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



Editorial Page	586
Library News	587
Livermore Stake Family History Center	588
Computer News	589
PAF Training Class Syllabus	590
L-AGS CD-ROM Sharing Program	591
L-AGS Genealogy Bulletin Board System	592
Beginning Genealogy	593
Meet the Members
	Beverly Mae OSMAN	595
	Vicki RENZ	596

Copyright Notice: No articles may be reproduced for profit or commercial 
gain without the express written consent of the authors, the editors, or 
the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society.


Beverly Schell Ales
Anastasia Alexander
Carrie Alexander
G. E. "Robbie" Robinson
Harriet & George Anderson
Judy Person
Harry and Kip West

Addie Martz	
Doug Mumma

Bill and Lorraine Green
Frances Lloyd
Anita Orbiz
Rachel Gulliver-Dunne
Jon and Gail Bryan
Dixie E. Procopio
Maria Bagakis
Elena Belonoochkin
Roxanne Demiris
Karen Banta

	P. 0. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551

President 	David ABRAHAMS 	
lst VP and Membership Chair 	Lori CODEY 	
2nd VP and Program Chair 	Katherine BRIDGMAN 	
		and Lucille KUSK0 	
Recording Secretary 	Mildred KIRKWOOD 	
Corresponding Secretary 	David CURRY 	
Business Manager 	Harold NORRIS 	
Roots Tracer Editors 	Jolene ABRAHAMS 	
		and	Regina SCHAEFER 	
Library Chair 	Judy PERSON 	
Publicity Chair 	John WALDEN 	
Livermore Cultural Arts Council Rep 	Don JOHNSON 	
Computer Interest Group 	Doug MUMMA 	
Historian 	David LINDSEY 	
Publications Chair 	"Robbie" Robinson 	

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

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

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

Roots Tracer, P. 0. Box 901
Livermore, CA 94351

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 

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



Message from the outgoing President:

I'm sorry that I wasn't able to be with you at my last meeting as 
President. I would like to express my deepest thanks to the Board and 
all the Committee chairmen for the super job they have been doing. I am 
on the road to recovery, but it will take a while longer than I expected. 
My hope is that the new Board and Chairmen will make David's job as 
President as easy as mine has been.

		Fran Samans

Note from the Membership Chairman:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic group of 
members who have helped me with the telephone tree this year. They have 
kept everyone up to date about the meetings with their monthly calls and 
their time and effort have been greatly appreciated. If any other Club 
members have a few extra moments each month and would like to make a few 
calls, please let the next Membership Chairman (Lori Codey) know. Our 
Club is growing quickly and we will be needing more volunteers very soon. 
My sincere thanks go to: Lawrence and Bernice Allen, Katherine Bridgman, 
Alleda and De Lynn Clark, Mildred Kirkwood, Lucille Kusko, David Lindsey, 
Beverly Morris, Isabel Nolte, Regina Schaefer and John Walden.

		Erma McCue

Note from the new President:

Now that a new year is upon us and you, the members of L-AGS, have 
entrusted another group of us with the leadership of your Society, you 
should know that we are going to have fun! And all of you are going to 
help. We all do a lot of research - that's what it's all about. 
Personally, I would like to hear of your successes, both small and large. 
We're going to make time at the monthly meetings to listen to you. 
Moreover, if you are having problems with your research, this is the time 
to ask as all for help.

The 1995 Board promised to print a Members Handbook for all members. We 
hope to have it available for distribution early this Spring. 

As the co-editor of your publication, I would like to invite you to 
contribute articles. If you can get your ideas down on paper, we have a 
dedicated staff of volunteers who will be happy to help you edit your 
work for publication. Our members want to hear about your research, how 
you located material, trips you have made, etc. If you have any tips to 
contribute, we'll publish them. You don't have to write lengthy papers; 
if you think it is important, we'll publish it!

		David Abrahams

Seminar Note:

Many, many thanks to Regina Schaefer - we have a spread-sheet of the 
Surname Register from our October Seminar. This spread-sheet is ten 
pages long and should be of value to our members. We will have the 
Surname Register available at meetings for members to peruse. If you 
readers have any ideas on how to distribute this to other organizations, 
electronically, for example, please let the Board know. 

Judy Person

The L-AGS Library has added several wonderful books to the shelves 
lately. Some of them have been donated by our members. We would like to 
take this opportunity to thank those members who donated them. All of 
our books can be found in the special section of the Pleasanton Public 

Guide to the Records of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, compiled by Jack 
Eckert. Haverford College, 1989. Donated by Jim Scofield.

This is a guide to the meetings of the Friends, or Quakers, in the 
Delaware Valley from 1676 to the present. These are some of the best 
church archives available, so if you have a Quaker ancestor, check this 
to see if Haverford College and Swarthmore College have relevant records.

Microfilm Publications in the National Archives--Pacific Region. Donated 
by Jim Scofield.

	This is a guide to the records in our local branch in San Bruno, 
and up-to-date as of 1990. It has an index to itself, and would be very 
useful in planning a trip to the Archives.

Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Volume II, by Strassburger and Hinke. 
Picton Press, 1992, reprint of the original 1934 Pennsylvania German 
Society publication. Donated by Judy Person.

Our society has long owned Volumes I and III of this valuable work. This 
volume has the signatures of many of the early German immigrants (alas, 
not Melchior Hutmacher's), and completes the set. These are facsimiles 
of the signatures on ships' rosters from 1727-1775, when England's 
encouragement of these settlers ended.

Westerwald to America; some 18th Century German Immigrants, by Annette 
Kunselman Burgert and Henry Z. Jones, Jr. Picton Press, 1989. Donated 
by Judy Person.

This book gives good, complete information on many of the families who 
emigrated from the northern part of the Rhine-Palatinate to Pennsylvania 
from 1740-1753. The authors urge us to "study the neighbors, since these 
people often came in groups.

Psychic Roots, by Henry Z. Jones, Jr. Genealogical Publishing Company, 
1993. Donated by Judy Person.

Full of marvelous stories of "chance" happenings and "coincidental" finds 
that seem too good to be true, this book is more for fun than research, 
so we'll make it a circulating item. It's written by San Leandro-raised 
Hank Jones, who went into show business, in a lively style which adds to 
the solid background in genealogy. 

Where Once We Walked, by Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Amdur Sack. Avotaynu 

This gazetteer is a listing of nearly 22,000 individual communities in 
Europe and the former USSR where Jewish people lived before the 
Holocaust. Synonyms and alternate spellings of the communities are 
given, and in many cases the proximity to larger towns and cities. The 
locations are further pin-pointed by latitude and longitude. This is an 
invaluable source for anyone attempting to locate their ancestral homes 
in this part of the world, since many of the communities no longer exist.

Where Once We Walked Companion, compiled by Gary Mokotoff. Avotaynu Inc. 
Donated by David and Jolene Abrahams.

This wonderful little book is an index of all the listings in Where Once 
We Walked. Rather than being an alphabetical index, the communities are 
listed by latitude and longitude. The purpose of this is to allow one to 
locate communities and towns surrounding ancestral homes. The author 
explains how to create your own "map" using the information provided in 
this book.

Dean Lee

950 Mocho Street
Hours: Monday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Wednesday and Thursday 6:00 PM - 9:00 


A.	"Family Search": A CD-ROM program for the computer, two computers 
and two sets of CD-ROMs. These sets include the Ancestral File, the 
International Genealogical Index, the LDS Library Catalog, the Social 
Security Death Index and a listing of those people who died in the Korean 
and Vietnam Wars. 
B.	Personal Ancestral File (PAF): One computer available for your use 
(in case you have no computer at home).
C.	Microfilms: Two microfilm readers and the capability to order 
microfilms from the Salt Lake City LDS Genealogical Library.
D.	Binders:	Research Outlines - Where to look for information for 
each state/county.
		Language Helps - Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Swedish, 
Spanish, Latin, Polish, Portuguese and French.
E.	Reference books: Small selection.
F.	Microfiche cabinet: (We have four readers available.)
	1.	Family History Library Catalog: It describes the records of 
the Salt Lake City LDS Library and provides the microfilm, microfiche or 
book numbers.
	2.	LDS Membership Index 1830 - 1848.
	3.	Periodical Source Index (PERSI): The index, prepared by the 
Allen County Library Foundation, P.O. Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801, is 
a subject index to thousands of articles in genealogical periodicals and 
journals. Using PERSI can help you find articles quickly. Write to the 
above address for a copy of the article in which you are interested.
	4.	Church of Scotland Records: Christening Index (given name), 
Christening Index (surname), Marriage Index ( given name), Marriage Index 
	5.	International Genealogical Index (IGI): This is a microfiche 
index to proxy temple work done beginning in 1970, and many names done 
earlier. It includes names submitted by members of the LDS church, and 
those obtained through extraction projects. Names are listed under the 
country or state where the person was born or married. The 1988 edition 
(9,232 microfiche) was updated in the fall of 1992, with 43 million 
additional names (from 147 million to 190 million). Each fiche contains 
16,600 names.
	6.	Batch Number Index: This microfiche collection provides the 
microfilm number for the sources of information indexed in the IGI. It 
is arranged by batch numbers and up-dated semi-annually.
	7.	Parish and Vital Records List: This microfiche list 
identifies the extracted sources indexed by the IGI. It is arranged by 
locality and is updated semi-annually.
	8.	Accelerated Indexing System (AIS): Census books indexed by 
area and year. Early colonial 1600 - 1819; U.S. 1820 - 1829; U.S. 1830 - 
1839; U.S. 1840 - 1849; New England and Northern States 1850; Southern 
States 1850 - 1860; Midwestern and Western States 1850 - 1906.
	9.	Reference Collection: Many important and frequently used 
books have been reproduced on microfiche. These include instructional 
manuals, gazetteers, histories, indexes and other resource material. 
Details handout available.
	10.	Family Registry Index: This is a research exchange service 
for patrons who want to list the families that they are researching and 
contact others who are researching the same families. The index is 
updated quarterly and sent to each Family History Center.
	11.	Family Register Forms: These are the actual pedigree forms 
submitted by researchers.

Computer News
Doug Mumma

Future Meetings

January 25	L-AGS BBS System. Larry Renslow will describe how to use our 
BBS System. He will discuss reading messages and bulletins. In addition he 
will show how to download files and FidoNet mail. The use of off line 
readers will be shown and discussed. If you need help getting your modem 
hooked up and running, call either Larry or a mentor to assist 

No other meeting agendas have been established at this time, however we 
are hoping to invite a software developer to speak at a future meeting. 
If there is interest, we may invite a local computer repair and 
fabrication company to discuss the pros and cons of upgrading older 
hardware verses purchasing a new machine. I'm sure we can have a local 
Internet access provider also come and discuss what they have to offer. I 
welcome any comments, suggestions and assistance with the programming. 
Please bring your ideas to the January meeting or give me a call.

L-AGS Computer Mentor Program

In order to assist our members use their computers and software more 
efficiently and provide help when they are having problems, we have 
established a Mentor program. The dictionary defines a Mentor as a "wise 
and trusted counselor." We hope that will be true if you use one of the 
listed Mentors. The Mentors are volunteers who are willing to assist you 
in an area of their specialty when you call them on the telephone. In 
many cases, they are willing to have you come to their house or go to 
your house to provide "hands-on" support if needed. We hope you find the 
program useful and profitable. If you are unsure which mentor can best 
assist you, give me, Doug Mumma, a call and I will help find the suitable 

Mac Mentors

Name	Area of Specialty 	Telephone

George Anderson 	Mac systems / PAF / surfing the Internet 	846-4265
Chuck Rockhold 	PAF (Mac & DOS) 	455-5911
Irving Stowers 	Mac systems / Reunion 	373-9609
Harry West 	Mac systems / FORTRAN & "C" programming 	447-3597
Lara Ulrich 	Mac systems / surfing the Internet 	820-4275

DOS Mentors

Name	Area of Specialty 	Telephone

Eugene Fisher 	DOS-Windows systems / Family Tree Maker/Ancestral Quest 
Dean Lee 	DOS-Windows systems / PAF 	447-3497
Garth Ludwig 	DOS-Windows systems / PAF 	828-9308
Doug Mumma 	DOS-Windows systems / genealogy programs / communications 
Hal Norris 	Family Tree Maker (DOS or Windows) 	447-6067
Larry Renslow 	Family Tree Maker for Windows / surfing the Internet 
Jo Roby 	Word for Windows 6.0 / Word Perfect for Windows 6.1 	606-
Robbie Robinson 	CD-ROMS / genealogy programs 	895-9787
Joyce Siason 	Word for Windows 	846-6148

PAF Training Class Syllabus

By popular request, a PAF class will be taught by Garth Ludwig to 
instruct those who use the PAF genealogy program how to use it more 
effectively. The class will begin with the fundamentals of how to setup 
your computer and will continue through all aspects of using this popular 
genealogy program. The ending classes will involve the use of several 
utility shareware programs written to provide tools not available within 
in the PAF program. The class will be held on the first & third Tuesdays 
of each month, starting on January 16. The classes begin at 7 p.m. and 
will be held at the Mormon church, 950 Mocho Street in Livermore. The 
class will last about 2 hours. While the class will be taught using the 
DOS version of the program, Mac PAF users should find the class 
beneficial. The last three classes are only for DOS users because the 
programs only run under the DOS operating system. A description of each 
class follows:

Class #1     General Computer Setup.
January 16     This class will discuss DOS, Windows 3.1 and ideas for 
setting up directories and organizing the filing system of your computer. 
The method of editing the autoexec.bat file to get the computer to 
efficiently load the programs you want to use win also be discussed.

Class #2     PAF installation and Configuration Setup.
February 6     This class will discuss the directory structure for PAF and 
how to install the PAF program. The configuration menu will be reviewed 
and the choices described.

Class #3     Data Entry - Add, Modify and Delete Records.
February 20     This class will examine various ways to enter data into the 
PAF database as well as suggested methods to modify or delete records. 
Several caveats win be discussed to develop an effective database.

Class #4     PAF Utilities.
March 5     This class will discuss the PAF Utility programs including 
backing up files, temporarily changing the configuration file and 
checking your data files. The Facts and Fun menu programs will also be 

Class #5     Research Data Filer.
March 19     This class will cover the uses of the research data filer as 
a technique for organizing research notes and keeping track of progress 
towards ones objectives.

Class #6     Printing Standard Reports as well as creating Focus Reports.
April 2     This class will discuss the printing of standard reports as 
well as the focus report system in PAF. Examples of information that can 
be extracted from your data files to aid your research.

Class #7     Genealogical Information Exchange.
April 16     This class will explain GEDCOM files, Ancestral File 
Submissions, and Ancestral File Corrections.

Class #8     Hot Notes! (DOS Only)
May 7     This class will show how Hot Notes!, a shareware program written by 
Jan Unter, can run with PAF, giving you many helps and streamline many 
operations PAF doesn't handle very well.

Class #9     PAF Split, Forest, and PAF Stamp. (DOS Only)
May 21     This class will discuss these three programs written by Ann 
Turner that help you manipulate your PAF data files in ways that PAF can 

Class #10     Super Merge. (DOS Only)
June 4	This class will cover Super Merge, a program written by Floyd 
Nordin, which handles the merge function very nicely. A must program if 
you exchange data with others.

L-AGS CD-ROM Sharing Program
The L-AGS Computer Interest Group (CIG) maintains a CD-ROM loan program 
to share this fairly expensive resource between its members. The people 
listed below have offered to either "loan" their CD-ROMs for a brief 
period to other members, do "look-ups" of a particular database if you 
don't have a CD player, or allow you to use their machine at a mutually 
agreeable time. If you would like to participate in this program, please 
give me, Doug Mumma, a call at 447-5164 when you purchase a CD-ROM so its 
title can be added to the list and made available. Remember that you 
should return any CD you borrow after a brief period! If you wish to use 
a particular title, contact the CD's owner directly.

CD #	CD Title	System	Owner	Telephone
CD-2	Marriage Records Indexes-IL, IN, KY, OH & TN (1700s-1890)	DOS 
only	John Carlisle	449-8008
CD 4	Marriage Records Indexes-MD, NC & VA (Mid 1700s - 1890s)	DOS 
only	John Walden
CD 15	Everton Publishers Family File Vol 1&2 & Roots Celler Vol 1	DOS 
only	Bob Ware
CD 17	Birth Record Series #I, Records, early thru 1880, Some 1900's
	DOS only	Nancy Horne	449-6612
ditto	ditto	DOS only	John Carlisle	449-8008
CD 20	1880 Census Index (Federal & State) Ohio		DOS only	David 
Curry	447-7589
ditto	ditto	DOS only	Doug Mumma	447-5164
CD 42	1850 U.S. Census NY	DOS only	Larry Renslow	846-1947
CD 100	Automated Linked Family Pedigrees #1 (800,000 names)	DOS 
only	Eugene Fisher	447-8079
ditto	ditto	DOS only	John Carlisle	449-8008
CD 101	Automated Linked Family Pedigrees #2 (700,000 names)	DOS 
only	John Carlisle	449-8008
CD 102	Automated Linked Family Pedigrees #3 (750,000 names)	DOS 
only	Eugene Fisher	447-8079
ditto	ditto	DOS only	John Carlisle	449-8008
CD 108	Gentech 95 Pedigrees (new)	DOS only	Nancy Horne	449-
CD 110	Social Security Death benefit records through December 1993
	DOS only	Eugene Fisher	447-8079
ditto	ditto	DOS only	Nancy Home	449-6612
DOS only	Bob Ware	447-1386
ditto	ditto	DOS only	Doug Mumma	447-5164
CD 136	Colonial America Pre 1790 Index		DOS only	Bob 
Ware	447-1396
CD 137	1790 U.S. Census Index		DOS only	Doug Mumma	447-
CD 146	Military Volunteers Records Inductions & Separations - 1784-
1811	DOS only		John Carlisle	449-8008
CD 151	1791-1808 U.S. Census Indexes Mid Atlantic, Great Lakes, & 
South	DOS only		Doug Mumma	447-5164
CD 164	Mortality Records: 1850 - 1880	DOS only	John 
Carlisle	449-8008
CD 227	Marriage Records Indexes-AR, CA, IA, LA, NM, MO, NO, West & 
TX (1710-1850)	DOS only	John Carlisle	449-8008
CD 229	Marriage Records Indexes-KY, NC, TN, VA, & WV (1710 - 1850)
	DOS only		John Carlisle	449-8008
	1994 SelectPhone-Collection of listed U.S. telephone numbers.
	Mac & DOS	David Abrahams	447-9386
	ditto	Mac & DOS	George Anderson	846-4265
	1995 Select Phone ditto	Mac & DOS	Doug Mumma	447-5164
	Street Atlas USA - Detailed, street-level maps of the USA.	DOS 
only	Doug Mumma	447-5164
	ditto	Mac only	David Abrahams	447-9386

	ditto	Mac only	George Anderson	946-4265

L-AGS Genealogy Bulletin Board System (BBS)

The purpose of L-AGS BBS is to provide L-AGS members with a place where 
they can connect to the National FidoNet Genealogy echo, download 
computer programs, look up information about L-AGS, including meeting 
dates, class schedules, resources available and post messages between 
members. The basic settings that you will need to reach the BBS are 
listed below. Please call Larry Renslow, the Sysop, at 846-1947 for help 
or comments.

Telephone Number L-AGS BBS modem 846-8190 (Pleasanton) 24 hours a day.

Communications Software settings - You will need to set some of the 
parameters in your communications software program to reach the BBS. 
Communication software is the computer program that causes your modem to 
dial another computer and make a connection. The suggested software 
settings are as follows:

1) Terminal emulation: ANSI 1st choice, IBM PC 2nd choice, or VT 100 if 
the first 2 choices are not available. If this setting is not correct, 
you will either see a bunch of weird characters scrolling across your 
screen or it won't be in color.

2) Data Bits:	8
3) Parity:	None
4) Stop Bits:	1
5) Local Echo: 	off

6) Baud Rate: Set this to the highest setting it allows, i.e. 57,000 Even 
though your modern may only be a 9600 or 14,400 baud, your modem and the 
BBS will talk to each other and adjust to the highest speed that they can 
both operate

7) Flow control: Xon/Xoff

8) File transfer protocol: - Zmodem 1st choice for highest speed and 
ability to resume after a partial download. Use Xmodem if Zmodem is not 
an option in your communication software.

Logging On - After you have configured the communications software, push 
the appropriate key to dial the BBS number. When the connection is made, 
your screen will usually blank and the following words appear:

	FrontDoor	2.12.SW; Shareware; Unregistered evaluation copy

	Press  twice for RA

When you see this message, hit your ESC key twice. This tells the BBS 
that you are not the special FidoNet mail program calling. The BBS 
software will now load and you will be asked to type in your first and 
last name. The BBS will check your name against the registered users 
list. If you have never logged on before, the program will begin asking 
you some questions in order to identify who you are for security 
purposes. You will finally be asked to create a password for security 
reasons so think up an easy name or number combination that you can 
remember. You will be asked to type the password twice to make sure you 
entered it correctly. Now you will be presented with a few informational 
screens. Just follow the prompts until you reach what is called the "Main 
Menu." From here, you can explore or just log off the system. If you need 
help, there are some help Bulletins so go to the Bulletins area and read 
or download the information. Remember, this BBS is for your fun and 
pleasure so notify Larry of problems or things that would be helpful for 
you. To log off the BBS, disconnect by pressing the "G" key which stands 
for Good-bye. After the Sysop (Larry Renslow) verifies your name and 
membership in L-AGS, your security level will be raised. Then you will be 
able to access special L-AGS files and bulletins, such as the L-AGS 
confidential membership list. This change in security level may take a 
day or two before it occurs.

by Mrs. Jolene Abrahams

"Genealogy begins as an interest, becomes a hobby,
continues as a avocation, takes over as an obsession,
and in its last stage, is an incurable disease."
								Author unknown

FIRST:	Genealogy Societies. Many people start their genealogy and 
family history by looking through family albums and documents, etc. 
While you have been gathering your genealogy/family history I hope you 
took some time to join a local genealogy society. In this group you have 
at your finger tips a world of information that sometimes books forget 
to print. You learn from members and you get to share your findings. A 
society will generally publish a newsletter or quarterly which will 
include additional research information. They will also teach you what 
research aids (pedigree charts, family group records, etc.) to use and 
how to use them.

SECOND:	Start by gathering information about yourself and your family 
- spouse, children, parents, etc. As you write the names, be sure to 
include birth dates/places, baptism date/place, marriage date/place and 
any death date/place with burial date/place. If you have certificates to 
prove these events, make copies and store the originals in a safe place. 
By gathering these documents as you go, it will save you time later when 
someone ask you for "proof".

THIRD:	Another form of gathering information, and have a nice visit 
with older family members, is by interview. Using a tape recorder or a 
video camera is the best method to record an interview. Be sure to ask 
your subject first if it is okay to record the visit. Make notes in 
advance about the questions you want to ask. Be familiar with the 
family and/or members whom you are asking about. Don't rely on your 
memory. Start with the older living relatives first. When interviewing 
don't forget to ask about documents, photographs or newspaper articles 
etc. Be sure to take along extra batteries and tapes.

FOURTH:	Documentation. As you find each document remember to 
carefully cite the source of your information. Make photocopies of all 
originals, if possible. Make a note on the back of each photocopy or on 
a separate piece of paper attached to the copy stating when and where you 
saw or copied the item and where the original item is now or who has it. 

FIFTH:	Photographs. When you have old photographs in your 
possession have negatives made right away. In some genealogy societies 
one or two members usually will do this for members. After this is done 
store the old photos in a safe place. Now with the negatives you can 
have any size or quantity printed. If you plan to take photographs with 
you while visiting family you may want to consider only taking copies. 
But never take the originals with you. Be sure to identify the people, 
place, and event, if any, in your photos. You should use non-smearing 
waterproof ink.

SIXTH:	Libraries and archives. Start with your local library. Even 
the smallest library generally has a genealogy section. The largest 
public genealogical library is located in the Allen County Public Library 
in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In our local area we are fortunate to have the 
Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton Libraries. All have a genealogy 
section. The Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society has their holdings in 
the Pleasanton Library. A branch of the National Archives is located in 
San Bruno, about an hour's drive from Livermore. In the Archives you 
will find such records as Federal population censuses for all states, 
1790 - 1920; military service records; pension and bounty land warrant 
applications and much more.

SEVENTH:	Family History Centers. The Mormon Church has the largest 
genealogical library in the world. But before you buy your plane ticket 
to Salt Lake City to do research at this vast library, start closer to 
home. There are what I call three levels of Family History Centers 
(FHCs). I always recommend you learn the ins and outs at our two local 
FHCs. One is located in the Mormon Church at 950 Mocho Street in 
Livermore; the other one is at the Mormon Church at Valley and Paseo 
Santa Cruz in Pleasanton (see The Livermore Roots Tracer, Spring 1995 for 
current hours). They have computers, microfilm readers and microfiche 
readers. The next level would be the Oakland FHC. It is bigger and 
includes many books. The address of this FHC is 4766 Lincoln Ave., just 
off the Warren Freeway. After you exhaust the holdings there then you 
are ready for Salt Lake City, Utah.

EIGHT:	Genealogy Conferences and Seminars. The dates and places for 
these events are usually in a society's newsletter or quarterly and 
sometimes local newspapers. These offer a variety of classes or 
workshops taught by people who have spent hours and years researching 
their subject. Also at the seminars are vendors with their "wares". 
These can include the newest computer programs and CD-ROMs for the 
genealogist. Always lots of books and supplies. The list goes on and 
on. Right here in the Bay Area we have a great Family History Fair 
sponsored by the California Genealogical Society. Look for the date and 
place in your genealogy society's newsletter or quarterly.

NINTH:	Study Groups. Last but not least, if your society has a 
study group try to go to its meetings. While you can get information 
from a speaker at your regular meetings or go to the libraries to study 
their holdings, there is a closeness of learning in a study group. Many 
years of experience are wrapped up in all those members who participate.

TENTH:	Now that you have gathered your precious family history you 
will want it to live forever. Don't let the dust, light and improper 
storage eat away at all this and destroy it. Invest in archival 
materials such as albums, acid-free materials, polypropylene pages for 
your photos and special archival quality boxes to store other items.

	While there are many more subjects, ideas and places to do research 
that I can list, none of that will help if you don't get out and 
implement all I have given you above. By far you will have many 
successes. But don't be discouraged if while you climb your family tree 
you should slide back now and then. If you need a boost I am only a 
phone call away ---- Jolene, 447-9386. 

	"I think that I shall never see
			A complete genealogy"
				Author unknown

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