Saturday, October 8, 2022

 Honolulu County Genealogical Society   Oct 8, 2022

Oct 8, 2022   Zoom Meeeting

Present: Janice Choat-Zavaval, Isabelle Rivera, Lenore Hansen-Stafford, Deborah Richards, Ellen
Schneider and Donna Wendt
Meeting was begun around 9:05 a.m.
Funeral service for member Trisha Robertson will be held on October 20, 2022 at St. John Vianney
Catholic Church, 940 Keolu Dr., Kailua, 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Hawaiian Memorial Park. More information will be posted by Donna Wendt on the HCGS blog site.
  Rose Mary Thompson, wife of our past president, Stanley Yon, passed on August 15, 2022, in Atlanta, GA. Her service will be held at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 5286 Kalaniana’ole Highway, Aina Haina, 10 a.m. Inurnment will take place at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).
   James Case, husband of former member, Suzanne Case, passed away on September 21, 2022 at the
amazing age of 102. His services will be held at Central Union Church on October 30, 2022, 3:30 p.m.

We send Susan Victor prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery of a back injury she sustained in
her home in Michigan. Her healing will be a slow and patient process but Susan seemed in good spirits.
She bravely joined our meeting for a shortened period and we admired her positive attitude.

The topic of downsizing was brought up in the September 2022 meeting.
    Donna Wendt shared on her ongoing goal to do just that – downsize. Currently she has been working on paring down her collection of books. She shared photos of books presented by her parents to each
other. These and other sentimental books, as well as favorite photos, will be kept and treasured, but
others are being sorted for giving away or donating.
     For quite some time, Donna has been working on downloading individual photos and photos of
scrapbook pages on her Epson Fast Photo 680 wireless scanner. Sort your photos, removing the ones
you wish to store. Scan them into your computer.
    Donna recommends running any favorite photos a second time with a higher resolution. Higher
resolutions will provide clearer copies, especially if enlarging, if you decide to print these photos. Now
you are ready to sort again. Choose which originals to keep, offer to family or friends, or discard.
Donna and Deborah Richards have stored hard copies in family folders, as well as in their computers.
Another source to load photos into is the Family Tree Maker program.
     Donna cannot remind us often enough to always backup your computer files! Purchase a solid state
external hard drive. Look into Backblaze (a backup of your external hard drive) for additional source of
storage. Flash Drives are fine, but they are not a permanently secure product.
     Donna has a lot of travel data. She found that the Friends of the Library of Hawaii do not want travel
guides older than 3 years, nor in worn condition. They also do not accept video (VHS) tapes and audio
tapes. Goodwill and Salvation Army still accept VHS tapes.
     If you have LP records in good condition, try taking them down to Hungry Ear in Kaka’ako to see what they would offer you. FLH, Salvation Army and Goodwill also accept vinyl records.
Deborah Richards commented on the difficulty of downsizing as almost everything we collect has
meaning. We want to view our collections with the purpose of carrying on our personal, and our
family’s, histories.

PRESENTATION - Research Tips in Scotland by Donna Wendt:
The site to go to for beginners of genealogy research is Cyndi’s List, A site containing a
wealth of topics and advice as one starts their search for ancestors.

Specific sites for Scottish research – - National Records of Scotland - historical resources relating to places throughout Scotland – good subscription site to search for vital records such as birth, death and
marriage - National Library of Scotland

Other sites to search on – ,
Facebook groups (private & public), – This site consists of groups overseen by an administrator and co-administrators.
To request to join a group you simply email the administrator.
Search subscription sites for groups with a knowledge base of Scottish heritage.

Webinars are great learning tools. Numerous webinars are on YouTube. Legacy webinars are available
on, example: “Who Were the Scots-Irish?” First time users can view a
few for free. A yearly subscription costs $49.95.

Donna did a story on a blog of her 2-time great-grandfather, Joshua Wallace. After reading Donna’s
blog, a Mike Donavan contacted her. He had in his possession a daguerreotype photograph of Joshua
Wallace with his second wife, Rebecca. In comparing the photograph with a crayon drawing Donna had
of Joshua Wallace she surmised that it was a match. Mr. Donavan chose to keep the daguerreotype but
Donna was able to obtain a copy of the photo.

In 2012 Donna experienced a memorable heritage trip to Scotland.
Relative, Larry Akin, directed Donna to visit the Scottish Genealogy Society Family History Center in
Edinburgh. At the center Donna met a most hospitable hostess, Ms. Ann King. Ms. King treated Donna
to a tasty lunch of Leek Spinach Tart with a tall glass of Scotch. A Google Images search provided Donna with the identity of the cafĂ©, The Hub, formerly The Assembly Hall and Talbooth Church, Castlehill. After the meal Ms. King took Donna on a little tour of the area.  Donna continued exploring the city with a visit to St. Margaret’s Chapel at Edinburgh Castle. Donna again used Google Images to identify a character on impressive stained glass window. This image turned out to be Sir William Wallace (depicted in the Braveheart movie). Sir Wallace was one of the main leaders in the First War of Scottish Independence. Donna is a descendent of Sir Wallace.  Donna continued her journey with a visit to the North East Scottish city of Aberdeen. Sites visited were the Aberdeen Train Station, the offshore oil rigs and the Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society. One disappointment, Donna was looking forward but unable to meet an Aberdeen Angus (small beef cattle).

  Money Saving Tip: Amazon Prime & Netflix offer family plans. You can save on fees by joining with a relative who is already paying for the service. Partner up and share fees or find a relative who is willing to add you to their plan for free.
  Deborah has been searching for a projector for presentations of her converted video files. She desires
to show videos, not on a computer or television screen, but on a larger scale, projecting larger images
for her family to view.  Suggestions included asking Best Buy’s Geek Squad and searching Amazon Prime. 
   With the remaining time we had an impromptu practice session was initiated to see if remaining
members were able to participate on screen sharing.  Lenore enabled “Share Screen” > clicked on the green “share”. The people who now has the share screen feature > minimized the zoom screen > brought up their computer file(s) to share. Clicking on the red “stop share” to end.  Practice was a success as everyone was able to participate on the share screen.  To learn more, view tutorials on

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, November 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

If you do not receive Lenore’s Zoom meeting notice or have a problem connecting onto the link she
attaches to her email, go directly onto the Zoom website, enter our ID number, 83224651197; and then
the password, DNA. If you have problems logging into the meeting, contact Lenore at (808) 341-0766.
Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
(minutes by Bella Rivera)

HCGS Member Trisha Mach Robertson
Aloha o’e, dear Trisha, … until we meet again.


Obit of Rose Mary, wife of former President of HCGS, Stanley Yon

Honolulu County Genealogical Society Sept 13, 2022

 HCGS Meeting    September 13, 2022        via ZOOM

           SEPTEMBER 13, 2022


Present: Janice Choat-Zavaval, Isabelle Rivera, Lenore Hansen-Stafford, Deborah Richards, Ellen Schneider and Donna Wendt 

Meeting was begun at 9:00 a.m.

OLD BUSINESS:  Donna Wendt intended to present her talk on Scotland but due to today’s small summer attendance it was decided to postpone one more month.

NEW BUSINESS:  A request was made to include in the Minutes the Zoom ID information for the Honolulu County Genealogical Society’s meetings.  If you did not receive Lenore’s Zoom meeting notice or have a problem connecting onto the link she has attached to her email, go directly onto the Zoom website, Zoom.US.   Enter our ID number, 83224651197; and then the password, DNA. If you have problems logging into the meeting, contact Lenore at (808) 341-0766.

CALABASH BOWL:  As in August, today’s meeting became an open discussion and sharing session.

Finding Time to Talk with Family (or Friends): Deborah Richards connects with family on their birthdays. Birthdays are a great reason to talk and reminisce.  Donna suggested hospital stays, or when someone is home recovering (but not with a contagious illness). A visit and conversation with the patient will lift their spirits and may get some good family data.

Roots Tech:  Roots Tech has just begun sending emails announcing their March 2 to 4, 2023 conference.  Last year’s conference was all-digital and this year offered a combination in-person and digital.  Find information go to their website. Roots Tech is sponsored through  .

Documentation/Photos:  Yesterday, Donna Wendt scanned over 1000 photos on her Epson Fast Photo 680 wireless scanner.  The unit comes with 2 software programs, 1 for documents and 1 for photos.  The quality of your photo copies are better as scans versus taking a photo of a photo. Be mindful of the page thickness. A note or double paper layer will probably be rejected. If that happens, or if your page is larger than the size limit, you will have to take a photo of the scrapbook page with your cell phone or scan with a flatbed scanner/printer.  First check the settings before scanning with Fast Photo...  If you plan on enlarging a photo, scan at a higher resolution (600).   The 300 resolutions are considered standard.  Also in "Settings" under "Enhancements" you have options to auto enhance, to restore faded colors and remove red eye automatically. Once scanned, the photo goes into a file you have named.  Any further tweeking of the photo can be done with a photo editing program. Worth repeating, Donna uses a free photo editing program – found at Avoid the ads on the page and find the free app to download .. usually on upper right, does not add color, or "colorize" old black and white photos,  can do that with their subscription   Members of MyHeritage can also use their features to animate a photo, or even add oral narration to an animated photo.

Also, check your cellphones for default photo editor programs. Most phones have the capability to improve a photo when you bring one up on your screen.

Addition advice: digitize originals and store on a hard drive with a large terabyte capacity. Purchase the hard drive from any trusted shopping site or store. Scan by years and store in appropriate designated folders. Keep what you store current, taking the time to review and delete what you do not want.

An inquiry was made asking about venues who still offer prints of photos. Suggestions included Costco, Rainbow Photo Video, Walgreen and Walmart. Some locations have online order sites, with pick up at the stores.

Possible Future Topic: How Does One Downsize?  Deborah commented on how hard we work gathering and organizing our family trees and sources. A common concern is that we do not want to see all this work lost, or the possibility of our family history disappearing.  Trying to downsize, Donna’s latest project is scanning her 23 binders of Operation Smile missions and then boxing up the binders.  

If we are drowning in hard copy material, how do we downsize? What should be our priorities when we evaluate our collections? How do we best store the items we decide to keep? My Heritage. bought out Legacy, it is owned by an Israeli company. Their strong focus is European roots.  A note of caution regarding the hints on My Heritage - do not add groups of relatives from the site, with the click of a button.  It is best to always review each person individually and add on one-at-a-time if the record is correct.

Ancestry:  Ancestry has the largest collection of records (20+ billion historical records) and more members. Since 2020 the current owner of is the Blackstone Group, an equity investment company.  Ancestry and (LDS church’s non-profit organization) has collaborated throughout the years. In the business world, is primarily a large tech company, not a genealogy company.  [Info from Genealogy Explained article: Who Owns by Marc McDermott, March 14, 2022]

Ancestry’s latest feature is their improvement of pinpointing DNA areas. As more people submit DNA tests, the data of your family origins become narrower and closer to exact sites.

Family Search:  Looking into the records at is free. All the microfilm from Salt Lake City is now digitized, but indexing is still ongoing. On their site, go to the catalog so review the records available.

Living DNA:  Do you have ancestry from the United Kingdom? Living DNA is a UK based genetic testing company. It is strictly a DNA service searching UK data. In 2018, Living DNA partnered with to incorporate British Isles and Irish family history records.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, October 8, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Planned presentation: Donna Wendt’s talk on Scotland and the possible continuation of Wesley Stevens’ adventure in California.

Meeting adjourned at 11:42 a.m.

Minutes by Bella Rivera)


We end on a somber note with the announcement shared by Kathy Hudson on the passing of long-time member Trisha Mach Robertson on September 29, 2022.  She is remembered as a passionate genealogist who was always willing to share her discoveries of her family history. She always had something to contribute at each meeting she attended. She was a humble, kind, engaging and strong woman.  Every member who had the blessing of knowing Trisha will miss her sweet smile and her eager spirit to be with like-minded souls. It was an honor to have her choose to spend her second Saturdays with us.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.  Funeral at St Johns Vainny on Keola Dr., Kailua  Oct 20th at 10:30 am.   Burial at Hawaii Memorial Park.

Aloha o’e, dear Trisha, … until we meet again.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Honolulu County Genealogical Society August 13, 2022


 AUGUST 13, 2022


Present: Kathy & Don Hudson, Karin & Stanley Jones, Isabelle Rivera, Trisha Robertson, Ellen Schneider, Susan Victor and Donna Wendt

   There was no formal presentation today. Lenore Hansen-Stafford is again on the road heading to the East Coast and Europe. She was unable to join us this month. Though members present were able to meet on Lenore’s Zoom account, Donna Wendt was unable to access the share screen.

Today’s meeting became an open discussion and sharing session.


     Donna Wendt had returned from visiting family in Denver. Susan Victor is coming in from Michigan in the midst of an electrical storm. Kathy and Don Hudson are surviving 100+ degree heat in Utah. Karin and Stan Jones are joining us from cool and comfortable Sweden.  

      Kathy Hudson shared the exciting news that she and Don will be moving back to Oahu in the spring of 2023.

    Waiting to leave for the airport in Sweden, Karin Jones shared some wonderful genealogical discoveries she has made in Sweden. She and Stan attended approximately 7 family gatherings and visited with around 40 family members. Her family helped to identify “unknowns” in some 1958 photos, visited the sarcophagus in Vasteras Cathedral of Eric XIV (1560-1568) and viewed the first Bible translated into Swedish during the reign of Eric’s father, Gustav I (aka Gustav Eriksson and Gustav Vasa) (1496-1560).  The Bible was named the Gustav Vasa Bible (published 1540-41). Karin is a descendent of these kings of Sweden.  Stan and Karin are continuing their travels to London and Glasgow.

   In last month’s meeting, Susan Victor, spoke of the 7-times married wife, Martha Hawley, of a relative.  Since last month, she has been in contact with the granddaughter of Martha Hawley. She lives in the same Michigan town as Susan and they have plans to meet.

   Trisha Robertson recently had a situation which makes one pause regarding sharing family history. Trisha had spoken before of the Polish letters her mother had kept. Trish had recently shared copies of these letters with 2 younger cousins (granddaughters of the letter writer). 1 cousin was very excited to receive and view the letters, but the other was so embarrassed that her opinion of her grandmother was changed.  Though saddened by the reaction of one cousin, the joy the other expressed confirmed that it was the right decision to share the letters.

   Last month, Donna Wendt began sharing excerpts from a wonderful journal she discovered years ago at the Buffalo, NY, public library. This author, Wesley Stevens, was a brother of Donna’s ancestor, Phineas Stevens.  This morning Donna continued reading from, “The Journal of Wesley Stevens”. We left off last month with Wesley and the vessel rounding the tip of Cape Horn.  Wesley continued to marvel at porpoises “throwing themselves out of the water snorting like horses”, a sighting of a white whale, the birth of a child on board to a German woman whom no one realized had been pregnant, and simple gift boxes of figs and raisins from the Captain. He endured a gale storm, his longing to receive word from his wife and children, and times of despondence.  After 155 days at sea, the ship finally arrives at San Francisco. From there he traveled to Sacramento, took a stagecoach to Marysville , continued to Dobbin’s Ranch, Foster’s Bar and Mountain House.  Wesley purchased mining equipment and headed out to find gold. Wesley arrived 3 years after gold was first discovered. It did not take long to ascertain that there was no gold on his grubstake in Oregon Creek, CA.  This is where we leave Wesley for this month, on a claim with no gold.

   Susan Victor had a relative who walked across the country, from Bloomfield, NY, to the gold fields in California. He accomplished this feat with a group of friends. He later walked to a Wisconsin town where a brother had died and the widow resided. He may have made some money in California for Susan knows that he purchased plots for everyone in the family.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, September 10, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Meeting adjourned at 10:37 a.m.

 by Bella Rivera, Secretary

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Honolulu County Genealogical Society July 9, 2022


   Honolulu County Genealogical Society --- a Zoom Meeting on July 9, 2022

  Present: Janice Choat-Zavaval, Lenore Hansen-Stafford, Leilani Maguire, Isabelle Rivera, Ellen Schneider, Susan Victor and Donna Wendt

OLD BUSINESS:  Donna Wendt’s presentation on Research Tips in Scotland will be rescheduled.

CALABASH BOWL: Donna Wendt shared a most interesting journal, “The Journal of Wesley Stevens”. This journal addresses his journey from the eastern United States to the west. A distant uncle of Donna, Wesley Stevens travelled by ship from Jamestown, NY, around the tip of South America, headed to the gold fields in California in 1852. Donna read a few pages filled with descriptions - the ups and downs of living months at sea on a sailing ship, the wonderful sea creatures the passengers observed (turtles, killer whales, porpoises and other “large fish”), the weather elements, and the mental and physical trials of the passengers. I especially enjoyed how his faith in Christ had been tested and grown on that journey.  The transcontinental railroad would not be done until 1863 so many travelled by ships. Wesley’s wife and children would eventually join him in California and the entire family does end up back in New York years later. In future meetings, Donna promised to continue sharing a few more pages of Wesley’s journey as we left him off rounding the tip of South America this morning.

    The reading of Wesley’s journal had Leilani Maguire remembering a long passed meeting in which member Suzanne Case had encouraged other members to write down each day something about your grandparent, or any other relative. Time can run out so quickly. Written memories can be enjoyed by your family for generations.

     Susan Victor had been looking up a relative. He was married to a woman named Martha Hawley who lived to the age of 83. Martha was employed as a ticket agent for the White River Railroad in Park City, Newaygo, Michigan. Susan was surprised to discover Martha had been married 7 times. What were the stories behind so many marriages?

   Divorces:  If you cannot find divorce records in the city/town your relative resided in, try checking nearby towns or states. Expanding your search may help that record pop up.

   Lenore Hansen-Stafford had read of a woman (not related to Lenore) who was arrested for bigamy after she married her second husband. It was discovered that she had not bothered to get divorced from her first.

   Scanned Photos:  Janice Choat-Zavaval inquired about storing and quickly retrieving scanned photos.  Donna demonstrated her technique using Timelines. She also shared her album organization system.  It was a lot of information so Donna will consider making a presentation for a future meeting.  A highly recommended equipment investment – the Epson Fast Photo 680w printer/scanner is the one Donna now uses.

   Summer Schedules:   Lenore Hansen-Stafford shared a bit of her journey last month. She had a most enjoyable time riding the Rocky Mountain Train Tour through British Columbia, Canada. Highlights included the Charles Schultz Museum, a Mary Chapin Carpenter concert, Banff, Lake Louise and a very harrowing experience being caught in a California wildfire.  She continues her summer travels on August 19th with a cruise to Iceland beginning in Boston,  enjoying Iceland and Greenland, vacationing in New York and returning to Honolulu after Labor  Day.

   Karin and Stan Jones will be continuing their 2-month summer trip and will be in Sweden.

   Donna Wendt will be traveling to Denver on July 14th.

   Faith Burgwinkel sent an email message regarding the Native Hawaiian Genealogy Society. Their Facebook site has information on a genealogy fair, scheduled for July 23, 2022, 9am to 2pm, at the LDS Church Chapel, located at 92-900 Makakilo Drive. There will be workshops, displays and a marketplace.

  Ellen Schneider provided an update on the Friends of the Library of Hawaii.  Donations are still being accepted by appointment only, with drop offs at 501 Sumner Street. The most popular books are cooking and children books.  The next sale should be in January 2023 at Washington Intermediate School.  The huge summer book sale should be returning to McKinley High School’s cafeteria in 2023. This summer it was held at their retail site in Ward Center.

Our next meeting will be on Zoom on Saturday, August 13, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.

by Bella Rivera


Monday, July 11, 2022

Honlulu County Genealogical Society August 13, 2022

 Honolulu County Genealogical Society  August 13, 2022  

            Saturday 9am     ZOOM

The meeting was held on  ZOOM...  information will be posted her later.

The Sept 10th, 2022 HCGS meeting will be on ZOOM at 9am  .... same ID and same password.

 Contact Lenore for information or problems.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

   Honolulu County Genealogical Society  

             June 11, 2022   Zoom Meeting

 Attending:  Bella, Lenore in California, Donna, Karin (Susan Victor and Sue Miller sent regrets) news –  "Side View" is a new feature showing your DNA broken down to both parents

Family Tree Maker– security against hackers has triggered a error when synching – you must remove any “Class.” In your notes, etc.  Do a Find for "class" followed by a period.... and Replace

                -  If you want to open another window while looking on ancestry, click on ….next to URL  (this will also show you the photo of what your are searching for under HINTS) --has Photomyne on website or phone app.  Go to your tree's Gallery and select a black and white photo... then select the "edit" pencil -- you can colorize that photo, the original black and white is saved.

Paper Flattening - Lenore has baptismal certificate of father from 1915..she wants flattened and asked for advice.  Linda offered advice from a study she has done on paper and paper flattening with a humidity box. "I'm attaching a picture of a newspaper flattening project I did for the Hawaiian Historical Society.  It involved just a styrofoam box; a suspended wooden frame with plastic screen hammered to it; and putting a pan of boiled water beneath the screen and changing it frequently.  I think it took 2? weeks for me to get the curled up newspapers flat.  When they eventually began to "relax" I inserted empty glass jars to hold them partially open and continued the hot water steaming.  The process is gradual and cannot be speeded up otherwise the paper will crack.  I hope someone at UH Preservation will be able to help with this or maybe there are written instructions or Youtube demos online.  It might be called a "humidification chamber."  Determining the stability of the ink used on the paper, before humidifying it, is advisable, because the paper becomes somewhat damp.  I used "dispensable" duplicate newspaper issues to practice on -- since I was totally "winging it."  But it worked and all of the newspapers were eventually able to be microfilmed."

Next meeting July 9th.  2022 on Zoom.  Same ID and password and link.


Present: Lenore Hansen-Stafford, Karin Jones, Stanley Jones, Isabelle Rivera, and Donna Wendt With a sparse gathering this beautiful Kamehameha Day our June meeting was begun at 9:10 a.m. 

 OLD BUSINESS: The Cemetery Pupu Theatre sponsored by Hawaiian Mission Houses is back! Donna Wendt has purchased her ticket for the event for the 18th of June. Anyone interested in joining her will need to purchase her/his ticket soon. Attendees and participants are looking forward to a great time after a two year COVID19 shutdown. 

Longtime member, Linda L., via Donna Wendt, had additional suggestions regarding an inquiry from April 9, 2022 into separating fragile papers. She took up the challenge and did some research. Instructions can be found online for making your own humidification chamber and flattening paper. It is a process that takes time and patience. Before using this technique make sure to check the stability of the ink. YouTube demonstrations from the University of Hawaii’s Preservation Department can also be found online. 

 Karin Jones continues her work organizing and documenting Stanley Jones’ family tree and life. She shared their current project of creating a Forever book on Stan’s children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.  The first page is cleverly title, “So How Are We Related?” Shown on this page is Stan Jones with his first wife, Catherine Martin, their children and grandchildren.  The second page has photos of the great-grandchildren (1st cousins once removed or second cousins)  Karin cleverly used colored frames around the photos to distinguish the different families. Part of this project is the use of QR coding. Through you can now record, store and watch videos. Karen agreed to have a formal presentation on Forever QR coding at our September 10, 2022 meeting. Zoom 

With the growing use of Zoom, a discussion popped up regarding sharing hosting duties. Donna asked about the “host key”. This “host key” is applied to meetings scheduled by the initiating Zoom host. The Google instructions regarding the “host key” are as follows:  Sign in to Zoom  In the navigation panel, click Profile  Scroll down to the Meeting section  Select the eye icon next to your Host key to view your current 6-digit pin  Click Edit  Input the new host key desired and click Save.

Scanning Suggestions If you are scanning documents or photos which are grainy, set your computer on the gray scale. Scanning important documents? Use 600 megapixels. Less important documents, use lower megapixels such as 300. Photographs now offers a colorization process on the Ancestry phone app (and website at the individual's Gallery). has partnered up with Photomyne. “Photomyne is a media preservation and archiving specialist company”. Photomyne provides an “easier way to digitize old family photos by scanning and uploading multiple photographs at once through the Ancestry mobile app.” Click on a photo from your Ancestry gallery > In the Edit tool on the right side, choose Edit Image Colorize. It will not affect the black & white original. Always keep your originals safe. Though not as good as the MyHeritage program yet, it is pretty good and they continue to work on improving it. 

CALABASH BOWL: Podcast recommendation – Blast From the Past sponsored by MyHeritage. Interested in joining a hiking group? Donna has a couple of suggestions – Hiking With Aloha, information can be found on their website,; and a Facebook Group, “Aloha Hiking Explorers & More. Places she has been to include, the Bamboo Forest off the Pali Highway/Nuuanu, Koko Crater Botanical Gardens in Hawaii Kai, and discovering neighborhoods. 

The memory of a past excursion to Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu by the Honolulu County Genealogical Society was mentioned. Donna offered to search for a video on immigration which had been filmed that day. Bella Rivera noted ties that her family had to part of the land which the Plantation Village now sits on. Her paternal family farmed on that land for decades. Many members have very busy summer schedules: 

 Lenore Hansen-Stafford joins us today from a very hot Sacramento, CA. She heads to Portland in a couple of days. She returns to Honolulu on June 17. She continues her summer travels in August with a cruise to Iceland/

 Karin and Stan Jones will continue their summer travels planning to be away the next 2 months. They will first head to the convention taking place in Denver. After that they head off to Sweden. 

 Susan Victor is celebrating this Kamehameha Day with friends in Michigan. 

 Donna Wendt will be traveling to Denver.

 . For those listed above and everyone else enjoying their summer, we wish you all well, safe travels and look forward to seeing you whenever you are able to join our zoom meetings. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 9, 2022, 9:00 a.m. Donna Wendt might be sharing a presentation she had given in June 2022 at The Caledonian Society of Hawaii – Research Tips in Scotland.

 Meeting adjourned at 11:19 a.m. (Emailed on 07/08/2022 by Bella Rivera)

Friday, May 13, 2022


    The May 14th 2022 HCGS meeting will be on ZOOM.   Contact Lenore Hansen for the code and password.  Lenore attended from Washington and Susan from Michigan..

                                               The May 2022 Zoom meeting

Susan Victor with head lei for Ukraine from Michigan by Zoom
    Leilani Maguire opened our meeting with the following question, “Has anyone written down your family history?” She recalled a speaker who suggested researching relatives, one at a time.
Deborah Richards shared that her family does not like to write, so they video tape share sessions.
Lenore Hansen-Stafford encouraged people to sit down with your subject and ask questions in an
interview format.
     Donna Wendt recommended taping the conversation on a tape recorder, diction machine or other
recording device. Using photographs are great memory joggers.
     A live transcription/translation program highly recommended by Susan Victor – Live Transcribe which is only for Apple I-Phone or I-Pad users. As a person is speaking, the program is transcribing the
conversation onto the I-phone or I-pad. It is also able to translate from a foreign language. Susan did a
quick presentation from Michigan. Find it on
     One of most commonly used online translation provider is Google Translate. Members have found that translations are not perfect, but it is still a popular, and free, site.
      Deborah Richards exclaimed, “I’d love a book from each of you!” With that encouragement, to those who have already begun recording their life and family stories, keep going; and to those who have yet to begin, e’eu (get going/get a move on, from website).
     Heritage Tour   -  Needing a guide and translator in Portugal, Leilani negotiated with the taxi driver to spend the day taking them around and helping to translate. It worked out very well for her.
Contact Hawaii’s Portuguese Heritage Society if you are looking for information of Portuguese ancestors. – New feature:  A new DNA feature on Ancestry is the Side View Technology. It sorts/organizes your DNA into the portions of each region you inherited from each parent. The chart will not tell you which parent the result is for, but there are ways of deduction that you may be able to figure it out on your own.
     DNA testing for the mitochondrial (maternal) and the Y (paternal) is currently only being offered by
Family Tree. For $159 you can discover the migratory path of your female and male ancestors. Go to
     As fascinating as this information sounds, there was a word of caution from Donna. Trying to
understand and research DNA information can be overwhelming. She has chosen to turn her focus on
the stories of more recent relatives for awhile.
     Suggested Reading
Ann Sloat recommended looking into the American Ancestors Magazine by the New England Historical
Genealogical Society. It is a rich resource for genealogical research.
Ann also offered to try to help anyone who has a brick wall (or block). There are already 3 or 4 people
she will be trying to help, but she is open to helping others.
     Trisha Robertson shared about her limitations due to health issues, but she still has the deep desire to
continue work on her book of her family’s Polish letters project. Karin Jones volunteered to help Trisha
organize and compile her book through  Leilani suggested providing a copy of Trisha’s completed book to a Polish society.
     Passing It On
What a blessing passing on your collection to someone who will treasure it.
Trisha sent the original Polish letters back to a cousin in Poland whose grandmother had sent them her
family in America.
Donna is sending her brother’s letters from Vietnam to his son.
     Military Service
Looking for correspondence, photos, etc. of military during war times? Leilani suggested searching the
Library of Congress archives.
     Trisha’s father was a photographer when he was stationed overseas in England. While stationed at
Walla Walla base, he was tasked with taken photos of the base and surrounding area during WWII.
Trisha donated these photos to a very grateful Walla Walla museum.
      Karin had a great uncle who took photos during WWI, tied to a bi-plane as he was flown over the fields.
     Nuuanu Pagoda
Donna provided an update on the Nuuanu Japanese pagoda. It is currently in the process of being
restored. Though access is not possible, one can still view the beautiful temple from outside. Access to
reach the site is through the lane next to Craigside Place.
     Cemetary Pupu Theatre – Oahu Cemetery
Last month, the topic of the Hawaiian Mission Homes Cemetery Pupu Theatre was suggested as a future excursion to consider. Well, it is certainly back in 2022. Presentations will run from June 10th to the 25th at Oahu Cemetery. Tickets will soon be available for purchase online.   Many notable figures in history are buried at Oahu Cemetery – one such person is Alexander Cartwright who is credited with helping to organize the rules of modern day baseball.  If you would like to learn more about this cemetery, Nanette Napoleon, a guest speaker in the past at HCGS meeting(s), has published a book about Oahu Cemetery, “Oahu Cemetery Burial Ground and Historic Site”.
     Leilani noted another upcoming event at the Oahu Cemetery. On May 30, 2022, 9:30 AM, there will be a ceremony remembering the British Officers buried there. If you would like more information or would like to attend, contact Caitilin Embree at (808) 261-2409, or
In other cemetery related news:
     Trisha mentioned that she has a plot for sale.
     Leilani’s daughter had signed up as a volunteer at Find-A Grave. She was sent to the old cemetery by the former Waialae Drive-In site.
Karin unrolled a printout of her Swedish family tree going back to the 1300’s. A cousin in Sweden had
shown the original to her. Karin took photos, returned home and made copies.
Local print shops – Kinko’s, UPS Store and HonBlue should have no problem assisting you with printouts of your trees.
[On May 17, 2022, Lenore emailed the membership a notice for a Memorial Day Sale from Family
Chartmasters. This was a site mentioned in previous meetings providing a good selection of pedigree
     Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 11, 2022, 9:00 a.m.
     Meeting adjourned at 11:15 a.m.
(Emailed 06/10/2022 by Isabelle Rivera)


The Honolulu County Genealogical Society met by Zoon on April 9th, 2022 at 9AM.  th

Below are the minutes:   

MINUTES FOR THE APRIL 9, 2022          Meeting began at 9:00 a.m.


No Minutes for March 12, 2022 Meeting

Presentation by Donna Wendt: Searching for census records using “ED” (Enumeration District) numbers “An enumeration district (ED) is a geographic area assigned to an individual census taker,      or enumerator, usually representing a specific portion of a city or county. The coverage area of a            single enumeration district, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, is the area for which an enumerator could complete a count of the population within the allotted time for that particular census year.”    Quote taken from an article, “What is a US Census Enumeration District?” found on      The 1950 U.S. Census is out. Genealogy researchers are anxious to dive in. Why aren’t 1950 Census records popping up on our trees? We have to wait for the data to be indexed. Without a name index, it is necessary to know the E.D. of where your ancestors lived to locate their Census records. For now, your search will have to be by location and not by name, until volunteers are able to complete indexing the 1950 records.

     Donna shared a great website to help search the Census records using ED’s – titles itself the “Unified Census ED Finder”. You can also find it under “One Step ED Finder”.Enter the Census year, State, County, City or Town, House Number and Street Name in the appropriate boxes. To help narrow your search, enter street names bordering your city block, if you have that information available. A technique in finding the names of cross streets is to go to a modern map. Unless it is a development after 1950, there is a good chance that the streets will have the same names as in 1950.      

If your information is correct, ED number(s) will pop up for the area you are searching for. Choose one  Then you will have to choose which viewer site you would like to use – NARA Viewer (National Archives & Records Administration), Family Search Viewer or Ancestry Viewer. Choose one and the census pages for that ED area should be available for you to review.

      If the enumerator did not find anyone to provide information for a particular address, you will see “no one home” notation. Look along the line and you should find a “see sheet _” reference. You will need to search for that sheet number for the household’s information.

    There were standard inquiry lines in the 1940 census which were removed from the 1950 census. Some of these questions now called “sample” lines in 1950 were asked of randomly chosen individuals, not the entire population. Questions regarding residence in 1949, education level, work, income and military service.

What if you do not have the house number and street address? On the home page of, again enter 1950’s census > click on See ED maps > click on Get ED Map Images > click on the map area you with to search.    Donna demonstrated searching ED maps for various members.

Ancestry Viewer:

Search > 1950 Census > Explore Maps > click on your area of interest > ED District number should come up > Records  

    At this time, you are unable to save to Ancestry these records because they are not indexed yet, but you can save the image to My Computer. Ancestry’s goal for 1950 Census is to be very thorough indexing all the information.

Family Search Viewer:  At this time, it is difficult to print or save any information found. As of today’s date, My Heritage has already 4 states indexed, but they have found some errors and are working on correcting them.  Possible reasons if you are unable to find your relatives on a census, or if the information does not seem correct:

     Enumerators in the past were paid for information recorded per household. Trish mentioned that there could have been some workers listing down made up names just so they would be paid. Some information could have been provided by neighbors if the residents were not home or were unable to speak English. One can only hope the information provided by a second party was accurate.  

       Another concern would be people not answering the knock on the door for whatever reason – is trust of the government, fear, working or just not being home at the time, etc.


Discussion for possible future excursions:

 Share lunch together at the Waioli Kitchen & Bake Shop (formerly Waioli Tea Room) in Manoa Valley. Hours are 8 a.m to 1 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays.

Attend the Cemetary Pupu Theatre presentation by the Hawaiian Mission Museum at Oahu Cemetary. This program features 5 reenactments on the lives of 5 historical figures in Hawaii’s past. Snacks and drinks are included.

--Trisha shared about her enjoyment of ancestry trips which focused on searching for family graves. It can be fascinating viewing the many interesting, informative, and even artistic, tombstones found in various cemeteries around the world. Some headstones contain valuable information such as the person’s occupation and how they died.

     A local landmark Donna recently discovered was the 119-foot pagoda located in Nuuanu Cemetary It was built in 1966 and houses niches and urns. It is closed due to disrepair, but it is still a wonderful structure to admire.  Tours can be found on YouTube taking you to burial places of famous people.

    Any ideas on where to obtain help with unrolling/unfolding old fragile letters?   Suggestions – ask the librarians at the UH Library or Bishop Museum. Trisha also suggested speaking with Kathy Hudson.

     Keep Donna in your thoughts and prayers for a swift and full recovery as she undergoes knee surgery on May 10, 2022.

Meeting adjourned at 11:16 a.m.

(05/12/2022 by Isabelle Rivera)

Saturday, March 12, 2022


     The Honolulu County Genealogical Society met by Zoom on March 12, 2022 at 9AM

There was some initial confusion about getting onto the ZOOM.  The link sent out for February meeting does not work for any other month.  Lenore is administering/hosting the Zoom Meetings with her account.  She has the meetings all scheduled using the same new ID and Passcode.  She sends an email out before the meeting as a reminder and includes the ID and Passcode.  This should be written down to use for the entire rest of 2022.     


         To access ZOOM first go to your internet browser and put " " in the the address window.               Then click on the   "JOIN A MEETING" tab at the top. 

         Type the ID into the place for " ENTER MEETING ID".      and click  " JOIN"

          I usually end up clicking on both the boxes "OPEN ZOOM MEETING"  and "LAUNCH MEETING"

          Wait for small pop up box to appear and follow what it says ... I think the next thing is to put the PASSCODE into the box.

          Wait for Lenore to let you into the HSCG meeting. 

          Please phone Lenore if you are having problems - also check your emails from her.

   For the month of March 2022 we had an enjoyable meeting covering many topics, especially digitization of photos and documents as nearly everyone has these they would like to preserve.

Thursday, February 3, 2022


   The February 12, 2022 meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society  will be held via Zoom at 9 am.

      New information will include the 1921 Census for  England and Wales  by Alan Toft in British Columbia, Canada.


     The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, London and FindMyPast have announced that the 1921 Census of England and Wales will be released to the public on 6 January 1922. Visitors to TNA will be able to view digital images free of charge. Researchers viewing the online collection – exclusively at FindMyPast – will have to pay £2.50 to view a transcription and £3.50 to view an image of the census return; search results, showing name, age, birthplace, and one or two other names in the same census return, will be free.
        This census was taken on Sunday 19 June 1921, having been postponed from 29 April 121 due to the arrival of economic depression following WW1 and Spanish Flu, and a threat of imminent strike action from miners, transport and railway workers, and dockers.
       It gathered information on more than 38million individuals, resulting in 18,235,242 census return images. Most of the data requested was similar to that required in previous censuses but there are some changes and additions. Not only was a person's occupation noted, as before, now the person's employer's name and address was recorded


                   MINUTES FOR THE FEBRUARY 12, 2022
Present: Janice Choat-Zavaval, Lenore Hansen-Stafford, Kathy Hudson, Karin Jones, Stanley Jones,
Leilani Maguire, Larry Meyers, Sue Miller, Trisha Robertson, Deborah Richards, Isabelle Rivera,
Ellen Schneider, Alan Toft, Susan Victor and Donna Wendt
Meeting began at 9:00 a.m.
   Reviewed the Minutes of December 11, 2021
   Correction 1: Page 1, in the “Present” paragraph, remove Trisha Robertson. She was not present at the
    December meeting.
Zoom meetings will now be administered by Lenore Hansen-Stafford via her Zoom account. Look for the Zoom link on Lenore’s email prior to our next meeting.
  Thank you to Trisha Robertson for facilitating all of our past Zoom meetings. We wish her a speedy and complete recovery.
  Welcome to Janice Choat-Zavaval. We hope you enjoyed attending today’s meeting and will return.
  Every member of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society wishes to send our condolences to member,
  Faith Burgwinkel and her family. Donna Wendt shared an obituary notice from the January 7, 2022
Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Faith’s son, Lee Kauila Burgwinkel, had passed away on December 1, 2021.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Faith and John.
  Karin Jones will update us on her “Writing Your Own Story” session(s) at our March meeting. At our
October 9, 2021 meeting, Karin told us about her 52-week ½ hour sessions she would be introducing at
2 conferences on the mainland. Due to the time differences, it was hoped to offer these sessions to our
HCGS members at the beginning of this new year. Due to various reasons this plan had to be put on
  Our presenter today is Alan Toft. Alan first visited Hawaii, Maui to be exact, in 1983. In 2006 he and his family were living in Hawaii. He worked for a software company with a contract with Hawaiian Electric. When the contract ended in 2009, they left Hawaii. He retired in 2015 and enjoyed travelling, until COVID hit. He has been living very contentedly in Canada and we are glad he reconnected in our Zoom meetings. Alan’s began researching his family history in 1989, the year before his mother passed.

Bullet points are taken directly from Alan Toft’s presentation.
Basic Background on the 1921 UK Census:
 Taken every 10 years and released after 100 years.
1801 through 1831 – statistical – no personal information
June 7, 1841 – poor addresses, occupant names, ages (adults rounded to nearest 5),
male/female, flags for whether born in this country or whether born outside England, but not
 March 30, 1851 – accurate ages and birthplaces, relation to head, marital status, state, flag for
April 7, 1861 – ditto, plus flags for imbecile/idiot/lunatic.
April 2, 1871 – ditto
April 3, 1881 – ditto – I have these on CD’s from pre-internet days.
April 5, 1891 – ditto – the first census in which there are people I remember.
March 31, 1901 – ditto – thinks this is the first census that was available online shortly after
April 2, 1911 – nicer format, 1 page per household, number of children born/living/deceased
(this information is helpful with finding children who were born and died between censuses now
that GRO gives mother’s maiden name on the indexes for dates prior to 1911. Clearer
profession/occupation/occupation location (e.g. Warehouseman in a Soapworks). Nationality,
Infirmity (although this seems to be blanked out in online records).
1939 UK Register – September 29, 1939 – this was not a census, more like the 1901 UK Census
format but no birthplaces. Exact date of birth! People not know to be deceased are banked out
– can submit death certificates on FindMyPast to get the records opened – when it works!
 1941 – no census was taken
 1951 – I’ll be103 when it is available.
1921 UK Census – taken 19 June 1921
 Only on FindMyPast – for now anyway.
 Even with an annual membership you pay for each record. I pay $4.41 US for each 1921 Census
image and $3.15 for each 1921 Census transcription.
 I think you can sign up and view the indexes for nothing.
 I have a US 12-month Ultimate British & Irish subscription. The cost is $171.50 US ($179 US next
year) but I only paid $152.15 US in November 2021 (probably a loyalty discount).
 Most censuses I only keeps the census image, but …
 In the 1921 Census only, the transcription contains the address!
 The images are more important – and transcriptions have errors – I have reported many already.
1921 UK Census – What was my approach?
 Direct line ancestors have to be found!
 Anyone I actually met has to be found!
 Favourite cousins’ ancestors have to be found!
 Favourite cousins’ spouses’ ancestors have to be found!
 Any ‘special project’ relatives have to be found!
 Basically, it’s totally out of control and I need to set up a GofundMe page!!:)
So What Did I Learn, and Receive, From the 1921 UK Census?
 You could survive with just the transcription but you need one for every occupant of the house.
 There may be more than one image for every house.
 You need the transcription for the address but I much prefer the image.
 It’s a good idea to do an address search or advanced search on every address!
 I got to see a lot of people whom I knew and was very fond of.
 I realized why my mother was so close to her aunts and uncles, almost to the exclusion of all
other relatives.
  Alan demonstrated a search on FindMyPast, searching for his father, Leonard Toft. We viewed an image of the transcription for Leonard Toft.
  Alan showed us photos of his father’s birthplace on 424 Knutsford Rd., Warrington, UK and of other
relatives, including a favorite great-aunt, Ada Lowe Sutcliffe (1891-1982). His Great-Aunt Ada lived with various family members at 26 Thewlis Street. Alan shared pieces of their lives and relationships.
  In your search for families you may find that many people worked at the same place. Are there
connections in your family where some worked in the same occupation or the same employer?
  In his presentation, Alan showcased a Family Chart. When asked about it, he replied that he used
Legacy Charting. Legacy Charting is a program which comes with Legacy Family Tree. The online
information states that the Standard Legacy Charting download is free, but it only goes up to 4
generations). The deluxe version allows up to 100 generations on most of the charts.
Alan was finally able to read the book, mentioned in the past two HCGS Minutes, The Family Diagram & Family Research by Victoria Harrison. It is a book on trends of families. Alan found it interesting, so if you think that is a topic you would like to learn more about, then it would be a good book for you to
look at.We were reminded to respect wishes of relatives who do not want their names put out on public
  There was a brief discussion of scandals and family secrets.
  Question from Sue Miller – What does the UK government use the census records for?
In 1939, it was used for distributing rations during WWII. Otherwise, Alan suggested that it may be used for data – area growth, planning tools, perhaps.
  Leilani Maguire wanted to know if Alan has written down any of his great stories. He replied that he has written some stories provided by relatives and research notes on Legacy, for himself and his son. He
carries his Legacy Family Tree program in his phone app. Make sure your phone has enough storage. It
is easy to download if you use Legacy Family Tree – go to the Legacy website > go to the Family app.
Donna uses Family Tree maker.

  In regards to searching FindMyPast census records, Donna Wendt had the following suggestion: If you
obtain an address for a family member, search by the address, not the name. You may be able to get
names, birth years, birthplace and parish information for free!
  Donna shared a couple of photos – one was a 2012 photo of herself with Alan’s son, Michael; and the
other, a photo of herself with Lenore enjoying the 2012 Southern California Jamboree.
  Donna had an issue of with opening some PDF documents emailed to her. As she would click to open
the PDF file, it would turn into an internet link in the browser on Google Chrome. She uses the Chrome
browser but for some reason she is unable to view the PDF file(s).   ANSWER:  Karin Jones had the solution: In the top box, change the Type of File. Change the type of file to Google Chrome.
  Donna mentioned receiving a DVD gift from a relative in the UK, but it is a limited region play so she has been unable to view it.  Alan’s solution: Purchase an inexpensive non-name brand DVD play. Alan has found that these cheap units usually play almost everything.
   Karin Jones also shared lovely old photos of her great grandparent’s wedding. They both came from
Sweden. They were married in Chicago, where they settled.
  When searching for records remember to check the online files of the Library of Congress and, Leilani reminded us.
   The National Archives has not sent out documents for the past two years due to COVID and no staff.
Our meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m.
(Emailed 03/11/2022 by Isabelle Rivera)


 A Zoom meeting was held on Saturady, Dec 11, 2021 at 9am for the Honolulu County Genealogical Society.  


Many items of genealogical interest were presented.
It was decided that the January 2022 meeting will be skipped as several people will be away.
Zoom meetings will resume Feb 12th

Monday, November 15, 2021

 Honolulu County Genealogy Society    

13 Nov 3032 - 2nd Saturday 9 am

The HCGS Meeting met on Zoom

The November HCGS meeting was held on Zoom.  

Some of the Zoom participants

We were glad to see Alan Toft from Vancouver, British Columbia attending.  Everyone contributed to the genealogical conversation and questions were answered.  

Specific topics included:  

The website "The Ancestor Hunt" and the link on this free website to access collections of "Free Stuff"     


The FRITH Photo Collection is now at with an amazing collection of thousands of very old post card photographs from mainly the UK, but also Hawaii.  Dates in Hawaii from 1935 and 1982.


  News that the 1921 UK Census of Wales and England will be available on Jan 6, 2022


 The website has acquired tons of French records previously owned by "Filae" a leading French Genealogy Company.  This is a gold mine of information for those with any French roots.



Susan Victor
  Susan Victor gave a power point presentation on how her sister, Nancy, solved a long-time brick wall to find her grandmother.


We also discussed this relationship chart

Monday, October 11, 2021

HCGS October 2021 meeting ZOOM Genealogy

  Honolulu County Genealogy Society

 9 October 2021    -  2nd Saturday 9 am  ZOOM

The HCGS Meeting met on Zoom.  

Many topics were discussed including photo storage, The Family History Guide (free online genealogy guide),  Getting death records from the GRO ( record office in the UK, Updates at, and "Telling Your Story" as a future project.

Part of the audience at the October Zoom meeting
Death Certificate 1891 Wales from General Record Office
online 7 pounds UK             example

The Family History Guide - a free online source for help with
genealogy sites and information
Next Zoom meeting Nov 13th, 2021  9am
Present: Lenore Hansen-Stafford, Karin Jones, Stanley Jones, Sue Miller, Deborah Richards, Isabelle Rivera, Trisha Robertson, Ellen Schneider, Susan Victor and Donna Wendt
Meeting began at 9:12 a.m.
Following up on her suggestion to look into the possible use of a room in the Pearlridge Center American
Savings building Karin Jones reported that the idea did not pan out. Non-employees are not allowed to
use the facilities.
     Donna Wendt began this portion of our meeting by reviewing the September 11, 2021 minutes. She spoke a little more on the process she used to improve the newspaper image of Susan Victor’s uncle-inlaw.
     Donna shared a host of genealogy news:
The Family History Library in Utah has completed digitizing all of their microfilm stored in their mountain vault. Though digitized, not all the records are indexed, nor listed in the Family Search catalogue at this time. Periodically, you can check the Family Search card catalog for updates and new information. If you have time, volunteers are needed to help with indexing. 
     Searching for certificates of birth and deaths in England? The General Records Office for the UK is a wonderful source for these records. For about $10 (US), you will receive a PDF copy of a requested
record. Hard copies are available to order. Payment is by credit card. Go to their website, > register>create a login >request.
     It was noted that Find My Past is the #1 site for families in the British Isles.
The Family History Guide, offers free programs, activities, events and a catalogue of tutorials to help
enhance your knowledge of family searches. They can help you to understand what the 4 main data providers are about and what they provide –,, Family and Check out its website,
    Backblaze is a “scalable low cost cloud backup and storage service”. Backblaze claims to be “the world’s easiest cloud backup” provider. Donna uses this company and pays a yearly charge to back up her entire computer. also provides backup media service lasting for your lifetime, plus 100 years. You pay once based on the size you are storing. Whenever you need more storage you can purchase additional space for the one time cost. Contact Karin Jones if you are interested in getting more information.
     Reminder regarding Renewal Fees – keep a record of your various subscriptions and the renewal date(s).
Some sites will automatically renew your subscription using your credit card on file. Some sites will send you a notice in advance informing of the upcoming charge(s). For most providers, you will need to make a phone call to cancel.
     Recommendation – Every Month Crista Cowan, aka The Barefoot Genealogist,    presents a seminar,  “What’s New at Ancestry”. Find her video(s) online.
Throughout October 2021, The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Library will be celebrating a virtual Family History Month. 22 programs are on the slate. Go to acpl/ for more information.
     Susan Victor shared that the small Grand Rapids Library offers free searches if you contact them.
     The Jones’ will be on the road again this month. Karin Jones will be speaking at a conference in Chicago and San Jose. She will be introducing a 52 week series on Writing Your Own Story on October 30, 2021.   The weekly half-hour sessions will be presented via Zoom beginning on the first Wednesday in November 2021. The times of the sessions are based on mainland time zones (3 p.m. or 5 p.m.).
    Depending on the response, there could possibly be more than one session a week.
Karin wanted to open it up to the members of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society but the challenge will be the Hawaii time zone. Karin could keep us informed via Lenore Hansen-Stafford on the session days and times if members would like to join existing groups, or perhaps she will start a session for Hawaii only. Another option will be to record her sessions and set it up for future viewing. Susan Victor suggested starting Hawaii sessions in January 2022.
     If anyone has questions, or would like to check on the live mainland sessions, contact Karin at
     Deborah Richards’ grandnephew will be taping her next month as she discusses their family’s genealogy.
What a wonderful gift to her family as she shares her years of research and stories.
Deborah already has a YouTube presence. She can be found sharing on Wahi Pana: Papakolea, a 2019 video about the community of Papakolea.
Deborah made a statement worthy of consideration, “How has our research blessed each other?”
    Donna Wendt is also a YouTube contributor. She has 3 self-made videos on her own YouTube channel.    Watching Genealogy Gems Donna learned how to make a video and create her own channel. Do you have the urge to share a fascinating story, or helpful knowledge? You can also do it through YouTube.  Subscribe to YouTube Channels, use your phone to make a video and upload it to your channel.
     Recommendation from Donna – An app called “Nextdoor” is a great way to keep in touch with news from around your neighborhood. Some of the alerts you will find on the site are regarding break-in’s, lost pets, sales, etc.
     Donna inquired about updating the email list. Lenore has also felt the need to revise the list. Please send Lenore any information you may be privy to regarding keeping a name on the list, updating an email address or removing a name.
Our meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
(Emailed 11/12/2021 by Isabelle Rivera)