Friday, August 20, 2010

PARADISE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, Exhibitor at Family History Day

Paradise Genealogical Society Library
It is a pleasure to introduce the Paradise Genealogical Society as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the State Archives.

Nestled in the foothills of northern California, the Paradise Genealogical Society was started in 1968 by a dedicated group of volunteers. Motivated by a love of history, they collected books, newspaper articles, maps, and photographs of Butte County. Through the years our members have donated and indexed hundreds of additional books, obituaries, publications, and family histories.

Our society maintains a library that is unique in that it is not subsidized by church or tax funds and is not housed in a church or tax supported public building. Our members have check-out privileges and the facilities are available to the public at no charge.

Library patrons have access to more than 3,400 printed volumes and over 200 periodical titles of genealogical interest; microfilm/ fiche records; computerized files and resources; and the Florence Styles Collection of files and resources, particularly Butte County, from this noted California historian.

Be sure to visit the Paradise Genealogical Society exhibit on Family History Day.  We will have the ability to do your Butte County research from our vast array of data.  We will also have our Goldmine publications available, our cemetery and mortuary records, and our famous “911” pedigree chart showing hundreds of the deCoup-Crank family.

Paradise Genealogical Society Library
5587 Scottwood Road
PO Box 460
Paradise, California 95967-0460
Phone: 530-877-2330
Magalia Hall


Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
It is a pleasure to introduce the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum as an exhibitor at Family History Day at the State Archives.

The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a learning center that allows students of all ages to explore California's early days of education. Located in the Capital City's historic Old Sacramento area, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a living replica of traditional one-room schoolhouses found throughout America in the late 1800s.  The design and contents closely match those of the one-room Canon School, built in 1884 to serve students in the Northern California community of Brooks in the Capay Valley (located in Yolo County).  Costumed schoolmarms and school masters are available to tell about school life in 19th century California, and sometimes even lead visitors in a lesson. The one-room replica schoolhouse, established in 1977 by community volunteers, features a pot-bellied stove, vintage student desks and other furnishings typical of the period.

The Schoolhouse annually sponsors an essay contest for fourth grade students in California's public schools. Written on the theme of "A Day in School in 1875," the essays are first judged in their own schools and winners are selected. Those winners in both GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) and regular divisions are forwarded to the Schoolhouse for final judging. Cash prizes and other awards are presented to winners at the Schoolhouse.  Every child who writes an essay is sent a certificate of appreciation.

The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is open most weekdays and weekends to the general public, and weekdays by appointment for school field trips.

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
1200 Front Street (at L Street)
 Sacramento, California
(916) 483-8818

Monday, August 16, 2010


The Genealogical Association of Sacramento (GAS) has been active since the late 1970s when about twelve genealogy buffs got together and decided to hold regular meetings. Some of our current members are part of the original twelve.

Members meet the third Wednesday of each month except July, August and December. the meeting begins at 1pm at the Belle Cooledge Library at 5600 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento.

A presentation by a knowledgeable speaker is featured at most meetings.  Members also share their individual finds and help others with their research. Our group bands together to try to break down brick walls. We are like a little "construction crew"!

A genealogical book collection sponsored by GAS is housed at the Sacramento Public library, Central Library Branch located at 828 "I" Street, 4th Floor.

GAS also sponsors a day-long bus trip to the Sutro research library in San Francisco (a division of the California State Library) in March and a trip in May to Family History Library in Salt Lake City to conduct research.

We will gladly welcome others to our group and enlighten them to our finds and hints. We will also, gladly, welcome anyone who can help join our little "construction crew" and break down those brick walls!
We look forward to talking to you at our exhibit at Family History Day!
Genealogical Association of Sacramento
P.O. Box 292145
Sacramento, CA 95829-2145

CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY (Exhibitor) and KAREN PAIGE, Speaker, at Family History Day

California State Library
It is a pleasure to have a "double bill" at Family History Day at the California State Archives:  the California State Library will be an exhibitor and Karen Paige, a librarian there, will be a speaker.

The California State Library, a California public research institution, provides its customers with the accurate, up-to-date information they need to do their jobs easily, quickly, and confidently. Whether you are an elected official, a state employee, a representative of one of California’s libraries, a person with special reading needs or a member of the general public, the California State Library is here for you. Our staff, including librarians, researchers, and consultants are at your service.

What We Do
The 157-year old California State Library serves the people of California in several ways:
  • It is the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature
  • It provides non-partisan research to the Legislature and the Governor.
  • It collects, preserves, generates and disseminates information ranging from California's priceless historical items to today's online texts.
  • It advises, consults with, and provides technical assistance to California's public libraries, and it directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs, and services.
Some history
In 1850, California’s new legislature, seeing that the state’s facts, figures, and documents needed to be in a central location, established the California State Library in the State Capitol. In 1917, the California State Library established the Sutro Library in San Francisco from the private library of Adolph Sutro.

California History Room
in the Library Courts II building  
Karen Paige is a Librarian at the California State Library, California History Room. This division of the library holds a major collection of documents from and about California's rich history. The documents range from books, maps, newspapers, and periodicals, to pictorial materials (including daguerreotypes, lithographs, stereographs, and paintings) and ephemera (such as posters, programs, pamphlets, and sheet music). Researchers of all types—authors, historians, reporters, legislators, filmmakers, genealogists, historic preservationists, graduate students, teachers, and California citizens—visit the California History Room to use these resources. All are welcome!

Karen Paige will be presenting Genealogical Resources at the California History Room of the California State Library.  Learn about the materials in the California History Room, useful research guides, library rules of use and etiquette, photocopy service, and how to get there.

California State Library
California History Room
900 N Street, Room 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 654-0176
FAX (916) 654-8777