Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hello Dolly! April 23 at 11am

Instead of a History-Mystery tour in April, SDGS member and former President Gloria Osborn will share her wealth of knowledge about dolls - their place in history and their value as collectibles today. She will open her home to a limited number of members, where she has her own large and varied collection. You are invited you to bring your own dolls for her to evaluate.

Following our visit with Gloria we will be having lunch at nearby Guadalajara's Mexican Restaurant.

If you are interested in attending, please call Kris at 619-820-2552 or email

March History Mystery - REVEALED

Our March History-Mystery Tour will be in Old Town San Diego where we will enjoy a guided tour and lunch at El Fandango.

Wednesday is a Living History Day with staff dressed in period costume and demonstrations of carpentry, quilting, etc.

Some spots left - if you are inteested call Kris at 619-820-2552 or email

Saturday, March 27, 2010

This Week at the Library 21 March to 3 April 2010

Wednesday 31 March 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - History Mystery - It's a secret. Attendance limited.

Thursday 1 April 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Don't be an April Fool. The library is open to the public.

Saturday 3 April 10a.m. to Noon - The FamilyTreemaker users group discusses, what else, FamilyTreemaker.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

This week at the library

It's a slow week.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010
10 a.m. to Noon Class: Brick Walls

Thursday, 25 March 2010
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Library open to the public

Saturday, 27 March 2010
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Library open to the public

Thursday, March 18, 2010

KPBS interview of Pam Journey

As a filler before one of the "Faces of America', with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. San Diego's KPBS interviewed our librarian, Pam Journey.

A producer and videographer were at the library for about three hours videotaping the interview and our facility. The attached video clip is about a minute and a half.

KPBS generously allowed us to post the video clip on our blog.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Who Do You Think You Are"

I am on an mailing list that is promoting "Who Do You Think You Are". I will just cut and paste the synopsis of this weeks episode and include a link to a teaser at NBC. The teaser is on NBC's page that is all about the series. If you missed episodes 1 and 2 there are links for you to watch them on your computer.

This Week’s Episode

You won’t want to miss this week’s episode. Lisa Kudrow sets out to learn the hard truth about what really happened to her Jewish ancestors who remained behind in Belarus during World War II. Despite the cold details of how the Holocaust impacted her family, Lisa’s episode ends with a silver lining.

Check out the teaser featuring Lisa Kudrow, and tune into NBC for the full episode on Friday at 8/7c.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tell Your Friends!

Just like those featured on the NBC series "Who Do You Think You Are?" your friends can find their ancestors, too! Tell them to call (858) 279-SDGS (7347) and we'll help them get started. Free!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

This Week at the Library 14 - 20 March 2010

Monday 15 March: Writer's Group 10 a.m. to noon

Wednesday 17 March: Class - England/Wales 10 a.m. to noon

Thursday 18 March: Library open to the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday 20 March: SDGS bus trip to Los Angeles Public Library

Friday, March 12, 2010 for SDGS

I challenge anyone else to sign up for SDGS on and do some searches/shopping to contribute donations to our Society. Let' shoot for $25.00 total by the end of March.

I'll buy one Snicker's bar for every member who signs up and uses this site!

Spring Ahead, Fall Back

If you have to get up on time on Sunday 14 March don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday.

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday 14 March 2010.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Los Angeles Public Library bus trip

The bus trip to the Los Angeles Public Library on 20 March needs more riders!

The special events chairperson said that the trip is in jeopardy because there have not been enough people sign up. If you are considering going, contact Kris immediately. There is a flier application at LA Public Library trip. The flier also has contact information for Kris. She needs to know by Friday 12 March!

The Los Angeles Public Library has one of the largest collections of City Directories in Southern California. If you had ancestors in a city between censuses that published a City Directory you need to go to LA. The library also has extensive collection of county histories that could be of use.

Even if the two items I mentioned don't excite you, just go along for an enjoyable day and support SDGS.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

This week at the library

Wednesday 10 March:
10 a.m. to noon: Computer Basics Class: Scanner Help

6:30 p.m.: Board of Directors meeting

Thursday 11 March:
10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Library open to the public

Saturday 13 March:
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Basic Genealogy class at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church

10 to 11:30 a.m.: Rootsmagic Users Group at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church

12 noon to 2:00 p.m.: Monthly Meeting at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church
Guest Speaker: Wayne Anderson
1. When the absence of information was a clue
2. What we learned on the way to proving something was not true

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

2010 Census

The 2010 Federal Census is about to commence so it is time to start putting out the scam alerts.

The US Code, Title 13, Section 221 states that everyone is required to answer the census questions truthfully.

However there are scammers out there who try to exploit this. Here are a few things to be aware of:

1. The Census Bureau does NOT conduct the census over the internet.
2. The Census Bureau does NOT send emails concerning the census.
3. The Census Bureau NEVER asks for your social security number, ask for money, represent a political organization or ask for PINS, account numbers, etcetera.

If a person purports to be from the Census Bureau you can request to see their ID and they must show it to you. They will have a Census Badge and you can ask for a second ID.

The following link is to a Census Bureau web page explaining who to contact if you think you are being scammed. Census Bureau Scam page.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"Who Do You Think You Are"

While I am on the subject of television I was sent some more promotional material on the NBC series that starts on Friday 5 March. See my earlier entry for more information.

The email I got today lists the celebrity and the date of their episode.

March 5 – Sarah Jessica Parker
March 12 – Emmitt Smith
March 19 – Lisa Kudrow
March 26 – Matthew Broderick
April 2 – Brooke Shields
April 9 – Susan Sarandon
April 23 – Spike Lee

Final episode of "Faces of America"

The fourth and final episode of Faces of America airs tomorrow 3 March at 8 p.m. on PBS.

This episode concerns DNA genealogy. I am going to just cut and paste from PBS's website for the synopsis.

Know Thyself – Episode Four takes up the search for the guests’ ancestries where the historical record leaves off and links their distinctive family histories to the broader history of “the family of man.” Combining the documented stories of some of the guests’ last known ancestors with DNA evidence, the series travel backward through time to reveal both distant relatives and surprising shared ancestral connections. Elizabeth Alexander learns that she is a direct descendent of Charlemagne, and that her paternal roots are not only European, but Jewish. Meryl Streep and Mike Nichols discover that they are distant cousins, as do Yo-Yo Ma and Eva Longoria. Interwoven with these stories and others is the journey of the host, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he and his father and brother undertake an historic project to have their entire genomes mapped, and thereby to learn everything they possibly can about their own family. This episode offers a compelling and thought-provoking meditation on the importance of ancestry, the meaning of family and the role of both in creating identity.

Sounds interesting.