Color Logo  

The Livermore Roots Tracer

Volume XX Number 4

November 2000

Editors: Vicki Renz and Debbie Pizzato

The Roots Tracer is a quarterly publication with articles of interest to the genealogist. Members are encouraged to submit their "Profiles" and articles of general interest. Queries are free. The Roots Tracer is published in February, May, August and November. The deadline for each quarterly is the 15th of the previous month. Submissions must contain the name of the submitter, as well as the name of the author, publication and date of any published article that is being quoted. Send material to: The Roots Tracer, P. O. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551-0901 or E-mail:


Table of Contents

Member News NARA New Fee Schedule President's Message
In Memoriam Paper Trail Leads to Kansas A Black Sheep Story
It's a Small World After All My Cooper Ancestors Livermore History
And You Thought You Had a Problem Past Programs Recent Study Group Topics
Computer Group News Family Tree Maker Group CD Collection Grows
Library News More Awards for Our Members From the Attic
Life in the Past Lane G.R.O.W. Things to File
Relationship Chart Upcoming Seminars Newsletter Staff



Member News
By Joyce Siason

Our New L-AGS Members

James & Rae Hooks

Dolores Coco

Paula Brown

Jane Cooper

Barbara Guest

Sibyl Arnold

Rhett Williamson

Susan Schwartz

Cynthia Ostle

Dorothy A. Esteban

Nile R. Runge

Robert Gest

We have 190 memberships :


Individual Memberships




Family Memberships




Benefactor Memberships




Life Memberships




Honorary Memberships




Honorary & Charter Memberships




Total Memberships



Return to Table of Contents


NARA Publishes New Reproduction Fee Schedule

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has finalized the new fee schedule by publishing its "Final Rule," NARA Reproduction Fee Schedule, in the October 13, 2000, Federal Register at page 60862.

The revised fees went into effect on November 13. New forms were available as of November 1, 2000. Some of the fixed fee order forms are:

Fees for self-service copies at NARA facilities, copies made by NARA staff and other reproduction fees, as well as a link to the text of the "Final Rule" are on their web site

Return to Table of Contents


President’s Message
By Jon Bryan

I look at the calendar and realize that this is my last chance to write to you L-AGS members in a year 2000 Roots Tracer. I want to say "Thank You" to all of you for keeping our volunteer organization going throughout the year. We cannot say "Thank You" too much! I know that many of you have made wonderful contributions that most of us know nothing about. Sometimes this is helping answer a genealogical query from a stranger far away. Other times it is by providing treats and drinks at our regular meeting. Please keep up your good work. Let’s together try to make L-AGS an even better organization in 2001!

Our L-AGS guest book continues to be signed by visitors to our web site So far this quarter, I count about 15 postings, compared with about 10 postings last quarter. There are visitors from 13 different states, England and Australia. We expect this interest to continue to grow. We have both long and short postings.

If you are interested in another local guest book, please check out the Livermore Heritage Guild’s guest book at by clicking on "guest book." That’s where I "stole" this guest book idea that George, Larry, Vicki and Doug implemented!

Please send some photos, if you have any, to George Anderson for our L-AGS web site. I am embarrassed to admit that our web site says "New," but the latest photos are from last July. Let’s try to submit some newer photos from some of our meetings and activities.

We received sad news that the California Genealogical Society (CGS) will not sponsor a Genealogy Fair at the Pleasanton/Alameda County Fairgrounds in April 2001. In some respects, this is not surprising because Jane Steiner mentioned to me in April that vendor attendance was up, while genealogists’ attendance was down. In addition, the number of volunteers was way down compared to 1999! CGS will help sponsor a genealogy fair in the San Francisco area in the summer or fall of 2001. We should get more details several months in advance. I’m sure we will miss having the Pleasanton Fairgrounds as an especially convenient location for us.

Recently the Valley Times carried an article saying, "Half of U.S. homes have computers." The number of computers has grown from about 42 % in December 1998 to 51 % in August 2000 according to government statistics. Approximately 80 percent of these computers are connected to the Internet.

How does the national computer and Internet usage compare with our L-AGS members? Using an April 2000 roster, I found that we had 175 memberships which included 142 e-mail addresses. This means that over 80% of our group are computer and Internet users. L-AGS is ahead of Utah (66.1 %) and Alaska (64.8 %) which are first and second among the states. Arkansas (37.3 %) and Mississippi (37.2 %) ranked last and next to last! I assume that for e-mail comparisons, we should reduce these state numbers by multiplying by 80 percent.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the California State Genealogical Alliance (CSGA) by mail in October from David Abrahams. I really feel this award belongs to all of us.

Why do I say this is "Our Award?" It is because of your many suggestions of possible program topics that we received this award. As I wrote in the November 1999 issue of the Roots Tracer in an article titled "Thank You To Our L-AGS Membership," you supplied more ideas than I did. Please remain alert for program ideas to pass on to our future L-AGS Program Chairpersons.

We can learn more about the California State Genealogical Alliance, its officers and its nearly 80 member organizations (including CGS and L-AGS) at their web site

Return to Table of Contents

Bouquet of flowers

In Memoriam

Roland B. "Rod" Oxsen, a resident of Port Angeles, WA and member of L-AGS, died July 31, 2000, at age 62 at Olympic Medical Center, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born in Livermore to Roland W. and Etta Emily (Stankey) Oxsen. His survivors include sons Daniel of California and Jason of Idaho; daughter Kerri of Seattle; sister Roetta Luckey of Edwards, California; and two grandchildren. Burial, beside his father, was in Escalon, California.

Our condolences go out to his family, friends and loved ones.

Return to Table of Contents


Paper Trail Leads to Kansas
By Linda Trudeau

My search began with a single document. A birth certificate, issued in 1933, Alameda County, California. Father’s name, James Ingle; age 37; occupation, car salesman; birthplace, Ossawatamie, Kansas.

Never one to pass up a challenge, this was my first opportunity to put my genealogy research skills to the test – to search outside of my own family lines.

My friend Anna grew up in Livermore, raised by her mother and stepfather. She’d always known there was another father, but the one time she asked about him, her mother cried and refused to talk. Fast-forward 50+ years to the birth certificate. Her mother and stepfather had both passed away; it was time to search. Anna knew of my genealogy research and sent me the e-mail which led to this search.

Once I had the information from the birth certificate, my first stop was the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). I hit pay dirt with the first query. There was only one James Ingle who matched name, date and place of birth. His benefits were paid out in Kansas. I e-mailed my findings, and Anna said she’d get back to me. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, and busy with my own family life and work, I didn’t push. About six months later, I sent for the Social Security application for James Ingle. It arrived a month later. Anna had sent for it at the same time and when we reconnected we laughed at the coincidence.

The Social Security application was filed in the 1940s. It listed James’ date of birth, October 1895, his parents names and his place of birth. Armed with this information I surfed the net, using the Kansas GenWeb site. I immediately found a cemetery listing in Miami County, Kansas matching the name and date of birth. It was for James, his wife and an adult son. So far so good, everything matched the SSDI listings.

Now we were ready for a trip to the archives – census research. Again immediate success – family groups for James as a child with his parents and siblings all in Kansas, the right place at the right time. This was a blessing for our research. We also found James with a wife and sons. What fun to take a non-genealogist to the archives, teach her how to use the microfilm and find more than we imagined was available. Anna, a quick learner, was hooked.

Armed with this new information, I surfed back to the Miami County site, and requested a records check for the obituaries for James, his wife, and son. For a few dollars donation and a wait of only two weeks, I received them in the mail.

The obituaries were a gold mine of information. They listed family members, both living and dead, marriage dates, occupations and affiliations. From these we determined that James was married to his 2nd wife when he died, and was apparently divorced when he was in California in 1933. One item stood out – James Ingle had run for sheriff in 1944 and had served for several years. I again e-mailed the Miami County genealogy society and asked them to search for any newspaper articles about the election and perhaps a photograph of James. I sent a check for $15.00 and awaited their response.

A few weeks later, an envelope from Miami County arrived. The handwritten address tells me this is personal mail – oh, so very personal, not the pre-stamped, computerized envelopes we receive every day. I ripped that envelope open so quickly; I was so excited. Enclosed were three articles about the race for sheriff in 1944. The very first article had a photograph of James! I could scarcely believe it; there he was staring back at me from the newspaper of Paola, Kansas. GOOSEBUMPS, hair standing up, goosebumps, genetics, DNA, all there looking at James Ingle. There is little doubt he’s Anna’s father. I could see it clearly. Anna has a lovely set of dimples and when we began this search only a few months before, I had asked Anna if her mother had dimples. She said no, she wasn’t sure where they came from. Well, now, I was very sure. Right there in the photo – James had dimples.

I called Anna, said I’d received the articles and was on my way to her house. (Of course I asked if I could come over.) Twenty minutes later she was smiling and reading about James’ race for sheriff. She wasn’t sure she saw the resemblance, but I was sure. She thanked me and I left her to her reading and thoughts.

A couple of days later, there was an e-mail from Anna. She’d shown the clipping to a friend, didn’t tell her why and asked her to look at the photo. Her friend said the same thing I had – this man looked just like her, dimples and all.

Our research has just begun. We’re now searching for living descendants in Kansas. We found a family tree entry for one of Anna’s half-brothers, now deceased, contacted the contributor and are exploring the connections. Hopefully in another few months we’ll have living contacts and enough information to warrant a visit to Kansas.

Anna says she’ll be ready for a trip in the springtime.

Return to Table of Contents

Black sheep

A Black Sheep Story
By Harriet Anderson

This is a story passed down in one of my in-law families. It is given verbatim, except the family surname has been deleted. The events happened about 1910.

The Big Family Fight

One brother lived in Okmulgee, OK and the other lived in Talequah, OK. Both families lived in very small houses. The brother in Okmulgee was taking care of their bedridden mother. He pinned a note on his mother’s blouse, took her and her bed, put them on the train and sent them to Talequah. The note read, "It is your turn to take care of Ma for a while." He told the engineer of the train to stop at his brother’s house and deliver the note. The brother in Talequah, his wife and eleven other people were living in a small two-bedroom house. There was a big family fight over this, and some of them changed their names. The Okmulgee brother carried the fight a little farther. He had separated from his wife, and while she was working, he backed a truck up to the house and sold all of the furniture for $1.00. That also made the family upset. Now you have heard the story of the Big Family Fight.

Return to Table of Contents


It’s a Small World After All
By Kaye Strickland

Last week I was contacted by a person from New York who saw my DeGroat family name on our club’s "Surnames we are researching" site. She turned out to be my 3rd cousin once removed who lives in Queens, New York. Our common ancestor was born in New York in 1806 and had 14 children. My ancestor was the only child that moved to California. She said the family has been looking for my branch for over 40 years. She has the family history back 4 generations from what I had, and we are exchanging information. As coincidence has it, her 4th cousin (from my branch) is now living in Manhattan about 30 minutes away from her. They are now in touch. It is amazing to me that our club and the Internet united a family separated by over 3,000 miles and several generations. It is truly, a small world.

Return to Table of Contents

Covered wagon

My Cooper Ancestors
By Mildred Kirkwood

Elizabeth Montour was the daughter of a Delaware Indian who was the captain of a regiment of Delawares under George Washington. When Elizabeth wanted to marry Isaiah Cooper, a white man, her father disowned her. Isaiah’s family also disowned him, so the couple left their home in Kentucky and moved to Indiana. They had eight children of their own, and took in several orphaned children, as well.

Isaiah was one of the first county commissioners in Dun settlement in Owen County, Indiana. He donated land for the county seat, operated a ferry and was a Justice of the Peace in Washington Township. He stirred up trouble in town, was involved in some shady deals involving the court and was drunk much of the time. A jail was to be built, but it cost far more than estimated and Isaiah was partly at fault. He missed every meeting of the Board of Justices because of alcoholism and the Indiana Legislature impeached him. The family was disgraced and moved to Illinois.

Isaiah and Elizabeth took in a little girl named Esther Cowan. Her mother had died in childbirth and the father couldn’t take care of her. When the father remarried, the stepmother didn’t want the child. Elizabeth died when Esther was 12 years old and the stepmother decided that she would take Esther because she was old enough to work. Isaiah told the stepmother that he would bring Esther home the next day, but as soon as the stepmother was out of sight, he packed his saddlebags, put Esther in front of him on his horse and struck out for Oregon, joining a wagon train in Missouri. His daughters, Rachel and Mary, had gone to Oregon with their husbands, Henry and Daniel Matheny, in 1843. When they reached Oregon, they lived with Mary and Daniel. Isaiah’s sons in Illinois sold their father’s farm, as well as their own, and also moved to Oregon. Esther later married one of Isaiah’s sons, Enoch. Even though she was not born into the family, she lived all her life as a Cooper.

Many of the family went to California during the Gold Rush. Camp Fever (typhus) struck the camps and Isaiah Cooper, his son John, his son-in-law Henry, and his granddaughter, Sarah Layson all died and were buried in the Coloma cemetery near the Marshall monument.

Return to Table of Contents

History book

Livermore Valley History
By Gary Drummond

Editor’s Note: Gary Drummond has long been a student of Livermore Valley History. He is the author and editor of several publications on valley history, including the stories of Mary Ann Harlan Smith, William Mendenhall and James D. Smith, Headmaster of Livermore College from 1875 to 1893. He is on the Board of Directors of the Livermore Heritage Guild

Livermore’s Wonderful Street Railway

Local transportation systems have always attracted investors for one reason or another. But when the Livermore Board of Trustees, in September, 1887 granted a 50-year franchise to operate a street railway in the community, it’s likely some local eyebrows were raised – a street railway in this town of about 1200 people??

A group of local citizens, G. W. Comegys, George C. Stanley, E. R. Lilienthal and A. L. Seligman, petitioned the Town Trustees for the right to construct and operate a railway on the principal streets of the community. It was a tremendously ambitious project. The company (for which no name is known) proposed to install the necessary single and double track, "with all necessary and convenient switches and turnouts" on all lines, some running east and west, others running north and south.

The east-west lines were on:

The north-south lines were on:

The franchise also specified optional means of locomotion:

Any trenches or excavations were "to be filled in so as not to impair the use and enjoyment of such streets by the public." It also set a maximum speed at 8 miles per hour, and established the fare which was "not to exceed five cents each way for any distance over any of the lines of the railroad." Nothing in the franchise specifies where car barns were to be located.

Could this enterprise have been an effort to pre-empt an 1889 proposal to build a railroad called the Livermore Valley Railroad Company (LVRR) by tying up local real estate? The route announced for the LVRR was intended to come over the Hayward Pass and link Livermore with the San Joaquin Valley via Corral Hollow. It was to provide an alternative method of moving Livermore Coal Company products to market. But the coal mines failed before the railroad materialized.

But some progress on a street railway system must have been made. In the fall of 1908, a town crew excavating for a sewer line on Lizzie Street near College unearthed several lengths of rail and some badly rotted cross ties. Again in November, 1913, a crew uncovered more track and timbers on Lizzie Street near Eighth Street. These had most likely been laid to show some good faith effort toward constructing what could have been Livermore’s first transit system. It was only the old-timers in town that remembered the story of how the rails and ties got there in the first place.

The Beaver County Times:

A Pennsylvania doctor discovered his great-great-great-grandparents’ tombstones in a flagstone walk. Since his forebears’ graves are adorned with newer stones, he keeps the old ones in his yard.

Reprinted with permission from: Paper Roots: A Weekly Round-Up of Genealogy in the News, a free e-mail newsletter.

Return to Table of Contents

Question mark

And You Thought You Had a Problem…

First, a query:

Need information on BROWN, DURLAND, DUNN and HAWKESWORTH in Nova Scotia 1770-1870.
Please contact Carol Tucker, 8087 Arroyo Drive, #4, Pleasanton, CA 94588-8152.

The following "Brick Walls" were part of our Computer Interest Group meeting in September. If you have any suggestions to help these researchers, please contact them at L-AGS, P.O. Box 901, Livermore, CA 94551-0901.

Arleen Wood

I need records for a birth in 1838 in Sweden and a marriage in Minnesota in 1873, and a lead to the "Fathers Register" in Sweden.

My brick wall is regarding Peter Englund. Church records in Comfrey, Minnesota state Peter Englund was born 13 Aug 1838, Tving, Blekinge [Sweden]. He married Kerstin Olofsdtr Stadig (Are, Jamtland Sweden) about 1873 in Minnesota. He named three of his sons Carl Albert (first two died), two others Edward and Johan. The death certificate of Peter Englund lists his parents as Hans Hansson and Mary.

According to his Intention/Homestead papers which I received from the National Archives, he immigrated to the US, arriving through Quebec about 12 June 1868. He located in Rockford, IL. In April 1872 he made declaration of intent to become a citizen of the US in Bloomington, McLean County, IL. In June 1872 he made application for Homestead in Brown County, Minnesota. His Homestead papers do not give any further information.

I found 3 Swedish passengers named Per Hanson on a ship list for the SS Belgian that arrived in Quebec on that date, but no other information. They came via Liverpool, England, traveling steerage. I hired a genealogist/researcher in Salt Lake City to research Peter Englund. She could not find him listed under that name, nor could she find a Peter Hansson in Tving.

Information I am seeking:

  1. Birth records of Peter in Tving, Blekinge, Sweden.
  2. Marriage to Kerstin/Kristina Olson Stadig, which supposedly took place in Minnesota "near the Twin Cities" in 1873.
  3. Someone suggested a "Fathers Registry" in Sweden. Is anyone aware of that resource?

Dorothy Bevard

Who were parents of James Cook, born 1843 in NY? How do I find a detailed history of Tom Thumb of Barnum and Bailey Circus fame?

Great grandfather James Cook, born 1843, NY (died ? when, where), was living in Portage, Columbia County, WI, according to the 1880 census. We have been told he died in an institution with Huntington’s Disease, maybe in Kansas, but I’ve not found any trace of records in WI or KS. I have found no Cook connections for family of James Cook. Who did James Cook belong to? Where did he live? Who else had HD?

Great grandmother Eliza Cornelia Hambidge Cook was born 14 Feb 1844, NY, mother unknown. Her father, Robert Louis Hambidge from England, is said to have been a manager for Tom Thumb of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Another brick wall. Recently a Hambidge in London contacted me online from the LAGS site. He said there had been a Hambidge circus connection in London in the mid 1800s through WWII. He would check for managers. This seemed like a snap to locate the England tours of Tom Thumb, but the wall has not cracked yet. Eliza was said to have been raised in a NY convent, but I’ve had no luck finding any records on that. Eliza was listed in the 1900 census living in Abilene, Dickinson County, KS married to Orin Ingram.

Eliza’s daughter, Fannie Rose Cook married William Henry Bevard II and had a daughter and 3 sons – William III, who died of HD, Charlie and Albert who died in their early 40s but with no known symptoms of HD. Violet was located in 1976 and did not appear to have the disease at age 70. She was not the most forthcoming with family information. At age 21, she had married her mother’s oldest brother, Moses Darius "Charlie" Cook, age 65, who had 4 daughters older than his wife. Is that a sorta my own first cousin or mama?

This Cook family connection has been very difficult. Until I started researching in 1976, there had been no contact with any Cook or Bevard relatives since the summer of 1934 when Don’s mother, Agnes, removed the 5 children never to see their father again.

Return to Table of Contents

Slide projector

Past Programs
By Debbie Pizzato, Program Chair

In August Hayward Area Genealogical Society member, Joan Dickinson Soo, presented A Genealogist’s Guide to Documentary Editing. Through the course of Joan’s easy teaching style it became quite clear why genealogists need to be familiar with editing that does not change the idea or content of a document. Even within this style of editing there is a conservative, moderate and liberal style. Joan presented a detailed ten-step checklist for editing original documents. You know those letters or diaries that you are fortunate to have in your possession and include in your written history. Think about it – as a researcher, what do you expect from transcribed documents?

David Abrahams, member and past president of L-AGS, gave an informative presentation in September entitled 20th Century Immigration. Many members of David’s family came to America in the early part of the 20th century. In order to learn more about them David has made it his business to learn how to research immigration and naturalization records. He presented information on where the records are located, how to obtain them, and showed various types of immigration and naturalization records that are available to researchers.

At the October meeting, Hayward Area Genealogical Society member Kenneth Felton, presented an informative talk on the little known subject of United States Passport Application Records. These are passports issued by the United States Department of State. If you are fortunate enough to find these records on your ancestors you could be in for a wealth of genealogical information. Some files even include passport style photographs. If you have an idea that your ancestor was an early traveler you may want to look into passport applications. Passports were not always required prior to 1941. But many citizens did obtain a passport, primarily for the protection that a passport provides. Although not an easy search, The Family History Library has over 1,000 rolls of passport application records. There are some indexes.

Return to Table of Contents


Recent Study Group Topics
By Vicki Renz

In August, we had a great discussion of things we can do to interest others in genealogy. Most of the ideas were geared toward younger children and teens, but these same ideas may interest our adult relatives, also. Some of the ideas were:

Books with a genealogical theme are available for all ages. These include fiction as well as beginning genealogy books. Check for titles. One interesting title is Do People Grow On Family Trees? Genealogy for Kids & Other Beginners. In addition to basic genealogy, it also discusses immigration and social history in an easy to read format.

In September, we watched a videotape detailing how to organize your family history. Hosted by Mary E. V. Hill, she explains her system of using color-coded hanging files, filing folders and filing boxes to help create order out of the piles of information that genealogists collect. These tapes may be borrowed from the L-AGS videotape library.

Then in October, members shared tips and tricks that they have found useful in their research. George Anderson suggested going to our web site, using the google search engine and entering "genealogy tips" as a search phrase. He received a list of 100 sites with "genealogy tips." Debbie Pizzato gave a presentation on the importance and helpfulness of timelines. Kay Speaks told us how she prints her family history information on 5x8 index cards to take with her on research trips.

Please join us for our next session on the third Thursday in November.

Return to Table of Contents


Computer Interest Group (CIG) News
Dick Finn at

The CIG meets once a month to hear speakers on a wide variety of genealogical computer related subjects such as software (new, revised, how to use it, etc.), hardware (computers, storage devices, scanners, cameras, printers), web sites, useful CDs, etc., that help us in our quest for genealogical information. Often we have very useful handouts and even a door prize or two now and then. During the last several months we have had speakers on various topics:

We will not have a CIG meeting in November or December because of conflicting holidays. We hope to see you after the first of the year when we plan to hear from software producers, what’s new in hardware and software that might help genealogists, and also which internet providers will best met your needs.

During the school year we meet the fourth Thursday of every month except November and December at 7:30 at the Livermore Adult Education Building, 543 Sonoma Avenue, Livermore. URL for a map to the school:

Members needing help with a computer problem may call one of the mentors listed in the Member’s handbook.

Return to Table of Contents

Green tree

Family Tree Maker Focus Group

The L-AGS Family Tree Maker (FTM) Focus Group meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 at the Livermore Adult Education Building during the school year, 543 Sonoma Avenue, Livermore.

We are primarily a group of FTM users (from beginners to experts) who discuss problems and solutions, share successes, answer questions and in general help each other with the Family Tree Maker software. At some of our last meetings we have discussed why a person might want to upgrade to Version 8 of Family Tree Maker, printing useful charts and other documents, and the subdividing of FTM files into subsections that can be sent to specific relatives. The members of the group have generated an enhancement list that has been presented to FTM for action.

All people interested or potentially interested in Family Tree Maker and related software are invited to attend.

Return to Table of Contents


CD Collection at Pleasanton Library Grows
By Jay Gilson

Our genealogy collection at the Pleasanton Library now totals 399 individual CD disks. In October we added volumes 10-15 of the LDS Pedigree Resource File, the 21 disk LDS Index to Vital Records of Western Europe and the CD version of the LDS Family History Library Catalog, bringing us up to date on LDS genealogy CD offerings. We also added World Family Tree volumes 43-47, and volumes 48-52 are on order. You can access the index to all of the WFT CDs from Before you come to the library, search their web site to determine the CDs you’d like to look at.

The Pedigree Resource File CDs contain family history records submitted by individuals through the LDS FamilySearch® Internet Genealogy Service. Family information is organized in family groups and pedigrees, similar to the display in the LDS Ancestral File®. However, the Pedigree Resource File displays each submitter's information exactly as it was submitted, not combined with information from other submitters, as in Ancestral File. Notes and sources are also displayed. Over one million individuals are included on each of the CDs.

The Vital Records Index for Western Europe is organized into six regions (Alpine, Benelux, French, German, Italian, Spanish) by localities represented as they were in the mid-1800s. The German region (8 CDs - Baden, Bayern, Hessen-Darmstadt, Lippe, Oldenburg, Prussia, Turingia, Wurttemberg) and the Spanish region (8 CDs) are particularly extensive.

Return to Table of Contents

Books standing

Library News – Recent Acquisitions
By Judy Person

We’re still receiving gifts and buying books, and we have quite a stack. By the way, I hope you stop and give a prayer of thanks for the people who put so much effort into producing all these works for us. It has to be a labor of love.

Abstracts of Georgia Land Plat Books A and B, 1779-1785, Volume I by Nathan and Kaydee Mathews, 1995, 292 pages. Gift of Gary Bradley. Names of 3,200 people, with 2,215 plats indexed and abstracted, and carefully recorded for the researcher. "Under the headright law, each head of a family was allowed 200 acres plus fifty additional acres for each family member or slave, the total amount not to exceed 1,000 acres."

Alameda County, California, Great Register of 1890, East Bay Genealogical Society, Oakland, CA, 1998, 234 pages. This attempts to replace the lost 1890 Census for our county, and is a fine product. Thanks to EBGS and California State Genealogical Society.

Cemetery Inscriptions of Carter County, Oklahoma by Sandra Tedford, 1987, 231 pages, indexed. Gift of Gary Bradley. This is volume III, recording Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore, OK, the largest cemetery, and includes those who died at the local Confederate Home.

Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (Oklahoma), Marriage Books A & B by Sandra Tedford, 1992, 93 pages, indexed. Gift of Gary Bradley. From the courthouse in Ardmore, OK, this book covers all or parts of the following counties: Bryan, Carter, Garvin, Grady, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, McClain, Marshall, Murray, Pontotoc and Stephens.

Civil War Draft Records: an Index to the 38th Congressional Districts of 1863 by Nancy Justus Morebeck (a member of the Sacramento German Genealogical Society), 2nd edition, 1997, 69 pages. The draft was instituted in Union areas when volunteers dwindled, to fill each locality’s quota. Order form and information included.

Descriptive Catalog of German Research Materials at the Family History Center, Sacramento, CA compiled by Betty Heinz Matyas and Gretchen Louise Bradfield for the Sacramento German Genealogy Society, 1999, 115 pages, indexed. There must be almost 10,000 resources cataloged here, by the Society Doug Mumma mentioned in his talk. They are very active and publish a rich newsletter, Der Blumenbaum.

1850 Census, Newton County, Missouri, Dr. John F. Schunk, editor, 1989, 200+ pages. Gift of Gary Bradley. Copies of the transcripts of this census, indexed. Lucky people who have folks in Newton County in southwest Missouri in 1850.

Guide to Manuscript Collections, Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma by Donald DeWitt, 1994, 318 pages, indexed. Gift of Gary Bradley. Actively collected since 1927, includes commercial, Indian, social and political, women’s and other materials available there.

Louisiana Soldiers in the War of 1812 by Marion John Bennett Pierson, 1963, 126 pages, indexed. Gift of Loretta C. Terry. Name, rank and company are given for these records which are in the LA State Library in Baton Rouge.

The King’s Passengers to Maryland and Virginia by Peter Wilson Coldham, 1997, 450 pages, indexed. These are the "vagrants and criminals" who were overflowing from England’s jails in the 17th and 18th centuries and transported to the colonies, mostly in servitude. The practice ended in the late 1780s when the new republic was fed up with the importation of felons. I have a couple of family members in there, one as felon, one as owner of an escapee. Do you?

Picture History of Healing Springs Township, Cleburne County, Arkansas, by Louie Clark, 1988, 284 pages, indexed. Gift of Janet Richardson. This is marvelous, and must be a source of great fun and satisfaction for those in and from this area. The pictures of families and places begin with the early days of photography and continue into the 1980s.

Pontotoc County Marriages, Oklahoma, 17 April 1895 to 17 May 1903 and 17 May 1903 to 4 November 1907 compiled and published by the Pontotoc County Historical and Genealogical Society, Ada, OK, 1993, 108 pages, indexed. Gift of Gary Bradley. The two volumes were combined, and both indexes must be searched.

Sketches of Western North Carolina, Historical and Biographical by Cyrus L. Hunter, 1877, reprinted by Heritage Books, 377 pages, indexed. Gift of Gary Bradley. This is one of the area publications sold by subscription in the late 1800s which have left us with such a valuable record, perhaps suggested by the centennial celebration of the establishment of the United States. Counties whose history is covered include Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, Lincoln, Gaston, Cleaveland, Burke and Wilkes.

Wolfe Bayou, Arkansas and Healing Springs Township by Louie Clark and Jeannie Clark McGary, 1987, 285 pages, gift of Janet Richardson. Illustrated with photos, this is a history, with censuses and marriage records of this small community. Reminiscent of the WPA county histories of the 1930s.

Meyers Orts-und Verkehrs-Lexicon des Deutschen Reichs (Meyers Locality and Transportation Encyclopedia of the German Empire) This is the most important gazetteer for Germany, always recommended first in any list for German place searches. It offers information on 210,000 cities to hamlets in Pre-World War I Germany, and was written to identify the places for all German institutions (government, education, commerce, churches).

Though written in German in the Gothic font, there are 12 pages of explanation in English explaining how to read and understand it. Anyone - at least anyone with a magnifier and a German dictionary - should

be able to decipher their chosen entries. The third volume is an appendix, with courts, military installations, post offices, bank branches, etc., and maps.

We are grateful to the Friends of the Pleasanton Library for providing this resource.

For example, I found my Dill-Weissenstein entry, made a little glossary of the abbreviation symbols, and translated it thus (I don't have any German, no guarantees of accuracy):

Dill-Weissenstein, rural district, community, Baden district, military district headquarters Karlsruhe, district office and local court Pforzheim; 4704 population. Post office and rail station with passenger and freight service Pforzheim (-horb. Don't know what this means), streetcar line, tax office, Lutheran parish church, lumber business, Bijouterieu (=theater?), telegraph, farming, machinery, paper mill, infantry, mill, sawmill, beekeeping, tax category D (a housing subsidy class). Also villages: Dillstein, population 2612; rail station with passenger service only at Pforzheim-Horb. Nearby are Roman house ruins, Scheuerain caves, Weiherberg, Weissenstein railroad station 1 kilometer, with 1391 population.

As you can tell, this is imperfect, but it gives a flavor of the 1912 situation in the place my ancestors left in 1738.

Return to Table of Contents

Award ribbon

More Awards for Our Members

From the CSGA Newsletter, Volume 18, Number 9 (September 2000)

This is a continuation of the listing of the awards presented at the June 20th CSGA annual meeting in Fresno. There were 61 nominations! The abilities and dedication of the nominees is most impressive. Unfortunately, space limitations prohibit listing all the reasons these people were selected to be recipients of the awards.


Presented to an individual or organization in gratitude for duty performed in an exemplary and outstanding manner.

Jon Bryan – L-AGS – has brought many excellent programs to the society during his term as program chair.

Lori Cody – L-AGS – has served two terms as president of L-AGS, preceded by two terms as membership chair. Her excellent leadership ability is much appreciated by the members of the society.

From the CSGA Newsletter, Volume 18, Number 10 (October 2000)


Presented to an individual or an organization in recognition of outstanding service to CSGA or to a member society.

David Abrahams – L-AGS – has been instrumental in setting up workshops with CSGA members as leaders at the California Genealogical Society Fair in Pleasanton and at the Jamboree in Pasadena. He is actively involved in the San Francisco Bay Area regional meetings in conjunction with the Bay Area Consortium. These meetings are always well attended with people from local societies and Dan Nealand of the National Archives, San Bruno Branch.

Return to Table of Contents

Old trunk

From the Attic

Wilma Myers:Shaniko Drug Store

Here is a picture of my grandfather’s store, Pease & Mays, in Shaniko, Oregon, in 1900. I thought you all would get a kick out of it.

I think it was part of the drug department – all those bottles! Who knew what was in them? No wonder everyone was "happy" and did not complain. The women probably spent most of the day "taking their medicine!"

Someone gave it to me at the The Dalles 55th High School Reunion. We had a "blast!" Saw so many of my former classmates – we must have been a healthy bunch!

Mary Dillon:

Soon after my husband and I were married 30 years ago, his parents gave us a very plain cherrywood chest of drawers with hand-carved acorn and leaf drawer pulls that had belonged to his grandfather.

When we went through the chest we found a note written by his grandfather, Leo Dillon, stating, "Lloyd [Mike’s father] gets this chest of drawers. It was my grandmother’s made by my grand Dad in about 1820. I would like Mike to get it when you are through with it." Signed, Dad.

When I started exploring our genealogy a few years ago, we didn’t know anything about the Dillon family beyond Mike’s grandfather, Leo, who was born and raised in Iowa. Since then I have been able to trace the family back to the early 1700s coming from Ireland, to Philadelphia, and then along the Wagon Road into North Carolina. Mike’s 2nd great-grandfather, Joseph Dillon, who made the chest of drawers, was born into a Quaker family in North Carolina in 1799. Around 1802 they moved into Ohio, then Indiana. When Joseph was a young man of about 22, he moved with his wife into the wilds of Iowa and proceeded to raise a family and eventually settle in Hardin County, Iowa.

Now, whenever I’m putting clothes away, I stop and marvel at all the changes that have taken place since this chest was made, all the family who has touched these drawers, and all the love, faith and strength that this beautiful chest embodies.

Vicki Renz:Law Family Bible

This photo is of a family Bible that began with my mother’s grandmother’s family. In the center are four pages where the family’s births, deaths and marriages are recorded. The first entry is for my great great grandfather – "Floyd A. Law Was Born June The 4 1826."

It is in very poor condition – some pages are missing, and the remaining pages are torn, dirty, mildewed and falling out. The front cover is missing and the spine has fallen apart.

While I was at the FGS Conference in Salt Lake City in September, I talked with the owner of The Book Craftsman in Mentone, California. He explained the restoration process which is also on their web site .

I sent the Bible to them on October 23rd. He called on the 25th and described how he will improve it – replace lost pages, repair existing pages, add more middle pages so I can record more information and restore the binding and cover – all for only $425! I fully expected it to cost much more. He plans to have it done by Christmas, so I will write you a follow-up report in the next issue.

Return to Table of Contents


Life in the Past Lane
An Assortment of Articles and Advertisements From Small Newspapers
in the Early 20th Century

Editors’ note: We would like to start a new feature this issue with reprints of articles and advertisements showing what life was like in the early 1900s, some interesting events or an account of an event of historical significance. We will ask for submissions of this type of article from our members’ collections, as well as look at microfilm of the early Livermore newspapers. So, if you like to look at microfilmed newspapers and find curious events in the past, you are invited to adopt this page! Let us know if you would like to be the "Person in the Past Lane."

We begin with a contribution from Jon Bryan:

While looking in the microfilm of the old Livermore Herald newspapers at the Livermore Public Library for information to respond to a query, I found this interesting story.

Livermore Herald, May 10, 1929:

‘Found a Skeleton in Their Spring

W. G. Grummet and his brother, who reside in the foothills about twelve miles west of Westley, came to the sheriff’s office on Tuesday and informed Sheriff Dingley that they had uncovered the skeleton of a man while deepening a spring near their home in Ingram canyon. Sheriff Dingley advised the men to bury the skeleton near their home, but suggested that they might see Coroner Bowker. Mr. Bowker, after hearing the story of the men, also advised them to bury the skeleton, as it was evidently that of some early pioneer, who had been the victim of a lawless band then roving through this valley.

The skeleton was in a sitting position with the head leaning to one side. The bones were remarkably well preserved with the exception of one leg, the bones of which were badly decayed -- Modesto Herald’

If this incident happened today rather than 1929 with our improved scientific capabilities, I wonder how answers from the sheriff and/or coroner might change. Or would they remain the same? Was this one of the California ancestors genealogists are looking for?

From The Livermore Herald, August 19, 1899:

Miss A. Rees has returned home from a week’s visit with friends in Tesla. Many a heart among the beaus of Tesla was sad at Miss Angies departure.

The Misses Lillie and Mayme Taylor, Livermore’s popular telephone girls, returned home last Sunday after a few days sojourn with their sister Mrs. W. D. Gillham of Brentwood.

From the Livermore Herald, August 26, 1899:

Eraser1.jpg (369181 bytes)

From The Livermore Herald, August 26, 1899:

A Tesla Case
Domestic Troubles of a Coal Miner Aired in Court.

The case of the People against John Raven came up in Judge Taylor’s court on Thursday afternoon for preliminary hearing.

The complaining witness was Antone Hartmann and the substance of his testimony was to the effect that John Raven had threatened him with a pistol when they met near the hotel at Tesla and at the same time had made use of the following language: "You will never come to my house again; if you do I will shoot you like a dog." Witness professed to be ignorant of the motive for the assault or the occasion for such a statement as made by Raven.

Raven’s attorney stated on behalf of his client that a showing would be made that Raven had been aggravated to such an extent as to justify the threat and that the arrest was made by the collusion of the complainant and defendant’s wife, they having come to town from Tesla in the same conveyance at the time the warrant for arrest was sworn out and that Mrs. Raven incidentally commenced action for divorce at the same time.

Deputy District Attorney Harris, assisted by G. W. Langan, acted as counsel for the State. Tom Scott was defendant’s attorney.

Return to Table of Contents


G. R. O. W.
(Genealogy Resources On the Web – The Page That Helps Genealogy Grow!)
Compiled by Frank Geasa

GeneaLinks is a directory of categorized sites, including many not-so-well known genealogy and history sites. Among the varied links are those concerning criminals and prisons.

The National Archives of Ireland offers several items of interest to those researching Irish genealogy. Perhaps the most interesting are the records relating to those convicts shipped from Ireland to Australia during 1788 to 1868. See what merited 7 years and made your ancestor a pioneer in the "Land Down Under."

Another excellent Irish site is that for Counties Leitrim and Roscommon. A work in progress, it has the 1901 Census for Roscommon online, a good part of Leitrim and a bit for 3 other counties. An online Griffiths database is under construction. If you have ever wondered where that Irish townland is located, there is an excellent search facility which not only locates townlands anywhere in Ireland but also gives the numerous Irish administrative entities typically servicing the Irish townland.

This site offers information on the Scottish Clans and family home pages. The content and quality of information varies by clan and family but it is worth a visit if you are researching in Scotland.

Have an address in the U.K. and need the Postcode or have the Postcode and need the address? This site will help you with the information you are looking for.  From Donna Fleckner

The US Bureau of Land Management site contains land patents for most of the states. If your ancestor was a farmer or may have staked mineral claims, you will want to visit here. Some of the claims have been digitized and can be printed online. A nice feature is the ability to enter a surname and search 11 states with 1 query.

This site has lists of Civil War Rosters by state.

An interesting statistical site is the United States Historical Census Data Browser. It covers censuses 1790 through 1970. Choose a census and ask for such things as the number of farms under 3 acres in each state in 1870 or the number of people in each state who were born in Belgium on the 1920 census.

A copy of the May 12, 1906 Temporary Telephone Directory for San Francisco is now available on the USGenWeb site for San Francisco. Look under the heading "News."

When looking for civil war rosters don’t overlook the individual county sites as well as state records on the U.S. GenWeb project. An example is the Tishomingo County, Mississippi site

Internet Genealogical Index U.K. "offers a collection of invaluable U.K. links." Many contain useful and interesting information such as Jeff Avley’s list of Newgate prison convicts/executions to 1895.

The Denver, Colorado Public Library has several databases of genealogical data online including obituaries from 1939 to 1999, Colorado State Reformatory Records 1887-1939, and Civil War rosters for both Colorado and Nebraska.

This site lists genealogical libraries by state

Visit such great libraries as Allen County Indiana,

and the New York City Library Genealogical Section,

then be sure to stop by Elmer’s Genealogy Library. 

Return to Table of Contents

Filing cabinet

Things To File
By David Oakley

L-AGS Future Programs

December 13, 2000 – Member Sharing – Be thinking about an heirloom, interesting genealogy find or research story to share with the group.
January 9, 2001 – L-AGS member Dick Finn will speak on low-cost publishing of family histories.
February 13, 2001 – L-AGS member Doug Mumma will give us an update on his project of using DNA in genealogy research.
March 13, 2001 – J. Carlyle Parker will present "Wanting to Go to Salt Lake City But Can’t."

Literary Awards Contest - The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc., is conducting a contest for several categories of works published since 1993:

Entry fee of $20 and two copies of the publication (which will not be returned) are due February 15, 2001. The prizes are $1000 for the first contest and $500 for each of the other two. Copies of the rules and applications are available from David Oakley.

High School Literary Awards Contest - The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc., is also conducting a contest for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to write an essay, not more than five page, double spaced, with some relevance to New England. A $5 entry fee and two copies of the essay must be received by February 15, 2001. First Prize is $250. Copies of the rules and applications are available from David Oakley.

New Photographic Resource - An online photo genealogy web site is at It is organized by surname and can be searched by year, city, country or keyword. Its military section allows search by branch of service, war, surname or unit/ship. As of this writing, they have 846 photos of 323 families and 1167 people by name. It is growing and they solicit your photos. You must subscribe to their newsletter to see the pictures, names, etc., but you can unsubscribe, too.

An Unexpected Genealogy Resource - Search for the word genealogy at <> and you get 1168 references to groups organized by surname, area, or interest. One of the lists, has 255 messages with 1 to 10 references each. As always there are some free references and some pay.

Surname Locator - Ancestry.Com has started a new project called "Web Wide Surname Locator" at It focuses on given names and surnames on the web. There are literally thousands of databases with surname pages on the web. I did find that my uncle had registered for the draft in WWI. Give it a shot! It’s free!

Looking for a Black Sheep? In David Abrahams’ California Legislative Report, it said two California groups audited public agencies to see if they really did release public records. In 77% of the cases, police, sheriffs, cities and schools turned down verbal requests for information classed as public records. If you are looking for information about a black sheep, check out the International Blacksheep Society of Genealogists at They have a "Query" Board and mailing list for asking for information on a black sheep you are looking for or have found. They also have a list of interesting "Member’s Stories."

Find the Best of Heritage Quest Magazine - The best article from each of 8 recent Heritage Quest issues is available in their historical file archive at Titles include:

"The Klondike Gold Rush: Finding Grandpa in the Crowd" by Wenonah Finch Sharpe,
"Photographs: Our Window to the Past" by Jennifer Sheppard,
"Digging up Death Records" By Myra Vanderpool Gormley, C.G., and
"Lineage Links" by Cyndi Howells.

The Roots Tracer has also received permission to quote from Richard L. Hooverson’s Musings and Gleanings columns in our next four issues.

Help will be appreciated - The above are items that intrigue me. But what intrigues you may be different. Please feel free to comment, correct, supplement, etc., and this new version of "Things to File" will improve.

Return to Table of Contents


A Relationship Chart
(Suggested by Peggy Norman)

You may wish to make copies of this chart, so that you can pencil in the names. To find the relationship between any two people, first identify their common ancestor. Starting at the box in the upper left corner for the common ancestor, follow the column straight down to find the relationship of one of the two people to the common ancestor. Across the top row of the chart, find the relationship of the second person to the common ancestor. Trace the first person’s row across and the second person’s column down. The box where they intersect identifies their relationship. Persons who are the same number of generations from the common ancestor are some degree of cousin (if they are two or more generations away).

Common Ancestor



Great Grandchild

Great Great Grandchild

Great Great Great Grandchild

Great Great Great Great Grandchild

Great Great Great Great Great Grandchild



Niece or Nephew

Grand Niece or Nephew

Great Grand Niece or Nephew

Great Great Grand Niece or Nephew

Great Great Great Grand Niece or Nephew

Great Great Great Great Grand Niece or Nephew


Niece or Nephew

First Cousin

First Cousin Once


First Cousin Twice


First Cousin Three Times Removed

First Cousin Four Times Removed

First Cousin Five Times Removed

Great Grandchild

Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Once Removed

Second Cousin

Second Cousin Once Removed

Second Cousin Twice Removed

Second Cousin Three Times Removed

Second Cousin Four Times Removed

Great Great Grandchild

Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Twice Removed

Second Cousin Once Removed

Third Cousin

Third Cousin Once Removed

Third Cousin Twice Removed

Third Cousin Three Times Removed

Great Great Great Grandchild

Great Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Three Times Removed

Second Cousin Twice Removed

Third Cousin Once Removed

Fourth Cousin

Fourth Cousin Once Removed

Fourth Cousin Twice Removed

Great Great Great Great Grandchild

Great Great Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Four Times Removed

Second Cousin Three Times Removed

Third Cousin Twice Removed

Fourth Cousin Once Removed

Fifth Cousin

Fifth Cousin Once Removed

Great Great Great Great Great Grandchild

Great Great Great Great Grand Niece or Nephew

First Cousin Five Times Removed

Second Cousin Four Times Removed

Third Cousin Three Times Removed

Fourth Cousin Twice Removed

Fifth Cousin Once Removed

Sixth Cousin

The term "Removed" indicates that the two people are not in the same generation from the common ancestor. This can be confusing. The number of times a cousin is "Removed" depends on the difference in the number of generations they are "away" from the common ancestor. The person with the shortest route to the common ancestor is the one who establishes the kinship.

The chart may be extended in both directions to identify more distant relationships.

For more information with various explanations of these relationships, look under the topic "Cousins & Kinship" on Cyndi’s List

The University of Manitoba, Anthropology Department, has some web pages with more information about kinship degrees than you’ll ever need, but it explains Civil Degree, Canon Degree and Collateral Degree in detail and with animated graphics.

Return to Table of Contents


Upcoming Seminars

Editors’ note: As of this issue, the Calendar of Meetings page, which listed local area genealogy group meetings, will be printed only once a year in the August issue.

December 2, 2000, San Bruno, CA – "Brainstorming to a Successful Society" is a society workshop hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Genealogical Consortium and the San Francisco Bay Region of CSGA. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the National Archives, 1000 Commodore Drive. Topics include: Meetings – Who, What, When, Where, Why; Motivating Volunteers; Programming That Draws and Keeps Members. Reservations required. $20 per society includes handouts.

December 9, 2000, San Francisco – Irish Genealogical Seminar with Nora M. Hickey. Four classes plus open forum. Registration fee of $35 includes Papers.

2001 Events

January 8 – 12, Salt Lake City, Utah – The sixth annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will be held at the Wyndham Hotel. Ten courses are offered each with twenty hours of instruction. Classes include assignments in applied research. For more information e-mail  or check details on their web site

February 1-4, Genealogy Cruise 2001: A Family History Odyssey – Join columnists from, George Morgan and Drew Smith, for five on-board genealogy workshops during the cruise from Tampa Bay to Key West and back. For the itinerary, workshop schedule and registration information, visit the web site at .

February 2-3, Dallas, Texas – GENTECH 2001 - "Union and Reunion." A variety of speakers will present topics blending technology and traditional research methods. Visit  for information.

February 24, Whittier, CA - The Whittier (California) Area Genealogical Society will host their annual seminar on 24 Feb 2001. This year's speaker is Richard Wilson, author of articles and computer books for genealogists. He will present a summary of popular genealogy programs, using the Internet for effective research and using a scanner to add photographs to your printed genealogy.

March 24, Santa Rosa, CA - The Ninth Annual Sonoma County Genealogical Society seminar features Helen F. M. Leary, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, just off Highway 101 at the River Road/Mark West exit north of Santa Rosa. Topics will be: Is This the Same Man, or a Different One with the Same Name?; From Present Residence to Former Address: How to Backtrack an Ancestor Who Has Moved; Time Lines and Real Lives: How to Use Ancestors’ Life Patterns to Find Their Parents; The Last Gasp: Weighing the Evidence. Pre-registration recommended, $15 members, $18 non-members, $20 at the door.

March 15-17, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT – Annual Computerized Genealogy Conference. For information, contact BYU Conferences and Workshops, 136 Harman Continuing Education Building, Provo, UT, 84602-1516.

April 12-14, Salt Lake City, UT – Utah Genealogical Association presents "Forward to the Past 2001 Conference." For class list and registration form, contact UGA, P.O. Box 1144, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110; phone 1 888-INFO-UGA; web site; e-mail:

May 16-19, Portland, OR – National Genealogical Society Annual Conference in the states – "Explore New Frontiers." For information, visit their web site at

July 31-August 1, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT – Annual Genealogy and Family History Conference. For information, see references above.

September 12-15, Quad Cities, IA and IL – Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference "Great River Bend Genealogy – A Heartland Gathering." Web site, e-mail: , or phone: 1-888-380-0500

Return to Table of Contents

B&W Logo

Livermore Roots Tracer Staff


Editors Vicki Renz Staff Contributors
Debbie Pizzato Livermore History Gary Drummond
Proofreading George Anderson G.R.O.W. Frank Geasa
Things to File David Oakley
Printing & Distribution Mildred Kirkwood Computer Interest Group Dick Finn
Joyce Siason Family Tree Maker Group Dick Finn
Linda Trudeau Past Programs Debbie Pizzato
Library News Judy Person
CD-ROM Updates Jay Gilson

The following pages are still open for adoption:

If you would like to be responsible for one of these pages, please contact Vicki Renz or Debbie Pizzato for more information.

Return to Table of Contents

Open book

Donations to L-AGS

Some of our members have wished to donate books or other items to our group. We will be happy to receive such donations. The donor will receive a Thank You note to use for tax purposes, if desired.

Other members have wished to make a monetary donation on behalf of a loved one or friend. These donations will be used according to the donor’s wishes, or if none is expressed, we will purchase items for our Pleasanton and Family History Libraries.

We welcome such donations and our Corresponding Secretary will acknowledge the gift. If a memorial, an acknowledgment will be sent to the family.

Return to Table of Contents

Return to the L-AGS Home Page


Last modified 8 April 2004 vlr, 10may04.0547 gwa