In the Spotlight


ROOT CELLAR LIBRARY
The library is housed at the California State Archives, 1020 O Street, on the fourth floor. It is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We have over 6,000 books on our shelves. These include all 50 states plus foreign countries, such as Ireland, England, and Germany. The library has a special sharing program called 50/50. Let’s say there is a book you would like to research. You have checked our on-line catalog and we do not have the book. You can purchase the book, do your research and donate the book to the Root Cellar Library. In turn, the library reimburses you 50% of your purchase cost. Just think, you accomplish your research goal and in return for donating the book you receive money back! Great deal for you and your library. Just donate the book and show proof of purchase with a receipt and receive a check from the library. It is a WIN-WIN for all!


Stories for PRESERVES

Are you busy this summer? 
Traveling? Researching ancestors? Writing family stories?
Please send your stories for PRESERVES by
September 1, 2022
to Lois Shumaker at loshumaker@comcast.net
No need to format, just send a plain text or Word file.
And pictures, if you have them!
If you need help, get in touch.

 
FACEBOOK ADMINISTRATOR
We are seeking a volunteer to administer and edit our Facebook page. Do you have about an hour a week to contribute to Root Cellar? You will create/delete posts, edit the page content, coordinate with our special interest groups, and respond to comments. The page is currently up and running. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please email the Publicity Chair, at publicity@rootcellar.org.

 

Special Interest Groups and Workshops

Are you new to genealogy?
or
Are you a "seasoned" genealogist but are plagued by pesky "brick walls"?
 
Our daytime workshops and special interest groups ("SIGS") may be just what you need to further your research efforts.  If you haven't done so before now, consider participating with one or more of the following:
  • Daytime Workshop - 3rd Wednesdays from 1-3PM
  • Genealogical Book Club meets every other month on the second Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Family Tree Maker SIG - 3rd & 4th Thursdays from 11:30AM - 1:30PM
For more information on these resources, click on the "Meetings" link of the "Home" menu option at left, or scroll down the list of meetings at right.

BOD Meetings

The monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 10am to 12pm. Any member of our Society is welcome to attend. To receive a meeting invitation, please email our President at info@rootcellar.org at least three days before the meeting. 

Geni-Gram is our monthly newsletter. It's chock-full of information about our Society and local meetings and events, as well as topics of genealogical interest.   
 


 

Join Our Fabulous Society

             
 

Thursday, Aug. 11th
Ciao to Your Ancestors in Italian Civil Records with Karen Bowdren LaDuca
An introduction to genealogy research in Italy using available online civil records.   Karen took her first genealogy classes in the early 1980's. After a 16-year break to raise two children, she resumed her research in 2006. She began researching her husband's Italian ancestry, learning how to navigate Italian ...
Wednesday, Aug. 17th
Root Cellar's Daytime Workshop
In-person -- Masks are Optional Join us August 17 as we delve into Ancestry's ThruLines tool. What does it do? How does it work? How can it benefit our research? Priscilla "Sam" Farrel will present.   Our free workshop meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 ...
Thursday, Aug. 18th
FTM SIG
Hosted by Ron Setzer and John Jay ~ Informal presentations, problem solving, hands-on demonstrations, question and answer sessions. This SIG (special interest group) will address both Macintosh and Windows versions of the software.  Contact Ron Setzer at papasetzer@comcast.net for Zoom login instructions.  
Thursday, Aug. 25th
FTM SIG
Hosted by Ron Setzer and John Jay ~ Informal presentations, problem solving, hands-on demonstrations, question and answer sessions. This SIG (special interest group) will address both Macintosh and Windows versions of the software.  Contact Ron Setzer at papasetzer@comcast.net for Zoom login instructions.  
Thursday, Sep. 8th
How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case with Lisa Louise Cooke
Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You’ll learn to track ancestors like a criminal cold case detective, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record with cutting edge technology.   Lisa Louise Cooke is the author of several books including The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, ...