18 December 2013

Dancing Reindeer

That's right - it's time for my annual Holiday Video!

This year's video stars are:

Randy Seaver author of GeneaMusings and an all around wonderful guy.

Elizabeth O'Neal author of Little Bytes of Life and a video favorite.

Jeff Vaillant who doesn't author a blog, but is the Head Honcho of the California Genealogical Society.

And a newcomer to my video shenanigans - Gena Philibert-Ortega.  Gena is the author of Gena's Genealogy.

12 December 2013

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Archives

Today my good friend Susan Saunders-King picked me up and we headed up to the foothills of Tuolumne County to do some research in Sonora at the Carlo M. DeFerrari Archive and Record Center.

We decided to make a quick stop in Knights Ferry to visit the Oakdale Cemetery where Susan's family are buried.  On the road to the cemetery you will not believe what we came across!

"I think it's a camel"

"Are you a camel?"

 "It is a camel and it's getting ready to spit.  Run for your life!"

We finally made it to the Archives.  Susan had called Charlie Dyer the archivist ahead of time with specific records requests.  So when we arrived, all the records had been pulled and were waiting for us on the table in the reading room.

Very comfy public reading room at the archives

Tuolumne County has put together a very useful finding aid for their holdings.  You can download a copy of this 104 page publication HERE.

A brief list of Tuolumne County records in the archive:
Assessment, Auditor, Board of Supervisors, Clerk, Great Registers, Justice Court, Oral History, Naturalization, Probate, School Districts, Sheriff/Coroner/Jail ,Superior/ District Court, Treasurer,  and Tuolumne County Newspapers.

Carlo De Ferrari Archives
490 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: (209) 536-1163