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



Editors' Page	508
Calendar of Events	509
Legislative Notes	511
CSGA President's Message	512
Notes From All Over	513
Family History Month	516
Veterans Records	516
The Bookshelf	517
L-AGS Library News	520
Computer News	521
"Maxing Out in Salt Lake City	524
Meet the Members, Jode (BEST) LANDSITTEL	525


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

Judy and Don Person
David and Linda Curry


Co-Presidents	 Beverly Schell ALES	 510-846-5297
	 Harriet ANDERSON	 510-846-4265
1st VP and Membership Chair	 George ANDERSON	 510-846-4265
2nd VP and Program Chair	 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
Roots Tracer Editors	 Jolene and David ABRAHAMS	 510-447-9386
Library Chair	 Judy PERSON	 510-846-6972
Publicity Chair	 Felicia ZIOMEK	 510-847-9260
Livermore Cultural Arts Council Rep	 Don JOHNSON	 510-447-4746
Computer Interest Chair	 Doug MUMMA	 510-447-5164
Historian	 David LINDSEY	 510-447-6351
Publications Chair	 George ANDERSON	 510-846-4265

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 January 1 through December 31. Membership includes a 
subscription to the quarterly Roots Tracer.

Publications 	Members	Non-Members	Postage

Surname Index (1994)	$9.00	$14.00	$2.00
Livermore Cemeteries (1988)	$12.00	$17.00	$2.00
Pleasanton, Dublin Cemeteries (1990)	$8.00	$12.00	$2.00
Roots Tracer Index	$3.00	$4.50	$1.50

The above publications are available on diskette (IBM or Mac) for the 
same price as the paper copies. When purchased with a book, they are half 

Members handbook	$4.00	$6.00	$2.00
(Prices subject to change)
Send check or money order to:
	Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society
	P. O. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551



Now that summer is finished, it is time to reflect on the events of the 
past few months. Typically, summertime is one of rest and relaxation; 
clubs and societies take a break from their usual hectic schedules. But 
this summer has been far from quiet and restful. There have been many 
activities which we think are worthy of note on this page.

* Mary Lynn and Jim Horton have elected to relocate to St. George, Utah. 
Jim recently retired from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. As 
an avid genealogist, Mary Lynn has been a staunch supporter of L-AGS and 
has been in the forefront of the planning and execution of two wonderful 
genealogy seminars that have been held in conjunction with L-AGS at LDS 
facilities in Livermore. And husband Jim was in there working along side 
her at all times. Mary Lynn was responsible for establishing an LDS 
Family History Center in Livermore, always making sure it was kept up to 
date and that volunteers were available to keep the Center open at the 
appropriate times. Mary Lynn also volunteered one day a week at the 
Oakland Family History Center. Speaking for all of us, Mary Lynn and Jim, 
you will both be sorely missed by all of your friends at L-AGS, and we 
take this opportunity to wish you all the luck in the world, and, of 
course, please keep in touch!

* For the past three years your Tracer editors have been representing 
L-AGS at regional California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA) meetings. 
Last spring we were asked if we would run for the office of Secretary to 
the CSGA for the coming year. We agreed, and not surprisingly, ran 
unopposed! We attended our first meeting in August and have several 
things to report on in this issue of the Tracer.

* George Anderson, our Membership Chairman, has been hard at work this 
summer. He has revised our Members Handbook which now includes much 
updated and new material. The Handbook is given to all new members and is 
available to existing members for $4.00.

George also revised the Society's Surname Index, which has been printed 
and is available for purchase at this time.

* The Board would like to remind all members that our fiscal year begins 
on January 1. Members should begin remitting their renewals in November, 
and hopefully, all will be paid by the end of December. Dues for the 
year are $12.00 for an Individual; $18.00 for a Family (at the same 
address); $30.00 for a Benefactor; $60.00 for a Patron; $125.00 for 
Individual Life; and $185.00 for a Life membership for couples.

* Special thanks are due to the following members for their help in 
cataloging books and doing data entry at the library, and doing data 
entry for the Surname Book: Sandra Horne, Albert Bueche, Lucille Kusko, 
Regina Schaefer, Charles Michels, Bud Barlow and John Walden. Our 
Society always needs volunteers to help with special projects. Anyone 
with some spare time is welcome to call any of the Board members to find 
out where help is needed.


Doris Burnett
Enoch and Elna Haga
Lara Ulrich
James Scofield
Patricia Rochin
Dean Lee
Cathe Norman

(From various sources)

OCTOBER 8 MONTEREY CO. GEN SOC - Ancestor Roundup at St. Paul's Episcopal 
Church in Salinas, 1071 Pajaro St. 8:00 am to 4 pm. Keynote speaker, 
Loretto Dennis Szucs on Chicago and big city research. Also Karen 
Clifford, Southern States Research; Jim Conway, War of 1812; John Movius, 
German and Eastern Europe; Anne Sanford, New York Sources; and John 
Whitaker, Automated Archives. Vendor booths available, Reg: $27.50 at 
door, $25 if rec'd by Sept 26. Advance registration guarantees a syllabus 
and lunch. College credit available by contacting Karen Clifford 408-484-
9426. Send registration to Ancestor Round Up MCGS, PO Box 8144, Salinas 
CA 939128144. Contact Anne Sanford, 408-624-9131 or Rosemarie Capodicci 

battles/ encampment. (Coordinator: Roy Wells, (408-946-7228.

OCTOBER 15 SACRAMENTO GEN SOC is sponsoring a seminar with Ron Bremer 
speaking on "The World of Genealogy". Cambridge Heights School, 5555 
Fleetwood Drive, Citrus Heights, CA 95611. Write to PO Box 265 Citrus 
Heights, CA 95611

VIRGINIA GEN. SOC. Annual conference held in Richmond, VA. The conference 
is held just 6 blocks from the VA State Library and Archives. 147 
sessions being presented by 81 nationally known experts. 127 vendor 
booths. Registration $85 for 4 days. Registration packet from FGS, Attn: 
1994 Conference in Richmond, PO Box 3385, Salt Lake City, UT 84110-3385.

OCTOBER 17, CONTRA COSTA GS SEMINAR Concord Bible Church, 4975 Concord 
Blvd, Concord. Speakers: James W. Warren and Paula Stuart Warren. Contact 
Stan Roberti, PO Box 910. Concord, CA 94500

Includes "Getting the Most from Church Records", "Planning a New England 
Research Trip", "Finding the Origin of Your Irish Immigrant Ancestor", 
"Major Printed Sources for 17th Century Passenger Arrivals Lists and 
Naturalization Records", "Genealogical Connections between New England 
and California", "The Joys and Frustrations of Family Bibles and other 
Private Records", "Born in New York, but Where in New York?", "Compiling 
a Surname Genealogy", "Major Printed Sources (post 1700) for CT, MA and 
RI: a General Survey", "Locating Your Irish Ancestor: the Next Step", 
"Exploring Canadian Records", Gen Res in Ireland", "Taking a Closer Look 
at the Census", and "Urban Genealogy". Pre-conf fee $99 includes both 
luncheons, 2 day conference with out luncheons $80: Sat only $65; Write 
NEGHS Comes to Walnut Creek, Education Department, NEGHS, 99-101 Newbury 
Street, Boston, MA 02116-3087

OCTOBER 21 NATIONAL ARCHIVES 9:00-12:30 Chinese Immigration Records-$12 
in advance or $15 at the door. Contact Rose Mary Kennedy 415-876-9009.

OCTOBER 29 GEN SOC OF STANISLAUS CO will bring Marsha Hoffman Rising at 
the Modesto Center Plaza. 1000 "K" Street, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. 
Registration $20. Seminar topics will be finding Birth, Death and 
Marriage Records before Vital Statistics. Proving Identity; Finding 
Ancestors between the 1850 Census and the Colonial Period; Clues and Tips 
for Successful Research. Contact Don Wilson 209-869-3966 or Write to Gen 
Soc of Stanislaus Co. PO Box 4735, Modesto, CA 95352-4735.

Concord. Public battles and encampment. Coordinator: Laurie Rogers, 

NOVEMBER 12 SAN MATEO CO GEN SOC Seminar with Hank Z. Jones Jr., Fellow, 
American Soc of Genealogists on "Tracing the Origins of Early 18th 
Century Palatine Emigrants', "When the Sources are Wrong", and "I Don't 
Chase Dead Germans-They Chase Me" the influence of intuition and 
serendipitous events in genealogy, the author of Physic Roots. 
Registration 8:15 am; program 9:00-3:00pm, Ampex Cafeteria, 401 Broadway, 
Redwood City, CA. Reg before 7 Nov 1994 Memb $15, non-memb 18, $22 at 
door. Send to San Mateo, Gen Soc, PO Box 5083, San Mateo, CA 94402-0083. 
Deli lunch available or bring your own. Call 415-591-1797.


Sept 20-Margery Bell on "Genealogy Basics"; Oct 18-Gene Thomas on "Video 
Taping, Do It Yourself"; Nov 15-Ron Bremer; Jan 17-Heritage Quest" This 
group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month 10:00 am to 12:00 at the 
Danville Womans Club.


JANUARY 14, GEN SOC OF STANISLAUS CO will bring Helen F.M. Leary at the 
Modesto Center Plaza.

MARCH 10-11 California Genealogy Fair in San Francisco.

April ? ? Genealogy Fair, Los Angeles.

MAY 3-6 National Genealogical Society at San Diego.

JUNE 10-14, Federation of Genealogical Societies and Seattle Genealogical 
Society Conference.

July 15, National Archives, Laguna Niguel. Beginning genealogy workshop. 
Advance registration requested. Contact Rose Mary Kennedy 415-876-9009.

David Abrahams

Several states are in the process of attempting to limit genealogists' 
and historians' access to public records. These records include birth, 
death, marriage, wills and other information we find so valuable in our 

California, for example, made such an attempt with Assembly Bill AB3170. 
This bill, proposed by Assemblywoman Grace Napolitano (58th District), 
would virtually close California vital records to researchers. Death, 
marriage, divorce and annulment records would be closed for 50 years and 
birth records for 100 years. 

Had it not been for an "Alert" by the Marin County Genealogical Society 
to the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA), genealogists might 
not have known about AB3170. However, many genealogical societies heard 
the "Alert" and were able to lobby their representatives in the 
California Legislature to vote against the Bill. WARNING: Assemblywoman 
Napolitano has stated that she will reintroduce this bill in the next 

The CSGA now has a Regional Director in Sacramento who, through her 
organizational contacts, will act as a legislative "watchdog" and will 
keep the genealogy societies (via the CSGA) advised as to the status of 
legislative activities that may affect them.

We have copied, intact, a page regarding legislative information from the 
September 1994 CSGA Newsletter in this issue of the Tracer, and hope that 
it is meaningful to our readers.

* The state of South Dakota is in danger of having its State Library and 
State Archives closed by the governor due to the discontinuance of the 
state lottery, which funded these activities. We have printed an appeal 
from our friend Lynette Trainer in the Notes From All Over column 
regarding this issue. Concerned genealogists and historians should make 
their feelings known.

* Many of us have heard that the Walt Disney Co. wants to built a $650 
million American-history and entertainment park, called Disney's America, 
on 3,000 acres of land situated in the history-rich Virginia country-side 
just 35 miles west of Washington. The location is in Prince William 
County, near the town of Haymarket (pop. 483). The Manassas, Va., 
battlefield is also just 3 miles from this location.

The Virginia general assembly has approved a $163 million package of 
incentives for road, highway signs, worker training and tourism promotion 
designed to entice Disney to the area. If Disney has its way, ground-
breaking will occur in 1995 and Disney's America will open in 1998. 
Disney expects the park to attract some 5 million visitors a year and 
create some 19,000 jobs in the area.

Opposition comes from history buffs, environmentalists, and especially 
the Piedmont Environmental Council, with such luminaries as the Mellons 
and the DuPonts on the membership rolls. The Council currently has a 
fund of $400,000 to fight this project. Moreover, the National Trust for 
Historical Preservation in an open letter to Disney's chairman, Michael 
Eisner, has charged that the Virginia project might "fundamentally change 
the region surrounding the nation's capital". Appeals have also been 
made for help from the National Park Service, from Secretary of the 
Interior Bruce Babbitt and from various members of Congress.

* Historians and genealogists are urged to let their government 
officials - at all levels - know that they are aware of these upcoming 
scenarios, and to state in simple terms their feelings - whether they 
approve or disapprove.


		Fall brings new beginnings. Students and teachers return to 
school, societies plan and present new programs, and groups operate from 
new agendas with changing goals and projects. Nevertheless, we must 
continue to purposefully pursue those goals which remain before us. All 
this to remind members of the genealogical community in California, that 
as individuals we must remain on the lookout for legislation which could 
dramatically affect our resources as genealogists and historians. It is a 
good idea to plan ahead.

		If your society or group does not have a fast and efficient 
means of contact members, a plan to do so could and should be devised to 
do so for any emergency or last minute change of plans. Telephone trees 
often prove beneficial in establishing a communication network with 
members. In addition, those with E-mail and FAX numbers should exchange 
account ID's or numbers as these means of communication provide quick and 
easy contact with others.

		The agenda for the CSGA Board Meeting is filled with new 
agenda items. Up-coming issues include up-coming legislation, requests 
for proposals for publication of the Great Register Project, and the NGS 
Conference in San Diego in 1995. These new items along with other 
business will make for an interesting meeting which is open to the 
public. We hope that many of you will join us there, or at a future Board 

		The Board is still seeking one or two individuals for 
Regional Directorship in Sacramento and North San Joaquin Valley regions. 
Anyone who wishes to volunteer for the same can contact Vice President 
Sheila Benedict at 909-928-9875. Best wishes for a productive and 
educational Fall.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: As we go to press, a Bill to OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS has 
passed the Senate 38-0 and sent to the Assembly. Aug 8, 1994 Committee 
passed 9 to 6. Read second time. Amended. Re-referred to Ways and Means 

SB 95 The California Public Records Act generally provides that the 
public records of any state or local agency are open to inspection during 
office hours unless specifically exempted or the public interest would be 
better served by not making the record public. Current law provides that 
any person may request a copy of a public record from any state or local 
agency upon payment of a fee covering the cost of duplication. This 
expands "Public Records" definition to include computer-held information; 
requires public records open to public inspection/copying at ALL times 
during office hours and in ALL forms of compilation used by the 
respective agency and that copies of all computerized data must be made 
available in ANY form of information-storage media used by the agency. 
Requires public agencies to ensure that systems used to collect and hold 
public records are designed to ensure ease of public access, and provide 
a copy of all computer programs necessary to process the records if the 
agency cannot produce copies of public records in a standard format; 
requires the agency to identify the basis for nondisclosure of a record; 
reorganizes and recodifies disclosure exemptions; and allows an agency to 
adopt requirements to provide faster, more efficient or greater access to 
records than specified in the bill.
	Wendy Elliott, President


		1. Get to know your legislator at home. Work to get to know 
their views and voting records on issues.

		2. Do your homework on the issues. Know your facts before 
meetings with your legislator. Always be prepared to respond to what the 
opposing side is saying. Be honest and admit if you don't know the 
answer. Promise to get back to them with an answer and then do it!

		3. Written communications are vital. Be brief and to the 
point - if it can't be said in one page, it doesn't deserve saying. Use 
specifics instead of generalities. Always relate to how an issue affects 
you and others in your area. Constituents play a major role in a 
legislator's decision-making process.

		4. Be willing to spend one hour per week on legislative 
activities. Whether it is volunteering for a campaign, writing letters, 
meeting with your legislator, contacting other members in your area or 
making a financial contribution, there are a wide range of activities 
which will make a significant difference in how your legislature views 
you and your issue. Involvement does make a difference!

		5. Provide feedback to your legislative liaison or lobbyist. 
Let your lobbyist know where your legislator stands on an issue. 
Information sharing is a key to legislative success! The Virginia 
Genealogical Soc. Newsletter, May-June 1994 Page 5.

CSGA Newsletter, Vol. 12, No. 9 (September 1994)



The Old City Cemetery at 10th and Broadway is going through changes with 
new leaders. A request for letters has been received by CCCGS. Please 
write to: Sam Burns, Director, Convention and Visitors Dept., 1030- 
15th St, Ste 250, Sacramento, Ca 95814, Phone: 916-264-8109, Fax: 916264-

Ask to keep the Death Books in the archives in Old City Cemetery. Many 
genealogical societies use them. Also encourage keeping the cemetery 
beautiful with adequate watering. In 1870 it was a park-like setting, a 
place to picnic on Memorial Day and other holidays.



Both the South Dakota State Library and State Archives are in danger of 
having their doors closed forever by Governor Miller. The State Archives 
Librarian advised that both the State Library and Archives may be 
losing their funding in the near future if Gov. Miller has his way.

This library not only has books about South Dakota history in its 
collection, but has a large collection of books that covers other states 
as well.

Some of their collection includes:

Census records for south Dakota from 1860, 1870, 1880, 1880 Soundex, 1885 
Special State Census, 1900, 1900 Soundex, 1910. There are also the South 
Dakota State Census for 1905-1945 on file cards.

WPA Graves Registration up to 1941.

Veterans Records up to 1940.

Newspapers: Approx. 145 weekly and 112 daily newspapers filmed as well as 
hundreds of early newspapers no longer being published. Most are 
available on interlibrary loan.

Atlases: A number or county atlases have been filmed and are available on 
interlibrary loan.

BIA-Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940(microfilm), town and county histories, 
SD Biographical Sketch Volumes, SD School Census records, SD 
Naturalization records, SD Court Records, photographs, WPA case files, SD 
Penitentiary prisoner case files, SD World War II Service Records, 
Pioneer Daughters Collection, and many manuscripts.

We can't afford to lose one library, let alone a State Library and 
Archives. Even if you do not have any research in South Dakota, please 
help us save theirs! Who knows if South Dakota loses theirs, could yours 
be next? Your help is greatly needed and appreciated.

I ask each one of you to please write to:

	Gov. Walter Dale Miller
	Office of the Governor
	500 East Capital
	Pierre, S.Dak. 57510

(Submitted by Lynette Trainer)


GLAD BAGS or SAD BAGS... Time again you will see the hint to use "Glad 
Bags" for storing your genealogical papers. HOWEVER, research has shown 
that "Glad Bags" are not mylar and not acid free! They should NOT be 
used to store valuable documents and photos. Check with a reputable 
supplier of archival materials such as Light Impression or University 
Products for proper archival storage materials. (CSGA nwsltr, 12:4, p. 

VIRGINIA... The Virginia Genealogical Society has a new address: 5001 W. 
Broad Street, Suite 115, Richmond, VA 23230-3023. All correspondence, 
including requests for membership information, purchase of publications, 
etc. should be sent to this address. (NGS Newsletter 19:5, P.143)



		At nearly every turn of our lives a record of some sort has 
been created. if we saved every record created in our names, every bill, 
every receipt, every letter, every document, we would be overwhelmed by 
paper. Instead we make decisions on what to save and what can be thrown 

		Imagine the massive volume of records generated by 
governments and agencies over the history of this country. Just as you go 
through your records discarding the unnecessary and preserving the rest 
the agencies entrusted with the preservation of official records perform 
periodic house-cleaning. And just as you sometimes throw away records 
that you later wish you hadn't, those agencies sometimes throw away 
records that genealogists wish they hadn't.

		How does the National Archives make its housecleaning 
decisions? The Office of Record Management studies the record classes in 
question, assessing them for their historical value and determines the 
policy on their retention. Then as record classes are added to the Archives, they 
are assigned a date for destruction or, in the case of records with great 
historical value, they are preserved forever.

		But the retention schedule assigned to a class of documents 
is not always advantageous to genealogists. For example, the Bureau of 
Retirement Claims, as a part of Railroad Retirement Board, administers 
pensions of railroad retirees. The office generates a large quantity of 
genealogically significant data. Most applications include the claimant's 
address, race, sex, date and place of birth, father's full name, mother's 
maiden name, the entire employment history and the retirement 
compensation history, including claims made by the widow or widower, with 
accompanying proof of the marriage and death of the retiree.

		However, if you have ancestors or collaterals who were 
railroad employees, you'd better act fast to obtain copies of their 
records. indeed, you may be too late. The established retention schedule 
provides that five years after the last payment to a pensioner, his or 
her records are transferred to the Federal Records Center. That Center 
maintains the records for thirty years, after which the records are 

		The National Archives needs to hear when retention schedules 
ought to be reviewed and revised. To urge a reexamination of a retention 
schedule for any class of records write to:

Director, Office of Record Management, National Archives and Records 
Administration, Eighth and Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Washington, DC 20408.

		Those wishing to express an opinion regarding the Railroad 
Retirement Act Claim folder data should write to: Curt B. Witcher, Allen 
County Public Library, PO Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270. Mr 
Witcher, President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, will be 
discussing the issue with the National Archives and will use your letters 
to support the need for reevaluation of this specific retention schedule.

		Remember your records, your choice! The genealogical 
community must ensure that records and documents of historical and 
genealogical significance survive for researchers of tomorrow. Notify 
your local Senators and Representatives that our records are being 
destroyed. Inform them that the documents of our heritage should be 
properly preserved.

		That's three of four letters needed NOW to express your 
opinion. We must act on these issues. No one else will do it for us.

The above articles were taken from the Contra Costa Co. Genealogical 
Society Newsletter.



On June 5, 1994 L.A.G.S. members Jeanne Tanghe, Erma McCue, Fran Samans, 
Regina and Patty Schaefer, Peggy and Jack Norman, Mildred Doucette and 
your truly Isabel Nolte, with the guiding hands of Mary Lynn and Jim 
Horton, departed on Morris Airlines and arrived in Salt Lake City at 
11:05 a.m. We shuttled to the Carlton Hotel which was about three blocks 
from the Latter-Day Saints Library. Not ones to let grass grow under our 
feet, we took off for the library and began our research. The Family 
History Center was open from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. We had a few 
diehards who stayed until the bitter end. We found that on the 4th floor 
of the Joseph Smith Building we could view the 1920 Soundex census and 
have access to more computers with very little disturbance. The library 
staff and the volunteers were very generous in their assistance. 
specialist were also available if needed. Some of our group managed to 
get together for meals. However, on the way home we exchanged some of our 
findings and found that the trip was very worthwhile. Some are anxious to 
go back soon. The weather was beautiful the whole five days. The Mormons 
are very proud of their heritage and some of us managed to visit the 
Tabernacle and take a tour of the land marks left by the Mormon pioneers.



Once upon a time there were four people; their names were NOBODY, 
EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY and ANYBODY. One day there was an important task to 
do. EVERYBODY was sure that SOMEBODY would do it. The task was so simple 
that ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. EVERYBODY got angry 
because it was EVERYBODY'S job. EVERYBODY thought that SOMEBODY would do 
it, but didn't realize that NOBODY would do it. Consequently, EVERYBODY 
blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done. (anonymous)
LAGS Library News

David Abrahams

According to an article by Miriam S. Bryan in the Summer issue of FGS 
Forum, genealogical societies in four states have been successful in 
persuading their state officials to name October as "Family History 
Month". Proclamations to this effect have been signed by the governors of 
New Jersey, Connecticut, South Carolina and Nevada. 

Our own Felicia Ziomek is currently working with the cities of Dublin, 
Pleasanton and Livermore, California, to have them issue similar 
proclamations. As of this writing, both the Pleasanton and Livermore city 
councils have indicated they will issue proclamations naming October as 
"Family History Month". 

Moreover, L-AGS is going to have a genealogy display in the lobby of the 
Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Avenue, for the month of 
October. We invite all readers to stop by to see this exhibit.

Isabel Nolte

One may write to the National Archives and request NATF Form 80 to 
request veterans records. This form is only used to request the following 
types of information: 

Pension application files, based on Federal (not State) service before 
WWI. This information usually includes an official statement of the 
veteran's military service, as well as information of a personal nature. 
Pensions based on military service for the Confederate States of America 
were authorized by some Southern States but not by the Federal Government 
until 1959. 

Bounty-land warrant application files are based on Federal (not State) 
service before 1856. Documents in a bounty-land warrant application file 
are similar to those in a pension application file. In addition, these 
files usually give the veteran's age and place of residence at the time 
the application was made. 

Military service records are based on service in the UNITED STATES ARMY 
(officers who served before June 30, 1917, and enlisted men who served 
before October 31, 1912); NAVY (officers who served before 1903 and 
enlisted men who served before 1886); MARINE CORPS (officers who served 
before 1896 and enlisted men who served before 1905); and CONFEDERATE 
ARMED FORCES (officers and enlisted men, 1861 - 65). In addition to 
persons who served in regular forces raised by the Federal Government, 
volunteers fought in various wars chiefly in the Federal Government's 
interest from the Revolutionary War through the Philippine Insurrection, 
1775 - 1902. For copies of this form, write to General Reference Branch 
(NNRG-P), National Archives and Records Administration, 7th and 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20408. For photocopies of records 
relating to service in World War I or II, or subsequent service, write 
to: National Personnel Records Center (Military Records), NARA, 9700 Page 
Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132.

The Bookshelf 

The big book news this quarter is the appearance of our surname book. 
Ninety-nine members and former members submitted data for the book and 
many helped in its production. The following is the information sent to 
Heritage Quest and Genealogical Helper, along with copies of the book for 
review. The prices quoted are for non-members of L-AGS. Members get 
appreciable discounts.


Names of our Ancestors: 5861 surnames documented by members of the 
Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society, Livermore, California, with 
separate indexes for surname, locality and soundexed surname. 1994. 
Compiled by Beverly Schell Ales, George Anderson and Harriet Anderson. 
Published by the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 901, 
Livermore, California 94551. 110+vi pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, soft cover, 
self-indexed. 3.5 inch diskette (IBM or Macintosh) also available. Book 
or diskette, $16 postpaid; book + diskette, $22 postpaid.

This book consists of three parts. The first part contains 5861 
statements of the form: Surname and variants - Locality of residence - 
Inclusive dates of residence in that locality - Submitter's code. This 
list contains 2731 different surnames, 487 of which are variants. The 
submitter's code is keyed to the name, postal address, telephone number 
and E-mail address of the submitter in a table at the front of the book.

The second part of the book contains the same information sorted by 
locality. There are 5573 entries in this list, which spans all 50 states 
and 37 foreign countries.

The third part lists all of the surnames in the book, sorted by Soundex 
code. A reader searching for a name not in the book can consult this 
index to look for a match with a similar name.


DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition. 3 volumes. 1994. Published by the 
National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. 3336 pages total, 
plus xi introductory pages in each volume. 6x9 inches, hard cover, maps. 
$60. Purchased by L-AGS.

One of the most valuable set of books in any genealogical library, the 
DAR Patriot Index was updated this year and reissued in a new edition. 
The occasion for the update was the 100th anniversary of the founding of 
the DAR.

By my estimate, there are over 120,000 individuals listed in these 
volumes. Not all are soldiers or sailors - anyone who gave documented 
patriotic service during the Revolution is eligible for listing.

The preface states that both men and women are included, but Harriet and 
I had to search through many hundreds of names before we found a female. 
That is certainly not the fault of the present leadership of the DAR, who 
probably have been praying that members would nominate more heroines, but 
it is a reflection of the male view of patriotism that dominated during 
the past century.

Curiously, George Washington is not in the book, but Martha is. The 
preface does not state that a living descendant of the candidate must 
make a nomination, but if it is so, that could be the explanation - 
George had no descendants, but Martha did from her first marriage.

If you find a provable ancestor listed in this index, you can apply for 
membership in the DAR, if you are a female, or can help a female with the 
same ancestor apply. The Society will not answer questions about a 
patriot, but will sell a copy of the member's application that proves the 
patriot's eligibility. Details are in the preface to the book.


Biographical Dictionary of the Youngs (born circa 1600-1870). 1994. 
Compiled by Louise Ryder Young. Published by Heritage Books, Inc., 1540-E 
Pointer Ridge Place, Bowie, Maryland 20716. 413+xvii pages, 5x8 inches, 
soft cover, indexed. No price listed. Donated by the publisher.

The full title of this book summarizes its scope: "Biographical 
Dictionary of the Youngs (born circa 1600-1870), from Essex and Old 
Norfolk Counties, Massachusetts Bay Colony, which once contained parts of 
present-day Rockingham County, New Hampshire; A Listing of All 
Proprietors, Pioneers, Land Owners, Heads of Family, Soldiers and 
Sailors, Brides, Widows and Orphans by the Family Name of Young."

If you have the surname Young in your ancestry (as four L-AGS members do, 
according to our new Surname Book), then chances are you have a relative 
listed in this book. There are 2084 Youngs in the index, and 2932 allied 
family names. And if you think you are confused by having relatives with 
the same name, consider that in this small geographical area there were 
157 John Youngs and 69 Abigail Youngs!

Each of the 1266 main entries on the Youngs is at least one paragraph in 
length, and some of them fill many pages. Sources are not only cited, but 
many deeds and wills are quoted in full. Unfortunately, the typography is 
ugly and hard on the eyes. However, this is a book that would never be 
read for pleasure anyway, and should be judged for what the title says it 
is: a dictionary, and an unabridged, thoroughly documented one at that.


District Register Offices in England and Wales. 1992. Compiled by Andrea 
Cawley, 38 The Vale, Kirk Ella, N. Humberside, HU10 7PS, England. 
Published by East Yorkshire Family History Society. 14 pages, 5x8 inches, 
indexed. 95 pence postpaid airmail. Donated by Anne Homan.

If you have ever tried to order birth, marriage or death certificates 
from England, you know that it can be costly and slow. The cost from the 
national register office at St. Catherine's House as of two years ago was 
15 pounds, and only a partial refund is given if the search fails.

This brochure, "which was the result of an enquiry from one of our 
overseas members," describes a better way, at least for births and 
deaths: to order the documents from a district register office. You must 
know the district where the event took place, and the approximate date. 
The names of these district offices are listed by county (shire) in this 
booklet, and then the full mailing addresses are given in an alphabetical 
list. The cost for a full certificate from these offices is said to be 5 
pounds, with full refund in case of negative results.

For marriage certificates, it may still be easier to go through St. 
Catherine's House, for reasons that are explained in the brochure.

It is worth repeating the phone number, given in the Roots Tracer last 
winter, for ordering foreign currency: 1-800-424-2923. Most government 
agencies overseas require payment in their native money.


Arkansas Genealogical Society's 1992-1993 Resource Directory. 1992. 
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen and Bobbie Jones McLane. Published by the 
Arkansas Genealogical Society, PO Box 908, Hot Springs, AR 71902-0908. 69 
pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, soft cover, self indexed, map. No price listed. 
Donated to L-AGS by Judy Person.

Researchers with work to do in Arkansas are lucky to have this handsome 
guide to genealogical resources in that state. All kinds of resources are 
covered in detail, from government agencies, libraries and societies to 
books, microfilms, newspapers and maps.

The guide is organized hierarchically, starting with statewide and 
regional resources, and finally covering each of the 75 counties 
separately. Arkansas seems to be blessed with historians and archivists 
eager to publish. Even tiny Hempstead County (population 25,000, county 
seat Hope), boasts 17 books about its heritage. Maybe Bill and Hillary 
will add to that bibliography when they retire.

Telling evidence of the schizophrenia of Arkansas during the Civil War is 
the fact that there are 26 books about military records in this guide - 
14 about Confederate records and 12 about Union records. There even were 
2000 men who served in both armies!


The Rufus Parks Pedigree: Seventeen Centuries of One Family's Ancestors. 
1989. By Brian J. L. Berry, Ph.D., McKinney, Texas. Published by the 
author. 166+vi pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, soft cover, indexed. Numerous 
illustrations, charts and maps. Price not listed. Donated to L-AGS by 
Judy Person.

Above: The Circuit Rider, from The Rufus Parks Pedigree. Rufus Parks was 
a Methodist circuit rider in Illinois in the 1830s.

Dr. Berry is obviously very literate and very competent as a genealogist. 
His wife's immigrant ancestor was Robert Parke, a personal friend of John 
Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts. Robert sailed to America 
with Winthrop on the Arabella in 1630.

Dr. Berry's tale of his detective work in establishing Robert Parke as 
his wife's ancestor is readable and convincing. Yet, from then to earlier 
times, I am less persuaded. His tracing of lines in England seems quite 
problematic, as Dr. Berry himself implies. He writes, "Within this line 
are two claimed marriages that link the Prideaux family to multiple royal 
ancestries.... If the first of these claims were to be correct, it 
would lead back directly to the royal houses of Europe, Wales and 
Ireland, as diagrammed. But many genealogists argue that neither of those 
marriages has been proved."

The diagrams mentioned, and other diagrams in the book, show descents 
from Fergus Mor MacErc, a Scottish king alive in 461; Cerdic, king of 
West Saxons, alive in 495; Miledh of Esbain, 67th generation ancestor of 
Fergus MacErc; Eystein of Throndheim in Norway, alive in 710; 
Charlemagne; and the Roman Procopius Emperor, 365-366. Adorning these 
charts are dozens of coats-of-arms and illustrations of archeological 
finds from Frankish times.

This is pretty heady stuff, especially for someone from McKinney, Texas. 
There is no way that I, with no knowledge of medieval history, could 
disprove any of these pedigrees, but you will pardon me if I roll my eyes 


The Parrish Family. First printed in 1935; reprinted 1988. Compiled and 
published by Scott Lee Boyd, Santa Barbara, California, with the help of 
Genealogist Katherine Cox Gottschalk. Available from E. L. McClelland, 
6150 Marietta Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. 413 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, 
beautifully hardbound, indexed, illustrated. $30.00. Donated to L-AGS by 
E. L. McClelland.

The subtitle of this book is Including the Allied Families of Belt, Boyd, 
Cole and Malone, Clokey, Garrett, Merryman, Parsons, Price and Tipton. 
Almost 90 percent of the book is devoted to the Parrish family, and the 
remainder to these allied families.

The progenitor of the Parrishes was Edward Parrish, who was "imported" to 
Maryland in 1655. After performing his time of service, he acquired land 
rapidly. Apparently, all land parcels in Maryland had to be named, 
leading to such colorful legal names as "Parrishes Delay," "Parrishes 
Chance," "Papa's Ridge" and "Parrishes Fear."

This book is organized in the Register format, showing the influence of 
Ms. Gottschalk, the professional genealogist. It is highly structured, 
carefully documented and attractively typeset. By my count, there are 
10,600 names in the index, a very respectable number for a single-family 

LAGS Library News
by Judy Person

		Members have been working heroically to inventory all the 
books on the shelves to make a "shelf list", from which we can make a 
catalog on paper of the combined holdings of LAGS and the Pleasanton 

		George Anderson has organized crews several times to complete 
this project, including Ed Holbrook, June Duffy, Harriet and George 
Anderson, Sandra Horn, Albert Beuche, Lucille Kusko, Bev Morris, and me.

		Regina Schaefer and Charles Michels entered notes on all the 
materials in the Pamphlet file, which we'll keep available for scanning 
at the library. This may have just the information you need on military 
records or doing research in a particular state, or family info.

		The New DAR Index has arrived on the shelf, bought by LAGS, 
as has the 1790 Federal Census, bought by the Pleasanton Library League.

		The next question on my mind is - How do we afford the turbo 
drive CD Rom we need to run the increasingly affordable compact disks 
with lots of data? The Phone Disk set would be our first purchase, and 
the Library League might join in the purchase, but we need the fast CD 
Rom to run it. Any ideas?

		The 1920 Federal Census is now available at Sutro Library as 
well as at the National Archives in San Bruno, including the complete 
Soundex index/finder. Sutro's hours are easy to remember: M-F, 10-5. The 
address is 480 Winston Drive, SF, and phone is (415) 731-4477.

		While I'm at it, let me give you the directions for three of 
the ways to get there:

1. Take BART to Daly City, get a free transfer and take the 28 bus for 
only three stops, and you'll be at Stonestown. Just walk down the hill a 
short distance and you're there.

		2. Drive over the Bay Bridge and take 101 South, then the 280 
cutoff to Hwy 1 north to 19th Ave. Go to Winston (the street on the north 
side of Stonestown) and go down the hill.

		3. Drive over the Bay Bridge, take 101 South and take the 
Ocean Ave. exit to 19th (this winds around a bit). You can't turn left on 
19th, so turn right and go to where you can go south on 19th, then right 
on Winston.

		If you can't find parking, try the Stonestown lot. It's a 
short walk.

		Now the good and bad Interlibrary Loan News.

		The good news is you can request up to four items (Sutro's 
limit) at a time, but the bad news is that each request costs $2 at 
Pleasanton and Dublin libraries. I hope we all are those who have saved 
big tax bucks since Prop. 13, because we certainly have given up a lot of 
library service for it.

		Now for the National Archives at San Bruno, 1000 Commodore 
Avenue, (415) 876-9009. They have the 1920 Census, and their correct 
hours now are 8-8 Wed, 8-4 M, T, Th, F. They say take the San Mateo 
bridge, then 101 north to San Bruno Ave, then to El Camino then left on 
Sneath Lane and left on Commodore. Good Searching!

Computer News
by Doug Mumma

Agendas for Upcoming Meetings of the L-AGS Computer Interest Group

Unless otherwise announced, the meetings of the L-AGS Computer Interest 
Group will be held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the 
LDS Church, 950 Mocho Street, Livermore The following meeting agendas are 
tentatively scheduled.

Oct. 20	Software Help/Tricks/Shortcuts - We will split into small 
interest groups and everyone will share the various tricks, shortcuts, or 
other information that they have learned about their favorite genealogy 
program. The tentative interest groups will be PAF-Mac, PAF-IBM, 
Brother's Keeper, Family Tree Maker, and/or other programs as there is 
interest. This will be an interactive help session as always.

Nov. 17	INTERNET/and or Using BBS's - We will either be discussing 
the INTERNET, how you can access it with or without a modem or computer 
of your own (i.e. the public library), and what it can do to help you 
with your genealogical research, or we will have a hands-on session 
dialing into one of the local BBS systems and discover what genealogy 
data is available.

Dec. 15 No meeting scheduled.


L-AGS Computer Diskettes Are Available

Special L-AGS computer diskettes are available which contain a variety of 
information including genealogy programs, utilities, tutorials, and 
computer versions of L-AGS published information. The diskettes are 
available for a donation to L-AGS of the amount indicated. There are 
different diskettes for both the IBM and Mac users as follows:

DOS-LAGS #1 - This diskette is for IBM compatible computers and contains 
over 1.4 megabytes of information. There are two tutorials about 
genealogy, two tutorials about using PAF and recommended guidelines for 
documentation, a nice tutorial about using the INTERNET, a demonstration 
program about using CompuServe's genealogy forum, a relationship chart, a 
listing of all genealogy bulletin boards in the U.S., a listing of all 
U.S. genealogical societies, and finally, a listing/review of 144 
PAF/GEDCOM shareware programs that are available. The normal diskette 
size is 3 1/2", high density but I also have the programs available on 4, 
5 1/4" low density diskettes. Note, some programs require a color monitor. 
- IBM only [Donation of $5.00 members, $7.50 non-members]

MacLAGS #1 - This diskette is for Macintosh computers and contains four 
programs that George Anderson wrote as useful utilities for himself 
Ahnentafel v2 makes an ahnentafel chart from a PAF file with the option 
of including all, some, or no notes. Narrative v2 puts all of the data in 
a PAF file into compact narrative form. Chart v2 produces a compact 
descendants chart of fine typographic quality on a PostScript printer. 
Soundex Q instantly converts any name to Soundex code. These programs 
come with a 10 page manual. - Mac only [Donation of $5.00 members, $7.50 

L-AGS Publications on Diskette All of L-AGS books and publications are 
also available in diskette form for the same price as the hardcopy 
version. If you want both the hardcopy and diskette, the price is only 
50% more than the cost of the hardcopy version. All publications are 
ASCII text files and are available in both DOS and Mac formats

These diskettes they are available at the regular L-AGS meetings and at 
the computer interest group meetings. You may also contact either me or 
George Anderson directly.


PAF 2.3 Still Has Problems!

As some of you know, Personal Ancestral File (PAF) Release 2.3 is no 
longer being offered or distributed by the Family History Department of 
LDS. There are some known "bugs" that they are still trying to fix. From 
the rumors I see on the various bulletin boards, I would not expect to 
see Release 2.31 (as it will probably be known) until December. The 
defects, while inconvenient, do not affect data and will not affect most 
users. The Family History Department encourage users of Release 2.3 to 
continue to use the program with two exceptions:

*	Users of the Research Data Filer program should use the Release 2.2 

*	Users of the GEDCOM program who wish to submit names for LDS temple 
ordinances should use the GEDCOM option, not the Temple Names Submission 

If you have any additional concerns or need help, you can contact the PAF 
technical support line at (801)-240-2584 in Salt Lake City.


COMMSOFT Announces the Release of InterGED

COMMSOFT, the publishers of ROOTS III and ROOTS IV, have announced the 
release of a new specification for exchanging computerized genealogical 
data. I know that they have been trying to influence the LDS developers 
to expand the, yet to be released, GEDCOM specification 2.3 to include 
many new features that are important to functionality of advanced 
programs such as ROOTS IV. They have not been successful and are forging 
out on their own. I think it is a correct move and I applaud their 
efforts. It is important for new programs to be able to handle adoptions, 
illegitimate children, etc. correctly. You just can't input these events 
in PAF, a lineage-linked program, without resorting to tricks. The 
following is the COMMSOFT's news release:

Windsor, CA -- (July 22, 1994) -- COMMSOFT announced today the upcoming 
release of InterGED, a new specification for exchanging computerized 
genealogical data. InterGED is included in ROOTS IV Version 1.1, which 
will be sent to all registered users of ROOTS IV this summer.

This new specification, which allows lineage- and event-linked computer 
programs to communicate, is fundamentally compatible with current 
lineage-linked GEDCOM (Genealogical Data COMmunications) implementations. 
InterGED preserves the lineage-linked Family and event concepts to 
maintain this compatibility, although these structures are not required 
by InterGED.

Event-linked family history takes the perspective that individuals assume 
relationships to each other through events. The birth event, for example, 
links a child with her/his ancestors through his parents. A marriage 
event links two individuals through a legal and/or religious agreement. 
Many individuals can be linked to an event in addition to the principal 
role players. By linking individuals through events rather than families, 
the historian has much more freedom and flexibility when documenting 
complex relationships, especially those that do not fit traditional 
family structures. An understanding of the association of individuals 
through events can give us a much better picture of our past than 
afforded by other forms of family history.

The GEDCOM standard was developed to provide a flexible uniform format 
for exchanging computerized genealogical data. In the years since GEDCOM 
was introduced, genealogical software has evolved significantly. ROOTS IV 
is the first genealogy program designed to record family events and their 
associated roles without restriction. Modern programs such as ROOTS 
IV, provide the ability to store and process family historical 
information and associated data in ways that surpass the capabilities of 
the current lineage-linked GEDCOM standard.

InterGED was created for ROOTS IV to reliably handle event-linked family 
historical information. The InterGED specification will be released to 
the genealogy software community so that other developers can create 
InterGED-compatible software.

Note: I called Commsoft in early September and was informed that Release 
1.1 of Roots IV should be shipped around the 1st of October. I won't hold 
my breath, however, that they will meet that date. They are sending me 
the latest maintenance of Release 1.0 which will include the new InterGED 
module. My current maintenance release will not even allow me to export a 
GEDCOM file.


Need to Borrow an IBM Computer or Try Out a Genealogy Program?

I now have a spare 286 IBM clone computer that is available for anyone to 
check out, borrow and test different programs. I have it loaded with a 
variety of word processing and genealogy programs. The currently loaded 
genealogy programs are Family Roots 4, PAF 2.3, Brother's Keeper 5.2, 
Family Tree Maker for DOS, Family Scrap Book 2.02, and Genbook 3.3. The 
word processing programs include Word 5.0, Word Perfect 5.1, and PC Write 
4.0. 1 don't have any Windows programs because the 286 machine is just 
not powerful enough to support them or ROOTS IV. I will be happy to show 
you ROOTS IV or the windows programs at my house.



October	Software Help/Tricks/Shortcuts
November	INTERNET/and or BBS's
December 	No Meeting

"Maxing" Out in Salt Lake City

By Chuck Rockhold 

I recently visited Salt Lake City while on vacation and did some more 
research at the Family History Center Library. My schedule was quite 
tight; I had only three days to search all holdings for Frederick and 
Washington Counties, Maryland, looking for two surnames in the time 
period from 1750 to 1800. Previously I had done the obvious such as 
searches of the IGI, the Federal census and Sutro Library.

A long time ago I developed the habit of making note of all documents 
reviewed, thus leaving a well documented trail. With only three days 
available, the prospects of both searching and documenting seemed 

A few days before my departure, I visited the FHC in Oakland. They have 
the SLC card catalog on computer and on microfiche and I needed a 
download of all relevant holdings. The computer provided no means for 
getting a concise listing, so I turned to the microfiche and made copies.

This resulted in 25 pages for Frederick Co. and 17 pages for Washington; 
each page averaging about 10 citations; about 400 total. At 25 cents per 
page, the cost for copies was $10.50. An example of a typical page of 
listings is shown.

Before arrival at SLC, I was able to eliminate from the search all 
documents previously reviewed, those not pertinent to the time period and 
those inappropriate for other reasons. In SLC I first went through all 
books, going from the list to the shelf and checking each off as I 
proceeded. The same for micro-film. Because I had a hard copy list, it 
was only necessary to make marginal notes of findings.

The investment in copies proved to be a great time saver, allowing me to 
accomplish and document my ambitious search in just three days.

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