Have you been watching the TV show Who Do Think You Are? This program takes viewers along on a celebrity's journey to find his/her ancestors.
In the first episode, the El Dorado County Historical Society was one of several historical and genealogical societies and libraries that provided evidence of Sarah Jessica Parker's ancestors, specifically her fourth great-grandfather's 1850 death and location during the Gold Rush era. The Ancestry.com blog posted a summary of Ms. Parker's search including links to the 1850 U.S. Federal census for California and California Gold Rush counties.
The value of these organizations is immeasurable to family history researchers. Whether you are just beginning your journey or are more experienced, you will undoubtedly spend time pouring through the historical collections and speaking to the staff and volunteers at these research facilities.
Where will you begin your search if you don't get an invitation to be on Who Do You Think You Are? Hopefully your answer was "Family History Day at the California State Archives"! Give yourself extra points if you thought of your local genealogy and historical society and library.
Family History Day 2010 at the California State Archives will be your one-stop "mall of learning" about helpful resources, beginning or refining your research techniques, and a chance to mingle with family history enthusiasts.
Mark your calendar now for Saturday, October 9, 2010 and read, print and share the Family History Day 2010 flyer linked on the right side of this page.