Saturday, May 21, 2016

CVGS Program on Wednesday, May 25th Features Jim Bregante

 WEDNESDAY, May 25th GENERAL MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

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

“San Diego's Waterfront Through the Eyes of a Child” 
with Jim Bregante

Take a historical journey along the waterfront and Little Italy, from the 1930's to present, narrated by Jim Bregante, a native San Diegan.  An experienced speaker, Jim is a Docent for the San Diego Maritime Museum, a member of the San Diego History Center and the Italian Historical Society of San Diego.


Jim shares his experience of growing up in Little Italy, near all the vibrant waterfront life, via a PowerPoint presentation, featuring pictures from historical and family archives. Depicting his family's start in the fishing industry, his experiences on the waterfront as a youth and life in Little Italy; Jim's memories are shared and treasured by many San Diegans.

All CVGS Programs are FREE to attend.  There will be a short business meeting after the speaker's presentation.  Refreshments will be available AFTER the business meeting.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Family Discovery Day at Chula Vista LDS Stake on Saturday, 21 May

3rd Annual Family Discovery Day on Saturday, 21 May

The third annual Family Discovery Day at the Chula Vista Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints  Stake (1590 East H Street) is on Saturday, 21 May 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme is “Family History For Everyone.”  The schedule is:

8:30 a.m.: Doors Open, Free Continental Breakfast, Exhibits, Labs and Displays

9:30 a.m.:   Keynote Speaker:  Randy Seaver on “Be a Family History Detective”

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Classes, Exhibits, Labs, Ddisplays, Genealogy Merit Badge Class, Free WiFi

10 a.m. Classes:  
Kathleen Winchester – “Lineage Societies” in Primary Room
Alvaro Cordova -- “Capacitacion para consultores de historia familiar de barrio” in RS Room
Grabado de RootsTech – “Pasos basicos para la investigacion genealogica: Como puedo empezar mi arbol genealogico” in Multi-Purpose Room
RootsTech Recording – “Become a Master Searcher on Ancestry” in YoungWomens Room

11 a.m. Classes:
Randy Seaver – “FamilySearch Family Tree - A Unified Source-Centric, Open Family Tree” in Primary Room
Carlos Yturralde – “Pasos basicos para la investigacion genealogica para hispanos” in RS  Room 
Marti Lewis – “Exploring Your DNA Results” in Multi-Purpose Room 
RootsTech Recording – “5 Steps to Identify a Family Photo” in Young Womens Room

12 noon classes:
John Finch – “The Civil War” in Primary Room
Carlos Yturralde – “Intermediate Hispanic Research” in RS Room
RootsTech Recording – “Finding Elusive Records on Family Search.org” in Multi-Purpose Room
RootsTech Recording – “Proven Methodology for Using Google for Genealogy” in Young  Women's Room

This seminar is FREE for all persons to attend.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 2016 CVGS Newsletter Published

The May 2016 newsletter of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society 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 - May 25th Program Meeting
page 2 - President’s Message 
page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website
page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting
page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News

page 3 - June 11th Saturday Workshop
page 3 - Scholarship News
page 4 - April 27th Program Review
page 5 - Chula Vista Family Discovery Day
page 5 - SDGS Software User Groups 

page 6 - April Research Group Review 
page 7 - Genealogy Roadshow on PBS
page 7 - Legacy Family Tree Webinars
page 8 - April 30th MyHeritage Review
page 9 - CVGS Society Information 

page 9 - San Diego Genealogy Events

page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista


Monday, May 16, 2016

May 11th Research Group Review

The May 11th meeting of the CVGS Research Group had 17 enthusiastic attendees.

In the first hour, Randy discussed genealogy news and his own research, including:

*  RootsMagic software has added WebHints to Findmypast collections, in addition to FamilySearch and MyHeritage WebHints.

*  AncestryDNA updated their match algorithms - most people gained new matches and lost old matches.

*  Genealogy Roadshow starts on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on PBS starting 17 May.

*  While Ancestry.com has indexes for their Wills and Probate Records collections for all 50 states, the indexes are incomplete.  You should browse through County digitized volumes to find all potential probate records.

*  MyHeritage has over 447,000 published books in their "Compilation of Published Sources" collection - any researcher can search this collection for FREE.  See  http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/05/tuesdays-tip-myheritage-book-collection.html for more details.

*  He found an 1893 will for Elizabeth Auble (1814-1899), his second great-grandaunt, in Philadelphia PA via an Ancestry Hint which named her siblings and other relatives.  Three of the named siblings were new to his research and he has been researching their descendants.  The point made was that the heirs-at-law of spinster aunts, bachelor uncles, and folks with deceased spouses and no children will be their siblings and their descendants, which mat lead to more knowledge of the family.

In the second hour, the group discussed their research questions, challenges and successes, including:

*  Karen S. asked about Y-DNA projects for surnames on FamilyTreeDNA and YSearch.  She found that several with her surname providedl ines of descent.

*  Sylvia asked about the process to add a photograph to her Ancestry Member Tree.  Randy demonstrated this using one of his photos aon his Ancestry tree.

*  Karen Y. asked the process to add a photograph to a Find A Grave memorial.  The group said she had to be a registered user, and to contact the memorial "owner."

*  Linda noted that some FamilySearch collections the year range does not include some record dates.  She also received a family chart from a cousin.

*  Diane learned that Sarah Lindquist's (1840-1921) mother, Flora McDonald, was born in 1814 in Glasgow, Scotland.  She received information from Sarah's descendant.

*  Shirley found conflicting information about Ann Almy, who died in 1709, married Job Greene (born 1620) in Rhode Island.  The group suggested the MyHeritage book collection may provide more information.  

*  Pam has a family that had three children but the parents died and they were never together in the census records.  The group recommended looking for guardianship records in probate records.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in Chula Vista).  All CVGS meetings are FREE and open to any person.




Thursday, May 5, 2016

April 30th MyHeritage Presentation Review

Mark Olsen, the Business Development Manager at MyHeritage presented “MyHeritage – Amazing Technology Changing the World of Genealogy” to about 40 members and guests on Saturday, April 30th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium (365 F Street in Chula Vista).


(photo courtesy of J. Paul Hawthorne)

Mark briefly described the history of MyHeritage from the 2003 start in Gilad Japhet's garage in Israel to the second largest commercial genealogy family tree and records website today.  In 2011, they acquired WorldVitalRecords, and in 2012 they acquired Geni.com.

MyHeritage has developed several amazing technologies for facial recognition, matching users to other users, matching family tree persons with records, newspaper articles and book, etc.  The amazing thing is that the Matching technology is 97.6% accurate.

Mark played one of the MyHeritage videos, this one made in Norway, where people on the street walked up to a computer screen, entered their name, their parents and grandparents names, and were presented with more family names , photos and stories.

On the MyHeritage website, a new user can do the same thing - enter self, parents and grandparents, and immediately receive Smart Matches (matches your tree persons to tree persons in other user trees), Record Matches (records for persons in your family tree), and Instant Discoveries (more persons, photos and records from other user trees).  Mark walked us through creating a new family tree on MyHeritage.

Other technologies developed in recent years include:

*  Newspaper Matching -- provides Record Matches for your tree persons from digitized Newspapers.
*  Record Detective - Finds other records for the person you found a record for
*  SearchConnect - finds other users who searched for the same persons you are searching for.
*  Global Name Translation - searches across 42 languages for similar names, especially when searching for Jewish and Eastern European records.
*  Book Matching - finding matches with your tree persons in over 447,000 genealogy and family history books in "Compilation of Public sources."  Anyone can search this collection for FREE (without a subscription).
*  Community - Users can ask for help for translation, for record interpretation, etc. from other MyHeritage community members.

Mark said that MyHeritage has partnerships with FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe for DNA testing, with NewspaperARCHIVE for newspaper content, with ArkivDigital in Sweden for records, with Billion Graves for cemetery records, with RootsMagic for WebHints, and with FamilySearch for sharing records and technology.

In addition, MyHeritage provides free desktop genealogy software called Family Tree Builder now in Version 8 for Windows and Mac computers.  Family Tree Builder 8 can synchronize your software family tree with your MyHeritage tree.

MyHeritage also has a MyHeritage Library Edition for free use at libraries and FamilySearch Centers.  There are MyHeritage mobile apps for iOS and Android smart devices, including audio recording of memories that can be attached to a person.

MyHeritage retail yearly costs are $119 for a no-limit family tree subscription, and $119 for a Data subscription.  There is a Premium Plus yearly subscription for $238, but often there are special offers available.

This was an interactive, informative and entertaining presentation - our thanks to Mark Olsen for visiting Chula Vista while he was in San Diego on business.


Monday, May 2, 2016

April 27th Program Review - Ten Best Free Genealogy Websites

On Wednesday, 27 April, CVGS member Randy Seaver presented "The Ten Best FREE Genealogy Websites" to about 40 attendees at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium.  

He started with a Top Ten countdown, highlighting the free features of each website.  The ten free websites were:

10)  Family Tree Webinars (http://familytreewebinars.com) -- 60 to 80 webinars each year, over 335 in the Archive, presented by noted genealogists on a range of topics.  You need to register for each webinar.  They aree to watch live or in the archive for one week, and then go behind the subscription wall ($50/year).

9)  Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) -- has over 700 FREE databases and indexes (see http://search.ancestry.com/search/group/freeindexacom),   The Learning Center (see http://www.ancestry.com/cs/HelpAndAdviceUShas a Family History Wiki featured articles, the Ancestry.com blog, and Ancestry Videos (on their YouTube channel).  Any registered user can create and edit an Ancestry Member Tree (but cannot attach records to it without a subscription).  Ancestry Library Edition is FREE to access at subscribing libraries and FamilySearch Centers.  Save  information to your flash drive or email them to yourself.

8)  Cyndi's List (www.CyndisList.com) -- a free, volunteer driven website with over 330,000 genealogy links to websites in overv 200 categories.  Readers can report a broken link and submit a new link.

7)  Joe Beine's Death Indexes (www.DeathIndexes.com/sites.html) -- a FREE volunteer-driven set of websites with links to free and subscription sites with genealogy records.  Links are provided to Death records, birth and marriage records, military records, passenger list records, naturalization records, and German records.

6)  U.S. GenWeb (www.USGenWeb.org) -- FREE genealogy information by many volunteers, organized by states and counties. Information may be maps, text, lists, indexes, links, Has U.S. GenWeb Archives (http://usgwarchives.net/ )

5)  RootsWeb (www.rootsweb.ancestry.com) -- FREE genealogical Information contributed by many volunteers; website owned by Ancestry.com. Content is Searchable by Search Engines (http://searches.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ); Beginner's Guide to Genealogy Research (http://rwguide.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ); User-Submitted Family Trees – WorldConnect (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ); Free Web Pages (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~websites/ ); Mailing Lists (http://boards.rootsweb.com/ ); and Message Boards (http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/.

4.  Chronicling America (http://ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov ) -- Directory of all U.S. newspapers published from 1690 to the present.  Over 2,014  newspaper titles digitized, 1836-1922, but not all issues of every newspaper (over 10.7 million pages digitized).  Advanced search engine permits Select by State, Select Specific Newspaper, Select Year or Date Range.


2)  Find A Grave (www.FindAGrave.com) -- 143 Million Memorials, many with gravestone photos, some with vital record information, biographies or obituaries.  Has a primitive search engine, users can search by name, location, birth/death years, with a specific cemetery.  Registered volunteers can create memorials, upload photos, etc.  Registered users can request photos.  They have a mobile app for iOS/Android.

1)  FamilySearch (https://FamilySearch.org) -- Over 2,091 Record Collections (all FREE) (https://familysearch.org/search); FamilySearch Research Wiki (ttps://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/); Family History Library Catalog – with Links to Online Collections (https://familysearch.org/catalog-search); Family History Books – over 200,000 volumes (https://books.familysearch.org/); FamilySearch Family Tree – Photos, Stories, Notes, Sources, Discussions, Record Hints (https://familysearch.org/tree/) - Has a Mobile App; Learning Center – Videos and Texts (https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html).  Users need to register to use some features.

Attendees got a bonus - ten more FREE websites with great genealogy information.  The refreshments were excellent - thank you to Shirley Becker and Marcia Mautner.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - May 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for May 2016 include:

 ** Saturday, 7 May, 2:15 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Susi Pentico will lead a discussion of "Land Records." Saturday Workshops are for hands-on experience with computers, software, websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 11 May, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the 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 May, 10:15 a.m. to 2 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 May, 12 noon  to 2 p.m., at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The program speaker will be Jim Bregante on "San Diego's Waterfront - Through the Eyes of a Child"  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 4, 11, 18 and 25 May, 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, April 30, 2016

Next CVGS Saturday Workshop – 7 May 2016 - on Land Records

     The May 7th Saturday Workshop will be from 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  The subject will be “Researching for Land Records Information” led by Susi Pentico.  Learn what land records can tell you about your ancestors. Learn about Grantor and Grantee indexes, Recording of Deeds, and where to find these records. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"The 10 Best FREE Genealogy Websites" Talk on Wednesday, 27 April

 WEDNESDAY, April 27th GENERAL MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) in Auditorium

“The 10 Best FREE Genealogy Websites” 
with Randy Seaver

Which free genealogy websites give the "most bang for the minute?"  This talk will highlight genealogy education, data portal, and record collection websites that all researchers can use to improve their research skills, genealogy knowledge, find online records, and improve their family tree.  NOTE:  The handout for this talk will be provided at the end of the presentation.

Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992.

Randy speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS.  He blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com)  and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (http://CVGenCafe.blogspot.com). 

Please register for this event on the CVGS website (www.cvgenealogy.org) on the Events tab.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Saturday Special Event on April 30th Features Mark Olsen of MyHeritage

 Mark Olsen of MyHeritage will peresent “MyHeritage – Amazing Technology Changing the World of Genealogy” on Saturday, April 30th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium (365 F Street in Chula Vista).


      MyHeritage has created technology that will blow off your socks! From automatic record matching to new technology not yet announced MyHeritage is on the forefront of technology. This automation and these advances in technology are helping millions connect with their past faster and more accurately than ever before.

     Mark Olsen is a Business Development Manager at MyHeritage.  He has a degree in Genealogy and Family History with Spanish Emphasis from Brigham Young University.  Mark and Sara are the proud parents of seven children and two grandchildren.  Mr. Olsen serves as a Director on the FGS board of directors.  

     Please register for this special event by visiting our website:  www.CVGenealogy.org and selecting the “Events” link, then scroll down to the “CVGS Saturday Special Event” and click on “Register.”


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Next CVGS Computer Group Meeting – 20 April 2016

    The next Computer Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista, Calif.).  There will be a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” class at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room, followed by the regular “Computer Group” meeting in the Computer Lab from 12:30 to 2 p.m., both led by Shirley Becker.  

          This is an experiment. We are giving it three months.  Class will start at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room and go until 11:45 a.m. when we will break for lunch. It is called a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” group. If you have a laptop, you should bring it. Gary Brock will be demonstrating very basic computer tasks such as how to find tutorials and use them. We will move to the computer lab at 12:30 p.m. and stay until 2 p.m.  Basic genealogy tasks are planned, such as going to a website, copying an item and placing that item in your database. We will use the lab computers at this point with a kind of fake database set up in Microsoft Word. We will delete those databases when we leave the lab. Hopefully, the attendees will have some basic knowledge at that point to follow on the computers.  We want their input on what they would like to learn.

     The expectation is that the attendees will follow up at home by practicing on things they will learn in class.  In two months, if they practice we will try for more advanced things in the lab. If it doesn’t work that way, we will answer requests for assistance and we will discontinue the extra class. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 13th Research Group Review

The April 13th meeting of the CVGS Research Group had 15 attendees.  In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  MyHeritage book matching technology is now available for researchers with a family tree on MyHeritage.  The technology searches over 450,000 published books and periodicals for a user's tree persons.  The matches are in the "Compilation of Published Sources" collection in Discoveries > Record Matches.
*  The New England Historic Genealogical Society website, www.AmericanAncestors.org, is free to search all databases through 20 April 2016.
*  CVGS J. Paul Hawthorne created a Facebook firestorm by creating a 5-generation pedigree spreadsheet showing birthplaces rather than names, and coloring the backgrounds for specific states or countries.  Members who want to do this can contact Randy at rjseaver@cox.net.
*  Ancestry.com has a Homestead Records database for six states now.  Randy showed the documents for one of his relatives.
*   Ancestry indexing of probate record databases is incomplete - users should also browse the records even if a search provides a result.
*  Randy received 28 document images of Bristol County, Mass. probate records for his Kirby ancestors from a distant cousin, whose family had kept them for over 200 years.

In the second hour, the attendees discussed:

*  Mary found her 3rd great-grandfather, Edwin Miller Schaeffer (1819-1889), in a Lancaster (PA) Historical Society document and in the Lancaster cemetery.  She wants to find more information about him and the family in order to prove relationships.  The group suggested probate and land records, and perhaps military pension records.
*  Virginia obtained an "Old World Wisconsin" book at a local book sale.
*  Gary's step-father died at age 95.  He was Gary's hero.  The family has an album with 95 photos of his step-father's World War II service flying B17s and other aircraft.  
*  Joanna is not satisfied with the 23andMe presentation of genetic results, or the health questions.
*  Susi posted a family register document to her blog, and wanted to know how she should transcribe it.  The group suggested a four-column word processing table.
*  Shirley noted that her FamilyTreeDNA matches are difficult to contact and few respond.
*  Carole wants to download a GEDCOM file from her Ancestry Member Tree, and send it to a cousin, but without living persons.  The group suggested using the free RootsMagic program to exclude living persons while creating another GEDCOM file to send to the cousin.
*  Esther family was from Spain and Mexico, but some brothers were born in the 1930s and worked on the railroads, and then went to Mexico.  She is looking for more records for all of the family members.
*  Diane found a birth record for her husband's ancestor, Juan Bautista Godinez, in the Mexico civil Registration records on Ancestry.com, after 40 years of searching.
*  Karen S. called the Amite County, MS county clerk to obtain records for an ancestor, had a fantastic response, and received many copied papers.
*  Karen Y. learned to write her name in Viking runes on the PBS Nova website (see  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/write-your-name-in-runes.html).

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 11 May 2016, in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA).  This is a free meeting open to any person.  Please register at the CVGS webiste (www.cvgenealogy.org) on the Events tab so we can plan for the attendance.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 2016 CVGS Newsletter is Published

The April 2016 newsletter of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society 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 27th Program Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Register for Meetings on CVGS Website
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting
page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News

page 3 -- May 7th Saturday Workshop
page 3 -- Chula Vista Family Discovery Day
page 3 -- New Auditorium at Chula Vista Library
page 4 -- March 30th Program Review
page 4 -- SDGS Software Users Groups

page 5 -- April 30th Special Event - MyHeritage
page 5 -- Chula Vista Library Has Genealogy Books
page 5 -- Remember the LDS FamilySearch Library
page 6 -- March Research Group Review
page 7 -- Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC

page 7 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars
page 7 -- Library Use Survey Coming 
page 8 -- Genealogy Industry News
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

March 30th Program Review – Toni Perrone

     Toni Perrone was the speaker at the CVGS program meeting on Wednesday, 30 March on “The Land of Hansel and Gretel: Genealogical Resources for Hessen.”  

     She discussed the history of the area in Germany known as Hesse, including maps showing all of the boundary and jurisdictional changes since 700 AD.  Key events were the 1871 formation of the German Empire, the effects of world Wars I and II, and the 1991 combination of East and West Germany.  Hessen now is a state in west-central Germany with a population of about 6 million people, with major cities of Wiesbaden, Kassel, Frankfurt and Darmstadt.  In 1946, Hesse was formed with major districts of Hesse Nassau, the Duchy of Hessen, Waldeck, and Rhineland-Palatinate.  Persons traveled on the rivers.  The Rhine flows north and then northwest through Hesse to the North Sea.   Toni said a timeline and up-to-date maps for each historic period are essential in order to find records.  


     Emigration from Hesse to America started in 1707, when emigrants from Braunschweig settled in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  In 1751, more emigrants settled in Dresden, Mass.  Between 1776 and 1783, mercenary soldiers were hired by the British to fight the colonists in the Revolutionary War, and they were referred to as Hessians.  Many of them were from Hesse.  Thousands stayed in the United States after the war, with some receiving land grants in Kentucky and Tennessee.

       Hesse was the homeland for the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who wrote folk tale and folklore books in the 1840s and 1850s.  Hansel and Gretel was one of the stories.  In the early 1800s, some Hesse families sent their young children to the USA to live with former Hessian soldiers and their families.  In the 1848-1861 time period, Kassel and Darmstadt paid for the passage of about 140,000 emigrants to America.  

      Toni described some of the major reference works available for researchers with Hesse ancestry.  These include the Emigration Books (Auswandern), Town Lineage Books (Ortsippenbuch), Military and Emigration records.  The handout for the talk provided source listings and links to these and many more resources, and many of them are in the Immigrant Library in Burbank where Toni works.  She also noted that many links for Hessen are online at www.genealogylinks.net/europe/germany/he.htm

     The handout for Toni's talk is available on the CVGS website (www.cvgenealogy.org) as are reference materials from the Immigrant Library in Burbank with information about researching in all of the German states.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

CVGS Program Meeting on 30 March 2016

 WEDNESDAY, March 30th GENERAL MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

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

“The Land of Hansel and Gretel: Genealogical Resources for Hessen” 

with Toni Perrone

     Toni's presentation will cover the genealogical resources in archives, books, microfilm and online databases, for the Hessen region of present-day Germany. 


    Toni Perrone is a founding member of the Immigrant Genealogical Society, the Immigrant Library in Los Angeles, CA, and the Temecula Valley Genealogical Society.  She is the present day Chair of the German Interest Group in Temecula. Toni serves as President of the Pommern Interest Group at the Immigrant Library and on the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Genealogical Society.  She volunteers at the Family History Center in Murietta and has for many years. She has been a speaker to various genealogical societies since 1981. 

     Toni has a background of 33 years of research in  German and Italian ancestry, has received numerous awards from genealogical groups, has published articles in genealogical publications, two books on family lines and is currently working on a third. 

All program meetings of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society are free to attend.  Guests are welcome.  There are refreshments before and after the meeting in the back of the Auditorium.  Attendees should not take food or drink to their seats.


Monday, March 14, 2016

March 2016 CVGS Newsletter Published

The March 2016 newsletter of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society 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 30th Program Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Register for Meetings on CVGS Website

page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting
page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News


page 3 -- April 2nd Saturday Workshop

page 3 -- Chula Vista Family Discovery Day
page 3 -- New Auditorium at Chula Vista Library
page 4 -- More Family Tree Maker News

page 5 -- February 24th Program Review


page 5 -- Escondido Family History Fair Review

page 5 -- RootsTech 2016 Videos Available
page 6 -- February Research Group Reviewpage 7 -- Long Lost Family on TLC
page 7 - Relative Race on BYUtv

page 7 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars
page 8 -- Monthly Member Calls

page 8 -- Library Use Survey Coming 
page 8 -- Program Meeting Schedule Changes
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 


page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 



Saturday, March 12, 2016

Computer Group Meeting is Wednesday, 16 March 2016

    The next Computer Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista, Calif.).  There will be a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” class at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room, followed by the regular “Computer Group” meeting in the Computer Lab from 12:30 to 2 p.m., both led by Shirley Becker.  

          This is an experiment. We are giving it three months.  Class will start at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room and go until 11:45 a.m. when we will break for lunch. It is called a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” group. If you have a laptop, you should bring it. Gary Brock will be demonstrating very basic computer tasks such as how to find tutorials and use them. 

     We will move to the computer lab at 12:30 p.m. and stay until 2 p.m.  Basic genealogy tasks are planned, such as going to a website, copying an item and placing that item in your database. We will use the lab computers at this point with a kind of fake database set up in Microsoft Word. We will delete those databases when we leave the lab. Hopefully, the attendees will have some basic knowledge at that point to follow on the computers.  We want their input on what they would like to learn.

     The expectation is that the attendees will follow up at home by practicing on things they will learn in class.  In two months, if they practice we will try for more advanced things in the lab. If it doesn’t work that way, we will answer requests for assistance and we will discontinue the extra class. 


Friday, March 11, 2016

CVGS Research Group Summary - 9 March 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 9 March had 18 attendees, including one guest.

In the first hour, Randy discussed some of the recent genealogy news items, including:

*  RootsMagic announced that the program can now read native Family Tree Maker files (all versions of FTM) without a GEDCOM import.

*  Software MacKiev has an upgrade for Family Tree Maker 2015 for Windows and Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 at a discount price.  Existing users of the programs will have a free update.  

*  GenealogyInTime Magazine published their Top 100 genealogy websites for 2016 - see  http://genealogyintime.com/articles/top-100-genealogy-websites-of-2016-page01.html.

*  Ancestry.com and Findmypast.com added 10 million Irish Catholic Church records to their collections.

*  MyHeritage announced Record Detective II technology to their features, and offers Record Matches for their large Books collection.

*  There are about 30 videos from the 2016 RootsTech Conference available for free at  https://www.rootstech.org/video2/4739804696001

*  His research in land and probate records for Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) of Medfield, Mass. 

In the second hour, the group discussed these issues:

*  Karen Y. noted that her father's grandparents corresponded with cousins in Norway, and she has his family group sheets.  She connected at the Escondido Family History Fair with Robin who found her great-grandfather's records.

*  Jean's mom had her 2nd-great-grandmother's name, and was able to go back to the 1700s in France.  She immigrated to the US in 1848.

*  Jane noted that the German Society in America is now working with a society in Germany to help researchers with German ancestors find their families in Germany.  The 2017 conference will be in Minneapolis.  Back in October, the SDJGS speaker discussed the USCIS pre-1906 naturalization documents that could be obtained for $20.  Her DelVecchio immigrants didn't obtain theirs until later, apparently.

*  Karen S. asked if there were specially trained people who wrote things down in pre-20th century times for wills, deeds, court records, etc.  There were court or town clerks, registrars, justices of the peace and others who were educated and would perform these services for a fee or as a job.

*  Susi is in contact with 2nd or 3rd cousins who share her father's DNA.  One is a 16-year old adoptee in Greene County, Pennsylvania where she has ancestry.

*  Linda needs a new computer to replace her Windows 7 machine from 2009 with Legacy Family Tree.  She is reading Consumer Reports.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.



Thursday, March 3, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - March 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for March 2016 include:

 ** Sunday, 6 March
, 3:30 p.m to 6 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Gary Brock and Shirley Becker will lead a discussion of "GEDCOM"  Saturday Workshops are for hands-on experience with computers, software, websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 9 March, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the 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, 16 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, 30 March, 12 noon  to 2 p.m., at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The program speaker will be Toni Perrone on"The Land of Hansel and Gretel -- Genealogical Resources for Hessen."  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 2, 9, 16 and 23 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.



Monday, February 29, 2016

"GEDCOM Files" CVGS Sunday Workshop – 6 March 2016

The March 6th  (a Sunday!) Workshop will be from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. In the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  The subject will be “GEDCOM Files” led by Shirley Becker and Gary Brock.  Bring your laptops with your genealogy desktop software installed and practice exporting and importing GEDCOM files.  You may want to bring a thumb drive also. 

Please register for this event on the CVGS website - CVGenealogy.org so we can plan refreshments and seating.