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“Below are some of the main practical triggers as to why people search for their Ancestors:

  • Validate Family Stories – To determine if family stories about their ancestors are true.
  • Famous People – To find out if they are related to someone famous.
  • Historical Event – To gain a better understanding of an ancestor’s involvement in a famous historical event.
  • Trace Medical Conditions – To assess the risk of getting certain medical conditions that run in families.
  • Trace a Family Inheritance – To determine genealogical proof of a family connection for potential heirs.
  • Trace Land Ownership – To settle questions of land ownership by providing proof of descent.
  • Trace a Family Portrait – To see why someone bears a strong resemblance to an ancestor in an old family portrait.
  • Find Birth Parents – To determine the birth parents of an adopted child.
  • Proof of Paternity – to determine the biological father of a child.
  • Religious Tenet – To satisfy the tenets of the religion. The most notable example is the Mormon Church (Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
  • Community History – To document a community history by understanding the families that founded and influenced the community.
  • Historic Studies – To provide insight into history through the scholarly study of a famous family, such as a royal family.
  • Heritage Societies – To provide proof of lineage to qualify for a heritage society.
  • Preserve a Close Relative’s Legacy – To learn more about a parent, grandparent or sibling after their death.
  • Preserving Family Traditions – To preserve family knowledge of ancestors who contributed to a family traditions, such as a family recipe book.
  • Preserve Family Culture – To allow families that have migrated to another country the opportunity to preserve some of the culture of their old country.
  • Resolving Family Trees in Bibles – To understand the names written into an old family bible.
  • Understand Family Letters/Diaries – To gain context around an intimate glimpse into an ancestor’s experiences and feelings.
  • Understand a Namesake – To learn more about the person you were named after.
  • Settle Ownership of an Heirloom – To help resolve disputes over the origin of a family heirloom.
  • Reconnect with Family –  To find and reconnect with living relatives.
  • Family Legacy – To fulfill a desire to pass on a legacy to future generations.”

*Source: Why genealogy is important – *


If you have any of the above questions or some that are not listed, volunteer genealogy docents from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) will be at the Dublin Library THIS SATURDAY in the Group Study Room to assist you with your questions.  The Discover Genealogy @ the Dublin Library is free and all ages are invited!  Here is some more information as follows:

Bring whatever information may be available regarding the city, town, or where your grandparents lived in the years 1920, 1930, and/or 1940. if you have a flash drive, please bring it to save found documents.


October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Contact Dublin Library 925-803-7252
Location: DUBLIN BRANCH – Get Directions

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Have you wanted to discover your own family heritage but don’t know where to start?

Volunteers genealogy docents from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS)

will be on hand in the Group Study Room every Saturday in October

to assist the public to begin their family history research.

Bring whatever information may be available regarding the city, town,

or where your grandparents lived in the years 1920, 1930, and/or 1940.

If you have a flash drive, please bring it to save found documents.

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This program is part of the Library’s participation in the Tri Valley heritage for October 2013. The Library thanks the volunteers from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) for making this program possible.

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Our friends at the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) just released a new database of historical information.

Here’s the following press release by Richard Finn the project leader:

“L-AGS has posted a new database on its Web site which will be of interest to people researching the history of the Tri-Valley area. This is the first of several books that L-AGS will be placing online and in print based on the research of the late Mildred “Millie” Freitas.

“Millie” Freitas, 1919-2012, was a well-known Tri-Valley genealogist who hired students to transcribe birth, marriage, death and other vital data from microfilm of early issues of the Livermore Herald. She compiled it all in a typewritten manuscript in 2000, and made it ready to publish, but never did so for some unknown reason.

Our database consists of searchable images of the typescript, plus a newly compiled index of 11,000+ entries. To view the data, go to and click on “Searchable Local Records – Cemetery, Census, etc.” Then scroll down to the category “Biographical and historical data” and click on “The Mildred E. Freitas Collection: Genealogical data extracted from the Livermore [California] Herald, 1899-1913.

A book in print is in process and will be released in a few weeks.

Editors of the Web and print editions are George Anderson, Patrick Lofft and Terry Berry. We thank Doug Mumma for many contributions.”

Here are some more historical/genealogical resources available through Alameda County Library:

* Alameda County Genealogy Libguide
* Access Dublin history anytime, anywhere.
* Dublin reflections; and bits of valley history by Virginia Smith Bennett
* Fleet City : selected images by Steven S. Minniear
* Dublin by Mike Lynch









From the U.S. Census News Release:

“In anticipation of the April 2 release of 1940 Census records from the National Archives, the U.S. Census Bureau is launching a new page on its website. Strict confidentiality laws ensure that census records are only unsealed after 72 years have passed, so genealogists, historians and researchers have waited with great eagerness for this release.

The site features an interactive overview of the 1940 Census, including questions asked on the census form, history facts, blogs, a 1940 Census video, pictures and a countdown clock. From the site, users will also find a direct link to the National Archives website for looking up individual 1940 Census records.

In addition, there is a newly released infographic providing a rich visual depiction of how characteristics of the U.S. population have changed between 1940 and 2010. This is the first in a series of three infographics that will explore topics related to the 1940 Census”

More Information is available at the following web sites:

National Archives 1940 Census to be released April 2, 2012

For people interested in Genealogy, here are the following links:

Upcoming Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society Event