Tuesday, August 4, 2015

July 29th Program Review - Gabe Selak on "History of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition"

Gabe Selak, the Public Program Manager of the San Diego History Center, presented the history of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition held in San Diego's Balboa Park during 1915-1916.  The exposition celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, and was meant to tout San Diego as the first U.S. port of call for ships traveling north after passing westward through the canal. 

Gabe outlined the planning of the exposition, the competition with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915, the building of the exposition buildings along El Prado on the central mesa, renaming the Park, transportation to the exposition, and much more.  He used period photographs to show the buildings and street scenes of the exposition.  

In 1910, San Diego city had about 39,000 people, and the focus of the exposition was on the local economy and architecture.  Exhibits were invited from California counties and western states.  The main  architect was Ferdinand de Lessops, who had designed the Panama Canal.  The buildings were Spanish Revival style.  The California Tower was based on the Santa Presca Cathedral in Mexico. 
 Groundbreaking occurred in 1911, with a parade and church services.  

The large pipe organ was gifted to the Park by John D. Spreckels as long as it played free concerts.  Mr. Spreckels donated $100,000 for the streetcar from downtown San Diego through the Park to Mission Cliffs Gardens.  Other wealthy residents donated 5 million dollars, and residents bought scrip for $10 each and raised another one million dollars.

A contest was held in the newspaper to pick a name for City Park.  The name drawn was "San Diego City Park" so the planning committee decided on Balboa Park to recognize Balboa's discovery of the Pacific Ocean from the isthmus of Panama.  

There was a "fun zone" near downtown San Diego, and a military encampment on Inspiration Point to "protect the exposition."

Annual passes for the exposition were $10 per year.  40,000 people attended opening day, and there were 3.4 million visitors during the two years.  

More information about the 1915 Panama-California Exposition can be found on Wikipedia.org - see  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama%E2%80%93California_Exposition .  A detailed chronology of the exposition can be found at https://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/90winter/expo.htm .

The San Diego History Center (http://www.sandiegohistory.org/has formed the Balboa Park Conservancy to rebuild or refurbish the California Tower (completed), the Botannical building, the Arcade, and to install a drought resistant landscape.   

The San Diego History Center has a 30 minute documentary film about the history of Balboa Park.  Joining SDHC for two years ($100) includes a copy of the film.

For San Diego area residents, this was a fascinating look at the San Diego of 100 years ago.  




Saturday, August 1, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista -- August 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for August 2015 include:

 ** Saturday, 1 August, 1 p.m.to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Saturday Workshop.  Randy Seaver will demonstrate features of "RootsMagic Genealogy Software." 

** Wednesday, 12 August, 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, 19 August, 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, 26 August, 12:30 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m., at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  
CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Community Room.  This will be a "Stump the Chumps" panel discussing member research questions about genealogy and family history.  The panel will be composed of Ceasar Castro, John Finch, Shirley Becker and Randy Seaver. Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 5, 12, 19 and 26 August, 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, July 27, 2015

August 1st Saturday Workshop: "RootsMagic Genealogy software"

The Saturday, August 1st Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) is in the Community Room from 1 p.m. To 4 p.m.  

The workshop will be on “RootsMagic Genealogy Software,” led by Randy Seaver.  

RootsMagic is currently in Version 7.0.6.0, and can be used to build a family tree to include names, dates, places, relationships, notes, sources, media, and more.   RootsMagic can be used on both Windows and Mac computers.  See www.rootsmagic.com for more information about the program.  Please bring your laptop computer with RootsMagic installed if possible. 

RootsMagic can also interact with the FamilySearch Family Tree to add content to the Family Tree from RootsMagic or to add content to RootsMagic from Family Tree.  As of 31 July, users must have the latest version 7.0.6.0 in order to interact with the FamilySearch Family Tree.

This is a FREE program sponsored by the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (see www.cvgenealogy.org).  All are welcome.  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

CVGS Program on Wednesday, 29 July 2015: "The History of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition"

  WEDNESDAY, July 29th GENERAL MEETING
from 12:30 p.m. To 2:30 p.m.
At Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in Community Room
Gabe Selak on 
“The History of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition”

     Gabe Selak is the Public Programs Manager for the San Diego History Center.  Hailing from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Gabe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education-Social Sciences with a concentration in History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  


     Gabe has nearly 20 years of museum education experience.  Previous to moving to San Diego, Gabe worked at two world renown historical museums: Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum dedicated to telling the story of the English colonists known familiarly as the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indigenous Peoples whose land they settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts; and Historic New England, formerly known as the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities or SPNEA, headquartered in Boston.  

     Upon arriving in San Diego, Gabe was initially a monorail driver at the San Diego Zoo’s (then Wild Animal Park ) today’s Safari Park, before moving on to the Coronado Historical Association’s Coronado Museum of History and Art.  Today, Gabe continues his love of history and passion for teaching at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, where he produces a number of public programs.  In addition, he manages the interpretation program at the Center’s  historic museums including the Junipero Serra Museum and San Diego History Center in Balboa Park.

This is a FREE local history program of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society.  There will be a short business meeting before the speaker program.  All are welcome.  There will be snacks and drinks provided by the Society before and after the program. 


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Research Group Review - 8 July 2015

The CVGS Research Group met on Wednesday, 8 July 2015 in the Chula Vista City Hall Building A Executive Board Room 103A.  There were 13 in attendance.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  Uploading a family tree to MyHeritage, searching databases there, and receiving Record Matches for family tree profiles.

*  The BLM General Land Office website at https://www.glorecords.blm.gov/.  In addition to the Federal Land patents, they now have a map showing the Section, Township and Range location of the land.

*  Ancestry.com has a new LifeStory feature that adds Historical Insights to your Ancestry Member Tree profiles.

*  The BYU/FamilySearch Relative Finder website (www.RelativeFinder.orguses the FamilySearch Family Tree to find famous cousins for you, such as Signers of the Declaration of Independence, or Famous Writers.

In the second hour, the attendees reviewed their recent genealogy research and questions:

*  Karen Y found a list of Martyland wills that included an entry for "Henry Hooper QS."  She wondered what "QS" was.  We Googled it and think it means "Queen's Service" or similar.  Karen also was searching for her LeCompte family in Maryland and found a web page that described Ghost Walks in Cambridge, Maryland that included her ancestor's house.

*  Karen S. found a 40 page list of house owners in her grandfathers intestate estate papers.  

*  Hazel's great-grandfather was a fine violinist, and she found records of his purchases of violins.

*  Diane G. has been corresponding with and helping find information for two people in Australia.  One of them is looking for her father who was a sailor from Puerto Rico.  The other person shares an English ancestor with Diane; Diane's relative went to Canada, while the other's relative went to Australia.  Diane found her grandfather in the 1921 census for Saskatchewan, and she is working on obtaining a death certificate.

*  Arlene read Linda Stufflebean's blog post about finding photograph images on the website of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, on DeadFred, TinEye and the Library of Congress.  

*  Sam's Harden family lived in virginia, Kentucky and Texas.  He found a Confederate general named Harden had a wife with the maiden name of Todd, and was related to Mary (Todd) Lincoln.  The general died in the Civil War.

*  Jane joined Ancestry.com using the AARP discount.  Through her Ancestry tree, she received a message from her cousin Jack, whose grandmother's sister was also Jane's grandfather's sister.  She will meet Jack in Troy, N.Y. in August, and he will be her tour guide.  Jack sent a connection to her father's cousin, Albert DelVecchio, and talked to him on the phone.  Albert said that Jane's grandfather was like "Sergeant Bilko" on TV. Jane has found lots of helpful information on the Troy Irish Genealogical Society (TIGS) website.

*  Shirley is the administrator for the Wright surname on Family Tree DNA.  She had a 4th cousin contact with Johnson Wright information.  However, there is no Y match for the contact, he may be adopted.

*  Diane D. found more information on the Michael family in online family trees that goes back to 1686.  Her cousin in New York will send more information.

The August 12th meeting of the CVGS Research Group will meet in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library at 12 noon.  



Saturday, July 11, 2015

CVGS July 2015 Newsletter is Published

The July 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published this 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 -- July 29th General Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 3 -- July 11th Saturday Workshop  
page 3 -- August 1st Saturday Workshop
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting

page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News
page 3 -- Save the Date: November 7th for Seminar
page 3 -- Chula Vista Library Auditorium Closed
page 3 -- ATwo CVGS Scholarships Awarded
page 4 - Dave McCracken Passed Away

page 4 -- CVGS at SCGS 2015 Genealogy Jamboree
page 5 -- Who Do You Think You Are? Returns on July 26th
page 5 -- Extreme Genes Podcasts
page 5 -- Family Tree Webinars - Quality Genealogy Presentations
page 6 -- June 10th Research Group Review 

page 7 -- June 27th Annual Picnic Review 
page 8 -- Submit Questions for August 26th Meeting
page 8 -- LDS Family Discovery Day on August 8th
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Family Discovery Day in Chula Vista/Bonita on Saturday 8 August 2015

A FREE Community Family History Fair will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Chula Vista Stake Center, 1390 East H Street, Chula Vista, California 91913.

Come join us for this FREE Family History Fair and discover who is in your family tree.  Whether you are an experienced genealogist or just wanting to get started, there are classes for you.  These seminars are appropriate for adults and youth ages 12 and up, no child care will be provided, so please make outside arrangements for younger children.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Invite your family and friends!

The Keynote Address will be given by Carlos Yturralde, the President of the Hispanic Heritage Project.

More information:

*  There will be an Open Genealogy Help Lab.

*  Several RootsTech classes will be broadcast in both English and Spanish.

*  There will be live instruction in English and Spanish on a number of topics.

*  There will be free Wireless wi-fi access - bring yhour own laptop or notebook computer.

For additional information, please contact Mark Donnelly at chulavistafamilyhsitory@gmail.com.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Saturday Workshop is 11 July 2015 at Bonita-Sunnyside Library in Bonita

The July Saturday Workshop is on 11 July 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library in Bonita (4375 Bonita Road) in the Community Room.

The discussion will be led by Susi Pentico on "Brick Wall Solutions" with CVGS members helping members and guests in need of assistance.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

CVGS Annual Picnic Review and Photos

NOTE:  Text by Karen Yarger, photos by Randy Seaver

In lieu of our monthly General Meeting in June, the Society held its annual picnic on Saturday, 27 June 2015.  There was no call to order nor Officer or Committee reports.

The picnic was held at the Bonita home of Gary and Wanda Brock, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Many thanks to our hosts who provided a large, shady  yard and great hospitality. Thanks also to Hospitality Co-Chairs Jo Ann Bonner and Ana Castro and to Program Chair Jane Strawn and to others who helped – including the Brock grandchildren. 

Guests brought a delicious variety of salads, side dishes and desserts.  Master Griller Gary served up the hot dogs, bratwursts  and hamburgers provided by CVGS. 


Picnic attendance was 37, including 9 guests. Four of the guests were engaging young men, houseguests of the Brocks, who are visiting from Texas as part of an educational/ entrepreneurial program run by Southwestern Advantage (http://www.southwesternadvantage.com/ ).

The theme of the day was “Immigrant Stories – Coming to America”.  Members brought information on their ancestors’ travel to the new world to put on a large posted timeline.  Randy Seaver’s  family’s 1620 arrival in Plymouth, MA was the earliest posted. Many other members shared their ancestors’ immigration stories.


A visit by Tacoma, the friendly carrot-loving horse, completed the day of fun, food and friends.


This was a wonderful time of feasting, sharing and enjoying CVGS members stories and company.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - July 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for July 2015 include:

** Wednesday, 8 July, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista City Hall, Building A, Executive Board Room 103B (276 4th Avenue) -- CVGS Research Group 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, 11 July, 1 p.m.to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Saturday Workshop.  Susi Pentico will lead a discussion of "Brick Wall Solutions" of attendees.

** Wednesday, 15 July, 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, 29 July, 12:30 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m., at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  
CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Community Room.  The speaker will be Gabe Selak on "Balboa Park Centennial Celebration of 1015 Panama-California Exposition." Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 July, 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, June 22, 2015

CVGS Annual Picnic is Saturday, 27 June

CVGS Annual Picnic - June 2015 
Brock Home, 4397 Allen School Lane, Bonita, CA 
Date: 27 Jun 2015 11:00 AM PDT 

The Chula Vista Genealogy Society invites you to join us at our Annual Picnic.

Please register if you plan to attend so we can plan for all the fixings!  

June is the month for our annual picnic in lieu of our regular general meeting.

The meeting starts at 11 AM with a picnic lunch, followed by presentations.

Attendance is free but we ask that you bring a dish for pot luck, perhaps an old family favorite, and a $5 donation to cover cost of hotdogs, brats, fixings and beverages furnished by the society.  Coordinate your potluck contribution with Jo Ann Bonner (jabonner13@gmail.com, 421-3628) or Ana Castro (crcastro@cox.net).

The theme will be "Coming To America - Immigrant Stories" and will include a large display board with a timeline where you can place a profile form (supplied) of an ancestor to show their place in time. A display table will also be available for you to show family artifacts. Attendees may present their material with explanations and stories.

Parking will be available on the property with assistants to help you park. No need to park on the street. Golf cart service will be available to transport you and your belongings to and from the parking area if needed.

Tacoma, the retired racehorse, will make an appearance so bring your carrots and/or apples and you'll be his friend for life.

In support of the Salvation Army's year-round toy drive, members might also consider bringing a packaged toy to donate."


Monday, June 15, 2015

June 10th Research Group Highlights

The June 10th CVGS Research Group met in Room 103A in the Chula Vista City Council Building instead of the Civic Center Branch Library.  There were 12 in attendance.

In the first hour, Randy discussed three major topics:

*  The SCGS Genealogy Jamboree in pictures and words, describing presentations by Thomas Jones, Michael Lacopo, and Ron Arons.  

*  The military records on Fold3.com.  Examples of a Civil war Widows Pension File and a Revolutionary War Pension File were shown.

*  Searching for the location of 4th great-grandfather Humphery White's house in Glocester, R.I.  See  http://www.geneamusings.com/2015/05/finding-humphrey-whites-house-in.html for details.

In the second hour, the attendees shared:

*  Virginia went to Jamboree and described several presentations, especially Steve Morse's talk on the Julian vs. Gregorian calendars.  She passed around the published syllabus.

*  Claire is getting frustrated with Personal Ancestral file for Mac, and wants help to install PAF and her database on her Windows machine.

*  Bobbie and Dennis went to New Orleans on a 5-day Elder Hostel trip to research some "kissing cousins."  Five of her six branches of Acadian ancestors moved from Nova Scotia to Illinois, but her relative Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil and his brother Alexander went first to Dominica and then to Lafayette, Louisiana.  She found some records, and took photos of the cemetery monument and rubbings of the inscriptions.  Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil’s mother was a sister to the Richard woman in Bobbie's line. Also, an elderly couple who was lost at sea was a set of my 6th Great Grandparents, grandchildren of the couple with a Native American wife.

*  Susan H. also went to Jamboree, and described presentations by Drew Smith and Lisa Louise Cooke.  She also won a Family Tree DNA autosomal DNA kit.

*  John had success in a new Ancestry.com database for Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles applications.  He found that his ancestor had a Ford car and Ford tractor in the 1920s.  John also found several Pennsylvania veterans death records back to the Civil War online.

*  Ana and Ceasar attended Jamboree, including the DNA Day.  She enjoyed Thomas Jones talk on using timelines to chart movement from one place to another and interface with Google Maps.

*  Diane D. found a cousin on Facebook willing to share family information.  He invited her to come visit in New York.

*  Karen S. is working on her Smith line, and has old photos of two brothers of her grandfather that served in the Civil War.  She is searching form ore records.

*  Karen Y. advised everyone to note the resources and source citations for records you find and use.  She noted that the Jillian Holt papers recently acquired by CVGS consisted of loose papers and microfiche records from Lancashire, plus emails, letters, and onsite research notes.

*  Jane watched several of the Jamboree live-streaming presentations online, and enjoyed the autosomal DNA talk.  She's preparing for her trip to Troy, New York to research her DelVecchio line.  A Florida cousin contacted her on Ancestry with lots of family information, and will meet her in August in New York.  She also will meet a relative in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, where her grandfather was discharged from the Army.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 8 July 2015 in Room 103A of the Chula Vista City Council Building (290 F Street).  



Friday, June 12, 2015

CVGS June 2015 Newsletter is Published

The June 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published this 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 -- June 27th Annual Picnic   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 3 -- July 11th Workshop  
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting

page 3 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News
page 3 -- Save the Date: November 7th for Seminar

page 3 -- Chula Vista Library Auditorium Closed
page 3 -- Ancestry.com Announces New Website Design
page 4 - Do You Ever Wonder Who Else Might Be Researching Your Ancestor?

page 5 -- Family Tree Webinars - Quality Genealogy Presentations
page 5 -- "Genealogy on Facebook" List
page 5 -- Mocavo has FREE U.S. Census Record Images Online FOREVER
page 6 -- May 13th Research Group Review 
page 7 -- May 27th Program Review 

page 8 -- Google Power Search: How to Search Just One Web Site

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



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June 6th Saturday Workshop is on Reunion Family Tree Software

The June 6th Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The topic will be "Reunion Software for Mac Computers" led by CVGS Member Shirley Becker.

Please bring your laptop computers to this meeting.  Shirley will share basic software functionality, and answer attendee questions.  


Monday, June 1, 2015

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - June 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for June 2015 include:

 ** Saturday, 6 June, 1 p.m.to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop.  Shirley Becker will demonstrate and discuss the Reunion software program for Mac computers.. 


** Wednesday, 10 June, 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, 17 June, 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.


** Saturday, 27 June, 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m., at home of Gary and Wanda Brock in Bonita.  CVGS Annual Picnic.  The theme will be "Immigration - Where Did They Settle?" $5 per person to provide meat and drinks, and bring potluck items. 

**  Wednesdays, 3, 10, 17 and 24 June, 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, May 30, 2015

May 27th Program Review - "Probate Records"

Over 40 members and guests attended the CVGS program on 27 May 2015 at Bonita-Sunnyside Library to hear "Probate Records - My Favorite Record Type" presented by CVGS member Randy Seaver.

This talk covered three main topics:

1) Why do you want to obtain Probate Records?  Randy noted that they help define family relationships in an official court document, they may provide death dates and locations, they may provide married daughters' surnames, they may provide insight into literacy, belongings and real property, and they may provide occupations and signatures.

2)  What are Probate Records?  He said that they are court records created after a person's death for the purpose of distributing the real and personal estate to heirs and creditors, usually filed in a county court, according to state law at the time of the event.  Estates are either testate (there is a valid will) or Intestate (there is no valid will).  Randy described the proceedings required for both testate and intestate cases, the widow's dower rights, inheritance guidelines for intestate cases, guardianship proceedings, etc.  Each event in a probate case may generate one or more pieces of paper, each submitted to the court for approval, and these papers make up the estate case file.  

Randy showed and read text from three wills of his ancestors to illustrate the content and variety encountered in colonial and more modern wills.  He also described and showed several of the papers that might be in an intestate case file.  

3)  Where can you find Probate Records?  Indexes of probate records may be found online, at a library or repository in published or periodical form, and in local courthouses.  Actual probate records - the estate case files - are usually in the county probate court or in a state archive.  Court clerk transcriptions of some of the original documents are also in the county probate court.  Microfilms of probate court records for many counties are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and can be borrowed at a local FamilySearch Library.  Other repositories may have microfilms also.  He worked through finding an ancestor's will in Norfolk County, Ontario on FHL microfilm.

FamilySearch has digitized probate court records for about 30 states from the microfilms, but these record collections have to be browsed - think of them as "digital microfilm."  To use them, the records are "waypointed" by county, then by the case numbers or by the court volume numbers.  The key is to use the Estate Index" to find the name of the deceased, note the proceedings index volume and page, search the proceedings index for the deceased name, note the record type, court volume numbers and page numbers, and then access the court volumes and find the records on the pages.  Randy worked through one example from Pennsylvania probate records on FamilySearch. 

 Ancestry.com also has probate and estate databases, but has few actual probate case papers.  Other online sites may have case file indexes and, in some cases, digitized probate case files or court volumes.

In conclusion, Randy noted that:

*   Probate records are really valuable genealogical records, 
*  Not all probate records are available on microfilm or online - you may have  to visit a courthouse or archive to access them
*  It is important to know the state probate laws at the time of the deceased's demise.h
*  It is important to know the jurisdiction - state or territory, county, town, etc. - at the time of the deceased's demise. 

Randy has a page on his Genea-Musings blog with his transcriptions of probate and other records of his ancestors - see http://www.geneamusings.com/p/amanuensis-monday-posts.html.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

CVGS Program on Wednesday, 27 May is on "Probate Records"

The 27 May 2015 Program meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society will start at 12 noon in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road in Bonita).  

NOTE:  The venue is changed for this month.

The program of "Probate Records - My Favorite Record Type!" will be presented by Randy Seaver.

The program description is:

"Probate records are my absolute favorite record type for identifying and proving family relationships. This presentation describes the overall probate process, the different kinds of probate records, and how to find and obtain probate records in repositories and online record collections."

The speaker's biography is:

"Randy is a native San Diegan, retired aerospace engineer, genealogist and family guy. He and his wife (Angel Linda) love to travel, visit friends and relatives (especially the grandchildren), sightsee, cruise or do genealogy. Their travels have taken them all over the USA, England, Down Under and Scandinavia.  Randy is a past President of CVGS and is currently the Newsletter Editor and the Research Chair.  He blogs every day at Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com) on genealogy news, resources, software and his own research."


There will be a short business meeting before the presentation, and snacks before and after the meeting.  This meeting is FREE to attend.  


Saturday, May 16, 2015

CVGS Research Group Review - 13 May 2015

We had 20 eager genealogists at the May 13th Research Group meeting at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

In the first hour, Randy discussed the following items:

*  CVGS Member Barbara Zaragoza published Dorothy Alvord's memoir on living in San Ysidro on her website, Friends of San Ysidro.  See Dorothy's memoir and photos at  http://friendsofsanysidro.org/photogallery/dorothy-norgaard-alvord-collection/.  Ralph Munoz mentioned that he also has a photo gallery on Barbara's website at  http://friendsofsanysidro.org/photogallery/rafael-munoz-collection/.

*  Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) is a free social media website where members can upload their own photos, or can "pin" images from websites.  The images can be put into "boards" which are collections.  Randy's Pinterest boards can be seen at https://www.pinterest.com/randyseaver/.  This serves as a photo backup service and a way to save interesting images.  He collects "genealogy stuff" in addition to photo boards for several family groups.  Several other attendees had Pinterest accounts.  

*  Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) is a free genealogy site with over 120 million memorials for deceased persons added by volunteers.  The memorials include vital information, cemetery information, biographies, obituaries, and photographs of gravestones.  The site can be searched, and registered users can create memorials and upload photographs and other information.  We found that Glen Abbey Memorial Park was 90% photographed.

*  DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson) has a YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/DearMYRTLE ) that archives her Hangouts On Air with panelists on various topics.  Pat has weekly free-to-watch Hangouts On Air called Mondays With Myrt, Beginning Genealogy, Genealogy Game night, Mastering Genealogical Proof Study Group, etc.  Viewers can watch these videos at any time.

*  MyHeritage has introduced Instant Discoveries for users with a MyHeritage Family Tree.  The system searches other trees for the same person, and suggests a number of family members to the user.  By accepting an Instant discovery, more persons are added to the user's family tree.

In the second hour, the attendees shared:

*  Diane went to the Mission Valley FamilySearch Library with the CVGS group and found information on her Michael surname family.  It took her uncle's line back 10 generations.

*  Lorrie asked about the DNA Tribes website. The link is http://dnatribes.com/.  

*  Karen's mother had a baby sister named Sarah who died as an infant.  The family had a locket with the baby's picture.  Karen has been researching Sarah, and realized that she named her own daughter the same name without knowing her aunt's name.  Psychic?

*  Jane subscribed to Ancestry.com, and found her father's father's death certificate.  It said his father was born in Naples, Italy.  She also watched in amazement at the NBC Today show segment shown on 12 May about the family story hologram made of a Holocaust survivor answering questions about his life.  The hologram looked very real - she thought it was "a way to talk to the dead" in the future.  Watch the video segment at http://www.today.com/series/are-we-there-yet/holograms-add-new-dimension-holocaust-survivors-story-t20511

*  Ann passed around the newly received New York Family History Research Guide and Gazetteer book that CVGS recently ordered.  She brought two books that she obtained during her research trip to Germany in 2014.  She found a Drollinger cousin on Facebook before the trip, and visited him, and ate in the family restaurant.  He gave Ann the two books, one on the Drollinger family and one on the hometown.    They are in German, of course, and Ann needs a way to translate phrases in the book.  Sam noted that the Translate mobile app will translate text in one language to another from a screen image.  

*  Gary noted that Ancestry.com uses modern place names for their records and maps, not the historical place names.  He wondered how to find historic place names.  FamilySearch has the FamilySearch Place Research tool at https://familysearch.org/int-std-ui-research/.  A user puts in the modern location and the historical place jurisdictions and years involved are returned. 

*  Karen Y. has collected military records for her father from World War II.  She has been seeking her uncle's military records, and found that the uncle died on Iwo Jima.  A relative had movies made by the uncle during the battle.  Karen found a book at a Coronado boo9k store with a photo of the uncle.  There was also a story in the book about the Mariana Turkey Shoot which her father was in.

*  Hazel asked exactly what Evidence Explained is.  Randy showed features from the book on his computer as a PDF file, and Elizabeth Shown Mills' website, www.evidenceexplained.com.

*  Gary noted that the new CVGS website has a Forums feature where members can ask questions, answer them, or provide useful information to society members.  See the Forums section on www.cvgenealogy.org.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 at 12 noon in the Computer Lab of the Chula Vista Covic Center Branch Library.




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 2015 CVGS Newsletter is Published

The May 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published this 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 27th Program Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 3 -- June 6th 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 -- Save the Date: November 7th for Seminar
page 4 -- Research Trip Report  
page 4 -- SCGS Genealogy Jamboree News 

page 5 -- Carlsbad Cole Library Closed September to February
page 5 -- Ancestry Academy
page 5 -- Family Tree Webinars
page 6 -- April 13th Research Group Review 
page 7 -- April 29th Program Review 
page 7 -- Nina Schultheis Passed Away 

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 


Monday, May 4, 2015

April 29th Program Meeting - Donie Nelson on "Family Stories: Secrets, Lies and Surprises"

The CVGS Program meeting on April 29th had 42 attendees, who heard Donie Nelson speak on "Family Stories: Secrets, Lies and Surprises."

Donie said that "you don't have to be a celebrity to have family surprises" and "Secrets, lies and surprises bring dull facts to life and bring generations together."  She suggested that we embrace the black sheep in our family tree because they are colorful and human. Each surprise leads to a family story that can be shared over generations.  

Yesterday's scandal may become today's exciting family story.  Stories can bring your ancestors to life.  All families have secrets, but they can reveal truths.  Secrets are concealed by lies.

Donie told a number of family stories that illustrated her points.  Her father, Raymond Nelson,  had Swedish and Scots ancestry, and her mother, Corinne Valdez, had Spanish and Scots ancestry.  Her father ran off to join the circus for five days, and worked for bootleggers on the upper Missouri River in the early 1930s.  Her parents tell different stories about how they met in Trinidad, Colorado, but they eloped to Raton, New Mexico to marry.  

Donie was named after her paternal grandmother, Donie Current, and Donie is short for Caledonia (there was a song about Caledonia).  

One of her mother's ancestors was Antonio Valdez, an early 20th century politician in Colorado, whose grandmother was Mary Clorinda Romero who was literate and a Jehovah's Witness.  Her mother's given name came from Clorinda.

Antonio Valdez was married three times, and there is a fascinating 40-page 1923 divorce document.  This line goes back into the early 1800s, including a Jose Joaquin Young who rode with Kit Carson all over the West.  

As Donie showed, there is some truth in every story, but sometimes it is difficult to sort out the story from the actual events.  Truth makes your family history memorable, and your stories may inspire family members to become researchers.