Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 29th Program Meeting - Donie Nelson on "Family Stories"

 WEDNESDAY, April 29th PROGRAM MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium 
(365 F Street)

Donie Nelson on “Family Stories – Secrets, Lies and Surprises”

     Donie Nelson has been researching her Swedish/English/Scots-Irish/ Spanish heritage since 1979. For over 30 years Donie worked in the entertainment industry developing motion pictures and television projects and she brings this knowledge of storytelling to her work as a consultant who assists researchers with editing, writing and publishing their family histories. 


     She is a past president of the Los Angeles Westside Genealogical Society and coordinated the publication of their book: Abbot Kinney’s Venice of America. In partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library and the Southern California Genealogical Society, 

Donie created a monthly genealogical workshop program entitled Genealogy Garage which is held monthly in the History & Genealogy Dept. of the LAPL. More than 350 researchers attend this workshop annually. 

She is currently the editor of a national quarterly journal for Hispanic researchers and specializes in establishing outreach programs for genealogical societies—to date she has established four monthly research programs in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. 

She has served on the board of the California State Genealogical Alliance and the Southern California Genealogical Society. Donie is a founding member of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California Chapter, where she served six terms as President and served seven years on the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America national board of directors.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

CVGS Research Trip on Wednesday, 22 April

John Finch has planned a Research Trip to the FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley (4195 Camino del Rio South, San Diego) on April 22nd, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.  We are leaving just a little later to give them a little margin of time to prepare.

There will be a carpool leaving from the downtown Chula Vista parking structure (second floor, midway between the two entrances) just after 10 a.m.  

Please contact John Finch at jan27@cox.net to get on the carpool list.

Monday, April 13, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter is Published

The April 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published last week.  

Society Members can read it online, in a PDF format - use the "Members" link (roll over "Members," and click on "Newsletters") at www.CVGenealogy.org.  


Non-members can read CVGS Newsletters two months after publication, per Board of Directors direction (on www.cvgenealogy.org, roll over "News" and click on "Newsletters").

The Table of Contents lists:


page 1 -- April 29th Program Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- CVGS at Escondido Family History Fair 
page 3 -- May 2nd Workshop  
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting

page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News
page 3 -- Save the Date: June 27th for Picnic 
page 3 -- Dorothy Alvord Passed Away 
page 4 -- Who Do You Think You Are? Information 
page 4 -- Research Trip to FamilySearch Library on 4/22  

page 4 -- SCGS Genealogy Jamboree News 
page 5 -- Advice for a Beginning Genealogist 
page 6 -- March 11th Research Group Review 
page 7 -- March 25th Program Review 
page 7 -- SDGS Collection to be Dedicated at SDPL 

page 8 -- Genealogy News for March and April 
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 

page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Research Group Review

There were 20 attendees at the CVGS Research Group on 8 April 2015.

In the first hour, Randy discussed and demonstrated:

*  AncestryDNA "New Ancestor Discoveries" - Ancestry claims that "You don't need to research records or build a family tree -- AncestryDNA now transports you to the past."  Um, really?  

*  Chronicling America newspapers (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) is a FREE website with historical newspapers from 1835 to 1922 at the Library of Congress, searchable by keywords, date ranges, etc.  There is also a listing of all of the newspapers ever published in the United States from 1690 to recent times.

*  GenealogyBank newspapers (http://www.genealogybank.com) is a commercial ($70 per year retail) website with several different collections - Newspaper Archives (1690-2010); Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977-today); Historical Documents (1789-1994); Historical Books (1749-1900); Social Security Death Index (1936-2011) - FREE).  There are 6,500 newspapers, and over 1.8 billion records, available on GenealogyBank.  They can be searched by name, keyword, and date range.  The full run of the San Diego newspapers are online there.

The second hour was devoted to answering questions, discussing research problems, and telling about research successes.

*  Tameron's uncle was kicked out of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1938.  She wants to find out why.  She has family information, but no death date.  She found his wife in the 1940 U.S. census living without him.  A search in the California Death Index found he died in 1941 in Los Angeles.  With the date, Tameron can look for more newspaper articles and perhaps an obituary for him.  

*  Jean wanted to know how to sync her Family Tree Maker database with an Ancestry Member Tree.  The FTM Knowledge Base has explicit directions.

*  Lorrie's ancestor was Isaac Stallings (1810-1893), migrating from North Carolina to Indiana to Iowa.  We found his Find A Grave memorial, and Ancestry.com had a number of Suggested Records for him.  But she doesn't have a subscription - we recommended using the computers at the FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley, or San Diego City and County public libraries.  

*  Virginia found a newspaper article with the 1911 marriage of her ancestors on MyHeritage.

*  Diane G. shared her poster of her ancestor "Don Martin Casillas" who was a Spanish architect who built cathedrals in 16th century Spain and Mexico.  She likes the MyHeritage smart matches because she can contact other researchers.  Diane has done autosomal DNA tests on 23andMe for her four sons - the results say two are Britain/Ireland, one is Iberia, and one is French/German.  

The next Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 13 May 2015, at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.  


Monday, March 30, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - April 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for April 2015 include:

 ** Saturday, 4 April, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Susi Pentico will lead the discussion on "Facebook Genealogical Groups." 


** Wednesday, 8 April, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Auditorium, led by Randy Seaver.  We will review the latest genealogy news, share success stories and information, and discuss members research problems, and potential solutions, based on the collective knowledge and wisdom of the group.  

** Wednesday, 15 April, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab, led by Shirley Becker. Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.

**  Wednesday, 22 April, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., FamilySearch Library (4175 Camino del Rio South, San Diego).  John Finch will host a Research Trip to the FamilySearch Library.  Contact John (jan27@cox.net for details.


** Wednesday, 29 April, 12 noon  to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The speaker will be Donie Nelson on "Family Stories - Secrets, Lies, and Surprises." Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 1,8, 15 and 29 April, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --Research Assistance in the Family Research area.  John Finch will help you with your research problems.  Bring your laptop if you want to do online research.

The Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library is located at 365 "F" Street in Chula Vista - between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue, midway between I-5 and I-805 (take the "E" Street exit from the freeways).

The Bonita-Sunnyside (County) Library is located at 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita - turn north on Billy Casper Way, just west of the Otay Lakes Road intersection with Bonita Road, on the north side of Bonita Road.

We welcome guests and visitors to our CVGS programs and events - if you are in the greater San Diego area and want to attend our events - please come and introduce yourselves.  All CVGS events are FREE to attend, except for some seminars and picnics.



Friday, March 27, 2015

March Program Review - "Across the Prairie" with Jamie Mayhew

Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew was the program speaker at the March 25th CVGS monthly meeting in the Auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library, with about 35 in attendance.

Her presentation was titled "Across the Prairie: Land Records in the Public Land States."  This was an excellent overview program about land records, particular those in the Midwest and West that follow the Public Land Survey System set up in 1785.


Jamie noted that land records exist for more people in America than any other record, and that very few have been lost over time.  You can learn many things from land records, including locating a person in a time and place, determining their neighbors and associates, and perhaps obtaining the maiden name of the wife and the children's names.  The records may provide information for family stories.

Jamie described the differences between State Land States (which generally use metes and bounds), Federal Land States (which use the public land rectangular survey system with meridians, ranges, townships, sections and aliquot parts of sections).  There are also several unique states which have both systems.  In the State Land States, the land was distributed prior to 1776 or before the state joined the USA.  The metes and bounds were denoted by markers (trees, rocks, streams, stakes), directions and distances in rods and chains and links.  The U.S. government set up the Federal Land States in order to raise money for the new government after the Revolutionary War, to compensate soldiers for their service, and to encourage western migration.

The process of obtaining land was covered, with descriptions of Bounty Land, Land Laws, the Preemption Act of 1841, and the Homestead Act of 1862.  The latter law provided up to 160 acres of free land to US born or naturalized citizens over age 21, or those who had filed papers to become naturalized.  They had to live on the land for five years, improve the land including a structure, and after six months could buy the land for $1.25 an acre.  Jamie showed several photographs of sod houses made from the thick prairie sod, and of families with their livestock and tools in front of their homesteads.

Lastly, Jamie provided information about where to find and how to obtain these records.  The National Archives has Land Entry Case Files; the Bureau of Land Management website has land patents and certificates;  FamilySearch has the Bureau of Land Management Tract Books online. In addition, there are several map companies and websites that offer state, county and township maps showing land ownership in the 1800s.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Program Meeting Features Jamie Mayhew on "Land Records"

 WEDNESDAY, March 25th PROGRAM MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium 
(365 F Street)

Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew on 
“Across the Prairie: Land Records in the Public Land States”

Land records form the largest group of records for our ancestors and often leave the only clues to marriages, deaths, and relationships. By the mid 1800’s it is estimated that up to 90% of white males in the United States owned land. When records were destroyed, land records were the first to be recreated leading to land records where no other records exist.

Where do you find land records? What is the difference between State Land States and Federal Land States? Did our ancestor receive Bounty Land? Was he or she a homesteader? How can you find out where the land your ancestor owned is today? All these questions and more will be answered.



Jamie Lee McManus Mayhew PLCGS is a frequent speaker in Southern California. She is a member of the NGS, APG, and various societies in areas where she does research.  She is a Board member and incoming President for the APG Southern California Chapter, past President of the CSGA and past-President and current Board member of GSNOCC.  Her business, California Cousins: Family History Research Services is online at http://www.californiacousins.com.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

March 2015 Research Group Review

We had 18 attendees at the March 11th CVGS Research Group.

In the first hour, Randy reviewed the genealogy news and his own experiences, including:

* Research at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City

*  RootsTech 2015 videos are available at http://rootstech.org/video/4050134760001

*  RootsTech/FGS Conference photos from the exhibit hall and social events - all from Randy's blog www.geneamusings.com 

*  Randy's Who Do You Think You Are? Story with family photos (see   http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarestory.com/timelines/1ljVI1l2FALXkqV7Wn0Cmw)

*  Genealogy Gophers is a new FREE genealogy book website - www.gengophers.com

*   MooseRoots is a new FREE genealogy data website (all US census records indexed, plus more) - www.mooseroots.com

*  Family Tree Now is a new FREE genealogy data website (including Public Record Index data by family) - www.familytreenow.com

*  Ancestry.com will modifty the look and feel of its website in May 2015.  The biggest change will be in Ancestry Member Trees with the addition of a LifeStory feature.

In the second hour, the attendees shared their research challenges and successes, including:

*  Virginia and Bethel went to FGS/RootsTech in Salt Lake City, and enjoyed the conference and the Family History Library.  

*  Virginia found an ancestral record at 4:30 p.m. on the last day she was there.  At dinner one night, she had a "Hank Jones moment" while talking about genealogy to others at the table.

*  Bethel found her 2nd great-grandfather's naturalization record on microfilm.  She found the books on the shelf for her ancestral county and found a book that listed teachers at the schoolhouse with her relative's name.

*  Shirley found a relative in the MyHeritage databases residing in Australia.  

*  Susan wondered if her great-grandfather David Richards (1867-1917), born in Wales, died in Ohio was the same person as the David Daniel Richards found in some records.  

*  Carole is still looking for information about her great-aunt, and found a California State Library mural depicting the Rose Parade in a book.

*  Susan attended the Escondido Family History Fair and found out she could join the DAR.

*  Ralph noted that there was great staff help and advice when he visited the Family History Library.

*  Sam found his family in a Hardin surname book.  The migration trail was from Wales to Canada to Virginia to Pennsylvania to Kentucky.

*  Mary Lou joined the Niagara County New York Genealogical Society for $15 per year.  Users can search their resources for free.  As a member, they will answer email requests for lookups in books, records and cemeteries.

*  Gary demonstrated how to find the CVGS Library Book titles in the Members section of the new CVGS website.  

The next Research Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 8 April in the Auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).


Friday, March 13, 2015

March 2015 Newsletter is Published

The March 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published last week.  

Society Members can read it online, in a PDF format - use the "Members" link (roll over "Members," and click on "Newsletters") at www.CVGenealogy.org.  


Non-members can read CVGS Newsletters two months after publication, per Board of Directors direction (on www.cvgenealogy.org, roll over "News" and click on "Newsletters").

The Table of Contents lists:


page 1 - March 25th Program Meeting  
page 2 - President’s Message 
page 3 - March 14th Workshop 
page 3 - April 4th Workshop 

page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting 
page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News 
page 3 - March 21st NSDCGS Seminar 
page 4 - Who Do You Think You Are? Information 

page 4 - RootsTech 2015 Livestreamed Videos
page 4 - Come to CVGS Beginners Group
page 4 - Genealogy Gophers Website Launches 
page 5 - Top 10 Online Genealogy Research Resources 

page 6 -  February 11th Research Group Review 
page 7 - February 25th Program Review 
page 9 - CVGS Society Information  
page 9 - San Diego Genealogy Events  

page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - March 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for March 2015 include:

** Wednesday, 11 March, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Library Conference Room, led by Randy Seaver.  We will review the latest genealogy news, share success stories and information, and discuss members research problems, and potential solutions, based on the collective knowledge and wisdom of the group.  
**  Saturday, 14 March, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Gary Brock and Sam Seat will lead the discussion on "Using the Wild Apricot Website."


** Wednesday, 18 March, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab, led by Shirley Becker. Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.


** Wednesday, 25 March, 12 noon  to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The speaker will be Jamie McManus Mayhew on "Across the Prairie: Land Records in the Public Land States" Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 4, 11, 18, and 25 March, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --Research Assistance in the Family Research area.  John Finch will help you with your research problems.  Bring your laptop if you want to do online research.

The Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library is located at 365 "F" Street in Chula Vista - between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue, midway between I-5 and I-805 (take the "E" Street exit from the freeways).

The Bonita-Sunnyside (County) Library is located at 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita - turn north on Billy Casper Way, just west of the Otay Lakes Road intersection with Bonita Road, on the north side of Bonita Road.

We welcome guests and visitors to our CVGS programs and events - if you are in the greater San Diego area and want to attend our events - please come and introduce yourselves.  All CVGS events are FREE to attend, except for some seminars and picnics.

Friday, February 27, 2015

February 25th Program Review - Barbara Zaragoza

CVGS member Barbara Zaragoza was the Program speaker at the 25 February 2015 program meeting at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium.  Her topic was "San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley."



Barbara recently wrote the book San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley for Arcadia Publishing, and it is chock full of photographs of the border region from the 1850s up to the present.  She published 90 of the 2,000 photos that were collected.


In the first part of her talk, Barbara discussed the pre-American history of the border region, from the Native-American tribes who had three vilalges in the region and left lots of artifacts, to the Spanish colonization starting in 1769 by Father Serra, then about Mexico's independence from Spain in 1821 and creation of the Santiago Arguello Melijo Rancho and Rancho Tiajuana that stretched from the ocean to Otay Mountain.  She had a picture of the Arguello home called "La Punta" which was obliterated by building I-5 in 1951 near the salt works.

After the U.S.-Mexico border was defined by the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 51 border monuments were installed between the ocean and El Paso, Texas, with three strands of wire marking the border to prevent animals from straying across.   In the 1870's, a U.S. Customs House was built near the present San Ysidro border crossing.  Real estate development started on the U.S. side, some Japanese farmers settled in the Tijuana river Valley, and a schoolhouse was built at the end of Hollister Street.

Tiajuana City was started in 1887 on the U.S. side near the present border crossing, but it was wiped out by the 1891 Tijuana river flood, and the residents fled to the Mexico side of the border.

Another border commission installed new border monuments starting in El Paso and finishing with number 258 at the Pacific Ocean.  Marker 255 still stands in San Ysidro by the train station.

William E. Smythe, an East Coast journalist, laid out a utopian agricultural community in 1908 called "Little Landers" in San Ysidro on 1 acre plots, with a hotel, on the river floodplain.  He also named the area San Ysidro.  In the 1916 great flood, the community was washed away.

In 1911, the Industrial Workers of the World took over Tijuana on the Mexico side by force, and some Mexicans fled to San Ysidro.  Some Americans watched the battles from their side of the border.  Mexico eventually won the battle.

In 1915, the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego sponsored train trips to Tijuana for a Mexican Fair, sightseeing and other purposes.  When the U.S. passed Prohibition in 1919, Frank E. Beyer set up a "Vice City" in Tijuana with clubs, opium dens and a racetrack and many Americans visited.

By 1924, San Ysidro had a library, two churches, and many homes.  In the 1930s, dairy farmers were in the Tijuana River Valley.  Border Field was opened in 1929 and became a State Park in 1971.  In 1955, a chain link fence was built.  In 1957, San Ysidro was annexed into the city of San Diego.  By the 1960s, the population of San Ysidro was about 7,000, and 80% were of Mexican heritage.  The building of I-805 in the 1967-1975 time period displaced about 300 homes and businesses in San Ysidro.  The San Diego Trolley terminus was located in San Ysidro near the border crossing.  The border crossing has traffic of about 50 million persons a year, the highest land port of entry numbers in the world.

The far western portion of the Tijuana River Valley is still undeveloped and is protected as a California State Park, and is the largest coastal wetland on the West Coast Flyway.

This was an interesting discussion of local history and the events that led to the settlement of San Ysidro, Tijuana and the Tijuana River Valley.  Barbara's book can be purchased at  http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/ and at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/.  She has a website at http://southbaycompass.com/ including a blog about local history and culture.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

CVGS February 25th Program - Barbara Zaragoza

 WEDNESDAY, February 25th PROGRAM MEETING

from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium 
(365 F Street)

Barbara Zaragoza on “San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley”

San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley by Arcadia Publishing traces the history of the border region through a large collection of photographs. In 1851, surveyors placed a marble obelisk on a mesa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which demarcated the United States-Mexico boundary line. Tourists flocked to the region alongside land speculators who envisioned upscale hotels, resorts, and spas. Tia-juana, at the time, was a small town, which existed on both the American and Mexican side. 

Two decades later, an East Coast journalist, William Smythe, established a utopian agricultural colony in what is today San Ysidro. The colony was washed away by the 1916 flood and after that, Border Barons lived there while earning their living through the flourishing Vice Tourism industry in Tijuana.  

The presentation will include pictures of the San Diego-Tijuana border from the 1880's onward, stories of the man who drank one bottle of whiskey per day, the controversial rumor that Seabiscuit was boarded in the Valley, and a private picture of Bobby Kennedy in San Ysidro one day before his assassination.

Author Barbara Zaragoza, a CVGS member, with her master's degree in history from Harvard University, has used extensive interviews of community members as well as photographs from private and public collections to capture what it has meant to live in this small border community. She is a freelance writer who resides in Chula Vista, California.  Barbara will have her books to sell for $20 each.

This meeting is free to attend.  There will be a short society business meeting before the presentation, and refreshments before and after the meeting.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Escondido Family History Fair is Saturday, 7 March 2015

The all-day Escondido Family History Fair will be on Saturday, 7 March, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Escondido Family History Center (2255 Felicita Road, Escondido).  Registration opens at 8 a.m., and registrants can sign up for classes after checking in.

The Fair is free to attend, but you should have a ticket when you arrive that morning. Go to their website and just type in your name and email address.   http://www.escondidofhc.com/family-fair/.

They've had a problem with pre-registering for the individual classes, and there are no times listed, so we won't know until we arrive that day when each class will be. 

The Keynote speaker is Crista Cowan "The Barefoot Genealogist" for Ancestry.com.  Other speakers include (click on their names to see a list of topics):

You can also order lunch for $3.70 using Paypal by going to this link (The Hispanic Heritage Project is providing their services for payment of the lunch).

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society will have a carpool leaving at 7:15 a.m. from the second level of the downtown Chula Vista parking garage (halfway between the Marie Callender's entrance on F Street and the Fuddruckers entrance on Third Avenue).  The carpool will leave at 5 p.m. and arrive in Chula Vista at about 5:45 p.m.

If you want to go by carpool, please contact Randy Seaver (email rjseaver@cox.net, or phone 619-422-3397) to get on the list.


Monday, February 16, 2015

CVGS Research Group Review - February 2015

The 11 February 2015 Research Group meeting had 16 attendees and met in the auditorium. 

In the first hour of the meeting:

Karen Yarger reminded everyone about the Escondido Family History Fair with particular attention to registration mechanics.

John Finch facilitated the meeting, beginning with a discussion of the website Genealogy Today at www.genealogytoday.com. The cost is $9.00 per year and it has many features, such as blogs, a daily news email, and several family charts.

John focused on a case study where he could not find available records and initially relied on other sources. Searching for his wife’s grandmother, he found she disappeared after the 1930 census. Family members were tight-lipped about her story, but he persisted and finally discovered the answer to the mystery – the grandmother murdered her husband in a desperate act. Searching for the complete story in newspapers from Gallup, N.M. for the year 1932, he continued his search in Chula Vista using an inter-library loan. It was a remarkable story because even though she was convicted and sentenced to 99 years, women petitioned the court and Teresita was released from prison. John later found even more when the New Mexico Department of Corrections released its records and there was a photo and background information about Teresita. His message was twofold: be persistent in asking questions of family and search all types of records.

In the second hour of the meeting, John first took questions. 

*  Scarlet asked about an ancestor originally in North Carolina but later moved to Indiana and Iowa. The only thing she knew was that this person was a Quaker. John suggested the person started in the Shenandoah Valley and migrated to Indiana and Iowa because of the homesteading available for fertile land. He added that most of the North Carolina area was settled by plantation owners, indentures, and slaves.

*  Sylvia asked about a second great grandfather who immigrated from Germany to Indiana in about 1855-1857. John suggested she look at manifests for Castle Garden, but cautioned they have no indexes. He added that travelling to Illinois he found family information in a Cook County library, adding that once again the information was in an unexpected place.

Then attendees went around the room and shared their current status: 

*  Gary is busy with Wild Apricot and not doing genealogy right now!

*  Arlene is looking for a Smith or Hastings ancestor that may have been illegitimate

*  Mary Lou seems to find brick walls everywhere and is looking for an Irish ancestor that enlisted in the Civil War, was released in Houston and then continued to travel. She also pointed out that the www.dar.org website now has information that was previously only available to DAR members, such as Bible records and other affidavits.

*  Karen Y. is focused on recording family stories, such as a French Huguenot and Irish immigrant here during the American Revolution. Her interest is when and why they chose a side to fight for during the conflict.

*  Ralph seems stuck on his father’s side, a great grandfather who lived on both sides of the border in Ozona, Texas and Del Rio, Mexico in about 1900 and is difficult to pin down.

*  Carole is working on an email received through Ancestry.com. She has located some new relatives on her great grandfather’s side. She also brought a news article and news photos about the driving of the golden spike that joined the California and Arizona railroads.

*  Karen S. is integrating some old information she collected in the late 1970s with information collected in the past two years.

*  Sam Seat can’t seem to go beyond a second great grandfather on his line and tried to attach it to a Creech, but was unsuccessful so far. He also asked how to identify old photos and got several suggestions.

*  Linda put together old family pictures to show at a family reunion and got cousins involved.

*  Ana found a 1797 baptismal record from a Catholic mission near Juarez, Mexico. It has her third great grandfather’s name on it. She is trying to learn where the family came from in Spain or the Canary Islands.

*  Sylvia –is searching for Thomas Benton Hoover, born in Tennessee 1843 and died about 1888 in Texas.

*  Kathleen is grateful she contacted relatives who successfully labeled the old photos she inherited.

*  Gary did a short presentation on Wild Apricot, showing several features of the website such a the searchable book list, information about other surnames members are looking for, and the features only available to members.

The next meeting of the Research Group will be on Wednesday, 11 March 2015, at 12 noon in the Auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).

My thanks to Karen Smith for this review!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February 2015 Newsletter is Published

The Febuary 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published last week.  

Society Members can read it online, in a PDF format - use the "Members" link (roll over "Members," and click on "Newsletters") at www.CVGenealogy.org.  Non-members can read CVGS Newsletters two months after publication, per Board of Directors direction (on www.cvgenealogy.org, roll over "News" and click on "Newsletters").

The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 - February 25th Program Meeting  
page 2 - President’s Message 
page 2 - RootsTech 2015 Livestreamed Video 
page 3 - March 14th Workshop  
page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting 

page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News 
page 3 - March 21st NSDCGS Seminar
page 3 - Membership and Program Interest Surveys 
page 3 - DearMYRTLE Beginning Genealogy Group
page 4 - March 7th Escondido Family History Fair

page 4 - Who Do You Think You Are? Information
page 5 - Genealogy In Time Top 100 Websites
page 5 - Geneapalooza Comic Strip
page 6 - January 14th Research Group Review
page 7 - January 28th Program Review

page 8 - Top 10 Most Searched FamilySearch Databases
page 8 - Rob Cardwell's Genealogy Video
page 9 - CVGS Society Information 
page 9 - San Diego Genealogy Events  
page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CVGS Saturday Workshop on February 7th: Mississippi Research

The next Saturday Workshop is February 7th, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in the Community Room.

Susi Pentico will lead the discussion of "Researching Mississippi."


Monday, February 2, 2015

January 28th Program Review - Steve Andres on "U.S.S. Midway Museum"

Steve Andres was the featured speaker at the January 28th program meeting - his topic was the "U.S.S. Midway Museum."  There were 35 in attendance.  Steve discussed the history of the ship and the features of the current museum anchored in San Diego Bay (see http://www.midway.org/).


The U.S.S. Midway (CV-41) is a "retired" aircraft carrier - commissioned in 1945, built in Newport News in 18 months, refitted several times, and decommissioned in 1991.  It was brought to San Diego in 2004 to be a museum on San Diego Bay rather than being destroyed.

The Midway was the first steel-deck carrier.  It started as a 45 thousand ton warship without an angled deck, and was refitted in 1955 with an angled deck, and again in the 1960s to bring it up to a 75 thousand ton warship.  The U.S.S. Midway was homeported around the world, including Norfolk, Virginia, Yokosuka, Japan, and Alameda, California.  It played a major role in the Viet Nam War, Cold War, Desert Storm, and humanitarian missions, especially in the Philippines.  The Wikipedia article about the Midway is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Midway_(CV-41).

As a museum, it is supported by museum members, gate ticket receipts, and donations.  There is a large number of volunteers who act as docents, providing information to visitors and as tour guides, in addition to maintaining and improving the ship and the onboard aircraft.  There are 60 exhibits, 27 aircraft, movies, and more.  Visitors can take a self-guided audio tour to learn about the U.S.S. Midway.  The attendance has increased each year, and the museum had 1.2 million visitors in 2014.

The Midway Museum has several educational programs - overnight sleepovers, day programs for 2nd to 8th graders, and evening programs for adults, with dinner attendance up to 5,000 persons.

This was an interesting slide presentation, and Steve's humor and information was excellent.  He answered many questions about the ship's history and the features of the U.S.S. Midway Museum.




Friday, January 30, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - February 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for February 2015 include:

**  Saturday, 7 February, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Susi Pentico will lead the discussion on "Mississippi Research."


** Wednesday, 11 February, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Library Conference Room, led by Randy Seaver.  We will review the latest genealogy news, share success stories and information, and discuss members research problems, and potential solutions, based on the collective knowledge and wisdom of the group.  

** Wednesday, 18 February, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab, led by Shirley Becker. Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.


** Wednesday, 25 February, 12 noon  to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The speaker will be Barbara Zaragoza on "History of San Ysidro and the Tijuana River Valley" Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 4, 11, 18, and 25 February, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --Research Assistance in the Family Research area.  John Finch will help you with your research problems.  Bring your laptop if you want to do online research.

The Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library is located at 365 "F" Street in Chula Vista - between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue, midway between I-5 and I-805 (take the "E" Street exit from the freeways).

The Bonita-Sunnyside (County) Library is located at 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita - turn north on Billy Casper Way, just west of the Otay Lakes Road intersection with Bonita Road, on the north side of Bonita Road.

We welcome guests and visitors to our CVGS programs and events - if you are in the greater San Diego area and want to attend our events - please come and introduce yourselves.  All CVGS events are FREE to attend, except for some seminars and picnics.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 28th CVGS Program Features Steve Andres on USS Midway Museum

 WEDNESDAY, January 28th PROGRAM MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium 
(365 F Street)

Steve Andres on “The U.S.S. Midway Museum”

   In this presentation, Steve Andres will discuss the history of the U.S.S. Midway’s service in the US Navy from 1945-1992, and subsequent service to the nation as a museum in a slide presentation.  He will bring some brochures about several of the Midway’s programs, and discuss them as well.   In the remaining minutes, he will take the audience on a virtual tour of the ship.


     Steve Andres has been a Midway Museum Docent for eight years, accumulating over 2,000 volunteer hours.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967, served eleven years in submarines, and was responsible for two Naval Systems Command units before retiring in 1997 as a Captain with 30 years of service.

     His civilian experience includes corporate executive responsibilities in publicly held companies, retiring for a second time in 2006.  He and his wife, Louise, reside in La Jolla.  They have two grown children and are the proud grandparents of two granddaughters and a grandson.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January Research Group Review

The 14 January 2015 Research Group meeting had 21 attendees, almost a record!

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  CVGS program and membership surveys need to be filled out and returned.  They will be available at the computer group and program meeting also.
*  Did you watch the first episode of Genealogy Roadshow?  The videos are available at http://video.pbs.org/program/genealogy-roadshow/ the morning after the episode is shown.  Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on PBS through February 17th.
*  The FGS and RootsTech conferences are February 11-14 in Salt Lake City.  Look for free live-streaming videos.  Randy will attend, and John will lead the 11 February Research Group meeting.
*  The CGSSD meeting on Saturday, 17 January will feature DearMYRTLE via a live Hangout On Air.  This is a cost-effective way for quality speakers to present to genealogy societies from a distance.  
*  Family discussions over the holidays included helping his granddaughter make a family tree, telling a story from his own childhood, and providing a chart to his grandson showing the relationship to President Obama.
*  The home farm of 4th great-grandfather Simon Gates in Gardner, Mass. was described in an 1803 probate record.  Randy plotted the land boundaries, and found the location on a topographical map.

In the second hour, several attendees discussed their research challenges and successes, including:

*  Bobbie reviewed her two-year goals, and found that she satisfied the one on her mother's side - finding descendants in Louisiana that connect back to Acadia.  She also found a book on Acadian-Cajun Genealogy.  Her new goal on her mother's side is to find another Native-American ancestor.  Her goal on her father's side is to find the German home of her 2nd great-grandparents.

*  Shirley has been finding interesting Texts on the Internet Archive website (www.archive.org).  She recently browsed through the Columbia University collections.

*  Bethel contacted a 4th cousin.  She passed around a relationship chart to help folks determine a relationship.  She also brought cookies and muffins to share!  Yum!

*  Diane attended the SDGS seminar with Josh Taylor, and enjoyed the four presentations.  She did a migration list for all of her surnames - where did the families live in what time frame.  More 23andMe autosomal DNA test kits will go to her husband's relatives in an effort to discern paternity of his uncle.

*  Carole found a 1919 newspaper article and picture about her great-grandaunt, who made a float for the Rose Parade using the family roadster, and came in second place.  She's trying to obtain a better copy of the photograph from the Rose Parade folks.

*  Susi described her research problem - John Myers was born in 1809 in Dauphin County, Penn., son of Valentine Myers, and died in 1865 in Illinois.  His children put information in the family Bible that may be wrong.  Valentine died in 1822; the 1820 census for Valentine shows 3 male and 6 female children, but no other children besides John are known.  What should she search for?  The group suggested probate, land, church, tax, and military pension records.

*  Gary discussed the revamped CVGS website (use www.cvgenealogy.org) and noted that members can add their surnames and ancestral localities.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 11 February, in either the Conference Room or the Auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).