Monday, January 16, 2017

January 18th Computer Group Meeting

The next Computer Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista, Calif.).  

Class will start at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room and go until 11:45 a.m. when we will break for lunch. It is called a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” group. If you have a laptop, you should bring it. Shirley Becker and Gary Brock will be demonstrating very basic computer tasks such as how to find tutorials and use them. We will move to the Computer Lab at 12:30 p.m. and stay until 2 p.m.  

This month,  Shirley and Gary will teach the attendees to copy text and images from websites and paste the text and images into documents or save them on their computers.  

Please register for this event at the CVGS website -- www.CVGenealogy.org -- and clck on the "Events" tab to register.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 2017 CVGS Newsletter is Available

The January 2017 newsletter of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society was published last week.

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


The Table of Contents lists:


page 1:  January 25th Program Meeting 
page 2:  President’s Message  
page 2:  Register for Meetings on CVGS Website  
page 3:  February 4th Saturday Workshop 
page 3:  Next Research Group Meeting 

page 3:  Next Computer Group Meeting 
page 3:  Lemon Grove Research Group News 
page 3:  New CVGS Nametags Available
page 4:  2017 Hospitality Hosts Needed 
page 4:  Educationally Speaking 

page 4:  CVGS Email Issues 
page 4:  January Family Tree Webinars 
page 5:  Annual Holiday Luncheon Review
page 7:  Family Tree Maker News 
page 7:  A Little Genealogy Humor

page 8:  Write Your Life Story 
page 8:  Some Blogs You Should Read 
page 9:  CVGS Society Information 
page 9:  San Diego Genealogy Events 
[age 10:  Genealogy Days in Chula Vista


Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 7th Saturday Workshop Highlights

The January 7th Saturday Workshop featured CVGS member Randy Seaver presenting "Finding Your Elusive Ancestor: The Genealogical Proof Standard and Doing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search."

There were 27 members and guests in attendance for this two part presentation.  

In the first part, Randy described and discussed the five elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS):

1) Conduct A Reasonably Exhaustive Search for all Pertinent Information.
2.) Make a Complete and Accurate Citation of the Source of each Item Used
3) Analyze all of the Collected Information’s Quality as Evidence
4) Resolve any Conflicting or Contradictory Evidence
5) Arrive at a Soundly Reasoned, Coherently Written Conclusion.

The GPS deals with information, sources, evidence, analysis and proof, and was developed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG).  It is the "standard" methodology for professionals answering research questions and for drawing conclusions using assertions of genealogical events.  

Using examples from his own research, Randy described the quality measures for Sources, Information and Evidence, and defined terms such as facts, assertions, conclusions, proof, and more.  

The first element of the GPS is "to do a reasonably exhaustive search."  In the second part of the presentation, Randy took a whirlwind tour through traditional and online resources that should be included in a search, discussed his favorite search strategies and techniques, and described several Case Studies of his still elusive ancestors that illustrate the concepts of the GPS.

Suggested reading included:

*  Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, VA : National Genealogical Society, 2013)

*  Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Third Edition (Baltimore Md. : Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015).

*  Genealogy Standards, 50th Anniversary Edition (Washington, DC : Board for Certification of Genealogists, 2014).

*  Christine Rose, Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case, 4th Edition Revised (2014)

The six page handout for this presentation is available for CVGS Members in the "Members" section of the CVGS website - www.CVGenealogy.org.  Members should login to the website, click on the "Members" tab and then on the "Handouts" link and then on the "Workshop Handouts" link.



Friday, January 6, 2017

January 11th Research Group Meeting

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 11 January 2017, at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).

This meeting is moderated 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.  

 If you have a research question, a research problem, or a research success, please come and share it with the group.  

This meeting is free for everyone to attend. Please register on the CVGS website - www.CVGenealogy.org -- click on the "Events" tab, pick this event, and register so we can plan the room seating.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - January 2017

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for January 2017 include:

 ** Saturday, 7 January, 
1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Randy Seaver will present "Finding Your Elusive Ancestors: The Genealogical Proof Standard and Doing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search."  Saturday Workshops are to discuss and demonstrate genealogy and family history topics, especially related to computers, software and websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 11 January, 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, 18 January, 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, 25 January, 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 Randy Seaver on "Using FamilySearch Digital Microfilm to Find Genealogical Records."  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments after the meeting.

**  Wednesday, 4, 11, 18 and 25 January, 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.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

December 14th Annual Holiday Luncheon Highlights, by Karen Yarger

Twenty-seven members and guests gathered at the Chula Vista South Branch Library on Wednesday, December 14, for our annual Holiday Luncheon.  As tradition, it was a potluck, with members bringing a delicious selection of salads, side dishes, condiments and desserts. The Society provided the baked turkey and ham and beverages (thank you Jo Ann Bonner and Ana Castro!).

 Members were also asked to bring canned goods and unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army drive, and the overflowing boxes were a testament to our members’ generosity.

 The party’s theme was “Ugly Sweaters”, and members came in wild, but not necessarily really ugly attire.    The four finalists – Virginia Taylor with a cat motif, Ceasar Castro sporting a Star Wars holiday shirt, Gary Brock in an indescribable black and maroon sweater, and Karen Yarger, who wore a 1950’s mink scarf (the animals sported little Santa hats as they appeared to chase each other around her neck). Gary Brock took the prize, though, coming closest to the theme.

 The party began at 11:30 when outgoing President Virginia Taylor welcomed the attendees and then asked for a moment of silence for two of our members who passed away this past year: Betty Hampton and Wanda Hartson. A  Life Membership was to be awarded, but will be announced at a later date. 

One order of business:  The installation of the Society’s officers, voted in at the November general meeting.  Randy Seaver installed Ceasar Castro as the new President, Virginia Taylor as the new First Vice President/Program Chair, and Karen Yarger as Secretary. Sam Seat, who will be the new Treasurer, and Karen Smith, the Second Vice President/ Membership Chair, were unable to attend and will be sworn in at the next board meeting.  Board members for this past year received certificates of appreciation and a hearty round of applause.

 Gary Brock provided an entertaining slide show of the Society’s various events this past year.  The pictures are also posted on our website.  Door prize and raffle drawings were next – a Santa figure, a pretty angel, and twelve poinsettia plants, which had decorated the tables, went to the winners. The raffle netted a whopping $174 for our Scholarship Fund.



The day’s final activity was the optional gift exchange. Those who wished to participate brought a wrapped gift, with a value of no more than $10. The lovely and practical gifts caused smiles all around.  

President Virginia Taylor ended the party at about two o’clock, but many stayed to chat and help with the clean up.  Another fun party, and it helped get us into the holiday spirit, didn’t it?



Photos were provided courtesy of Patricia Diane Godinez.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Annual Holiday Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday, 14 December at Chula Vista South Library

The CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon will be Wednesday, 14 December, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chula Vista South Library (389 Orange Avenue) in the Conference Rooms.

Turkey, ham and drinks will be provided by CVGS.  

The potluck breakdown for the rest of the meal will be coordinated by JoAnn Bonner (phone 619-421-3628, email jabonner13@gmail.com) and Ana Castro (phone 619-781-8441, email crcastro@cox.net).  Please contact them by 12/10 to coordinate the potluck dishes.  The schedule is:

A to F Surnames:  Potatoes (Irish or Sweet), Veggies, Casserole
G to K Surnames:  Desserts
L to P Surnames:  Salads, Rolls, Butter
Q to Z Surnames:  Snack trays, Condiments, Olives, Pickles, Cranberry Sauce, etc.

 A sign-up sheet was passed around at the 30 November program meeting.

There will be a free door prize drawing, and attendees may bring a bring one/get one gift exchange item ($10 limit).  Attendees are requested to bring non-perishable food and/or unwrapped toys for donation to the Salvation Army.

A business meeting will be held to install the newly elected 2017/2018 Officers, name a new Life Member, and more festivities.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

CVGS November 30th Program Review - "Heirloom Show and Tell"

There were about 30 attendees at the "Heirloom Show and Tell" program on 30 November.

After electing the President (Ceasar Castro), First Vice President - Programs (Virginia Taylor), Second Vice President -Membership (Karen Smith), Secretary (Karen Yarger) and Treasurer (Sam Seat) for the 2017-2018 years, Jane Strawn introduced the ten presenters of their heirlooms one at a time, with slides on the screen showing the treasures.

The heirloom presenters and their heirloom treasures were:

1)  Patricia Diane Godinez brought samples of and described her Desert Rose china collection, with the screen photo showing part of her collection.



2)  Hazel Radtke brought her mother's glass spice canisters and told of her Hoosier cabinet from the 1920s.



3)  Tameron Hodges talked about her great-uncle, Frank Hodges who was a "dirty" Los Angeles police detective from the 1930's.  She has his badge.



4)  Karen Yarger had photos of her Hepplewhite Pembroke table, made in 1790 and passed down from her Geoghegan and Dill families, which was too large to bring in, but photos showed the lovely satinwood inlays – and Gary Brock provided some interesting woodworking facts.



5)  Linda Seaver shared a portrait of her great grandfather’s McKnew family in front of their home just after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.  Randy provided some family background.
6)  Randy Seaver displayed a handsome ‘Union Case’ from the 1860’s, containing ambrotype portraits of his ancestors Isaac and Lucretia Seaver.  Isaac was a Civil War soldier.
7)  Virginia Taylor brought an elephant toy/doll, – it started her on a lifetime elephant collection (she has over 500!).
8)  Ceasar Castro brought his cell phone collection in a silver suitcase - it dates to the 1980s.
9)  Bobbie Lane reminisced about the old family farm in Lake County, Illinois. One of her souvenirs is a birdhouse made from the wood of the 1902 barn; and she is so fortunate to have a 1995 video recording of her brother walking around the property, filming and recording family memories.



10)  Susan Zimmer's treasure was her father’s WW II army uniform from when he was stationed in Australia and New Guinea. She also showed off an authentic boomerang, which she no longer is able to master.
The stories about the treasures were as interesting as the heirlooms were.  This was a fun program, and may become an annual event at CVGS.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - December 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for December 2016 include:

 ** Saturday, \3 December, 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Carole Sobke will discuss "Family Hobby Ties to Research."  Saturday Workshops are to discuss and demonstrate genealogy and family history topics, especially related to computers, software and websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 14 December, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- There will be no CVGS Research Group meeting this month.  


** Wednesday, 21 December, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- There will be no CVGS Computer Group meeting this month. 

** Wednesday, 14 December, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Chula Vista South Branch Library (389 Orange Avenue) -- CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon will be in the west conference rooms.


**  Wednesday, 7 December, 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, November 18, 2016

November 30th CVGS Program is "Heirloom Show and Tell"

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 12 noon To 2 p.m.
Program Meeting
“Heirloom Show and Tell”
Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

Due to illness, Georgie Stillman will not be presenting her usual “Heirloom Discovery Day” program. 

 However, Jane Strawn is organizing and will host an “Heirloom Show and Tell” program, with members displaying their heirlooms and telling the stories about their heirlooms.  

Please bring in your family treasures to share with the group. If you can carry it, you can bring it! If possible, send Jane a photo of your item so it can be projected on the screen.

Email or phone and let Jane know if you will be bringing in a Family Treasure. Don’t forget the story. Contact Jane Strawn (email jstrawn2@cox.net, phone 619 434-4051).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

CVGS Newsletter for November 2016 is Published

The November 2016 newsletter of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society was published last week.

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

The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 - November 30th Family History Day

page 2 - President’s Message 
page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website
page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting
page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News


page 3 - December 3rd Saturday Workshop 

page 3 - New CVGS Nametags Available
page 3 - October 1st Saturday Workshop Review
page 4 - October 22nd Family History Day Review
page 5 - CVGS Officer Nominations for 2017/18

page 6 - October Research Group Review 
page 7 - December 14th Holiday Luncheon

page 7 - October 19th Lemon Grove Reviewpage 8 - SDGS/SDHC Genealogy Day Review
page 9 - CVGS Society Information 


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



Friday, November 11, 2016

November 2016 Research Group Summary

The 9 November 2016 meeting of the CVGS Research Group had 20 attendees.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  Three recently published books - Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques; Organize Your Genealogy; Genetic Genealogy in Practice - and passed them around the group.

*  Finding grandsons' 2nd great-grandparents birth and marriage records in Italian Civil Registration records on FamilySearch.

*  Solving the mystery of Edward E. Seaver's parents using two newspaper articles and several online records, including an article that was about a man dying in a factory accident and leaving a pregnant wife.

*  MyHeritage announced MyHeritageDNA service with ethnicity estimates and member matches.

*  The We're Related mobile app by Ancestry.com.

In the second hour, group members discussed their research problems and successes, including:

*  Karen S. has found interesting relatives on the We're Related app, including Barack Obama and Marilyn Monroe.

*  Ralph enjoyed the CVGS Family History Day.  He commented about the new system at 23andMe - he wrote a match who didn't respond, but the match was able to obtain his name and information.

*  Karen Y. noted that the day was the 396th anniversary of sighting Cape Cod aboard the Mayflower.

*  Ana found 1890 tax records from New Mexico in a book on the Chula Vista library shelf.

*  Ceasar took the FamilyTreeDNA Big Y test, and needs to work with it more.

*  Linda bought three autosomal DNA kits at the 10/22 genetic genealogy conference and will test her family members.

*  Arlene read the book Seven Daughters of Eve and recommended it to her family.

*  Susi and Mary went to the FamilySearch Library to investigate how to obtain the 1899 naturalization record for Antony Casper.  They were told they need to contact the county probate court for the record.

*  Sam took a research trip to Tennessee.  He met a cousin at the library, and found a naturalization record and a marriage record immediately.  He also went to the State Archives and determined that vital records started in 1908.

*  Shirley is putting information from an 800 page surname book for the Greene family in Rhode Island into a separate family tree database.

*  Bobbie is regrouping and has decided to work on three brickwall problems.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be 11 Janary 2017 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in Chula Vista) at 12 noon in the Conference Room.

NOTE:  There is no Research Group meeting in December on 14 December - that is the date of the Annual Holiday Luncheon at South Chula Vista Library.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

October 22nd Family History Day Was a Success!

This article was written by CVGS member Karen Yarger.

Saturday, October 22 was a great day for our Society.  After months of planning, our free community-wide Family History Day opened at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library to a waiting crowd of seventeen people, eager to see what “this genealogy thing” was all about, or at least to have fun with the various family history-focused activities.  Over 120 people enjoyed the day.  Our theme was “Ancestors Matter! What Do You Know? What Can You Find?” which was revealed on the new bright green CVGS  T-shirts worn by volunteers (and which you can order from Jane Strawn).

 Guests were greeted by colorful posters directing them to various activities and a Welcome Table, laden with “freebies.” 



The Library was divided into color-coded areas, marked by balloons and bright signs.  The children’s area, decorated with yellow balloons and  Dr. Seuss posters,  offered story times and family-themed crafts for children of all ages.
    


     Other areas, each with their own color scheme, were devoted to “First Steps” in genealogy research, filling out 5-generation charts, and working with one of our volunteers on computer research. 





Have you visited our genealogy collection at the Library? Our collection was highlighted to visitors, as were the Library’s books available for check out.

At 10:30 a.m., Randy Seaver gave the keynote address “Be an Ancestor Detective,” with an excellent handout filled with resources for the beginner and advanced alike. Between speakers, Gary Brock ran a series of genealogy-themed videos, running simultaneously in the auditorium and on TVs throughout the Library.  
                             
The highlight of the day was Ceasar Castro’s noontime presentation  of the family tree of Chula Vista’s mayor  in  “Who is Mayor Mary  Casillas  Salas?” in which he presented his research of several generations of the Mayor’s family accompanied by family photos and comments from the Mayor herself.  An audience of nearly sixty included many members of Mayor Salas’ family. 





Ralph Munoz and Jo Ann Bonner took pictures throughout the day, and they’ll be posted on our website soon. 

The organizing committee was chaired by Jane Strawn,  who worked with Library Branch Manager Erni Barros, and a team of enthusiastic and talented volunteers. 


We are already planning next year’s Family History Day. As great as this day was, next year’s promises to be even bigger and bette
r!



Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CVGS workshop on "AllWay Sync" is Saturday, 5 November

When:  Saturday, 5 November 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location, Bonita-Sunnyside Library Community Room,  4375 Bonita Road,  Bonita,  CA 91902,

 CVGS Workshop:, Yet Another Way to Backup, "ALLWAY SYNC", Presented by: Gary Brock 

This will be a demonstration of one of the easiest and most comprehensive ways to keep your files,  photos and documents backed up and synchronized on a local device. The device can then be taken off-site (recommended) for safety when the crash occurs,  and it will,  and this app is free. It's called AllwaySync., Bring your laptop and an external storage device (500 GB or more recommended) if you would like to download the app and try it out

Handouts for the program:, "Family Holiday Letters, Why They Are Important", Will be available at this workshop., due to request to have Gary present this program after our last month program.

 Please register for this event if you can, if you plan to attend so we may better prepare the venue.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula vista - November 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for November 2016 include:

 ** Saturday, 5 November, 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Gary Brock will demonstrate use of an "AllWay Sync" device. Saturday Workshops are for hands-on experience with computers, software, websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 9 November, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Conference Room, led by Randy Seaver.  We will review the latest genealogy news, share success stories and information, and discuss members research problems, and potential solutions, based on the collective knowledge and wisdom of the group.  

** Wednesday, 16 November, 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab, led by Shirley Becker. Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.

** Wednesday, 30 November, 12 noon to 2:30 p.m., at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The program speaker will be a number of CVGS Members on "Heirloom Show and Tell."  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 November, 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, October 21, 2016

Family History Day is 22 October 2016 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library

CVGS and the Chula Vista Library are sponsoring a FREE Family History Day at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library on Saturday, 22 October, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Randy Seaver will give the keynote address, "Be An Ancestor Detective," at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium.

At 12 noon, Ceasar Castro will present "Who Is Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas?" in the Auditorium, a "Who Do You Think You Are?" style program which will explore the family history of our Mayor with her in attendance.

There are also workshops throughout the day for:

*  How to Build a Family Tree

*  How to Search for Ancestors for Free

*  How to Interest Your Family In Its History

*  Crafts for Children

*  See Your Library's Genealogical Resources

The flyer for this event is:


There is more information on the CVGS website, www.CVGenealogy.org

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

No CVGS Program Meeting on Wednesday, 26 October

There will not be a CVGS Program meeting on Wednesday, 26 October due to the CVGS/CVPL Family History Day program on 22 October.  

Please see the notice for the Family History Day at  http://cvgencafe.blogspot.com/2016/10/family-history-day-is-22-october-2016.html.


Monday, October 17, 2016

The October 2016 newsletter of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society was published last week.

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

The Table of Contents lists:

page 1 - October 22nd Family History Day

page 2 - President’s Message 
page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website

page 2 - New CVGS Nametags Available
page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting


page 3 - Lemon Grove Research Group News
page 3 - November 5th Saturday Workshop 

page 3 - October 1st Saturday Workshop Reviewpage 4 - September 28th Program Review
page 5 - SDGS/SDHC Genealogy Day on 15 October


page 5 - CVGS Officer Nominations for 2017/18
page 5 - French-Canadian Research Periodicalspage 6 - September Research Group Review 
page 6 - Recent Genealogy News

page 7 - LOCKSS - Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe

page 7 - Geni Pro is on Library Computers

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



Friday, October 14, 2016

CVGS Research Group Review - 12 October 2016

The October 12th Research Group meeting had 16 members in attendance.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  The Spyglass File, a forensic genealogy mystery by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, set in World War II England, was fascinating.  It is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle versions. 

*  The GEDmatch.com website, which analyzes raw autosomal data from AncestryDNA, 23andMe or FamilyTreeDNA, is a FREE website that analyzes your ethnicity and provides a chromosome browser to show matches with other GEDmatch users.  

*  The group watched the first 30 minutes of the "FAN + GPS + DNA: The Problem-Solver's Great Trifecta" presentation by Elizabeth Shown Mills.  FAN refers to the Friends, Family, Associates and Neighbors concept, GPS refers to the Genealogical Proof Standard, and DNA refers to DNA testing and analysis.  The webinar is in the Archives of FamilyTreeWebinars.com.  Randy encouraged the attendees to watch the rest of the webinar before 17 October while it is free to watch.

In the second hour, we went around the table to hear research problems, questions and successes of the attendees:

*  Diane had a fabulous find of a link to an important historical person - Cristobal Colon.  the great-granddaughter of her 22nd great-grandfather, Garcia de Toledo in Spain, married Diego Colon, son of Cristobal Colon.  She used the FamilySearch Family Tree to find this relationship.

*  Bobbie sent family group sheets for her Titus family to the Lake County, Illinois, Genealogical Society for their files that shows the family coming from Germany and settling in Lake County, Illinois.

*  Bobbie's husband's son has 25% Native-American ancestry according to an autosomal DNA test.  There was great information about Native-American research in the latest issue of Family Tree Magazine.

*  Shirley gleaned several ideas for solving her brick wall problems in upstate New York from the Elizabeth Shown Mills webinar.  She has received many Record Hints for her ancestral families from FamilySearch and MyHeritage.

*  Arlene found a cousin - the writer of the On Granny's Trail blog, who was on a recent radio/podcast program and talked about Arlene's mother's ancestors.  Her mother's uncle is buried in American Samoa, and Mormon missionaries to American Samoa took photos of gravestones there.

*  Helen's mother's first cousin took an autosomal  DNA test and she is awaiting the results.

*  Mary N. found a naturalization record in a FamilySearch index for Antony Casper in 1899 in Ohio.  She asked how to obtain the record.  We brought the index card up on the screen, and it said the record was in Volume 3, page 350 of the Jefferson County, Ohio probate records, which can be obtained on Family History Library microfilm.

*  Bea, who is new to genealogy research, is finding information on FamilySearch to verify her mother's information.

*  Ana has been searching new records for Mexico on FamilySearch and is back to her 4th great-grandparents.

*  JoAnn made a 32 page chart on MyHeritage and put it on a wall at her home.  It's interesting to see the extent of the family.  She is trying to find her grandson's ancestry in Guam; her son-in-law has found a cousin.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 9 November at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September 2016 Program Review - "Stump the Chumps" Problem Solving Panel

The CVGS program meeting on 28 September featured three CVGS genealogists answering research questions submitted by members one month ahead of the meeting.  There are about 30 in attendance, including all but one of the questioners.

The researchers prepared short presentations to review the questions and responses, and each response took 5 to 10 minutes.  The eight questions and a summary of the answers were:

1)  Karen Y. asked:  "My ancestors emigrated from Norway by ship into Quebec in the 1850s.  How does one trace their journey from Quebec to their eventual homes in Iowa and Minnesota?"

Randy Seaver responded:  The FamilySearch Wiki page on "Norway Emigration and Immigration" provides a wealth of material on this topic.  American records that can help include county histories, military pension records, naturalization records, census records and church records.  The Norwegian-American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library in Madison, Wisconsin has an extensive library with a Norwegian immigrant database that might be helpful.  Randy shared an article found in a book that told the migration story for one of his wife's Norwegian-born relatives.

2)  Paula-Jo C. asked: "I have an ancestor's brother who died during the Mexican War in Mexico.  I have tried to find microfilmed records.  Where can one find death records from that time period?"

Ceasar Castro responded:  Paula-Jo's soldier was Charles Houston, a musician in the Georgia Infantry, who died in February 1848 near Veracruz, Mexico.  The National Archives has archival material about the Mexican-American War, including battle records, death records and medical  records.  There were three hospitals in the state of Veracruz - in the city of Veracruz, in Jalapa, and in the Castle at Perote.  The Descendants of Mexican-American War Veterans has information about the war at http://www.dmwv.org/mexwar/mexwar1.htm, including information about Jalapa and the Castle at Perote.  Ceasar corresponded with researchers at the National Archives and University of Wisconsin - Madison about record availability and obtained more information, including a useful book online at FamilySearch and others can be obtained by Inter-library Loan.

3)  Diane G. asked:  "I think I have found my relative's death date in an index record.  James O'Leary died in Strood, Kent, England at age 60.  What more information might I get from the actual record?  How do I obtain the actual record?  In regards to sending money for the record, how is it done and what is the cost?  Where can I find someone to search for the record for me?"

Randy Seaver responded:  England's Civil Registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837 and are available to the present day.  Death certificates include the decedent's name, age, sex, occupation, death date, death place, cause of death, and informant's information.  You can order a certificate by Internet, telephone, or post from the Register General Office for England and Wales. The cost is £9.25, and you can order online at  http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/ and pay by credit card.

4)  Karen S. asked:  "The Strassburger ship passenger list provides the date, name of the ship, the captain and the passengers.  Is there any source that gives more information about the individual passengers?"  

Randy Seaver responded:  You can obtain more information about immigration to Pennsylvania at  https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Pennsylvania_Emigration_and_Immigration.  There are many books, but none really provide more passenger information.  Yo find information about the lives of individual passengers, you need to look for compiled family genealogies and locality books, for periodical articles, and consult the Pennsylvania state, historical and genealogical societies.

5)  Karen S. also asked:  "Can Revolutionary War records be located by the numbers listed next to the patriot's name?"

Ceasar Castro responded:   The book Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications lists soldiers and their pension record numbers.  The "numbers" are how the records were filed in the National Archives - "S" for Survivor, "W" for Widow, "R" for Rejected, "Dis" for Disability, and "BLWt" for Bounty Land Warrant.  Ceasar went through the records available for one of Karen's soldiers - James Burton of Virginia.  Fold3.com and Ancestry.com have the Revolutionary War pension files that can be downloaded.

6)  Ann S. asked:  "My husband's (Del) 4th great-grandfather was William Garvin.  Where and when did William Garvin die?"

Randy Seaver responded:  Ann provided more information about this man and his family.  Several derivative sources say William Garvin died in Cranbourne, Dorchester County, Quebec in 1869, and was probably in the Church of England. Quebec research information are listed in https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Quebec,_Canada_Genealogy, and search strategies are in https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Quebec_Search_Strategies.  An online search in the Drouin collection on Ancestry.com did not find him.  Searches of Church of England records near Cranbourne and probate records may provide a death or burial date.  A Rootsweb message board post on the Quebec and/or Dorchester boards may provide information about record availability and cemetery records.

7)  Mary N. asked:  "How do I find an ancestor who walked out on the family and disappeared?"

Shirley Becker responded:  Mary's missing person is Antonio/Anthony Casper who was from Germany and resided in Ohio.  Searches for others of the surname in census records might help.  Historical newspaper searches on Chronicling America and other sites may provide an obituary or news articles.  Published books on Google, Internet Archive and other sites may be helpful.  He may have changed his name.

8)  Virginia T. asked:  "Where can I go, other than the obvious places, to find ship arrivals for Wilmington, Delaware, in the late 1790s to early 1800s time frame?"

Shirley Becker responded: The FamilySearch Wiki page on "Delaware Emigration and Immigration" may be helpful.  The Delaware Genealogical Society has a newsletter and research assistance.  The University of Delaware Library has a help section for researching passengers and naturalizations. The National Archives has ship arrivals and passenger lists, and these are also on Ancestry.com.

This program was very well received by the attendees because of the interesting research questions and the material presented by the researchers.