Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hal Horrocks is Presenter at 27 August CVGS Program Meeting

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

Hal Horrocks: “British Research – Parish Registers and Census Records”


 Parish registers and census records are the core to British research. How to find and use them is the key to finding your English ancestors. All the basics necessary to effectively use them are covered.   

Learn the important dates necessary for proper British research and how they relate to church records and the census. Baptism, marriage and burial registers will be explored in detail with many examples given and also how to find them. The British census will be explored in detail from 1841 to 1911 with examples of each along with their anomalies. How to search the online census records will also be explained in detail. Finally, an example of tracing an individual through the census records from 1841 onward using only the information given in a will as the clue is shown using online resources.

 A native Californian and longtime Orange County California resident, Hal Horrocks is a professional genealogist, teacher, author and lecturer. He has been doing family research for 15 years and is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG), Orange County California Genealogical Society (OCCGS), Guild for One-Name Studies, Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society (UK), and Cheshire  Family History Society (UK). Hal is also the current President of OCCGS. He has written  articles for publication in both the U.S. and the U.K.

This meeting is free to attend.  There will be a short society business meeting before the presentation.  Snacks and drinks are provided by society members before and after the meeting.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 20th Computer Group Review

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Computer Group meeting on Wednesday, 20 August had 8 attendees.  Randy led this session since Shirley was just back from Utah and Gary was away on vacation.

The group visited three of Randy's favorite FREE websites:

1)  Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com) which has over 116 million entries.  Searching using names, birth/ death dates, and States/Counties was covered as was requesting photographs of gravestones (you have to be registered Find A Grave member).  Some memorial owners or photograph providers permit users to use their material with attribution or permission.  


2)  Google Books (http://books.google.com) which has millions of digitized books, many of which are out of copyright protection and can be downloaded as a PDF file or added to a user's "My Library" feature on Google.  Books that still have copyright protection are listed, but don't provide a full preview of the book and they cannot be downloaded.  

3)  Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov) is a free digital newspaper website for the Library of Congress.  A user can determine which newspapers were published in a specific location (State/County/City) or can search, using keywords, the over 8 million newspaper pages available between 1836 and 1922.  Users can narrow their search by state and by year range.

Google Translate (http://translate.google.com) was also visited - useful for translating messages to or from one language to another for 82 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu.  This is very useful for translating genealogy information in books, periodicals, messages, and social media.

Lastly, there was a question about finding the population of a place in a historical time.  The suggestion was to look on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org) for the place name and read the history of the city or county or state.  Many U.S. cities and counties have a list of population statistics from U.S. census records provided.  

The next Computer Group meeting will be Wednesday, 17 September 2014 in the Computer Lab at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista, Calif.).  





Friday, August 15, 2014

August Research Group Summary

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Research Group meeting on 13 August had 17 attendees.  

In the first hour, Randy discussed the Who Do You Think You Are? episodes to date, and rmeinded attendees that it would be on the next three Wednesday nights on TLC.  He also noted his Genealogy Links web page at http://www.geneamusings.com/p/randys-genealogy-links.html as a place to find online resources.  After showing how to find the UEL land petitions for Loyalist ancestors on the Library and Archives Canada website, he demonstrated using the www.Earthpoint.us site to create a file to use in Google Earth to "fly to" a land plot in the Federal Land system.  

In the second hour, the attendees discussed their own research problems, asked questions, and showed their recent discoveries:

*  Susi asked about the value of Mocavo.com as a commercial research site.  The site is free to search over 300,000 databases, but is difficult to use without a subscription.  

*  Carole's second great-grandfather immigrated before 1857, but she cannot find an immigration record.  She asked how could she find out more about him, his immigration, and his life?  The group suggested a naturalization record, an obituary, a vanity book entry, census records, genealogical and historical society files, land records and probate records.  

*  Helen's great-grandmother's family was in only a few records, and it's confusing.  A Mary had a Margaret Redmond in 1825 in Alabama who had a Mary Burleson in 1863 in Arkansas.  There is a Thomas Burleson (age 37) living next door to Margaret (age 55) and Mary Burleson (age 17) in the 1880 census in Dade county, Missouri.  The group suggested looking for a Civil War Pension File, checking probate and land records in the Arkansas and Missouri counties, and checking Find A Grave.  

*  Ralph has an ancestor who was a Mason and wanted to know if there were records from a Masonic repository.  The group suggested finding a local chapter, or the national organization, and asking if they have records for the person.  

*  Linda is trying to find a court record in Durango state in Mexico for a name change.  The FamilySearch Research Wiki was suggested, as well as contacting Moises Garza in Texas for advice.

*  Sylvia showed off her genealogy tote bag with family pictures, and passed around more family records, including an 1857 land certificate for 640 acres in Texas, plus a San Bernardino, Calif. homestead record.

*  Virginia's cousin in Indiana provided copies of handwritten wills of her great-grandfather Joseph Artman and his wife.  Joseph's will didn't name his children, but Elizabeth's will named them all.  There is also a guardianship record of Virginia's mother choosing her own guardian.

*  Carole had a published book about the 1834 Giessen group of immigrants from Germany to St. Charles, Missouri.  The book was in both German and English, and was full of pictures of pictures and homes.

*  Bethel found wills on FamilySearch from Madison county, North Carolina  from the 1774-1781 period that gives ancestors as witnesses and provides a location of family land on Cape Fear River.

*  Sam sent to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis for military records for his father, who had a Navy career during and after World War II.  He ordered the records online at www.archives.gov/veterans/. 

*  Gary found an online veterans group that has the "Daily logs" for his step-father's World War II Army Air Corps service, which has the list of missions for each serviceman.  A story on the site doesn't match his step-father's recollection of the mission date and crew members.

The September meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 10 September at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).  

All meetings of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society at the Chula Vista and Bonita-Sunnyside Libaries are free for all interested persons. to attend.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 2014 CVGS Newsletter is Available

The August 2014 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published this week.  You can read it online, in a PDF format - use the Newsletter link at www.CVGenealogy.org.


The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 -- August 27th Program Meeting 
page 2 -- President’s Message 
page 2 -- Nametags
page 2 -- Do You Have Something Belonging to CVGS?
page 3 -  CVGS Member Geni Powell Passes Away

page 3 -  CVGS Research Trip to FamilySearch Library
page 3 -- 2014 Who Do You Think You Are TV Show 
page 4 -- September 6th  Saturday Workshop
page 4 -- What State or Resource topics?
page 4 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News 

page 4 -- Next Computer Group Meeting 
page 4 -- Randy's Genealogy Links
page 5 -- FamilySearch News
page 5 - New Content at Ancestry.com
page 6 -- Research Group Review 

page 7 -- July 30th Program Review
page 8 -- Library Book News
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August 9th Workshop on Family Tree Maker

There will be a special August 9th CVGS Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In the Community Room.  

Ken Robison will demonstrate and discuss “Family Tree Maker 2014” genealogy software, and answer questions from the July 12th workshop.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Program Review - Donna Bradley's "How to Prove Your American Indian Genealogy"

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society program meeting on Wednesday, 30 July was well attended with 33 members and 6 guests.  

Donna Bradley, from Anza in Riverside County, presented "How to Prove Your American Indian Genealogy."  Donna had provided a chart and five maps of California to the society to use as learning aids, and Gary showed them on the screen while Donna lectured.  

The chart showed the heirarchy of how Native Americans were categorized anthropologically, linguistically and socially - from core groups (many tribes with a similar language base) to tribes (in a core group) to bands (in a tribe) to villages (in a band) to families (in a village).  Researchers need to understand the heirarchy in order to do Native-American research.  She noted that some native Band names have been lost due to time, and English or Spanish names have been substituted.

The maps showed the different core groups in the Americas, the tribes in California (in several different core groups), and the tribes in Southern California, and the bands in San Diego County area.  For instance, the coastal California core group is the Athabascan, who migrated over eons from Alaska into Western Canada, Washington, Oregon, California and Baja California.  

Donna noted that the DNA website www.DNATribes.com, offers a 26-marker autosomal DNA test that can distinguish between core groups.  However, she did not display her own results, nor results from any other autosomal DNA test.

She noted that if Native-American heritage is not proved, then the heritage will be forgotten, and the opportunity to receive U.S. government benefits will be lost.  Tribal benefits might include government, medical, legal, financial, college and tribal income.  To receive benefits, a person must have a family member on the tribal rolls after 1900 and before 1972.

Donna provided some of the history of how American Indians came to be on Indian reservations, and some of the problems that occurred over centuries of mistreatment by the European colonists and immigrants, including:

*  Indians did not have surnames until the late 1800s
*  If they were on U.S. census records, they often said they were White
*  Some Indians married white people, especially on the frontier.
*  They are usually buried on on tribal land.
*  They could not own land or vote until they became American citizens in 1924
*  They did not start scalping, the whites did.  The U.S. government paid a $50 bounty for every Indian scalp in about 1850.  The goal was to annihilate the Indians.
*  By 1900, the Indian population was down to about 400,000.
*  The non-tribal education system tried to "civilize" Indian children by stealing them and teaching them white social values and practices
*  Tribal identification is through the mother's tribe, not the father's tribe.

Donna said that proving American Indiana heritage is difficult.  She recommends not going to the tribe for genealogical information.  There are records in the National Archives, especially Indian agent reports in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, that might provide useful information. 

Donna wrote the book Native Americans of San Diego County in 2009, published by Arcadia Publishing.  You can order it at  http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738559841/Native-Americans-of-San-Diego-County .

This was an informative talk for those interested in Southern California Native-American history and ancestry, but did not discuss Indian history, culture, migration, or records in other parts of North America.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - August 2014

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for August 2014 include:

**  Saturday, 9 August, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- Saturday Workshop:  Ken Robison will lead a workshop on "Family Tree Maker 2014"

** Wednesday, 13 August, 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, 20 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, 27 August, 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 Hal Horrocks on "British Isle Research."Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 6, 13, 20 and 27 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.



Saturday, August 2, 2014

CVGS Research Trip to FamilySearch Library was a Success!

15 CVGS members took a research trip to the San Diego FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley (4195 Camino del Rio South) on Wednesday, 23 July 2014.  Most attendees left the Chula Vista parking garage around 9:45 a.m. and were there just after 10 a.m.  

A small group took a guided tour of the Library escorted by library staff, which included a description of their latest hardware - a book scanner and a fast photo sheet-feeder scanner.  

Other attendees found useful research materials in the book shelves.  Several worked on the computer systems which have all of the commercial genealogy databases to find information about their ancestors. 

Here is a photo of several CVGS members hard at work:


We left after 1 p.m. and headed to Marie Callender's for lunch and/or genealogy pie:


It was a good genealogy day!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

August 2nd Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library - Preparing for a Research Trip

The August 2nd CVGS Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) is from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room.  

Susi Pentico will lead the discussion on “Preparing for a Research Trip.”  

Do not forget the State Archives, Local Newsletters, and Church Bulletins.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

CVGS Program on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - Native-American Genealogy

 WEDNESDAY, July 30th PROGRAM MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

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

Donna Bradley: “How Do I Prove My American Indian Genealogy?”

How do you find evidence and prove that your ancestor is a Native-American?  The presentation will discuss how to find records of Native-Americans in the census, in books, in government documents, as well as on the Indian Rolls. 

Donna Bradley is an author, historian, genealogist and Native- American.  She has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years and is a member in good standing with the APG (Association of Professional Genealogists).  Donna has written many articles, given many lectures and taught genealogy throughout Southern California.  Although she specializes in Native-American ancestry, she is very proficient in American and various international bloodlines.  


Donna is an Honored Member of “The Worldwide Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs” as a business owner, author and professional genealogist. 

 Her first book, Native Americans of San Diego County, was published in 2009 and she is currently working on another book which she hopes to have published in 2014.  She resides in the mountains of Southern California with her husband, having retired from over 30 years as a medical administrator, and parenting 29 foster children as well as her own daughters.

The doors to the Auditorium will be open at 12 noon, the meeting will start with a short business meeting at about 12:15 p.m., and the presentation should start after 12:30 p.m.  There will be snacks and drinks available before and after the meeting provided by CVGS members.

Friday, July 18, 2014

July Research Group Summary

The July 2014 meeting of the CVGS Research Group on 9 July had 15 attendees, including one visitor.

In the first hour, Randy discussed some recent additions to the online genealogy world, including:

*  Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1944, on Ancestry.com
*  Find-A-Record (www.FindARecord.com) - a new website that provides online and offline resources for a specific geographical location
*  FamilySearch Family Tree Hints for persons in the Family Tree
*  Puzzilla (www.puzzilla.org), an add-on to the Family Tree that finds descendants of a specific person
*  Uploading a GEDCOM file to a new Ancestry Member Tree

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

*  Susi described the problems she has with her Meyers line (John - Valentine - Philip) in Pennsylvania.  There were two Valentine Meyers in the 1790 census, and researchers have struggled to sort them out.  Susi's Valentine Meyers died in 1822, and his probate record identifies his son John.  However, the county boundaries changed often as the population went west, and records for one location are often in several county jurisdictions.  She had a Meyers book that described her Meyers families, but wanted to know how she could find more records to prove identities and relationships.  The group suggested finding records of all Meyers persons, including siblings of her known ancestors, in order to find probate, land, church, tax, military, cemetery, newspaper and other records that would provide evidence with which to draw conclusions.

*  Diane D. has had problems entering persons into the FamilySearch Family Tree without a birth or death date - the system won't let her do it.  The group suggested estimating the dates so that other researchers could contribute more information.

*  Helen has entered information for several generations of her husband's family into the FamilySearch Family Tree, but has been unable to connect them to other persons in the Family Tree.  She has received emails saying her work will be deleted if she doesn't add more persons and/or link to other persons in the Family Tree.  The group suggested adding herself and her ancestors until she can link to others already in the Family Tree.

*  Sylvia received some original Travis County, Texas marriage certificates about 20 years ago when she visited the county courthouse.  The office was trying to empty their file cabinets, and gave them away to persons who wanted them.  She passed them around, encased in plastic to preserve them.  

*  Joanna is trying to connect to Roger Williams of Rhode Island, and asked if she should work on descendants of Roger.  The group advised working backwards in time and find the link that way in order to avoid making mistakes and negating years of work.

*  Diane G. shared her father's obituary that she found using Google.  Her father's second family did not mention her mother or herself in the obituary, but listed her children as his grandchildren.  She also found the obituary of her step-father, which didn't mention Diane either.  She described visiting her father's family in Canada several years ago, and not being well accepted.  She also provided information on her father's surname line back into the 16th century to a cousin, and received a nice report from him.  Her point was that obituaries and stories may be incomplete.

*  Sylvia asked "What is the purpose of a marriage bond?"  The group noted that a bond was a guarantee that the groom was not currently married and would show up at the wedding.  The bondsman was usually a friend or relative of the family.

*  Gary was checking online trees on Ancestry.com and found Anne Boleyn on two lines of his wife's ancestry.

*  Mary Lou took the "Google for the Wise Genealogist" at NIGS and found some photos of her ancestors.  She also found a diary of one of the men in the Civil War regiment that her great-grandfather was in that mentioned his name.  There was lots of great information about the regiment's activities during the war.

*  Jane won one hour of research from SCGS at Jamboree, and recently received her results.  The researcher found naturalization records from Rhode Island and vital records from Nova Scotia for her ancestors that extended her ancestry two more generations.

*  Karen also took the Google course with NIGS and noted that it opened up quite a few research possibilities and opportunities.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 August from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).  




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CVGS Research Trip is on Wednesday, 23 July

John Finch is arranging a genealogy research trip to the FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley for Wednesday, 23 July. 

We wil car pool from the Chula Vista parking structure, on the 2nd floor, at 9:30 a.m. and depart about 9:45 a.m. to arrive there at about 10 a.m. We plan to stay until 1 p.m. and then meet at Marie Callender's in Chula Vista (on F Street) for pie afterwards. Contact John Finch (jan27@cox.net) to reserve a car pool space.  

If you want to drive yourself, the FamilySearch Library (4195 Camino del Rio South, opposite the Penske Truck Rental site) opens at 10 a.m.

 Remember that many subscription record providers are available for FREE at the FamilySearch 
Library, including Ancestry.com, Archives.com, Newspapers.com, FindMyPast, MyHeritage, and more.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July Computer Group Meeting is on Wednesday, 16 July

The July meeting of the Computer Group is on Wednesday, 16 July, at 12 noon in the Computer Lab at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in Chula Vista).  The Lab is on the East Hallway and has 12 Windows 7 work stations to access the Internet. 

Shirley Becker will lead the discussion to help you discover online resources to aid your genealogical research.


Friday, July 11, 2014

July 2014 Issue of CVGS Newsletter is Available

The July 2014 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published this week.  You can read it online, in a PDF format - use the Newsletter link at www.CVGenealogy.org.

The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 -- July 30th Program Meeting 
page 2 -- President’s Message 
page 2 -- Library Committee Report 
page 3 -- 2014 Who Do You Think You Are TV Show 
page 3 -- 2014 CVGS Scholarship Winners 

page 3 -- Do You Have Something Belonging to CVGS?
page 4 -- July 12th Saturday Workshop
page 4 -- August 2nd Saturday Workshop 
page 4 -- August 9th Saturday Workshop 
page 4 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News 

page 4 -- Next Computer Group Meeting 
page 4 -- July 23rd Research Trip to FamilySearch Lib. 
page 5 -- Genealogy News for May and June 2014 
page 5 -- Randy's Genealogy Links
page 6 -- Research Group Review 

page 7 -- June 25th Annual Picnic Report
page 8 -- Ancestry.com Retires Five Services 
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 12th Saturday Workshop on "Indiana, Ohio and Michigan Research" and Family Tree Maker

The July 12th CVGS Saturday Workshop at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) is from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room. 

Susi Pentico will lead the discussion on “Tri-States of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan Research."  There may be several presenters, with information about repository resources, online resources, including mentioning museums, historical societies and local genealogical societies. 

Then, Ken Robison will lead a demonstration and discussion of Family Tree Maker 2014 genealogy software.  Bring your laptops with the software installed, your questions and research problems.

There will be a follow-up Family Tree Maker workshop on Saturday, August 9 led by Ken Robison.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Next CVGS Research Group Meeting is 9 July

The July meeting of the CVGS Research Group is on Wednesday, 9 July, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista).

The Research Group is moderated by CVGS Member Randy Seaver.  We usually review the latest genealogy news, discuss educational opportunities, share success stories and information, and discuss members' research problems, with potential solutions, based on the collective experience, knowledge and wisdom of the group.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - July 2014

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for July 2014 include:

** Wednesday, 9 July, 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, 12 July, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- Saturday Workshop:  Susi Pentico will lead a workshop on "Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan Research."

** Wednesday, 16 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, 30 July, 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 Donna Bradley on "Native-American Research." Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 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.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

CVGS Annual Picnic Review

The Annual CVGS Picnic was held on Wednesday, 25 June at the ranch-style home of Gary and Wanda Brock in Bonita.  We had a wonderful time, with about 35 members and guests attending.  It was a wonderful early summer day, sunny with breezes and about 75F.

Their grandchildren were the parking lot directors and shuttle drivers to deliver attendees to the large shady areas amidst the trees near the house, with tables under awnings and a large tarpaulin.  The food tables, and barbecue area, were nearby.  Gary had set up a large display board and some tables to show the military memorabilia of some of the members.

This was a pot luck picnic, with hot dogs, bratworsts and hamburgers supplied by CVGS and cooked to perfection by Gary.  The members brought a wide range of hors d'oevres, salads, beans, veggies, fruit and desserts.  Nobody went home hungry - that's for sure!  

After an hour of sharing with our table mates, we ate the food, and then had an hour of hearing members speak about their ancestors who were in the military and describing the memorabilia they brought to share.  In the last hour, we got to stroke and feed carrots and apples to Tacoma, the Brock's thoroughbred (retired racehorse) who loves people.

I took lots of pictures!  Here are some of them:

1)  Linda, Ann, Susan, Wanda and Jane at my table:


2)  Chef Gary working his magic on the meat:


3)  Arlene and Jane enjoying the food variety:


4)  Ana, Bethel and Jacquie enjoying lunch:


5)  Arlene, ????? and Karen enjoying dessert:


6)  Diane describing her ancestors' military service:


7)  Linda feeding Tacoma a carrot, with Gary supervising:


This was a wonderful picnic with excellent and plentiful food, lots of table sharing and it was fun!  Let's do it again next year!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

CVGS Annual Picnic is Wednesday, 25 June 2014

 WEDNESDAY, June 25th ANNUAL  PICNIC
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At Home of Gary and Wanda Brock in Bonita

     Our annual picnic will be held on Wednesday  June 25th  from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the home of Gary and Wanda Brock in Bonita (4397 Allen School Lane, phone 619-475-4054.  Directions:  From Bonita Road, turn south on Allen School Road, then left on Allen School Lane to 4397.  From Otay Lakes Road, turn west on Allen School Lane to 4397.  The driveway is opposite the intersection of Allen School Lane with Surrey Drive).

    The theme will be about our ancestors who have served in the military.  Who were they and when did they serve?  If you have any items from their time in service, we would enjoy seeing them.  Bring items such as letters, photographs, clothing, war souvenirs, medals, etc. to share with everyone.  Make certain only copies, not original items of paperwork and/or photos are brought to be displayed.  We want to honor all men and women who served their countries.  We are a hodgepodge nation and items from around the world would be fascinating to view.  

     Please sign up to bring food for the potluck.  There are several categories.  Just like last year, there will be a $5.00 fee, per person, to cover the cost of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers.  Please contact Jo Ann Bonner (phone 619-421-3628 or email jabonner13@gmail.com) to coordinate your potluck contribution.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

CVGS Newsletter for June 2014 is Available

The June 2014 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter was published last week.  You can read it online, in a PDF format - use the Newsletter link at www.CVGenealogy.org.



The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 - June 25th Annual Picnic 
page 2 - President’s Message
page 2 - Library Committee Report
page 3 - Sign the "Genealogist's Declaration of Rights"
page 4 - June 14th Saturday Workshop

page 4 - July 12th Saturday Workshop
page 4 - Lemon Grove Research Group News
page 4 -- Next Computer Group Meeting
page 4 - May 21st Computer Group Review
page 5 - "7 Habits of Frugal Genealogists"

page 6 - Research Group Review
page 7 - May 28th Program Review
page 8 - "Advice to the Ancestry Lorn"
page 9 - CVGS Society Information 
page 9 - San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 - Genealogy Days in Chula Vista