The In-Depth Genealogist would like to thank Susi Pentico for sharing her experiences with her local genealogy society. Do you have a story to share? We’d love to share it on our blog!
Hopefully most of you have found a place to call home in genealogy: a society, whether it is a national society or the local one down the road. Maybe a Historical Society that fills the space for that region would be good also. Many start as a historical society and branch off to become genealogical later.
A society can so help you in your research: Surname files, 5 Generation Charts, Pedigree sheets, Family Group Sheets, Compiled Genealogies by the local members in the region your digging, and more. These are all things that can help. They may even know some of the down line kin of the names you’re digging.
Having actually met six cousins at the library in Greene Co. PA with one living 20 miles across town from me here in San Diego, California, you just never know what you will learn or who you may meet.
A scrap book was shared, a Bible page shown, a Revolutionary War discharge paper laid upon my hand. I wish I knew where these things were now, for she is now gone from this earth. Maybe her niece has them!
Having learned that we need to garner more data than we are to retain relationships with distant kin, one should gather their name, address, and children’s names and addresses for future reference. The loss of the Revolutionary War document, to me, was painful.
Maybe, just maybe, the society has the niece’s address. If one does not ask, one generally does not receive.
Susi Jones Pentico was born in Wyoming and raised in northern California. Mother started her in genealogy when about 12 years of age. She became intensely involved, and when their first born son was very ill. The doctor wanted family medical history. She has researched for more than 30 years intently and more than 50 years all total. She worked for the Golden Gate Forum on AOL as a Host, GFS Susi. Later she worked for two more on line teams as a Host and Co Head Planner of Events on the Forum.
When her cousin died of cancer she then stopped hosting and started teaching at the County Library system. She has taught there for ten years. She has held several positions in her home society and is now the Educational Chairperson. She loves working with others, learning new ideas and sharing what she has learned over the years. She is a mother of five, married for 52 years, and grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 1 with another due in September. She loves family & genealogy.
She is also a founding member of the local society.
© 2012 Susi Pentico