Thursday, March 14, 2013


Come check out the resources we offer:

Civil War Veterans of Stanislaus County Website
Every Name Index to History of Stanislaus County by George Tinkham 1921 (PDF file)
Wood Colony Cemetery (on-line publication)
Stanislaus County Cemetery Files (Tombstone Project)
Stanislaus County Cemetery Descriptions and Burial Permits
St Paul's Episcopal Church Parish Register Modesto 1880 to 1921 Presented here courtesy of Don Sanford and St. Paul's Episcopal Church

"Early Records of Stanislaus County" by Myrtle Dix

All of these links and items can also be viewed at 

We also house a large collection of genealogical resources in our special collections room at the main branch of the Stanislaus County Public Library, located at 
1500 "I" Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Stop by on Monday mornings and talk with Marilyn Belleville. She is happy to direct you to specific resources that might be of interest to your research goals.

And we offer a free query service. Please email Charles Tieman at
** When emailing, please be as specific as possible as to the person, place, and time you are interested in.**

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March's Meeting

Our March Program
The Second Trail of Tears – A Migrant Mother’s Story, by featured speaker, Kay Sprague Ham

* Born Florence Leona Christie, 1903 in a teepee on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma.
* Her famous portrait, “Migrant Mother” has become the Mona Lisa of the Great
Depression and Dust Bowl Migration
* The US Postal Service commissioned a stamp honoring “Migrant Mother," Florence Thompson.
* A trail of picking peas, picking cotton, following harvests, deprivation, humiliation and prejudice, yet one of strength and pride.
* At the end of the trail, a widow and mother of seven, her family resided in a Modesto migrant camp.
* One particular burial plot in Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson CA holds a
headstone that reads…..”FLORENCE LEONA THOMPSON Migrant Mother – A Legend of the Strength of American Motherhood”.

Kay Sprague Ham is the granddaughter-in-law of Florence Thompson. Her husband Roger Sprague was in the process of writing his grandmother's tale when he passed away from cancer in 2004. Kay, who has a migrant story of her own, completed Roger's effort to tell the true story of Florence (Christie) Thompson's life in their book, Second Trail of Tears.

Please join us March 19, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1600 Carver Rd., Modesto, CA to hear this remarkable story. Refreshments will be served after a short general meeting with the program to begin following break.