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    Sahyun Library Updates

    Welcome to the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society’s official blog – a digital space where we embark on a journey to unravel the fascinating tapestry of our shared ancestry. We are thrilled to introduce not only our society but also a treasure trove of knowledge – the Sahyun Genealogical Library.

    Dawes Rolls

    I learn something new about genealogy research every day and here’s an example of that. Until just now I had not heard of the Dawes Rolls, now maybe you have but maybe not, in any case here are a couple of links to check out to learn about them and to search them.

    From the National […]

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    New Content Added to Database

    Entries from Volume 14 of the Santa Barbara County Naturalization Petitions in the Santa Barbara County Superior Court Archive have been added to our local records database. Images are available for purchase. Search the naturalization records in our database here.

    Robin McCarthy

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    Free Access to

    In celebration of Mother’s Day this week, honor your mom by researching her family for free at Access to all papers on™ will be free until 12 May 2024 at 11:59 pm MT. You must create a free account to clip, print, or download any articles. Use this link for free access. 

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    ChatGPT for Genealogical Research

    Professional genealogist, Amy Johnson Crow, shared an insightful article titled ‘Using ChatGPT for Genealogy-Accurately’ in her newsletter dated Thursday, April 25th. She delved into the benefits of leveraging ChatGPT for genealogical research. She wrote: “ChatGPT is a great tool and can be an asset in your genealogy journey- it’s not something to rely […]

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    Feedback Requested

    Hello SBCGS Blog followers,

    As you know we do not accept comments on our blog posts however we do want your feedback so we’d like to ask three questions:

    Are you enjoying our posts?
    Do you find the information useful?
    What topics would you like to see in future posts?

    Please email your answers to me.

    Webmaster – Rosa Avolio

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    Genealogy Research Tip

    I subscribe to several genealogy newsletters and blogs and one is Genealogy In Action, Julie has several parts to her site and blog, and one that she no longer has is a genealogy scavenger hunt. I subscribed to it for a fee for a couple of years. It was such […]

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    Have You Explored Our Webinar Archive?

    Did you miss one of our monthly meetings or want to revisit a particular presentation? Our Webinar Archive has you covered. This members-only section contains recordings (and handouts if available) from our past three monthly meeting presentations.

    But the archive offers much more than just recent meetings. It also includes:

    A guide to Resources […]

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    Ancestors West News 50 Years in the Making!

    Ancestors West next issue’s deadline for articles is MAY 1st.

    We suggest you write about your FAVORITE GENEALOGY STORY OR EXPERIENCE. We always welcome any story you wish to submit. If you have suggestions for future topics, please let us know. We’d love to have your input.

    As a reminder, […]

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    Old Photos and Dead Fred

    Are you familiar with the website Dead Fred? Isn’t that a great name?

    I’ve known about this site for some years but I don’t remember to use it often, however, I recently came into a couple of bags of vintage postcards, and mixed in were old photos, unidentified of course.

    As a genealogist this […]

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    State Census

    Between the Decades: Harnessing State Census Records for Genealogical Research

    While federal census records often grab the spotlight, state census records are hidden gems brimming with invaluable information for genealogists. Discover how to unlock their potential and enrich your family history research:

    Fill in the Gaps: Federal censuses are conducted every ten […]

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    Gamechanger: Searching Handwritten Text

    Have you heard about the new full-text search tool announced by FamilySearch at RootsTech? It searches selected handwritten document collections at FamilySearch. Currently, the collections include “U.S. land and probate records, some from the Freedmen’s Bureau, Mexican notarial records, and U.S. plantation records from the Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations collection. This tool is a […]

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    Guided Research by FamilySearch

    Whether you are a beginning researcher or researching additional individuals in a complex tree, FamilySearch has a quick and straightforward way to access Birth, Marriage, and Death records for locales worldwide. It is “Guided Research.

    To access Guided Research, you first must have an account with FamilySearch. An account with FamilySearch is free with […]

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    New on the Shelves of the Sahyun Genealogical Library

    February 2024 – post written by Chris Klukkert –  Book Buy Chair

    As I write this the rain has come. We need the rain, and maybe it is as good an excuse as we need to expand our genealogy research.

    February is Black History Month, and coincidentally, I have been digging […]

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