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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Santa Barbara Trip, Spanish Heritage Anyone?

Santa Barbara Presidio: You never know what you will discover when you go on vacation!

One of the Family Group Sheets at the Presidio had the surname Dye listed in the line which is pictured above. I have a Dye relative by marriage from Ohio. I do not know if they are related. Another research project!

We just returned from a trip to Santa Barbara, California. I lived there for a few years. We visited the Presidio which was reconstructed after the time I lived there. They have an ongoing archeological field school. I was delighted when my husband discovered several family group sheets in large poster frames on the wall.

Also at the Presidio:
I obtained a sheet of the Real Presidio de Santa Barbara Founding Garrison (Aril 21, 1782 (list from the Santa Barbara Company, July 1, 1782 and Escolta of Mission San Buenaventura (March 31, 1782) from the 1782 and 1783 baptismal, marriage, and burial records of Mission San Buenaventura. The information was compiled by Mary Triplett Ayers. This lists the Soldados (soldiers and other officers at the Presidio) if you have any ancestors in Santa Barbara in 1782-1783 see the article below:

I just found this article written by Mary Triplett Ayers: The Founders of Santa Barbara at and it looks like most of the list and then some are included in this article.

Other Resources:

Where was the Santa Barbara Presidio Cemetery?

Los Californianos: Includes a Query section, links for genealogical and historical societies related to California and research (includes Mexican Land Grants)

Los Angeles Under the Spanish Flag

Presidio Research Center: Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Jamboree Article Published in NSDCGS Newsletter

Our gracious editor published my three part blog entry in our North San Diego County Genealogical Society Newsletter for June 2010.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Jamboree 2010, Part 3 Other meetings and Internet Resources

During the course of the three days of Jamboree, we took a group photo for the ProGen Study group and I attended my first Association for Professional Genealogists meeting in which I joined the Southern California Chapter. The vendors offered discounts on books, services and software as they usually do every year. This year Ancestry offered scanning on their high speed scanner but they had some problems when the power went out in our building for a few hours on Friday.

We took the train back to Oceanside and arrived at seven pm on Sunday.

Internet Resources:

Lisa Louise Cook: Genealogy Gems

Guild of one Name Studies

Jean Wilcox Hibben

Arlene Eakle

Unclaimed Persons

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

Jamboree 2010 Report Part 2 Jamboree Continued: Seminars

The first seminar I attended was Katherine Hope Borges seminar “Exploring Your Surname“. Katherine covered the origin of surnames and connected that to DNA results. She is currently administering a One Name Study for Malcolm and affiliated families. I was delighted to hear this because I am a Malcolm descendant. I was actually planning on attending another seminar but wound up in the wrong room: the Jamboree schedule is laid out like a chart with the room numbers across the top and the times for the seminars running down the left side. On Friday during lunch I highlighted the seminars I was interested in attending.

The second and third seminars I attended were given by Lisa Louise Cooke who has a podcast on the internet called “Genealogy Gems” . Lisa spoke on “What You Must Know to Save Your Research From Destruction” and “Google Earth for Genealogists”. Lisa was very interactive with the audience and she had several useful tidbits for us. She validated what I learned previously: if you use a grant deed (like UC Riverside) to donate your research to an archives they become the owners of it and can charge people to access it. The archives can also dispose of it at will if specified in the grant deed. So, be careful to read the fine print. Lisa showed us how to draw up a Genealogy Materials Directive.
She has also created a tutorial DVD on using Google Earth for Genealogy.

I took another class from Lisa on Sunday which was “Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye: 7 Strategies You Need to Find Living Relatives”. Lisa mentioned that she had ancestors in Racine, Wisconsin where I spent most of my childhood. Afterwards I gave her my card and asked her to email me her Racine relatives and I would keep an eye out for them while I do my research. Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak spoke about Michelle Obama’s roots during our Saturday night banquet and Meagan spoke again on Sunday about her work with “Unclaimed Persons“. On Saturday Jean Wilcox Hibben gave a talk on “Shaking the Myth: Proving/Disproving Family Legends” . Jean addressed some components of analysis I remember from logic class and applied them to genealogy. She interwove the two. I also attended Arlene Eakle’s class on American Court Records for a refresher on courthouse research.

Jamboree 2010 summary in three parts: Part 1 Train, Registration, Food and Notes

It was a relaxing seven a.m. train trip from Oceanside to Burbank. It was nice to catch up with friends from the San Diego Genealogical Society and Chula Vista Genealogical Society. We shared our research stories and helped each other with research problems. Upon arrival at Burbank there was a hotel shuttle from the train station to the Airport Marriott for Jamboree. Several of us opted to walk across the street to the Marriott. If you choose to take the Amtrak train attend Jamboree in the future, you need to be aware that you will have to carry all your luggage on the train because Burbank does not have check in baggage service. I forgot about that this year and over packed my suitcase.

Registration for Jamboree is usually done by surname groups to expedite the registration process, I was in S-Z line. I was given a tote bag with my nametag and tickets to the meals I purchased in advance. It is wise to put your meal tickets behind your name tag for easy access. Other options in the area are the “lunch cart” (not too impressive with a soggy turkey sandwich), the cafĂ© in the hotel (this option is pricey and be prepared to wait) and a food court in walking distance (Panda Express, a Japanese restaurant, a smoothie place etc..)

I relied on a netbook for notes and a composition book in case I needed to write notes. This worked out well because by the time I reached the last two classes on Saturday I had a cramp in my calf from propping up the netbook on my lap and I resorted to the composition book for note taking.

Disclaimer: I am a Southern California Genealogical Society Member.