Thursday, February 11, 2016

February Research Group Review

There were 20 attendees at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Conference Room.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  RootsTech 2016 Conference in Salt Lake City, including the program, Keynote and class videos, class syllabus, and parties, plus his photos and commentary about the conference.  He has a RootsTech 2016 blog compendium posted at  http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/02/rootstech-2016-conference-blog.html

*  His one day of research at the Family History Library finding probate and land records for his ancestors.

*  The major announcement about the purchase of Family Tree Maker assets by Software MacKiev, and the Ancestry.com announcement of working with FTM and RootsMagic desktop software. 

*  The addition of a large U.S. marriage collection on Findmypast.

In the second hour, the attendees discussed

*  Gary encouraged attendees to register for all CVGS events on the CVGS webpage "Events" page.

*  Karen Y. noted that the FREE Escondido Family History Fair is Saturday, 5 March from 9 to 5.  Registration is online.  CVGS will have a carpool for those interested.  More details to follow.

*  Susi asked how to deal with Smart Matches on MyHeritage.  Users can compare and accept (or not accept) information one person at a time, or many persons at a time.  There are also Instant discoveries which can add 10 or more persons to your MyHeritage tree based on information from other MyHeritage trees.  Record Matches are records in MyHeritage record collections that might apply to your persons in your MyHeritage tree.

*  Diane asked about the proper way to make gravestone inscriptions readable.  The group said to not use organic or corrosive material like shaving cream or flour, to use water to create contrast, to use a reflector to light up a darker gravestone face, to mind the shadows, and to use gravestone rubbings with butcher paper and a crayon.

*  Karen S. asked about finding digital newspaper articles.  The group suggested The Ancestor Hunt blog (www.theancestorhunt.com) for lists of available digital newspaper issues, the free Chronicling America site, state and regional newspaper collections, and commercial sites like Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, GenealogyBank, NewspaperARCHIVE and MyHeritage.

*  Bobbie visited the Lake County, Illinois deed office and obtained several deeds from their record books.  She also investigated the plat maps available.  

*  Susan has had good fortune with Find A Grave requests in cemeteries in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  She wanted to "pay it foerward" and accepted several requests for Singing Hills Memorial Park in San Diego County.  When she went there to inquire about the location of the graves, the company told her that they would not provide them because they have been sued by people who complained about similar requests and lost the suit.

*  Gary's Roff saga continues - he found a Yates County, New York database that has information about his ancestors, Philip 1, Philip 2, and Solomon.

*  Susan also had a plaque installed on the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery marker for her father.

The next CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 11 March at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.



Saturday, February 6, 2016

Please Register for Meetings on the CVGS Website

     Please register for the Program Meetings, the Saturday Workshops, the Research Group and the Computer Group on the CVGS website – www.CVGenealogy.org.  Log in with your member ID, then click on Events and the Register button for each event, and follow directions. 

    This will help with meeting planning and speaker handouts.  Soon, members will be able to download speaker handouts to their computer and print them out.  You will receive an email reminder for the events from CVGS based on your registration.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

January 27th Program Review – Gena Philibert-Ortega

Gena Philibert-Ortega was the program speaker on 27 January, presenting “Remember the Ladies: Finding Your Female Ancestors.”  

Gena noted that “Women are half the population but they also seem to be the hardest half to find in a family tree.”  Five aspects of a woman's life need to be researched – The woman herself, the woman's family, the locality where she lived, the time period she lived in, and the neighbors, organizations and the  community around her.

While we usually concentrate on government records (e.g., vital, census, land, etc.), women may be in records such as family papers or Bibles, church records, newspaper articles, journals, scrapbooks, cookbooks, school records. 

A list of names may be helpful in finding records and should consider spelling variations, middle names, initials, maiden names, married names,  husband's names, and prefixes like Miss, Mrs., widow, Grandma, etc.  Nicknames or diminutives should also be considered.  Use these names when you search in online databases or in books, articles or newspapers.  

Maiden names might be found on birth records, baptismal records, marriage records, death records, cemetery records, Social Security records, passenger list records, in newspaper articles, on land deeds, or on her father's probate records.  

If an American-born woman married an alien man after 1906, until the 1930s, she lost her American citizenship until her husband became a naturalized citizen.  If he never did, then she had to apply for citizenship again.

As you gather information about a woman's life, determine her religion, occupation, and organizations that she belonged to, and then use those to identify keywords to use in a search online, at a library or archives.  Library and archival catalogs usually will not be cataloged by names but will be cataloged by organizations or groups.

A timeline of the woman's life is helpful to determine when and where she resided in a specific place.  She also suggested making your own “guide” for each person to list the repositories and records that should be searched for in each family locality.  

Some online resources mentioned by Gena included Google, Ancestry.com, Mocavo, FamilySearch, Live Roots, Genealogy Gophers (free books), Find A Grave, Interment.net, ArchiveGrid (for manuscript collections), state or regional libraries, university libraries, and WorldCat (to find nearest location of a book, or article).  Contacting a librarian online or on the phone can often help a researcher find a work of interest.  The FamilySearch Library Catalog can provide information about holdings in the FamilySearch system, whether, books, periodicals, microfilm, microfiche, in digitized books, or in online databases.  Search for a town-county-state or county-state to determine what is available.  

Many, but not nearly all, newspapers have been digitized and are now searchable at GenealogyBank, Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, NewspaperARCHIVE.com, and Chronicling America, plus state digital newspaper websites.

This was an interesting and information-packed presentation on a very timely and appropriate subject.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - February 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for February 2016 include:

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

** Wednesday, 10 February, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Conference Room, led by Randy Seaver.  We will review the latest genealogy news, share success stories and information, and discuss members research problems, and potential solutions, based on the collective knowledge and wisdom of the group.  

** Wednesday, 17 February, 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, 24 February, 12 noon  to 2 p.m., at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Auditorium.  The program speaker will be Shirley Becker on"New York Revisited."  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 3, 10, 17 and 24 February, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) --Research Assistance in the Family Research area.  John Finch will help you with your research problems.  Bring your laptop if you want to do online research.

The Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library is located at 365 "F" Street in Chula Vista - between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue, midway between I-5 and I-805 (take the "E" Street exit from the freeways).

The Bonita-Sunnyside (County) Library is located at 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita - turn north on Billy Casper Way, just west of the Otay Lakes Road intersection with Bonita Road, on the north side of Bonita Road.


We welcome guests and visitors to our CVGS programs and events - if you are in the greater San Diego area and want to attend our events - please come and introduce yourselves.  All CVGS events are FREE to attend, except for some seminars and picnics.


Monday, February 1, 2016

February 6th Saturday Workshop is a Continuation of Scanning Event

The CVGS Saturday Workshop on Saturday, 6 February is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road in Bonita).  

CVGS Webmaster Gary Brock will lead this event on "Scanning."  Different types of scanning devices and software programs will be discussed.  Help will be provided for attendees to learn how to scan items into their computer.

This is a continuation of the 2 January workshop on the same subject.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Gena Philibert-Ortega is Speaker for Wednesday, 27 January Program Meeting

 WEDNESDAY, January 27th GENERAL MEETING
from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
At Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) in Community Room
with Gena Philibert-Ortega
“Remember the Ladies: Finding Your Female Ancestors” 

Learn some sure fire ways to research your female ancestors including methodology and resources. Use my 5 step process for researching (and finding) female ancestors.


Gena Philibert-Ortega holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Religion. Presenting on various subjects involving genealogy, women’s studies and social history, Gena has spoken to groups throughout the United States and Canada  as well as virtually to audiences worldwide. 

She is the author of hundreds of articles published in genealogy newsletters and magazines including FGS ForumAPG Quarterly, Internet Genealogy, and Family Tree Magazine. Her writings can also be found on her blogs, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera. She is the author of three books including her latest, From The Family Kitchen (F + W Media, 2012). 

Gena was a researcher for the first season of the PBS show Genealogy Roadshow (2013). She is the editor of the Utah Genealogical Association’s journal Crossroads, and serves as past-president for the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her current research interests include women’s social history, and researching women’s lives using material artifacts.


Monday, January 18, 2016

CVGS Newsletter for January Published

The January 2016 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter 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 -- January 27th  General Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Register for Meetings on CVGS Website
page 3 -- Holiday Luncheon Review
page 4 -- Next Computer Group Meeti
ng
page 4 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News

page 4 -- Next Saturday Workshop

page 4 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars

page 5 -- Holiday Luncheon Photographs
page 6 -- December 9th Research Group Review 
page 6 -- GenGophers Website
page 7 -- Ancestry Announced Retirement of Family Tree Maker

page 8 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 8 -- Program Meeting Schedule Changes
page 8 -- Finding Your Roots on PBS
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 

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


Saturday, January 16, 2016

January 13th Research Group Review

The January 13th meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society's Research Group had 14 in attendance.

In the first hour, Randy reviewed the genealogy news and highlights since mid-December, including:

*   Finding Your Roots, with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as the host, is a genealogy-oriented series on PBS started on 5 January and is on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on PBS through February.  

*  The 2016 Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will be June 3-5 in Burbank at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel - registration is now open and hotel reservations can be made.

*  Randy offered an "Ancestor Score" table to attendees - see how many ancestors you have in each generation (see http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your.html).

*  He also reviewed some of the mobile apps he uses for genealogy on his iPhone and tablet (see  http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/01/dear-randy-how-do-you-use-your.html).

*  Lastly, he reviewed his Top 10 Genealogy News items from 2015 (see  http://www.geneamusings.com/2016/01/top-10-genealogy-news-items-for-2015-my.html).

In the second hour, the attendees had an opportunity to share their questions, their research challenges and research successes.

*  Bobbie has 8 grandchildren and got to see all of them at Christmas.  Her grandson in the Air Force flew in as a surprise from New Mexico.

*  Linda spent time at Christmas with her extended family and identified people in old family pictures.

*  Jane read two books by John Colletta, including his Italian Roots book.

*  Arlene's granddaughter married in 2014, and asked her mother-in-law for family information.  She received five generations of family information.

*  Diane noted that the Chula Vista Stake Family History Fair is May 21.  She has been working with her grandson on Ancestry.com.

*  Carole's great-aunt was on a Rose Bowl float in 1919.  She has been trying to find articles and photographs about the event.  She found a brochure with photos on www.Bookfinder.com and passed it around.

*  Bobbie reported on her summer vacation to Illinois and New York to find more of her German ancestors.  She visited the Hamburg N.Y. cemetery for Titus family, and contacted a church there for Miller family information with great success.

*  Jane reported on her summer trip to Troy, N.Y. in search of her del Vecchio family.  Her goal now is to get it all in the computer.  She got help from the CDC website that has vital record contact information (www.cdc.gove/nchs/w2w.htm).   She wants tips on how to best and wisely manage her time.  The group suggested a to-do list and a research log.

*  Shirley mentioned a website with a list of many useful websites - http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/.

*  Delores is creating a website, one section with ancestor narratives with maps and records, and wants help with The Next Generation (TNG) of Genealogy Software program.  She also asked "How do we know that we are correct in our research?"  The group said that following the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) helps, and that original record sources with first-hand information are preferred over derivative or compiled works and second-hand information.  

*  Gary showed some of the revised pages on the CVGS website - the Events page, Forum page, and the Handouts pages in the Members only section.  

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista). 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Chula Vista Genealogy Days in January 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for January 2016 include:

 ** Saturday, 2 January
, 1 p.m to 3 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Gary Brock will lead a discussion of "Scanning."  Saturday Workshops are for hands-on experience with computers, software, websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 13 January, 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, 20 January, 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 January, 12:30 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m., at Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  CVGS Program Meeting meets in the Community Room.  The program speaker will be Gena Philibert-Ortega on "Remember the Ladies: Finding Your Female Ancestors."  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 6, 13, 20 and 27 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.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2 January Saturday Workshop is Scanning Event

The CVGS Saturday Workshop on Saturday, 2 January is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road in Bonita).  

CVGS Webmaster Gary Brock will lead this event on "Scanning."  Different types of scanning devices and software programs will be discussed.  Help will be provided for attendees to learn how to scan items into their computer.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

CVGS Holiday Luncheon is Thursday, 10 December at South Library

The annual CVGS Holiday Luncheon is on Thursday, 10 December, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chula Vista South Branch Library (389 Orange Avenue (southeast corner with Fourth Avernue, enter parking lot off of Orange Avenue) in Conference Rooms A and B at the west end (near Fourth Avenue) of the library.  

The luncheon will feature turkey, ham, and drinks provided by CVGS.   The pot luck 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 12/3 to coordinate potluck dishes. The potluck schedule is:
  • A to F Surnames: Desserts
  • G to K Surnames: Salads, Rolls, Butter
  • L to P Surnames: Snack trays, Condiments, Olives, Pickles, Cranberry Sauce, etc.
  • Q to Z Surnames: Potatoes (Irish or Sweet), Veggies, Casseroles

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

Friday, December 4, 2015

November Program Review - "Heirloom Discovery Day" with Georgie Stillman

Georgie Stillman presented her "Heirloom Discovery Day" at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library on Wednesday, 26 November 2015, with about 30 in attendance.  See the description of Georgie's talents at November Program is "Heirloom Discovery Day" with Georgie Stillman.

Eight CVGS members brought heirlooms for Georgie to discuss, evaluate and appraise.  They included:

*  Virginia brought a homespun woolen blanket made by her great-grandmother in Indiana.  Georgie said that these types of blankets, and quilts, were made in rural areas using thread obtained from trade routes.  This blanket is typical from the 1830 to 1850 time period, is scarce and in beautiful condition, and may be valued at $250 to $350.

*  Karen S. has her grandmother's necklace from the 1870s.  Georgie indicated that it is "high Victoriana," has no marks, is gold plated, and very English in design and workmanship.  She valued it at $400 to $500.

*  Jane brought a candy dish, with a floral design, handed down from her mother.  Georgie found a mark for MWCo, which indicates it was made in Germany after 1923.  She said it was good quality, but I didn't catch an appraised value.

*  Joanna brought three rocking chairs from her family antiques.  One was a handmade colonial revival chair which may be from the 18th century made into a rocker.  The second was a machine made Grand Rapids rocker dating to about 1875.  The third was an American Eastlake style Victorian rocking chair dating to about 1875.  Georgie noted that none of these chairs were comfortable, and were mainly used to impress visitors.  She appraised them at $45 to $75 each.

*  John brought an eye-washing cup.  His grandmother was a registered nurse in Idaho.  Geogie said it was a curiosity piece of pressed glass, dating to the 1920s or 1930s, and was worth $5 to $20.  John also brought a small magnifying glass that was his grandfather's in the early 1900s.  Georgie indicated that it was German made from the mark on it.

*  Susan Z. brought a photo of a Civil War era wrought iron headboard, which was obtained at a DUVCW meeting.  It was subsequently donated to a Springfield, Illinois museum.  Georgie said it was probably from the 1890 to 1920 time frame, and can't say it was from the Civil War era.

*  Karen Y. brought an 1860 edition of the Three Musketeers book by Alexandre Dumas published in French.  Georgie said that it was in poor condition, but that books in good condition are sought after and could be worth $200.  Karen also brought a peanut or gumball dispenser.  Georgie said it was made of wood and plastic, was probably from the 1930s, was a country store item, and may be a reproduction.

*  Jean brought several silver spoons.  Georgie said they were from the late 19th century.

During the program, Georgie noted that the current appraised values for any heirloom items greatly depends on the demand for the specific item, especially from wealthy buyers and investors.  Some heirlooms are of no interest to these buyers, and are therefore of little value, except for the sentimental value to the owners.  


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December 5th Saturday Workshop is on MyHeritage Website and Mobile App

The December 5th Saturday workshop is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bonita-Sunnyside County Library (4375 Bonita Road) in the Community Room. 

The workshop will be a discussion and demonstration of the MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com) family tree system, research databases, and mobile app, led by Shirley Becker and Randy Seaver.  Smart Matches, Record Matches and Instant Discoveries will be discussed.  

Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops (logged into MyHeritage if possible) and mobile devices (with the free app installed) so they can follow along.  

Monday, November 30, 2015

Chula Vista Genealogy Days in December 2015

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for December 2015 include:

 ** Saturday, 5 December, 1 p.m to 3 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Ciommunity Room.  Shirley Becker and Randy Seaver will lead a discussion of MyHeritage.


** Wednesday, 9 December, 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.  

**  
Thursday, 10 December, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chula Vista South Branch Library (389 Orange Avenue) -- CVGS Holiday Luncheon in Conference Rooms A and B.  Potluck Luncheon (CVGS provides meat and beverages) with member appreciation highlights.


** Wednesday, 16 December, 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.

**  Wednesdays, 2, 9 and 16 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.



Saturday, November 21, 2015

November Program is "Heirloom Discovery Day" with Georgie Stillman

 WEDNESDAY, November 25th PROGRAM MEETING
from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

At Bonita Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road)
in the Community Room

Georgie Stillman, ASA – “Heirloom Discovery Day”

      Our November 25th program will feature Georgie Stillman, ASA, presenting an “Heirloom Discovery Day.” Georgie will evaluate, provide some historical background and estimate a value of family heirlooms brought in by CVGS members. Her expertise is in evaluating and appraising silver, china, glass ware, furniture, artworks, quilts and samplers.



     Georgie Stillman (http://georgiestillman.com/bio.htm) has worked as a professional appraiser in London, England, Phoenix, and San Diego since 1971. She has served as president of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), vice president of the San Diego chapter, and was founding director of the International Society of Appraisers. Georgie has received numerous awards for her outstanding service, including Appraiser of the Year. Besides being a professional instructor at various colleges, she has made many radio/TV guest appearances and written articles for many publications, teaching audiences about antiques and art.

     If you would like your heirloom to be evaluated by Georgie, please contact Jane Strawn to get on the evaluation list -- there are a limited number of spaces on the list. Jane has a form for you to complete and return by November 18th.



Thursday, November 19, 2015

CVGS November Newsletter is Published

The November 2015 issue of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Newsletter 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 -- November 25th  General Meeting   
page 2 -- President’s Message  
page 2 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 3 -- Getting Lloyd Home  


page 4 -- Next Computer Group Meeting
page 4 -- Lemon Grove Research Group News

page 4 -- CVGS at Genealogy Day
page 4 -- RootsTech 2016 Conference


page 5 -- Holiday Luncheon is 10 December
page 5 -- Finding Your Roots on PBS
page 5 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars
page 6 -- October 14th Research Group Review 

page 7 -- October 28th Program Review 

page 7 -- Genealogy News for October and November
page 8 -- Recent Genealogy Blog Posts of Interest

page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 

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



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 2015 Research Group Review

The November meeting of the CVGS Research Group was on Thursday, 12 November with 10 attendees.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  AncestryDNA Circles and shared DNA estimates.  
*  GEDMatch.com, a third-party DNA analysis tool that reads the raw data provided by AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe, and provides more analytical information, including a chromosome browser.
*  The FamilySearch Research Wiki (https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Main_Page) which has information about countries, states and counties, plus many record types.

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

*  Jane reviewed her trip to New York and Massachusetts to search for DelVecchio records.  She joined CVGS in March 2014 and has made significant progress with her Italian research.  Before her trip, she had found Jack via email, whose ancestor had married into Jane's family.  In Troy, New York, Jane visited St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery and found the DelVecchio gravestone, and a plot map with names of those buried there.  She also searched Albany diocesan records.  She determined that the house where her great-grandparents lived was destroyed to build a bridge over the Hudson.  Jane obtained death certificates for some of the family members, but the birthplace is listed only as "Italy."  She also met cousins Jack and Albert and got to know them better.

*  Jean said that some of her ancestors remains were "removed" for a road.  She wondered where the remains are at present.

*  Helen found an article on her Winkel family who traveled by wagon train to California in 1854.  The father was lost in a Utah river.

*  Shirley's ancestor, Lucius Plue, was found in the 1865 New York state census residing with the Goff family - he was age 12 and adopted.  That was a surprise for Shirley.

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


Saturday, November 14, 2015

CVGS Fall Seminar Photographs - Post 2

Here are more photographs from the CVGS Fall Seminar on 7 November 2015 at Bonita Golf Course (courtesy of CVGS member Patricia Diane Godinez):

1)  Diane, Jean, Mary, John and Sam:


2)  Marie, Joanna, Marcia and ???:


3)  Ceasar, Hazel, Ralph, Tamara and Ana:


4)  Chuck, Ken, Sharon, Randy and Karen:


5)  Shirley, Kathleen and Steve:


6)  Judith, Jane, Mary and Toni:


7)  Jo Ann, Carole and Joan:


8)  Fran and Gary:




Thursday, November 12, 2015

CVGS Fall Seminar Photographs - Post 1

Here are some of the photographs from the November 7th CVGS Fall Seminar (all courtesy of CVGS member Patricia Diane Godinez):

1)  Seminar Chair Susi Pentico and speaker Toni Perrone:


2)  Speaker Judith Brooks, CVGS President Virginia Taylor, and Seminar Chair Susi Pentico:


3)  The Door Prizes selected with the one-per-person door prize tickets:


4)  One of the Opportunity Drawing prize tables, managed by member Bethel Williams:


5)  Bethel Williams and Susan Hakala at the ticket selection table:


More to come!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CVGS Research Group is Thursday, 12 November

The Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library will be closed on Wednesday, 11 November, so we have moved the CVGS Research Group to Thursday, 12 November at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the library (365 F Street, Chula Vista).

In the first hour, Randy will discuss the FamilySearch Research Wiki and the FamilySearch Family Tree.  In the second hour, the attendees will describe their research challenges and successes.