Friday, August 13, 2010

CVGS Research Group Summary - 11 August 2010

We had eleven enthusiastic genealogists at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group on Wednesday, 11 August. Some highlights:

* Ann took a family history trip to Clark County, Wisconsin to research her Garvin family and attend a niece's wedding. While there, she met some cousins and visited the newspaper office where she heard "my friend is a Garvin." She visited the friend, who was a cousin with a lot of family pictures. Ann has two family photo albums which have few photo labels, so she wants to know how to track down family members. The group suggested photo websites like, surname and locality message boards, letters to newspapers, etc.

* Dearl found that his great-uncle, a Confederate soldier captured in Tennessee, was shipped to a prison in Chicago in February 1863, and is buried there.

* Gary passed seven of the surname and locality books from the Branson collection - many attendees had families in those books!

* Mary Lou's great-grandfather Harnett came from Ireland before 1861. He served in the Union Army and lived in Ohio, Illinois and Kansas. She has a death certificate and Union Pension papers. She wants to find more information about his life and ancestry. The group suggested county history books, an obituary, birth records of his children, passenger lists, and

* Virginia thinks she has found cousins who share her Robert Dunlap through Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File entries on old FamilySearch. Letters are out to the contacts!

* Jaye has many family photos and wants to put them on the Internet. The group suggested writing a blog, creating a static website, or putting them on a photo site with captions.

* Jane's mother-in-law had a photo album with many persons identified. She also found a large 1915 San Diego scene of Thearle's Music Store in an antique store and bought it.

* Dick's Facebook cousin in WI knew about an Ibenthal family bible and sent a four-page family history.

* Sylvia's 2nd great-grandfather worked for Frederick Wilhelm of Prussia, but escaped after 1858 and came to the USA and changed his surname to Kraske, and probably died in the Bay area. She has naturalization papers. The group suggested finding an obituary or distant cousins to see if they have more information.

* Ruth had a great week with four grandkids in San Jose, and visiting her siblings. She spent time in the San Jose library collecting newspaper articles about her father's ("Wild Bill" Haley) auto-racing career. The grandkids helped her find material.

* Randy discussed coming CVGS events, using the WeRelate family tree database, and his database problems and solutions.

The next meeting of the CVGS Research Group will be on Wednesday, 8 September, at 12 noon in the Conference Room at the Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library. For more information, please contact Randy at

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