Date: Sat, 23 Mar 2002 19:32:06 -0800
From: "Donna@MBS" <mbs(a)inland.net>
Subject: pre-1905 weekly update
It's that time again...for another update on our progress. Lots of good
are happening. We have gotten funding for Alameda County from the
Livermore - Amador Genealogical Society and they will be helping with
transcription although we will be working on it as well. We have also
gotten the balance of our funding for San Francisco County from a very
generous man in Australia. Also appears as we may be able to trade some
info on San Francisco with another genealogical society who has done some
we haven't and vice versa. Things are jumpin'.
We have gotten Lake County and Modoc County out for transcription, Kern
and soon to be online and naturally much more of San Francisco
scheduled to go online as soon as proofing, etc gets done. We have had some
questions about Sacramento County getting online, which is in the near
future, but we are at the funding stage there and would like to get some of
those pending online. We have about a dozen counties where the records are
ordered and over 20 counties with over 30 volumes being transcribed right
now. We want to get some of those done before we get another big county
going (I can't find room for more files on my desk at the moment). Santa
Cruz County has been funded as well and other donations toward some of the
other counties which are building up their totals to cover costs. All of
you have been wonderful with your donations to keep this ball rolling.
Modoc County was transcribed by a donor an just needs to be set in our
which is happening right now so that should be up rather fast as
well. Del Norte County is going out to start transcription too. And, we
will be finishing up some of the other batches that have been in
transcription for awhile. To put it nicely, we are working on completing
some counties to get them online.
I have to admit that I never dreamed this would move along as rapidly as
it has been
going. We have been at this for only two and one half months
and the progress is phenomenal when you think about it. I couldn't do it
without all the donors (over 90) and all the volunteers (well over 100).
They are all incredible and really staying on top of all this. Never in my
wildest dreams did I realize the response I would get with my first email
that said "HELP! HELP! HELP!", way back in the beginning of January. You
are all really wonderful and very giving and helpful people out there. All
the support is incredible and the "Found" stories keep rolling in.
To maintain this speed though, I regret to inform you, we cannot do
this process. Several have asked and I have had to turn you
down. We are getting them all online as fast as our little ol' fingers will
go, so please be patient.
The website <http://www.rootsweb.com/~cabf1905>
has only been up for less
two months and we have had almost 7000 hits so far, so we must be
sparking some interest there. Keep visiting. That is what it is there for.
We will keep you updated as new areas are placed on the web. Please note
that weekly, the site is updated by Steve (my hero and our computer guru)
to keep you informed on the latest completed files as well as the status of
all the areas we currently have "under constructions". And to keep our hero
happy is our heroine, Laura who keeps all our transcribers "technically" up
to snuff. A special thanks to all of you.
Me...I just organize (or try to) all this hullaballoo, keep the books,
and help our transcribers when they can't read some of the
older, too dark or too light handwriting. You could say I am technically
the "non-technical" side of the project. If you would like to help, email
me. If you would like to send a donation, send it to me. If you have a
question, ask me. I will do what I can or send you in the right direction.
Soooooo, for now, that is about it. We are working and hopefully, you are
Till next week.....
P. O. Box 391368
Anza, CA 92539-1368