Sunday, December 13, 2009
New for the Winter Session is "Researching Your English Family Roots", taught by popular Santa Barbara genealogy maven, Janice G. Cloud on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to Noon, at the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society's Sahyun Library (316 Castillo St. Santa Barbara).
Over 10 weeks, Jan will show us how to begin our search for English roots with records that can be found here in the US. Then we'll cross the pond (virtually) to learn how to use civil registrations, censuses, parish registers, and probate records to bring those British ancestors back to life.
Returning from the Fall schedule is Beginning to Intermediate Family History Research, taught by Louise Matz. These popular evening classes are held on Tuesday's from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. at the Wake Center, Rm. 26.
This "hands on" class is great for those just starting their research or those returning to their roots tracing. Louise will cover the records that help you find your ancestors and will also show how to use internet resources, and advanced strategies in your searches.
Also returning in the Winter is "The Wednesday Class", Jan Cloud's ever popular Intermediate/Advanced Family History Research class. As always, emphasis is on problem solving and methodology, and you'll always learn something due to the variety of problems brought to the class and the collective knowledge of experienced classmates in attendance. This informative session meets from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Wake Center, Rm. 26th. Class size is limited to 70 and as you know if you've attended ...it fills up quickly.
Registration must be done "online" at www.sbcc.edu/AdultEd.
See SBCGS's website for detailed information about the classes.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Winter Reading Possibilities
I like mysteries and historical fiction — especially ones where the settings are in a country where I’ve traveled — or plan to visit.
Recently I read two books that were so good I’m still thinking about them. Both were historical fiction; both had some elements of mystery; and — frosting on the cake — both had genealogy elements woven into the plot.
The first book is Tracy Chevalier’s The Virgin Blue. It is the story of Ella, an American woman who moves to rural France and becomes obsessed with uncovering her family’s French past; and Ella’s ancestor, Isabelle, a woman living in 16th century France during the persecution of the Huguenots. The two intertwined strands eventually converge as Ella discovers the truth about Isabelle’s fate. It combines vivid historical fiction with a genealogical detective story which uses an old Bible, civil records, church records, and lots of serendipity (far-fetched?) to pull the stories together. Chavalier also includes amazing descriptions of both France and Switzerland. She is the author of The Lady and the Unicorn and Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Some related URLs and a few books from the SBCGS Sahyun Library:
History of the Huguenot Emigration to America, Vol. I, II Baird, Charles W. 929 W2 BAI v. 1-2
Huguenot Ancestry Currer-Briggs, Noel 929 H2 CUR
Huguenot refugees in the settling of colonial America / Gannon, Peter Steven 973.2 H2 GAN
The second book is The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Kent is herself a tenth-generation descendant of Martha Carrier, one of the first women to be tried and hanged in Salem in 1692. This book is a fantastic and very personal perspective of what happened at the Salem Witch Trials. Kent weaves dramatic secrets throughout the mesmerizing family saga which is told through the eyes of Martha’s nine-year-old daughter, Sarah.
In Kent’s own words: “I'll never forget the moment I discovered that the stories my mother and grandmother had been telling me about an ancestor who had been hanged for being a witch were true. I first heard about Martha Carrier, one of the first women to be tried and hanged in Salem in 1692, when I was a child of about eight or nine. I grew up with stories of my mother's family, the Carriers, and their involvement in the witch hysteria: the trials, the imprisonment, and, in Martha's case, the hanging.”
This book might motivate some of us to take an incident from our historical past and create a best-selling novel out of it! Maybe I should return to Salem and do some on-the-spot research — for my great-uncle proclaimed that we were descendants of Sarah Morey, another young woman questioned for witchcraft.
In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 by Mary Beth Norton. It’s a scholarly look at the causes of the Salem witch trials. I’m reading it now — although much slower because, although fascinating, it makes me want to take notes for the upcoming exam. (For the author’s genealogical connections to the Salem Witch Trials, refer to the Acknowledgments on page 427.)
Some URLs for more information:
http://etext.virginia.edu/salem/witchcraft/ (NEH funded; outstanding site!)
Submitted by Diane Sylvester
Friday, October 2, 2009
And, what an afternoon it was! The official City of Santa Barbara proclamation was read by Mayor Marty Blum and presented to President Art Sylvester.
Members and guests had the opportunity to look up ancestral information using the Society’s research resources, enter the name of their immigrant on the Wall of Honor, and listen and enjoy Irish music and stories by the musicians of Foggy Dew: Gary Jensen, Willie Quinn, and Aoife Quinn.
pitchers full of homemade lemonade.
We especially recognize and honor our hard working volunteers who made the event a huge success.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Twenty good natured workers picked up brooms, dust rags, squeegies, and ladders to get ready for the Fall season of family history research and workshops at the Sahyun Library.
Thanks to all who joined in the fun (and donuts) and for those of you who missed it...you can look forward to Spring Clean up Day 2010!!!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
This coming Saturday, August 29th, is your chance to experience that worthwhile endeavor at the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society's Sahyun Library at 316 Castillo St.
The doldroms of summer are over and the new "Academic Year" of research is upon us. Time to clean windows, replace light bulbs, re-affix fallen signs, identify items for a garage sale (or E-bay) and generally get ready for a new season of research and new visitors.
Jim Friestad, our major domo of the Library's facilities, will be the leader for the day's work details. Rumor has it that Marj Friestad, who knows that a happy belly and caffeine makes for a productive worker, will ensure we're be supplied with....something yummy.
Lots of hands will produce quick, yet satisfying, results! Contact Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have an area of expertise; otherwise just show up at 9:00 a.m. this next Saturday (August 29th) at the Sahyun Library (316 Castillo St) and experience the joy -- and sugar rush -- of a community cleansing...there may even be tunes!
Friday, August 14, 2009
There were several librarians on staff that day to assist the visitors------ Jan and Mary, Dorothy, Ruth, and Marnie in the morning, and Connie and Dorcas in the afternoon.
Monday, August 10, 2009
No "Amazing Chase" this time (it is August, after all) but we will have Pizza, munchies, soft drinks, tea, and best of all....collegial fellow genealogical enthusiasts to offer a hint or two, and celebrate your breakthroughs with you!
Bring someone who is just beginning in their roots quest and we'll help them get started on those pedigree charts, family group sheets, or a tutorial on Internet genealogy.
Or for you experienced -- but stymied -- researchers bring a few GWs (or maybe a Benjamin!) and enter the raffle for a chance to win a dedicated one hour of Research Assistance with our own Janice G. Cloud, a renowned genealogist that we are so lucky to have in our midst.
Given our cramped space and the dearth of computers, we're limiting space this time. (Good thing we're expanding our library!) So, you'll need to RSVP to Diane Sylvester as spaces are limited: email@example.com.
Or call 967-1742.
See you this Friday for another "Sleepless at the Sahyun"!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
$20 for non-SBCGS members
Sunday, Jul 26th 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Sahyun Library 316 Castillo Street, Patio
News Flash: Fred Brander, early Pioneer of Santa Barbara Wine Industry, joins VW&FL tour guide Bob Dickey, Sunday July 26th 3 5:00 p.m. at the Sahyun Library Patio.
C. Frederick "Fred" Brander was born in Argentina, but moved to Santa Barbara at a young age, just in time to help establish the "modern" Santa Barbara wine industry. The family owned Brander Winery was founded in 1975, produced its first Bordeaux varietal wine (Sauvignon Blanc) in 1977, and captured the first Santa Barbara Gold medal for a wine in 1978. Winemaker Fred Brander is as knowledgeable about the world of wines, and the history of the Santa Barbara wine industry, as anyone in the entire county. With a degree in chemistry and an early member of Santa Barbara chapter American Institute of Food & Wine (founded in 1981 by part-time local resident, the late Julia Child) Brander has successfully made wine, that is always enjoyable with food, for over 30 years.
Bob Dickey has, with zeal & curiosity, participated in practically every aspect of wine growing and making, and has augmented his enthusiasm by attending viticulture and enology classes at Alan Hancock College and UC Davis. For five years, Bob co-hosted - with Gabe Saglie - "The Grapevine Show," a very popular radio talk show. He is chief photographer for Wine & Dine SB, teaches classes and leads tours on wine, and writes on wine for Noozhawk.com. He photographs all the Santa Barbara County Vintners' Association events, is the Central Coast Photographer for The Tasting Panel; supplies wine photos to about two dozen publications and paints wine-related subjects.
RSVP by July 23 to Dorothy Oksner firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your check to Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
(put "VW&FL#2" in the memo)
P.O. Box 1303
Goleta, CA 93116-1303
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
About 24 of us were sleepless and researching in the Sahyun from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Pizza, coffee and cake gave us the energy to work into the night.
A challenging research game offered prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. A raffle drawing for an hour of research time with Professor Jan was awarded.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Today a few of us said goodbye to our quilting and genealogy friend, Doris Floyd. Doris lived the good life as attested to by her children and the friends who also came to say goodbye. Some of the quilts Doris made were hung on the railings around the rotunda at the cemetery. It felt like Doris was surrounding us.
Doris was a member of Daughters of the Revolution [DAR], Daughters of Union Veterans in Iowa [and in Santa Barbara she was President of Tent #22 in 1992], United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, and a host of other organizations. Doris was a 5th and 6th grade teacher having earned her teaching certificate in Missouri where she was born. She taught Adult Education classes in sewing and quilting in Santa Barbara. Here are some of the really beautiful quilts she made.