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CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES ONLINE
This is the season when research  folks like to hit the road to visit document repositories, history museums, visit the old homesteads, cemeteries, attend family reunions, etc.
CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES ONLINE


THE HERMIT OF HORSESHOE BEND - Part Two
I had the pleasure of visiting the Mariposa Library this week.  It is a wonderful haven on these hot days, and the staff  is wonderful!

The library has a collection of the old Mariposa newspapers on film.  I was searching for the obituary of Pedro Arata, (see last weeks
article)
.  Pedro died in January of 1973 in Mariposa.
THE HERMIT OF HORSESHOE BEND - Part Two


THE HERMIT OF HORSESHOE BEND

7-1-07
I ran into the saga of one of those folks Readers Digest used to write about.  I think the articles were titled "Characters I Have Met" or something of the like.

This story played itself out in the hills of Mariposa County not that long ago.  This spunky man, with a deep attachment to the land he lived on, carried on for many years living the solitary life in the hills above the ever rising waters of Lake McClure.
THE HERMIT OF HORSESHOE BEND

Last Seen at Ridley's Ferry, Mariposa County 1858
6-24-07
A man goes missing in 1858. Is this the end of the story? Would his family ever know what happened to him?
Ridley's Ferry was a crossing on the Merced River from about 1850 to 1852.
About 1860 the name was changed to Benton Mills, then in 1890 the town
was renamed Bagby.
Last Seen at Ridley's Ferry, Mariposa County 1858

Poll Lists
6-3-07
One very helpful tool in locating the males in your family search is the Poll Lists/Great Registers. Of course, women will not be found in any voting records in California prior to 1912. How is it then that a woman in 1868 became the first woman to vote in California?
Poll Lists


Researching
A Mariposa 49er
5-20-07
Researching the family tree of Jarret M Ridgeway, a fellow who came to Mariposa in 1849, was a surprising success. It led me back to England, in the 1600's. I had no idea how far back I might be able to trace this family when I started this quest.
Researching A Mariposa 49er

An Account of the Enterprising Spirit That Operated The First Stage in the Valley
5-13-07
A continuation of an article that started on 5-6-07
Reared in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where love for horses, scenery and human sympathy were his chief characteristics, called to bridgeport, Mariposa county in 1854 by the lure of gold, Henry Washburn soon wearied of an  isolated miner's life and drifted into  the livery stable business in Mariposa.
An Account of the Enterprising Spirit That Operated
The First Stage in the Valley



LOCATING McNEILS MILL-
COUNTY ARCHIVES RESEARCH

5-6-07
A Mariposa researcher contacted me recently regarding a mill site that was mentioned in an ancestors diary- McNeils mill.  She asked me to be on the "look out" for this location.
Locating McNeils Mill


ONE RINGY DINGY
4-29-07
Some occupations have faded  to memory. One of them is "switchboard
operator".
One Ringy Dingy


CALIFORNIA VITAL DOCUMENTS RESEARCH
4-22-07
The most commonly sought after records in genealogy research are the vitals- Birth, Marriage, Divorce and Death. This page is the history of the requirements and procedures for recording these documents in California at the county and state level from 1851- 1919.
California Vital Documents Research


FAMILY MONEY WAITING FOR YOU?

4-8-07
While searching for ancestors, why not look for some unexpected family money! State Controllers hold unclaimed monies that are just waiting to be claimed.
FAMILY MONEY WAITING FOR YOU?

WHERE THE HECK IS SAUERKRAUT?
4-1-07
Old documents, newspaper articles, letters, etc,. will often mention
place names that are no longer on the map. The fun begins!
Where The Heck Is Sauerkraut?

Get The Word Out !
3-25-07
Searching for family information on the net, also involves posting your
information ! When you get the word out to others about your quest you
may be surprised at who else is looking for the same folks.
Get The Word Out!

GRANDMA's SILVER
3-11-07
The wonderful surprises you may find in old newspaper articles! You have a
treasured piece of Grandma's silver. In researching the old local newspaper
you may just find the story behind that family heirloom. Below are a couple
of examples of wedding gifts received by these Mariposa County pioneer
families. Grandma's Silver

Organizing Your Research
3-4-07
From the very first piece of paper you collect in your genealogy research you
are probably on the way to creating a rather chaotic scene in your
office/work space. Organizing Your Research

$pending Your Genealogy Dollar$
2-25-07

As with any hobby, there will be expenses. With the advent of the internet the cost of traveling is no longer one of the main expenses. However, subscription based databases can be quite costly. Spending Your Genealogy Dollars

Riding The Wave

2-18-07

If you have the genealogy "bug" you no doubt spend countless hours
surfing the net. If you haven't started-get started now. If it has been
awhile since you went looking - get started now!  Riding The Wave


                                     A Journey
2-4-07
Researching your family tree, for some folks, will only be about gathering as many names into your family tree as possible, I have seen online trees that hold 10,000 names! These trees contain only hard data. They contain names, dates of birth, date of marriage, name of spouse, names of children, and date of death. For some that is enough and satisfies their interest in their family roots. Genealogy by Carolyn Feroben


 

 

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