SAGINAW GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
ALL VISITORS AND NEW MEMBERS MUST PREREGISTER
Invite is sent the day before the meetings. So be sure to Register today!
We are still meeting to clean off Veteran Headstones at the Forest Lawn Cemetery at 1 pm on clear, warm Saturdays. Located at 3210 S. Washington St., Saginaw, MI
(All tools supplied)
SGS MEETING RECAP
SGS MEETING IN: SEPT
We had our first in person/ZOOM meeting, it started out a bit shaky, in that I forgot to send out the invite on Monday to our ZOOM members, but we DID get it sent out and we DID have a few ZOOM members attend.
We will try VERY hard to improve on that this COMING month. Our September meeting was on learning a few items about Ancestry trees, and then learning how to colorize a photos through Ancestry, which anyone can do if they did a DNA kit through Ancestry.com, then you receive a free starter tree, which you can colorize photos through! Voila!
SGS ELECTION RESULTS 2022-23
YOUR 2022-23 SGS BOARD MEMBERS
SOME ARE NEW, SOME ARE OL.... WELL,
LETS JUST SAY THEY'VE BEEN AROUND.
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1950 CENSUS INDEXING
MY FAVORITE IS #23
I HAVE ACTUALLY TRIED #14... HAVE YOU?
A BOOK TO REMEMBER
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CHECK THESE OUT
YOU MAY FIND HELP HERE FOR YOUR SEARCH!
MILITARY SERVICE: CIVIL WAR
Six Steps To Find Your Civil War Veterans and Their Regiments
To get the most out of Civil War Stories, you need to know who in your tree might have a story! We show you how in just 6 steps to find those people.
We, as in a few of us...(ok it was only two) went to Forest lawn Cemetery in Saginaw on a Saturday in September and we learned the proper method of cleaning military headstones and using the VA APPROVED D2 cleaner. So here below, are the steps if you want to do this on your own. We WILL be doing this again in OCTOBER,
and finally in MAY for Memorial Day.
And boy do we need your help!
10 STEPS TO CLEAN A
VETERANS HEADSTONE USING D2
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
ALWAYS CONTACT THE CEMETERY FOR VETERANS,
OR THE FAMILY OF THE DECEASED IF CIVILIAN.
1. RINSE OFF HEADSTONE WITH HOSE OR BUCKET
2. SCRAPE OFF ALL LICHEN W PLACTIC SCRAPER OR A CC
3. RINSE WELL
4. REPEAT IF NECESSARY
5. SPRAY STONE LIBERALLY WITH D2 CLEANER - all sides
6. LET SIT FOR 20 MINUTES!!! (DONT HURRY THIS)
7. SCOUR STONE WITH NATURAL OR PLASTIC BRUSHES
8. RINSE WELL
9. SPRAY WITH D2 AGAIN AND LEAVE IT
10. TRIM GRASS @ STONE BASE/SO MOWERS HAVE ROOM TO MOW
HONOR THE PERSON AND THEIR MEMORY, SPREAD THE LOVE!
Please won't you help us to accomplish this LOVE PROJECT ?
Watch the video below
and learn how to clean a veteran headstone.
To learn more about our LOVE PROJECT,
please keep reading
IT'S BELOW a bit...I PROMISE
Every Wednesday The Weekly Genealogist provides readers with news and information about NEHGS and the genealogical community. Features include a description of the latest database
on AmericanAncestors.org, a spotlight, an editor’s column, a survey question, stories of interest, and announcements about bookstore items, educational opportunities, and special offers.
MONTH BY MONTH
October is best known for its Halloween festivities, but it's also a month loaded with national and global celebrations. In addition to spooky revelry, October's schedule includes multiple days on the topic of bullying awareness. It also has days that encourage pasta-lovers to rejoice, celebrate science and nature, pay tribute to teachers, and more. Click below to read more.
FamilySearch - Family History Library Free Online Webinars
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THE BOOK NOOK
HISTORICAL, GENEALOGICAL & RESEARCH BOOKS
Paging the Dead (A Family History Mystery)
by Brynn Bonner
When a professional genealogist who teaches classes in family history scrapbooking is implicated in the murder of her client, she starts her own investigation to clear her name—and avoid jail!
Piecing together the evidence . . .
Genealogist Sophreena McClure, is an expert at unearthing other people’s secrets. Using old documents and photographs, Soph and her business partner, Esme Sabatier—also a gifted medium—trace family histories and create heritage scrapbooks. Their latest client, Dorothy Pritchett Porter, is thrilled with their research into Morningside’s most prestigious clan. But before Dorothy can proudly display her new scrapbooks on Founders’ Day, she’s found murdered. It seems the ties that bind can also strangle, for Dorothy has been killed using the Pritchett family pearls.
Pegged as prime suspects, Sophreena and Esme turn their investigative skills from the dearly departed to the alive and dangerous, hoping to pin down the real killer among Dorothy’s kinfolk. Sophreena’s scrapbooking club members, crafty in more ways than one, pitch in to help. As the Pritchett ancestral roots turn out to be more tangled than anyone suspected, Sophreena wonders just how many skeletons lurk in this family closet—and whether she and Esme are destined to join them. . . .
Family History Month
Family History Month (October) often brings great opportunities
to improve your genealogy skills, find out about new resources and meet others who share your passion for the past! Check program schedules for your local library and genealogical society to see what’s going on near you. If you don’t have time to head out to a Family History Month event or if there are none near you, here are plenty of ways to acknowledge the holiday at home by working on your own family story.
Table of Contents
6 Ancestry Search Tips
1. Pinpoint your ancestor’s location from the census on a map, and then look for churches, cemeteries, and other places where your ancestor may have left records.
2. Be sure to locate your ancestor’s adult siblings in census records. It was common for extended family to live in the same household or near other family members. You may find a parent, grandparent, or other family members living either with them or nearby.
3. If you’re having a difficult time locating your ancestor, try searching using only given names and other details like birth year, residence, family members, place of birth, etc.
4. Occasionally, census takers only recorded initials in place of the given name. Using only a first initial will bring up these records.
5. Census takers didn’t always have the best penmanship, so if you’re having a hard time locating your ancestor, write out the name and try replacing some of the letters with letters that look similar. (Try an O for an A, try an J for a P, try a F for an S.)
6. The U.S. federal censuses for the years 1900-1930 include a date of immigration for immigrants. Use that date to narrow your search for your ancestor’s passenger arrival record in the Immigration Collection.
FALL IS HERE!
CELEBRATE THE FAMILY!
HOORAY, YOU FOUND US!
In OCTOBER we are still cleaning headstones!
We were at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Saginaw county to start this project in September. We will CONTINUE TO DO SO whenever the weather is good enough to go
ON A DRY SATURDAY
Always at 1 pm
The month of September was a test run for the upcoming
Memorial Weekend 2023, when we hope to have some GOOD practice under our belts along with a nice size crew by then!
If you have a loved one in a SAGINAW COUNTY CEMETERY and have the ownership authority to allow us to clean a loved ones headstone, please click below, and fill out the permission form, and we will add it to our TO DO list.
(Sorry, we do not clean during the winter)
It costs us about $25 per headstone to clean.
(we do not not charge for gas) Some STONES are bigger some are smaller, so this is an average. We are a non-profit and would really appreciate financial help in doing this project. We are currently working on VETERANS HEADSTONES that need no permission or supplies other than from the cemetery.
If you want a BEFORE AND AFTER photo of the cleaned headstone please fill out the permission slip. If known, please list the SECTION, LOT #, ROW and the NAME of the cemetery.
We will keep you posted!
DID YOU KNOW:
What October 1st is?
International Day of Older Persons
The Resilience and Contributions of
The 2022 theme of International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) serves as a hallmark and reminder of the significant role older women play in traversing global challenges and contributing to their solutions with resilience and fortitude.
CURIOUS AND ODD
OK, SETTLE DOWN....You'll scare the dead!
THE MORE YOU KNOW
WHAT IS IN A NAME?
Answering for myself, I can say that the only reason I knew Molly and Polly were nicknames for Mary is that I happened to see it while looking at baby name books. If I hadn’t seen it in a name book, and someone used Mary/Polly for a baby, I’m not sure if I’d think “Oh neat!” or if I’d be confused and have trouble remembering it.
I THINK I’d be charmed, especially if I looked it up. I have the same issue when I’m mentioning Daisy as a nickname for Margaret: it’s traditional and established, but does that necessarily mean it still makes sense to people now?
I’d LIKE to see more Polly and Daisy for Mary and Margaret, so I’m motivated to back this idea. And I’m also in favor of vintage nicknames, which is why I like Sadie and Sally for Sarah, and Meg and Maggie for Margaret, and Betsy and Bess for Elizabeth. And it seems like the current environment is very open to unusual name/nickname combinations. But just WHY did these nicknames come into being?
Varying dialects across the country, and scribes rendering names on a “sounds-like” basis in written form did much to alter names as they evolved through time. Moll and Molly became colloquial medieval forms of Mary, but in another English dialect, Molly became Polly (similarly, Maggie and Peggie were both used for Margaret). The English also had a knack for rhyming names in the Middle Ages, which is how Rick and Dick both evolved from Richard, as did Rob and Bob from Robert, or Will and Bill from William.
As names became shared by many, pet forms and diminutives became necessary to distinguish one person from the next. Take the name Mary, which can be Mae, Mamie, Moll, Molly, Polly. Or John, which became names like Jake, Jack, and Johnnie. Another reason scriptural names received nicknames was to not use those "Holy" names on a regular basis. Whatever the reason, nicknames have become the norm in our environment. So, do you want to know the nickname or meaning for YOUR given name? Click below!
WHAT DID YOU SEE?
SO HOW OBSERVANT ARE YOU?
DID YOU NOTICE THE: 13 GHOSTS?
SAVING BEST FOR LAST
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