Friday, October 31, 2008

Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - November 2008

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society events for November 2008 include:

** Wednesday, November 12, 12 noon, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library -- CVGS Research Group meets in the Library Conference Room. 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, November 19, 12 noon, Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library -- CVGS Computer Group meets in the Library Computer Lab. We will visit some helpful genealogy web sites. This is an opportunity for those members who haven't used computers for genealogy research to practice with a mentor to guide them.

** Wednesday, November 26, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library - CVGS Program Meeting in the Auditorium. After a brief business meeting and election of officers for 2009-2010, the featured speaker will by Georgie Stillman who will appraise members artifacts and collectibles in an "Heirloom Discovery Day" presentation.

On Monday afternoons (12 noon to 2 PM) - November 3, 10, 17 and 24 - Genealogy Table Talk with Dearl Glenn and John Finch in the Family Research section of the Chula Vista Civic Center Library. They are ready and willing to help people with their research, discuss a problem or success, or just tell stories.

The Chula Vista Civic Center 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).

We welcome guests and visitors to our CVGS programs and events - if you are in the Chula Vista area and want to attend our events - please come and introduce yourselves. If you have questions, please email Randy at or phone 619-422-3397.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

CVGS Program on Wednesday, 29 October -- Peter Watry on "Images of America: Chula Vista"

The October Program Meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society will be on Wednesday, October 29th at 12 noon in the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) in the auditorium. The meeting is Free for all attendees, and guests are welcome. After a short business meeting hosted by Gary Brock, the program "Images of America: Chula Vista" by Peter Watry will be presented.

Peter Watry was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, and came to Chula Vista in 1961 as one of the original teachers at the new Southwestern College. He taught accounting and economics at Southwestern College from 1961 until 1996.

Peter has been active in the Heritage Museum, founded by Frank Roseman in 1993, for about ten years. He wrote the "Save Our Heritage" newsletter for the Heritage Museum for six years. He created and has presented the "History of Chula Vista" to third-graders in Chula Vista schools for the past four years.

Peter has been involved in each of the six "Historic Home Tours" of Chula Vista, and was primarily responsible for the twelve historic pedestals located along downtown Third Avenue, and for obtaining the Rohr drop hammer mounted next to the Heritage Museum. Most of these have been accomplished with Frank's help.

Peter Watry and Frank Roseman co-authored "Images of America - Chula Vista" a pictorial history of Chula Vista just published by Arcadia Publishing Company.

Please join us for this free meeting. Guests and visitors are welcome at all CVGS meetings. We request that you enter via the Conference Room door near the East entrance of the library in order to register, gather handouts, buy an opportunity drawing ticket and have a snack. We will start the meeting in the auditorium at 12:20 p.m.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Photos from the Jean Wilcox Hibben seminar

Here are some pictures from the "Discover Your Family History" seminar presented by Dr. Jean Wilcox Hibben on Saturday, 18 October.

Jean's first presentation was Clue to Clue - a recounting of her search, from the beginning, of her Wilcox and Freeman families:

In Jean's second presentation, she told the story of her great-grandfather, John Adam Hollaender in character as Adam's wife, Caroline (Trapschuh) Hollaender:

Jean's husband, Butch, helped her out on the presentation about Civil War songs and stories:

In a spare moment, Jean and CVGS President Randy Seaver posed for a picture:

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dr. Jean Wilcox Hibben was fabulous today

The Chula Vista Genealogical Society had its Family History Month seminar titled "Discover Your Family History" today. Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD., CG was the featured speaker. The program announcement is here. She made three presentations:

* Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family over Time and Miles -- Using various clues, you can piece together the life of an ancestral family.

* John Adam Hollaender: Survivor -- A Civil War soldier’s life story told in the first person by his wife, Caroline Maria Trapschuh.

* Bringing your Civil War Ancestor Back to Life: Songs & Stories of the War of the Rebellion -- Using music and stories to understand to the events on the battlefield and the home-front.

The first talk, clue to clue, was an excellent review of "how-to-do" your genealogy and family history research. Using her own Wilcox and Freeman families, Jean showed how to use family records, repository records and Internet records to search clue by clue to find names, dates, places, documents, and stories to determine a family structure and events. As she went through the presentation, she provided wise counsel to all genealogists on the research process. Many in the audience were amazed by the records she found in upstate New York in the 18th and 19th centuries (there is hope for my Smith family!). Jean used a lot of humor in her PowerPoint presentation, which was fun and funny.

The second presentation was a biography of a German immigrant in the 1840's, who became a Civil War soldier and a barber. Jean told John Adam Hollaender's life story as his wife, Caroline Marie (Trapschuh) Hollaender, sitting in a chair holding a memory book, with Adam's Civil War mementos and barber equipment on the table nearby. She then used a PowerPoint presentation to show the many papers and documents that she found, and told us where she found them. It was amazing to see how much information could be gathered for one person and his family. Of course, Jean's Hollaender family were packrats...and Jean received the collected family papers, mementos, ephemera and other stuff handed down to her mother and then to her, then did the research to put it all together.

The final presentation was a program of about ten songs from the Civil War era. Jean played the banjo, guitar and mandolin, and her husband Butch played the saw (very eerie sound!), to present these songs, and told stories about the songs themselves and their authors. In several cases, she played different versions of the same song, as sung by the Union and rebel sides. Jean has five CD-ROMs of her songs now - you can see the list at

The audience totally enjoyed Jean's presentations - they were informational, fun, touching, and entertaining - we even got to sing along! I urge you - if you have the opportunity to see and hear Jean at a local society meeting or a conference - to take advantage of the opportunity; you will totally enjoy yourself and learn a lot about genealogy research in the process.

My thanks to Jean Wilcox Hibben for giving so much of her time and effort to educate and entertain us, and to the willing workers of CVGS who made this seminar a success.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"Discover Your Family History" Seminar with Jean Hibben on Saturday 18 October

To celebrate October as Family History Month, the Chula Vista Genealogical Society and the Chula Vista Public Library will present a fall seminar:

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium
(365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910)

FREE for all interested persons to attend.

GUEST SPEAKER: Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG.

* Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family over Time and Miles -- Using various clues, you can piece together the life of an ancestral family.

* John Adam Hollaender: Survivor -- A Civil War soldier’s life story told in the first person by his wife, Caroline Maria Trapschuh.

* Bringing your Civil War Ancestor Back to Life: Songs & Stories of the War of the Rebellion -- Using music and stories to understand to the events on the battlefield and the home-front.

About the Speaker

Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, CG, obtained her bachelors and masters degrees in Speech Communication and worked as a professor in the field for 13 years before leaving academia to pursue her passions: folklore and family history. She recently received her doctorate in Folklore.

A national speaker, Jean began giving presentations to the genealogical community in 2003 and has been doing public speaking for over 30 years. She also volunteers at the Corona CA Family History Center and trains Family History consultants.

For information on past and future programs, comments about Jean’s work, ordering CDs, listings of her various topics, and more, see her website:


There will be a light lunch available at 12 noon – “make-your-own sandwiches” veggies, fruit, cookies, water, etc. We ask that people take their food into the nearby park to eat. A donation for the food will be appreciated.


Please contact Virginia at 619-425-7922 or so that CVGS can plan refreshments and handout requirements.

Visit the Chula Vista Genealogical Society web site ttp:// or the Society blog ( or contact Randy Seaver (619-422-3397, for more information.

Computer Group Summary - 15 October 2008

We had a full house - 12 genealogists - in the Computer Lab today for the monthly Computer Group meeting. After Gary hooked the master computer to the projector, Shirley asked Randy to demonstrate library online databases and then library catalogs.

First, we visited the Chula Vista Library's online databases - the genealogy-related databases are newspapers, and the library has 20 current newspapers via NewsBank, the New York Times since 2000, the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1983, and the Chula Vista Star-News for 1938-1969. These are accessible from home using a Chula Vista library card.

We checked out the San Diego County Library, the San Diego City Library and the Carlsbad Library online databases also, but needed a library card to access them. Randy explained that all three had Ancestry Library Edition for use at the library branches, but not at home. He used his Carlsbad card to demonstrate use of HeritageQuestOnline.

Randy showed the New York Times archives (1851-1922, and 1980 to present are free) and Shirley suggested the web site for upper New York newspapers. Finally, Randy showed the Google News Archive site at which is different from Google News.

We then looked at the Catalog search features of the Los Angeles Public Library ( for those going on the SDGS trip there on 1 November. We explored WorldCat ( and NUCMC ( to demonstrate how to find books and manuscripts at distant libraries, so that they can order them through Inter-Library Loan.

Lastly, we looked for vital records in different states - using, and

Some attendees followed along on their own computer system, others watched the demonstrations, and several did their own research in online databases.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

CVGS Research Group Summary - Wednesday, 8 October

We had ten genealogy researchers at the monthly CVGS Research Group today, and everybody shared their activities over the past month and what they hope to accomplish in the next month. Randy discussed the newspaper article about the putative President of America and the Genealogy News of the Month before we went around the table.

* Dave took Randy's advice from last month - and put aside his Lehr family search frustrations to work on his paternal grandparent's ancestry. He created a short report for his grandfather's family, identifying 21 people in a 1928 family photograph. He did it for his paternal grandmother's family too - a photograph with the people clearly identified.

* Dick bought Family Tree Maker 2009 from Ancestry, and when he installed it he lost his FTM 16 icon and gained over 100 desktop icons. His wife finally found his FTM 16 database so he can start working in FTM 2009. He received a Final Payment work Sheet from NPRC for his aunt the WAC in World War II.

* Phyllis has been stuck on her Crowley brick wall. The group suggested that she research another family so that she can make progress on her research.

* Shirley B. received a lead on her great-grandmother's maiden name, and will research it. She is waiting for DNA results from ancestry for her Wright cousin in Texas. Back in 1999, a cousin sent over 100 pages of Siver/Sypher information that she rediscovered in her re-organization efforts. Recently, she received several wills and deeds from another cousin that she is going to transcribe.

* Virginia swabbed her cheek and sent her mitochondrial DNA sample to Ancestry. She also received information from a contact after correcting her mother's 1930 census entry.

* Art had an "oh boy" experience - he discovered ten generations of ancestors in his family lines on Ancestry in the Drouin Collection (Quebec church records). He is capturing both the Ancestry summary and the handwritten record image. He's having a great time reading the French entries, and looks forward to many more family lines to find.

* Shirley H. is helping a friend in Tennessee find records for her birth parents. They know the parents names, but the records are inconsistent. An RAOGK volunteer found a cemetery record for the father and is looking for newspaper records. They have her birth record, her father's SS5 and military enlistment and discharge records, but not a marriage record or census records.

* Dearl is having a good time learning his way around his new computer and Windows Vista, and is trying to find his genealogy data salvaged by the Geek Squad. He will load his FTM soon and start working in that.

* John received a birth record from the English Civil Registry after sending away for it to an agent. He's ordering two marriage records now. While recovering from his operation, he signed up for pay-per-view service and has found some English census images for his grandkids English ancestry.

* Randy shared the newspaper article about his mother's baby shower, his GeneTree mitochondrial DNA results, and progress on his Project M research for his friend - he received an SS5 application and wrote letters to Ed's siblings asking for information about Ed's father.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Genealogy News Summary for October 2008

Here is the Genealogy News Summary for late September and early October. We discussed this at the CVGS Research Group meeting today.


* -- Washington State Digital Archives contain about 74 million records, all online. People can look up marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, census data, military service, election data, property deeds and even old pictures.
* -- The Rochester (NY) Newspaper Index is online - an 85 volume, 500,000 page searchable index to the Rochester newspapers from 1818-1897.
* -- (Irbo Corp.) connects you to a genealogist, researcher, translator and other genealogy specialists in any country of your ancestral roots. These pros are all freelancers, not employees of Genealogy Freelancers, and can bid on work projects submitted by anyone and everyone.
* -- Federation of Eastern European Family History societies (FEEFHS) has links to many European countries with excellent resources. -- out-of-copyright maps from around the world.
* -- provides lists by state and city of city directories that are available at major repositories, like the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the National Archives, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and several other repositories.
* -- Virginia Heritage Manuscripts and Archival Collections. Search 27 Virginia repositories.


a) at - subscription site (US = $155.40, World = $299.40) - now available for FREE at San Diego FHC (Institution with World databases) or San Diego City or County Public Libraries (Ancestry Library Edition). Ancestry has over 7 billion names in over 26,500 databases. See new content at New databases this month include:

* Washington Deaths, 1891-1907
* Updated Missouri birth Records (1851-1910) and Death Records (1834-1931)
* Many more Canadian books and manuscripts
* Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
* Many German city directories and books

b) - subscription site (US = $49.95 for 2 years, World = $149.95) -- now available for FREE at the San Diego FHC. Over 11,000 databases, over 1.2 billion names. Recently added content is at New items are FREE at WVR for 10 days. New databases include:

* Yearbooks from the United States Military Academy West Point -Howitzer , (1921 - 1935, 1937 - 1960); United States Coast Guard Academy - Tide Rips Yearbook (1925, 1930, 1932 - 1933, 1935 - 1940, 1943 - 1956); United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point - Midships Yearbook (1945 - 1947, 1949 - 1950, 1952 - 1954, 1959); and the United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs - Polaris Yearbook (1959 - 1960).
* 400 Canadian titles from the Dundurn Group collection
* More than 60 Canadian newspapers representing every province and territory except Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

c) - subscription site ($69.96 annual retail, $11.95 monthly) - now available for FREE at San Diego FHC. They offer 7-day FREE trial. 418 Titles, over 43.8 million images, over 1 million free. Content list at Information added this month includes:
* Confederate Compiled Service Records for AZ, CSA and MD, Union Compiled Service Records for NE, NV, OR and Colored Troops.
* Created Footnote Pages for over 80 million in Social Security Death Index. Anyone can add or update Footnote Pages for free.

d) - subscription site (trial $9.95 for one month, $69.95 for 12 months). It has archives for over 23,700 U.S. newspapers in all 50 states, from the 1600s to the present day, with over 224 million family history records, over 28 million obituaries, more than 122 million historical newspaper articles, and more than 11,700 historical books.

* Added content from 115 newspapers in 29 states.

e) - the LDS FREE site for indexed and browsable databases -- new content includes:
* Vermont Probate Index, 1791-1919 (14% complete)
* Quebec Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1900 (unindexed)
* German Baptisms and Marriages, 1700-1900 (no images)
* Russia Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (unindexed)

From an interview with Paul Nauta of FamilySearch:
* LDS has over 2.5 million microfilms in the Granite Mountain "vault"
* The microfilm images will be converted to digital images over the next 8 to 10 years.
* They have digitized 3% of the records to date
* There are 15 high speed scanners working in the "vault" digitizing microfilms
* There are 200 digital camera teams in 45 countries creating new digital images
* 40 million digital images are being added per year.
* FamilySearch Indexing has been successful, but they need more volunteers to index records
* The FamilySearch Pilot site has 500 million records online now - indexed images and non-indexed images.

Researchers can view unindexed images on the Pilot site - just like using a microfilm reader, but you don't have to go to an FHC.


a) ISHFWE Writing Contest - The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors is sponsoring its annual "Excellence in Writing" competition to recognize excellence in genealogical columns and articles. The contest is open to all members of ISFHWE, both published and unpublished authors. The contest is judged by professionals in the fields of genealogy and journalism.Winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. Information, rules, and the entry form may be found at: The contest will begin 1 October 2008. There is a discount on the entry fee for submission before 30 November 2008. Entries must be received by the coordinator NO later than 31 December 2008.

b) Saving Family Treasures - Free Webinar with Maureen Taylor on 15 October 2008 at 5 pm PT. Her presentation will teach you how to preserve clothing, jewelry, photographs, paper based family history documents, and more. Participants in the webinar will be able to submit questions to Maureen and we’ll be answering as many as we can through the webinar. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation of the registration with a link to join the webinar, and a 24-hour reminder for the event as well. Click here to register now.

c) Family History Expos (formerly My Ancestors Found) announced a regular podcast hosted by DearMYRTLE - see


a) FamilyTreeMaker 2009 -- has been mailed to registered users of FamilyTreeMaker 2008 who responded to the email.

b) allows users of genealogy software to rate and review the programs they've used or tried. This will allow others who are looking for programs to better compare and select software that will help them.

c) is a blog dedicated to using Family Tree Maker. Russ Worthington is the author of this new service and his first five articles show how to use Family Tree Maker 2009's menus to create new data entries.


a) Godfrey Library publishes the American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI). The AGBI is a 226 volume every name index of hundreds of genealogies, including unindexed and partially indexed genealogies. The only online addition appears on That is about to change. Beginning in January 2009 the AGBI will no longer be part of Instead the AGBI will be part of Godfrey Library's paid subscription service, Godfrey Scholar, and will also be part of World Vital Record's database offerings.

b) MyHeritage, one of the world's most popular family Web sites, announced the acquisition of family social network Kindo. MyHeritage has more than 25 million members worldwide and is known for its powerful technology that helps families research their history and stay connected, including Smart Matching and automatic photo tagging. The Kindo team's experience in social networking will help MyHeritage realize its vision to be the Facebook for families. As part of this acquisition, MyHeritage will also establish new commercial operations in London.

c) along with several partners announced a project to make available hundreds of thousands of original Homestead Records on the Internet. This project involved the efforts of organizations including The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the National Parks Service, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and FamilySearch.

That's the news - enjoy!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Index to Spanish-Mexican Families of Early California, 1769-1850 - Volume II: Surnames C and D

The Southern California Genealogical Society published three volumes of the work by Marie E. Northrop titled Spanish-Mexican Families of Early California: 1769-1850 (Published by Southern California Genealogical Society, Burbank, California. Volume I - 435 pages. Volume II - 396 pages. Volume III - 525 pages). A description of the work by Northrop, and researchers before and after her, are here.

The index for Volume I is here.

The families in Volume II with surnames starting with C and D are:


page 36 - David Martin Call (1799-1838)

page 38 - Francisco Xavier Calvo (1754-1792)

page 38 - Manuel Camero (1757-1819)

page 39 - Gil Cano (1801-1839)

page 40 - Jose Julian Cantua (1788-????)
page 41 - Juan Bautista de la Luz Cantua (1784-1822)
page 43 - Ygnacio Cantua (1740-1822)

page 44 - Jose Antonio Zeferino Carlon (Cortez) (1792-????)

page 46 - Joaquin Victor Carrillo (1793-????)

page 48 - Jose Joaquin Castro (1769-1838)
page 51 - Jose Mariano Castro (1765-1828)

page 52 - Mariano Antonio Cordero (1750-1821)
page 54 - Miguel Estancislao Cordero (1795-1851)
page 55 - Pedro Regalado Cordero (1786-????)

page 57 - Jose Ygnacio Franco Coronel (1795-1862

page 58 - Jose Xavier Cortez (????-1780)

page 59 - Antonio Cota (1732-1815)
page 60 - Guillermo Cota (1768-1844)
page 62 - Leonardo Cota (1816-1887)
page 63 - Mariano Antonio Cota (1765-1819)


page 65 - Ildefonso Dominguez (????-????) married ca. 1763
page 66 - Mariano Dominguez (1787-1846)

page 68 - Andres Avelino Duarte (????-????) married 1800
page 69 - Felipe Santiago Duarte (1828-1863)
page 71 - Jose Francisco Leandro Duarte (1770-1832)
page 73 - Juan Joseph Duarte (1765-1818)
page 75 - Juan Maria Duarte (1793-1821)
page 75 - Manuel Antonio Duarte (1801-????)

Monday, October 6, 2008

CVGS Research Trip to SDGS Library

Three hardy CVGS road-trip warriors enjoyed their foray on Saturday, 4 October to the San Diego Genealogical Society Library in El Cajon.

Nancy and Charlotte took a short guided tour, and immediately started finding books and periodicals in the stacks. Randy started off in the Family Tree Maker User Group meeting and checked out the stacks after lunch.

Here are Nancy and Shirley (SDGS helper) checking information in Texas-area books, right next to the copy machine.

Charlotte put in a lot of time in the book stacks - it seemed like she had several books stacked up to read all day long.

Randy checked for some New Netherlands books in the card catalog, and worked a bit on the computers.

We had an enjoyable four hours at the SDGS Library. This is probably the second best genealogy library in San Diego - more people need to use it!

Thank you to Marna, Shirley and Jackie for their friendliness in welcoming our little crew, and helping us get started.