Big Question, what makes some of these sites proof of Accuracy?

I keep going to meetings and hear people link up with lots of sources given by MyHeritage and other sites, as fact.  Yet, I have yet to find more than one marriage record and a couple of census records sited as sources.

My second big question is how much do you add to your tree? Do you add all the siblings of the ancient ancestors. Or just pick your direct line knowing that you should be able to go back to the site for later additions.  An added question would be is this a safe practice to do?

I know right now my Ancestry tree is a mess because a merge did not go well. I have to learn how to undo it and correct the tree.

I have a cousin on MyHeritage that is obviously using the same name to their site as mine.

I had mine changed then My Heritage said I was not a premium customer.  They have my money. The weirdest of all this is they have my husband married to someone else and I am an Aunt I think to my own children.  I am about to cry then laugh at the hysterical theatrics that has happened when I was improving my site.  I was going to ask a friend and then he says,” I am no longer there”.  Who do I go to now.

I am most hesitant to add anything more for fear it will have to all come down to be repaired.  I had this site figured out until they changed things and nothing been ok since.

The Irony of THIS is, many others at our meeting last weekend were voicing the same concerns about suddenly it messed up and things are not okay.


So a few questions for you all out there, what happens next.?

Thanks,  I can be reached here or at or or  .

Library Research, Do you go to the Library?

Library Research, Do you go to the Library?

Here is hoping we have not forgotten how to go to the library and open a book and discover something new about someone in your family.

In the last twenty years, it appears people have forgotten the data they find on the internet came from a book somewhere, either printed and published or personal and shared.

Yes even our tax records and school reports and land records, deeds and wills all are in books and on papers in court houses and elsewhere.

Generally I have a plan in mind when I head to either the Chula Vista Library or LDS Library or Carlsbad. Keeping track of my results show that many times, I locate something I had given up on finding and it was not on my to do list.

Love the Research Records log because it tells me many things about what I find and what I am still looking for. Most amazingly was that Serendipity seems to play a very large role in my research.

Stuck in Albany, New York but found data in Frederick, Maryland. It filled in an empty spot on my chart.

Sometimes I wonder if we get to zoned in on what we are looking for that we miss the clues we are given to find data we maybe we were not looking for.

Loving Cluster  Research, it covers a large group and more encompassed family regime.

People had to find mates somewhere, especially if the community was small.

I have many 2nd cousin marriages and with it I have found has trouble defining whom is who.  Do you have lots of family marrying family?

Try to start thinking out side of the box.  Boxes has barriers and restrict our sight and thought.

Our Library has a nice collection of books for research and hoping that you will start looking at these books for more information.

You can look at the next county or state, the next town, down the road or over the hill to see if the clue needed is lurking there waiting to be found.

Go visit your library and check out the History section if no Genealogical Section. Read up about the religion of your lineage and the changes that it encompassed in the last 100 years.  The laws that applied then that do not apply now.  Which court holds what document at what time and when it got moved to the other department so you completely missed it.  It has happened many times.

Data is hidden in between the pages on many books as just tidbits to send you someplace else. Go find what it is telling you and make a new cousin or two.

I read at 2 books a week regarding our past to learn clues and tips and it may help you also.

Having always been an avid reader I probably consume 5 books a week if  lucky and sometimes a book takes me over a week to digest all it is telling me.









Holiday Letters and Why They Are Important.

Holiday Letters, for lack of a better term are very vital to Genealogists, Family Historians, and the average family.

If you receive them, we hope you keep them or at least record their information into your binder for assistance if they are family.

O yes, many do not send letters or cards they just hit send on a computer and then read and delete the data so many of us would love to have and share.

Mom had always had us write our kin away from where we lived.  We were away from family.  We really were the early ones to come to this  region in the west, at least of her direct line.

We later found cousins that Mom had known when young that had also migrated westward.  I think World War 11 had a big influence in that for all of us.

So wanting to get the word out. Rethink the Christmas or Holiday Letter.  If you blog post it on a blog so it is retained. If you email it, find a file to save them into to note the important events that family members share with you that happened over the year.

After the holidays you can add that data to you information.

Why you say?  Because almost always someone has died, some one was born, some one was fighting a cancer, a heart trouble, back troubles.  These are things we should be keeping track of.

I did not know about some very vital (I learned later) medical data.  A blog to come on that.

A great one will add a wedding, a birth, a reunion and maybe whom attended.

Please write your Holiday Letter and some how share it and save it for the future grandchildren and great grand’s.




Genealogy 101, come learn more about it.

Genealogy 101 with Randy Seaver, Shirley Becker and Susi Pentico

Our Workshop is set up and ready:  21 July at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 1-3 pm.Save This Date for Gen. 102           Thursday  28 July,  at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 1-3 pm.

Genealogy 101 1st session

Time: Thursday,  21 July 2016, 1 to 3 pm
Where: Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Rd, Bonita,  CA 91902

You will learn:

What is Genealogy.
Where to get records of your family
Organization of your information
You will need: paper & pencil, #2 preferred, paper (yellow note pad, 8 1/2 by 11 tablet) eraser, 3 ring binder type notebook.
All information you can gather on your families.
We will furnish: 2 Pedigree Charts, 1 for use other to copy; 2 Family Group sheets, again 1 to use, Research Log & Resource List.
You will use the Yellow Tablet to start your Correspondence Log.

Instructors will be: Randy Seaver, Shirley Becker, and Susi Pentico

NGS, Thanks for the POST.

Seeing your post on library cards was a thrill to my endeavor for this year.  Having scouted around San Diego County, many more libraries are here than most are aware of.

Most libraries zero in on one thing more than another. One may have more maps, one my have more on stamps, (Yes you can do genealogy with stamps), history books, children’s books, law libraries and the list  goes on.

I covered the Law Libraries first, because any court case or land dispute the libraries can help you to research or learn more about them.  Each talk I have given covered at least 7 libraries.

Hoping to have all of them covered by the end of the year.  We have a County Library system, various city Library systems, college libraries, and private libraries.

So when NGS wrote

When Was The Last Time You Used a “Physical” Library Card?

I was so excited because I used mine yesterday at Bonita-Sunnyside Library. Carrying cards from the Michigan State Archives, ( a great facility for research). Carlsbad Library, San Diego City Library, San Diego County Library, Los Angeles City Library and dropped my card to the Petaluma, Ca library since Mom passed away and I am not there enough to use any more. National City has their own system also.  LDS Libraries are also available for research in our communities. I go there at least twice a month endeavor to go weekly.

Chula Vista Library sees me very often. It is where our society meets and we have a “Stack of books regarding Genealogy ” in this library, for in house use.  The duplicates are on open shelves for check out and sharing outside the library.  As a founding member of the CVGS group, I am happy to say the first 9 worked hard to get this off the  ground in the 1980’s and by 1993 we got a special paper from the state as accepted organized Society . I found my copy and gave it to the President of the society, a  few months back.  Lots of our early documents were lost when a member became hospitalized and the husband did not realize the value of what was in the valise the wife held.   Protect your documents please.

There are many branches to all these Libraries. Now if you get a chance to go to an Archive then you will find even more to intrigue your mind.

Having asked some of the Head Librarian’s to present about their library is exciting. You get to see their passion about their Library they represent.

Go visit your Library, whether it Genealogical, State, City,  College or private.  It is like traveling the world at your finger tips.

Thanks NGS for talking about Libraries and everyone needs to read your report.

Sad it is written like people have forgotten what a library is? Computers will never replace the multi millions books written and placed on shelves through out our world.