February 19, 1988 |
There may have been a genealogy about your family published decades ago. It is foolish to think you are going to find a book that has your complete family tree in it. But you may be lucky to discover one that includes parts of some of your branches and twigs. Many genealogy how-to books recommend that you consult compiled family histories early in your research.
October 1, 1992 |
Here are some of the organizations and resources available to help track down ancestors: GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES North San Diego County Genealogical Society The society meets twice a month in the Carlsbad City Council chambers next to the library. Founded in 1968, the organization encourages the study of genealogy and the the preservation of genealogical records. It is open to any person with an interest in their family roots who is willing to support the society in its endeavors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1994 |
After a career fighting fires for the city of Los Angeles, Gerry Mathews of Fillmore spends most of his time these days sifting through 200 million names, stringing together his family roots. It is a task he had pursued in his spare time for 30 years--interviewing relatives distant and close, roaming libraries and mailing off inquiries to halls of records across the western United States. "I worked on it by hand for a long time," said Mathews, 53.
May 18, 1989 |
Question: My parents left from Libau (present-day Latvia) 1910-12 for the United States. Besides North German Lloyd, what other steamship company could they have come on and where would these passenger lists be? Answer: By checking the Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals for these years you can determine which ships arrived at which ports and the dates of arrival. Since Boston was the principal port of arrival for many Latvians who came between 1905 and 1913 and since there is an index to passenger lists of Boston for 1902-1920, you can request National Archives to search these records for you. There also is an index for New York, 1897-1943.
May 19, 1988 |
Genealogists hang out at libraries, but usually learn by trial and error how to use them to locate information about their ancestors. The world's largest genealogical library is the famed Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. It is a private library, but is open to all, free of charge. This library has a collection of more than 165,000 books.
September 7, 1989 |
Question: There are dozens of genealogical books I would like to see. However, buying them all would bankrupt me. What tips do you have for those of us on limited budgets? Answer: As in any hobby, our wish lists are usually larger than our funds. Determine which books are available in your area.