San Mateo County Genealogical Society's Blog featuring society events, projects, meeting notes and other items of relevance to genealogists.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Barry's Bits and Upcoming Events




                       Upcoming Events                         

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Sat, Sep 28, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
What You Don’t Know About Ancestry.com
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.

 Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist, Ancestry.com

Many of us are not aware of everything there is to know about Ancestry.com. Come along and learn as Crista shares her deep and wide knowledge of Ancestry.com to open up new avenues of
research for all of us. Crista Cowan has been employed by Ancestry.com since 2004; her involvement in family history,
however, reaches back to childhood. A professional genealogist, Crista has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories.
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                        Sat, Oct 19, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
Researching Ancestors in Historical Events: 
A Salem Witch Trials Case Study
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.


Melinda Kashuba

If your ancestor participated in or lived near the area of a major historical event, this talk will help you discover how to draw upon narratives penned by historians and other researchers to fill in your ancestor’s story. A case study on the Salem Witch Trials will highlight techniques that you can use for events in which your ancestor was involved. Melinda Kashuba holds a PhD in geography from UCLA and is a popular lecturer on many topics including American research and maps. 


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Sat, Nov 2, 2019 – FALL SEMINAR 
The Law, GPS Evidence, and DNA Ethics
9 am–3 pm. Members $50, Non-members $60. After Oct 25 Walk-ins, add $10. LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park

Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist


Join us for a day of gaining insight about genealogy, more than you may have thought. Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree and one of the best thinkers and lecturers in the field. Her talks are delivered with good humor, perception, and thoughtful connections. She will address law in our ancestors’ time, conducting solid research, and ethics surrounding today’s DNA testing. 

Registration opened Aug 15 

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     Sat, Nov 23, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
Brick Wall Busters
 Techniques for Genealogical Success

Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.


Sharon Hoyt, CG  

No one method can address each and every brick wall problem, so we’ll cover several techniques to help you get unstuck and move your research forward. 


               Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events.     
www.smcgs.org 
  

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

SMC newspapers: The Tanforan Totalizer


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Courtesy of the family of Itaru and Shizuko Ina




The Tanforan Totalizer began publication from the Japanese interment camp on 15 May 1942.  In all nineteen were edited by Taro Katayama and they varied in length from 4 to 26 pages. You will find a good description of the paper in the Densho Encyclopedia


All 19 issues Tanforan Totalizer are available on Densho Digital Repository  Click on the issue image and on the resulting page click on download full size to get a file with the entire paper.

The mission of the Densho Digital Repository is to allow users to "Hear the story of the Japanese American incarceration experience from those who lived it, and find thousands of historic photographs, documents, newspapers, letters and other primary source materials from immigration to the WWII incarceration and its aftermath."

The Library of Congress lists various libraries throughout the country that have both microfilm and original copies of the paper for those who are not satisfied with online images.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SMCGS Sharing Stories 2019

Chez Yvonne
 Terry Blaine


Andre Frelier was French and his restaurant, L’Omelette in Barron Park reflected his warm French hospitality.  It was a favorite of Stanford students for its cozy lounge around an open fireplace, good drinks at reasonable prices and rarely checked ID’s.

Andre’s wife, Yvonne, was also French, but French Moroccan, and had a firey personality.  Their marriage ended, and to spite Andre, Yvonne opened her own restaurant in Mountain View – Chez Yvonne.  The atmosphere there was similar to L’Omelette, but had an extra edge to it, and checked ID’s even less frequently.  Both restaurants were important to the atmosphere of the area.

Decades later, both L’Ommies and Chez Yvonne had disappeared.  I started a new company in a field which never existed before in the Bay Area – condominium association management.  One of my first accounts was Los Altos Square. 

Condominiums were a new concept, and the developer had created an innovative, attractive community.  The new board of directors didn’t really know what their responsibilities were, but they knew they should have some rules.  They decided that all cars must be parked in garages.  There was one townhouse that always had a car outside in the driveway. The Rules Committee instructed me to contact who-ever it was down in that Townhouse 43 to find out why that car was always in the driveway.  I procrastinated, but finally I rang the doorbell, Yvonne Frelier answered the door.  She was thrilled to see an old customer and I was thrilled to see her.  She invited me in to see her house.  It was lovely, but there were differences between a condominium and a single-family home which sometimes made it difficult for a developer to sell both the concept and the home.

The developer of Los Altos Square was a really nice person, but he would have sold his grandmother if he could make a deal.  Yvonne told him that she had to have a family room.  In order to sell the townhouse, he made a deal with Yvonne that she could convert her garage to a family room.

She insisted that I see her creation in the garage.  It was a full-sized Moroccan bar.  A huge zebra skin covered the floor.  The mahogany bar glowed from layers of bar-top varnish.  Above the bar, a false roof of palm fronds concealed soft indirect lighting.  Behind the bar, glass shelves held rows of exotic liqueurs which were probably left-overs from Chez Yvonne.

Then she said, “Meet my kitty – here kitty, kitty”.  I heard 100 decibel purring, and out from behind the bar came a full-grown cheetah.  With a smile on its face, it rubbed its chin on my leg like any affectionate cat and purred even louder when I scratched behind its ears.

I said, “Yvonne, I don’t know you, I have never been in your house, and I don’t have a clue what sort of deal you made with the developer”.  Fortunately, the Rules Committee forgot about cars parked in driveways and went on to more important issues.  But a wink was sometimes exchanged between Yvonne and me.

Chez Yvonne lives on in a garage in Los Altos
  


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Seminar with Judy Russell: the Legal Genealogist

The Law, GPS Evidence, and DNA Ethics

Saturday, November 2, 2019,  9 am - 3 pm. Doors open at 8 am.
Menlo Park LDS Church - 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park
 PLEASE REGISTER EARLY, THIS EVENT MAY SELL OUT. 


Join us for a day of gaining insight about genealogy, more than you may have thought.
Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree and is one of the best thinkers and lecturers in the field. Her talks are delivered with good humor, perception, and thoughtful connections. She will address law in our ancestors' time, conducting solid research, and ethics surrounding today's DNA testing.
Topics:
  • Finding the Law
  • The Law and Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search
  • DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy
  • No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence


             Schedule             

  •  8:00 – 9:00       REGISTRATION & Time to Browse our Silent Auction Items & Book Sales
  •  9:00 – 9:15      INTRODUCTIONS
  •  9:15 – 10:15    LECTURE ONE - Finding the LawTime and time again, we’re told as genealogists that we need to look at records in the context of the law at the time and in the place where the records were created. Easier said than done! With 50 states and the federal government all passing laws, how do we find the laws we need?
  • 10:15- 10:45 BREAK
  • 10:45 – 11:45   LECTURE TWO The Law and Reasonable Exhaustive (Re)Search They’re the building blocks of any genealogy: wills, deeds, vital records. Once we've gathered records from all areas where our ancestors lived, we tick off that GPS—what once was called the “reasonably exhaustive search.” We have, we believed, examined “a wide range of high-quality sources” and therefore minimized “the probability that undiscovered evidence will overturn a too-hasty conclusion.” Or have we?
  •  11:45 – 12:45   LUNCH   Time to check out the Silent Auction Items, Book Sales and the Family History Center
  •  12:45 – 1:45   LECTURE THREE  DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.
  •  1:45 – 2:00  BREAK
  •  2:00 – 3:00   LECTURE FOUR No Vitals? No Problem!Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence - A Family for Isabella When there’s no birth, marriage or death record, what’s a genealogist to do? Learn how to use circumstantial evidence to build a family. This case study involves tracing a woman married before the 1850 census.

 The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell CG®, CGL℠, writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer. Her award-winning blog is at https://www.legalgenealogist.com/

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Barry's Bits and Upcoming Events


San Francisco Examiner

                       Upcoming Events                          

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Sat, Aug 24, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
SMCGS Work Day: Indexing
CaƱada College Library Computer Lab, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, San Mateo.
Coordinator: Cath Madden Trindle, SMCGS Publications Chair

SMCGS members and other interested individuals are invited to join us as we begin an index to the early San Mateo County Board of Supervisor Minutes. These contain references to early settlers. No experience is necessary. If you can read and write your skill will be of use. Digital images will be available on lab computers.

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Sat, Sep 28, 2019 10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free
What You Don’t Know About Ancestry.com
Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.
 Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist, Ancestry.com
Many of us are not aware of everything there is to know about Ancestry.com. Come along and learn as Crista shares her deep and wide knowledge of Ancestry.com to open up new avenues of
research for all of us. Crista Cowan has been employed by Ancestry.com since 2004; her involvement in family history,
however, reaches back to childhood. A professional genealogist, Crista has spent thousands of hours discovering, documenting and telling family stories.

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Sat, Oct 19, 2019 – Researching Ancestors in Historical Events: A Salem Witch Trials Case Study
10:30 am–12:00 pm, Free. Grace Lutheran Church, 2825 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, entrance in back.

Presenter: Melinda Kashuba
If your ancestor participated in or lived near the area of a major historical event, this talk will help you discover how to draw upon narratives penned by historians and other researchers to fill in your ancestor’s story. A case study on the Salem Witch Trials will highlight techniques that you can use for events in which your ancestor was involved.

Melinda Kashuba holds a PhD in geography from UCLA and is a popular lecturer on many topics including American research and maps. 
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Sat, Nov 2, 2019 – FALL SEMINAR 
The Law, GPS Evidence, and DNA Ethics
9 am–3 pm. Members $50, Non-members $60. After Oct 25 & Walk-ins, add $10. LDS Hall, 1105 Valparaiso, Menlo Park
Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist

Join us for a day of gaining insight about genealogy, more than you may have thought. Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree and one of the best thinkers and lecturers in the field. Her talks are delivered with good humor, perception, and thoughtful connections. She will address law in our ancestors’ time, conducting solid research, and ethics surrounding today’s DNA testing.

REGISTRATION OPENS THURSDAY, AUGUST 15. Please register early, this event may sell out.
Everyone is welcome at SMCGS events. www.smcgs.org

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

SMC Newspapers: The Free Press

Found in Remington's 1893
The run of the Free Press is currently unknown and only one issue seems to be available in the California State Library.


The free press. : (Redwood City, Cal.) 1893-1???  
Geographic coverage: Redwood City, San Mateo, California   
Publisher: Frank H. Owen
Dates of publication: 1893-1???
Description: Began in 1893.
Frequency: Weekly
Language: English
Subjects: California--Redwood City.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01215157 
Notes: Description based on: Vol. 1, no. 18 (Aug. 18, 1893).
LCCN: sn 95061995
OCLC: 33823815
Holdings: California State Library  <1893:8:18>
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(w) weekly (d) daily (n) daily except Sunday and holidays
(p) partial run  (s) scattered missing issues
CA Lib - California State Library
UCR - University of California Riverside - Newspaper Master Files
RCL - Redwood City Public Library
SM Lib - San Mateo City Library
AFL - Alameda Free Library
SSFPL - South San Francisco Public Library



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

French Hospital

While indexing the Mortuary Files of Valente, Marini, Perata & Co, we noted many deaths in French Hospital.  It appeared that some of the burials were arranged and paid for by the hospital.  A little research shows that it was the earliest private hospital in California and in fact an HMO from it's inception, the first in the United States.  Established in 1851 by the newly formed French Benevolent Society, it first opened it's doors on 30 Dec of that year.  In 1858 it was moved to Bryant Street near the Mission Bay shoreline.
French Hospital [graphic] / Geary Street, Between 5th and 6th Avenues,
Close to Golden Gate Park / San Francisco, California 1913
California History Section Picture Catalog - California State Library
Calisphere

In 1895 a state of the art hospital was built on Point Lobos Ave.  The street was later renamed Geary Blvd and the hospital is located on the corner of 6th Ave.  In the 1960s the original hospital was seismically upgraded, resulting in the original brick facade being replaced by reinforced concrete.  Ascetically not as pleasing, but definitely a better choice for an earthquake prone area.

 In 1989 French Hospital was purchased by Kaiser.  It is now known as Kaiser French Campus.   .

Dr. Claudine Chalmers of the French Mutual Benefit Society is writing a book about French Hospital. The society has a website in development, and you can be notified when it is functional by signing up at http://www.frenchhospitalsf.org/  Dr. Chalmers has written other books on the French in San Francisco you can find more information on her website.

Learn more of the history of French Hospital and the French in San Francisco



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

SMCGS Sharing Stories 2019


The Radivojs of Ravenswood
Submitted by Barry Elwood Hinman
© 2019 Barry Elwood Hinman 

According to the story I heard from my mother, her father Anton Radivoj was walking along Market Street in San Francisco one day when a leaflet advertising land in San Mateo County was pressed into his hand. An immigrant from Austria-Hungary to the United States in 1897, Radivoj had settled in New York City, where he met and married his wife Kate Tadejevich, who in 1899 had also emigrated from Austria-Hungary. Both came from an area in the northern Adriatic Sea which is now in Croatia. In 1907 they had taken the train from New York to San Francisco, where they settled near Lone Mountain. The climate of San Francisco, however, was very damp and bad for Kate Radivoj. Anton, therefore, was interested in the prospect of moving to the Peninsula.

On l July 1920 A. Radivoj and Katie Radivoj his wife bought from Edward Albert Pagel for $10 land in San Mateo County, 1.94 acres between University Ave. and Donahoe St., in an area then called Runnymede, next to Ravenswood, of which it was frequently considered a part, and known officially from 23 October 1924 as East Palo Alto. According to newspaper articles collected by Richard N. Schellens the Runnymede Poultry Farm was incorporated in September 1918, but by January of 1920 Charles Weeks had taken over management and begun selling lots. In January 1920 Weeks filed a deed by which he took over the Cornelius O'Connor tract, 103 acres fronting on Woodlawn Avenue.[1] He subdivided this plot into smaller lots and placed it on the market. It was lots 7, 8, 9, 10 and a portion of lot 11 in block 7 of “Map of Woodland Place, Subdivision No. One of Ravenswood” that the Radivojs now bought.[2]

In the first issue of the Redwood City Tribune (1 May 1923) an article appeared on p. 3 with the headline: Runnymede Colony of Attractiveness: Progress is Unusual. There we read:
"'An acre and independence!' That's Runnymede ... This famous little farm colony, noted for its chicken, rabbit and berry raising, is one of the most prosperous and interesting settlements in the entire district ... The outgrowth of a plan formulated and propagated during the past ten years by Charles Weeks Runnymede is a community of contented and prosperous people ... The colony is by its very nature a co-operative institution ... Runnymede homes are havens of contentment and they are uniformly fine in their simple but attractive schemes of architecture.”

The Index to [Voter] Register, San Mateo County, 1920, lists Anton Radivog, chicken rancher, and Katie Radivoj, housewife, at Box 60B, R.F.D., Menlo Park, in Menlo Park Precinct No. 3. Both are Republicans.

The property they bought lay where University Avenue meets highway 101, lying between that highway and Donohoe Street, which is parallel to the highway. Their youngest child, Lillian Radivoj, a school teacher in Redwood City, remembered that while their house was being built the family lived in their tank house at the back of the property.

On 24 August 1921 Joseph and Elizabeth Limboth entered into an agreement with Anton Radivoj and Katie Radivoj his wife to sell to them 1.71 acres of land, being lots 5, 6, 12, 13 and a portion of lot 11 in block 7 of “Map of Woodland Place, Subdivision No. One of Ravenswood” for $1700 over time[3] The Radivojs made their payments and the land was deeded over to them on 25 October 1923.[4]


In the Index to [Voter] Register, San Mateo County, 1922, they are listed in Menlo Park Precinct No. 4 as Anton Radivoj, chicken rancher, and Mrs. Katie Radivoj, housewife, same address. They are listed in the 1922-23 Runnymede Directory as A. Radivoj (Katie), poultry, Cooley, box 58.



As we see, Anton and Katie Radivoj raised chickens on this land, and they also raised berries, especially raspberries. My mother, their daughter Antoinette, well remembered working with the raspberries, and in later life refused to eat raspberries, her experience having marked her.

Anton is called a farmer in Polk's Palo Alto Directory for 1926, and in 1927 his address is given as 400 Donahoe, Ravenswood. Listed with him in that year were: Anna, student; Kate, wife; Antoinette, clk; and Geo., poultryman. The listings remain substantially the same for the following years until 1934, when Lillian, sten., is added to the family. This is in error, since it was the other two daughters who were stenographers, while Lillian was a student.

Anton Radivoj also worked as waiter at the Menlo Country Club in Woodside while raising poultry and produce on his land. According to his death certificate, in August 1934 he had worked 10 years in that occupation.

The Redwood City Tribune of 31 August 1934 has the headline: "4 Die in Three Peninsula Crashes." Below is: "Bayshore Automobile Accidents Claim Trio ... Miss Radivoj's Father Fatally Hurt in Third Mishap." The story continues: "A. Radivoj, 48, of 400 Donohoe avenue, Ravenswood, an employee of the Menlo Country Club, killed by an automobile while walking along the highway near his home ...  Pedestrian Is Struck. Radivoj, father of Antoinette Radivoj, employed here at the Bank of America, was walking along the Bayshore highway south of University avenue, East Palo Alto, at about 7 o'clock last evening. He was in the vicinity of Cooley avenue when struck.”

After her husband’s death, Kate Radivoj sold the property they owned in East Palo Alto and moved with her two daughters and son to Redwood City, where she died in 1947. The current overpass from University Avenue to highway 101 passes through the land that the Radivojs owned. For many years the house remained, and cars taking the cloverleaf to go north to San Francisco passed right next to it. In its last years it served as a real estate agency office.



[1] Redwood City Standard, 29 Jan 1920
[2] San Mateo County, California, Deeds 292:340
[3] San Mateo County, California, Deeds New Series 19:222
[4] San Mateo County, California, Deeds New Series 84:487

 See also 
A Biography of Anton Radivoj
A Biography of Kate Tadejevich Radivoj

Barry has donated his Radivoj files to the Vollmeyer Local History Room at the Redwood City Library.  Contact them for access to the collection.

© 2019 Barry Elwood Hinman