Thursday, April 15, 2010

CVGS Research Group Summary - 14 April 2010

There were 12 attendees at the 14 April meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Research Group at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch library. The highlights:

* Randy returned from his vacation, and passed the NGS Conference program and some articles from Internet Genealogy magazine around. He discussed finding more McCook, Nebraska newspaper articles about his Smith ancestors from the 1885 to 1902 time frame.

* Ruth has been connecting with a Dike cousin online in Washington. Ruth's 2nd-great-grandfather is their most recent common ancestor. They knew some of the same stories, including that Ruth's 2nd-great was killed by an adopted or foster son. Another online Dike cousin had information about the family in early Texas - came from Maryland to Alabama to Texas, served in Texas Rangers, and Texas University in Austin has lots of family records.

* Gary found some Roff data about his Philip Roff in books about Berkshire County, Massachusetts on Google Books (

* Helen pointed out that the latest NGS Quarterly has an extensive article about genealogy research in Nebraska.

* Phyllis has been working on genealogy gifts for her children and grandchildren - a pedigree chart, an ahnentafel list, a descendants chart and a photograph archive.

* Shirley has had several cousins asking her for family information. Her pedigree chart has four dead ends - an adopted Clancy grandfather; Daniel Miller, William Wright and Thomas Graves, all in Oswego County NY in early 1800s.

* David is planning his research and Navy reunion trip to South Carolina, Florida and Georgia in May and June. He found that his grandfather bought land in Quitman GA.

* Virginia went on the Los Angeles Public Library and found a book with a 1737 ships manifest with her ancestor coming to Pennsylvania. She also found and printed some for family members.

* Karen, a new researcher, is just beginning her research - she has some death certificates, an Oregon Trail diary from an ancestor and a family reunion book to work with.

* Susi found 35 documents on her Fuller family on the Frederick County, Maryland website. She noted that Frederick was the parent county of Washington County, where her Fuller family resided in later years. Maps that show parent counties can be found on

This was another lively meeting with lots of sharing and interesting experiences.

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, 12 May, at 12 noon in the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista) in the Conference Room. If you have a research problem to present to the group, or a question about genealogy research to ask of the group, please contact Randy Seaver (email, phone 61-422-3397).

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