Monday, February 5, 2018

Program Review - Marti Lewis on "Exploring Your DNA Results"

There were 34 in attendance for the CVGS program meeting on 31 January at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.  

The speaker was Marti Lewis who discussed "Exploring Your DNA Test Results."

Marti said there were many ways to use DNA to trace your Family History.  The main question most people have is "what do we do with it?"  

Each person receives 23 pair of chromosomes from their biological parents - 22 pair are autosomal chromosomes, and 1 pair of sex chromosomes: Males receive a Y-chromosome from their father and an X chromosome from their mother;  Females receive an X-chromosome from each parent.

There are three types of DNA testing that deal with your 23 pairs of chromosomes:

*  Y chromosome:  A sex chromosome transmitted from fathers to sons.  This follows the paternal line (e.g., 1 of your 32 3rd great-grandparents).

*  Mitochondrial DNA:  Matter outside the cell nucleus, transmitted from females to children.  This follows a maternal line (but males don't pass it on) (e.g., 1 of your 32 3rd great-grandparents).

*  Autosomal DNA:  The DNA on 22 chromosomes that are passed from all of your ancestors through your parents (e.g., all 32 of your 32 3rd great-grandparents).

With Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA tests, you can determine the haplogroup of the paternal and maternal lines - where did they originate, where did they migrate to in ancient times.  The Y-DNA haplogroups differ from the mtDNA haplogroups.  For instance, Marti's mtDNA  haplogroup is L3e, which came from Mozambique.

AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritageDNA offer autosomal testing, but only FamilyTreeDNA provides Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA tests.  23andMe does provide haplogroup definition as part of their service.

What can you learn from your Autosomal DNA test?

*  Ancestry Composition - your ethnicity, according to how your DNA matches the test company's reference groups.  Marti's ethnicity estimate shows that she is 65% Sub-Saharan African, 32.2% European and 1.8% East Asian/Native American.

*  Compare your DNA to your matches - the percentage of DNA you share helps determine the possible relationships to your matches.  Each DNA match on your list will tell you how much you share with that person.  Typically, you share 50% with a parent, 25% with a grandparent, 12.5% with a great-grandparent, etc.  A first cousin will share about 12.5% with you, a 2nd cousin about 3%, a 3rd cousin about 0.8%.

*  Find common ancestors with your DNA matches.  She explained the concept of cousins and removed cousins - a 3rd cousin shares 2nd great-grandparents, and a 3rd cousin once removed would share common ancestors 4 generations back for one person, and 5 generations back on the other line, in other words one generation different from a common ancestor.

Marti described one of her autosomal DNA matches - William Paxson Gordon (a white man), with whom she shares 26 cM in 2 segments, meaning he is probably a 3rd cousin 1x removed, with common second great-grandparents.  One of Marti's second great-grandmothers is Cynthia Jane Paxson (1825-1886) whose father had one of William Gordon's Paxson ancestors.  

She said that it helps to have an online Family Tree that your family and cousins can find and use - Marti's is on the Tribal Pages website.   The site is free, although there is an annual fee for image storage.

Marti has found that DNA testing and analysis has helped unravel some of her family history mysteries.  In some cases, DNA test analysis can strengthen your research paper trail, and help you avoid false connections.

This was a good introduction to DNA testing and analysis for CVGS members.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

CVGS Program on 31 January: Marti Lewis on "Exploring Your DNA Results"

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 12 Noon
Program:  Margaret Lewis on “Exploring Your DNA Results”
at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) Auditorium

Margaret “Marti” Lewis, is a compelling and influential voice in the genealogy community.  She has been  featured, quoted, profiled and published in several major media publications. Marti volunteers as a Contributor to Find a Grave, is a Consultant on African American Research at the San Diego Family History Center, is a former Administrator for the African American Genealogy Research and the California pages on Facebook.  She is also the President of the San Diego African American Genealogy Research Group.  

She is available on Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. at the Family History Center (4195 Camino Del Rio South) for personal consultations and a free class.   Although Marti’s focus is African American Research all her presentations offer research strategies for other nationalities as well.  Everyone is welcome!

Marti's presentation will be “Exploring Your DNA Results Today - You Can Discover Who You Are, Where You Came From, and Analyze your Ethnicity with DNA Testing!”  

The presentation will take you on the journey Marti took to unravel the mysteries of her ancestors, and substantiate her Family Tree back to 1522.  Marti admits she is no DNA expert … she would just like to stress the importance of the strategies she uses with pedigree charts and on-line family trees to explore her DNA results to create her Family Tree.   

All meetings of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society are free to attend.  Visitors are welcome.  There will be a short business meeting, and refreshments, after the program presentation.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

January 24th CVGS Research Trip to the Family History Library

On  Wednesday, January 24th, John Finch will lead a research trip to the FamilySearch Center and Library in Mission Valley (4195 Camino del Rio South, ground floor on east side of building).  

The group will meet to carpool on the second level of the Chula Vista parking garage on Third Avenue (between Fuddruckers and Marie Callenders) by 10 a.m., at which time the  carpools will depart. We'll leave the Library at about 2 p.m.  

FamilySearch has ended microfilm rentals, but has added many microfilm collections in digital format, and some of them are available to view on the computers at the FamilySearch Library.  Be sure to bring a USB drive so you can download record mages to the drive for use at home.

If you plan to join us - and especially if you can drive, please contact John at or Karen Yarger at

If you don't want to carpool, meet us at the FamilySearch Library, which opens at 10 a.m.  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Research Group Summary - 10 January 2018

There were 14 in attendance at the CVGS Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 10 January 2018, at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Conference Room.

In the first hour, Randy reviewed genealogy news from the past two months, including:

*  FamilySearch now requires a free registration to use any of their services - record search, research wiki, library catalog, Family Tree, etc.  They have added digital microfilm of many of their records for access through the Library Catalog, and some of them require access to be at a FamilySearch Library.

*  The Rootsweb website has been down for awhile due to a data breach on the servers.  They will gradually bring most of the services back gradually. 

*  Ancestry Member Trees have not been indexed since October, and the indexing does not cover trees without an attached Ancestry source. 

*  A new edition of Val Greenwood's Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy was published. 

*  Randy got a new HP Envy laptop computer for Christmas, has loaded his genealogy files, but the HDMI to VGA adapter doesn't work well. 

*  Randy found his own, his brothers and his mother's graduation photos in the new Yearbook Collection on MyHeritage. 

In the second hour, the attendees discussed their Christmas genea-gifts and New Year's resolutions:

*John and his wife got a Christmas card from a Fresno cousin.

*  Arlene went to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library and found ancestry books.  She also bought Dana McCullough's book Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.

*  Virginia found information for her great-grandfather in a newspaper article on

*  Karen S. received a message from a DNA 2nd cousin match on Ancestry who is searching for her birth parents..

*  Susi is working through her 20 boxes of genealogy records in storage.  She received a gift from a cousin of a family photo album.

*  Bobbie reviewed her goals and added a new one for a brickwall ancestor.  She is using a book to find a list of relatives in Bamberg, Germany, and is working with a DNA cousin in London.

*  Connie bought an AncestryDNA test.  She is investigating joining the DAR and Daughters of Union Veterans from the Civil war.

*  Joanna is moving so she can hook up her computer to the Internet.

*  Gary is conversing with a DNA first cousin.  He has a wayward uncle on his mother's side who may have married after World War II.

*  Helen is working on three boxes of photographs, putting them on her computer and plans to send them to relatives.

*  Debbie is just starting, and is looking for information on her mother's grandfather from Poland.

*  Linda has scanned several boxes of photographs at the FamilySearch Library and saved them to a USB drive.  Some of them need to be repaired because of damage. 

*  Sam has a new computer.  He found that a relative was a World War I Army Air Corps pilot in France.  He asked "When you find a photograph on, can you use it?"  The group discussed copyright and provenance.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 14 February 2018 in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 2018 Issue of CVGS Newsletter

The December 2018 issue (Volume 28, Issue 1) of the CVGS Newsletter was published on Monday, 8 January.

The Table of Contents for this issue is:

*  page 1 - January 31st General Meeting
*  page 2 - President's Message
*  page 2 - Membership Address Changes
*  page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website

*  page 2 - Member Services
*  page 3 - Next Saturday Workshop
*  page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting
*  page 3 - Next Lemon Grove Meeting

page 3 - Help Wanted
*  page 3 - January 24th Field Trip 
*  page 4 - La Vista Cemetery Project
*  page 4 - Upcoming Family Tree Webinars

*  page 5 - Annual Holiday Luncheon Review

*  page 6 - SDGS Annual Meeting and Seminar
*  page 6 - Notable Blog Posts
*  page 7 - Next Research Group Meeting

*  page 8 - Dear Randy Question
*  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 ( - members can see the current issue, but non-members cannot see the last two issues of the newsletter.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Annual Holiday Luncheon Meeting on Wednesday, 13 December at Chula Vista South Library

The CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon will be Wednesday, 13 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 and Ana Castro (phone 619-781-8441, email  Please contact them by 12/10 to coordinate the potluck dishes.  The schedule is:

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

 A sign-up sheet was passed around at the 29 November program meeting.

There will be a free door prize drawing, and attendees may bring an optional 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 review the 2017 CVGS year, and to share "What is your favorite holiday gift?"

Thursday, December 7, 2017

CVGS November 29th Program Review - "Heirloom Show and Tell"

There were about 30 attendees at the "Heirloom Show and Tell" program on 29 November.

There were 11 CVGS members who presented their heirlooms, with the help of Gary who showed photographs of the treasures on the big screen.  The heirloom presenters and their heirloom treasures were:

*  Diane shared a quilt and photos of her grandson Giovanni since his birth one year ago.  She noted that she keeps newspapers for all of the family birth dates.

*  Bobbie presented a two-page 15-generation pedigree chart of her French-Canadian ancestry which she received from a relative.

*  Karen Y. brought a sterling silver sugar bowl and creamer service that was a gift to her grandparents, and a wedding gift to Karen.

*  Ralph shared a wooden Jesus Christ crucifix that his family obtained in Mexico.

*  Randy presented five beautiful copper enamel art pieces created by his mother, Betty (Carringer) Seaver during her life as therapy for having four males in the family.  

*  Susan shared a teddy bear made from a fur coat which she received as a child.

*  Susi showed a painting of her grandmother, and portraits of two more relatives. 

*  Joanna discussed a small Bavarian tea pot.

*  Nancy presented a circular family tree.

*  Gary showed mystery photos he has received over the years for which he doesn't know who provided them.  

*  Ceasar presented photos of Internet antique browsers from the first ARPANET web browser, Mosaic, and Netscape Navigator.

This was a fun program, and has become an annual program event.

Friday, November 17, 2017

29 November CVGS Program - "Heirloom Show and Tell"

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 12 noon
Program:  CVGS Members on “Heirloom Show and Tell”
at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F St.) Auditorium

      In November, we will again have our "Heirloom Show and Tell" event. Please bring a favorite family heirloom to share with the society. Tell us the story of your heirloom and how you came to be in possession of it.  

      Please send a picture of your heirloom to Gary Brock (  Please get it to him no later than November 24.  Also send Virginia Taylor ( a brief description of your item, so she can plan the program. Items must be  listed with her - no last minute additions will be accepted.

     Let’s have lots of heirlooms and stories, to share.

     See the 2016 heirlooms in CVGS November 30th Program Review - "Heirloom Show and Tell."

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CVGS November Research Group Review

The 8 November CVGS Research Group met in the library auditorium with 18 members in attendance.

There was a delay at the beginning of the meeting because the wireless adapter in Randy's laptop wasn't working, so we tried to use John's laptop, but it wouldn't show the Internet on the projector for an unknown reason.  We switched to Gary's laptop and it worked fine.  First world problems!

In the rest of the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  AJ Jacobs has a new book out about genealogy called It's All Relative.  It's funny, and documents his own ancestral search and organizing the Global Family Reunion in 2015.

*  A new MyHeritage database for New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 has indexed more fields than the indexes at other record providers, including the father of the immigrant, the person they will visit, etc.

*  AnestryDNA has changed their presentation a bit, incorporating a timeline into the ethnicity and community display so the user can see who lived where when.

*  RootsMagic TreeShare works well with an Ancestry Member Tree, but a search of Member Trees only finds persons with "Ancestry Sources" (those attached, or added, in Ancestry to a person), not persons with only "Other Sources" (those added through TreeShare or a GEDCOM file.  This is a significant drawback.

*  Find A Grave has a more modern look and feel on their site, including a decent source citation.  Not everybody likes the new site.

*  Randy obtained an 1848 birth record (Civil Registry) from the General Record Office in England for Thomas Richman, his great-grandfather, using an online ordering system that costs £6 (about $7.50) each.  He received the birth record within five days online.

In the second hour, the attendees discussed the following:

*  Bobbie tried to order two 23andMe autosomal DNA test kits for $99 (a recent special) but was confused by the website. She was assured that it would work out.   Several others discussed their ordering experiences also.

*  Sam watched a recent Finding Your Roots episode with Mary Steenburgen with letters from a Revolutionary War soldier that married Sam's cousin, Elizabeth Janes.

*  Ana showed her sister the 1907 marriage church records of their grandparents in Chihuahua.  The grandfather had to marry the eldest daughter rather than a younger daughter.  It all worked out.

*  Helen has been going through 25 years worth of collected papers and entering them in her family tree program.  

*  Karen Y. took her mother to Maryland 25 years ago to visit family in Eastern Shore, Maryland.  They went to the Dorchester County Historical Society (DCHS) and gathered many paper records.  Now she is going through boxes of papers, and has found lots of Geoghagen and Travers documents, including membership in 1832 in the Taylor's Iland Temperance Society.  On the website for SDHS, she found an obituary for Samuel Travers, who received a watch from Queen Victoria for rescuing her.

*  Diane went to the recent CVGS Saturday Workshop, and discussed Canada and England research with others.  She noted that it's important to write down what you know, share it with others, and get help from colleagues to figure out how to break down brick wall problems.

*  Randy noted that there are many research skills for 21st century research, but one of the most important is to learn how to use the unindexed FamilySearch digital microfilm available online in organized databases or through the FamilySearch Library Catalog.  Many of the digital microfilm records can only be accessed at a local FamilySearch Library (like the one in Mission Valley) or at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Microfilm is no longer being distributed outside of Salt Lake City.

There will be no Research Group meeting on December 13th because that is the date of the CVGS Holiday Luncheon at the Chula Vista South Branch Library.  

The next Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 10 January at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the Chula vista civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

November 2017 CVGS Newsletter Published

The November 2017 issue (Volume 27, Issue 11) of the CVGS Newsletter was published on Monday, 6 November.

The Table of Contents for this issue is:

*  page 1 - November 29th General Meeting
*  page 2 - President's Message
*  page 2 - Membership Address Changes
*  page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website

*  page 2 - Member Services
*  page 3 - Next Saturday Workshop
*  page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting
*  page 3 - Next Lemon Grove Meeting

page 3 - Don't Reshelve Books
*  page 3 - CVGS Presents Childrens Books 
*  page 4 - SDHC/SDGS Genealogy Day Review
*  page 4 - Annual Holiday Luncheon Information

*  page 5 - October 25th Program Review*  page 5 - Genealogy Bargains
*  page 6 - October 11th Research Group Review
*  page 6 - 2017 Genealogy Rockstars

*  page 7 - Finding Your Roots TV Schedule

*  page 7 - Upcoming Family Tree Webinars
*  page 8 - October 15th Lemon Grove Program Review
*  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 ( - members can see the current issue, but non-members cannot see the last two issues of the newsletter.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Ghosts of the USS Midway" Presentation on 25 October 2017

 Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 12 noon
Program:  David Hanson on “Ghosts of the U.S.S. Midway”
at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F St.) Auditorium

     David Hanson is the curator of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, a position that he has held since December 2004 (not long after the museum opened to the public). In his spare time, he is a military historian and is the leader of the largest paranormal group in the county (the San Diego Ghost & Paranormal Group), which has over 900 members.

     On October 25th, he will give a presentation on the "Ghosts of the USS Midway," in which he will discuss incidents of paranormal encounters aboard the USS Midway both during its active Navy career as well as in more recent years as a museum. 

     These stories came from USS Midway staff members, visiting guests, and in some cases were personally experienced by himself while he led a professional investigative team around the ship during nine months of paranormal investigations. He considers the USS Midway to be one of the most paranormally active sites in San Diego, though it tries not to dwell upon it. Indeed, disclosures to the public of the USS Midway's hauntings are rare, and do not occur in any print or media.

All programs of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society at the Chula Vista Public Library are free to attend.  We encourage community members to attend our meetings.  There will be a short business meeting after the presentations, with refreshments afterward.

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 11th CVGS Research Group Review

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on 11 October had 14 attendees.

In the first hour, Randy provided information on:

*  "Finding Your Roots" series has started on PBS on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Pacific time.

*  "Genealogy News Bytes" published on Tuesday and Friday on

*  Best of the Genea-Blogs is published each Sunday on

*  He defined his "Genealogy Work Flow Using RootsMagic TreeShare"

In the second hour, the attendees discussed their successes and challenges, including:

*  Diane Googled an ancestor, Eliza (Mansbridge) Burton, and found a Find A Grave memorial with her photograph and family information.

*  Virginia's great-grandfather was in a Civil War database on that provided his regiment history and information about the siege at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

*  Helen's brother received a request for a DNA sample from a researcher working on World War II Normandy Beach soldiers.  Her uncle died in the assault in an explosion on the beach, and a report on him was sent by the researcher.

*  Jean T. found a photograph of her ancestor Richard Dramsfield in an Ancestry Member Tree.

*  Nancy is trying to find a death record for her relative, Sanford A. Painter (1894-1918).  She thought he had died in Texas.  A search on Ancestry found him with a New York death record, and entries in two Ancestry Member Trees which provided the mother's maiden name.

*  Linda went to Salt Lake city for three days researching her Hispanic ancestry at the Family History Library.  She learned how to use the FamilySearch Family Tree, FHL catalog, microfilms and digital microfilm.  She also has an AncestryDNA test result and wants to get her Legacy Family Tree into an Ancestry Member Tree in order to get DNA matches with other testers.  The group suggested creating a GEDCOM file of her Legacy database and uploading it to an Ancestry Mermber Tree, then identifying herself associated with the AncestryDNA test.

The next CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 8 November at 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910).  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 2017 CVGS Newsletter Published

The October 2017 issue (Volume 27, Issue 10) of the CVGS Newsletter was published on Monday, 9 October.

The Table of Contents for this issue is:

*  page 1 - October 25th General Meetingt
*  page 2 - President's Message
*  page 2 - Membership Address Changes
*  page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website

*  page 2 - Member Services
*  page 3 - November 4th Saturday Workshop
*  page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting
*  page 3 - Next Lemon Grove Meeting

*  page 3 - Old City Cemetery in Sacramento
*  page 4 - SDHC/SDGS Genealogy Day

*  page 4 - November 29th Heirloom Discovery Day*  page 5 - Family History Day Review

*  page 6 - Sweptember 13th Research Group Review
*  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 ( - members can see the current issue, but non-members cannot see the last two issues of the newsletter.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

CVGS/CVPL Family History Day Highlights

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society and the Chula Vista Public Library held the second annual FREE Family History Day on Saturday, 30 September, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the community.   The effort by over 30 CVGS volunteers (we are a 93 person society) was fantastic.

Randy Seaver opened the day with a Keynote address on "Become a Family History Detective!"

The formal highlight was Ceasar Castro's presentation on "Who Is Chief David Bejarano?"  Ceasar managed to find all 16 2nd great-grandparents and 20 3rd great-grandparents of the former San Diego and Chula Vista police chief.  David's ancestry was from Mexico from the grandparents back in time.  Plus, we got to meet his beautiful family, including a 3-day old grandchild.  It is their ancestry also!

The CVGS volunteers worked with members of the community in nine separate areas:

*  In the entry way to the library was the Welcome sign-in desk and drawing table, plus the South Bay Historical Society table had volunteers to answer local history questions, with newsletter handouts.

*  The entrance to the library had a Welcome table with handouts from, Findmypast, and MyHeritage.

*  The Family Tree chart area, where volunteers helped persons fill out their five generation chart.

*  The Computer Lab, where volunteers helped persons find records online for their ancestors.

*  The Children's Room, where volunteers helped children and their parents fill out a family tree, color maps, a family interview, a "Who I Am" chart, and more.

*  A "Getting Started" area, where volunteers answered questions about research, resources and DNA.

*  The San Diego FamilySearch Library brought six laptops and helped persons find records in online databases and the FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  The Family History book area had a display of the 20 new genealogy books recently ordered by the library, and volunteers helped persons find specific books.

*  There was an "Honoring Our Veterans" display, with a one page writeup and a photograph of the honored veteran.  Twelve CVGS members submitted information for the display.  CVGS will use this display at the San Diego History Center in November.

This was an excellent team effort between the society and the library.  It was a wonderful success.  A good time was had by all who attended. So far, we have welcomed two new members to CVGS and hope for more.

Ana and Ceasar Castro hosted an after-party for the volunteers on Sunday at their beautiful home in Chula Vista.

Monday, October 2, 2017

CVGS Saturday Workshop - 7 October 2017

     The October 7th 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 program will be “Tennessee Research and Some History” presented by Susi Pentico.  

We will be discussing the development of Tennessee and why we have to look at more than one state.  Various URLs and books will be recommended. So other states will be mentioned.  Tennessee was broken off from another state early. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

CVGS/CVPL Family History Day - Saturday, 30 September 2017

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society and Chula Vista Public Library are sponsoring a FREE community-wide event on Saturday, 30 September with a Family History Day at the Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910).  The flyer is below:

The event will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be two presentations in the Library Auditorium:

* 10:30 a.m.:  Keynote Address:  Randy Seaver on "Genealogy: Be An Ancestry Detective."

* 12 noon:  Special Presentation:  Ceasar Castro on "Who is Chief David Bejarano?"  David Bejarano is the retired Police Chief of the Chula Vista Police Department.

There will be activity areas with CVGS members to help you:

*  How to Build your Family Tree

*  How to Search the Internet for Free for your ancestors

*  How to interest your family in their history

*  See your Library's Genealogy Resources

*  Genealogy related art and story projects for children

No registration is required, and this event is FREE for all persons to attend.  For more information, see  or call 1-844-268-2847 (toll-free).  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CVGS Research Group Review - 13 September 2017

There were 11 attendees at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 13 September.

In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  RootsTech 2018 schedule has been released - Wednesday, 28 February to Saturday, 3 March 2018.  There is no separate Innovator Summit, but the Innovation Showdown will continue.  Registration for RootsTech will open on 20 September 2017.  See for more details.

*  FamilySearch discontinued distribution of Family History Library microfilms to local FamilySearch Centers and affiliate libraries.  However, all of the microfilms ordered in the last five years have been digitized and are available through the FamilySearch Catalog and/or Historical Collections.  Some collections in the Catalog can only be viewed at a FamilySearch Center or affiliate library.  Digitizing continues with the goal of being complete in 2020.

*  FamilySearch has a webinar series in September with several presented every day - see the list at Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for September 2017.

*  Randy wrote a blog post about How and Why Do You Use the FamilySearch Family Tree?

*  An email was received from Pennsylvania with a photograph of the gravestone of Cornelius Feather (1777-1853), Randy's 4th great-grandfather.  See Tombstone Tuesday - Cornelius Feather (1777-1853) Gravestone.

*  One of Randy's mysteries is the parents of Ann Marshman (1784-1856) in Hilperton, Wiltshire.  Email from another Marshman researcher provided more information about the Marshman family and is ongoing.

In the second hour, the attendees described some of their successes and challenges:

*  John's great-grandmother is Mary Jane Allen, who had a sister Susan.  Their mother was Matilda (Yount) Allen in Pennsylvania.  John has 15 DNA matches with a Paden family line, but a descendant of Susan Allen does not.  Another sister of Matilda, Sophia Yount, married William Paden, and had no children.  The descendant of Susan has mementos from the William Paden family.  In the 1870 U.S. census, Matilda, Mary Jane and Susan Yost (Matilda';s mother's maiden surname) resided in the same dwelling with William Paden and his wife.  After much discussion, the group thought that that Mary Jane Allen was fathered by William Paden or one of his uncles, but Susan was fathered by someone else (named Allen?). 

*  Bobbie has fulfilled one of her short-term goals - she found the names of her 2nd great-grandparents in England - John Morris and Elizabeth Cornish.

*  Diane has DNA matches with Naomi in England, and she knew about some of Naomi's relatives. Diane has been emailing with Rita about their Houghton ancestors in England from the late 1700s.

*  Ralph noted that the FamilySearch Family Tree is constantly adding information.  He has been able to add two more generations to his wife's family tree.

*  Arlene went on vacation to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for the solar eclipse with a friend, but was able to spend three days at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  She found a book by her school friend that provided information about her 2nd great-grandfather's family in Mesa, Arizona.  She was able to get a digital copy of the book.

*  Gary has a DNA match with about 800 cM in 23 segments, and wondered what the relationship might be.  The DNA relationship chart indicates a first cousin, a great uncle or aunt, or a grand nephew or niece might be candidates.  This match is probably from Gary's birth father's family.  

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 2017 Issue of CVGS Newsletter Published

The September 2017 issue (Volume 27, Issue 9) of the CVGS Newsletter was published on Monday, 11 September.

The Table of Contents for this issue is:

*  page 1 - September 30th Family History Day
*  page 2 - President's Message
*  page 2 - Membership Address Changes
*  page 2 - Register for Meetings on CVGS Website
*  page 2 - Member Services

*  page 3 - October 7th Saturday Workshop
*  page 3 - Next Computer Group Meeting
*  page 3 - Next Lemon Grove Meeting
*  page 3 - September 2nd Workshop Review

*  page 4 - SDHC/SDGS Genealogy Day
*  page 5 - August 30th Program Review
*  page 6 - August 9th Research Group Review
*  page 7 - Upcoming Family Tree Webinars

*  page 8 - Lemon Grove Program Review
*  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 ( - members can see the current issue, but non-members cannot see the last two issues of the newsletter.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CVGS Program Review -- Most Exciting Research Finds

     The 30 August CVGS general meeting had 25 members and several guests in attendance, and they heard and saw six members describe their most exciting genealogy research discovery in recent years.

*  Bobbie Lane:  "Finding Great-Great Grandparents in Lake County, Illinois"

     Bobbie's most exciting, surprising, and puzzling find unfolded in 2004, at the beginning of my family research. She always thought that her great grandfather, Lorens Titus, was the first German immigrant to Fremont, Lake, Illinois, where she grew up. She began her search for Lorens’ parents by going through the census for Fremont, and she was shocked that the 1870 census showed Lorens living with his siblings and parents, Johann and Kundegunde Titus. Bobbie's great-great grandparents lived about two miles away from her home growing up, and she never knew it. After she found their probate records in Lake County Genealogy Society’s microfilm, Bobbie found their graves in the parish cemetery, which also contained four other generations of her family.

*  Ann Stevens:  "Finding Anna . . . And Figuring Out the Rest of the Story"

     Ann’s brick wall discovery centered around her great-aunt, Anna Weber Clair, who committed suicide in 1921 in Denver, Colorado.  Trying to get more information on Anna’s life prior to her death proved to be elusive . . . until her probate records were found. With this document, Ann discovered that earlier documents about her great-aunt (i.e., she was despondent due to leaving her husband in an asylum in Portland, Oregon) were not true.  Ann’s great-aunt was mentally ill and even with the 24-7 care and supervision provided by her brother and other members of the family as well as some time spent in an Ohio asylum, she was unfortunately still able to take her own life.

*  Randy Seaver:  "Finding Elizabeth Auble's Will"

     Randy's most exciting find in 2016/7 was the will of Elizabeth Auble (1814-1899) of Philadelphia.  She was the "old maid" sister of his 2nd great-grandfather, David Auble.  Before he found this will, Randy knew about four siblings of Elizabeth.  The will bequeathed money and property to 22 persons, including her three living brothers, and descendants of four heretofore unknown siblings, Sophia, William, Sarah and Nathan Auble.  They were all children of John and Anna (Row) Auble who married in 1804 in New Jersey.  This find spurred descendancy research for this Auble line, and Randy added over 200 cousins to his genealogy database.  Several have already appeared on his AncestryDNA cousin match list.

*  Susi Pentico:  "Five Henry Huffmans"

     Susi's most exciting find was very different than most. As members worked to put together the Genealogical Society back in the 1980s, something unusual happened.  There were seven of them working to make this happen.  When they got around to doing Five Generation Charts and swapping them around at their meeting, there were five of them that were direct descendants of Henry Huffman/Hoffman. There were various birth dates until a deed was found in Virginia that clarified who this Henry Huffman was. He was born about 1740 in Virginia.  In Virginia you had to be 18 to own land. That helped us to determine his birth and help sort the siblings and family. He sold this land, in 1805, in Greene County, Pennsylvania and died in December 1811 or January 1812 when the will was probated.   With five Henry Huffmans living in this area, it took a bit (3+ years) to find which one was the direct descendant. Two were cousins, one was an uncle and one was Henry born 1803 and the other one was Henry the father of Henry born 1803, which was Susi's line.  A tax receipt required by Greene County gave them more solid evidence. It was also filed in Hampshire County, Virginia

*  Ceasar Castro:  "Catarina Castro's Irish Husband in Baja"

     As he was researching his ancestors, Ceasar Castro discovered that two of his great-great aunts, Angela and Catarina Castro, married Irishman in Baja California. Intrigued, he started investigating why and how the Irishman ended up in Baja. Catarina married Joseph P. Hale on 28 August 1857.  Joseph P. Hale came to New York in 1849 from Ireland when he was 13 years old. In 1852 he earned enough money to sail to California during the Gold Rush period. He was not very good at gold mining and turned to buying and selling cattle. He first bought cattle in Arizona but then switched to Baja for cattle. At that point he must have met Catarina and they married in 1857 in Miraflores, Baja California. They had two daughters, Josephina and Anita. Settling in Baja he discovered the orchilla lichen along the west coast of Baja. The plant is used to produce a bluish dye. He negotiated a contract with the Mexican government to harvest and sell the plant. He shipped the dried plant to England and made a fortune. At the time of his death on 21 April 1893, the San Francisco Morning Call newspaper estimated his estate was worth two million dollars. His daughter, Josephina married Robert John Lascelles Boyle in London, England in 1890. He became the 11th Earl of Cork. They had no children. So Ceasar has no Earl of Cork cousins.

*  Patricia Diane Godinez:  "A Dream Come True" 

     Diane told about the search for her father, Alfred Thomas Burton Longhurst, a sailor in the Canadian navy. She retraced her research footsteps as she made two trips to Victoria, British Columbia. During the first trip to the island of Vancouver, she obtained 10 addresses from the telephone book. She wrote letters to five of her mother’s Podgorenko people and the other five letters went to, she was hoping, to her father’s Longhurst people. A second cousin named Sam Podgorenko called on the eve of the bombings of 9/11/2001.  Eventually, Diane received, in the mail, her long birth certificate with her grandparents’ names of Archibald Longhurst and Lulu Squires. Using internet sources, Diane continued to search for her father until April 2002, when she read the email message, “He is alive!” In time, more email messages followed. Ramon surprised Diane with tickets and transportation to travel to Brampton, Simcoe, Ontario, and she met her father Fred, his second wife, Terry, and six half siblings, just in time to spend her 55th birthday with them in July of 2002.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

CVGS Program on 30 August is “My Most Exciting Genealogy Research Find” by CVGS Members

Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 12 noon
General Meeting

“My Most Exciting Genealogy Research Find” by CVGS Members

at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F St.) Auditorium

Instead of our usual annual “Stump The Chumps” program, we are going to do something different. This year we want you to come and share your “Most Exciting Genealogy Research Find.” 

Maybe it is finding a long lost great grandparent. Maybe you found a sibling you didn’t know you had.  Or a probate record that solved a relationship problem.

Keep your story to no more than 5 to 10 minutes.  Briefly summarize the research question, the exciting result of your research, and how you found the answer to your research question.

If you need to display something on the screen please send it to Gary Brock ( as soon as possible (deadline is 23 August) so he can get the PowerPoint put together.  We have time for 10 people to tell their stories so get your information to Virginia Taylor as soon as possible.  Send it to Just give her a title for the presentation of your find.