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



From the President	610
Calendar of Selected Events	611
Reference Material at Mocho Street FHC	612
CD Corner	613
Telnet Access to Library Catalogs	613
Under the Genealogy Tree With Jolene	614
Social Security Facts and Myths	616
Meet the Members
	Wayne Russell BARNES	618
	Gerald "Gary" BRADLEY	619
	Martha (Hoopaugh GARCEAU	620
	Michele "Lynn" TORREZ	622

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


Because of recent changes in U.S. Post Office regulations, in order to 
expedite mailings and keep the cost down, we MUST have your full nine-
digit Zip Code. For example, it should look something like: 94550-5805. 
Please write or call Lori Codey with this information.

4:00 PM.

We are going to have a garden party/social at the home of Lori Codey, see 
address above. The party will be a pot-luck. Please bring a dish to 
feed 8 - 10 people, along with your own place setting (plate and 
silverware) and your spouse or "significant other". Soft drinks will be 
provided. The Codey's have a pool, so bring a swim suit and towel! 
There will be no planned program, but all are invited to talk about their 
recent trips and results of research - as well as anything else.

HELP WANTED: L-AGS has display cases reserved in three different 
libraries in September, October and November for displays of Genealogical 
interest. If you have any books, pictures, artifacts, etc. that you 
think would be interesting to place in a locked case to help promote 
National Genealogy Month and our annual Seminar, please call John Walden 
at 443-2057. John also needs the help of those of you who have artistic 
abilities and would like to help arrange materials in any of the display 

	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 	Leo VONGOTTFRIED	
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


On behalf of the entire membership of the Livermore-Amador Genealogical 
Society, I want to take this opportunity to thank Lori Codey for the 
magnificent job she did on creating and assembling our new Member's 
Handbook. We have shown the Handbook at other meetings, and it has been 
met with OOOOHHHs and AAAAHHHHHs. The Handbook will be updated 
periodically, either with material mailed to members or included in the 
Roots Tracer.

Congratulations are also in order to Shirley Terry. Her family 
newsletter, Branching Out - Damkroger-Siems.. of Gage County, NE, has 
received another award. She recently received an honorable mention from 
the 1995 National Genealogical Society contest.

Shirley also informed us that she has recently received a listing of 
authors of diaries and letters in the possession of the Overland Trails 
Association. It is not a complete index and does not include names 
mentioned in those documents. She can provide anyone with the form 
needed to request a copy of one of those documents.

Our thanks, too, to Felicia Ziomek, who recently donated a microfiche 
reader to L-AGS. Felicia purchased the reader at a garage sale! L-AGS 
now has two microfiche readers, which are available for our members to 
use at their convenience. Both are at the home of your president; a 
phone call is all it takes to make arrangements to borrow one.


Be aware of Numa Corp. - AKA Halbert's. Numa pays the so-called "Family 
Director" two percent commission on books sold through mailings directed 
to people with the same surname. However, there was no relative's 
signature affixed to the book pitch received by the San Fernando Valley 
Child Guidance Clinic. The letter, addressed to Fernando V. San, tried 
to sell the clinic a book on the SAN family in the U.S. From The 
Genealogist, Jan 1996, Vol. XVI, #1, pg 7.


Don't forget to call or write to your local PBS station to request that 
they show Ancestors this fall.
KQED, 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110-1400, phone 415-553-
KTEH, 100 Skyport Drive, San Jose, CA 95110, phone 408-437-5454.
From SRVGS News, Vol. XII No. 2, July/August 1996


Regarding witnesses to land records, it is true that occasionally the 
first witness is a member of the husband's family and the second witness 
is a member of the wife's family, there is no criterion or standard 
practice where this is the case. The frequency of its occurrence is 
sporadic at best. If it does occur, it is much more likely to be 
coincidental than planned. Paraphrased from a note by Wendy Elliott in 
the CSGA Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 7, July 1996.

(From various sources)

July 9 Livermore-Amador Gen. Soc. meeting, 7:30 p.m. Congregation Beth 
Emek, corner of College Ave. & South "M" St., Livermore. (510-447-9386)

July 16 San Ramon Gen. Soc. general meeting entitled "Among Ourselves", 
members share expertise. 10:00 a.m. Danville Women's Club House 242 W. 
Linda Mesa Ave., Danville, CA

Aug 10 Livermore-Amador Gen. Soc. meeting has been changed from Aug 13. 
For info call 510-447-9386

Sept 10 Livermore-Amador Gen. Soc. meeting, 7:30 p.m. Congregation Beth 
Emek, corner of College Ave. & South "M" St., Livermore. (510-447-9386)

Sept 19 L-AGS Study Group, 7:30 p.m., LDS Church, 950 Mocho St., 
Livermore. Beginning genealogy. More info call Jolene Abrahams, 447-

Sept 21 Livermore-Amador Gen. Soc. Annual Seminar. A one day program 
featuring many of the best genealogy instructors in the Bay Area. LDS 
Church, 950 Mocho, Livermore, CA. For info call Jolene Abrahams, 510-

Sept 26 L-AGS Computer Interest Group, 7:00 p.m., LDS Church, 950 
Mocho, Livermore, CA. For info call Doug Mumma, 447-5164.

Sept 28 Contra Costa Gen. Soc., at 9:00 a.m., will present Sheila 
Benedict, speaking on four different subjects. Vendors available. 
Contact Susan Swindell, 510-372-6996.

Oct 8 Livermore-Amador Gen. Soc. meeting, 7:30 p.m. Congregation Beth 
Emek, corner of College Ave & South "M" Street, Livermore. Call 510-447-

Oct 12 Concord Family History Center, all day seminar. Karen Clifford, 
keynote speaker. Midwestern and southern states research. Classes for 
beginning to intermediate genealogist. Call Jackie Hein, 510-827-4729.

Oct. 17 L-AGS Study Group, 7:30 p.m., LDS Church, 950 Mocho St., 
Livermore. Census records & Social Security records. More info call 
Jolene Abrahams, 447-9386.

Oct 24 L-AGS Computer Interest Group, 7:00 p.m., LDS Church, 950 Mocho, 
Livermore, CA. For info call Doug Mumma, 447-5164.

Welcome to New Members

Mary Maenchen	Jane E. Southwick	J'Nell Thompson	Lynn Torrez
Donald L. Bradfield	Jim Branden	Wes Nelson	Jan Tyler


James Alan HORTON, husband of Mary Lynne, died Monday, June 24, 1996 in 
St. George, UT. He was 60. Born Jan 1, 1936, in Spokane WA., Jim worked 
at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 13 years. He and Mary 
Lynne moved to St. George upon his retirement from the lab in 1994. Jim 
and Mary Lynne were long-time members of L-AGS.

Jim Scofield

The major research aids at the Livermore LDS Family History Center (FHC) 
at 950 Mocho Street, Livermore, are the International Genealogical Index, 
the Ancestral File on computer, the index to the United States Census 
through 1850, the Social Security Death Index, the LDS Family History 
Catalog, the Index to the Periodicals, and the Scottish Church records. 
There is an extensive set of additional reference material, the bulk of 
which is on microfiches. The present collection has many research aids 
and some indexes, genealogies, and date collections.

This collection has many gazetteers and postal guides for the United 
States, Canada, European countries and U.S. states. There are 
inventories of vital records, church records, public records, and library 
holdings of many U.S. states and some European regions. Also included 
are indexes to British streets for census years, early U.S. probate 
records, war pension records, and land records. There are collected 
genealogies for early families of regions and collections of submitted 

Some of the recognized items are the California Death index for 1905-
1959, the Rhode Island vital records, Massachusetts marriage records by 
Bailey, Henshaw's collection of Quaker records, Kirkham's guide for 
searching larger cities, Savage's New England genealogy, and the U.S. 
township atlas.

There is an index to the collection. Patrons of the library can 
participate in adding to the collection. All microfiches ordered are on 
permanent loan and microfilms can also be requested to be on permanent 


Additional good news is that a microfilm reader/printer has been ordered. 
Delivery is expected within the next two to three months. A 16mm lens is 
available for use on the current microfilm reader, which will enable 
users to read 16mm microfilms at a greater magnification.

One of the computers has had another 2 megabytes of memory installed.

The FHC recently acquired a telephone directory on CD-ROM. An updated 
version of the Ancestral File will be released in late 1996.


Do you know why Sutro Library has the rule that books are to be refiled 
only by staff? It's not just to guarantee that books can be found where 
they are supposed to be. Because Sutro is a state institution, it is 
judged by numbers; how many persons use the facilities (don't forget to 
sign in), how many books are used (DON'T RESHELVE). You no longer have 
to feel guilty about taking stacks of books to your table. You're 
helping the cause. From Thelma Kester, Education, Napa Valley Gen. & 
Biographical Society, Wine Press Newsletter, Vol. 22, #3, March 1996

Robbie Robinson

After a long wait by many of us, the New England Historical and 
Genealogical Register, Vols. 1 through 148 has arrived. It is a set of 
nine CDs with volumes 1-148 on the first eight CDs and a condensed index 
on CD 9. They have "imaged" each page so retrieval is slower than you 
are probably used to seeing, but the end result is well worth it. Each 
of the almost sixty-thousand pages contains the image of the original 
text (including illustrations). In addition to the condensed index on CD 
9, there is an index on each CD as well. When you print out a page, on 
the bottom of each is a notation of which volume, the month and year of 
that page.

Unfortunately, for you MAC users, this is a Windows program. They 
recommend that you have Windows 3.1 running in an enhanced mode, a 486 or 
higher IBM PC or compatible, 8 MB of Ram, a VGA monitor running in at 
least 16 colors and a Microsoft-compatible mouse. You will need at least 
9 MB of free hard disk space and a CD-ROM drive.

If you have ancestors in New England states, this CD set is a must. It 
is expensive, costing $295 for the set, comes in a very nice storage 
case, and believe me when I say that it is well worth the money.

GenRef has put out their Social Security Death Master File. It is 
current through December 1995 and can be used on either MAC or PC Windows 
machines. This two CD set contains nearly 52 million records and 
contains name, date of birth, date of death, social security number, 
state or country of residence, ZIP code of the last residence and the ZIP 
code where the survivors payment was sent. If you wish to obtain 
additional information from Social Security, the program generates a 
letter requesting a copy of the deceased individual's application for a 
social security card. This set only costs $40 and is very user friendly.

I've heard that the Genealogical Publishing Company is about to release 
some of their books on CDs. Several more "data" suppliers are currently 
involved with putting their information on CDs, more on this next month.

Jim Scofield

The catalogs of many public and university libraries are available 
through the Internet, usually by communicating with the library's 
computer via Telnet. For those with Web browsers, the St. Joseph public 
library at [] can provide Internet addresses for 
public libraries.

A catalog which includes the nine campuses of the University of 
California and the California State Library which includes the Sutro 
library can be accessed at: telnet:// The first three 
commands are first to give 'vt100' as the terminal type, second a 
carriage return, and third 'cat' as the item to search. Online help is 
available. The basic commands are 'find' and 'display'. A typical search 
on title words might read: ftw census index 1870.

The catalog to the Allen County Public Library is at: 
telnet:// Use the login name given. The catalog has an 
easy to use menu driven format.

The Library of Congress catalog is at telnet:// The 
catalog does give useful information on the books, it is however somewhat 
cumbersome to use.


Selected Acronyms and Terms

L-AGS: Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society.

FGS: Federation of Genealogical Societies is a national-level 
organization that provides information to its member societies and 
libraries on society management and genealogical events crucial to the 
field of genealogy. L-AGS is a member of this organization; their 
publications may be found in the genealogy section of the Pleasanton 

NGS: National Genealogical Society is a national society. They maintain a 
library that allows members to borrow books by mail, and they publish a 
newsletter and a quarterly. NGS also has a Computer Interest Group (CIG), 
which maintains a Bulletin Board for computer genealogists. L-AGS is a 
member of this organization; their publications may be found in the 
genealogy section of the Pleasanton Library.

CGS: California Genealogical Society is the oldest genealogical society 
in the state of California. The Society maintains a library, gathers and 
preserves vital records, and provides education through meetings, 
seminars, workshops and a Computer Interest Group. It is located in San 
Francisco, California.

CSGA: California State Genealogical Alliance is the umbrella group for 
the various societies in the state of California. They publish a monthly 
newsletter. It has a calendar of events not only for California but 
around the United States. In addition there are articles of nationwide 
interest besides the articles on major research repositories in 
California. L-AGS is a member of this organization.

CIG: Computer Interest Group. It usually is a group, within a society, 
that has a special interest in using computers in genealogy.

FHC: Family History Center. The Mormon Church has assembled (and 
continues to do so) the largest collection of genealogical information in 
the world. They have made this material available for research to anyone. 
I recommend you learn the ins and outs at a local FHC first. They have 
computers, microfilm readers and microfiche readers. You can also order 
microfilm at your local FHC that will come from Salt Lake City; ask for 
details. There is a nominal fee for this service. If a local FHC is large 
enough they will have a book collection. Consult your telephone book for 
the nearest one.

Ancestral File: This is a FamilySearch computer file assembled by the 
Mormon Church that contains genealogies of families from around the 
world. The information is mostly about deceased people, linked into 
pedigrees to show their ancestors and descendants.

IGI: International Genealogical Index. This is another file provided by 
the Mormon Church. It lists the dates and places of birth, christening, 
and marriage, as well as LDS temple ordinances, for millions of deceased 
people. It includes people who lived during the early 1500s to the early 
1900s. The information is found on FamilySearch computers and on 

Family Histories: This information can be found at all Family History 
Centers. They are listed by surname (last name) in the Family History 
Library Catalog. This catalog describes records from around the world. It 
is available on microfiche and on FamilySearch computers. On microfiche, 
search the pink surname section. On FamilySearch computers, use the 
surname search.

Social Security Death Index: This is a FamilySearch computer file listing 
millions of people who have died in the United States since 1962.

AGLL: American Genealogical Lending Library.

DAR: Daughters of the American Revolution.

SAR: Sons of the American Revolution.

SASE: Self Addressed Stamped Envelope; an envelope provided to another 
person or correspondent by a researcher, already addressed back to that 
researcher, for the convenience of the correspondent.

Holdings: In genealogy circles, holdings are the collection of genealogy 
books in a library.

Surname: The last name of a person, usually the same as the father.

Maiden Name: The surname of a woman at birth.

Microfiche: Cards made of photographic material containing reduced images 
of printed material; used with a special reader.

Microfilm: Rolls of photographic material containing reduced images of 
printed material; used with a special microfilm reader.

Stacks: The books on the bookshelves in a library.

Vital Statistics: Statistics relating to births, death, marriages. Other 
terms that are used include documents or vital records.

Query: This is a short request for specific information regarding members 
of a family you are researching. The queries are usually placed in 
genealogical periodicals, newspapers and newsletters. Study the queries 
that appear in publications such as Everton's Genealogical Helper and the 
Heritage Quest. 

John F. Whitaker
Copyright 1996

There has been a fair amount of traffic and questions raised at different 
times on what Social Security CDs are and what they are all about. The 
following is for your reference and use as you feel appropriate.

The Social Security Administration System (SSAS) provides to anyone who 
will pay the fee, a tape of Social Security information. This tape is 
the same for any producer of genealogical material onto CD ROM. What 
many do not realize is that the information on these tapes, which is 
later published, is not a listing of all individuals found in the SSAS. 
This tape contains only those who are on the Social Security Death 
Benefit Records Index (SSDBRI). Here lies the beginning of the 

There are two primary files that are maintained by the SSAS. They are 
what is often referred to as the Master Social Security File (MSSF) and 
the Social Security Death Benefit Index (SSDBI). By definition, they are 
different in function and form. The MSSF is a file or listing of 
everyone who has ever had a Social Security number. It is important to 
remember that individuals stay on this file until they are proven to have 
died. With this in mind, it is possible for someone who was born in 
1880, who lived to 1937, received a Social Security number, and later 
died and was buried in the family plot with no knowledge of the SSAS. In 
this instance the individual could still be on the Master Social Security 

The real issue comes down to what puts a name on the file that is public 
accostable either through requests of the SSAS or on a commercial or 
public service. Enter the Social Security Death Benefit Records Index. 
This file or index is nothing more than a list of those individuals who 
have been proven to be deceased and taken off the master file. In light 
of this, it is very important to understand what qualifies an individual 
to be listed on the SSDBRI. The criteria at present are as follows:

1. The individual must have a Social Security number.

2. Had to have received Social Security benefits while living, died and 
the SSAS be notified with proof of death.

3. Had to have died, and survivors notify the SSAS of the death with 
proof of death and apply for survivors benefits.

4. The SSAS then must move the deceased individual from the Master 
Social Security File to the Social Security Death Benefits Index File. 

If any of these appropriate steps were not done, it could keep a name 
from being moved to the file which allows us to search on the various 
compact discs and other services. 

It has been stated that states are now forwarding death information to 
the Social Security Administration. I have not been able to verify that 
as of this time. It raises an interesting issue though. How does a 
state know who to submit? Every individual in a state is not always on a 
roll of some kind that would identify them as alive or dead. Also, what 
verification is a state going to accept? In terms of an easy way to 
forward information to the SSA to identify deaths, it is not clear if 
this would also put a name in the SSDBRI File. As soon as I find this 
out, I will update this information paper. 

It is often brought to my attention that an individual who is known to be 
dead and had a Social Security number is not on the SSDBRI File. If an 
individual was born prior to Social Security and lived to the beginning 
of the Social Security Administration, received a number, and later died 
and was buried in the family plot, it is possible that no benefits were 
applied for and this person would not be found in the SSDBRI. To apply 
for benefits or establish death, it is as simple as requesting the Death 
Burial Check which is supposed to defer burial costs. This is done by 
going to the local Social Security building in your town or the nearest 
one and filling out the appropriate paperwork and proof of death. 

Often it has been said that names are on an older version or issue of the 
SSDBI File on CD and then later when a new and updated CD is released, 
the same name is no longer in the file. It is impossible to second guess 
the production methods of a publisher but we can consider the job of 
maintaining such a large file. It is possible to have errors occur and 
names can be lost.

What good is the SSDBI File to those with ancestors who were born prior 
to 1900? The twentieth century researcher is benefited by this resource. 
Individuals in the Social Security system that were born as early as the 
1840s in some cases, the SSDBI helps locate those elusive ancestors who 
do not show up on traditional documents. It was not uncommon for someone 
to be born in a rural area and not show up in that county records at all 
because they married in some other location or died before any legal or 
government process could take place and have them become a part of a 
public record of some kind. Social Security was a program with national 
emphasis and funding and for many it promised a means to a more secure 
future. If your research takes you into the middle class, city and 
residential areas of the U.S., then the SSDBI Files will benefit you the 
most. On a different note, farmers and laborers did not normally become 
involved until the late 1950s or even the mid 1960s. The middle class in 
populated areas and immigrants are those who benefited from Social 
Security the most and as a group, will provide the most success in 
searching the Social Security.

Ethnic research can be enhanced with this resource also. Using common or 
very unusual surnames it is possible to focus in on groups of individuals 
who have common heritage. Using the Zip Code in the Social Security 
location information will help pinpoint specific towns which in turn can 
lead the researcher to counties where more information may be found.

This resource is often available at your local public library and is 
almost always available in most of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter 
Day Saints' Family History Centers located throughout the country. It 
can also be purchased at a number of outlet stores and genealogy 
distributors in the form of a package of genealogy software and CDs or it 
can be found in advertising in many genealogical magazines for CD sales. 
There are no less than three organizations that currently produce a 
Social Security Death Benefit Records Index on CD.

NOTE: John F. Whitaker is a professional genealogist and owner of 
Automated Research, Inc. Questions and comments relative to this article 
can be directed to him at his office: 1156 South State Street, Suite 201, 
Orem, Utah 84058-9217; phone 801-222-9774 or online at or CompuServ 74721,2212.

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