Saturday, April 30, 2016

Next CVGS Saturday Workshop – 7 May 2016 - on Land Records

     The May 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 subject will be “Researching for Land Records Information” led by Susi Pentico.  Learn what land records can tell you about your ancestors. Learn about Grantor and Grantee indexes, Recording of Deeds, and where to find these records. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"The 10 Best FREE Genealogy Websites" Talk on Wednesday, 27 April

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

“The 10 Best FREE Genealogy Websites” 
with Randy Seaver

Which free genealogy websites give the "most bang for the minute?"  This talk will highlight genealogy education, data portal, and record collection websites that all researchers can use to improve their research skills, genealogy knowledge, find online records, and improve their family tree.  NOTE:  The handout for this talk will be provided at the end of the presentation.

Randy Seaver is a native San Diegan. His ancestry is mainly colonial New England and Upper Atlantic, has been pursuing his elusive ancestors since 1988, and has been online since 1992.

Randy speaks to Southern California societies, libraries and groups, and teaches "Beginning Computer Genealogy" adult classes at OASIS.  He blogs daily about genealogy subjects at Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com)  and the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe (http://CVGenCafe.blogspot.com). 

Please register for this event on the CVGS website (www.cvgenealogy.org) on the Events tab.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Saturday Special Event on April 30th Features Mark Olsen of MyHeritage

 Mark Olsen of MyHeritage will peresent “MyHeritage – Amazing Technology Changing the World of Genealogy” on Saturday, April 30th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium (365 F Street in Chula Vista).


      MyHeritage has created technology that will blow off your socks! From automatic record matching to new technology not yet announced MyHeritage is on the forefront of technology. This automation and these advances in technology are helping millions connect with their past faster and more accurately than ever before.

     Mark Olsen is a Business Development Manager at MyHeritage.  He has a degree in Genealogy and Family History with Spanish Emphasis from Brigham Young University.  Mark and Sara are the proud parents of seven children and two grandchildren.  Mr. Olsen serves as a Director on the FGS board of directors.  

     Please register for this special event by visiting our website:  www.CVGenealogy.org and selecting the “Events” link, then scroll down to the “CVGS Saturday Special Event” and click on “Register.”


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Next CVGS Computer Group Meeting – 20 April 2016

    The next Computer Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista, Calif.).  There will be a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” class at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room, followed by the regular “Computer Group” meeting in the Computer Lab from 12:30 to 2 p.m., both led by Shirley Becker.  

          This is an experiment. We are giving it three months.  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. 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.  Basic genealogy tasks are planned, such as going to a website, copying an item and placing that item in your database. We will use the lab computers at this point with a kind of fake database set up in Microsoft Word. We will delete those databases when we leave the lab. Hopefully, the attendees will have some basic knowledge at that point to follow on the computers.  We want their input on what they would like to learn.

     The expectation is that the attendees will follow up at home by practicing on things they will learn in class.  In two months, if they practice we will try for more advanced things in the lab. If it doesn’t work that way, we will answer requests for assistance and we will discontinue the extra class. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April 13th Research Group Review

The April 13th meeting of the CVGS Research Group had 15 attendees.  In the first hour, Randy discussed:

*  MyHeritage book matching technology is now available for researchers with a family tree on MyHeritage.  The technology searches over 450,000 published books and periodicals for a user's tree persons.  The matches are in the "Compilation of Published Sources" collection in Discoveries > Record Matches.
*  The New England Historic Genealogical Society website, www.AmericanAncestors.org, is free to search all databases through 20 April 2016.
*  CVGS J. Paul Hawthorne created a Facebook firestorm by creating a 5-generation pedigree spreadsheet showing birthplaces rather than names, and coloring the backgrounds for specific states or countries.  Members who want to do this can contact Randy at rjseaver@cox.net.
*  Ancestry.com has a Homestead Records database for six states now.  Randy showed the documents for one of his relatives.
*   Ancestry indexing of probate record databases is incomplete - users should also browse the records even if a search provides a result.
*  Randy received 28 document images of Bristol County, Mass. probate records for his Kirby ancestors from a distant cousin, whose family had kept them for over 200 years.

In the second hour, the attendees discussed:

*  Mary found her 3rd great-grandfather, Edwin Miller Schaeffer (1819-1889), in a Lancaster (PA) Historical Society document and in the Lancaster cemetery.  She wants to find more information about him and the family in order to prove relationships.  The group suggested probate and land records, and perhaps military pension records.
*  Virginia obtained an "Old World Wisconsin" book at a local book sale.
*  Gary's step-father died at age 95.  He was Gary's hero.  The family has an album with 95 photos of his step-father's World War II service flying B17s and other aircraft.  
*  Joanna is not satisfied with the 23andMe presentation of genetic results, or the health questions.
*  Susi posted a family register document to her blog, and wanted to know how she should transcribe it.  The group suggested a four-column word processing table.
*  Shirley noted that her FamilyTreeDNA matches are difficult to contact and few respond.
*  Carole wants to download a GEDCOM file from her Ancestry Member Tree, and send it to a cousin, but without living persons.  The group suggested using the free RootsMagic program to exclude living persons while creating another GEDCOM file to send to the cousin.
*  Esther family was from Spain and Mexico, but some brothers were born in the 1930s and worked on the railroads, and then went to Mexico.  She is looking for more records for all of the family members.
*  Diane found a birth record for her husband's ancestor, Juan Bautista Godinez, in the Mexico civil Registration records on Ancestry.com, after 40 years of searching.
*  Karen S. called the Amite County, MS county clerk to obtain records for an ancestor, had a fantastic response, and received many copied papers.
*  Karen Y. learned to write her name in Viking runes on the PBS Nova website (see  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/write-your-name-in-runes.html).

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 11 May 2016, in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA).  This is a free meeting open to any person.  Please register at the CVGS webiste (www.cvgenealogy.org) on the Events tab so we can plan for the attendance.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 2016 CVGS Newsletter is Published

The April 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 -- April 27th Program Meeting   
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 -- May 7th Saturday Workshop
page 3 -- Chula Vista Family Discovery Day
page 3 -- New Auditorium at Chula Vista Library
page 4 -- March 30th Program Review
page 4 -- SDGS Software Users Groups

page 5 -- April 30th Special Event - MyHeritage
page 5 -- Chula Vista Library Has Genealogy Books
page 5 -- Remember the LDS FamilySearch Library
page 6 -- March Research Group Review
page 7 -- Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC

page 7 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars
page 7 -- Library Use Survey Coming 
page 8 -- Genealogy Industry News
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 
page 9 -- San Diego Genealogy Events 
page 10 -- Genealogy Days in Chula Vista 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

March 30th Program Review – Toni Perrone

     Toni Perrone was the speaker at the CVGS program meeting on Wednesday, 30 March on “The Land of Hansel and Gretel: Genealogical Resources for Hessen.”  

     She discussed the history of the area in Germany known as Hesse, including maps showing all of the boundary and jurisdictional changes since 700 AD.  Key events were the 1871 formation of the German Empire, the effects of world Wars I and II, and the 1991 combination of East and West Germany.  Hessen now is a state in west-central Germany with a population of about 6 million people, with major cities of Wiesbaden, Kassel, Frankfurt and Darmstadt.  In 1946, Hesse was formed with major districts of Hesse Nassau, the Duchy of Hessen, Waldeck, and Rhineland-Palatinate.  Persons traveled on the rivers.  The Rhine flows north and then northwest through Hesse to the North Sea.   Toni said a timeline and up-to-date maps for each historic period are essential in order to find records.  


     Emigration from Hesse to America started in 1707, when emigrants from Braunschweig settled in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  In 1751, more emigrants settled in Dresden, Mass.  Between 1776 and 1783, mercenary soldiers were hired by the British to fight the colonists in the Revolutionary War, and they were referred to as Hessians.  Many of them were from Hesse.  Thousands stayed in the United States after the war, with some receiving land grants in Kentucky and Tennessee.

       Hesse was the homeland for the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who wrote folk tale and folklore books in the 1840s and 1850s.  Hansel and Gretel was one of the stories.  In the early 1800s, some Hesse families sent their young children to the USA to live with former Hessian soldiers and their families.  In the 1848-1861 time period, Kassel and Darmstadt paid for the passage of about 140,000 emigrants to America.  

      Toni described some of the major reference works available for researchers with Hesse ancestry.  These include the Emigration Books (Auswandern), Town Lineage Books (Ortsippenbuch), Military and Emigration records.  The handout for the talk provided source listings and links to these and many more resources, and many of them are in the Immigrant Library in Burbank where Toni works.  She also noted that many links for Hessen are online at www.genealogylinks.net/europe/germany/he.htm

     The handout for Toni's talk is available on the CVGS website (www.cvgenealogy.org) as are reference materials from the Immigrant Library in Burbank with information about researching in all of the German states.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

CVGS Program Meeting on 30 March 2016

 WEDNESDAY, March 30th GENERAL MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

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

“The Land of Hansel and Gretel: Genealogical Resources for Hessen” 

with Toni Perrone

     Toni's presentation will cover the genealogical resources in archives, books, microfilm and online databases, for the Hessen region of present-day Germany. 


    Toni Perrone is a founding member of the Immigrant Genealogical Society, the Immigrant Library in Los Angeles, CA, and the Temecula Valley Genealogical Society.  She is the present day Chair of the German Interest Group in Temecula. Toni serves as President of the Pommern Interest Group at the Immigrant Library and on the Board of Directors of the Immigrant Genealogical Society.  She volunteers at the Family History Center in Murietta and has for many years. She has been a speaker to various genealogical societies since 1981. 

     Toni has a background of 33 years of research in  German and Italian ancestry, has received numerous awards from genealogical groups, has published articles in genealogical publications, two books on family lines and is currently working on a third. 

All program meetings of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society are free to attend.  Guests are welcome.  There are refreshments before and after the meeting in the back of the Auditorium.  Attendees should not take food or drink to their seats.


Monday, March 14, 2016

March 2016 CVGS Newsletter Published

The March 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 -- March 30th Program Meeting   
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 -- April 2nd Saturday Workshop

page 3 -- Chula Vista Family Discovery Day
page 3 -- New Auditorium at Chula Vista Library
page 4 -- More Family Tree Maker News

page 5 -- February 24th Program Review


page 5 -- Escondido Family History Fair Review

page 5 -- RootsTech 2016 Videos Available
page 6 -- February Research Group Reviewpage 7 -- Long Lost Family on TLC
page 7 - Relative Race on BYUtv

page 7 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars
page 8 -- Monthly Member Calls

page 8 -- Library Use Survey Coming 
page 8 -- Program Meeting Schedule Changes
page 9 -- CVGS Society Information 


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



Saturday, March 12, 2016

Computer Group Meeting is Wednesday, 16 March 2016

    The next Computer Group meeting will be on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street in downtown Chula Vista, Calif.).  There will be a “Beginning Computer Genealogy” class at 10:15 a.m. in the Conference Room, followed by the regular “Computer Group” meeting in the Computer Lab from 12:30 to 2 p.m., both led by Shirley Becker.  

          This is an experiment. We are giving it three months.  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. 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.  Basic genealogy tasks are planned, such as going to a website, copying an item and placing that item in your database. We will use the lab computers at this point with a kind of fake database set up in Microsoft Word. We will delete those databases when we leave the lab. Hopefully, the attendees will have some basic knowledge at that point to follow on the computers.  We want their input on what they would like to learn.

     The expectation is that the attendees will follow up at home by practicing on things they will learn in class.  In two months, if they practice we will try for more advanced things in the lab. If it doesn’t work that way, we will answer requests for assistance and we will discontinue the extra class. 


Friday, March 11, 2016

CVGS Research Group Summary - 9 March 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on Wednesday, 9 March had 18 attendees, including one guest.

In the first hour, Randy discussed some of the recent genealogy news items, including:

*  RootsMagic announced that the program can now read native Family Tree Maker files (all versions of FTM) without a GEDCOM import.

*  Software MacKiev has an upgrade for Family Tree Maker 2015 for Windows and Family Tree Maker for Mac 3 at a discount price.  Existing users of the programs will have a free update.  

*  GenealogyInTime Magazine published their Top 100 genealogy websites for 2016 - see  http://genealogyintime.com/articles/top-100-genealogy-websites-of-2016-page01.html.

*  Ancestry.com and Findmypast.com added 10 million Irish Catholic Church records to their collections.

*  MyHeritage announced Record Detective II technology to their features, and offers Record Matches for their large Books collection.

*  There are about 30 videos from the 2016 RootsTech Conference available for free at  https://www.rootstech.org/video2/4739804696001

*  His research in land and probate records for Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) of Medfield, Mass. 

In the second hour, the group discussed these issues:

*  Karen Y. noted that her father's grandparents corresponded with cousins in Norway, and she has his family group sheets.  She connected at the Escondido Family History Fair with Robin who found her great-grandfather's records.

*  Jean's mom had her 2nd-great-grandmother's name, and was able to go back to the 1700s in France.  She immigrated to the US in 1848.

*  Jane noted that the German Society in America is now working with a society in Germany to help researchers with German ancestors find their families in Germany.  The 2017 conference will be in Minneapolis.  Back in October, the SDJGS speaker discussed the USCIS pre-1906 naturalization documents that could be obtained for $20.  Her DelVecchio immigrants didn't obtain theirs until later, apparently.

*  Karen S. asked if there were specially trained people who wrote things down in pre-20th century times for wills, deeds, court records, etc.  There were court or town clerks, registrars, justices of the peace and others who were educated and would perform these services for a fee or as a job.

*  Susi is in contact with 2nd or 3rd cousins who share her father's DNA.  One is a 16-year old adoptee in Greene County, Pennsylvania where she has ancestry.

*  Linda needs a new computer to replace her Windows 7 machine from 2009 with Legacy Family Tree.  She is reading Consumer Reports.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be at 12 noon on Wednesday, 13 April 2016 in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.



Thursday, March 3, 2016

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - March 2016

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for March 2016 include:

 ** Sunday, 6 March
, 3:30 p.m to 6 p.m., Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road) -- 
CVGS Workshop in Community Room.  Gary Brock and Shirley Becker will lead a discussion of "GEDCOM"  Saturday Workshops are for hands-on experience with computers, software, websites, etc.

** Wednesday, 9 March, 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 March, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) -- CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab, led by Shirley Becker. Bring your laptops to sharpen your computer skills and investigate online genealogy resources.

** Wednesday, 30 March, 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 Toni Perrone on"The Land of Hansel and Gretel -- Genealogical Resources for Hessen."  The business meeting will be after the presentation.  Refreshments before and after the meeting.

**  Wednesdays, 2, 9, 16 and 23 March, 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 29, 2016

"GEDCOM Files" CVGS Sunday Workshop – 6 March 2016

The March 6th  (a Sunday!) Workshop will be from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. In the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road).  The subject will be “GEDCOM Files” led by Shirley Becker and Gary Brock.  Bring your laptops with your genealogy desktop software installed and practice exporting and importing GEDCOM files.  You may want to bring a thumb drive also. 

Please register for this event on the CVGS website - CVGenealogy.org so we can plan refreshments and seating.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

"New York Revisited" Program on Wednesday, 24 February

 WEDNESDAY, February 24th GENERAL MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) in Auditorium
“New York Revisited” with Shirley Becker

     This program will be an overview of upstate NY areas for research, but not New York City which would require at least another hour or two. I have updated some information, rechecked links, and given suggestions for researchers to follow. For those who have seen prior presentations, it will be again overwhelming with facts, but hopefully not too dry. The strange places records can be found in NY will be talked about and the handout will contain links to many areas that were not online even two years ago. 

     In depth coverage of research in NY is not possible in one talk, but there are many areas that a genealogist can use to expand their knowledge and hopefully find a missing ancestor or information to add to their knowledge. Each area such as the Erie Canal merits detailed and in depth coverage, especially those of Irish or Italian descent, as many of them lost their lives working on the canal, the same fact is true regarding the railroads. This presentation should provide clues for further research in a state that was a gateway to the rest of the nation.

     Shirley Becker is a great grandmother to about 13, of whom 4 live with her. Since 3 are teenagers she does occasionally have to battle for computer time. She has been working on genealogy seriously for about 30 years and before that occasionally as she found time. Most of her research is in upstate New York, but as her lines grow she has found some in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and the New England States. She is presently attempting to correct mistakes and add sources that were neglected when she was a beginner in the lifelong work that is known as Genealogy.

Monday, February 15, 2016

CVGS Newsletter for February 2016 Published

The February 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 -- February 24th Program Meeting   
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 -- March 6th Sunday

page 3 -- Scholarship News
page 3 -- Volunteer Opportunities Workshop
page 4 -- SDJGS 2/14 Program

page 4 -- Floating Genealogy Seminar

page 4 -- More Family Tree Maker News
page 5 -- January Program Review
page 6 -- January Research Group Review 
page 7 -- Finding Your Roots on PBS
page 7 -- Legacy Family Tree Webinars

page 7 -- RootsTech 2016 Blog Compendium
page 8 -- Who's Due to Pay Dues? 
page 8 -- Program Meeting Schedule Changes
page 8 -- Escondido Family History Fair
page 8 -- Chula Vista Family Discovery Day

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


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.