09 October 2015

Discovering Your Roots: Researching and Assembling

Only TWO classes left!

Come down to the Heritage Center on Sunday, October 11th and join us for 
Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy.

We start at 2:00 p.m. in the Sarah McCardle room.

We'll watch Lecture 13: Reseaching in Your Ancestors' Backyards and 
Lecture 14: Assembling An Account of Your Discoveries

There's a short break in between sessions; and many or our class participants arrive early to get some research done in the Heritage Center, which opens at 12 noon on Sundays.

Researching in Your Ancestors' Backyards:  At some point during your detective work, you'll have to actually visit where your ancestors lived.  In this helpful lecture, discover  how to use key local resources you'll need to rely on for success in your research: cemeteries, records of churches and synagogues, city directories, local libraries and historical societies.

Assembling An Account of Your Discoveries:  You've learned how to build context and write an engaging narrative.  Now, examine the best ways to organize your material and assemble a lasting account of your unique heritage. What are the fundamental questions you'll need to answer before writing?  What are the five elements essential to any multi-generational account?

Remember that you can come to the Heritage Center and view any of the sessions for Discovering Your Roots, as well as the session notes.

01 October 2015

Death: Records, Obituaries, and Cemeteries

We (the FCGS Board) were looking at October and thinking of what special class or activity we could plan.  It needed to be either the first Saturday of the month, or the last, given that our Seminar was scheduled right in the middle.

You can tell by the title of this post what we came up with :-)

Death: Records, Obituaries, and Cemeteries is our take on Halloween genealogy.

Let's take advantage of all the resources the Heritage Center and our Librarians have, dig into the obituary files, see what we can learn at the cemetery, along with some morsels from Denise.

Saturday, October 31st, 11:00 a.m., in the Heritage Center

21 September 2015

Cemetery Treasure Hunt This Saturday!

We'll meet at Kingsburg Cemetery, 12782 E Clarkson Ave, Kingsburg, CA 93631
and wander the older section in search of answers to our Treasure Hunt questions!

Bring a pencil and a clipboard, a camera, and a sack lunch.

There will be a prize for the person or team with the most right answers!

Afterward, we will drive a few short miles to the Kingsburg Historical Park,
2321 Sierra St. Kingsburg, CA 93631,
where we will enjoy a picnic and some great fellowship.

If you have any questions, please email us,  Infofcgs (at) gmail.com

So thankful for Janelle and posting this reminder of our September activity to Facebook!

(and thank you to LadyTimeless at DeviantArt for the beautiful image)

FCGS Logo Contest

Announcing Fresno County Genealogical Society Logo Contest:
To finish our 50th Anniversary year, a contest is being held for a new logo to bring us into the 21st century and launch us into our next 50 years.

Eligibility:  The contest is open to all individuals

How To Enter:  
Entries must be submitted by email to fcgslogo@gmail.com
Entries submitted as an EPS are preferred,  a .jpg may be accepted with a of minimum 300 dpi 
Email must include the name, postal address, phone number and email address of the Entrant.
No more than three entries may be submitted per Entrant.
Entries must conform to the Submission Guidelines below.  Entries which do not conform will be rejected.
Entry deadline is 12:00 noon, December 31, 2015 (PST)
Entries will be acknowledged within one week of receipt, however, we will not be held responsible for entries or responses lost in email.
There is no fee to enter.

Submission Guidelines:
The purpose of the contest is to design a logo for the Fresno County Genealogical Society.  The logo will be used online, in print, and on merchandise.  Flexibility is a key requirement, including the need to re-size easily (up to 12 inches, down to one inch) and to look good in black and white as well as color.  No more than three colors may be used.  The final version of the logo must be suitable for high quality printing.
The logo must contain the words "Fresno County Genealogical Society".
The logo must not contain any other text besides that required above.
We advise against the use of halftones and gradients.  Color in this version must be CMYK, no spot colors.

The winning designer will receive a $150 cash prize

Judging and Selection of Winner:
Finalists will be decided by Fresno County Genealogical Society Board (FCGS) members.
Finalist entries will be voted upon by the members of FCGS.  This decision is final.
FCGS reserves the right not to select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.
The winner will be required to sign a contract assigning all ownership of logo to FCGS.

Intellectual Property:
All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design.  The design may include images that are iconic of Fresno and in the public domain.
All entries will become the sole property of FCGS.

Participation constitutes the Entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules.  By participating in the Contest, the Entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read and understood, and agree to be bound by, these rules. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the Entrant and FCGS in relation to the Contest.

About FCGS:
Fresno County Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization established in 1965 to
1. Foster and support genealogical and historical interest in Fresno and the surrounding communities
2. Collect and preserve genealogical and historical data.
3. Aid Society members and the general public in compiling genealogies and genealogical research.
4. Establish and maintain a genealogical library, known as the Heritage Center (San Joaquin Valley Heritage & Genealogy Center) in conjunction with the Fresno County Public Library 
5. Publish The Jotted Line newsletter, the Ash Tree Echo journal, and other publications containing helpful information for family research.

20 September 2015

Discovering Your Roots: Lectures 11 & 12 Next Sunday

Come down to the Heritage Center on Sunday, September 27th and join us for 
Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy.

We start at 2:00 p.m. in the Sarah McArdle room.

We'll watch Lecture 11: How to Write Biography and 
Lecture 12: Dos and Don'ts of Writing History

There's a short break in between sessions; and many or our class participants arrive early to get some research done in the Heritage Center, which opens at 12 noon on Sundays.

How to Write Biography:  Explore the process of writing about your ancestors in a way that's memorable - but that always adheres to the truth.  Learn how to compose timelines; how to build historical context around life events; how to search for (and find) a life's central theme; how to select the right literary format; and more.

Dos and Don'ts of Writing History:  Writing about the past is fraught with snares.  Find out how to sidestep them with Dr. Colletta's  do's and don't for writing historical narrative.  These include using period vocabulary; evoking the senses using sounds, textures, and aromas; and avoiding the danger of viewing the past through the lens of the present.

Remember that you can come to the Heritage Center and view any of the sessions for Discovering Your Roots, as well as the session notes.

Monday: 10:00 am - 7 pm 
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 7 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 7 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

19 September 2015

Genealogy for the Holidays

The topic for our September General meeting was Genealogy for the Holidays: Making lasting gifts with items from your family tree.  We had such a good time and there were so many great ideas, I thought I would share a few of them here.

In no particular order, some with links and some without, here's a few ideas to spark your genealogy creativity -
A lovely, simple embroidered family tree:

 If you have a history of military service in your family, this is a beautiful way to document and honor your family members and ancestors:

Love this photo idea - Can be photographed in reverse too - youngest to oldest:

Turn a favorite memory into a puzzle for a unique display:

Have you thought of a frame holding photos of only your great-grandmothers?
What a great idea!

Make those treasured photos into gift tags and add sweet memories to each gift! 
Print or copy photos onto cardstock (do not use originals!!) then craft away:

Beautiful photo idea:

This one is professionally made, but if you or a family member has some Photoshop skills . . .

A pictorial family tree, great as a gift for parents or grandparents, 
and a wonderful display for a family celebration :

A sweet shadow box:

A mixed collage of great-grandparents
which includes a few of their personal items.
A really lovely remembrance:

Pen and Ink family tree :

Vintage photo ornaments with scrapbook corners,
again, be sure to copy or print your photos onto paper:

Transfer photos onto wood - genius! 
This is a great little video - 
(Make sure to use a photographic copy, not the original!):

Another great idea for making family photos into ornaments!
Great instructions: 

Photo blocks:

a Family History Game,
Very thorough instructions and ideas to create your own!:

Transfer photo onto fabric and then embellish with embroidery:

Enlarge an old letter or postcard for a vintage display in your home:

Photographic Family Tree going back in time -
Another thoughtful gift or celebration display:

Male Family Line:

Cute idea- a magnetic family tree for little ones!
Can they match the pictures to the right place in the tree?
Can you?

And finally, the stunning tree that is now on my crafting wish list . . . . 

The background is a Plat Map from the area the family lived in:

Punched leaves with family members names ;

Ancestors are the roots and descendants are the leaves.
Just Beautiful.

Are you inspired?

18 September 2015

Clovis - Big Dry Creek Historical Society

Today, Melissa, Janelle, and I (Denise) were out and about in Old Town Clovis doing a bit of reconnaissance before our Seminar next month, and I HAD to share with you a perfect treasure that we found.

I'm sure you've heard of the Clovis Museum.  I'm sure, if you've been to Farmer's Markets or Big Hat Days or Clovis Fest (happening this weekend, by the way), then you've walked right by it.  But have you been inside?

We were very fortunate this morning when we walked in to not only be greeted by the Clovis - Big Dry Creek Historical Society President Peg Bos, but to get a personal tour from her and hear all of the wonderful stories behind the treasure contained within the museums' walls.

The greatest treasure, for family historians, though, is what is contained in their vault.  Binders and binders and more binders with surnames, family stories, newspaper clippings, and more.  And the best part is that they are a work in progress.   The binders are added to as they continue to interview people and delve into historic newspapers and documents.

Best of all, Peg shared their list of surnames contained within the binders and gave us permission to share it with you!  So, be looking for that in the very near future.

All in all, it was a great way to spend a Friday morning - met some great people, ran into old friends, many businesses have posted our Seminar flyer in their windows, and we got a great donation for the Seminar.

Of course, with the great antique shops AND Quilter's Paradise, we will definitely go back again.