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Saturday, February 25
Sac Co PL: Millions of Members: Finding Your Ancestor in Fraternal Organization Records  (Calendar)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation
The Sacramento County Public Library presents Millions of Members: Finding Your Ancestor in Fraternal Organization Records with Melinda Kashuba, PhD.  Was your ancestor a member of a fraternal or social organization? Thousands of associations emerged during the 19th and early 20th centuries to address the social, financial and occupational needs of Americans and immigrants. Ethnic and religious fraternal organizations helped ease the transition in unfamiliar surroundings, provided benefits such as tools, small loans, and burial funds. In Northern California, fraternal organizations were particularly popular among miners, farmers, and railroad employees. We often learn about an ancestor’s membership from heirlooms, insurance policies, obituaries, or tombstone iconography. Not every fraternal organization kept their records, but some did, and they survived. This lecture will help you identify your ancestor’s membership and provide a strategy to locate records if they exist.  Click the following link to find out more information and/or register for the class Millions of Members: Finding Your Ancestor in Fraternal Organization Records.



Saturday, March 25
Sac Co PL: What City Directories Can Tell Us  (Calendar)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation
The Sacramento County Public Library presents What City Directories Can Tell You with Mary J. Sayles.  City Directories can provide details on what life was like for ancestors in different eras. Created for salesmen, merchants, and others interested in contacting residents of an area, these directories often list the adult residents of a city, county, or specific area. Generally published annually, this resource may provide clues on ancestors if they were not registered to vote, did not own property, and/or the census enumerator missed the ancestor/family.  Click the following link to find out more information and/or register for the class What City Directories Can Tell Us.



Saturday, April 22
Sac Co PL: Ancestral Road Trips, Part I: East of the Mississippi  (Calendar)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation
The Sacramento County Public Library presents Ancestral Road Trips, Part I: East of the Mississippi with Madeline Yanov.  This is the 1st of a 2-part talk that will focus on U.S. migration. As the American colonies grew, people migrated to the frontier in search for more space, land, or job opportunities. Why did your ancestors settle in one place rather than another? How did they get there? Did they stop along the way and are there records in those places? This presentation will deal with the reasons people moved, records, including land, which reveal when they arrived, and the more common routes between the colonies to the interior of this country. Also discussed will be the part that canals, waterways, and early railroads played in aiding migration. The routes discussed will cover the Eastern seaboard, south and westward to the Midwest. Since routes to the West and Southwest originated in the Midwest, it is important to understand why and how people got to the Midwest in the first place.  Click the following link to find out more information and/or register for the class Ancestral Road Trips, Part I: East of the Mississippi.



Saturday, May 20
Sac Co PL: Ancestral Road Trips, Part 2: Go West Young Man  (Calendar)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation
The Sacramento County Public Library presents Ancestral Road Trips, Part 2: Go West Young Man with Madeline Yanov.  This is the sequel to Ancestral Road Trips, Part I. The routes and trails discussed here had their beginning in the Midwest and pushed west to the Pacific Coast and southwest to Texas and New Mexico. Focus will be on the Santa Fe Trail, The Oregon-California Trail, The Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Trail of Tears. Other minor trails will also be mentioned. Also discussed will be the part the transcontinental railroad played in the settling of America. Road trip, anyone?  Click the following link to find out more information and/or register for the class Ancestral Road Trips, Part 2: Go West Young Man.



Saturday, June 24
Sac Co PL: Introduction to Mexican Genealogy  (Calendar)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Zoom Presentation
The Sacramento County Public Library presents Introduction to Mexican Genealogy with Lisa Medina.  This introductory presentation covers foundational concepts in family history research, as well as specific resources and tips for tracing ancestors in México, including the abundant church and civil records available online.  Click the following link to find out more information and/or register for the class Introduction to Mexican Genealogy.