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    Genealogy Research Tips and
    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.

    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. Submitted by Robin McCarthy

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    Free Access to Newspapers.com

    In celebration of Mother’s Day this week, honor your mom by researching her family for free at Newspapers.com. Access to all papers on Newspapers.com™ 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.  https://go.newspapers.com/moms/

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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 on for

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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

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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 a great way to learn

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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 at

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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, complete writing and submission guidelines

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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 always

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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 years. State censuses,

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    Did You Know?

    Santa Barbara Genealogical Society’s Sahyun Library is a Family Search Affiliate Library. What does this mean? It means that when you use a computer at the Sahyun you can access images you may not be able to see at home. Search the FamilySearch Catalog for a location or subject and get a list of microfilm

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    Why You Should Use Family Tree Software

    Here’s an article that came in my morning emails: How Software Can Help You Build Your Family Tree The title intrigued me because I have been saying this for a long time and at many Lunch and Learns. I think Family Tree Magazine has done a great job clearly stating the reasons why and giving

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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 no

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    Ancestors West Spring Edition Has Sprung

    The Spring edition of Ancestors West is hot off the press and available to read and/or download on the Society Publications page. These great articles will motivate you to do further research, so you won’t want to miss them! Table of Contents 2 From the Editor By Kristin Ingalls 3 An Introduction to the Sahyun

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    366 Days of Genealogy by Family Tree Magazine

    I subscribe to several genealogy newsletters that arrive in my inbox on a regular basis. This newsletter from Family Tree Magazine arrived this morning and caught my eye because I like lists and guides. It contains lists and guides for daily genealogy research tasks as well as weekly and monthly, not all of us can

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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 deeper into my southern

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    Santa Barbara African American Life, Culture, and Contributions, 1890-1990

    During Black History Month, let’s take  a moment to reflect on Santa Barbara’s rich history, spanning back to the 1700s which includes people of African descent among early Spanish expeditions. In 2020, the Society, SBCGS,  unveiled a digital exhibit titled “Santa Barbara African American Life, Culture, and Contributions, 1890-1990,” accessible on the Society’s website. This

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    Newspapers.com Free This Weekend

    Here’s your chance to find your ancestors in newspaper items and obituaries, Newspapers.com is offering free access to their site Feb 16th to 19th The largest online newspaper archive, established in 2012. Used by millions every month in genealogy, historical research, family history, crime investigations, journalism and entertainment. Search for obituaries, marriage announcements, birth announcements,

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    February Monthly Meeting

    Featured Speaker  Renate Yarborough Sanders – Exploring Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau: What’s In It For Me? Our monthly meeting is a hybrid, held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at First Presbyterian Church at State and Constance and on Zoom if you can’t make it person. If you can join us in person,

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    Member Orientation a Huge Success

    On Saturday, February 3 the Society hosted a Member Orientation at the Sahyun Library, with nearly 30 new and returning members attending! The event provided members with an introduction the Society’s resources, including a tour of the Library, a presentation on subscription websites available to members, and valuable insights from key board members and volunteers.

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