet thick. There 
are several electronic databases that now give this service. One that is 
accessible, for a fee, by computer modem from the CompuServ network is 
called "PhoneFile." Here is how MetroNet, the compiler of PhoneFile, 
describes the system:

"Phone*File provides electronic access to a database of over 80 million 
U.S. households, and contains consumer data which includes name, home 
address, phone number, and length of residence. Listings can be retrieved 
from the Phone*File database through searching by name with address; by 
name with ZIP code, city, and/or state; and by telephone number. The 
information contained in Phone*File is obtained from public record or 
published information. These sources include consumer "white pages" 
telephone directories, published birth announcements, real estate 
transactions, and information that is made available by public agencies."

I have been using PhoneFile for over two years, and have yet to see a 
"length of residence" listed. Also, every record I have seen has included 
a phone number, leading me to believe that not many have come from "birth 
announcements, ..." where phone numbers would be missing.

A drawback to PhoneFile used to be that you had to search state-by-state, 
manually entering the request for each state in your computer and sending 
the request over the modem to CompuServ, then entering the next state, 
etc. Recently I downloaded a program from America Online, another 
network, that allows me to automate the process so that I can enter the 
surname I'm interested in and search the whole United States in one pass. 
I have used the new system to conduct searches for two LAGS members, and 
it seems to work well. The cost for each search was about $2.

The catch to PhoneFile is that it is cost-effective only for rare 
surnames. There are about 10,000 Andersons just in Minneapolis, so a 
nation-wide listing via PhoneFile would take days and piles of money!

I would be glad to do PhoneFile searches for other members, or to share 
the program that automates the process.

From CSGA Newsletter, March 1993

A new program is available to assist PAF users in writing a book. This 
program is called "GEN-BOOK". It takes the data from your PAF 2.,2 files 
and generates a book, putting the data into a Wordperfect 5.0 or 5.1 
file. For additional information and sample pages, please contact Clement 
Custom Programming, 2105 Country Lane, Auburn, CA 95603 or call 1-916-



Wodna 27 Palac Gorkow 61 - 781 Poznan, POLSKA

The Genealogical-Heraldic Society in Poznan, the first organization of 
this kind in Poland, was founded in 1987 by a group of scholars and 
amateurs interested in genealogy and heraldry. The time was not ripe yet 
for that kind of activity, as the communist authorities still considered 
these areas of research to be "improper". Nevertheless we continued our 
work and gradually our membership grew, our monthly meetings became 
regular, and we established contacts with many foreign organizations of 
similar kind.

The aims of the Society include on one hand popularization of 
genealogical and heraldic knowledge among amateurs, so that their 
research is based on sound scholarly foundation, and on the other - 
starting and coordinating research projects of more general importance, 
such as compiling inventories of archival sources and bibliographies, 
indexing vital registers, building up a library collection, etc. The 
Society does not offer any research services.

Poland has no tradition of amateur genealogy and therefore the work to be 
done is considerable. This obviously requires funds that are not 
available from the state while the membership fees hardly cover the basic 
costs of copying and mailing information sheets to members. All the 
administrative work, lectures and articles are contributed by members on 
a voluntary basis. We are, therefore, looking for sponsors who could help 
us raise funds for publishing. Donations from private persons have made 
it possible for us to publish four issues of our quarterly GENS but more 
is needed for the work to continue. We would also be grateful for any 
donations of genealogical or heraldic books and periodicals from other 
countries, so that our library collection might form a nucleus for a 
future centre of genealogical-heraldic research in Poland.

It is only now that we can accept foreign members. Members receive 
information sheets about current events, new publications, etc., and 
copies of our Genealogical Data Bank which lists surnames researched by 
other members and is updated semi-annually. Both of these publications 
may be issued also in English versions for foreign members when there are 
enough of them. Each member can enter any number of surnames to be 
included in Genealogical Data Bank, the aim of which is to establish 
contacts between people researching the same families or areas. Members 
can also subscribe to the quarterly magazine GENS and contribute 
articles. The articles are in Polish with short summaries in English. The 
quarterly is available for members only (or through publication 
exchange). Annual membership fee is US $15 (or equivalent in other 
currency) and subscription to GENS is US $10 (for 4 issues). The money 
can be sent either directly to our account PKO BP I/O Poznan, Nr 63513-
4356-132 or via a postal money order or a bank draft payable to 
Towarzystwo Genealogiczno-Heraldycznew Poznaniu (no personal checks, 

David Abrahams

If you need to purchase foreign currency drafts, RUESCH INTERNATIONAL 
FINANCIAL SERVICES may be able to help you. A phone call to 1-800-424-
2923 is all that is required. I have used this service to purchase 
British pounds. I called the above listed number and told them what I 
needed. The clerk then quoted the exchange rate and told me that there 
was a $2.00 service charge. When I told him that was acceptable, the 
clerk asked me for the name of the payee and said the exchange rate he 
quoted would be frozen until the company received my personal check. In 
less than three weeks, they sent me a draft, made out to the payee and a 
receipt for the transaction. I know Ruesch covers most of Western Europe; 
however, they cannot provide Polish currency!

From Viking, February 1993

For a visit of a genealogical sort, set your sites on St. Olaf College in 
Northfield, Minn., where the Norwegian-American Historical Association 
provides threads connecting the curious present to the concrete past.

It s rich and fascinating collection of books, periodicals, newspapers, 
manuscripts, photographs and other documents relevant to Norwegian 
immigration and new life in America began with the founding of the NAHA 
in 1925, roughly 100 years after the first 53 immigrants bid farewell to 
Norway and boldly traveled to New York aboard the sloop Restauration.

NAHA's manuscript collection is stored with great care in more than 1,200 
manuscript boxes and cases, each a treasure trove of personal and 
national legacy. When scanning the stacks, one gets the sense of 
Christmas here - of hundreds of precious boxes waiting to be opened. And 
rarely is a visitor disappointed: Ledgers, scrapbooks, bygdeboeker 
(Norwegian regional or community histories), charts, passenger lists on 
microfilm, journals, letters and diaries of immigrants await the patient 
researcher, whether amateur historian or professional scholar on 
sabbatical from a Norwegian university.

"What is unique is not what we have but what we have done," says Dr. 
Lloyd Hustvedt, executive secretary. "Our publications go far beyond what 
most associations could possibly dream of."

One can visit the archives in person or the NAHA will provide a cursory 
survey by mail request. (A charge is made only for services beyond 
"normal".) NAHA's hours vary; call ahead. For more information, write to 
the Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1510 ST. Olaf Av., 
Northfield, MN 55057; or call (507)646-3221.

George Anderson

Harriet and I were in Minnesota in September and had the opportunity to 
visit the new Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. It is a magnificent 
granite edifice with hundreds of thousands of square feet for research, 
exhibits, education, administration and archival storage. Genealogists 
and historians now have access to 550,000 books, 37,000 maps, 250,000 
photographs, 38,000 cubic feet of manuscripts and 45,000 cubic feet of 
government records. The new facility, costing $74 million, is six times 
bigger than the one it replaces, and consolidates Historical Society 
holdings that used to be stored in several locations around the city. It 
is located a few blocks from the state capitol.

We spent several hours there. The reading room was large and sparsely 
occupied, but the microfilm room, with 48 readers, was cramped and 
crowded - a bad sign for the future. The librarians were courteous and 
helpful. The catalog is computerized using the PALS system. After we got 
home, I dialed up the PALS computer via my modem (1-612-296-2252 or 1-
612-636-2067) and was able to browse the catalog from home, although 
doing that for any length of time would be prohibitive in long-distance 
charges. Using a local PALS number, that problem would be eliminated.

We also spent a half-day at the Roelvaag Memorial Library at St. Olaf 
College in Northfield, Minnesota. This is one of the top libraries in the 
country for Norwegian-American research. The Norwegian-American 
Historical Association (NAHA) book collection is included in the general 
collection of the Roelvaag Library. NAHA specializes in collecting 
manuscripts, letters, obituaries, papers and newspapers related to 
Norwegian-American life. Forrest Brown, retired Head Librarian of the 
Roelvaag Library, now manages the NAHA collection. He kindly gave us a 
detailed orientation of materials in his charge. We were able to browse 
in the huge collection of obituary clippings and found several of 
interest. The Roelvaag Library is also on the PALS system, but I was 
unable to connect with my modem on the number given to me.

I have printed materials on both the Minnesota History Center and the 
Roelvaag Memorial Library that I would be glad to share with LAGS members.


For records of passports issued prior to 1906 write to:
National Archives
General Reference Branch
Washington, DC 20408

For records of passports issued between 1906 and 1922 write to:
National Archives
Suitland Reference Branch
Textual Reference Division
Suitland, MD 20409

For records of passports dated after 1925 write to:
Passport Services
Department of State
1425 K Street NW, Room 386
Washington, DC 20524

To conduct a search of passport records, the department requires:
* Your NOTARIZED request, providing your full name, date and place of 
birth, current address, and the reason for the request.
* The full name, date and place of birth of the file subject.
* The dates that the file subject may have applied for a U.S. passport.
* If the file subject was born after 1900, EITHER notarized consent from 
the file subject authorizing release of the information from his/her 
passport record to you OR convincing evidence of death in the form of a 
newspaper obituary or a death certificate.
* A file search fee of $15 for each subject - checks or money orders 
should be made payable to the Department of State.

Edited from a Dear Abby column

The Salvation Army operates a Missing Persons Locator Service in 90 
countries throughout the world. This service is available to the public. 
Those interested should be aware of the following basic guidelines:

* The inquirer should be searching for a near relative. Do not request a 
search for old classmates, sweethearts, wartime buddies, etc. And do not 
ask to find runaway adult children or someone owing you money.
* The inquirer must be able to provide essential information about the 
missing person.
* The Salvation Army reserves the right to accept or reject any request 
for services based upon consideration of reasonableness, feasibility or 
* The inquirer is asked to forward a $10 nonrefundable donation.
* The inquirer may secure information and/or a missing persons inquiry 
form by contacting the nearest Salvation Army office in his/her area or 
by contacting the nearest Territorial Headquarters.

Addresses: P. O. Box C635, West Nyack, NY 10994; 1424 Northeastern 
Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30329-2088; 30840 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos 
Verdes, CA 90274; 10 W. Algonquin, Des Plaines, IL 60016.


Birth and death records for Pennsylvania are available from: Pennsylvania 
Dept. of Health, Division of Vital Recordss, P. O. Box 1528, New Castle, 
PA 16103. Nonrefundable fees are $4.00 for birth certificates; $3.00 for 
death certificates. NOTE: Your Roots Tracer editors have one copy of an 
application form - which members may copy.


The Smithsonian magazine reported in April 1993 that Sutro's library was 
stored in two warehouses, only one of which burned in the 1906 fire. His 
heirs donated the surviving books to the State of California, and the 
library opened to the public in 1917. Rare books constitute 60 percent of 
the collection. However, the genealogical materials, much donated by 
others, makes up 90 percent of the library's use and is the biggest such 
collection west of Salt Lake City.

(Editor's note: I recently spent two days at the Sutro Library 
researching a family who lived for many years in San Francisco. Using 
City Directories from 1850 through about 1945, and SF telephone 
directories circa 1943-49, I was able to reconstruct a fairly decent 
history of this family's business dealings, where they lived, and who 
they shared their homes with. Adding in federal census information gave 
me that much more data.)

The California Genealogy Society at 300 Brannan Street, San Francisco, is 
open Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. They have 
recently acquired 180 volumes from the City and County of San Francisco. 
The Registers of Actions regard probate and over probate number 1 to 
900,000, over the period from 1906 to 1940's. They are currently being 

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