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St John's Church w Cem Behind ItR&GD_Logo_backgroundRoots and Gold Dust

Genealogical Society


P.O. Box 1354, Diamond Springs, CA 95619


Serving Genealogical Needs in El Dorado County Since 1979



“A Family Tree Can Wither If Nobody Tends Its Roots.”




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Monthly Legacy 8 Users Group


Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society is proud to sponsor a users group for those who are using the Legacy family tree software.  We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building at 3275 Cedar Ravine in Placerville, CA.  If you are interested in learning more, contact .  We would love to have you join us.



Roots and Gold Dust Genealogical Society Meetings


Date:      The third Tuesday of every month (Except December)

Time:     1:00 p.m.

Where:   The LDS Church

               3275 Cedar Ravine

               Placerville, CA.

Visitors are always welcome and refreshments are served.


Upcoming Meeting Agendas:



June 16, 2015                     Colonial Migration to Appalachia

Presenter:      Barbara Leak

Barbara Leak will talk with us about the migration from the original colonies into the Trans-Appalachian areas and westward.  An understanding of this migration will enable you to back-track your ancestors.  Learn about the roads and waterways they traveled and see how these influenced this migration and settlement patters.

Barbara is a 5th generation California who has over 25 years as a genealogy researcher and educator.  She has made presentation throughout the area to numerous genealogical and historical groups and at conferences, workshops and libraries.  She has not only been very active in both the Placer County Genealogical Society and the Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley, but has also served as President of each.  She is a long time volunteer with Auburn FHC and a Cal State Gene Alliance Distinguished Service Award recipient.



July 21, 2015                      Finding Your Ancestor’s German Home Town and Getting Started on Your German Research                                                                 

Presenter:      Joan Gunn

Researching for your German ancestors can be almost impossible if you do not know at least the town they were from and preferably the parish.  Joan Gunn will help us learn the techniques, tricks and sources to use to help you find their hometown and then how to locate those records you need.

Joan is an active member of the Sacramento German Genealogical Society where her has done a number of presentations.  She also volunteers at the Sac. Regional FHC on Thursday afternoons assisting with German research.  She has researched several times and attended seminars in Salt Lake City and has done research in Germany.  She is a mentor at WorldGenWeb for Baden-Wurttmberg studies.



August 18, 2015                 Round Table Discussion – General Topic to Be Announced

Presenter:    Everyone In Attendance

What a great opportunity we have at least once a year to sit down together and discuss what we’re doing and how we’re accomplishing it.  If there is one thing common to all genealogists, it’s a love of talking about their family history and the research they have been doing.  Sometimes they get so engrossed, it’s hard to get them to take a break long enough to have snacks!  These Round Table Discussions are always one of the highlights of the year.  It’s a meeting you won’t want to miss.



September 15, 2015            Irish Research   (Or as those of us who are Irish think: “Looking for the Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow”!)

Presenter: Kim von Aspern-Parker

Looking for someone in Ireland, need help, this is the presentation you want to be at.

Kim von Aspern-Parker took up chasing dead relatives more than 20 years ago.  After three careers that left her looking for something more, she found her true passion: Genealogy.  Ms. von Aspern-Parker is adopted.  After meeting her biological family, she traced that line back to the time of the Mayflower; only to discover that her birth father was not really her biological father (darn that DNA test).  She took this experience and focused it towards making certain that all her research is accurate and well documented.  Kim now works coaching others on their genealogy and lecturing about her passion.  A self proclaimed “conference junkie” she is an ardent attendee of genealogical conferences and other methods of learning genealogy.  She passes this knowledge on in lectures, classes and research trips.



October 20, 2015                British Research, Sans Ireland

Presenter:      Christine Green

We don’t have all the details yet on this presentation as Christine is currently rewriting and updating it to include even more information.

Christine Green owns C& M Genealogy Research and is on the website for Association of Genealogical Professionals.  She serves as President of San Mateo County Genealogical Society and teaches genealogy at Palo Alto Adult School.  A long time genealogist, she is very avid about her love of genealogical research.



November 17, 2015            Annual Finger-Food Pot Luck AND Show-N-Tell AND Election of Officers for 2016

Who?:    Everyone Who Is In Attendance

Everyone looks forward to this meeting each year.  People will bring in their favorite “finger food” for everyone to sample.  We then sit around munching while we share something from our family history, be it an old photo, heirloom, story, research discovery, etc.  Some of the things brought in to share are Sooooo priceless, at least to a genealogist!  Oh, and we also vote on the officers for next year’s Executive Board.



December 22, 2015             No Meeting In December




The 2016 schedule of programs is being developed at this time.  We looking forward to what we come up with.


Rev 06-12-2015