Sunday, January 23, 2011

CVGS Research Trip to LDS FamilySearch Center on Saturday, 29 January

The first Research Trip of 2011 for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society will be on Saturday, 29 January.

We will go to the LDS FamilySearch Center in Mission Valley in San Diego (4195 Camino del Rio South, east of I-15, south of I-8, west of Fairmount Avenue, across from the Penske Rental building, on the south side of the street, in an LDS office building).  The Center entrance is on the eastern side of the building on the ground floor.

The Center opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, and closes at 3 p.m.  In addition to a significant genealogy book and periodical collection, the center has many microfilm and microfiche sets on site, with microfilm and microfiche readers and scanners.  There is a nominal cost for photocopies.  The microfilm/fiche scanners can be used to copy images to your flash drive. 

There are many computers available with a number of commercial databases, including,,, and several others.  Use of the computers is free, and printouts can be made for a nominal fee per page.  Users can download computer images to their flash drives.  The Center has volunteers to help you on the computers if necessary.

If you wish to car-pool with the group, we will meet at 9:30 a.m. on the second level of the parking garage in downtown Chula Vista (enter through either the F Street entrance near Marie Callender's, or the Third Avenue entrance near Fuddrucker's and go up one level to the middle).  We will plan to leave by 9:40 a.m. and get to the Center at 10 a.m.  We will leave the Center at about 2 p.m. and hope to return to Chula Vista by 2:30 p.m.

Before you go to the FamilySearch Center, check the FamilySearch Library Catalog at for surname and locality books on microfilm or microfiche.  You can order microfilms or microfiches for a nominal fee at the FamilySearch Center.  You will be notified when they arrive and when they will be returned, and you will have to visit the FamilySearch Center again to review them.

Bring a sack lunch (there are no vending machines or restaurants nearby), your research notes and papers, a flash drive (if desired), and your enthusiasm for a day of research.

If you wish to carpool with the group, please contact Randy Seaver (619-422-3397 or before Thursday, 27 January.

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