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



Editors' Notes	544
Local FHC Hours	545
Calendar of Events	545
Izzy or Izzn't He?	546
Family Reunion	547
This is Your Life, Elva	548
What's the Date?	549
Computer News	550
Library Notes	554
Portuguese Research	554
Book Reviews	555
Meet the Members: Lara Ulrich, Ralpha J. Myers Crouse	557


Beverly Schell Ales
Anastasia Alexander
Carrie Alexander
Terry Crane
G. E. "Robbie" Robinson
Harriett & George Anderson
Judy Person


Addie Martz
Doug Mumma

Irving Stowers
Pam Anderson Hundal
Margarete Henry
Jim Steinhaus
Robert and Carolee Smith

P. 0. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551

President 	Fran SAMANS 	510-447-0761
1st VP and Membership Chair 	Erma McCUE 	...	510-443-1512
2nd VP and Program Chair 	Katherine BRIDGMAN 	510-846-4898
Recording Secretary 	Harold NORRIS 	510-447-6067
Corresponding Secretary 	David CURRY 	510-447-7589
Business Manager 	Chuck ROCKHOLD 	510-455-5911
Roots Tracer Editors 	Jolene & 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 	Open

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 nonmembers.

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

Roots Tracer, P. 0. Box 901
Livermore, CA 94S51

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. 0. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551
Individual        $12.00
Family            $18.00
Life             $125.00
Benefactor        $30.00
Patron            $60.00
Life (Couples)   $185.00


For the past ten years, George Anderson has had the challenging and 
rewarding assignment to read and review books purchased by L-AGS for our 
library. George has also been chairman of the Library Committee and 
Publications Committee for many years. As of January, George has 
relinquished the chairmanship of both committees, and is going to spend 
more time with his own genealogy, traveling, and, of course, his 
grandchildren. On behalf of L-AGS, I would like to express to George our 
deepest thanks for all the wonderful reviews he has written, which have 
all been published in this magazine.

Judy Person, a long-time member of L-AGS, has taken over chairmanship of 
the Library Committee. She has been an active member of this committee 
for many years, and is retired from the staff of the Pleasanton Library. 
We look forward to reading Judy's book reviews and her comments on new 
acquisitions to the library.

Don't forget, our holdings are on the shelves in the Pleasanton Library.

We still need to have someone step forward to take charge of the 
Publications Committee. George Anderson would be pleased to explain the 
duties of the committee, which are not too strenuous! Please tell our 
President that you would like to help. And chairmanship can be shared by 
two or more members of our Society.

L-AGS would like to express condolences to the family of member Vern Barr 
on the sudden death of son Vernon Charles Barr Jr. Vernon passed away in 
February in Phoenix, Arizona, as a result of complications of diabetes.

The Executive Board of L-AGS has extended an Honorary Membership to 
Olivette Chin. Olivette was one of the founders of L-AGS. In 1977 
Olivette contacted the Adult Education Department of the Livermore 
Unified School District and requested that a course in genealogy be 
offered. They agreed to do so on the condition that she find an 
instructor for the course. She contacted Ed Pyle, who agreed to teach a 
one-semester course consisting of three-hour lectures on genealogy. L-
AGS was formed as a result of the interest generated by Olivette, Ed and 
some of the students.

L-AGS has come a long way since then, and the Board thanks Olivette for 
her many contributions.


Karen Reynolds, 1050 25th Ave. Moline, IL 61265-4724. Searching for 
descendants of my grandfather Christian JORGENSEN of Moline, IL: 
Pleasanton, Milpitas, Mt. Eden, San Lorenzo, Dublin, CA.


There are now two LDS Family History Centers (FHCs) in the Livermore 
Valley. One, in Livermore, has been in existence for some time. It is 
located in the LDS Church, 950 Mocho. Hours of operation are: 
		Monday - 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
		Wednesday - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
		Thursday - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

The newest FHC is located in the LDS Church at 6101 Valley Avenue in 
Pleasanton. This FHC is open:
		Tuesday through Friday - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
		Friday - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
		Saturday - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. 

It is suggested that you leave a message on the church's answering 
machine (846-0149) the day before you want to do research to make sure 
the library will be open.

Both churches are in need of volunteers to help keep the FHCs open and 
available for genealogists and historians wanting to use the computers 
and micro-fiche readers. If you would like to volunteer a few hours of 
your time on a fairly regular basis (and help your own research), you are 
urged to contact Dean Lee in Livermore, at 447-3497, or leave a message 
on the answering machine (846-0149) at the Pleasanton church.

(From various sources)

3 - 6 May:	NATL. GEN. SOC. & SAN DIEGO GEN. SOC. national conference: "A 
Place to Explore". Topics: Records and their availability; Migration 
patterns; History, what events shaped the area of your research; 
Evaluating evidence; Organizing & publishing; Hands on computer classes. 
For more info write to: NGS 1995 Conference, 4527 - 17th St. North, 
Arlington, VA 22207-2362. At the Town & Country Hotel & Convention 

13 - 15 July:	NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL GEN. SOC. will mark its 
sesquicentennial with a Major conference entitled "150 Years -- Exploring 
Our Heritage". Included in the program will be presentations by leading 
genealogists on such subjects as U.S., Irish and English research, 
Biology & Genealogy, New England Gravestones, African-American Genealogy, 
New Bedford Whaling and Portuguese Immigration, and Germans to Lunenburg, 
Nova Scotia. Write for full details to: NEHGS, 101 Newbury St., Boston, 
MA 02116.

Pre-Revolution to War of 1812. 9:00 AM - 12 Noon, 1000 Commodore Drive, 
San Bruno, CA.

Civil War to WWII. 9:00 AM - 12 Noon, 1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno, 

David Abrahams

Great Uncle ISIDORE ABRAHAMS. "Uncle Izzy" for short. He was the 
youngest brother of my grandfather Maurice, and I have been trying to 
find out where and when he was born. I knew that he was born after 1897, 
since another brother, Bernard, was born in that year. Dad said he 
thought Uncle Isidore was born in 1899. So that's where I started. I 
also knew he was born in London, but didn't know whether in the East End 
or in Croydon. I looked through the British Index to Births for Isidore 
Abrahams, born in London between 1897 and 1901. There were several with 
the same name. I narrowed my search to Whitechapel and Croydon, since I 
knew that his parents lived in both of those districts at one time or 
another. (NOTE: The Index to Births is in the Santa Monica, CA, FHC - on 

Working with Dr. Anthony Joseph, a professional genealogy researcher (and 
a medical doctor) in Birmingham, we ordered the birth certificate that 
came closest to fitting the approximate date and place. Unfortunately, 
it was not correct - right name, wrong parents! Since it was close to 
our departure for England, I went no further, thinking I might do better 
in London. However, since we spent a lot of time visiting and 
interviewing relatives, and due to time constraints, I didn't get that 
far with my research. 

During our travels, we went to Birmingham, and met Dr. Joseph and his 
wife Judy. Anthony has been helping me for better than two years by 
finding birth certificates and other related data. During our visit we 
discussed the missing Isidore. Again, I didn't come to a decision as to 
what to do. Anthony had no suggestions either.

We had the good fortune of making a second trip to London. And we had 
lunch with my Aunt Jo. Aunt Jo reminded me that when she was young, she 
told Uncle Isidore that she didn't like "Uncle Izzy" and was going to 
call him "Uncle Bob". The name stuck, and I remembered Dad also telling 
me that "Uncle Bob" was his nickname. Then I talked to one of Dad's 
cousins, who told me he thought that "Uncle Bob" had lived in Birmingham 
and was buried there! (Hadn't heard that before!)

Once home from our trip and settled in, I began corresponding with 
Anthony again. In one of my letters, I told him I was still looking for 
Isidore Abrahams, and I thought he was buried in Birmingham. Could 
Anthony do some research for me along those lines? And, by the way, his 
nickname was "Bob".

Within a very short time, I had a letter back from Anthony, discussing 
possibilities for some other aspects of my research. But he saved the 
best for last, and I quote: "When you provided me with a little more 
detail on 'Bob' Abrahams, I knew immediately who he was. I was his 
doctor for the last five years or so of his life and his step-daughter is 
well known to me and lives less than a mile from me!" Anthony has since 
provided me with the birth certificate of ISRAEL ABRAHAMS, who is in fact 
my great uncle. 

I now know that "Izzy" is not Isidore as everyone in the family thought! 
"Izzy" can be short for either Israel or Isidore! The lesson to be 
learned from all this is that one should never forget nicknames.

Mildred Kirkwood Doucette

I was in Owen County, Illinois in 1992, looking for records of my 
grandfather's grandparents at the Library. The librarian gave me a 
couple of fat manila folders and I spent an enjoyable time reading 
through them. I found a copy of a newspaper article, which said there is 
a family reunion, held the first Sunday of August since 1919, at a park 
on my great-great-grandmother's land in Oregon.

This family was on the first wagon train to bring women and children to 
the Oregon Territory in 1843. In 1993, a re-enactment of the wagon train 
was held for the 150th anniversary. I joined the wagon train and had a 
great time. At the end of the trail in Oregon City, we walked into a 
city park that had booths with food, music, etc. One booth was run by 
the Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers. I mailed an application and 
quickly received a letter that started with "A long-lost relative!" She 
told me that this family has also had reunions in Oregon for years, on 
the first Sunday in September.

In 1994, I was in Oregon at the right time and attended both family 
reunions. I turned out to be a "missing link" in both families. I 
didn't know a soul there in the beginning, but I soon got to know 

At the Matheney family reunion, they had a computer and a copying 
machine, so we exchanged photos and information all day. I had so much 
fun that I hated to see it end. I met a relative who lives about 4 
blocks from me in Livermore. I have been all over the country and to 
many libraries, as well as the National Archives and Salt Lake, and have 
what I thought was a lot of information. He has used only the Livermore 
Library and has more than I have!

At the Groshong reunion, I met 3 elderly ladies, called "The Aunts", all 
of whom are in their 80's and 90's. They are cousins to each other and 
to my grandmother, who never met them. There was one man who looks just 
like his great-grandfather, beard and all! He brought his grandson to 
the reunion and the boy was asking a lot of questions of everyone about 
the family. What a great way to carry on "genealogy fever"! The woman 
who wrote to me has become a good friend, and we spent some time together 
while I was in Oregon.

You may find information about family reunions in some unexpected places. 
If you do, go to the reunion. You may not know anyone for the first 5 
minutes, but you will soon be having a great time. You will also get 
lots of new information. In both families, I found books that had been 
written, pictures, recipes and a great feeling of belonging!


The Dollarhide Systems of Bellingham, WA, was purchased by AGLL of 
Bountiful, UT. Bill Dollarhide is now Director of Publications for AGLL. 
All telephone orders for Dollarhide products should be directed to AGLL 
at (801) 298-5446. Contra Costa Co. GS NL 11/94

George Anderson

Harriet and I traveled to Minnesota in January (we must be crazy!) for an 
unusual purpose: to help my Aunt Elva Label celebrate her 100th birthday. 
The centennial party was also a family reunion, with some interesting 
genealogical sidelights.

Elva was born Elva Black on February 4, 1895 in Clearfield, Taylor 
County, Iowa. She is now frail but in excellent mental health. She was 
married twice but had no children. Her only sister, six years younger 
than she, was my mother. They lived together as widows for many years 
until my mother died two years ago, so my mother's 49 descendants have 
been very close to her. Twenty-three of them, plus spouses - 36 in all - 
attended the reunion.

We have been the de facto historians in my mother's family, so we scoured 
our photo archives to make a "This is your life, Elva" slide show. I 
rephotographed the old photos into slides, starting with her parents' 
wedding picture, her baby pictures, photos at sweet sixteen, then others 
up to the present - 110 slides in all. The show was a hit at the 
reunion, not only to Elva, but also to the younger set, who had probably 
never thought of Elva as a young person. To the extent that this kindled 
a spark of interest in family history in the younger generation, it was 
worthwhile. Something similar should be considered for any family 

The second undertaking was to send an invitation to the centennial party 
to 134 of Elva's relatives that we have corresponded with over the years. 
Most of these are distant relatives, and most live far from Minnesota, so 
we did not expect many to attend the party, but we did ask that they send 
letters to Elva. We enclosed a computer-generated descendants' chart 
with each invitation, to show the kinship, and asked that the letter to 
Elva include news of their relatives-in-common. Only four of these 134 
live near Minneapolis, and only one of them attended the party. But at 
last count 55 letters had been received, and they were still coming in 
long after the birthday. We have copies of all the letters, many with 
good data in them.

We are happy that our collection of family lore has been put to good use 
in making Elva's momentous birthday more meaningful to her and to all in 
attendance, in recruiting younger historians, and in giving us a new 
infusion of data about our relatives.



If you find a funny looking "postage" stamp on the back of your old 
photos, the photo was probably taken sometime between September 1864 and 
August 1866. This was the only period of time that tax stamps were used 
on photos. From Decatur GS 1-91. Note: Your editor is a stamp collector 
and can help with identification of these stamps.


If the writing on an old document or letter is too faded to read, use a 
75 Watt "black light" (ultraviolet) bulb shining on the page. Writing 
will miraculously appear! From Tuolumne Co. Gen. Soc.

John Walden

The old style Julian calendar was introduced in Rome in 46 B.C. The 
Christian world waited until 325 A. D. to use it. A year was 12 months 
and 365 days. Every fourth year was a leap year of 366 days. Since this 
calendar is not quite correct, the world kept losing a little time. By 
1582 the vernal equinox was on March 11, instead of March 21 - ten days 
in error. In March of that year, Pope Gregory XIII revised the calendar 
to get it back in time with the sun. So the day after March 4, 1582, 
became March 15, 1582. To keep the calendar accurate, the Pope stated 
that any year that ends with a 00 and can be divided evenly by 400 with 
no remainder is a leap year. (Example: 1600, 2000) The years ending in 
00 that can not be divided evenly by 400 are not leap years. (Example: 
1900, 2100)

The Pope also made another change that can cause problems for 
genealogists. New Year's Day was on March 25 of each year. The last day 
of the year would be March 24, 1531, and the next day would be March 25, 
1532. Starting with 1582, New Year's Day was moved to January 1. Only 
Portugal, Spain and some sections of Italy made the change in 1582. 
Gradually over the years, other countries changed over their calendars. 
One of the last countries was Britain and it's colonies. Even so, some 
sections of some colonies had changed prior to that. In 1750 the British 
Parliament finally agreed to make a change. By this time, the difference 
had grown to 11 days. So September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, 
1752. New Year's Day was also changed from March 25 to January 1 at the 
same time.

As a result of the change, many persons in Britain thought they had been 
cheated out of 11 days of their lives and angry mobs gathered in front of 
the Houses of Parliament demanding their 11 days back.

So beware of what looks like different dates from different sources. It 
may be just the changes made in the calendar. You may have to research 
just when a particular country made the changes in dates and New Year's 

Editor's note: Just to add confusion to the above information, if you are 
doing research using Jewish year dates, you must add the number 3760 to 
the Gregorian year to determine the Jewish year. Your editor has 
available for members' use a hundred-year calendar from 1920 through 2020 
which shows all the Jewish dates and holy days as they occur in the 
Gregorian calendar.


Postal workers caution that folded self-addressed stamped envelopes could 
cause the letter to be lost or destroyed by the new postal machines. The 
automated machines that sort billions of pieces of mail do not take a 
friendly attitude toward bulging letters that do not slide comfortably 
into the machine. To assure that your letter containing an SASE (Self 
Addressed Stamped Envelope) reaches its destination, never fold the 
enclosed envelope.

Learning the different common sizes of envelopes is the easiest way to 
initiate a new habit.

#6 - common short ones - they measure six and one half inches long
#9 - these are nine inches long - fit nicely into a #10
#10 - business size - they measure nine and one half inches long	
#11 - measure eleven inches long, a #10 fits easily inside
#12 - measure twelve inches, but are heavier, extra postage possible

Computer News
by Doug Mumma

Computer Interest Group Reorganization Sign-up

The L-AGS Computer Interest Group will resume regular meetings in the 
Summer after reorganization and my five week trip in May "retracing the 
footsteps of my ancestors." A Computer Interest Group steering committee 
will be formed to set direction, formulate agendas and participate in the 
presentations. If you are interested in assisting with the direction of 
the group and helping with meetings, please call Doug Mumma at 447-5164. 
A reorganization meeting will be held in April at a mutually convenient 
time to be announced. Be proactive and call. I need your input, 
suggestions, and help from which we will all benefit. There have been 
suggestions made of having our own Web page on the Internet, starting our 
own BBS, as well as many other interesting ideas. Please participate and 
make this interest group useful and informative to you and others.

Sharing CD-ROM's

A number of members have recently obtained CD-ROMs in order to search 
census and other records at home. Some of us are willing to share them 
with other LAGS members. I will be happy to maintain a current list of 
what CD's people have and are willing to share. This way, people won't 
duplicate what others have already bought and we can collectively create 
a rather large database. Each person will need to establish their own 
lending policy, but I think a one week loan period would be reasonable. 
For this to work, everyone has to be careful of each other's property and 
return them promptly. Most of these CD's are DOS based and will not 
function on a Mac unless you can emulate a PC. Call me and let me know if 
you have any CD's to contribute to the list.

CD 	CD Title	Owner	Phone
	Master Name Index (A name index to all other CD's)	Doug 
Mumma	447-5164
CD 110	Social Security Death Benefits Records Index (to 1993) ditto
	ditto	ditto
CD 20	0hio 1880 Census Index	ditto	ditto	ditto
CD 151	Great Lakes/Md Atlantic 1791-1809 Census Index	ditto	ditto
CD 137	1790 U.S. Census Index	ditto	ditto	ditto
- 	ProPhone 1995 (Telephone #'s of the U.S. -Mac & IBM	ditto
	ditto	ditto
- 	Street Atlas USA by DeLorme IBM version	ditto	ditto	ditto
- 	Street Atlas USA by DeLorme Mac version	David Abrahams 447-
CD 4 	NM, VA, & N. Carolina Marriage Records (1624-1900) John 
Walden	443-2057

Before you buy any CD's, it is wise to consult one of the catalogs that 
list, in very specific detail, what counties of a particular state are 
covered by a census and provide other information about the CD. You may 
find that your county of interest is not included. Another technique for 
selecting which CD to buy is to use the Master Name Index to screen a 
name of interest. This CD will then tell you if the name appears on any 
other CD. These disks do have errors and are not all inclusive, but they 
do save you time at the LDS History Center where using their computers 
maybe difficult due to the heavy demand. Remember, these CD's are only 
indexes and are not the actual census. You still need to scan through the 
microfilms to view the census detail.

CD's can be purchased through a variety of catalog companies for about 
the same price, typically $20. All of the CD's have been produced by a 
single company, Automated Research, Inc. (AAI). They were recently 
purchased by Banner Blue Software, Inc., the makers of Family Tree Maker, 
but will continue as a Division. Their new name will be Automated 
Archives Division, Banner Blue Software, Inc. That is quite a mouthful so 
they will continue to be known as Automated Archives. They are also 
requesting that people send in their GEDCOM files for inclusion on new 
CD's. Granted, they will be "selling" your genealogical data, but you 
will be getting wide exposure of your information and, hopefully, others 
will contact you if there is common interest.

Also for your information, Robby Robinson, one of our L-AGS members, is 
the Bay Area Regional Distributor for Automated Archives. He has most of 
the CD's available for purchase at his home and the price is the same as 
that posted in most catalogs. Robby is a very convenient source and 
close. His telephone number is 895-9787 in San Leandro. Call him for the 
latest catalog and price list.


I recently tried out an interesting map program called AniMap. It is a 
program that can display any particular state and it's county boundaries 
as they existed since the formation of that state. You can then command 
the program to progressively show the changes to the county boundaries 
when they changed for a particular year. The program allows you to put 
several "markers" on the map that could represent towns of interest. You 
then watch as the boundaries automatically change before your eyes as 
time progresses. The full program of the entire United States contains 
over 2000 color maps with each state requiring about 40 maps to display 
the county boundary changes that have occurred since it formed.

To demonstrate the program, I picked the town of Madison, Virginia where 
my mother's ancestors settled in 1732. It was fun to watch that town 
location change from being in the county of King and Queen to 
Spotsylvania in 1720, to Orange in 1734, to Culpeper in 1748, and finally 
to Madison County in 1792. Of course I can get the same data from the 
Handybook or similar reference, but it does not have the same visual 
impact. You can print out maps for any time period, but they are very 
"busy" and not of the highest quality, even when using a laser printer. A 
color printer, however, produces visually superior maps. You can save a 
map as a bitmap file,

The program will only work on an IBM compatible computer running under 
WindowsTm with a VGA or SVGA color monitor and 2mb or more of memory.

While the program is very interesting and entertaining, I find it to be 
over priced for it's utilitarian value. The basic program, which consists 
of the United States and one region (6 regions make up the U.S.), costs 
$39.50. Additional regions cost $15.00 each. The total package of 
everything is $95.00. You can order the program from the Art Lassagne who 
owns the GOLD BUG in Alamo. His telephone number is 838-MAPS. He does 
have a demo available or you can borrow mine.

Need Computer Help? Mentors Available!

Need help with a computer hardware or software problem? Call George 
Anderson (846-4265) for Macintosh problems or Doug Mumma (447-5164) for 
IBM clone related problems. If we can't help you ourselves, we can 
probably direct you to someone who can.

Pleasanton Library's Genealogical Holdings on Computer Disk!

Through the effort of George Anderson, the genealogical holdings 
maintained at the Pleasanton Library have been download from the on-line 
catalog system. Three files were then created and placed on computer 
diskette to allow easy searching and scanning of the holdings. One file 
contains an introduction and a catalog of the holdings, the second is a 
very large file containing a bibliographic description of each holding, 
and the last file contains an index of everything. This diskette is very 
useful if you don't have a modem or want to connect to the Library and do 
an online search.

George has created a Macintosh version and I have adapted it for the DOS 
users. The DOS version has its own menu and viewer program that allow for 
easy viewing or keyword searching. In addition, an extra set of files 
were formatted for Word for Windows 6 which can be easily read by your 
favorite word processor. The cost for either the MacLibrary or DOSLibrary 
diskette is $3.50. This is the same price as the paper version, but is 
more complete. It contains the bibliographic information. Just call 
George Anderson at 846-4265 for the Mac diskette or Doug Mumma at 447-
5164 for the DOS diskette. They will also be available at the regular 

Revised Bulletin Board Telephone Numbers

There have been some telephone number changes and additions to the 
listing of bulletin boards that I passed out at the November Computer 
Users Group meeting. The changes are as follows:

Livermore Police Department BBS	371-4799
PAFinders BBS (San Jose)	(408) 246-1451 or (408) 246-8967
	(The 800 number no longer operational)
Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, IN)	(219) 424-7241

The Livermore Police Department changed their Bulletin Board number when 
they relocated to their new building in January. I still recommend using 
the Livermore Police Department BBS for practice. It is a local call and 
it has a very nice, colorful menu that easy to use and is intuitive. It 
has a file area you can use if you would like to learn how to download 

The PAFinder BBS is run by the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group. It has the 
best genealogy offering in the Bay Area with lots of helpful tutorials 
and Sysops, The only unfortunate problem with this BBS is it is a long 
distance call. To use the FIDONET effectively, you must use an Off Line 
Reader or the phone costs will eat you up. You are welcome to attend one 
of their monthly meetings where instruction is given about using the BBS. 
You must join the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group to use the BBS, but you 
do receive their monthly newsletter with is outstanding and worth the $15 
membership cost. A good value! Their 800 number became to expensive for 

Since I am planning a trip to Indiana and have been considering taking a 
detour up to Fort Wayne and seeing the Allen County Public Library, I was 
interested to obtain their modem telephone number. No password is needed. 
It is recommended that set your terminal emulation to VT100. After you 
connect, type [CTRL] R. The menu is fairly easy to use and I was able to 
rapidly browse their catalog holdings. It showed that they had several 
books with which I was not familiar and had not seen previously. It sure 
is nice to be able to browse a library from the comfort of your home. I 
make a lot of my long distance connections from between 11 pm and 8 am in 
order to take advantage of the cheaper night rates.

Internet News from George Anderson

The Internet has slithered its tentacles into the Livermore and 
Pleasanton libraries! Thanks to funding from Washington and leadership 
from the California State Library, both libraries now have Internet 
terminals open to the public. Livermore currently has one workstation and 
Pleasanton has two. I am most familiar with the Pleasanton system since I 
took part in planning it, so the following remarks are known to apply to 
Pleasanton, but not necessarily to Livermore.

At the risk of more over-hyping of the Internet, I will say, "You gotta 
try it - you'll love it!" Even if you don't have a computer or modem at 
home, and have never used one, you'll find the system easy and 
fascinating to use. Sitting at the terminal you can search the catalogs 
at the Library of Congress, or submit your genealogy "stumpers" to a 
discussion group, or find out which parish records in Norway have been 
transcribed, or search for your surnames in vast archives. The 
information on the Internet is not limited to genealogy, of course - most 
of its mundane, but you can also find the exotic, the erotic, and the 

One facility that is unfortunately lacking, at least at Pleasanton, is e-
mail. Pleasanton started out offering outgoing e-mail, but in less than a 
month, some unknown patron had committed a serious abuse of the system, 
and it had to be disabled.

A question that is frequently asked is, "Can I search the Mormon Archives 
on the Internet?" The answer is "no - not now and maybe never." Although 
the Internet resources are large, they are nowhere near the size of the 
Mormon archives, so you will still be wise to make the most of our local 
LDS Family History Centers before going to the Internet.

At least three L-AGS members - Sandy Clark in Livermore and Barbara Hill 
and I in Pleasanton are among the librarians and docents available at 
certain hours to help patrons get "wired" to the Internet. Advance sign-
ups for time on the workstations are recommended at both libraries, but 
drop-in use is allowed if the stations are not busy. Reservations should 
be made in person, not by telephone.

Free Upgrade of MacLAGS disks from George Anderson!

If you bought the Macintosh diskette, "MacLAGS" in 1994, you are eligible 
to receive a free upgrade to "MacLAGS 95." The programs "Ahnentafel v2" 
and Narrative v2" on the earlier diskette were limited to handling 1000 
or fewer individuals, and to RINs of 1000 or less. Two additional 
programs, "Ahn 250OA!' and "Narr 2500A," on the new diskette will allow 
you to handle 2500 persons and RINs up to 2500, if your computer has 
enough RAM. In addition, the programs have a bug fix for a problem which 
gave incorrect results for multiple marriages. A new manual is also 

To get your upgraded disk and manual, turn in your old disk and manual to 
me, George Anderson, at a meeting, or call me at 846-4265 to arrange a 
trade. "MacLAGS 95" is also available for a donation of $5.00 to L-AGS 
for members who are first time buyers.



Submitted by Lillian McAninch, Reference Librarian at the Oak Lawn Public 
Library is the following information about Indiana. "Once a Hoosier" 
records migrations of 19th century Hoosier ancestors, either native-born 
or temporary residents, who moved on to other states. Short biographies 
will be published in the society newsletter and in bound volumes. Order 
forms for submitting Hoosier ancestor information by sending a SASE to 
Elaine Spires Smith, 59201 Merrimac Lane, Elkhart, IN 46517. Send family 
surname exchange cards to Karen Zach RR# 7, Box 43, Crawfordsville, IN 

Patrons are able to access the Indiana State Library Computer System. 
For remote access by modem to the Indiana State Library's computer 
system, dial (317)232-3726 at 1200-9600 Baud rate or dial (317)232-3085 
at 1200 Baud rate only. Requirements are a Hayes compatible Modem, 8 
data bits and 1 stop bit, no parity, VT100 emulation, and Baud rate 1200-
9600. After connecting with the library system, press the RETURN or 
ENTER. In response to the prompt Username, type ISLOPAL and press RETURN 
or ENTER. The system will respond with a menu of options to select from. 
You will be given 30 minutes per LOG IN session. The online public 
access catalog contains most records of materials added to the state 
library's collection since 1966 and Indiana division materials since 
1978. (Indiana Genealogy Society.)


The new library at the University of CA in Berkeley opened last 
September. During the summer, students transferred 1.4 million volumes 
to the new subterranean facility. The underground repository, designed 
to be earthquake safe, spreads over 143,000 square feet on four floors, 
to a depth of 60 feet. The new stacks now hold 52 miles of books and are 
accessible from either Moffit or Doe Library. The underground rooms 
feature skylights and custom-made furniture. It is the first library to 
feature full electrical outlets, data ports, and task lights. There are 
450 study tables and carrels which accommodate modems, lap-top computers, 
and hook-ups with library databases. (East Bay GS NL The Live Oak, V XIV 
#4, Nov/Dec "94, p6)

Judy Person

We have been searching for a book on how to do Portuguese genealogy, and 
finding nothing, I called the American - Portuguese Genealogical and 
Historical Society (APGHS) in Massachusetts. Mrs. Cecelia Rose of 
Taunton graciously provided us with some information. There is no book 
on doing Portuguese genealogy in general, and the books they have to sell 
are rather specialized. For the list, if you are interest, see their 
newsletter, The Bulletin Board, at the Pleasanton Library in our 
newsletter box. They do maintain a library within the Taunton Public 
Library, and Mrs. Rose had some firm advice: Find our which island in 
the Azores your ancestors came from. This is most important, then the 
APGHS will tell you which archives to search. And of course, she 
recommends doing all possible work on this side of the Atlantic first. 
This society sounds like a good resource for those of us with Portuguese 
heritage. APGHS, Inc., P.O. Box 644, Taunton, MA 02780.

Judy Person

The following books recently purchased by L-AGS have arrived, been 
processed, and are now on the shelves in the Genealogy Section of the 
Pleasanton Library. 

SCOTTISH FAMILY HISTORY by Margaret Stuart. Genealogical Publishing Co. 
Originally published in 1930, this book begins with 75 pages on how to 
write a family history, then continues for 300 pages on individual 
families by name, listing all the works and pages where information may 
be found, such as The Scots Peerage, Caithness Family History, Ancient 
Scottish Surnames, etc.

Mayflower Descendants, 1990.
Volume 4 family: Edward Fuller
Volume 5 families: Edward Winslow and John Billington
Volume 6 family: Stephen Hopkins
Volume 7 family: Peter Brown

These are in addition to the first three volumes which L-AGS owns:
Volume 1 families: Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller and William White
Volume 2 families: James Chilton, Richard More and Thomas Rogers
Volume 3 family: George Soule.

These volumes are the ambitious project of the Mayflower Society; they 
intend to publish, from original sources, the descendants of all the 
Mayflower pilgrims. If you have family stories about being Mayflower 
descendants, there are still a lot of volumes to go, but the research is 

Farmer. 1829, reprinted 1994. Genealogical Publishing Co. There is a 
two page list of towns settled before 1692, then an alphabetical list of 
those "who have been known and distinguished in the annals of New 
England". As is usual, these tend to be somewhat prominent men, mostly 
magistrates, ministers, court people, Harvard graduates, Freemen and non-
Freemen and emigrants, from 1620 to 1692.

PENNSYLVANIA MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1790. Genealogical Publishing Co. 1890, 
reprinted 1994. The Pennsylvania Colony's charter provided for a 
registry of marriages, births and deaths, though this includes mostly 
records from the 1740s to the 1770s. This began as a part of the 
wonderful 170+ volume Pennsylvania Archives which some of us have seen in 
large genealogy libraries. It does not have an index which includes the 
short added lists, but is arranged alphabetically.

published in 1957 and 1961, reprinted in 1994. Genealogical Publishing 
Co. These volumes are taken from the public records and some from 
descendants' research. The body is an alphabetical list of families of 
the area, including the Boones of Greenup County. This covers about mid-
1700s through 1800s. The Pioneer Families are census-type lists of 
household heads, marriage lists and Civil War soldier lists. Again, we 
wish for a single index, but this is very much worth the effort if you 
have early Kentucky folks. Are any of us Boone descendants?

Johnstone. Reprint, 2d edition, from Heritage Books. Donated by 
Kathleen Elm. An 1889 reprint covering Scottish and English family 
history, beginning with Norman settlers. Many good Scottish names 

Helen M. Murphy and James R. Reilly, C.G.R.S. 1993, Heritage Books. 
Donated by Kathleen Elm. Dealing with the southern part of County Mayo, 
the northern area of County Galway, and two civil parishes along the 
western border of County Roscommon, this covers almost 4,000 records from 
the pre-1880 Irish Roman Catholic parish registers. Many records were 
forbidden by the English in 1709 in their efforts to eradicate the Roman 
Catholic faith, but many of these records were of brides and grooms whose 
children were the adults of the Great Famine period. This book has 
indexes by bride, by groom, and by parish, from Sligo to Galway.

CEMETERIES OF THE UNITED STATES by Deborah Burek. This new reference 
volume has been added at the Pleasanton Library, and is numbered R929.5, 
a genealogy number. It includes many cemeteries, but mostly ones now in 
operation. There is contact information for many genealogy and 
historical organizations and libraries and citations to publications. It 
includes major military cemeteries in the United States and eleven 
foreign countries. Alas, there are some errors and problems with a new 
work that is three inches thick. For instance, the Napa and Forestville 
cemeteries are listed in Alameda County! Nevertheless, this will point 
many of us in the right direction. I hope that's not a pun!

GERMANY: RESEARCH OUTLINE, from the Salt Lake City Family History 
Library. You may have noticed the rave review of this book in Heritage 
Quest by Horst Reschke, who answers questions on German ancestry. I can 
only second the review. If you're doing German research, go for one of 
the three of these we're adding to the library. There's good general 
info, then specifics on how to do your work effectively on Germany. 
Whenever there are resources in the FHL, that's noted, too, with clear 
instructions on how to find them. These will be in folders in the 
hanging files. I'll mark them Circulating (can be checked out), since 
you may wish to study them carefully.

YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH HISTORY, from the National Genealogical Society, 
donated by Jeanne Tanghe. For those who are concerned about the medical 
benefits of being a family health historian, here are five articles to 
increase your capabilities. R929.1072.

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, A.D. 1776. This is a small print, 
inexpensive version of a major work, originally published in 1887 by 
Munsell's, and suggested several years ago by a genealogy library 
consultant, bought this way because we couldn't find it anywhere in 
hardcover. Each volume deals with a different locality, with Volume One 
about Albany, NY and Volume Two on Columbia County, NY.


The National Genealogical Society, with the support of the Federation of 
Genealogical Societies, advises you to be on the alert when considering 
the purchase of products based solely on surnames.

* Coats of Arms

Several companies sell coats of arms or "ancestral arms" for thousands of 
surnames. Some employ artists to design original coats of arms; others 
adapt coats of arms found in books. Coats of arms purchased in shopping 
malls or by mail order are most likely not related in any way to the 
purchaser's ancestry. Rules on the use of authentic coats of arms 
differ. You may rightfully use British coats of arms only if you can 
trace your ancestry through the male line directly to the man who was 
first granted that coat of arms. Excerpted from the NGS Ethics Committee 

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