I need maps. Sometimes I jokingly tell my wife that I really don't because I inherited a perfect sense of direction from my father, who was a civil engineer and surveyor. But both of us know better. My wife has too many stories of our family taking unwanted detours to let my claim go unchallenged.
Candidates . . . → Read More: Another Map for the Museum
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
Migrant family from Missouri on U.S. Highway 99 near Tracy, Calif., 1937. (Dorothea Lange, U.S. Farm Security Administration)
Remember the migrant labor camp in Thornton, California? Gail Erwin posted an entry about it last week on the Museum's blog. That camp is only one of many reminders that the U.S. government sponsored an array of projects—only . . . → Read More: The Living New Deal
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
One of the best-kept secrets of San Joaquin County may be the historic government records housed at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum. Knowledge that these resources exist often comes as a surprise to visitors. The Museum holds official records from the County of San Joaquin and the Cities of Stockton and Lodi that, together, span . . . → Read More: Lodi History Made Easier
Sometimes I marvel at the amount of data floating around "out there." Any stranger who knows where to look can discover where I live (and have lived), my telephone number, my age, and the names of members in my family. And that's just the beginning.
Have you ever wondered how different things were in the past?
. . . → Read More: The Great Register of San Joaquin County
The San Joaquin County Historical Society is pleased to announce receipt of an award from the California Preservation Needs Assessment Project. The award will support an analysis by outside professionals of preservation needs within the San Joaquin County Historical Museum’s archives and library. This award complements another, more general one that the U.S. Institute of Museum . . . → Read More: Historical Society Awarded Grant
I don't usually combine the words San Joaquin County and mining in the same sentence, even though Stockton can be considered the gateway to the so-called Southern Mines of the Mother Lode during the Gold Rush. But actual mining—here in San Joaquin County? When it comes to natural resources, I think of water and soil, not . . . → Read More: Mining in San Joaquin County
Have you noticed how little rain has fallen in San Joaquin County this season? Do you remember how different it was last year? Seasonal variations have occurred for centuries, and they've become the subject of scientific analysis. In fact, an organization called the California Extreme Precipitation Symposium has been studying this subject for almost twenty years. . . . → Read More: Extreme Rainfall
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