Time for our weekly "What's Happening" on the website. So here is what is
First of all, those that have WebTV have been having problems accessing the
site as it is too wide for their set. We are aware of this, although there
is nothing that we can do as the template and the amount of information on
it are too wide. This is similar to the several other sites that you cannot
access for the same reason. I apologize for this inconvenience, but there
is no way to correct this.
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Now for the good stuff...
The following counties or partials have been completed:
Butte Book One
Colusa Book One and Two
Los Angeles Book Two
Marin Book One and Two
San Bernardino Book One
The following Counties are in the transcriptions phase:
Butte Book Two
Los Angeles Books One, Three, Four, Five and Six
San Bernardino Book Two
San Francisco Books One and Two
San Luis Obispo
The counties that have been ordered are:
IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE COUNTY YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, GO TO THE WEBSITE AND THE
FRONT PAGE WILL TELL YOU THE STATUS OF THAT COUNTY.
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Several people have asked if we would do lookups. Unfortunately, our answer
has to be no as the records are spread all over the US in various stages of
transcription. Also, unfortunately, you will have to wait till they are
online. The volunteers are typing as fast as their little fingers can go
and we are getting the records online within days of completion of a book
or county. Sorry, but you have waited this long, a little longer and you
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Speaking of volunteers, we have over 100 working on this project.
Understand that these records are old (100+ years) and sometimes hard to
read. Also understand that we think this project is really important
because the records are only required to be kept from 1905 forward.
Anything before that time can be gotten rid of WITHOUT NOTICE because they
were not required. One we have them online, they cannot take them away from
us and they are free for the looking.
All of our volunteers are incredibly special people to help with this
project and donate their time and efforts. Periodically there are a few
that really stand out and I think they deserve special mention.
First is Betty Vickroy. Betty must have the fastest fingers in town. She
has completed six full batches and is still going. She has worked in San
Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles and Nevada counties, as well as typed ALL of
Marin county. She is my "pinch hitter" when I only need one more batch in a
county or when somebody has given up on trying to transcribe a certain
batch. She is one incredible lady and GREATLY appreciated by all.
We also have Sharon Dulcich, who not only got us access to Kern County
records, but photo'd all of them and now is transcribing all of them. She
deserves a definite extra pat on the back for all this effort that she has
We have Dorothy Oksner, who not only helped to sponsor Santa Barbara
County, but is coordinating the genealogical society there to do all the
transcribing and staying on top of them all to help to make sure that all
is going well. Thank you Dorothy for all you are doing.
Beverly Stone has been working with El Dorado County, which she accessed
the records for and is currently transcribing all by herself. She is also
working with Sacramento county to get copies of those registers for us so
that we can get those transcribed and online as well. Thank you Beverly for
all your work.
There are several others...including those who don't even live in
California. We have transcribers in Washington, Nevada, Oklahoma, Virginia,
Arizona, Kansas, Idaho, Utah, Missouri, Oregon and Louisiana. And we have
received donations from all over the world for this project. We thank you
all for your wonderful help and generous time.
We are currently working with Richard Finn, President of the
Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society to sponsor and transcribe the balance
of the records for Alameda county. We hope this will turn out as well.
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Donations for this project can be sent to the myself, the project
coordinator at the address below. There is lots more to do and funding is
required to cover the costs of copies of these records and postage to get
the info to the transcriptionists. Your help, no matter how big or little,
is desperately needed and incredibly appreciated.
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For those of you that still do not know about the project, let me give you
a brief rundown. We are working on getting all the records, from all
counties, for the pre-1905 period online. We are currently working on the
deaths and then will be working on the marriages and birth records. The
website can be viewed at: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cabf1905
We have been working on the project since the beginning of the year (just a
little over two months) and have managed to get quite a bit done, thanks to
all the donors and volunteer transcriptionists. If you think you can help,
feel free to contact me by email.
So....that is all for another week. Will keep you posted as new counties go
Till next week,
P. O. Box 391368
Anza, CA 92539-1368