Thursday, May 13, 2010

CVGS Research Group Summary - 12 May 2010

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There were only eight hardy genealogists at the 12 May CVGS Research Group at the Civic Center Library, but they had some interesting research stories to tell.

* Randy led off by noting the new FamilySearch Record Search databases, mentioned the non-indexed Ancestry.com databases, and passed around the QuickSheets for source citations.

* Ruth was excited to be named to the MyHeritage Top 100 Genealogy Sites list for her Genealogy is Ruthless Without Me blog.

* Gary is still working on his Roff line - he found a militia record for Philip Roff in New York.

* Helen is trying to prove or disprove family stories, especially one that her grandfather helped build the Brawley (CA) Canal in 1930, and died of spinal meningitis in Missouri after an auto accident in California. Her aunt said that the family lost the farm and her mother was left with nine kids and $40. We suggested looking for land, probate and newspaper records to see if the stories can be substantiated.

* Phyllis finished the family history book for her grandson, who was very appreciative. She included family photos, obituaries, stories and an ahnentafel list back to colonial times.

* Virginia's sister is writing down the early family stories she remembers.

* Jaye's cousin is also doing research, and found a newspaper article about her grandfather's death in 1939. The man left his family of eight kids in 1930 and disappeared from Hutchinson, Kansas. Ruth is going to Hutchinson, Kansas this summer on a research trip - serendipity strikes here!

* Dick's cousin's ex-wife called from New Jersey saying that a Viet Nam veteran who served with the cousin wants information to help him get a Silver Star. The man sent military records to support his case, but needed information from the cousin. The cousin died near Tucson, Arizona and is buried at Fort Huachuca Cemetery. Dick has photos of the cemetery and the grave to send to the man.

* Randy described his trip to Salt Lake City, including his day at the FHL and the NGS Conference. He discussed finding and copying the 1637 English will of Thomas Page on microfilm, which he passed around the table, that disproves about 200 online family tree entries for the parents of Susanna Page (1611-1691).

The next CVGS Research Group meeting will be Wednesday, June 9 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library.

2 comments:

reh ncw said...

Yes, It just so happened my father was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, 86 years ago. My grandmother, Etta Mae Dikes was in a Nazarene School for Girls there in 1915 after her mother died. My G-Grandmother Cecil Carter-Hayley and G-Grandfather John Christopher Hayley had a residence in Hutchinson on 8th street. I planned to go to the court house and search newspaper articles anyway, so I offered to look up data for our society's treasurer sweet Jaye. Who knows what we will find? I will be looking for newspaper articles, police reports and maybe liability reports regarding the accident that killed Jaye's ancestor.

Dorothy Rimson said...

All the very best