Monday, July 28, 2008

The CVGS Mentor Program

What is a "mentor?" The dictionary says:

men - tor /ˈmɛntɔr, -tər/
1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

–verb (used without object)
3. to act as a mentor: She spent years mentoring to junior employees. –verb (used with object)
4. to act as a mentor to: The brash young executive did not wish to be mentored by anyone.
-- Synonyms 1. adviser, master, guide, preceptor.
Source: Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

We all need a mentor, don't we? More than one, probably, depending on how many activities we are involved in learning about.

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society has a number of members who have volunteered to be an adviser or guide (really, a mentor) to other members or local genealogy researchers who are interested in learning more about their ancestry and family history. The advice might be about:

* San Diego area repositories with genealogy information
* where to find genealogy forms and checklists
* filling out pedigree charts and family group sheets
* where to search next for information about a specific ancestor
* finding data in or using online databases
* genealogy software problems or capabilities

Most of these tasks can be easily discussed with one or more CVGS mentors during or after normal CVGS meeting times, or on Monday afternoons (12 noon to 2 pm.) at the Library Table Talk sessions in the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library. There are usually two or more members there to help anybody interested in genealogy research.

Our goal in this mentor program is not to do all of the genealogy research about your ancestry for you. That's your job. But we're very willing to help you along the way with information and encouragement, and we want to enjoy and appreciate your successes.

If you are a CVGS member and want a genealogy mentor, please contact the society at and ask for someone to contact you. Please leave an email address or telephone number and your issues that you need help on, and we will contact you.

If you are not a CVGS member, we invite you to join CVGS. Our membership application is located here.

If you want to ask a question about genealogy in general, or San Diego area resources in particular, please email us at We'll be happy to try to answer your questions!

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