Aren't old family photos fun? Pictures of relatives from the past can put flesh and bones on the skeletons of otherwise dry, meaningless names. They can also bring back pleasant memories and reawaken our sense of belonging.
If only we knew. Unidentified football player, possibly from Lodi High School, during 1940s.
But they can also be all . . . → Read More: What’s in a Name?
Have you ever wanted to meet your doppelgänger, the person who supposedly looks just like you? I'm not convinced I have one, though a number of friends once told me that some guy in college looked just like me—from behind. How about meeting someone who shares your first and last names? That seems more likely, though . . . → Read More: Celebrity Names in San Joaquin County
If the docents of San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum put their stories together, our history would tell the true tale, not a textbook re-creation.
It is stunning to realize these fine people were born before the Civil War began, and I can clearly remember them and their voices, voices beginning 150 years ago, especially Great . . . → Read More: A Docent’s Great-Grandparents
Monument at grave of David S. Terry, Stockton Rural Cemetery.
Whoever said "dead men don't tell tales" must have never visited a cemetery. As any local historian can attest, the tombstones and monuments of the deceased actually do tell stories. In fact, they stand as some of the richest sources for biography and local history anywhere . . . → Read More: Stockton Rural Cemetery Celebrates 150 Years
Still for making illegal liquor, San Joaquin County, ca. 1920.
I need your help. Last week, an avid genealogist phoned me to discuss research on her ancestors, one of whom owned a detective agency in Stockton. That bit of information captured my attention. Then she told me that he worked as a detective during Prohibition, and . . . → Read More: Prohibition in San Joaquin County
What comes to your mind when you think about the Civil War? Abraham Lincoln? Ulysses S. Grant? How about row after row of Union and Confederate soldiers facing off with single-shot rifles? And where do you see the battles happening? Can you think of any west of the Mississippi?
Members of the Hartford Post G.A.R., . . . → Read More: The Civil War in San Joaquin County
Remember the San Joaquin County Obituary Index Project? (If you don’t, see the entries for June 16, 2011, and October 12, 2011, below.) Well, work on the project has ended successfully! At last, genealogists, historians, and other researchers can view online citations for or copies of newspaper obituaries in San Joaquin County that date from the . . . → Read More: Society Announces Online Research Tool
Some of the most tenacious people I know are genealogists. It’s not uncommon among genealogist friends of mine to take years searching patiently for biographical details that many of us more frail mortals might never try to find in the first place. But when they discover what they want, they have reason to celebrate.
A long-lost . . . → Read More: The San Joaquin County Obituary Index Project
You thought this entry might involve zombies, didn’t you? Well, it doesn’t. Instead, it deals with a tool that genealogists value highly when they research dead people: an obituary index. In addition, it issues a call for volunteers.
So what’s the connection? Let’s start by discussing obituaries. In addition to telling genealogists when a person died, obituaries . . . → Read More: Searching for Dead People