Genealogy Seminar Scheduled for Stockton

How could local genealogists be so fortunate? One month ago, I posted a notice in this blog about an upcoming genealogy workshop in Seaside, California. (See post for January 3, 2014.) Recently, I learned about another genealogy seminar coming up in Stockton.

Burns Tower, University of the Pacific.

This all-day seminar will occur on Saturday, February 22, . . . → Read More: Genealogy Seminar Scheduled for Stockton

Genealogy Made Easier

Some of the most tenacious people I know are genealogists. I have the honor of working with genealogists all the time here at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. Piecing together tiny bits of biographical data from hundreds of different sources can be rewarding. However, I also know from personal experience that it takes lots of . . . → Read More: Genealogy Made Easier

What’s in a Name?

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?

Celebrity Names in San Joaquin County

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

A Docent’s Great-Grandparents

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

Stockton Rural Cemetery Celebrates 150 Years

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

Prohibition in San Joaquin County

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

The Civil War 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

Society Announces Online Research Tool

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

The San Joaquin County Obituary Index Project

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