In an effort to assist our genealogists in their never-ending search for their ancestors, our Education Director of 2016/2017, Judi Lewis, has begun submitting helpful research tips. Check our the links below, after you've read about this year's Seminar and Workshop.


Introduction to Beginning & Intermediate Genealogy - May 5th and 12th, 2018

Workshop FlyerThis Spring workshop is in two parts on subsequent Saturdays. Breaking with tradition, it will be held at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley.
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June 12, 2017

The article this month was taken from Family Tree Magazine. I really have to put in a plug for this magazine. It includes great articles and web sites to research. It's sort of a problem though - I will never get to them all. Oh, if only there were more hours in the day. The older I get, the faster the time goes. My husband used to say that time was relevant. I believe it!

I'm always looking for a different way to look at data when I'm having trouble finding my long-lost ancestor, and I found some good suggestions in this article. One of the suggestions I received when I first started doing genealogy, was to always look at the page before and the page after when analyzing a Census document. I've found brothers, in-laws, parents, and sisters. Try some of these suggestions when working with your brick wall. I hope you'll be able to find something new.

I've also included a Vital Records Chart (also from Family Tree Magazine. This was given to me by Brenda Hix. It's a great tool that we can reference before we start looking for vital records. This is the date that the state required vital records to be recorded. It doesn't mean you can't find records at the state before those dates, but it alerts you to the fact that you'll probably want to check the county or city records too. Thank you Brenda!

Hope I've provided you with some tools that will be of some use to you.

Good hunting, Judi Lewis, Education Director

30 Ways to Overcome Brick Walls

Sourcing your Research

Secret Details of the 1940 Census

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