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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The last few years have been rough, caregiving for a sick loved one.  I hope to do a better job at blog posting this year.  I am thrilled to have two genealogy research clients this year and look forward to diving deeper into their family histories.  I have recently returned to my duties as Social Media Chair for the North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS). 
Did you ever consider the occupations run in your family?

I have several doctors in my family as well as musicians, writers and railroad workers.

My parents were both teachers. My father was a university Dean and professor and my mom
taught elementary school.  I am a teacher of sorts. I teach people about their family histories and I teach paper crafting classes. So in my own way I am carrying on the legacy left to me by my parents.  Also, both of my parents enjoyed learning about history like I do.

Both my family and my husband's family have a history of working for the railroad.  My branch was working on the Chicago Northwest Railroad and my husbands grandfather was a Blacksmith's assistant for the railroad in Sacramento, California.

Storytelling also runs strong in my family.  One of my grandparents was a vaudeville drummer and had stories about the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton coming for dinner.  Ole Dahlberg was reported to be able to roll his hat down his arm in the grand vaudeville tradition. Ole told of a young Benny K. who played with him for a while in the Orchestra at Waukegan, Illinois. Benny K. later became Jack Benny.

My grandparents Alice Dahlberg and Thomas Riddell Sankey worked at the Racine Journal Times (Racine Times Call) So they made a living with storytelling and telling the stories of others as Journalists.

(Do not reproduce without permission Copyright Gwynn Socolich 2017)

Disclaimer: I am a self employed Genealogist, I do not work for a railroad or the Racine Journal Times.

 Check out this link:
It is for the Dahlberg and De Young scrapbook that I donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Busy Summer! Jamboree in June

I went to Jamboree in June. It did not seem to be as crowded as in past years.  I bought a paper copy of the syllabus but then I had to carry it! I was a hefty lug.
Some of the topics this year were:
Genealogy Cloud, WIKIs for Genealogy, Upstate NY Midwest, Flipboard, Wills and Estates, Navy/Marines, Google Search Strategies, Widows/Orphans, Low German Mennonite, Treasury Records, Eastern Europe, African American Genealogy, Writing, Manuscript Collections, DAR website, Colonial Migration, Land Records, Google Earth, Scottish Military, Copyright, Weather (and your ancestor), Goldrush, Mexico and Early Ohio.  This is not an exhaustive list but it gives you an idea of the topics.  Jamboree is usually held the first weekend of June. This year there was a separate DNA conference that preceded Jamboree.