Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 2017 CVGS Newsletter Published

The July 2017 issue of the CVGS Newsletter was published on Monday, 10 July.

The Table of Contents fot this issue is:

*  page 1 - July 29th Special Program
*  page 2 - President's Message
*  page 2 - Membership Address Changes
*  page 2 - Register of Meetings on CVGS Website
*  page 3 - August 5th Saturday Workshop

*  page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting
*  page 3 - Next Lemon Grove Meeting
*  page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group Review
*  page 4 - Plan Ahead for the August 30th Program
*  page 4 - Member Services

*  page 4 - Genealogy Blog Posts of Interest
*  page 5 - June 28th Annual Pivnic Review
*  page 6 - June 143th Research Group Review
*  page 7 - RootsMagic Releases TreeShare
*  page 7 - Family Tree Maker 2017 News

*  page 7 - Upcoming Family Tree Webinars
*  page 7 - Genealogy News for June 2017
*  page 8 - Family History Day
*  page 8 - Honoring Our Veterans Display
&  page 9 - CVGS Society Information

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

The CVGS Newsletter is available on the CVGS website (www.cvgenealogy.org) - members can see the current issue, but non-members cannot see the last two issues of the newsletter.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

CVGS Research Group Summary - 12 July 2017

There were 14 attendees at the CVGS Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 12 July, including two guests.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  Family History Library microfilm distribution to local centers and libraries will be discontinued on 1 September 2017.  Over 50% of the microfilms have been digitized to date, and the remainder should be digitized by 2020.  The digitzed microfilm records are on the FamilySearch.org websaite.

*  RootsMagic unveiled their TreeShare (sync with an Ancestry Member Trees) and Ancestry WebHints (the user can add content directly from Ancestry Hints) on 28 June.  Users must have an Ancestry subscription to use the WebHints.   The current RootsMagic version is 7.5.1.0 which includes these new features.

*  Family Tree Maker 2017 rollout to all customers is imminent - the target date is 15 July 2017.  FTM 2017 will have TreeSync (a full sync with an Ancestry Member Tree) and several more new features.  Sync to an Ancestry Member Tree will work only with FTM 2017.

*  Randy has transcribed five Suffolk County, Mass. deeds that describe the property inherited by the children of Shubael Seaver (1640-1730) in Roxbury.   Using the land descriptions, he thinks he has found the site of the homestead on present-day maps.

In the second hour, the attendees discussed these questinos, problems and successes:

*  Linda R (a guest) has her husband's step-father's family files because no one else in the family wanted them.  The step-father did a lot of genealogy work decades ago and there are file cabinets full of paper.  How can she deal with this problem (note that it's not her family, or her husband's family)?  The group suggested sorting it into three sectinos - keep family records and artifacts, donate research materials to a local genealogical society, and throw out correspondence and photocopies of book and periodical articles.  Another suggestion was to put the genealogy in a family tree program and interface it with an Ancestry Member Tree and the FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  Helen found some Cleveland, Ohio genealogical society books.  Also, her brother tested on 23andMe and had a cousin contact who thought it was a 75% match, but it was only a 0.75% match.

*  Gary wondered if the Knowlton information about the 1600s sea captain has been expanded or updated.  Randy has this family, and didn't think so.

*  Virginia received her MyHeritage DNA ethnicity results and is 100% European, 56% northern Europe and 28% Southern Europe.

*  Bobbie received her FamilyTreeDNA autosomal matches, and has an 82 cM match who lives in England.  She has found another known cousin from the matches.

*  Karen S. was researching a couple who were born in the 1950s and divorced in 1978.  They hsave unusal surnames.  Where can she find records?  The group suggested online and repository searches for birth records, marriage records, divorce records, newspaper articles, city directories, etc.  She could research the unusual surnames in the 1940 census and in city directories and try to find obituaries for those persons that might name the children.

*  Susi had a cousin contact who helped fill in her great-grandfather's line with family information.

*  Shirley is still working on a Brown line from a published book, adding information to a database that mgiht help connect to her Brown line.  She's finding name spelling werrors andm istakes in marriage dates.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 9 August 2017 at 12 noon, in the Conference Room at the Chula vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, Calif.).

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CVGS Saturday Workshop on 1 July 2017

The July 1st Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  

The subject will be “Paper or Plastic? Preserving Keepsakes Workshop" presented by Denise Levenick via DVD.  

Come early to connect your laptops to the Library wi-fi.  This event is free for all to attend. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Register for the June 28th CVGS Annual Picnic

Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 11 a.m. To 2 p.m.
Annual Picnic
Theme:  “A Picture of Your Oldest Ancestor”
at Home of Gary and Wanda Brock 
(4397 Allen School Lane, Bonita CA 91902


     The theme this year is “Share a picture of your oldest ancestor and tell their story.” You can bring a picture, a painting, a sculpture or an image from the internet. It will be fun hearing all the different stories. I wonder who will have the oldest ancestor?

     The hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst sausages will be provided by the Society. Also the buns, plates, napkins, utensils and water. Please bring a favorite dish to share with everyone. Call Ana Castro (619-781-8441) if you have any questions. Please register on the CVGS website (www.cvgenealogy.org on the Events tab to attend).

     If you haven’t already paid your $5.00 per person on the website, please be sure to bring it the day of the picnic.


Monday, June 19, 2017

CVGS Research Group Summary - 14 June 2017

There were 16 attendees at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library on 14 June 2017.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  The SCGS Genealogy Jamboree classes, exhibit hall, syllabus, online videos and his own photographs.  The blog compendium with articles and photos is at  http://www.geneamusings.com/2017/06/scgs-genealogy-jamboree-2017-blog.html

*  A Find A Grave request for a gravestone photo of 2nd great-grandmother Sarah Auble (1818-1904) was fulfilled in Bushnell, Illinois.

*  Family Tree Maker 2017 (including FamilySync with Ancestry) and RootsMagic 7.0.4 (with Ancestry sync and search features) still are not released.

*  He compared ethnicity results from six DNA testing services in Comparison of My Autosomal DNA Ethnicity Estimates.

*  He had a contact from a 4th cousin on his Auble line who found his descendant's report on Scribd.com. 

In the second hour, the group discussed:

*  Karen Y. is going through a box of her father's family papers and letters, and found a note by her great-aunt about a relative buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego.  She went to the cemetery, reviewed the grave register, and figured out the relationship with the relative.

*  Diane noted that the theme for the upcoming CVGS Family History Day on 30 September is "Coming to America."

*  Ralph had a 23andMe contact with his wife's 6th cousin, which added several generations to her family tree.

*  Helen found that her cousin's wife had done a book on their Irish Dell surname.  Some lines are correct with lots of records, others not so good.  

*  Karen S. has DNA matches on 23andMe, and tried to share data on 23andMe.  They went to email and shared Ancestry Member Tree information.

*  Jane had a DNA contact on her Leonard line.  She watched some of the SCGS Jamboree livestream presentations.  She asked where to obtain Coroner's records.  The group said there are a few online, but contacting the county coroner or medical examiner offices should determine record availability.

*  Gary wondered why some Ancestry Member Trees have deceased persons listed as "private," even back 5 generations or more.  The group suggested that the submitters don't want information to be available to others.

The next CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 12 July 2017 at 12 noon in the Auditorium of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910).  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 2017 CVGS Newsletter Available

The June 2017 CVGS Newsletter was emailed to the membership and mailed to those members without email.

The Newslrtter Table of Contents is:

page 1 -- June 28th Annual Picnic
page 2 -- President’s Message 

page 2 -- Membership Address Changes 
page 2 -- Member Services
page 2 -- Register for Meetings on CVGS Website 


page 3 -- July 1st Saturday Workshop 
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting 
page 3 -- Next Lemon Grove Meeting 

page 4 -- CVGS Member Ramon Godinez Passed Away 
page 5 -- May 31st Program Review 
page 6 -- May 18th Research Group Review
page 7 -- Family Tree Maker 2017 News
page 7 -- Upcoming Family Tree Webinars 

page 7 -- Genealogy News for May 2017
page 8 -- CVGS Family History Day
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information
page 9 -- San Diego Area Genealogy Events
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista

Society Members can read the newsletter 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 your mouse over "News" and click on "Newsletters").



Sunday, June 4, 2017

CVGS Program Review -- Patti Beatty on "From Chula Vista to the Mouseketeers"

Patricia Kutch Beatty was the program speaker at the CVGS General Meeting on Wednesday, 31 May 2017, with 28 in attendance.  To support her presentation, she displayed a series of photograph boards on the stage along with Disney and Native-American artifacts and ephemera.

Patti's story begins with her birth in 1943 in San Diego, where her father (a Native-American from Idaho) was in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.  They moved into military housing on Hilltop Circle (about where Hilltop Middle School is today, on the southeast corner of Hilltop Drive and J Street).  When she was four years old, Patti contracted rheumatic fever, and after she recovered her family put her in a dancing school to provide physical activity.  She also learned how to ride horses and appeared in shows and rodeos.

In 1955, Walt Disney was looking for young teenage boys and girls who could sing, dance and ride horses to appear as Mouseketeers on the new Mickey Mouse Club TV show, and to support the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim.  Patti applied and was one of the first 30 to be accepted and she worked on the show and at Disneyland for two years.  This was a wonderful experience for Patti, and she has stayed in touch with the group through reunions over the years.  From this, Patti has many artifacts, ephemera, and photographs that were displayed on the photo boards, including a star on the Disney Walk of Fame.

In 1957, she was in the Fiesta de la Luna parade in Chula Vista.  She went on to attend San Diego City College, where she met her husband,  and San Diego State University.  Over the years, Patti performed in the Starlight Opera and Old Globe.  She worked for 30 years with the Fairest of the Fair beauty contest for the San Diego County Fair.  In addition, she was a dance teacher and a photographer.  For the 50th anniversary of her Mouseketeer experience, she was interviewed by Ted Leitner on his radio show about her life.

The second part of her presentation was about Patti's family history.  Her father was the oldest of 11 children, and her mother was the oldest of 14 children, both from the Pocatello, Idaho area.  Consequently, Patti and her brother had 37 first cousins.  The family spent many summers on the Shoshoni Indian reservation near Pocatello, and she learned about all of the family stories and oral history of her father's tribe.

In San Diego, Patti studied genealogy with Kathleen Lund, and was able to fill out family group sheets and pedigree charts, and write down the family stories of her parents and their families.  The result of this is her book Feathers in the Wind: A Family History About The Descendants of Thomas LaVatta and Tilford Kutch which provides the family history of all of those cousins and their ancestors and descendants, with photographs, record images, and genealogy reports.  Many of the photographs had never been seen by the family members.  The cover of the book is of the Idaho sky with clouds reflecting the sun and tepees on the ground.

Many attendees reviewed the photographs and artifacts on Patti's photo boards and the stage, and several bought a copy of her book.  This was an interesting autobiography of a successful life along with the family history aspect.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CVGS Saturday Workshop on 3 June is "Past and Present Pathways" by Tina Sansone

The Saturday, 3 June CVGS Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road, in Bonita) in the Community Room.

"Past & Present Pathways"
Presented by: Susi Pentico for Tina Sansone

I am delighted to be able to offer you this presentation which Tina has given in the east coast area.

This event covers many Tennessee sources and east coast sources for researchers to use. It is filled with sites to explore and ideas from another mind. Excited for you all to see her presentation.

Tina Sansone is a Professional Genealogist who lives in Tennessee. She owns Past & Present Pathways, is VP for the Second Life Virtual APG Chapter, 2nd VP for ISFHWE, and background researcher for WDYTYA.

She recently started doing work with AncestorCloud where she researches and submits to their blog. She is the Genealogy Editor & Ebook Manager for BellaOnline. She enjoys helping others with documenting for lineage groups and breaking down brick walls. She is also a wife, mother and grandma. She can be reached at pastpresentpathways@gmail.com

Time is 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Please be prompt.

Please register for this event (at www.cvgenealogy.org) if you plan to attend so we may better prepare the venue.



Monday, May 29, 2017

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - June 2017

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for April 2017 include:

 ** Saturday, 3 June, 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Susi Pentico will present Tina Sansone's presentation on "Past and Present Pathways."  Saturday Workshops are to discuss and demonstrate genealogy and family history topics, especially related to computers, software and websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 14 June, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --  CVGS Research Group in the Conference Room.  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, 21 June, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Computer Group in Conference Room (10:15 a.m.) and Computer Lab (12:30 p.m.) -- Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.

** Wednesday, 28 June from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m., at home of Gary and Wanda Brock in Bonita  -- Annual CVGS Picnic.  $5 per person to cover meat and drinks.

**  Wednesday, 7, 14, 21 and 28 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.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Patti Beatty is CVGS Program Speaker on 31 May 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 12 noon To 2 p.m.
General Meeting
Patti Beatty on “From Chula Vista to the Mouseketeers”
Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

Patti Kutch Beatty is a Chula Vista/San Diego native, a former Disney Mouseketeer and Author of the book Feathers In The Wind. She will share memories of her childhood in the area and information on gathering data for writing her book about the history of her family and the Shoshone-Bannock Indians on the Ft. Hall Reservation in Idaho.

Several Photo Boards will show events of the “early years” of Chula Vista such as: Hilltop Elementary School photos, Fiesta De La Luna Parade, Rohr Aircraft buildings, Dance Programs at the City Park Stage, Flower Fields and the Sunkist Packing Plant. Also, many Native American family heirlooms will be on display.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase for $15.00 with a percentage being donated to the Beta Sigma Phi Lupus Philanthropic in honor of her mother, Virginia Kutch.

There will be a short CVGS business meeting and refreshments after the presentation.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Research Group Summary - 10 May 2017

The CVGS Research Group meeting on 10 May 2017 had 15 attendees, including two guests.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  Family Tree Maker 2017 software has not been released yet - there were problems with the sync with Ancestry Member Tree feature, and they are being worked out.  It may be released in the next two weeks.

*  The RootsMagic 7 software TreeShare feature (which interfaces with an Ancestry Member Tree and with Ancestry Hints) has not been released yet.  It may be in the next two weeks.  RootsMagic released a video showing the capabilities of TreeShare - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knUwCzqqyK4.

*  Legacy Family Tree Version 9 software was released in mid-April, with many new features, including Web Hints with FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Findmypast and GenealogyBank.  This is a new release so users must pay to use the full capability of the program.  

*  AncestryDNA Genetic Communities, Shared Ancestors, and Shared DNA Matches were discussed.  Sometimes you can get an idea of the family connection from a person without an attached tree by looking at their Shared Matches with known ancestry.

*  GEDMATCH (www.gedmatch.com) can upload your autosomal raw DNA data from a test site (e.g., AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA) and provide DNA matches with other persons in GEDMatch, including a chromosome browser (which AncestryDNA does not provide).

In the second hour, the attendees shared their research problems, questions and successes:

*  Linda E. asked how she can solve an adoption problem on her father's side - they know the date and location.  The group suggested joining the DNA Detectives group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/DNADetectives/) and asking for help.

*  Helen found a listing of "Austrian mistress" as a spouse in an Ancestry Member Tree and thought it was humorous.  

*  Susi has been using the We're Related mobile app to find famous cousins and Facebook cousins.  She and Shirley have 6 of the same cousins with the same common ancestors.

*  Jean had a success when she contacted the Rochester N.Y. town historian who sent church, burial and obituary records for her great-grandparents from their files.

*  Karen P. has an old Family Tree Maker file and program, and needs the new FTM program.  She wondered if the old file would work - the group thought that it would after being converted.

*  Bobbie is looking for death and burial records in Lake county, Illinois and will contact the local Catholic church and the historical society.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, 14 June in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 2017 CVGS Newsletter Published

The May 2017 CVGS Newsletter was emailed to the membership and mailed to those members without email.

The Newslrtter Table of Contents is:

page 1 -- May 31st Program Meeting
page 2 -- President’s Message 
page 3 -- June 3rd Saturday Workshop 
page 3 -- Next Computer Group Meeting 
page 3 -- Next Lemon Grove Meeting 

page 3 -- Membership Address Changes 
page 3 -- Member Services
page 3 -- MyHeritage Access at County Libraries 
page 4 -- CVGS Member Jane Dale Passed Away 
page 4 -- Register for Meetings on CVGS Website 

page 4 -- Upcoming Family Tree Webinars 
page 5 -- April 26th Program Review 
page 6 -- April 12th Research Group Review
page 7 -- Family Tree Maker 2017 News
page 7 -- RootsMagic 7 Update News

page 7 -- Legacy Family Tree Version 9 Released 
page 7 -- SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017
page 8 -- Book Review – The Missing Man
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information
page 9 -- San Diego Area Genealogy Events
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista

Society Members can read the newsletter 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 your mouse over "News" and click on "Newsletters").



Friday, May 5, 2017

MyHeritage Is Now Offered at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library

Genealogy record provider MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com) is now offered at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road in Bonita).

The San Diego County Library system no longer offers free access to the Library Edition of
Ancestry.com; they have replaced it with free access to MyHeritage. The good news is - MyHeritage is available for in-library and at-home usage. Just think, you can access billions of historical records from over 48 countries with just your San Diego County library card.

Just go to http://www.sdcl.org/, click on 'eLIBRARY' at the top, then "Research & Online Learning.'  Click on the gray bar that says 'GENEALOGY', then the little box "MyHeritage." That will pull up the screen for you to enter your library card number and PIN. And you're all set!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 6th Saturday Workshop

The May 6th Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  

The subject will be “Migration and Humans” presented by Susi Pentico, plus a follow up on the 1 April meeting to discuss brick walls and share information learned.  Come early to connect your laptops to the Library wi-fi.  

Please register on the CVGS website (www.cvgenealogy.org) on the Events tab so we can plan refreshments and handouts.

This event is free for all to attend. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - May 2017

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for April 2017 include:

 ** Saturday, 6 May, 
1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Susi Pentico will present "Migration and Humans" and followup on the discussion at the 1 April meeting on brick walls, five generation charts.  Saturday Workshops are to discuss and demonstrate genealogy and family history topics, especially related to computers, software and websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 10 May, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --  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 May, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- 
Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.

** Wednesday, 31 May from 12 noon to  2 p.m., at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- 
CVGS General Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The program speaker will be Patti Beatty on "From Cheerleader to Mouseketeer"  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments after the meeting.

**  Wednesday, 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 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.


Friday, April 28, 2017

26 April Program Review - "World War I"

CVGS member John Finch was the program speaker on 26 April on the topic of "World War I, the Centennial."

He started with a brief overview of the world situation at the beginning of World War I in 1914 and the causes of the war.  His main resource was the book To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild  and the book World War I by the Smithsonian Museum.

In the early 1900s, the European powers had colonies all over the world.  In Europe, the Allied Powers were Great Britain, France, Belgium,  Italy and Portugal; the Central Powers were Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire.  Russia was an Empire and had allies in Serbia and Romania.  Spain, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands and Luxembourg were neutral.  Many of the most powerful countries had Kings who were related - for instance, the rulers of Germany, England and Russia were royal cousins.

On 28 June 1914, Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated in Serbia.  Austria attached Serbia in late July, and Russia retaliated, causing Germany to declare war on Russia and then France, England declared war on Germany, and Germany attacked Belgium and France in addition to invading western Russia.  The infantry and cavalry war in eastern France became tank and trench warfare and bogged down.    The United States did not enter the war until 6 April 1917, and was the results of German U-boat attacks on shipping and the sinking of the Lusitania.  The Bolshevik revolution in late 1917 caused Russia to make treaty with Germany, freeing up German soldiers for the Western Front.  

There were three draft registrations in the United States - in June 1917, June 1918 and September 1918.  Over 24 million males born between 1872 and 1900 were registered, providing information about their birth, employment, and health.  The United States shipped troops to France, where they took part in 13 campaigns before the Armistice on 11 November 1918.  John's grandfather, Elmore Schweser saw service in the Air Corps over France.  

After the Armistice, the Treaty of Versailles resulted in Germany losing territory to France, Denmark and Russia.  Millions of persons on both sides were killed or wounded.  As the war ended, the Spanish Flu pandemic swept through Europe and the USA, killing 675,000 in the U.S. and over 30 million worldwide.

John mentioned record collections that contained World War I records on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org and Fold3.com.  The largest collection is the World War I Draft Registration cards on Ancestry and FamilySearch, but there are several other useful databases like the U.S. Veterans Gravesites and British Army service records, pension records and medal rolls.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

April 26th CVGS Program Meeting Features John Finch

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 12 noon To 2 p.m.

General Meeting
John Finch on “World War I, the Centennial”

Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

John Finch’s topic, “World War I, the Centennial," examines the players and causes of the War, impact on all populations, and the unstable peace that followed the cessation of hostilities.  A display of the various military and other records and documents will be presented which, hopefully, will aid in your research pursuits of this era.  


John Finch has been a member of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society since 1999 and has served as Library Coordinator, Program Chair and President (2004 -2006 term).  He is also a member of the Lee County, Illinois and San Diego Genealogical Societies.   He retired from U.S. Navy in 1980, and the San Diego County Probation Department in 1999.

 John developed an interest in his own family history at a very young age, but did not begin an active pursuit of research until after retiring in 1999.  Now, he spends several hours each week researching his family and volunteers, at the Chula Vista library, every Wednesday morning to assist new and seasoned researchers.

There will be a short CVGS business meeting and refreshments after the presentation.

Please register for the meeting at www.cvgenealogy.org on the Events tab so we can plan refreshments and handouts.

This presentation is FREE for all persons to attend.  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 2017 CVGS Newsletter

The April 2017 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society newsletter contains the following information:

*  page 1 - April 26th Program Meeting
*  page 2 - President's Message
*  page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website
*  page 3 - May 5th Saturday Workshop
*  page 3 - April 19th Computer Group Meeting 

*  page 3 - April 19th Lemon Grove Group Meeting
*  page 3 - Membership Address Changes
*  page 3 - Member Services Information
*  page 3 - MyHeritage Access at County Libraries
*  page 4 - Lemon Grove Meeting Review

*  page 4 - Upcoming Family Tree Webinars
*  page 5 - March 29th Program Review
*  page 5 - SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017
*  page 5 - Online Genealogy Link Collections
*  page 6 - March 8th Research Group Review

*  page 7 - Family Tree Maker 2017 News
*  page 7 - RootsMagic 7 Update News
* page 8 - Who Do You Think You Are? Series
*  page 8 - Central Library Research Trip Report
*  page 9 - CVGS Society Information

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


Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 12th CVGS Research Group Review

The April 12th CVGS Research Group at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium had 14 attendees, including one guest.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com is celebrating their 500th webinar, and is free for everyone over the April 15 weekend.

*  Family Tree Maker 2017 was supposed to be released 31 March but has not been released yet because of issues with synchronizing with Ancestry.com efficiently.  See latest news at  https://support.mackiev.com/498640-RELEASE-OF-FTM-2017.

*  The RootsMagic 7 update is scheduled for the end of April.  This update will include TreeShare, which will permit sync with an Ancestry Member Tree one person and/or one event at a time - not the entire database.  

*  AncestryDNA released their new Genetic Communities feature.

*  FamilyTreeDNA improved their myOrigins autosomal DNA ethnicity estimate.  

*  Randy was interviewed by Scott Fisher in episode 184 of Extreme Genes (www.extremegenes.com).

In the second hour, the attendees discussed:

*  Gary demonstrated the updated CVGS website at www.cvgenealogy.org

*  Karen Y.'s mother went to Maryland in the 1980s and copied records at the Dorchester Historical Society.  Karen is reviewing these records and is finding some goodies.

*  Arlene is filling out a 12-generation pedigree chart for her latest great-grandchild.

*  Bobbie has a England ancestry on her mother's grandfather's side that she is researching.

*  Susi is helping Virginia with several wills found for the Dunlap family in Pennsylvania.

*  John received an AncestryDNA match with a 6th cousin who has an error in his line.  John shared his evidence of the correct marriage record from Sussex County, New Jersey.

*  Judy did research 6 to 8 years ago, and is returning to it in order to attend a family reunion.  Descendants of two brothers have tested autosomal DNA and have different ethnicities.

*  Helen shared a descendants chart from her husband's Strickland line and her own Mallory line that indicates they have common ancestry back in the 1300 CE time frame.  

*  Gary worked a bit on his Brock line in Lenawee County, Michigan.  He found seven brothers all worked on the railroad.  The ancestry is from somerset in England.

*  Karen S had a cousin killed during World War II three days before Karen was born.  She was contacted for a picture of her cousin by a woman from the Netherlands who is tending American graves in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten.  

*  Linda took a research trip to Mexico.  In Durango, the church office was not helpful and she was unable to obtain records.  In Zacatecas, the church office was very helpful, with a designated person to handle the record books, and Linda received several records there.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be Wednesday, 10 May 2017 at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CVGS Workshop on Saturday, 1 April Features Susi Pentico

The April 1st Saturday Workshop will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  

The subject will be the “5 Generation Charts, Forms and Tips on Finding More Information” presented by Susi Pentico  

Come early to connect your laptops to the Library wi-fi.  This event is free for all to attend.